Almost everyone is familiar with the jar with the famous tiger image label, which can be purchased in pharmacies and pharmacies. This is called “tiger balm”. An ointment that is part of traditional Chinese medicine and is used to treat a variety of ailments – from joint pains to colds. The main ingredient in Tiger Balm is petroleum jelly. It also contains menthol, mint oil, clove oil, cajeput oil and camphor.
Red or white tiger balm?
Tiger Balm comes in two varieties: Red and White Tiger Balm. Depending on the color, Tigerbalm is used for different complaints.
Red Tiger Balm is particularly suitable for the current season. The ingredients are very similar to the white product, but the red ointment also contains cinnamon oil. This can be particularly helpful for joint pain and tension in the shoulder and neck area. Thanks to the combination of cajeput and cinnamon oil, it also has a warming effect as it promotes blood circulation. If you get cold quickly this winter, you can use the ointment on several parts of your body to warm up a bit.
White Tiger Balm, on the other hand, has a cooling effect. For cold symptoms like a stuffy nose or tension headaches, white cream can be a real blessing.