Homemade ‘Tiger’s Balm’ Pain Relief Cream

If you’ve ever tried store bought pain relief cream, you know how soothing it can be on sore, achy joints and muscles. Here’s a DIY recipe that will let you create your own pain reliever balm at home for a fraction of the price. You can also customize this recipe to offer more intensity for chronic issues, or less intensity for minor problems.

The essential oils stimulate natural heat, blood flow and circulation in your body, soothing soreness and offering pain relief for everything from muscle tightness to joint pain and arthritis. This balm can also aid those with chronic headaches, neck issues and respiratory problems.

This recipe is simple and effective and takes less than 15 minutes to make. To start, you’ll need the following:

How to make homemade 'Tiger's Balm' pain relief cream! All natural and super easy. PrettyThrifty.com


  • 1 oz. Beeswax
  • 1/4 C. Coconut Oil (You can also use Almond Oil or Olive Oil if you prefer)
  • 10 drops Camphor Essential Oil
  • 9 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 7 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Clove Essential Oil
  • 5 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
  • Small glass container with lid

*You can use half as much of the essential oils or double if you want the formula to be more or less intense than the original.


  • Begin by melting the beeswax and coconut oil together over a double boiler. Use low heat to ensure an even consistency. Stir mixture constantly until fully melted. The ingredients should be completely combined and the mixture should be smooth.
  • The next step needs to be done as quickly as you can. The mixture will start to set once it’s removed from the heat, have everything ready to go before taking it off the stove. Pour the mixture into the glass jar and immediately add the essential oils to the jar. Using a small spoon, quickly stir the balm in the jar until well blended and then seal shut with a tight lid. *Note: It’s important to add the essential oils after the mixture is removed from the heat, but before the mixture sets. The oils need to be blended well with the mixture (while it’s still in liquid form), but will evaporate and lose potency if they’re added while it’s still in the double boiler. Adding them while in the jar, stirring and then shutting the lid will ensure they’re fully infused into the balm as it sets.
  • Leaving the lid tightly shut, let the mixture cool down and set. The balm is done setting once it has almost cooled completely and has a cream like consistency. At this point, it is ready to apply. Use your fingers to gently apply and massage into your skin.

Some like to use the balm while it is still warm and others love to double or triple this recipe to make a large batch that can be stored and used over time.

Try it out for yourself and enjoy your own customized, all natural tiger balm pain relieving treatment. Let us know how you like it in the comments!

Homemade ‘Tiger’s Balm’ Pain Relief Cream


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