Raco Life 2014 05 12 Pain Tonic 3

Pain in the Rache: How to Make a Homemade All Natural Tiger Balm

How to Make an All Natural Tiger Balm

Rache was feeling some serious pain in her neck this weekend and I wanted to make her a soothing natural Tiger Balm. Could be because my brother Karl is here. No! Big love goes out to little brother for being here in Lake Atitlan for the next couple of weeks, we’re gonna have a blast!

Rache could barely move because of her neck. Iza wants to be carried around by Mama 24/7 but Mama is pregnant and tired. And Iza weighs about 40 pounds. She needs good medicine!

Yesterday I decided to make Rache a massage ointment to hopefully curb some of that pain. Since we don’t have any Tiger Balm, and I am always looking for a DIY project, I made an all natural Tiger Balm like an icy/hot ointment from things we have in the pantry. What’s in it?

Healthy Origins from Amazon

Coconut Oil (1T)

Works great as a base and the stuff is magic anyway.

Roland Ginger Oil

Ginger Oil (1/4-1/2T)

Ginger is supposedly good for inflammation.
Smells good mixed with the other stuff.

Aloe Vera by Fruit of the Earth

Aloe Vera (1/4T)

Not sure if this was necessary, but aloe vera adds a cooling effect so I thought I would add a little. Leave it out for a more balmy consistency.

Pure Organic Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper (1/4T)

The heat! Added less than 1/4 teaspoon and that brought enough heat. Go slow with the cayenne and add more as desired.

Aura Cacia Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Oil (20-30 Drops)

Usually, we use this for digestion by adding 20-30 drops to a glass of water. But here the peppermint is used for the icy cooling effect and it works great. If we had eucalyptus I would have used that. Camphor would be even better.

Calming Tonic out of Lavender, Catnip, Chamomile

Calming Tonic –
Lavender, Catnip, Chamomile (20-Drops)

This is a locally prepared mix of soothing herbs valerian, chamomile, verlain, and catnip and is normally taken orally. But it’s mild so I thought it couldn’t hurt. I’m sure you have a similar blend at your local health food store. Support your local herbalists!

And Mix it Together

Mix everything together and apply the all natural Tiger Balm (you can also buy a similar version with Tea Tree Oil ready to go here) to the sore areas a little at a time, slowly massaging deep into the skin and muscles. Smells good, feels good, and gives that relieving icy/cool sensation we all love.

After all that work, I needed a little medicine myself:

Centinela Tequila

Good medicine…

Now it’s time to do the rub down for pregnant Rache. Sweet. Another great Ra’Co home remedy!

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