4.4 Balms and liniments.
> Hi,I just wonder if anyone has any info about how to make your own balms and liniments.
From: Shannon Brophy <shannon.yoga.com>:
To make a liniment:
First infuse the plant in oil. Do this by baking at low heat (120-170 degrees) in a glass pan with herb and oil together, stir occasionally.
Then strain with cheesecloth and a funnel to separate plant material from the oil. Squeeze out the cheesecloth. Then grate beeswax and add to hot oil, maybe heating again over a double boiler on the stove. Pour the viscous green stuff into jars and allow to cool. Can keep in the fridge for a longer shelf life. Also, adding vitamin E oil to the mixture helps preserve it.
Shannon Brophy, Midwife
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From: Andy & Sharon <email.naturesway.ukonline.co.uk>:
One of the most popular liniments for muscle-, head- and backache is Tigerbalm.
Tradition will have it that the Mongolian Horsemen from Genghis Khan, roaming the plains of central Europe, had a very effective ointment against saddle and back ache. Part of this ointment came from the Siberian Birch Tree. A mixture was made out of lard, camphor and birch tree oil. For ages this ointment was in use and got quite famous.
At the end of the last century many products were replaced by synthetic components. The useful part of the birch oil (methyl salicylate) and the camphor oil (the crystals) were available in synthetic form. This made the ointment cheap and within reach for everyone.
A Chinese merchant composed a mixture of methyl salicylate, camphor crystals and petroleum jelly, which he called Tigerbalm. It became famous throughout the Orient and parts of Europe under this name.
How to make it: First you have to blend the oils. You can use the mix pure or add it to petroleum jelly (vaseline) later on to make a balm.
Tigerbalm Oil - Natural - Recipe 1
Wintergreen oil 45 ml Camphor oil 15 ml Eucalyptus oil 7 ml Lavender oil 5 ml Peppermint oil 8 ml Almond oil 20 ml
Tigerbalm Oil - Natural - Recipe 2
Peppermint oil 25 ml Camphor oil 15 ml Wintergreen oil 20 ml Lavender oil 15 ml Eucalyptus oil 15 ml Jojoba oil 10 ml
Tigerbalm Oil - Partly natural
Methyl salicylate 25 ml Menthol crystals 5 g Camphor crystals 10 g Eucalyptus oil 10 ml Lavender oil 5 g Paraffin oil 45 ml
To make tigerbalm take 100 gram petroleum jelly (vaseline) (acid-free) and melt this by placing, for instance, a glass with vaseline in a pan of hot water. The vaseline will melt quickly.
Once melted place the glass in a pan of cold water, and as soon as the vaseline hardens again on the side of the glass, add 20 ml of your Tigerbalm oil mix. Stir until cool. If you prefer the balm to have a colour, add a drop of chlorophyll.
Apply a little bit to the forehead for headaches, or use it for muscle pains and insect bites.
>I find tiger balm/vaseline, to be too greasy for me. I created a simple rub for my lower back pain (due to herniated disk) that provides some relief. It consists of essential oil of Wintergreen and oil of St. John's Wort, added to a base of Aloe Vera gel.
>The Aloe Vera gel is non-greasy and absorbs completely (to the touch). This mixture also feels like it absorbs completely, and no staining of my clothes as of yet.
>Can I make the above "Tigerbalm", but use the aloe vera gel? As well, my herb book indicated that oil of wintergreen is good for pain and inflammation. Could you also post what the other herbs are targeted for?
From: email.naturesway.ukonline.co.uk to above:
I cannot see any reason why you should not use your gel; the vaseline is used to hold the oils together.
Here are some ways the oils react with your skin; as you can see lavender detoxifies, while eucalyptus vitalizes, peppermint refreshes etc.
Essential oils and how they affect your skin
1. GREASY SKIN
Sage : relaxes, improves blood circulation Peppermint: refreshes, cools Valerian : calms Clove : disinfects Camphor : Disinfects, sedating Cypress : Refreshing, relaxing
2. UNCLEAN SKIN
Cajeput : Improves perspiration Rosemary : Improves blood circulation Valerian : Calming Camphor : Disinfects, sedates
3. THICK, PALE AND WEAK SKIN
Oregano : Widens the blood vessels Melissa : Refreshes, tonic Geranium : Refreshing Linden blossom : Soothing
4. INFECTED SKIN
Juniper : Disinfects Lavender : Healing Cajeput : Improves perspiration Fir : Refreshes, regulates
5. SENSITIVE, THIN, QUICKLY IRRITATED SKIN
Cypress : Relaxes, refreshes Pine : Balances, refreshes Melissa : Against cramps Chamomile : Sedating Therebinth : Softening
6. TIRED SKIN
Lavender : Detoxifying Eucalyptus : Vitalizing Cajeput : Improves perspiration Verbena : Calming Lemongrass : Improves blood circulation
7. BODY CARE (GENERAL)
Oregano : Strengthening Thyme : Disinfecting Mint : Tonic Geranium : Refreshing