Tiger Balm Ultra is a deep penetrating pain relieving sports rub that has been used for over 100 years to soothe sore muscles. The balm looks like Vaseline and smells like Vick’s VapoRub, but it really does wonders on sore quads, calves and glutes.
Tiger Balm Ultra is meant to be applied to the skin three or four times a day. Within a few minutes after application your skin will begin to tingle and then you will feel it slowly warm up the skin and the muscles underneath. Make sure you thoroughly wash your hands after you use Tiger Balm because if you rub your eyes with this stuff on your hands you are going to experience a whole new level of pain!
Due to Tiger Balm’s strong smell you might not want to use it before you go to work. Products like Biofreeze offer similar relief, but don’t smell as bad. I use and would recommend both of these products for muscle aches and pain. Tiger Balm claims that it is also good for arthritis, skin rashes, tension migraines and insect bites, but I have never it used it for any of these purposes.
Tiger Balm is manufactured and distributed by Haw Par Healthcare Ltd. in Singapore. The drug stores in my area do not carry Tiger Balm, but it is easily to find on Amazon.com. Two .63 ounce containers sell for around $12 and I’ve been able to make a single container last for about 20 applications. The active ingredients in Tiger Balm Ultra are camphor and menthol. The inactive ingredients include cajuput oil, cassia oil, clove oil, dementholized mint oil and paraffin petrolatum.