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Tiger Balm - One Balm, Many Uses
I grew up with recurring problems of blocked nose due to sinus. It was especially bad at bedtime and I would always end up breathing through my mouth. Frequent trips to the doctors did not help much and I felt I was not benefiting much either from the medication that the doctors gave me.
One day, I slept over at my grandma's house. As usual, I had the sinus problem. When she saw the discomfort I was in, she reached for a small Tiger Balm bottle, scooped a small amount of its contents and applied it on my chest and back, and a little under my nose. Almost immediately, I felt a cool sensation and then slowly, my nasal passage started to clear up. That was almost 30 years ago and I still use this method for my sinus problem.
I am a die-hard Tiger Balm fan as I have found numerous uses for this balm. I use it to apply to the sides of my temple if I have a migraine. It is also an excellent remedy for stopping any kind of itching caused by mosquito bites.
I find mosquitoes terribly annoying as the resultant itching from their bites keeps me awake all night. Luckily, I found out that mosquitoes seem to have an aversion to Tiger Balm. So, I apply it to parts of my body, like my legs and arms, before I sleep. You don't need a lot of it for it to work. After doing that, I would get a good night's rest without having to wake up in the middle of the night due to the itching caused by mosquito bites. Tiger Balm is now something that I can't do without when I'm doing some trekking. Believe me, Tiger Balm drives the mossies nuts!
I am an avid sports person and I take part in strenuous activities like long distance runs and biathlons. Occasionally, I suffer from strained muscles due to inadequate warm ups or overexertion. Instead of applying Tiger Balm, I use Tiger Balm Medicated Plasters, which I find more convenient. This is especially so for areas like my back, shoulders and thighs, where I can paste the plasters under my clothing. For areas like my legs, I use Tiger Balm Muscle Rub.
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