DIY Kitty Balm - Great For Sore Muscles

DIY ‘Kitty Balm’ Recipe (like Tiger Balm®) for sore muscles AND My New Kitchen Scale!

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I have a super fun and handy DIY for you today, friends. If you suffer from sore muscles, joint pains, back pains, arthritis, etc…then this easy and effective DIY recipe is for you.

My Homemade Kitty Balm!
DIY Kitty Balm recipe, like Tiger Balm...but better! Non-toxic and effective solution for sore and aching muscles.
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No, it’s NOT for your kitty cat. Do you get my plan on words with the title?

Okay, more on that shortly…but first, let me tell you about MY NEW SCALE, crucial to have on hand for any of the DIY recipes you find on my blog.

If you do a fair amount of DIYing in your home, you should have NEED a scale. Seriously. My kitchen scales get a workout, that’s for sure.

From food recipes to DIY, it is constantly out on my counter.

The scale I had been using was on its last legs. Actually, truth be told, it had lost its legs a few months ago. Haha! No, seriously…the legs fell off!!!

So, when I had the chance to review a new scale, I jumped on it. …and I am soooo happy that I did!

MIRA Glass Digital Kitchen Scale

The MIRA Glass Digital Kitchen Scale operates like many other kitchen scales, but it is MUCH more user-friendly.

***First, the weighing surface is extra large. My old scale’s surface was about 5×5 inches. This scale’s weighing surface is about 5×10 inches. This is MUCH better when using a large bowl, as it’s easier to see the display.

***Also, my old scale had a raised platform. Not good, as some bulky things were difficult to fit on the raised platform AND they would cover up the display. So, not only is this scale’s weighing surface larger, it is a flat weighing surface…which is super handy!

***My old scale had a hard-to-read display. It had dark gray numbers on a light gray background; not ideal in some lightning. This scale has a super cool blue LED display. I feel all fancy when I use it. Lol.

***Also…let’s talk batteries. Ugh.

A couple of months ago I was frantically trying to finish weighing some skincare packages that HAD to go out that day. The post office was closing soon and I had to get there before the truck left.

What happens? Of course, my scale dies.

Alright, no problem; I’ll just change the batteries!

Oh wait…that IS a problem because it takes one of those large round batteries that costs an arm and a leg. Of course, I did NOT have one of those laying around.

This MIRA Scale takes 3 AAA batteries, which are included. Yes, I DO have those laying around.

***Finally, storage of this MIRA scale could not be more easy. It is super-de-duper thin, so it can slide into many small places in your cabinets (unless you keep yours on the counter, like me…and in that case, it’s really pretty to leave out and show off).

Would I Buy This Scale?

Alright, so my old scale on a 1-10 scale (1 is the worst)…I’d rate it a 6. I mean, it did its job, but it was big and clunky, hard to read, took a funky battery, etc.

My new MIRA Glass Digital Scale? Totally a 10. I have had absolutely NO problems with it. It weighs perfectly in grams, ounces, and pounds, is slim for storage, it is pretty, I LOVE the flat glass weighing surface, the LED is great, and it has performed perfectly for me.

Scratch Mommy Approved!!!

Now…onward to my exciting Kitty Balm recipe where you can use this lovely kitchen scale.

DIY Kitty Balm Recipe - Like Tiger Balm, but better! Non-toxic and effective solution for sore and aching muscles.
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DIY Kitty Balm (like Tiger Balm®)

You may have heard of Tiger Balm®. It’s one of those lovely concoctions that helps people with sore muscles, cramps, arthritis, joint pain, etc.

The problem with Tiger Balm®? Ugh…once again, it’s one of those products that has great intentions, but cuts corners with unsavory ingredients. Boo!

I know that I do not want to put paraffin petroleum on my skin! Also, from where do they source their dementholized mint oil? I’ve learned that the quality of these oils varies widely1. Besides, it’s not a necessary ingredient, friends…so WHY put it in there!??

I’ve got you covered. Follow this easy recipe and you’ll get those muscles feeling relief in no time flat.


The amounts below make a little less than 6oz of ointment

  • 2oz Beeswax (I like this beeswax the very best)
  • 1oz Shea Butter (this is my favorite shea butter, hands down)
  • 2oz Carrier Oil (I use apricot oil in this recipe, but you could use almond, jojoba, etc; view carrier oils here)
  • Essential Oils: Lavender, Niaouli, Eucalyptus, Cajeput, & Blue Chamomile

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Make It:

  • Measure all ingredients (except essential oils!) on your scale in your glass bowl
  • Melt down in your double boiler
  • Remove once melted and allow to cool (do NOT put your essential oils in when it’s still screaming hot)
  • After a few minutes, add your essential oils
    • Lavender- 20 drops
    • Niaouli- 12 drops
    • Eucalyptus- 12 drops
    • Cajeput- 15 drops
    • Blue Chamomile- 5 drops
  • Pour into your container where it will set up in a few minutes

NOTE: The recipe above will create an ointment that is very thick. You really have to scoop it out of your container. BUT…I like having a thick one for something like this. Since you are trying to help out  sore muscles, you’ll want to rub it in…really massage it in! So, if it’s thicker, you can really work it in nicely.

If you want it to be more of the consistency of a lip balm, for instance, simply add another 1oz or so of oil.

Why Those Essential Oils?


Calming…and it smells delish! Read more about lavender essential oil here.

Niaouli, Eucalyptus, & Cajeput

  • Niaouli– Antispasmodic & stimulant (decrease muscle spasms, yet keep blood flowing).
  • Eucalyptus– Antineuralgic, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, and much more. It’s super-de-duper great for aching muscles.
  • Cajeput– Holds many of the same properties as ones listed above, but also creates a sensation of warmth when applied.

Click the names of these three EOs to learn more about them.

Blue Chamomile (German Chamomile)

Calming properties, anti-inflammatory, and it smells incredibly DELISH!!! It is one of my favorite essential oils. Learn more about German Chamomile here.

I purchase almost all of my essential oils here.

Ta-da! Now, rub some on yourself (or your friend, or partner, or whoever needs it…lol) and let the ingredients do their magic. Help it along with a nice massage!

If you like this recipe, please check out more DIY skincare projects here and more DIY projects for the home here.

Also, if you aren’t feeling particularly DIYish (or simply don’t have the time, energy, desire, ingredients, etc etc etc) to make your own products, but you WANT healthy, non-toxic skincare solutions in your home, please…

…check out handcrafted skincare shop, Pronounce Skincare & Herbal Boutique!

Until next time…

Jess, aka Scratch Mommy
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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        Hi, sorry, I can’t seem to leave a brand new comment, so I’m replying!
        I’m seeing essential oils sold as 100% pure and with 5% dilution and 10% dilution. What does this mean and which one should I be buying?


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          Great question. It can get (unnecessarily!) confusing when you read about essential oils. You simply want to find 100% pure essential oils. I prefer organic &/or wild harvested. It’s as simple as that! 🙂

          When you read about dilutions, that means adding them into a recipe &/or a carrier oil. We just had a convo about this in our closed #LifeFromScratch Facebook group. You can see a handy chart in the group, if you scroll down our wall. Hope this helps!

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    Hi there, thanks for this, I’m going to make it for sure this weekend. I have sever arthritis and some topical creams buy me some relief for 20 or so minutes. My question is I like the smell of creams like Rub A535 hot/cold, is that the mint you were talking about? If I did want to add that in (funny, mentally I think it works better the worse it smells) how much mint oil would you recommend I add in? Thanks again, can’t wait to try this. Jason.

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      Hi Jason! So sorry to hear about your severe arthritis. :/ This should give you some relief. The minty, medicinal smell you are talking about does come from the essential oils I use in this recipe. I think that will give you what you need. It smells just like Tiger Balm…minty and whatnot. Hope this helps give you relief.

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    This may sound strange but I am sooooo new at giving up chemicals. I have a huge bag of beeswax pastilles because I use them in every salve but does the weight remain te same pastilles vs bars of wax? Thanks!

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    Does this balm have heat in it? and if so how hot does it get? could a child use it ?
    Also could I exchange the small for a coconut scent?

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    I’m a user of tiger balm and recently learned how to make it. My concern was for the colder months. I do love the cooling sensation, but not when I’m already cold. I saw that you added an oil that’s warming, and I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for posting this informative recipe.

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    So I finally went all out and made this! It came out way too thick though and flaky as I rubbed it on. So I melted it down again and added more oil, about 2 oz. more. It’s still super thick and I really have to work at getting it out of the tin, but once I got some and rubbed it in I can feel it tingling and doing its thing on my 7 week old broken toe. Thanks for the neat ideas. I think the next time I make this one I’ll have to make it softer though. Thanks again for the recipes! Your amazing!

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    My husband would love something like this! I don’t have all the EO’s listed but I do have DoTerra’s Deep Blue blend. My question is, would I use the same amount of drops if using just Deep Blue? Thanks!

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    Hey Jess, I enjoyed your post about kitty balm. In fact I have enjoyed all of your diy articles. I am slowly getting into diy-ing myself. I noticed you put Rosemary anti oxidant oil into your face lotion. May I ask where you purchase that from? Thanks

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      Hi Rebecca. Good question! The way I have written the recipe makes the balm very thick. You really have to scoop it out. I like it that way, because then you have to massage it in…which is great for those sore muscles. If you want it to be more like a lip balm you’ll want to add more oil. I hope this helps. Happy DIYing! 🙂

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