Alternatives to Tiger Balm

I haven’t been out and about much because of an attack of food poisoning that left me very sore and achy for the past two weeks.

I’m not the kind of person who likes to take too many asprins or even Tylenol. I prefer to take lots of hot baths, rest, stay hydrated and let time do the healing when I have any kind of muscle pain after sickness or strenuous exertion.

In the past I found Tigers Balm to be very effective in alleviating the discomfort of sprains or aches, especially if used in conjunction with a heating pad. But that was a long time back. When I went in search of Tigers Balm recently I thought the prices were much too high for such a tiny jar. The average prices in Sunset Park Chinatown range from $5.99-8.99 for the name brand Tiger Balm. There are similar products available for lower prices but since I’d never tried them I wasn’t confident about purchasing them.

Blue Ice Gel by Lucky.

I’ve had good results from other products produced by Lucky Brands so when I saw the Blue Ice Gel at Pathmark Supermarket in the $1.00 section of the Personal Care products aisle I decided to give it a try.

The first difference I noticed between this gel and Tigers Balm is the way it blends right into the skin. There is no heavy, sticky residue. The main ingredients are menthol and camphor. At first the scent of the ingredients is obvious but quickly fades. The cooling effect of the gel begins to take effect shortly after application. I did notice that I had to apply the gel every 1 1/2-2 hours whereas Tigers Balm had more lasting effects. But the Tigers Balm also remained very noticeable in that the scent was still lingering all around. This made it hard for me to apply the Tigers Balm before I had to go out and be with other people.

Overall I found the Lucky Brand Blue Ice Gel a good buy for my money. Even with the need to frequently reapply it there’s still plenty left. Plus it did not irritate my skin.

If the 99 cent stores in your area sell Lucky Brand products you may be able to find the Blue Ice Gel there. Otherwise it is available at Pathmark in Boro Park.

Pathmark Supermarket at the Fairmont Mini Mall is located at 60th Street and 13th Avenue in the Boro Park section of Brooklyn.

Please note: I am not affiliated with any store or manufacturer.