What is the difference between a Tui Balm and a Tui Massage and Body Balm?
The Massage Balms are designed primarily for massage and contain certified organic NZ Beeswax, Olive oil, Almond oil, Arnica, Vitamin E and essential oils.
Apart from Sports having extra Arnica, they vary only in their scents.
Traditional balms are different to modern medicines. They can be equally effective and in some cases more so. But they often need to be worked with differently. Balms, like Tui Bug Balm (natural insect repellent), may need to be applied more frequently than heavy-handed synthetic equivalents. Similarly, it is important to keep in mind that a balm, like our bee balm, is a gentle healing substance and might need to be applied over a longer period of time than say, modern immune response suppressers, like hydrocortisones. Balms generally are positive healers. In this sense, they nurture and nourish the skin to health rather than negatively suppressing symptoms or killing off organisms, including those that are beneficial. This is not to say that our balms are devoid of any antiseptic properties. Our bee balm for instance contains Propolis, which has anti-bacterial qualities, while Tui Throat & Chest Balm is a balm that contains antiseptic tea tree oil.
Balms soothe and nurture while being gentle and safe; they enhance and assist the body’s own natural pathways to health. The essential oils we use in our balms are often targeted towards overall effects like relaxation (Lavender Massage & Body Balm) rather than acting as broad spectrum “cure all” silver bullets. The effects these balms have are therefore beneficial holistically. In the same vein, the certified organic NZ beeswax and pure olive and almond oils we use in our balms are ideal carriers of the other active ingredients. They moisten and nourish the skin also, rather than being extra unnecessary material that serves no good purpose. This is in stark contrast to many pharmaceuticals that can contain a wide range of ingredients unnecessary to healing and even potentially damaging to health.
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