This herbal balm is the result of combining the indigenous knowledge of the forest dependent cummunities of Konni, a village in the forest areas of Pathanamithitta, a district in Kerala situated on the banks of the famous Achenkovil river. The active ingredients of the balm are oil of Euclayptus globulus, a tree of Australian origin and almost indigenized in the Nilgiri Hills, castor oil and the wax produced by honey bees.
Eucalyptus oil is an essential oil of the eucalyptus obtained from the leaves of the trees by steam distillation. The chedmical ingredient in eucalyptus oil is “eucalyptol” which has strong germicidal and disinfectant properties. It is an effective analgesic and is often used in preparations designed to relieve muscle, nerve and joint pains.
Bees wax is an organic product of honey bees belonging to the species Apis dorsata, Apis florea, Apis cerana indica and Trigona iridipennis. The main components of bees wax are palmitate, palmitoleate, and hydroxyl palmitate and oleate esters of long chain aliphatic alcohols. Castor oil provides the basic medium for the balm.
The balm provides a perfect blend of bees wax and eucalyptus oil for external applications as pain reliver and muscle relaxant.