Home Made Bengay/Moov for Body Aches (Karpoora Thailam)

Whenever we get a knee pain or sprains we tend to apply some creams(analgesic) like bengay to provide warmth and relieve the pain. But would you believe the ingredients are so simple and you can even make it at home? My mom never trusted any of these chemicals and she believed that since it is applied on the skin, our system can absorb it. The more you apply to relieve the pain, the more you are adding chemicals to the system.

Instead of using these pain relievers she would make a instant home made analgesic(a rub) to apply and she would massage with it. When I was in University studying Chemistry, I could understand the principle behind it. The ingredients are the same, some oil as a base and camphor. The base oil my mom uses is Sesame oil, called a Nallenai in Tamil, which literally translates to Good oil!!

I learnt this from my mom and now a days N too has stopped using all these rubs and he asks me to make this instead of buying some unknown chemicals.

Home made analgesic:

Ingredients: (serves for 4 applications)

Sesame oil- 1/4 cup
Camphor-6 capsules
An old, beaten up pan


There are a couple of things you should remember before starting to make this rub. Both oil and camphor can catch fire, so do not play with heating. Be careful and do not leave it at any stage unnoticed.

Heat a pan without adding anything to it, till you can see slight fumes coming out of the pan. Reduce the flame, pour the oil and heat it for a minute.

Remove the oil pan from fire.. This is very important as hot oil and camphor can give fumes or fire.

Powder the camphor. Sprinkle the camphor powder into the oil. You can see some sizzle, but it is OK. Let it cool for 3-4 minutes.

Oil is ready!

You can cool it and store in a container. If it cools, the oil will get creamy like a store bought rub. You can either use the cream or the oil. If you need to massage with the oil, wait till you can handle the heat of the oil (till it is warm and not hot).

Apply the lukewarm oil either on the back or hands or leg,depending on the area of swelling, sprain or pain and start massaging lightly. Do not rub heavily as the oil will warm up on its own once it comes to contact with the skin due to massage. The person receiving the oil massage can feel the warmth too. If a hot shower is taken after the oil massage, the relief will be instant.

This is something I make often (as N travels a lot and comes back with aches all over) and it is simple and works every time. You don’t have to worry about side effects as you know what ingredients are there.

How to use: Either as oil or cream
Used for: Body aches due to strain or sprain
Who can use: Adults and kids(reduce the dosage and just apply in minimum quantities)

This Home made bengay goes straight to the Home Remedies Event I am hosting, an event started by A2Zvegetariancuisine

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20 Comments to “Home Made Bengay/Moov for Body Aches (Karpoora Thailam)”

  1. Very useful one esp for elder people who have knee pains all the time…will tell this one to my grandmom as she always has this problem…thanks for sharing sowjanya….

  2. Asha says:

    I love the aroma of Karpoora/Camphor, didn’t know it would be useful for body ache too. Great post.

    Do you have any nushka for kicking blogger peeps backsides for “destroying” my beloved Wednesday blog post today? ;D

  3. Priya says:

    Wow i never heard about this..fantastic Sis..thanks for sharing..

  4. Wow!!! thats incredible…i will try n make this at home.

  5. Cham says:

    Good one, never tried it! I love the camphor smell :)
    Hehe I am late on my today post!

  6. simplyfood says:

    This is a wonderful recipe for home remedy.Thanks for sharing.

  7. Sheela says:

    Awesome, Ruchika. Love home remedies. Thanks for dropping me a note! I will try to write up the frequently used ones for this event! Cheers, Sheela.

  8. Jagruti says:

    Hey Ruchika
    kudos to you….thanks for sharing this..amzing..I’ll ask my SIL to make for my father in India, he is having this knee pain a lot..thanks dear once again..

  9. ya home remedies are really very useful and nice way to share it this way…awesome event i can say,will send mine soon..

  10. I am following this for my knee pain. This is can be applied in chest and back when you have severe cold.

  11. aqua says:

    Hey this is a fantastic post!

  12. hey this was really great info and totally useful..instead of spending so much on the ointments..we can make this oil and keep it handy..

  13. Sayantani says:

    am going home next month and will prepare a bottle of this oil for Maa. she is suffering a lot from her knee pain.

  14. Joanne says:

    Thanks for letting me know about this event! I’m going to come up with some edible remedies for things, for SURE. It is such a great idea!

    This is a great post…filled with so much useful information.

  15. Divya Vikram says:

    Havent heard of this. Sounds simple and effective. Will see if I can send in something for your event!

  16. Wow this is such a handy recipe and I remember my grandma make this at home and the whole house smells of campher!!! ;D I remember this being used for headache too… Shall send in some post!!!

  17. BDSN says:

    I will see if I can come up with a good home remedy …..

    I just have to think through a lil…

  18. Koki says:

    wow super remedy Ruchika.
    Will send my entry soon :)

  19. Jayashree says:

    Nice, simple remedy…..will try and send you something.

  20. Malini says:

    I heard this karporadi thyla in ayurvedic clinics, but did not know how to prepare this. Thanks for this sharing handy receipe. I will try.

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