Martial artists prefer Dit Da Jow's analgesic liniment. A martial arts master blends myrrh and ginseng to stimulate circulation, reduce pain and swelling, and speed wound healing.

I used herbs that can be found in the US, so this wouldn’t be considered true Dit Da Jow, but it has been very effective for our bumps and bruises.

It also helps speed recovery of non-martial arts related injuries so we keep it on hand. Store bought Dit Da Jow is available, though I haven’t tried it to know if it is as effective.

Ingredients – 1 tablespoon of dried Arnica flowers – 1 tablespoon dried Plantain Leaf – 1 tablespoon dried Comfrey Leaf – 1 tablespoon Frankincense Powder – 1 tablespoon dried Myrrh powder – 1 tablespoon Fennel seeds – 1 teaspoon dried Angelica Root – 1 teaspoon dried Calendula Flowers

– 1 teaspoon dried Dandelion Root – 1 teaspoon dried Horsetail – 1 teaspoon dried Nettle Leaf – 1 teaspoon cloves powder – 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

Instructions 1. Place all of the herbs in a glass mason jar (at least 16 ounces). 2. Pour boiling water to just dampen all of the herbs. (This step is optional but helps to draw out the beneficial properties of the herbs)

3. Fill the rest of the jar (or the entire jar if not using hot water too) with alcohol (drinkable, at least 80 proof) and stir with a clean spoon. 4. Put the lid on the jar. Store the jar in a cool/dry place, shaking daily, for at least three weeks and up to six months. (I usually leave herbs for six weeks)

5. Strain through cheesecloth and compost the herbs. Store the tincture in colored dropper bottles or clean glass jars. 6. Use on skin as needed to help with bruises, sore muscles and pain. Do not use on cut or broken skin.