The Chinese alternative medicine includes an extensive use of the White Flower oil. Although it came into existence in the early 90s, it has never stopped growing in popularity. This oil blend is meant to soothe many daily ailments. It’s time to find out who can use it and for what purpose.
In this post, you’ll be reading about:
- What this popular oil is made of.
- Whether White Flower embrocation is different or not from the White Flower Balm. With the health benefits of using the White Flower remedy, plus pros and cons to be aware of.
- How to use the remedy.
- Where to buy White Flower and what people say about it (reviews).
- Useful facts and details about the oil of White Flower.
- Natural remedy recipes with White Flower oil.
White Flower Oil Blend Pros and Cons, How to Use & Reviews
White Flower oil comes in two varieties. One for the American market and the other is the regular recipe sold in Asia and other places.
They’re both the same product, containing the same ingredients. There is one catch, however. The percentage of each ingredient is different. On a chemical and physiological level, this changes things a bit. The first thing you’ll be noticing is a different smell.
The percentage of oils used changes the interactions with the body chemistry too. I’m afraid that this may mean anything.
One can trigger certain health problems for some people. Or it may mean that the remedy can interact with certain medicines. Or, one oil blend can have a more powerful pain relief action, etc.
Like I said, the ingredients are all the same. So, what is White Flower oil made out of? It’s made of 6 essential oils:
This essential oil is 95 – 99,9% methyl salicylate. This is a form of salicylic acid, otherwise known as aspirin. The substance is a strong anti-inflammatory agent.
It is also analgesic (pain relieving) and antispasmodic. The latter property means that it can soothe muscle spasms and relieve tension.
Wintergreen oil is also antifungal and antibacterial. Last but not least, this oil can dilate the blood vessels and regulate the blood circulation.
Be careful as this essence should not be used by certain people. Medical approval is mandatory. There’s a high risk of triggering epilepsy or seizures. People on anticoagulants should also avoid it.
If you’re allergic to aspirin, you should avoid Wintergreen oil. Avoid using it if you have eczema, asthma, an ulcer or hemorrhage.
This substance is well-known for its anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. But, through its cold-inducing sensation, it can also act as a local anesthetic. It also has antispasmodic effects and can soothe itching too. For its side effects, see Peppermint.
Camphor is another very important medicinal substance. It’s a strong analgesic (pain reliever) and disinfectant. It can also help relax the muscles and give the respiratory system a boost.
That’s why, camphor is highly used for colds, the flu, and coughs. It can also soothe muscle contractions and even allergies. Camphor can also repel insects and calm an agitated mind, among others.
As side effects, Camphor can trigger asthma or seizures. It should be used in very small amounts and very diluted. It can also induce a miscarriage, so use only with medical approval.
I haven’t found a specific reference to the exact type of Eucalyptus oil used. There can be at least 3 different varieties, but only two are very popular. E. globulus and E. radiata are very high in 1, 8 cineole (eucalyptol).
This substance has many benefits on the nervous system, memory, and organs. It can help improve breathing almost instantly. Eucalyptus oil is a very good antiviral and antibacterial. It can also stimulate the immune system and decrease inflammation.
As side effects, Eucalyptus is not recommended for people with asthma or seizures/epilepsy.
Lavender is another aromatic essence with many other varieties available. The White Flower oil doesn’t specify what type of Lavender they used. Normally, this means that they used the most common variety.
The most commonly used Lavender is L. angustifolia. This variety is the same one that made the subject of tens of medical experiments and studies. Lavender is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. It is also anti-anxiety and deals well with burns and itching. It can also help with insomnia and many other ailments.
As side effects, too much Lavender (which is not the case here!) can aggravate cardiovascular problems. People with asthma should also talk to their doctor first.
Peppermint is the plant with very high amounts of menthol (30- 55%) and menthone (12 -32%). It’s analgesic, tonic, and antibacterial. Peppermint is also antiviral and antispasmodic, as well as anti-inflammatory.
It boosts the digestion and both the digestive and respiratory systems. It can relieve a cough and regulate the menstrual cycle, among others.
As side effects, large amounts of Peppermint can be very dangerous. It can trigger seizures, epilepsy and asthma attacks. It can interact with hormone-based medicines and affect the liver and kidneys. Avoid using this oil if you have cardiovascular problems.
As safety precautions:
- Always seek medical counsel before using any OTC drugs such as White Flower oil.
- Avoid using them on children and elderly people. Or if you are pregnant in the first 3 months, or breastfeeding. These are all situations in which you have to talk to the doctor first.
White Flower Embrocation vs. White Flower Balm
That said, what’s with all these terms and different packaging? Isn’t there one single White Flower essential oil blend? The answer is not that simple.
Sellers state that:
“The packaging and formula of the product are subject to each country’s import regulations and law requirements”.
Throughout Asia, White Flower oil or White Flower Embrocation is known as Pak Fah Yeow. According to the Cambridge dictionary, embrocation means:
“A liquid that is rubbed onto the body to reduce pain or stiffness in muscles”.
Therefore, White Flower Embrocation is a rubbing medicated oil blend. It usually has a green package, without many English words. I’ve seen it in blue packaging too.
This is the traditional recipe sold in the Far East. It means that White Flower Embrocation refers to the original product. Its chemical composition consists of:
- Wintergreen (35%)
- Menthol (29%)
- Eucalyptus (16.5%)
- Lavender (7.5%)
- Peppermint (7.5%)
- Camphor (4.5%)
The uses of White Flower Embrocation are as follows:
- Temporary pain relief (backaches, arthritis, sprains, etc.)
- Headaches and migraines.
- Neck aches.
- Nasal congestion.
- Refresh the mind and body.
- Recover from colds and the flu.
- GI gas and pain.
- Relieve dizziness and travel nausea.
- Soothe mosquito bites.
- Effectively disinfect wounds and infections.
The White Flower Analgesic Balm is the U.S version of the same product. It is an OTC (over-the-counter) medicine, that doesn’t need a prescription.
It usually comes in a blue package with an English title on it. This version contains the same ingredients, but in different amounts:
- Wintergreen (40%)
- Eucalyptus (18%)
- Menthol (15%)
- Peppermint (15%)
- Lavender (6%)
- Camphor (6%)
As you can see, this version is a lot more powerful than its original version. Its scent is also different, more medicinal.
You’ll be happy to know that the White Flower analgesic balm is used for many diverse ailments. The White Flower balm uses are:
- Motion sickness.
- Headaches and migraines.
- Joint and muscle pain relief.
- Decongest a stuffy nose.
- Boost the immune system.
- Help recover from a cold or the flu.
- Decrease inflammation and itching.
- Relieve painful gas.
- Improve the blood flow at a site of injury.
- Soothe insect bites.
As a conclusion, both the Embrocation and the Analgesic Balm can be used for the same purposes. But each is better at specific “tasks”. The percentage of oil used in your product can also tell you what it’s most useful for.
White Flower Oil Side Effects (Embrocation & Analgesic Balm)
All natural remedies, if they’re used improperly, can cause health complications. An improper use refers to the long-time use of large amounts of product.
Disregarding your actual health condition or other medicines you have to take, can also lead to complications. Check out these safety tips before using White Flower oil:
- Always test each new bottle for allergic reactions. Essential oils can vary in composition, mainly because of the area they come from.
- Do not apply any of these remedies directly to the skin. You have to dilute them with carrier oils first.
- If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, avoid its use without medical advice.
- If you’re on other medicines, tell your doctor or pharmacist about using White Flower oil. It may interact with certain drugs like anticoagulants or blood pressure, hormones, etc.
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose, mouth, genital area, and the inner ears with this product. It can burn and sting, irritate and/or sensitize the area.
- If you are more prone to allergies, use this blend very cautiously.
- Keep away from children’s reach. Don’t use on them without talking to a doctor first.
- White Flower is for external use only! Do not take internally without consulting with your doctor first.
- Tighten the top of the bottle very well. It doesn’t have a flat bottom and it can easily fall and spill off.
- The oil blend is hot. This means you should never put a plastic wrap or a bandage on it. This would only make things worse and cause severe blistering.
- Because of its high content of methyl salicylate, the oil can cause poisoning.
- Stop the use of White Flower oil if you notice anything amiss. If the symptoms last for an unusually long period of time, you should check with your doctor.
How Do I Use White Flower Oil Blend?
The recommended application method is 2 – 3 drops of White Flower on the affected area. Like I said, it’s a strong remedy that should never be applied as it is.
Mix the 2 – 3 drops with some carrier oil of your choice and apply on the affected area(s). You can do this 2 – 4 times a day until the symptoms improve or go away. If they become worse or last a long time without improvement, you should see a doctor.
You can make very nice White Flower blends for pain relief and travel nausea. You can take them with you in roll-ons and enjoy their benefits whenever wherever.
Also, all the ingredients of White Flower are volatile and thin. This makes them great for diffusion. You can add 2 – 3 drops of this oil blend into an Aromatherapy diffuser.
You can actively diffuse for 20 – 30 minutes, every 2 hours or more. Keep the room well-ventilated and let the air circulate. This’ll avoid headaches and nausea that can occur from air saturation with oil molecules.
Where to Buy White Flower Oil
Luckily, you can find White Flower oil, whether Embrocation or Analgesic Balm, very easy. If you want to give it a try or simply renew your stock, you can always order it from Amazon. Check out the links or the buttons on the pictures above to see their prices.
There are many brands of White Flower, but they’re all produced in Asia. They usually come from China, but countries like Malaysia and Philippines sell it too.
There’s no coincidence that most reviews for White Flower oil are positive. People everywhere keep on returning to this product because it works.
There are little-known side effects and they usually happen when people use large amounts. It is especially easy to feel sick if you ingest this blend. Also, air diffusion may cause some problems, if it’s not done right.
White Flower is a common remedy in many countries around the world, especially in Asia. It’s already part of their traditional ways of dealing with daily ailments. If you want to know more interesting facts about this natural remedy, then I invite you to keep reading.
White Flower Essential Oil Blend Facts, plus Recipes
White Flower is a popular name throughout the world. According to Wikipedia, White Flower is the name of a Native Indian chief. There’s also a 1923 movie called The White Flower. Finally, the White Flower is also an Italian political alliance between two Christian parties.
In the Far East, White Flower is the name of an essential oils blend. Although most often referred to as the Chinese White Flower oil, its origins are in fact Malaysian.
Gan Geok Eng mixed the above-mentioned essential oils for personal use. Slowly, its mixture became very popular among family members and friends.
By now, you’ve already seen that the oil mixture doesn’t contain any white flower extract. This name comes from Gan Geok Eng’s favorite flower: the daffodil.
It first became popular in Malaysia (Penang), in 1927, then Singapore and China. Here is where things got serious. Gan Geok Eng embarked on a serious marketing campaign throughout China. That brought his product today’s recognition.
White Flower oil is a high-quality, non-prescription drug. They import their essential oils from Australia and France.
Depending on the manufacturing brand, they oils may come from China too. All these purchases are made in compliance with the specifications of both the British and the Chinese Pharmacopoeia.
Some reputable White Flower oil brands have the following certifications and approvals:
- An ISO certificate (ISO9001:2008).
- Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) Award, issued by the Australian Health Department.
- Hong Kong Top Brand Mark.
White Flower Essential Oil Blend Recipes
Before I conclude the article, I will leave you with a few practical recipes you can use right away.
White Flower Oil Recipe for Stomach Ache
- White Flower blend: 12 drops
- Jojoba, Almond or Olive oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
Apply and rub this blend onto the stomach area. Use clockwise movements after a large meal and keep the area warm. Don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids and eat fibers too.
White Flower Oil Recipe for Acne
- White Flower blend: 4 -6 drops
- Macadamia oil: 10 ml (roll-on bottle)
Give the mixture a good shake before each use. Apply a small amount on your clean, yet damp face every night and/or morning.
Anti-Nausea & Headache White Flower Oil Recipe
- White Flower blend: 6 drops
- Any neutral smelling carrier: 10 ml (roll-on bottle)
Shake the blend, then apply a small amount on the temples and back of the head. Massage it in and inhale deeply while looking at a far away steady point. I don’t recommend using White Flower oil during pregnancy.
Oh, I almost forgot… Try not to confuse White Flower Oil (Pak Fah Yeow) with Kwan Loong oil. What is Kwan Loong? It’s a different mixture of essential oils and powders. You’ll find Menthol crystal and camphor powder in its composition.
You’ll also find Spike Lavender, Wintergreen, and Eucalyptus essential oils. On top of all these ingredients, 32.5% of it is White Flower oil. There is also a bit (0.5%) of Chloroform B.P in Kwan Loong.
What is Kwan Loong oil used for? This mixture is mostly used to soothe and prevent insect bites. It can also relieve temporary pain (joints, muscles, teeth, etc.).
Once applied to the skin, you’ll first feel it warm, after which it becomes cold. This makes it useful in replacing ice. It should be mixed with carrier oils first. Kwan Loong is effective for cuts and rashes, bruises and other wounds.
As final thoughts, I’d like to remind you that both the Embrocation and the Analgesic balm are useful. Which one you choose, depends only on your preferences and needs. As long as you use them in moderation and diluted, there should be no problems.
White Flower oil is a good remedy to have in your home. It can deal with lots of temporary aches and pains, but it’s not a miracle cure. You must still consult with your doctor to make sure your condition is not much more serious.
What do you think about this natural Malaysian/Chinese remedy? Have you ever used it or know anyone to do so? I’d be happy to hear your thoughts on this.