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The Many Uses of White Flower Oil

Medically reviewed by Regina Victoria Boyles, MD · Pediatrics


Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. · Updated Mar 19, 2023

The Many Uses of White Flower Oil

White Flower Oil (Embrocation) may only come in tiny bottles, but they pack numerous uses, from headache relief to improvement of flu symptoms. Where does this oil get its “cure-all” properties? How do you use it correctly? The answers and more are in this article. 

What is White Flower Oil?

White Flower Embrocation, more commonly known as White Flower Oil, is a blend of essential oils, including eucalyptus oil and lavender oil¹. Note that in the package, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil, as well as peppermint oil and fragrance, are listed as “inactive” ingredients²,³.

The active ingredients are as follows:

  • 5.4% camphor
  • 13.1% menthol
  • 36% methyl salicylate

Reminder

Reports say the active ingredients are the components that have therapeutic effects. In other words, they are the ones that make you feel better⁴. That doesn’t mean, though, that inactive ingredients are not important. Inactive ingredients may act as fillers, stabilizers, help in absorption or buffers. 

What are the Uses of White Flower Oil?

The manufacturer’s website (Hong Kong-based) listed the following uses of White Flower Oil¹:

  • Relief from “stuffed up” feelings due to diseases, like the flu and common cold. 
  • Promotes pain relief (headache, tummy ache, muscle ache)
  • Helps with motion sickness and dizziness
  • Helps with itching from insect bites 
  • Can act as antiseptic
  • Gives remedies to pimples, cuts, scalds, and burns
  • Helps with bleeding and pain from minor wounds 
  • Gives a soothing aromatherapy
  • Helps refresh the body
  • Helps soothes stress 
  • Looking at these uses, it’s easy to see why many consider White Flower Oil a “cure-all” remedy. 

    But the question is, can we really use White Flower Embrocation for the above-mentioned conditions?

    Considerations

    Despite the long list of uses, the Philippine FDA report for White Flower Oil (imported, repacked, and distributed by Jelma Philippines) says its purpose is to act as an “external analgesic,” which means it’s for pain relief from:

    • Simple backache
    • Strains and sprains
    • Bruises
    • Arthritis 

    Contrary to the HK-based manufacturer’s website, which says it might help with minor wounds1, the Philippine FDA report specifically indicated that you shouldn’t use it on irritated or damaged skin and wounds³

    The official website of White Flower Oil in the Philippines (by Jelma) also made no mention of its uses for open wounds and antiseptic. They do, however, indicate that you can use it for⁵:

    • Headaches
    • Muscle pain
    • Cold and stuffy nose
    • Travel sickness 
    • Insect bites
    • Stress
    • Back massage
    • Head massage 

    The active ingredients take care of the aches and pains. Meanwhile, the inactive ingredient, lavender oil, can help with stress. Camphor also has anti-inflammatory properties that might help with insect bites. 

    How to Properly Use White Flower Oil

    For temporary relief of minor aches and pains, place 1 to 2 drops of the oil on the palm, rub both hands gently, then massage the affected area. You may also directly apply the oil to the aching body part. Use 3 to 4 times daily. 

    For stress, travel sickness, headache, and stuffy nose, you may also use it for aromatherapy. Place the oil on your hands, rub gently, then inhale the vapor. Likewise, you may also place the oil on a handkerchief. 

    Do not use it for pregnant women and children under 3 years of age. 

    Important

    White Flower Oil may be considered by many as a “cure-all” remedy, but it cannot exactly cure the condition. Case in point, if you have arthritis, it may only provide temporary relief, but the doctor will still give you other instructions or medications. 

    If your symptoms persist or worsen, please set an appointment with your doctor. 

    Key Takeaways

    White Flower Oil is a blend of oils that many people regard as a “cure-all” remedy. Despite this, the FDA report says its sole purpose is to act as an external analgesic. 

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    Disclaimer

    Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

    Medically reviewed by

    Regina Victoria Boyles, MD

    Pediatrics


    Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. · Updated Mar 19, 2023

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