The Ultimate Tito/ Tita List of Ointments You Never Knew You Needed

    The Ultimate Tito/ Tita List of Ointments You Never Knew You Needed

    Picture this: It is already a common practice for you to rub on Vicks on different parts of your body whenever you feel sick. Not only that, but you also have a few other essentials on your side table like the famous White flower oil. Whether you are a self-proclaimed tita or in the in-denial stage of becoming one, this article lists down ointments you can add to growing “self-care” collection.

    Your Self-Care Staples

    Here are a few common ointments that you may or may not (but shold have) in your stash.


    Everybody is familiar with the blue jar lying around the bedside table. Vicks Vaporub is a minty salve people rub on different parts of their bodies. It provides relief from the following:

    • Blocked nose
    • Breathing difficulty
    • Headache
    • Muscle stiffness
    • Body aches

    It contains active ingredients, such as camphor (4.8%), menthol (2.6%), and eucalyptus oil (1.2%). According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), these three powerful ingredients can work as cough suppressants. On the other hand, both camphor and menthol act as topical analgesics (pain relievers).

    However, contrary to popular belief, this topical ointment does not act as a decongestant. Rather, the strong menthol and camphor vapors, create a cooling effect to relieve your nasal passages. This then triggers receptors in the brain to make you feel like you are breathing more freely.

    According to the findings of a 2017 study, patients reported that Vicks VapoRub helped improve their sleep.

    White Flower

    Next up on this list is everyone’s favorite embrocation – the White Flower. White Flower Embrocation, also known as Pak Fah Yeow, is a combination of essential oils such as eucalyptus and lavender. Aside from these, it also contains active ingredients quite similar to Vicks that work as external analgesics:

    • Camphor (6%)
    • Menthol (15%)
    • Methyl salicylate (40%)

    This menthol oil may bring relief and benefit a person experiencing one or more of the following:

    • Headache
    • Muscle pain
    • Cold and snuffy nose
    • Travel sickness
    • Insect bites
    • Stress

    You may use white flower oil ointment in three different ways — applying a few drops (ipatak) on site, massaging it (ihagod), or inhaling it (langhapin).

    Efficascent Oil

    Another household staple landing on this list of ointments is efficascent oil. Similar to the other ointments, this also contains several active ingredients to help relieve pain:

    • Methyl salicylate
    • Camphor
    • Menthol

    Applying it to the designated area provides a fast and effective form of relief for the following conditions:

    • Rheumatism back pains
    • Muscular pains
    • Joint pains
    • Stiff neck
    • Headache
    • Flatulence
    • Insect bites
    • Minor sprains and strains
    • Cramps
    • Itchiness and other skin irritations

    Efficascent Relaxing Oil is another form the brand offers. It is a potent blend of eucalyptus and peppermint oils in a roll-on applicator for easy use. It provides relief for travel and motion sickness, headaches and dizziness, stuffy noses, minor stomach and abdominal pains, and itchiness due to insect and mosquito bites.


    Katinko completes the big four essential ointments every tito or tita owns. This topical analgesic contains active ingredients such as:

    • Methyl salicylate (13%)
    • Camphor (11%)
    • Menthol (7.6%)

    This all-purpose liniment helps bring temporary relief for minor aches and muscle pains, as well pain and itching:

    Key Takeaways

    These staples are great to have in your bag or home as they have many uses and can provide great relief. For the titos and titas, which ones are your favorite?

    Learn more about Herbals and Alternatives here.

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

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


    Are you officially a ‘Tita’?, Accessed February 20, 2022

    Efficacy of a Topical Aromatic Rub (Vicks VapoRub ® ) on Effects on Self-Reported and Actigraphically Assessed Aspects of Sleep in Common Cold Patients – Nayantara Santhi, David Ramsey, Gill Phillipson, David Hull, Accessed February 20, 2022 

    VICKS VAPORUB- camphor (synthetic), eucalyptus oil, and menthol ointment 

    The Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Company, Accessed February 20, 2022

    Vicks® VapoRub™, Accessed February 20, 2022

    Vicks VapoRub: An effective nasal decongestant?, Accessed February 20, 2022

    White Flower Embrocation (Philippines), Accessed February 20, 2022

    WHITE FLOWER ANALGESIC BALM- camphor, menthol and methyl salicylate oil, Accessed February 20, 2022

    How To Use White Flower, Accessed February 20, 2022

    Relax after a hard day’s work with Efficascent Relaxing Oil, Accessed February 20, 2022

    KATINKO PAIN AND ITCH RELIEVING (camphor- synthetic, menthol, methyl salicylate ointment, Accessed February 20, 2022

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    Written by Fiel Tugade Updated Apr 15
    Expertly reviewed by Dexter Macalintal, MD