From soothing achy muscles after a workout to opening blocked sinuses, white flower oil is a favorite of many therapeutic massage and traditional Chinese medical practitioners.
Weeks before 9/11, I stumbled on White Flower Oil in a health food store when looking for a deep muscle rub for my husband. I read all the ingredient lists and chose the White Flower Oil since Icy Hot or Mineral Ice contain unpronounceable ingredients I wouldn’t put on my family’s skin – plus I loved the cute little Oriental, vintage-y box. He loved the smell and that soothing, deep icy-hot tingle for those inevitable aches and sprains. In time, I decided to make my own copycat blend – and now I share the recipe with you.
A Mr. Gan Geock Eng, a local Singaporean merchant, first developed the combination back in 1927. It’s popularity spread around the world, and he started to mass produce the oil. Still it remains a trusted cure for congestion and muscle aches – even added to witch hazel as an after shave. One man wrote in an Amazon review, “Oh boy, your face will feel smooth and moist all day – and what a kick!”
White flower oil is created by combining a number of oils, similar to my Thieves essential oil blend. I have done the ratios for you below.
A Few Uses for White Flower Oil:
- Tension headaches – If you suffer from muscle tension headaches, this oil could be a saving grace. Simply massage a few drops onto your shoulders and neck to see a big difference, plus it smells wonderful!
- Aches and pains – We usually find this to be all we need after a minor sprain, strain, or overworked muscles. Rubbing it into the sore area is enough to reduce pain and make a significant difference to any muscular discomfort we’re experiencing. In addition, it can be combined with a carrier oil, such as jojoba or coconut oil (even your favorite body lotion) to make a soothing massage balm for deep tissue massage and relaxation.
- Travel sickness – Rubbing just a couple of drops behind the ears helps calm the symptoms. Add 10 drops of Ginger essential oil to the recipe when traveling.
- Congestion – White flower oil is a fantastic home remedy for the discomfort of sinus pain and congestion. It is completely natural and makes a great alternative to decongestants, which can come with a nasty set of side-effects.
DO NOT get into eyes. It will sting! And this is not for use on babies, toddlers, or young children.
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White Flower Massage Oil Recipe:
- Wintergreen essential oil – 40 drops
- Eucalyptus essential oil – 18 drops
- Peppermint essential oil – 15 drops
- Camphor – 6 drops
- Lavender -6 drops
- Menthol crystals – add several crystals equivalent to ~15% right into the bottle. They’ll dissolve readily. Adding menthol is optional, but it gives more synergy and depth to the blend. Menthol is what makes it ‘icy hot’!
- Carrier oil for massage – The original product contains essential oils only, but a carrier will aid in massaging a larger area. Use 1 tsp. coconut oil, olive, jojoba, etc.
Simply drip the essential oils together into a dark glass bottle, replace the dripper cap (like in the photo below), and seal tightly. Label and store in a cool place out of sunlight. Shelf life is 3-5 years.
All the essential oils in white flower oil blend are safe and very inexpensive oils.
White flower oil is not known for any side-effects, but like many essential oils, it is not recommended for use with pregnant women or children. Some essential oils may cause irritation in people with sensitive skin so it is wise to do a patch test before using regularly.
I use a wide variety of brands of essential oils. Many of my oils I’ve had in stock for a number of years (they keep very well) and am still pleased with their potency. I am not loyal to any one brand of essential oils, but I’m partial to Mountain Rose Herbs and Plant Therapy on Amazon– both high quality and more reasonably priced.
If time is an issue and you’d rather buy instead of make something yourself, I recommend Tiger Balm which has only the safe ingredients of Camphor and Menthol, Cajeput, Cassia, Clove, and Mint oils, plus paraffin petrolatum.
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