A bottle of White Flower oil, a staple in Chinese family medicine cabinets for decades. Photo: James Wendlinger

How White Flower oil eased a million aches and pains, and remained a family concern

The pungent cure-all oil blend is an Asian institution, offering relief from everything from headaches to travel sickness. We look at its history, from humble beginnings in 1920s Penang to today’s modern Hong Kong factory

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A bottle of White Flower oil, a staple in Chinese family medicine cabinets for decades. Photo: James Wendlinger
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Richard Lord

Richard Lord

Richard is a Hong Kong-based freelance journalist who writes about a broad range of subjects, but with a focus on the arts and culture. He has been an editor at the Wall Street Journal, editorial director of Haymarket Publishing Asia and the editor of a weekly business magazine in his native UK. A graduate of Oxford University, he is also the author of a successful business book and a former stand-up comedian, the latter of which he wasn’t very good at.