Tei Fu Oil® and Massage Lotion

Tei Fu OilTei Fu Essential Oils is a blend of essential oils developed and perfected by Tei Fu Chen, a Chinese herbal doctor.  It is based on an ancient formula that was passed down in his family for more than 1,000 years. Tei Fu contains menthol, camphor, wintergreen oil, clove, eucalyptus and lavender in a base of safflower oil.  It is available both as an essential blend and in a lotion base.

Tei Fu Oil or Tei Fu Massage Lotion can be rubbed into sore muscles and joints for relief of minor aches and pains. It has analgesic effects and stimulates circulation to bring healing blood and oxygen to the tissues.  But, there are many other uses for Tei Fu besides its use as a topical analgesic. For instance, inhaling the oil helps clear the lungs and sinuses. The oil or massage lotion can be rubbed into the chest for relieve of lung congestion or a small amount of the oil can be applied around the nose. It can also be applied to areas where there are swollen lymph nodes to reduce lymphatic congestion.

Tei Fu Oil makes a great topical remedy for insect bites and stings, too.  It rapidly reduces swelling and eases pain. Tei Fu Oil can be applied to canker sores to relieve pain and speed healing.

Inhaling Tei Fu Oil also promotes mental alertness.  A drop can be placed on the back of the tongue to help you stay awake when driving.  

Another use for Tei Fu oil is the relief of headaches.  It can be massaged into the neck, shoulders and temples to ease headaches. Massaged into the throat, Tei Fu Oil or Lotion can ease sore throats.
Lobelia, capsicum and Tei Fu can be applied to the back to ease back pain.  This trio helps relax muscle spasms and helps vertebrae to go back into alignment.  

Tei Fu Oil can be used to ease itching, especially when mixed with aloe vera gel.  Tei Fu also has antiseptic and insect repelling properties.

With all of these uses Tei Fu oil is a must in any first aid kit.  It’s one of my favorite products and I like it much better than similar products at the health food store like Olbas or Tiger Balm.  I take Tei Fu with me when I travel and use it regularly for pain relief, colds and healing minor injuries.

Here is some information about the ingredients in these products.


A compound derived from peppermint and other essential oils in the mint family, menthol triggers cold-sensitive receptors in the skin, just like capsaicin from capsicum triggers heat receptors.  This results in a cooling, refreshing sensation. Menthol also has analgesic properties and acts as a vasodilator to enhance blood flow.


Wintergreen oil is extracted from Gaultheria procumbens of the Ericaceae family, an evergreen and is also known as checkerberry, teaberry and gaultheria.  It has a long tradition with north Americans natives as a remedy for aches and pains and to help breathing while doing heavy work.  The main compounds, menthyl salicylate and gaultherilene, is used in liniments and ointments for muscular skeletal problems.


Camphor is a waxy substance with a strong odor.  Derived from the camphor laurel, a large evergreen tree, it has a cooling effect on the skin similar to menthol.  Camphor has a local anesthetic effect and is antimicrobial. When inhaled it helps act as a cough suppressant. It is also used as an insect repellant. 


The volatile oil of clove contains acetyl eugenol (an antispasmodic) and methyl salicylate (natural aspirin).  It is primarily used topically for toothache or neuralgia, but can be used internally for digestive pains. If you chew on a clove bud, within seconds you’ll get a numbing sensation on your tongue.  Clove oil has been applied topically to ease toothache and teething pains.  Clove is also disinfectant and antiparasitic.


The oil of eucalyptus helps to relieve coughs, colds and flu. It has an antibacterial action and helps to decongest the lungs.  It reduces mucus secretions and inflammation, while stimulating the immune system. Eucalyptus can be applied to cuts and wounds as a disinfectant and wound-healing agent. It is also an insect repellant.


Lavender oil has a relaxing effect on the nerves and relieves muscle spasms. It can help burns, cuts and wounds to heal without scarring.  

Suggested Use

Apply topically as needed. Do not ingest the oil, although it is safe to use a drop or two of the essential oil in the mouth. Avoid contact with eyes, nose and other sensitive areas.  Keep out of reach of children.

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