To kick-start the Baby BBB series, here’s a staple of many Chinese mothers for dealing with baby gas! Known as 如意油 (rú yì yóu) in Chinese, this product is an expellent for wind (or a fart-maker, if you like ;)). It is often rubbed onto baby tummies to ‘祛风’ (qū fēng) – remove wind in the stomach. It works on adults and children alike – my whole family uses it to relieve bloatedness.
On babies, instead of pouring the oil directly onto their delicate skin, rub a few drops between your palms before gently rubbing baby’s tummy. This method also ensures a more even application.
Easily available at Watsons at under S$5 for a 25 ml bottle (mine is a 10 ml bottle that was bought from the market), Wong Cheung-Wah Yu Yee Oil (黄祥华如意油), with its familiar red and yellow cylindrical tin, seems to be the dominant brand of this medicated oil. It’s quite possibly the only one, although I do recall seeing another version a long time ago.
Its ingredients include:
- Peppermint Oil 36.0%
- Clove Oil 2.6%
- Nutmeg Oil 0.6%
- Menthol 1.6%
- Borneol 1.0%
- Cortex Cinnamon 1.0%
- Resina Calamus Draco 1.0%
- Light Liquid Paraffin q.s. 100%
Another name for Resina Calamus Draco is Dragon’s Blood, which sounds quite exotic. The liquid probably derives its red hue from the berries of this palm.
The scent can turn sour after some time but when freshly applied, it never fails to remind me of babies! This classic product certainly makes a happy scent memory for me. ♥