Natural Cleaning and Care with Hakka Oil

Jul 24, 2021 | Care

Hakka oil is inexpensive to obtain, yet its uses are versatile and all-purpose.

What’s Hakka Oil?

Hakka oil is an essential oil extracted from the Japanese species of Hakka (Japanese mint), which grows wild in Japan. Its main ingredient, menthol, is about 1.5 times more abundant than peppermint, giving it a stronger, cooler sensation. Its refreshing scent soothes stress, promotes digestion, and has analgesic properties.

In Japan, there are three types of Hakka: Japanese Hakka, Western Hakka (peppermint), and Green Hakka (spearmint), with Japanese Hakka being relatively cold tolerant.

Hakka oil is basically the same as the essential oil used in so-called aromatherapy, such as peppermint. However, in Japan, it is treated as a drug and sold by pharmaceutical companies, so it is more readily available and cheaper than other essential oils.

Taking advantage of this availability, many people in Japan use Hakka oil in various ways to enhance their quality of life.


It can be used for aromatherapy as well as aromatic essential oils. Since menthol is the main ingredient, it has the same effect as peppermint.

This refreshing scent helps to calm high emotions and clear the mind. It is said to help with nasal congestion and hay fever, to control perspiration in summer, and to warm the body in winter.

It is also often used in massage to soothe muscle pain.

However, it is very fragrant and stimulating, so care must be taken in the amount used.

An all-purpose original Hakka Oil Spray for insect control and deodorization

How to make the Hakka oil spray

Anhydrous ethanol…10ml
Hakka oil…10 drops
Purified water…90ml

It is easy to make, just put the Hakka oil and anhydrous ethanol in a spray container, mix well, and then add purified water. Since Hakka is an oil, it does not mix well with water, so it is necessary to mix it with ethanol first. If you are using it as an insect repellent, it is best to use a larger amount of Hakka oil.

Insect Repellent

When you spray the resulting Hakka oil spray on your arms, the fresh scent of Hakka will be transmitted to you, giving you a pleasant cool feeling. In fact, insects do not like this scent, so you can expect it to repel insects.

In the season when there are many opportunities to be active outside, such as outdoor activities at the beach or in the mountains, or tending to the garden, it is convenient to have a bottle of this Hakka oil spray.

It can also be sprayed near windows and doorways, which are the entry points for insects, to prevent them from entering the house.

Deodorization and Fragrance

In the house, it can be used for deodorizing and aromatic purposes. Spray it as linen water on pillowcases, cushions, sofas, curtains, etc. to spread a refreshing scent throughout the room. It is also a good idea to spray it on laundry that smells like it has dried in the room.

Also, spraying it on food scraps generated at home will have a deodorizing effect and prevent insects from forming.


We recommend using it as a cool-down item, especially in hot summer. Wipe off the sweat on your body with a wet tissue or a wet towel, and you can easily feel the coolness of menthol.

It is also good for hot bodies after a bath. It also has a refreshing effect that will help relieve your fatigue after a long day.

Collaboration with natural cleaners to keep your home clean

As long as we live in a house, dirt is bound to occur. The kitchen, bathroom, and toilet are places that need special care. For each of these areas, there are special cleaners on the market.

However, these cleaners generally contain chemical substances that can cause skin irritation. They also contain their own fragrances, which can make your house smell like a lot of different things.

So what we recommend is a combination of natural cleaners and Hakka oil.

What is Natural Cleaner?

Natural cleaners here are referred to as Citric Acid, Baking Soda, and Sesqui. These are organic substances that have alkaline or acidic liquid properties.

Citric Acid

It cleans the inside of dishwashers, removes hot water stains from electric kettles, water stains and soap scum from sinks and bathrooms. It is acidic in nature and is effective in relieving ammonia odor, mildew odor around sinks, and fishy odor from cookware.

Hakka oil…1 or 2 drops
200ml purified water
1 teaspoon of citric acid

Baking Soda

Effective against various stains in the kitchen, bathroom, toilet, and other areas of the house.
Deodorizes kitchen garbage and shoeboxes, and is an old-fashioned multi-purpose auxiliary agent for detergents.
Environmentally friendly, mildly alkaline cleaning abrasive.

Hakka oil…1 or 2 drops
100ml purified water
1 teaspoon of baking soda

Sodium Sesquicarbonate

A surfactant-free, alkaline cleaning agent that is gentle on the hands.
It is a mixture of half baking soda and half sodium carbonate.
Because it is alkaline, it is effective against fatty acid stains such as cortex and hand stains.

Hakka oil…1 or 2 drops
200ml purified water
1 teaspoon of sodium sesquicarbonate

How to Make the Hakka Cleaner Spray

It’s easy to make, just choose the right cleaner for your application, mix it in the quantities mentioned above, and put it in a spray bottle. Hakka is an oil, so it does not dissolve in water, but it is just for scenting, so just shake the bottle well. If you are concerned about this, you can add anhydrous ethanol to the Hakka oil first to make it more soluble in water, just like the Hakka oil spray mentioned above.

important point

– Hakka oil is a very irritating liquid because it contains menthol. Use it undiluted and avoid applying it to the skin.

– If you put it in a container such as a spray, make sure it does not contain polyethylene material. It may dissolve due to chemical changes.

– Animals, such as birds and cats, do not like Hakka oil. If you have pets, use with caution.

Recommended Products

Here are some of the most widely distributed Hakka oil in Japan.

Hakka Oil of “Kenei “(EC:

Hakka Oil of “Kitami Hakka Tusho ” for Wholesale (