Hundreds of years ago Lawang Oil was discovered on two small islands on the Indonesian Archipelago. Considering there are more than 17,000 islands that constitute Indonesia, this makes Lawang Oil very rare indeed!!
Over four hundred years ago, as tradition has it, a villager discovered that by rubbing a leaf from a particular plant on his swollen and painful joints, he received considerable relief. It wasn't long before they discovered the art of distilling the oil from the leaves and bark of this plant, which was to become known as the Lawang Tree. As the tree was unique to their two islands, it gave them a very valuable product with which to barter among other islands.