Wintergreen Essential Oil (Gaultheria procumbens)
Wintergreen essential oil is distilled from a powerful medicinal plant that stimulates the lungs, facilitates healthy circulation and aids with pain and inflammation.
- Muscle / Joint Pain
- Reduces Itching (pruitis)
- Stimulates Blood Circulation
- Use in Botanical Perfumery
Aromatic Scent: Cool crisp icy-hot aroma, zingy & vitalizing ~ Intoxicatingly sweet with undertones of woody hues.
Dr. Nick Notes
Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) is also known as the eastern teaberry, the checkerberry, the boxberry. Wintergreen is native to northeastern North America from Newfoundland west to southeastern Manitoba, and south to Alabama. Native Americans brewed teas from the leaves to alleviate rheumatic symptoms, headache, fever, sore throat, and various aches and pains.
Oil of Wintergreen contains the highly aromatic compound, methyl salicylate, which is used in aromatherapy & botanical perfumery for its sweet, refreshing, mint-like aroma. Wintergreen oil has also been used (in very small amounts), as a flavoring in products such as chewing gum, breath mints, toothpaste, & ice cream. Wintergreen essential oil is also found as a flavor ingredient in root beer.
Methyl salicylate is a medically known ingredient and proven NSAID (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug) that is also the metabolite of Acetylsalicylic acid (commonly known as Aspirin). Wintergreen extract is commonly innerstood to relieve pain and inflammation. Diluted in a carrier oil, wintergreen oil can be used topically to aid with arthritic aches & pains – Wintergreen essential oil may aid with symptoms of itching from insect bites & stings. Wintergreen oil for pain is the most widespread usage, and used safely can be a powerful ally
How to Use
- Analgesic / Anti-inflammatory – Apply into a carrier oil at 1 – 2.5% and rub into the affected area to aid with recovery.
- Apply small amounts of infused Wintergreen oil onto bug bites or stings to aid with itching symptoms.
- Use topically after a workout to aid with muscle recovery, facilitates healthy blood circulation -make sure Wintergreen is diluted into a carrier oil (infused oil) as listed above.
- Apply infused oil onto joints to aid with arthritic types of pain.
- Massage onto the chest to aid in facilitating deeper breathing & opening the lungs.
- Diluted in a carrier oil, wintergreen oil can be used as a vapor rub on the chest to open the lungs during a cold.
- Facilitates healthy blood circulation when used as a muscle rub (especially good for soothing sore muscles).
Do Not Use Wintergreen essential oil if you have any sensitivity to Aspirin (pharmacologically similar). Acts as an anticoagulant (blood thinner). Avoid contact with eyes and other sensitive areas. May be best to avoid use in pregnancy & breastfeeding – do not apply neat (undiluted). Wintergreen oil must be diluted in a carrier oil before usage to avoid potential for wintergreen oil toxicity.
Blends Well With: Black Pepper, Cassia (CO2), Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Dives, Ginger, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Pink Pepper, Raspberry Seed (CO2), Turmeric (CO2), Xanthoxylatum
Cultivation: Consciously Cultivated
Country of Origin: Nepal
Extraction Method: Steam Distilled
Parts of Plant Used: Leaves
Terpenes: Methyl Salicylate (about 98%), α-Pinene, Myrcene, delta-3-Carene, Limonene, 3,7-Guaiadiene, and delta-Cadinene
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition, consult your physician before using this product.*