Wintergreen Essential Oil
Botanical binomial: Gaultheria Procumbens
Other names: Oil of Wintergreen, Gaultheria oil, Teaberry oil, Methyl Salicylate
Country of Origin: China
Part of plant used in production: Leaf
Methods of production: Steam Distillation
Description: A low-growing shrub with evergreen leaves that has distinct oil of wintergreen scent. They are distinctly characterized by their bell shaped flowers and bright red berries.
Characteristics: Wintergreen oil is a very pungent yet sweet and fresh aroma. Similar aroma to mint.
Properties: Analgesic, Anti-rheumatic, Anti-arthritic, Antispasmodic, Antiseptic, Astringent, Carminative, Diuretic, and Emmenagogue.
Constituents: Methyl salicylate, 3,7-guaiadiene, alpha-Pinene, Myrcene, Delta 3-carene, Limonene, Delta-Cadinene.
Uses: The refreshing and rejuvenating aroma of Wintergreen oil allows it to enhance relaxation and uplift moods. It has a mentally stimulating effects that can increase attentiveness. It fights colds, fevers, and the flu.
Wintergreen is commonly used in many foods, beverages, candy, and toothpaste flavours due to it’s similarity to peppermint.
It is an active ingredient in many topical pain relievers and could be used in toothache and headache remedies. Research shows that it is one of the best natural analgesics, with many pain management uses. It is energizing and immune-enhancing, fighting free radical damage and reducing inflammation.
Other uses include: as a bath soak for sore muscles, an ingredient in air fresheners, natural toothpaste and mouthwash ingredient, skin and hair treatments, cold and flu treatment.
Wintergreen can also be used in beekeeping to help with varroa mites.
Avoid during pregnancy. For external use only. Should be diluted prior to skin application. Avoid contact with eyes and mouth. May cause skin irritation for some individuals, a skin patch test is recommended prior to use. Consult your healthcare professional before using essential oils during pregnancy.