Wintergreen Essential Oil – Gaultheria procumbens – is steam distilled from the leaves of the Wintergreen (evergreen) plant which is native to North America.
Whilst there is no clinical data available to prove the therapeutic value of Wintergreen essential oil, it has been used for many hundreds of years for its soothing properties and from its early use, was applied to sore muscles and joint aches to relieve the pain. This application bought about the oil being beneficial to the well being of users in the past.
Learning from those early users, we can apply this useful essential oil to address many ailments and as a decongestant to blends especially in the winter months. Historically Wintergreen oil has been an additive in hot rubs with Camphor, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, with a similar aroma to Tiger Balm.
It is important to note that as Wintergreen contains Methyl salicylate, the proportion of oil in any blend has been suggested to be no more than 5%.
However, the blending of Wintergreen essential oil and Eucalyptus essential oil can be very effective in the flu season.
Diffused around the house or office can clear the air from other nasties, making you feel relatively free from catching anything you definitely don’t want. As an example Heritage Oils has put together a blend Winter Warrior containing Wintergreen and other anti-bacterial substitute essential oils. Our Winter Warrior is proving very popular as our our cold, wet winter is approaching.
Always try a test first before using Wintergreen in case you have a reaction to the oil. We do not advise you use Wintergreen topically. Do not ingest and keep out of the reach of children. Store your Wintergreen oil in a cool dry place below 30°.
Major plant chemical compounds: methyl salicylate, gaultherilene
N.B. As a caution – Methyl salicylate can cause harm if used consistently. If you are on blood thinning medication it is best not to use this oil. Likewise if you are pregnant or breast feeding