ABOUT - Wintergreen Essential Oil is made by fermentation of the natural material from the plant. This is followed by distillation to obtain a purer product. The final product consists almost entirely of methyl salicylate, which is the active ingredient of wintergreen oil. The oil is a pale yellow or pinkish fluid liquid.
BOTANICAL NAME - Gaultheria procumbens
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN - Nepal
MAIN COMPONENT -
- Methyl Salicylate
EXTRACTION METHOD - Steam Distillation
PLANT PART - Leaves
AROMA - Minty, fresh, slightly-earthy, creamy top notes and likened to the aroma of Wintergreen gum
CONSISTENCY - Thin
COLOR - Clear
BLENDS WELL WITH - Marjoram, Peppermint, Spearmint, Thyme and Ylang Ylang
- MUSCLE PAIN RELIEF - Ever try a pain-relieving muscle rub that smelled like menthol or mint? Chances are the product included peppermint or wintergreen oils because both are considered “counterirritants.” Wintergreen oil works to reduce swelling and irritation that occurs around painful muscle, tissue and joints. Several drops massaged into the skin is great for relieving achy joints from arthritis or rheumatism. It’s also helpful for treating sore muscles and chronic neck pain, as well as relieving lower back pain.
- COLD AND FLU TREATMENT - Wintergreen leaves contain an aspirin-like chemical that can help reduce pain, congestion, swelling and fever associated with common illnesses. To open your nasal passages and breathe more deeply, combine wintergreen and coconut oil together, and than rub them into your chest and upper back just like a store-bought vapor rub.
- ANTIBACTERIAL AND ANTIVIRAL - Since it helps combat bacterial growth, viruses and fungi, use wintergreen around your home or on your body to remove dangerous contaminants. You can run some through your dishwasher or laundry machine to kill odor-causing bacteria and molds that can linger, or scrub some into your showers and toilet bowls.
- DIGESTIVE RELIEF - Wintergreen oil can be used in small doses to increase stomach acid and juices that help improve digestion. It’s considered a natural mild diuretic and increases urine production, which can help cleanse the digestive tract and reduce bloating. It also has anti-nausea benefits and soothing effects on the gastric lining and colon because of its ability to reduce muscle spasms, making it a natural remedy for nausea. You can rub a homemade wintergreen oil mixture over your abdomen, stomach and lower back to improve blood flow and prevent cramping or pain.
- SKIN AND HAIR TREATMENT - As a natural astringent and antiseptic, when applied directly to the skin with a carrier oil, wintergreen is able to fight inflammation from blemishes and skin disorders. It’s also helpful for clearing up acne since it can be used to kill germs on the skin. You can add one to two drops to your normal face wash or mix it with coconut or jojoba oil to nourish itchy, red, swollen skin. In the shower, use wintergreen oil on your scalp or hair to remove bacteria, greasiness and dandruff while adding a fresh scent — similar to the benefits of coconut oil for hair.