Wintergreen Essential Oil
Our organically crafted Wintergreen Essential Oil is steam distilled from the deep green, minty leaves of the small, evergreen Gaultheria procumbens shrub growing in the high elevations of the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. This essential oil is incredibly potent and one of the more effective essential oils at helping to relieve pain and inflammation, although it should be used with caution and for shorter periods of time than many other essential oils. Also commonly known as Tea Berry, Checker Berry, and Box Berry, Wintergreen Essential Oil has a strong sharp, sweet, woody, and slightly minty aroma presenting a top fragrance note.
Native to North America, Wintergreen grows up to 6 inches and has deep-green leathery leaves that sprout small white flowers and develop into red fruit. Traditionally, Wintergreen leaves were chewed by the natives of the Americas in order to increase lung capacity and assist in healing respiratory conditions. Early settlers chewed on Wintergreen to help reduces tooth decay. The dried leaf and stem remain current in the British Herbal Pharmacopeia. The essential oil of Wintergreen has been used interchangeably with Sweet Birch Oil, both being made up almost exclusively of Methyl Salicylate. Methyl Salicylate derived from Wintergreen is commonly added as a flavoring to breath-freshening gum and lozenges, but is also the active ingredient in over-the-counter liniments for acute topical pain management.
PART USED Leaves
COMMON NAMES Checkerberry, Eastern Teaberry, Boxberry
SYNONYMS Gaultheria procumbens L.
EXTRACTION METHOD Steam Distilled Essential Oil
NOTE CLASSIFICATION Middle Note
REPORTED BENEFITS AND USES
The main chemical component in Wintergreen, Methyl Salicylate, is used in topical creams and massage blends because of its soothing properties. Along with helping to relieve pain and inflammation, Wintergreen Essential Oil is an incredible support when looking to ease unwanted muscle spasms. This essential oil is the ally of professional athletes, active seniors and anyone seeking to support the body after exertion. Gaultheria Essential Oil is also excellent for supporting healthy lung activity, especially if one is congested from a cold or the flu. This essential oil can help reduce unwanted water retention and has astringent properties, as well. As a flavoring, small amounts of Wintergreen Oil is used in candies, toothpaste, and chewing gum.
Wintergreen Essential Oil is both uplifting and stimulating, helping to clear mental confusion and clarify thought processes. Gaultheria Oil oil can boost confidence and help with mental clarity and focus. This oil is warming, and invites positive thinking.
Methyl salicylate, the active ingredient in wintergreen oil, can be toxic, so care should always be taken when using wintergreen oil.
Particular care should be taken around children, who may be attracted to wintergreen oil by its scent. Wintergreen oil should never be used on children and should always be kept in a childproof bottle, out of reach of children.
Remember that wintergreen oil should always be used externally. It’s a very strong essential oil and can be absorbed through the skin, so it should never be applied undiluted.
When making a solution with wintergreen oil, it should only make up 2 to 3 percent of the final solution volume, according to the New York Institute of Aromatic Studies.
For example, to make 16 ounces of a 2 percent wintergreen oil solution, you would add 96 drops of wintergreen oil to the 16 ounces of carrier substance.
If you choose to make a solution with wintergreen oil and other essential oils, wintergreen oil may blend well with peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus oils.
Due to the potential for toxicity when ingested and limited evidence of its efficacy in
Not recommended for
- women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- people who are taking anticoagulant or blood-thinning drugs
- people who have a bleeding disorder, such as hemophilia
- people who are allergic to aspirin
- aromatherapy use
- Methyl salicylate can be poisonous if large amounts are ingested or absorbed through the skin over time.
- Methyl salicylate and wintergreen oil can both increase the effects of anticoagulant and blood-thinning drugs.
Wintergreen can be very dangerous and even fatal if swallowed. In fact, a single teaspoon of methyl salicylate is roughly equivalent to 90 baby aspirin tablets.
Because methyl salicylate is absorbed through the skin, a negative reaction can also happen when it’s applied topically. Never apply any essential oil to the skin without diluting it in a carrier oil first.
Signs of poisoning
- nausea or vomiting
- rapid breathing (hyperventilation)
- ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- muscle twitching
If poisoning is suspected, seek immediate medical attention. Treatments may include administering sodium bicarbonate as an antidote, dialysis, and supportive care.
Interacts with warfarin
It’s important to note that wintergreen oil or methyl salicylate can also exacerbate the effects of anticoagulant drugs, such as warfarin. This can cause bleeding or hemorrhaging.
Individuals who are taking blood-thinning drugs or who have bleeding disorders, such as hemophilia, should not use wintergreen oil.
Due to the fact that it can be absorbed through the skin, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should never use wintergreen oil.
Since methyl salicylate is so similar to aspirin and other salicylates, people who are sensitive to salicylates shouldn’t use wintergreen oil.
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