Wintergreen Essential Oil
Botanical Name: Gaultheria Procumbens
Plant Part: Leaves
Extraction Method: Steam
Description: Wintergreen is a small evergreen herb which grows up to 15cm (6 in) high with slender stems, leathery serrated leaves, drooping white flowers followed by fleshy scarlet berries.
Color: Pale Yellow
Common Uses: Wintergreen has a history of use as a pain reliever. It is also believed to increase the speed of healing for skin disorders, and when added to lotions, acts as a natural moisturizer.
Note: Middle – Top
Strength of Aroma: Strong
Blends well with: Wintergreen blends well with Ylang Ylang, Peppermint, Marjoram Sweet, Lavender, and Birch.
Aromatic Scent: Wintergreen has a strong mint candy flavor.
History: Wintergreen and Sweet Birch oil are both nearly identical in chemical composition and aroma; similarly, both have been used in traditional folk remedies. This tradition has led to the discovery of Methyl Salicylate, its main ingredient, as a pain reliever. Wintergreen is a traditional native North American remedy, used for aches and pains and to help breathing while hunting or carrying heavy loads.
Cautions: If you are pregnant, refrain from using this oil. Safety in young children, nursing women, or those with severe liver or kidney disease is not known.
Disclaimer: Please note, the International Federation of Aromatherapists do not recommend that Essential Oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a Medical Doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy.