Botanical Name: Gaultheria fragmentissima wall.
Country of Origin: Nepal
Extraction Method: Steam distilled
Distillation Date: Jul 2021
Minimum Shelf Life: 7
Plant Part: Leaf
Perfume Note: Top
Aroma: Sweet, spicy, refreshing, minty
Blends well with: Fir Needle Siberian, Lime, Peppermint, Silver Fir
Wintergreen essential oil is warming and often used in aromatherapy ointments to help ease muscle and joint pains, in hand creams for gardeners or outdoor workers. This oil is good for relief of persistent coughing. The aromatherapy value of Wintergreen essential oil includes analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, antitussive, astringent, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue and stimulant.
Wintergreen oil is extracted from leaves of a small evergreen herb that grows up to 15 cm. The crushed leaves and oil from wintergreen expresses a lovely medicinal smell. Traditionally wintergreen was chewed by the native Indians of the Americas in order to increase lung capacity and assist in healing respiratory conditions. Early settlers chewed on wintergreen to help prevent tooth decay.
This is a very powerful essential oil with a high level of Methyl Salicylate. When adding to carrier oils or creams do so sparingly!
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Aromatherapy use: inflammation, rheumatism, hypertension, muscle aches and strains, edema
General use: Oil diffusers, massage oil, perfume, spa treatment oils and creams, candle scenting
Contraindications: Overuse can be toxic. Wintergreen contains a high content of Methyl Salicylate (aspirin) that can build up in the body and contribute to Salicylate poisoning. This oil should be avoided if over the counter medications containing Methyl Salicylate are simultaneously being used. Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding. It should not be used if taking anticoagulant medication. Do not use if undergoing surgery (major sugery involving anesthesia). It should not be used if taking anticoagulant medication. Because of salicylic acid content that is a precursor to and a metabolite of aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) those with Hemophilia or any other bleeding disorder should not use this oil. Not be used with children. The maximum useage for skin applications should not exceed 2%. Wintergreen is also a mucous membrane irritant and sensitizer. Wintergreen essential oil must be kept completely away from children since its aroma can be mistaken by a child as candy and result in accidental poisoning.