100% pure Wintergreen essential oil steam distilled from Certified Organic shrubs in China. Wintergreen is extensively used in pain relieving formulas, as its chemical makeup is essentially that of liquid aspirin. Keep the concentrations and frequency of use as low as needed to produce the desired result. Our Organic Wintergreen Essential Oil is available from sample size up to 1 kg or more.
ABOUT THE PLANT
Also known as 'teaberry' and 'checkerberry', Wintergreen is a small evergreen herb that grows up to 15 centimeters tall in the northeastern regions of Canada and forests of the USA.
ABOUT THE OIL
This essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of organic wintergreen plants from China.
Wintergreen essential oil has a fresh, bright, uplifting minty aroma.
Wintergreen is native to North America and was a traditional medicinal plant of Native Americans. It was used for headaches, stomachaches, and general pain relief. The leaves were chewed to improve breathing and applied topically on aching muscles and joints. Early Americans also chewed the roots to prevent tooth decay and bad breath. Wintergreen flavoring is common in gums, toothpastes, and is one of the flavorings in root beer.1
Therapeutic Properties Described in The Aromatherapy Literature
From The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy2:
Contains methyl salicylate, which has a similar structure to aspirin and has been used for pain relief. (Wintergreen is often cautioned against because methyl salicylate can be toxic and can interact with blood-thinning drugs)
Applied as a liniment for rheumatoid arthritis
From Vibrational Healing3:
Heightens intuition and wisdom and stimulates abstract thought
Opens the heart to change and love
Clears the sinus passages
Application and Use
Wintergreen essential oil should not be used by people who are allergic to aspirin or are taking other medications. It is NOT recommended for ingestion. Consultation with a physician is strongly recommended when using wintergreen internally or externally. Not recommended for use on children.
1 Schiller, Carol, and David Schiller. The Aromatherapy Encyclopedia: A Concise Guide to Over 385 Plant Oils. Basic Health Publications, Inc., 2008.
2 Battaglia, Salvatore. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy. International Centre of Holystic Aromatherapy, 2003.
3 Eidson, Deborah. Vibrational Healing: Revealing the Essence of Nature through Aromatherapy's Use of Essential Oils. Frog Books, 2000.