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Essential Oil - Wintergreen

(Gaultheria procumbens) 

soothing, pain-relieving

Use mainly for joint and muscular problems when diluted in a carrier oil. Can also be used for respiratory conditions such as chronic mucous discharge.



Wintergreen Essential Oil Profile

Origin: China Method: Steam Distilled

A pale yellow or pinkish liquid with an intense sweet-woody, almost fruity odor. It blends well with oregano, mints, thyme, ylang-ylang, narcissus, and vanilla.

Principal Constituents: These are naturally occuring in the essential oil.

  • methyl salicylate (up to 98%)
  • formaldehyde
  • gaultheriline

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Antirheumatic, antitussive, astringent, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, galactagogue, stimulant.

Methyl salicylate is the main active ingredient in aspirin, and wintergreen has been used for 'sore muscle rubs' for a long time; however, due to these levels it is considered topically toxic, irritant, and sensitizing, and should never be taken internally without physician oversight.

Primary Therapy Agent:
Wart treatment.

Secondary Therapy Agent:
No specific secondary uses. Perfumery use only.

Important Note: The information on is only provided for educational purposes, and further research should be done on each essential oil to be assured of its proper usage for each individual. Aromatherapy is not meant to be a replacement for care under a qualified health professional, but should be considered a complimentary modality.

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