Wintergreen Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) essential oil is created by steam distilling the leaves of the plant. It's a lesser used oil but, often overlooked. Wintergreen essential oil is derived from the leaves of a creeping shrub found in coniferous areas. The main chemical component in Wintergreen, methyl salicylate, is used in topical joint creams to soothe sore muscles and joints; in fact, Wintergreen and Birch are the only plants in the world that contain methyl salicylate naturally.
As a flavoring, Wintergreen is used in candies, toothpaste, and chewing gum. When diffused, Wintergreen promotes healthy respiratory function and its refreshing and cooling aroma evokes clarity, awareness, and concentration.
• Soothes achy muscles and joints • Promotes healthy respiratory function • Frequently used in gum, candy, and toothpaste for flavoring
• Wintergreen has a warming effect when applied to skin and is excellent to use in a massage to relieve sore muscles. A little goes a long way, so use sparingly and dilute with Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. • For a soothing bath, add 1–2 drops of Wintergreen essential oil to warm bath water. • Wintergreen essential oil is not recommended for internal use and should be stored out of reach from children
APPLICATION Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice. Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
CAUTION: Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY The information provided here on the properties and uses of essential oils do NOT apply to all essential oil brands. Because of lenient industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is not a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants.
The Best Essential Oil Brands follow these guidelines:
1) Proper plant varieties
2) Grown in their indigenous region around the world
3) Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
4) Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
5) Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
6) Third-party testing of each and every batch 7) Stand behind the internal use of their oils