This oil was once an important perfumery and flavoring material, but has been replaced by less expensive and more reliable supplies of synthetic methyl salicylate. It is used in toothpaste and mouthwash Aromatherapy benefits: refreshing, bracing, invigorating.It has been extensively used to relives pain, fights against infections, treats arthritis and rheumatism, treats spasms. Its therapeutic uses are analgesic, ant rheumatic, and antispasmodic carminative, diuretic, stimulant, aromatic and astringent properties. It is used to staunch bloody wounds, applied to dog bites, snakebites, and insect bites. In its diluted state, this oil can treat a variety of ailments when applied to the skin. Though wintergreen essential oil may be a component in products used foraromatherapy or inhalation. When applied to the skin, it causes a warm sensation as well as a degree of numbness. This oil also stimulates blood flood in any area where it is applied.
Wintergreen oil is high in demand because of its various health benefits. It is extracted from Gaultheria procumbens. It belongs to Ericaceae family. The natives of America also prepare tea from wintergreen leaves.
The oil is distilled from the small evergreen herb's leaves. The refreshing, clean taste of wintergreen has made it a favorite in flavoring numerous products. Wintergreen contains the same active ingredient (methyl salicylate) as birch and is beneficial in massage for soothing head tension and muscles after exercising.
Botanical Name - Gaultheria Procumdens
Method of Extraction - Steam Distillation
Part Of Plant Used - Leaves
Origin - Wintergreen essential oil is native to North America. It is derived from a small evergreen herb which has leathery serrated leaves and drooping white flowers. This herb is 15cm in height.
Precautions - It should not be used during pregnancy. Along with this, its internal use is very fatal.
Blends Well With - Wintergreen oil blends well with mints, narcissus, oregano, thyme, vanilla and ylang-ylang.
Scent - It has very sweet minty aroma.
Chemical composition - It comprises of menthyl salicylate and gaultherilene.
Properties - It is colorless to pale yellow in color.
Therapeutic properties - It is analgesic, anodyne, anti-rheumatic, anti-arthritic, anti-spasmodic, antiseptic, aromatic, astringent, diuretic, carminative and stimulant.