Wintergreen Essential Oil

Gaultheria fragrantissima

Extraction Method: Steam distillation from leaves
Aroma: Strong, minty
Origin: Himalayan region of Nepal

Wintergreen is a petite evergreen herb that grows wild in the high elevations of the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. This essential oil is especially potent and one of the more effective essential oils at helping to alleviate pain and inflammation. Methyl salicylate and gaultherilene are the two principal components of this essential oil. Methyl salicylate forms an integral part of antiarthritic and analgesic care for muscle and joint pain.

Medicinal assets:

  • Wintergreen oil acts an analgesic when massaged on the affected area, this oil is easily absorbed through the skin, and the presence of methyl salicylate induces numbness and an anesthetic effect on the nerves, it creates the circulation of the blood and brings warmth to the area.
  • Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and antirheumatic wintergreen oil is a muscular and arthritic pain reliever and circulatory stimulant.
  • As a topical, it warms the area by increasing peripheral blood circulation.
  • Methyl salicylate is the main component of this essential oil which is closely related to the compound found in aspirin.

Additional benefits and uses:
The green, minty leaves of the evergreen Gaultheria fragmentissima shrub create a crisp, sweet, minty essential oil. Along with helping to reduce pain and inflammation, wintergreen essential oil is incredible support when looking to ease muscle spasms.  Wintergreen essential oil is also excellent for maintaining healthy lung activity, particularly if one is congested from a cold or the flu. This essential oil can help reduce unwanted water retention and has astringent properties, as well.

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