Category Essential Oils
Species Gaultheria procumbens L., fam. Ericaceae
Method Steam Sistilled
Class Phenolic ester
Wintergreen Essential Oil, Chinese
Wintergreen Essential Oil, Chinese, (Gaultheria procumbens), active principle similar to cortisone and is beneficial for bone, muscle, and joint discomfort as well as sports injuries if diluted properly.
(Very similar in chemistry and action to Birch)
Wintergreen Essential Oil, Chinese, part used leaf, method steam distilled, origin China, sold in weight 1 ounce to 33.06 pounds.
Methyl salicylate [90+%]
Action: Wintergreen essential oil is antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, and a liver stimulant.
Traditional Uses: Leaves have been chewed to increase respiratory capacity by Native Americans when running long distances and performing difficult labor. Settlers in early America had their children chew the leaves for several weeks each spring to prevent tooth decay. Wintergreen was used as a substitute for black tea during the Revolutionary War.
Indications: Arthritis, rheumatism, inflammation, muscular pain, tendonitis, hypertension, and cramps.
Other Uses: Wintergreen essential oil may be beneficial for cystitis, acne, bladder infection, gout, gallstones, edema, eczema, osteoporosis, skin diseases, ulcers, and urinary tract disorders. Wintergreen contains an active principle similar to cortisone and is beneficial for bone, muscle, and joint discomfort.
Application: Apply neat to the bottom of the feet. Dilute with vegetable or massage oil when applying elsewhere. Add 3-5 drops to 1/2 fl. oz. of bath gel and add to bath water for soothing bath.
Fragrant Influence: Wintergreen oil stimulates and increases awareness in all levels of the sensory system.
Safety Data: If pregnant or under a doctor's care, consult your physician. Do not use if epileptic. Skin test for allergies.
Companion Oils: Basil oil, Birch oil, Cypress oil, Geranium oil, Juniper oil, Lavender oil, Lemongrass oil, Marjoram oil, Peppermint oil, and Roman chamomile oil.
Wintergreen essential oil, Chinese is sometimes referred to as Gaultheria oil. Wintergreen is very sweet, minty and spicy and similar to Sweet Birch. The natural constituent Methyl Salicylate is the common denominator affecting the scent of both Birch and Wintergreen. In aromatherapy they share similar uses. Wintergreen oil works well in massage oils for sports injuries if diluted properly. Wintergreen is also a great refresher in room diffuser. Not surprisingly it blends well in mint and citrus but adds interesting detail to florals if used with discipline and care.
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