03 Apr About Wintergreen Essential Oil
Wintergreen is familiar to us all given it’s use in gum and toothpaste.
The problem is that most commercial products don’t actually use the natural oil–they use synthetic/artificial flavoring (for example, Trident and Crest toothpaste which just lists the ingredient as “flavor”).
Please note that the FDA does not regulate essential oils. This means that I cannot make any specific claims or imply that essential oils cure or should be used to treat any diseases or other health conditions. I am not doing that by providing this information.
All information is pulled from reputable sources and studies. Links are provided so that you can make an educated and informed decision as a responsible adult.
Wintergreen essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the evergreen plant Gaultheria fragrantissima. The term Wintergreen actually refers to a group of aromatic plants and was once commonly referred to plants that remain green (continue photosynthesis) throughout the winter. The term “evergreen” is now more commonly used for this characteristic.
The main chemical component in Wintergreen, methyl salicylate, is used in topical creams and massage blends because of its soothing properties. In fact, Wintergreen and Birch are the only plants in the world that contain methyl salicylate naturally.
As a flavoring, small amounts of Wintergreen are used in candies, toothpaste, and chewing gum. When diffused, Wintergreen has a refreshing aroma that’s uplifting and stimulating.
Scientific Research on Wintergreen Essential Oil
What does the scientific research say about Wintergreen essential oil?
Although purported to have properties as an analgesic, anodyne, anti-rheumatic, anti-arthritic, anti-spasmodic, anti-septic, aromatic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, and stimulating substance, the actual scientific research behind Wintergreen is currently lacking to the point of being non-existent.
It’s benefit is primarily anecdotal and is used in product such as Deep Blue for its warming quality when applied topically.
It should not be used internally and only topically or aromatically.
- Wintergreen has a warming effect when applied to skin and is excellent to use as a soothing massage. A little goes a long way, so use sparingly and dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
- For a soothing bath, add 1–2 drops of Wintergreen essential oil to warm bath water.
- Has a refreshing aroma that’s uplifting and stimulating when diffused.
Directions for Use
- Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
- Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.
Not for internal use. Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.
Application: Aromatic, Topical
Plant Part: Leaf
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Aromatic Description: Sweet, minty, refreshing
Main Chemical Components: Methyl salicylate