Wintergreen essential oil is derived from the leaves of a creeping shrub found in coniferous areas. Growing up to six inches in height, Wintergreen contains bright red fruit, has oval leaves, and small, white bell-shaped flowers. The main chemical component in Wintergreen, methyl salicylate, is used in topical joint creams to soothe 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 supports healthy respiratory function and its refreshing and cooling aroma evokes feelings of clarity, awareness, and concentration.
- Wintergreen has a warming effect when applied to skin and is excellent to use in a 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.
- Wintergreen contains the same active ingredient as Birch.
- Massage into hands, back, and legs for a soothing and warming sensation after exercise.
- Place a few drops of Wintergreen on a cotton ball and place in your gym bag. Wintergreen’s strong scent will work to mask any odor.
- Apply to skin to reduce the appearance of blemishes.
- Diffuse for a sweet, uplifting aroma.
- Commonly used in oral health care products.
Common Application Methods:
Topical: Can be applied neat (with no dilution) or dilute 1:1 (1 drop essential oil to 1 drop carrier oil) for children and for those with sensitive skin when using topically. Apply directly on area of concern or to reflex points. Apply topically on location, and use only small amounts (dilute with fractionated coconut oil for application on larger areas).
Aromatic: Diffuse, or inhale the aroma directly.
Caution: Wintergreen essential oil is not recommended for internal use and should be stored out of reach from children.