Wintergreen Essential Oil

July 7, 2014 Uncategorized

Wintergreen: Gaultheria procumbens

wintergreen

Wintergreen has many wonderful properties that make it extremely useful.  Native Americans chewed wintergreen while running long distances to increase respiratory capacity and endurance.  Many sources claim that the scent of wintergreen encourages concentration and awareness.

Wintergreen is nature’s aspirin.  It contains methyl salicylate; a single teaspoon (5ml) of methyl salicylate (a precursor to aspirin) which is equivalent to more than twenty-one 325 mg aspirin tablets.  A caveat, wintergreen essential oil should never be taken internally; a food grade wintergreen solution is commercially available, do not confuse this with therapeutic grade essential oil.   Wintergreen should be avoided by pregnant mothers, breastfeeding mothers, on children younger than 5 years old, and avoided by people with seizure disorders or by those allergic to aspirin, or those already taking blood thinners, as it may increase bleeding tendency further.

It is important to realize that these essential oils which are used for their medicinal qualities, should be used with respect for many of those same medicinal qualities.

Let’s talk about how great wintergreen can be for muscle aches!  Ever used BenGay or Tiger Balm for those sore aches?  Add a drop of wintergreen essential oil  to a teaspoon of carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil  for a natural alternative to this pain reliever, with a lot less additives and preservatives!  If you find that this is two dilute, try 2 drops of wintergreen per teaspoon of carrier oil.  WebMD touts wintergreen essential oil for germicidal properties obtained with topical application, which can be a bonus.   Wintergreen is loved for its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-rheumatic effects.    It has a warming effect when applied to the skin and is often used in massage.  It is great for the occasional relief of rheumatoid joint pain, back pain, sore muscles, and as a remedy for a stiff neck.

Drugstore.com lists BenGay’s ingredients as: Active Ingredients: Methyl Salicylate (30%), Menthol (10%), Camphor (4%)

Inactive Ingredients: Edetate Disodium, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Lanolin, Polysorbate 80, Potassium Carbomer, Potassium Stearate, Stearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Triethanolamine Stearate, Water (Purified), Carbomer 940

 

Seriously, who needs all of those ingredients that most of us cannot even pronounce, when we can create our own methyl salicylate solution with therapeutic grade wintergreen essential oil and fractionated coconut oil?

 

As always, if you’d like to try wintergreen essential oil for yourself, please consider buying it from my virtual store.

 

 

If you use wintergreen essential oil, please share your experiences in the comment section!            

 doterra wintergreen bottle       

 

 

The information in this blog is purely educational, and should not be used to replace the advice of your medical care provider.  The advice given and/or recommended products are not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. Any treatment should be discussed with your medical care provider who is familiar with your unique situation and medical condition.


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