Wintergreen, Premium Wildcrafted
Therapeutic Wintergreen essential oil, Premium Wildcrafted
Botanical name : Gaultheria procubens
Extraction method / Source : Leaves and bark / Steam distillation
Aroma : Sweet, woody, minty
Note classification : Middle Odor Intensity: 7
Key constituents : 95% Methyl Salicylate (Current Certificate of Analysis available upon request) Note: Methyl Salicylate is not actually present in the living wintergreen plant, but is an early product of decomposition of the leaves . It is produced through enzyme action when the leaves and bark are macerated in warm water.
Plant description : Botanical family : Ericaceae Also known as Eastern Teaberry, Wintergreen is an evergreen shrub that produces shiny dark green leaves and small red berries.
Regions of Production : Nepal
Growing practices : Plants indigenous to the region are harvested from the wild, away from pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Replanting is done every years to ensure availability of the species.
Properties : Analgesic, anticoagulant, antispasmodic, highly anti-inflammatory, vasodilator, decreases blood pressure
Uses / Benefits : Arthritis, rheumatism, muscle and nerve pain, headache, fever, sore throat, hypertension, arteriosclerosis, hepatitis/fatty liver. Wintergreen is frequently used in ointments to relieve sore muscles. It is used as a flavoring in many products, such as candies and chewing gum, smokeless tobacco, mouthwash and toothpaste. It is also used as a fragrance for hair products and perfumes.
Fragrant influences: Stimulating, increases awareness
Safety : NOT RECOMMENDED FOR INTERNAL USE. Avoid if you are epileptic or have low blood pressure. Avoid if you are taking Warfarin or Aspirin as Wintergreen essential oil will increase the blood thinning properties of these medications. Salicylate sensitive individuals can develop allergic or asthmatic symptoms. 1/4 ounce of Wintergreen oil is approximately equivalent to over 40 adult aspirin.
Blends well with : Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Chamomile, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Fennel, Ginger, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Orange, Petitgrain, Pine, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Thyme
History / Fun Facts : Native Americans have historically chewed the leaves of Wintergreen to increase their lung capacity with strenuous exercise. The leaves were also chewed by the American Pioneers to prevent tooth decay. Wintergreen oil can be used to remove rust and grease from machinery.
Battaglia, Salvatore, The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition, 2003. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Brisbane, Australia
International Fragrance Research Association, http://www.ifraorg.org/en-us/standards (January 5, 2016)
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