Wintergreen, Premium Wildcrafted
Pure, 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
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.
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.
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.
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Properties : Analgesic, anticoagulant, antispasmodic, highly anti-inflammatory, lowers blood pressure
Fragrant influences : Stimulating, increases awareness
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.
Blends well with : Basil, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Chamomile, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Fennel, Ginger, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Orange, Peppermint, Petitgrain, Pine, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood, Thyme
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.
Notice : This information is for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease. Although we strive to provide information which is accurate and up to date, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information.
Precautions : Pure essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. Do not use them undiluted, or in the eyes or mucus membranes. If applying an essential oil to the skin, always dilute it with a proper carrier oil and test on a small patch of skin before applying to a large area. Do not take them internally except under the direction of a qualified professional trained in Aromatherapy. Always familiarize yourself with the safety, contraindications and proper preparation of each essential oil before use. Note that when using essential oils for children and the elderly, very low concentrations should be used. Keep all essential oils away from children and pets.
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