WINTERGREEN (Leaves) Gaultheria procumbens
Wintergreen essential oil has a sweet and fresh aroma like mint and is pale yellow or pinkish yellow in colour.
When Wintergreen is rubbed on the paining spot, this oil is readily absorbed through the skin and the presence of Methyl Salicylate induces numbness and a sort of anaesthetic effect in the nerves present in that area. It also increases circulation of blood and brings warmth to the place (this warmth can very well be experienced). This way, it fights pain.
Wintergreen Essential Oil has is an anodyne; this is the property by virtue of which an agent can eliminate pain and induce relaxations. So, it is a combined effect of an analgesic and a relaxant. Hence Wintergreen Essential Oil will eradicate pain and will drive away stress and tension.
The relaxing and stimulating effect of this wintergreen fights spasm in the respiratory, muscular, digestive and nervous systems and gives relief from congestion in chest, breathing troubles, asthma spasmodic coughs, muscular cramps, digestive disorders, spasmodic diarrhoea, convulsions and nervous afflictions
The astringent properties of Wintergreen induce contractions in the tissues of muscles, skin, blood vessels and hair roots. This result in contraction of muscles and skin gives firmness to the muscles and lift to the skin, making you feel better and look younger.
Due to its stimulating properties Wintergreen Essential Oil is a diuretic. It stimulates the organs in the urinary system and filtration of water by the kidneys, thereby increasing frequency and quantity of urine. This is of great help as it speeds up removal of toxins like uric acid and others and protects from diseases like rheumatism and arthritis. It also removes excess water, fat and salt from the body, thus helping cure oedema water logging, hypertension etc. and aiding in weight loss
Wintergreen Essential Oil promotes the discharge of gastric juices, bile, hormones, enzymes, ovarian and uterine discharges and even urine by stimulating liver, gall bladder, endocrinal glands and uterus. It also stimulates circulation of blood and lymph, digestion, excretion and the nerves.
Wintergreen Essential Oil blends well with
Although most essential oils blend well together, Wintergreen Essential oil blends particularly well with Oregano, Thyme, Vanilla and Ylang Ylang.
The therapeutic properties of Wintergreen Essential Oil oil are Analgesic antitussive., antiseptic, astringent, Carminative, diuretic emmenagogue, hepatostimulan, galactagogue, stimulant
Therapeutic properties explained
The main chemical components are 98% methyl salicylate, but may also contain triacontane, formaldehyde, gaultheriline and varies other aldehydes, ketones, and alcohols.
Our Wintergreen Essential Oil originates from America and is steam distilled from the leaves of the plant following maceration in warm water. Methyl salicylate, the main chemical constituent of the oil, is not present in the plant until formed by enzymatic action from a glycoside within the leaves as they are macerated in warm water.
The oil should only be used topically and in very low dilution, do not use on pregnant women, children, or broken skin. Wintergreen Essential Oil should be avoided by anyone sensitive or allergic to aspirin or with reduced liver function or kidney damage..