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The Benefits and 18+ Uses for Wintergreen Essential Oil

Wintergreen essential oil (Gaultheria procumbens) is created by steam distilling the leaves of the plant. It's a lesser used oil but, in my opinion, too overlooked. The benefits and uses for wintergreen are really incredible. Plus it smells divine (which is a good reason it usually comes with a safety cap and should be kept away from little kids who might mistake it for candy).

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According to Modern Essentials, the properties within a quality brand of oil of wintergreen include:

  • Analgesic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-rheumatic
  • Antiseptic
  • Antispasmodic
  • Disinfectant
  • Diuretic
  • Stimulant (bone)
  • Warming

The salicylic acid and methyl salicylate found in wintergreen accounts for many of these properties, by acting as a natural pain reliever (the very same one found in aspirin, making this Nature's aspirin). Many synthetic over-the-counter pain relievers actually attempt to replicate this same thing in a lab with a synthetic wintergreen oil, but the results aren't quite the same in a synthetic version as in a high quality essential oil. (Wintergreen is one of the most adulterated oils, so be careful which brand you choose. They may call it "natural" on the label, even if it's not.)

Because of these properties, wintergreen essential oil is used for all things related to the muscular and skeletal system, with plenty of possibilities listed below. And yes, you can find it in your root beer or chewing gum, but I personally wouldn't recommend trying those recipes at home, since wintergreen is not an oil you generally use internally, and certainly don't want to overdo.

In addition to its physiological uses and benefits, wintergreen is also said to have some powerful emotional and spiritual uses when used aromatically. It can assist us in letting go, surrendering control, and trusting the process of life. It's good for issues around micro-managing, arrogance, or lack of trust for others. It helps us to release pain, old habits or beliefs, and lean into our own spiritual understanding. (Think about being stress or tense, "holding on" too tightly, and the physical pain that can accompany it.)

IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY

The information provided here on the properties and uses of essential oils do NOT apply to all essential oil brands. Because of lenient industry standards and a lack of regulation on terms such as "natural" or "pure", much of what you find at the drug store is not a therapeutic grade of essential oil and may lack real quality or even contain contaminants.

A LOT goes into creating a high quality essential oil. The best essential oil brands follow these guidelines:

  • Proper plant varieties
  • Grown in their indigenous region around the world
  • Grown without chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc
  • Harvested with precise timing to ensure peak properties
  • Extracted with proper temp and pressure to preserve oil molecules
  • Third-party testing of each and every batch
  • Stand behind the internal use of their oils

Learn how to find safe, effective essential oils here.

How to Use Wintergreen Essential Oil

Traditionally, oil of wintergreen uses these application guidelines. Click the banner to understand what each symbol means and to learn how each is used safely and effectively:

How to use essential oils!
Adults Children/Sensitive Pregnancy

Precautions: Wintergreen is not recommended for pregnant women, small children, anyone with epilepsy, or anyone with aspirin sensitivities. Repeated or overuse can lead to sensitivity. Large amounts can be toxic and since it smells so yummy, be careful to keep out of the reach of children. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitization. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.

Click this link for more application guidance and precautions.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: None of the health topics presented on Sustainable Baby Steps have been evaluated or approved by the FDA. They should not replace personal judgment or medical treatment when indicated, nor are they intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Always talk to your naturopathic physician about the use of these or any other complimentary modalities. Reading this website denotes your understanding and agreement to our full disclaimer.

Possible and Suggested Uses for Wintergreen Essential Oil

The following are potential uses found in or on Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Uses of Essential Oils, Aromatic Science, PubMed.gov, as well as through anecdotal experience and other resources. Use them to inspire your own ideas, experiment, and see what works for you.

Acne
Use sparingly and diluted, as part of a facial cleanse. Add one drop per 1 TB of coconut oil and apply 1 drop of the mixture to the face for a moisturizer before bed. Coconut oil has many added benefits as well, as well as an acne blend.

Arthritic Pain
Dilute as described above, apply 1-2 drops over the affected area, and massage into the joints.

Bone Pain
Consider 1-2 drops and massage into the area up to three times a day.

Bone Spurs
Apply one drop to the area and massage gently several times a day.

Cartilage Injury
Try using 1 drop with 2-3 drops carrier oil and massage into the area 2-3 times a day.

Dandruff
Add a single drop to your daily wash regimen and wash as normal. Alternately, you can make a rinse with apple cider vinegar and essential oils, or view more dandruff info here.

Frozen Shoulder
Add 1 drop of wintergreen essential oil to several drops of a massage oil and massage into the shoulder daily or as needed.

Hypertension
Apply a single drop to the bottom of the feet, back of the neck, or massage into the shoulders once daily or as needed.

Inflammation
Try 1 drop of essential oil of wintergreen with several drops of carrier oil and gently massage the area of the concern, moving toward the heart, or into the reflex points of the feet.

Joint Pain
Massage into the joint 1-2x a day or as needed.

Muscle Cramps
Massage gently into the muscle as needed. If you get regular cramps, be sure to investigate underlying problems.

Muscle Development
Use daily by massaging into the area. If you're using in conjunction with exercise, use after the workout or before bed.

Muscle Tone
Same goes for muscle development; regular use is key.

Osteoporosis
Dilute and massage wintergreen essential oil into the area 1 or more times a day.

Pain
The methyl salicylate and salicylic acid acts like a natural aspirin. Dilute as needed and massage into the soles of the feet, the back of the neck, or over the area of concern. Also check out a blend of essential oils for pain.

Rheumatism
Dilute one drop of wintergreen essential oil as recommended above and massage into areas of concerns 1-2x a day.

Rotator Cuff
Dilute and massage into the shoulder and surrounding tissues 1-2x a day or as needed.

Tendonitis
Dilute as needed and massage into the tendon. Consider looking into a technique called myofascial release to use with the oil of wintergreen. (Myofascial release totally saved my arms!)

Other possible uses for the essential oil of wintergreen include: bladder infections, cystitis, dropsy, eczema, edema, headaches, reducing fever, gallstones, gout, infection, kidney stones, supporting the lymphatic system, obesity, skin diseases, ulcers, and UTIs.

In addition to wintergreen essential oil, also consider trying this muscle/joint blend, White Fir, Cypress, Peppermint, or check out other essential oils here.




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