The Benefits and 18+ Uses for Wintergreen Essential Oil

Did you know wintergreen essential oil contains a natural form of aspirin? Perfect for muscles and joints.

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Wintergreen essential oil is created by steam distilling the leaves. It's a lesser used oil but, in my opinion, too overlooked. The benefits and uses for wintergreen are really incredible.

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). Many synthetic over-the-counters pain relievers actually attempt to replicate this same thing in a lab, but the results aren't quite the same in a synthetic version as in a high quality essential oil. (They may also call it "natural" on the label, so be careful what you use.)

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.

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 control, arrogance, or lack of trust for others. It helps us to release pain, old habits or beliefs, and lean into our own spiritual understanding.

IMPORTANT NOTE ON QUALITY

The information provided here on the properties and uses of this oil 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 actually make you sick. In fact, only about 50% of it needs to be actual essential oils to be called "pure"!

A LOT goes into creating a therapeutic grade 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. Use these suggestions unless otherwise noted or click the banner for more inspiration:

How to use essential oils!


aromatic applicationAromatically - Can be diffused or inhaled directly.
topical applicationTopically - Can be applied directly to the skin or within a carrier oil, such as coconut oil, for young or sensitive skin. Start with 1 drop to 1-3 tsp of carrier and increase the EO as needed.
sensitive applicationSensitive - "Sensitive" means that although some can apply the oil without any dilution, directly to the skin, those with sensitive skin should do a patch test or dilute before use.

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Precautions: Wintergreen is not recommended for pregnant women, small children, or anyone with epilepsy. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use. 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. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER

None of these health benefits, nor the ideas below, have been evaluated or approved by the FDA, should be used in place of personal judgment or medical treatment when needed, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. (Only your doctor can diagnose and treat disease. Only your body can prevent or cure it.) Read our full disclaimer.

Possible and Suggested Uses for Wintergreen Essential Oil

The following are uses described in a book I highly recommend, Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Uses of Essential Oils, as well as from personal 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.

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

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

Bone Spurs
Dilute and apply one drop to the area and massage gently 2x a day.

Cartilage Injury
Dilute 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 carrier 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
Dilute one 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 afflicted 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
Use daily by massaging into the area. If you're using in conjunction with exercise, use after the workout or before bed.

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.

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 myofascial release to use with the oil of wintergreen.

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.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER

None of these health benefits, nor the ideas below, have been evaluated or approved by the FDA, should be used in place of personal judgment or medical treatment when needed, nor is it intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. (Only your doctor can diagnose and treat disease. Only your body can prevent or cure it.) Read our full disclaimer.

Where to Buy Wintergreen Essential Oil

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