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Wintergreen Essential Oil

  • Distillation Method: Steam
  • Country of Origin: Nepal
  • Plant Part: Leaf
  • Latin Name: Gaultheria fragratissima
  • Cultivation: Wild

About the Oil: Wintergreen Essential Oil has s beautiful, fresh, sweet, minty aroma and is primarily used topically for muscle and joint relief. It is to be used in small amounts, with caution, and for a short duration: this oil is powerful, and a little goes a long way. See also Birch Bark.



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Drops per ml
Blending Tips 53
Chemical Families
Esters 99.95%
Phenols 0.05%
Primary Constituents
methyl salicylate 99.83%
eugenol 0.05%


Product Description

About The Plant

Also known as 'teaberry' and 'checkerberry', Wintergreen is a small evergreen herb that grows up to 15 centimeters tall in the northeastern regions of Canada and forests of the USA. In late spring the plant forms small white flowers. In summer red cherry-shaped berries grow and last until the following spring.

About The Oil

Wintergreen essential oil is derived by water distillation of the leaves of Gaultheria procumbens. Prior to distillation, the leaves are exposed to an enzymatic action in warm water. During this process, methyl salicylate is formed as a decomposition product from a glycoside in the plant material.

The main constituent found in Wintergreen oils is methyl salicylate at nearly 100%. Most commercial Wintergreen oils are not the essential oil at all, but synthetic methyl salicylate.

Wintergreen essential oil has been used interchangeably with sweet birch oil, both being made up almost exclusively of methyl salicylate.

Of Interest

Traditionally Wintergreen leaves were chewed by the natives of the Americas in order to increase lung capacity and assist in healing respiratory conditions. Early settlers chewed on Wintergreen to help reduces tooth decay. The dried leaf and stem remain current in the British Herbal Pharma-copoeia.

Therapeutic Properties


Firms and contracts exposed tissue
Reduces moisture loss
Tones and restores venous circulation
Promotes the healing of tissues
Reduces redness
Diminishes swelling


Opens the sinuses
Promotes deeper breathing
Quells coughs


Helps relieve headaches
Soothes sore muscles, tendons and joints
Diminishes swelling
Eases discomfort
Decreases unpleasant sensory experiences


Dettles digestion
Increases absorption in the intestines
Promotes normal peristalsis
Assists the body's natural eliminatory response
Promotes urination
Helps maintain kidney action




Promotes and regulates menstruation


Wintergreen essential oil helps to clear the mind and is grounding.



Diffuser, oil vaporizer
Diffusing Wintergreen essential oil in your home can improve mental alertness. It also acts as a natural antidepressant and will reduce feelings of stress and anxiety.
Diffuse for respiratory benefits.
Use infrequently and in small amounts.


Massage, compress, skincare

Organic Wintergreen oil is made up almost exclusively of methyl salicylate, a precursor to common aspirin. Salicylates pass through the skin, entering the tissues to inhibit the formation of prostaglandins, thereby reducing inflammation and pain.
For skincare, Wintergreen can be used directly on acneic blemishes in a 10% concentration, but must be avoided elsewhere on the skin of the face.

To ease the discomfort of sore muscles, tendons and joints Wintergreen can be added up to a 10% concentration to a carrier oil and massaged into afflicted areas. In this concentration it can also be added to formulas for joint and muscle pain.
Use infrequently, in small amounts, and heavily diluted. NEVER use on children.


NEVER ingest!

Aromatherapy Details

Wintergreen essential oil is fresh, minty, and intensely sweet with woody, herbaceous undertones.

Wintergreen essential oil blends well with Oregano, Peppermint, Spearmint, Thyme, Vanilla, and Ylang Ylang.


Toxic, irritant and sensitizing. Always test a small amount first for sensitivity or allergic reaction.

Do not ingest.

Do no use if are allergic to aspirin.

Do not use if you are on a blood thinner; compounds containing salicylates such as Wintergreen potentiate blood-thinning drugs such as warfarin.

Do not use on children.

Use only in topical dilutions of 25% or less to limit the transdermal absorption levels. Wintergreen oil can be absorbed transdermally in sufficient quantity to cause poisoning in humans.

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