Wintergreen (Nepalese)  Gaultheria fragrantissima

Taken from the rural mountains of Nepal, the soothing and stimulating properties of Wintergreen give it an uplifting aroma and minty, refreshing flavor. Wintergreen essential oil is derived from the leaves of a creeping shrub found in coniferous areas. The main chemical component in Wintergreen, methyl salicylate, is used in topical creams and massage blends because of its soothing properties. In fact, Wintergreen and Birch are the only plants in the world that contain methyl salicylate naturally.

Primary Benefits

  • Great for a warming soothing massage after exercise
  • Has a refreshing aroma that’s uplifting and stimulating
  • Frequently used in gum, candy, and toothpaste for flavoring

Aromatic Description
Sweet, minty, refreshing

Collection Method
Steam Distillation

Plant Part
Leaf

Main Constituents
Methyl salicylate

Methyl salicylate, the monoterpene ester which is the primary chemical constituent of wintergreen essential oil, is often used as bate to attract male orchid bees for study.
Research

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Aromatic Usage Suggestions

  • Diffuse for a sweet, uplifting aroma
  • Place a few drops of Wintergreen on a cotton ball and place in your gym bag to mask unpleasant odors
Topical Usage Suggestions

  • Massage into hands, back, and legs for a soothing and warming sensation after exercise
  • Apply to skin to reduce the appearance of blemishes.
Not for internal use.
Dilute with carrier for young or sensitive skin.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Cautions

Not for internal use. Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.