Wintergreen essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the wintergreen shrub, which is also known as the checkerberry or teaberry shrub. The botanical name for this shrub is Gaultheria fragrantissima syn. G. procumbens. Wintergreen oil is used to treat pain, soothe muscle spasms, treat arthritis and gout, reduce inflammation, treat viral infections and much more.
This oil has analgesic, anodyne, anti-arthritic, antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, astringent, carminative, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue and stimulant therapeutic properties.
1. Improve Alertness
Enjoy wintergreen essential oil aromatherapy to become more alert. This is great for those mornings when you wake up feeling groggy or mid-afternoons when the day just seems to be dragging on. Add 4 to 6 drops of wintergreen EO along with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of distilled water to your diffuser and turn it on for 30 to 60 minutes.
If you don’t have time for an aromatherapy session, simply take a couple of deep breaths of wintergreen oil vapors directly from the bottle. Be careful not to get any of the oil in your nose or eyes. It is extremely irritating to the mucous membranes.
2. Get Headache Pain Relief
Mix 1 to 2 drops of wintergreen essential oil into 1 teaspoon of carrier oil. Put a few drops of the blend on your fingertips and gently massage it into your temples and forehead. The headache will quickly go away. Wintergreen oil aromatherapy can also alleviate headache pain.
3. Relieve Nerve Pain
Use a 1% to 2% wintergreen oil/carrier oil blend to treat nerve pain. It is excellent for reducing pain associated with neuropathy and neuralgia. It soothes nerve pain and reduces inflammation.
Wintergreen oil aromatherapy is also used to reduce all-over nerve pain. A warm wintergreen bath oil soak is great for relieving nerve pain, too. Blend 1 to 2 drops of wintergreen oil with a light carrier oil like Abyssinian, grapeseed or rosehip seed.
Add 5 to 10 drops of the blend to warm bath water. For additional fragrance and symptom relief, you can also mix 2 to 3 drops of lavender essential oil into the wintergreen bath oil.
*Do not use wintergreen essential oil on small children and be very cautious with it if you have children in the home. Keep it well up out of their reach and the reach of pets.*
4. Relieve Inflammation
Gently, apply a 1% to 2% wintergreen essential oil/carrier oil blend to inflamed areas. The wintergreen oil will quickly relieve the pain and inflammation, reduce any swelling and possibly alleviate the cause of the inflammation.
5. Alleviate Arthritis Pain
Massage a few drops of a 1% to 2% wintergreen essential oil/carrier oil blend into painful joints several times a day. Arthritis relief is one of the most common uses for wintergreen oil. Methyl salicylate is the active chemical constituent in wintergreen oil.
In fact, wintergreen oil is about 99% Methyl salicylate. It is often used in commercially formulated arthritis treatment ointments. For more powerful, cooling pain relief, add 1 to 2 drops of peppermint essential oil to your arthritis blend.
*Wintergreen oil is very similar to aspirin. Don’t use wintergreen oil if you are allergic to aspirin or are on blood thinners.*