Wintergreen essential oil is derived from the leaves of the Gaultheria procumbensevergreen plant. found in coniferous areas. When wintergreen leaves are distilled, they impart an oil, which is made up of 99% methyl salicylate, the chemical compound upon which all aspirin products are based. In fact, Wintergreen and Birch are the only plants in the world that contain methyl salicylate naturally.
However, it also contains antioxidants and beneficial ingredients, including a-pinene, guaiadienes, myrcene, delta 3-carene, delta-cadinene and limonene.
Wintergreen leaves were often used by the Indians as treatment for toothaches and as a rub or tea for relieving the pains of rheumatism.
It is documented that therapeutic grade Wintergreen oil has a cortisone-like effect which can relieve pain quickly. Wintergreen was considered one of the best essential oils for pain before synthetics hit the market in the early 1920s.
One 15 ml bottle of Wintergreen oil is equivalent to about 85 adult aspirin tablets. About 3 drops equals one aspirin.
How to Use Wintergreen Essential Oil
-Wintergreen Essential Oil is most commonly used to relieve pain. For pain, massage 1-3 drops of Wintergreen into the areas of concern.
-When diluted with a Carrier Oil, Wintergreen can be a very effective acne treatment. Try diluting 2 drops of Wintergreen into one tablespoon of Carrier Oil. Massage the mixture into you skin before bed.
-Mixing 5-10 drops of Wintergreen Essential Oil into 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar has been shown to get rid of dandruff.
-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.
-For painful bone spurs, apply 1-3 drops of Wintergreen Essential Oil to the affected area and massage. Repeat this 2-3 time each day.
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