If you’re looking to learn about different essential oils, then you’re in the right place! Read below to find out more about Wintergreen essential oil and its many wonders.
Found in China, the leaves of Gaultheria procumbens are steam distilled to produce an essential oil with an aroma that’s refreshing and woody, very similar to Birch. This middle note oil blends well with Birch Sweet, Lavender, Marjoram, Peppermint, Vanilla, and Ylang Ylang.
Some essential oils can be used readily for a wide variety of applications, while others demand more care and higher dilution. Wintergreen falls into the latter category. This oil should be used with extreme caution since it’s approximately 99% salicylate, the main ingredient in Aspirin, and can be irritating and sensitizing. For those that experience achy muscles and joints, Wintergreen essential oil can provide soothing relief. Add to massage blends to ease pain. Before applying topically, try to perform a spot test to make sure that your skin will react positively to the diluted blend. Or, if you’re concerned about combining the oils the best way to enjoy the benefits is to try Deep Tissue Blend; the bath salt is ideal for end of the day or post-workout relaxation. Oils that Wintergreen can be substituted for include Basil, Coriander, Fir Needle, Lemongrass, and Marjoram.
Want to find out more about other essential oils? Check out our Essential Oils A to Z Series, where we’re constantly adding new profiles.