Latin name: Gaultheria procumbens
Country of origin: China
Part of the plant: Leaves
Obtained by: Steam distilled
Main biochemical components*: Methyl salicylate
Properties: Analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic.
Physical uses: Muscle aches, muscle cramps, stiff joints, water retention, inflammation.
Skin care uses: Eczema, blemishes, inflammation, small wounds.
Psychological uses: Mental fog.
Subtle uses: Relaxes the logical mind. Dispels resistance to change. Promotes self-reflection.
Notes: Use Wintergreen in 1% dilution or less. May be sensitizing. Avoid during pregnancy and nursing. Allergies to methyl salicylate can be common, so a patch test is recommended before using Wintergreen. For short-term use.
SAFETY NOTICE: Due to the methyl salicylate in Wintergreen essential oil, the Poison Prevention Packaging Act (PPPA) is requiring that this product be provided with a child-resistant cap. We have updated our packaging to meet the current requirements. We have discontinued offering 240 ml bottles of wintergreen due to the inability to get a child-proof cap for the 240 ml bottles. As with all essential oils, it is important to keep them out of reach of children.
For more info: www.poison.org/articles/2009-dec/kitchen-surprises-and-cautions
*Chemical components: Chemical component percentages may vary. Essential 3 offers a Certificate of Analysis for review.
Methods of Use
Compress: Fill a basin with water. (Warm water relaxes and increases circulation. Cool water invigorates and relieves inflammation.) Add 3-5 drops of essential oil and briskly stir. Lay in a washcloth, wring and apply to the area in need for approximately 1-5 minutes. Dip, wring and apply 3 more times.
Inhalation: Put 1-3 drops of essential oil on a tissue and inhale the aroma through your nose. Pause and inhale again.
(Avoid touching your nose with the tissue.)
Massage (Specific Area): Mix 6-30 drops of essential oil in 1 ounce of carrier oil or fragrance-free, natural lotion.
Spot Application: Mix 1-4 drops of essential oil in 1 teaspoon of carrier oil or aloe vera and apply to the area in need.
The Methods of Use are general guidelines. Individual sensitivities, desired results, and the characteristics of the essential oil(s) used must all be considered. Adjust methods and proportions accordingly.
For external use only. Always dilute before use. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid eyes and other sensitive areas. Keep away from direct flame – essential oils are flammable. If pregnant or nursing, consult a physician before using essential oils. Store at room temperature and avoid direct sunlight.
Aromatherapy: The use of natural, aromatic substances, known as essential oils, to enhance the well-being of body, mind, and spirit. (This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. No information provided is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.)