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  • Country of Origin: Nepal
  • Plant Part: Leaves
  • Latin name: Gaultheria fragrantissima
  • Cultivation: Organically grown
  • Distillation: Steam

About the Oil:  *Please see the cautions, as this particular oil must be used with great caution and kept out of the child's reach. The plant has been used for respiratory conditions such as chronic mucous discharge but is mainly employed for joint and muscular pain relief from conditions such as lumbago, sciatica, neuralgia, gout, fibromyalgia, etc. Wintergreen is often added to liniments and ointments to help ease muscle and joint pains.

Along with its analgesic effects, Wintergreen also has anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, antitussive, astringent, carminative, diuretic, emmenagogue, galactagogue, and stimulant properties. Wintergreen is often included in formulas to open the breathing passages; deep inhalation of its bright aroma can clear the sinuses and stimulate the mind. Wintergreen blends nicely with Ravensara and/or Eucalyptus for this effect.

This one should be diluted significantly before topical application - it would be a fine addition to any formulas for supporting joint and muscular aches and pains. 

Aroma: Pale yellow oil with an intense sweet-woody aroma. 

*Chemistry: The essential oil of Wintergreen, being made up almost exclusively of methyl salicylate, a precursor to common aspirin; Wintergreen should NOT be used by people who are allergic to aspirin. Further, Wintergreen should NEVER be ingested, and only used topically in dilutions of 25% or less to limit the transdermal absorption to safe levels. The salicylates pass through the skin, entering the tissues to inhibit the formation of prostaglandins, thereby reducing inflammation and pain.

CAUTIONS: Care must be taken to use Wintergreen in modest amounts, and to ALWAYS KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN. One should consider a bottle of liquid aspirin in this regard. This product is not provided with a child safety cap at this time. It is highly recommended to store appropriately.