Wintergreen Essential Oil
- Botany: Wintergreen is an evergreen shrub that has green leaves and red berries. It is part of the Ericaceae botanical family.
- Scent Profile: Mid note with a fresh minty aroma.
- Pain relief for musculoskeletal aches, pains, tension, cramps, and inflammation
- Soothes headaches and migraines
- Promotes focus and is clarifying for the psyche
- Blends well with: Black Spruce, Eucalyptus, Laurel, Lavender, Peppermint, Rosemary ct. verbenone, Scots Pine, and Spearmint.
- Due to its methyl salicylate content and it should be avoided during pregnancy because it can disturb the development of the embryo or fetus in high doses.
- Wintergreen is high in methyl salicylate and can be toxic to cats. Read more about Essential Oils Toxicity for Cats.
- Contraindications (all routes): Anticoagulant medication, major surgery, hemophilia, other
bleeding disorders. Pregnancy, breastfeeding, children. People with salicylate sensitivity (often
applied in ADD/ADHD).
- Avoid oral use for Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Products Using Wintergreen Essential Oil
- Arctander, Steffen. Perfume and Flavor Materials of Natural Origin. A Pathfinder Book Reprint Edition, 2017.
- “Flavor, Fragrance, Food and Cosmetics Ingredients Information.” The Good Scents Company, The Good Scents Company (TGSC), 2019, www.thegoodscentscompany.com/.
- Shutes, Jade and New York Institute of Aromatic Studies. "Foundations of Aromatherapy" and "Aromatic Scholars" Aromatherapy Certification Programs and Course Materials. 2017-2019.
- Tisserand, Robert, et al. Essential Oil Safety: a Guide for Health Care Professionals. 2nd ed., Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier, 2014.