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Wintergreen Essential Oil

Discover the revitalizing power of doTERRA Wintergreen Essential Oil. Steam-distilled from the leaves of the Gaultheria procumbens plant, this pure and potent oil offers a refreshing minty aroma with soothing properties. Elevate your well-being with doTERRA's Wintergreen Essential Oil, perfect for aromatherapy, massage, and natural pain relief. Explore the benefits today!"

Wintergreen essential oil is derived from the leaves of the wintergreen plant, scientifically known as Gaultheria procumbens. This aromatic plant has a rich history of traditional medicinal use by various indigenous cultures in North America.

History

  1. Indigenous Use: Native American tribes, such as the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, used wintergreen leaves for their analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. They chewed the leaves or made poultices to alleviate pain, reduce fever, and treat various ailments.

  2. Early American Settlers: European settlers in North America learned about the medicinal properties of wintergreen from Native Americans and began using it as well. They often made teas or decoctions from the leaves.

  3. Aspirin Precursor: The active compound in wintergreen, methyl salicylate, is similar in chemical structure to aspirin. In fact, wintergreen oil was one of the original sources of salicylic acid, which is a key ingredient in modern aspirin. 

Plant Description

Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) is a small, evergreen perennial plant that belongs to the Ericaceae family. Here are some key features of the plant:

  1. Size: Wintergreen typically grows to a height of 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) and spreads horizontally through underground rhizomes, forming dense groundcover.

  2. Leaves: The leaves of the wintergreen plant are dark green, glossy, and oval-shaped, with finely serrated edges. They have a distinct, aromatic smell when crushed or bruised.

  3. Flowers: Wintergreen produces small, bell-shaped, white to pinkish flowers that dangle from the stems. These flowers appear in late spring to early summer and are followed by small red berries.

  4. Berries: The berries of the wintergreen plant are bright red and have a sweet and slightly spicy flavor. They are edible and have been used traditionally for their taste.

  5. Habitat: Wintergreen is native to eastern North America and is commonly found in coniferous and mixed forests, especially in areas with acidic soil. It thrives in cool, shaded environments.

Extraction of Essential Oil

Wintergreen essential oil is obtained through a process called steam distillation of the leaves of the Gaultheria procumbens plant. The oil contains a high concentration of methyl salicylate, which is responsible for its characteristic sweet and minty aroma. Due to its potency, wintergreen essential oil is used sparingly in aromatherapy and natural medicine and should be diluted before topical application.

Discover the revitalizing power of doTERRA Wintergreen Essential Oil. Steam-distilled from the leaves of the Gaultheria procumbens plant, this pure and potent oil offers a refreshing minty aroma with soothing properties. Elevate your well-being with doTERRA's Wintergreen Essential Oil, perfect for aromatherapy, massage, and natural pain relief. Explore the benefits today!"
Discover the revitalizing power of doTERRA Wintergreen Essential Oil. Steam-distilled from the leaves of the Gaultheria procumbens plant, this pure and potent oil offers a refreshing minty aroma with soothing properties. Elevate your well-being with doTERRA's Wintergreen Essential Oil, perfect for aromatherapy, massage, and natural pain relief. Explore the benefits today!"

Take a Closer Look

EXTRACTION METHOD

Steam distillation

 

AROMATIC DESCRIPTION

Sweet, minty, refreshing

 

PLANT PART

Leaf

MAIN CONSTITUENTS

Methyl salicylate

DIRECTIONS FOR USE

  1. Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of choice.

  2. Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity. See additional precautions below.

RECOMMENDED USES

  • Wintergreen has a warming effect when applied to skin and is excellent to use as a soothing massage. A little goes a long way, so use sparingly and dilute with a carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

  • For a soothing bath, add 1–2 drops of Wintergreen essential oil to warm bath water

BENEFITS

  • Tension: Wintergreen oil is often used topically for its potential to provide relief from muscle and joint discomfort due to its natural soothing properties.

  • Head tension: Some people find relief from head tension and discomfort by applying diluted wintergreen oil to their temples or forehead.

  • Respiratory Support: Inhaling the aroma of wintergreen essential oil may help ease stuffiness and promote clear breathing during times of respiratory discomfort.

  • Improved Circulation: Wintergreen oil may support circulation and blood flow when used in massage blends or diluted in a carrier oil.

  • Soothing Muscle Cramps: Applying diluted wintergreen oil to cramped muscles may provide relief and relaxation.

  • Warming Sensation: When applied topically, wintergreen oil can create a warming sensation, which can be comforting in cold weather or after strenuous physical activity.

  • Enhanced Skin Health: It may be used in diluted form to promote healthy skin by reducing the appearance of blemishes and supporting a clear complexion.

  • Oral Health: Some individuals incorporate wintergreen oil into their oral care routine for its potential to support oral hygiene and freshen breath. Do not swallow!

  • Natural Cleaning Agent: Wintergreen oil can be added to DIY cleaning solutions due to its pleasant scent and potential cleansing properties.

CAUTIONS

Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If you are pregnant, nursing, or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and other sensitive areas.

10 ways to use wintergreen oil
  1. Homemade Tension Relief Salve: Create a natural tension relief salve by blending wintergreen oil with a carrier oil and beeswax. Apply it to sore muscles and joints for soothing relief.

  2. Refreshing Foot Soak: Add a few drops of wintergreen oil to a basin of warm water for a refreshing foot soak. It can help relieve tired feet and combat foot odor.

  3. Deodorizing Shoe Spray: Mix wintergreen oil with water in a spray bottle and use it to freshen up the inside of your shoes. Spray and let them air out to remove odors.

  4. Invigorating Bath: Add a few drops of wintergreen oil to your bathwater for an invigorating and aromatic soak. Be sure to mix it with a carrier oil or an emulsifier to disperse it properly in the water.

  5. DIY Toothpaste: Combine wintergreen oil with baking soda and coconut oil to create a homemade toothpaste that may help support oral hygiene and leave your mouth feeling fresh.

  6. Natural Insect Repellent: Mix wintergreen oil with other essential oils like citronella, lavender, or eucalyptus to create a natural insect repellent spray for outdoor activities.

  7. Gym Bag Refresher: Place a cotton ball or a piece of cloth infused with a few drops of wintergreen oil in your gym bag to keep it smelling fresh and clean.

  8. Cooling Body Spray: Dilute wintergreen oil with water and use it as a cooling body spray on hot summer days. It can provide a refreshing sensation when misted onto your skin.

  9. Homemade Cleaning Paste: Make a natural cleaning paste by mixing wintergreen oil with baking soda. It can be used to scrub sinks, countertops, and other surfaces.

  10. Aromatic Diffuser Blend: Combine wintergreen oil with other essential oils like peppermint, lemon, and spearmint to create a unique and invigorating aroma in your diffuser.

diy recipes with wintergreen oil

1. Muscle Relief Massage Oil

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of carrier oil (such as coconut oil, sweet almond oil, or jojoba oil)

  • 5 drops of wintergreen essential oil

  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil

  • 5 drops of peppermint essential oil

Instructions: Mix all the essential oils with the carrier oil in a small, dark-colored glass bottle. Shake well before each use. Use this blend for a soothing massage on sore muscles and joints.

2. Invigorating Foot Soak

Ingredients:

  • A basin of warm water

  • 5 drops of wintergreen essential oil

  • 5 drops of tea tree essential oil

  • 5 drops of eucalyptus essential oil

Instructions: Fill a basin with warm water and add the essential oils. Stir to mix them well. Soak your feet for 15-20 minutes to relieve fatigue and refresh your feet.

3. DIY Toothpaste

Ingredients:

  • 4 tablespoons of baking soda

  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil

  • 10 drops of wintergreen essential oil

  • 10 drops of peppermint essential oil

Instructions: Mix all the ingredients together to create a natural toothpaste. Use a small amount on your toothbrush for daily oral care.

4. Natural Bug Repellent Spray

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of distilled water

  • 2 ounces of witch hazel

  • 10 drops of wintergreen essential oil

  • 10 drops of citronella essential oil

  • 10 drops of lavender essential oil

Instructions: Combine all the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well before each use. Spray it on your skin before outdoor activities to help repel insects.

5. Refreshing Room Spray

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces of distilled water

  • 10 drops of wintergreen essential oil

  • 10 drops of lemon essential oil

  • 5 drops of spearmint essential oil

Instructions: Combine the essential oils with the distilled water in a spray bottle. Shake well and use it to freshen up the air in your living spaces.

Discover the ultimate relief for sore muscles and joints with our DIY Muscle Relief Massage Oil. Blending the power of wintergreen, lavender, and peppermint essential oils with a nourishing carrier oil, this soothing concoction is perfect for alleviating discomfort. Ease tension and promote relaxation with this natural massage oil
Treat your tired feet to an invigorating experience with our DIY Invigorating Foot Soak. By combining wintergreen, tea tree, and eucalyptus essential oils in a warm water basin, you can relieve fatigue and refresh your feet effortlessly. Pamper yourself and revitalize your soles with this rejuvenating foot soak
Embrace a natural approach to oral care with our DIY Toothpaste. Formulated with baking soda, coconut oil, and the refreshing essence of wintergreen and peppermint essential oils, this homemade toothpaste promotes dental hygiene and leaves your mouth feeling fresh. Elevate your daily oral routine with this homemade wonder.
Stay protected during outdoor adventures with our Natural Bug Repellent Spray. Crafted with the natural repellent properties of wintergreen, citronella, and lavender essential oils, combined with witch hazel and water, this spray helps ward off pesky insects. Enjoy the great outdoors without the annoyance of bugs.
Energize your living spaces with our DIY Refreshing Room Spray. Infused with the revitalizing scents of wintergreen, lemon, and spearmint essential oils, this spray breathes new life into your home. Create an inviting atmosphere and a fresh ambiance with this delightful room spray.
essential emotions & spirituality

Wintergreen - The Oil of Surrender

Emotional Benefits

  1. Stress Reduction: Inhaling the aroma of wintergreen essential oil can have a calming effect on the mind, potentially helping to reduce stress levels.

  2. Mood Elevation: Some people find that the refreshing scent of wintergreen oil can uplift their mood and provide a sense of emotional well-being.

  3. Focus and Clarity: Wintergreen oil's invigorating aroma may help improve mental clarity and focus, making it useful during times of mental fatigue or distraction.

  4. Relaxation: The soothing properties of wintergreen oil, when applied topically or used in massage, can promote physical relaxation, which can, in turn, lead to emotional relaxation.

  5. Comfort and Emotional Release: The warming sensation of wintergreen oil may help individuals feel more physically and emotionally grounded, providing a sense of comfort and release.

Spiritual Benefits

  1. Purification: Some individuals use wintergreen essential oil in spiritual or cleansing rituals to purify spaces, objects, or themselves, helping to clear negative energy.

  2. Meditation Aid: The calming and grounding properties of wintergreen oil can be conducive to meditation and mindfulness practices, assisting individuals in achieving a deeper state of focus and connection.

  3. Protection: Wintergreen oil is sometimes believed to offer protection from negative influences or energies, making it a choice for spiritual shielding.

  4. Grounding and Centering: The earthy and minty aroma of wintergreen can assist with grounding and centering, helping individuals feel more rooted and balanced in their spiritual practices.

  5. Enhanced Spiritual Awareness: Some people claim that using wintergreen oil enhances their spiritual awareness and intuition, allowing for a deeper connection with their inner selves and the spiritual realm.

Discover the revitalizing power of doTERRA Wintergreen Essential Oil. Steam-distilled from the leaves of the Gaultheria procumbens plant, this pure and potent oil offers a refreshing minty aroma with soothing properties. Elevate your well-being with doTERRA's Wintergreen Essential Oil, perfect for aromatherapy, massage, and natural pain relief. Explore the benefits today
wintergreen oil affirmations

Affirmations are positive statements that you can repeat to yourself to promote a sense of well-being and positivity. While affirmations themselves do not typically involve the use of essential oils like wintergreen, you can incorporate the aroma of wintergreen essential oil into your affirmation practice as a way to enhance the experience. Here are five affirmations you can use in conjunction with the aroma of wintergreen oil:

  1. Affirmation for Energy and Vitality: "I am filled with boundless energy and vitality. As I inhale the invigorating scent of wintergreen, I am revitalized and ready to take on the day."

  2. Affirmation for Relaxation and Peace: "In the soothing presence of wintergreen's gentle aroma, I find deep relaxation and inner peace. With each breath, I release tension and embrace tranquility."

  3. Affirmation for Clarity and Focus: "As I breathe in the minty freshness of wintergreen, my mind becomes clear and focused. I am fully present in this moment, ready to accomplish my tasks with ease."

  4. Affirmation for Self-Care: "I prioritize self-care and well-being in my life. The comforting warmth of wintergreen reminds me to nurture myself, both physically and emotionally."

  5. Affirmation for Spiritual Connection: "With wintergreen's grounding essence, I deepen my spiritual connection. I am open to receiving guidance and insight from the universe, trusting in my inner wisdom."

 

To use these affirmations with wintergreen oil, you can follow these steps:

  1. Find a quiet and comfortable space for yourself.

  2. Dilute a few drops of wintergreen essential oil with a carrier oil and apply it to your wrists, temples, or the back of your neck, or diffuse it in the room.

  3. Close your eyes, take deep breaths, and focus on the aroma of wintergreen.

  4. Repeat the chosen affirmation to yourself, either silently or aloud, while continuing to inhale the scent.

  5. Allow yourself to fully immerse in the positive feelings and intentions associated with the affirmation and the aroma of wintergreen.

This practice can help you combine the benefits of aromatherapy with the power of positive affirmations to create a holistic sense of well-being and mindfulness.

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