Wintergreen is almost exclusively used for physical discomfort, diluted in salves and massage oils and can be very effective. The active ingredient in wintergreen is methyl salicylate. Essential oils, like wintergreen and birch, that contain methyl salicylate, should not be used by pregnant or nursing women, children, anyone with clotting disorders or anyone taking medications like warfarin or coumadin. Effective oil, but not for everyone. Use with caution.
Latin Name: Gaultheria procumbens
Country of Origin: Nepal
Extraction Method: Steam distilled leaves
Middle/top note with a fresh, minty, crisp aroma
Methyl salicylate is formed during the distillation process. Methyl salicylate is the active ingredient in aspirin. Essential oils, like wintergreen and birch, that contain methyl salicylate, should not be used by pregnant or nursing women, children, anyone with clotting disorders or anyone taking medications like warfarin or coumadin. Skin sensitization is possible if using old and/or oxidized oils. Essential Oils are typically used via inhalation and/or topical application while properly diluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified aromatherapy practitioner to address a specific health need, for a specified period of time. Keep away from children and pets.
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