Wintergreen is most commonly known as a flavoring to gum or toothpaste. But a therapeutic grade and certified pure Wintergreen essential oil has far more to offer than just flavoring. An important fact: a true pure wintergreen should not be consumed at all. Even so the health benefits of Wintergreen are wonderful when used topically and aromatically.
Did you know that the main chemical compound of Wintergreen, Methyl salicylate is the chemical foundation of aspirin, making up to 97% of Wintergreen’s chemical profile? However, the synthesized form of Methyl salicylate found in aspirin has many nasty side effects like gastric bleeding, liver & kidney damage, that are not found in a pure form of Wintergreen. But Wintergreen is still very powerful, just 1 drop is equivalent to a very large amount of some over the counter products. This would explain why Wintergreen is so useful for relieving tension, calming head & neck discomforts.
During pregnancy you probably should look for other essential oils.
Wintergreen is a great alternative to Birch, because pure quality therapeutic grade Birch is VERY hard to come by. Mix Wintergreen with other essential oils like Cypress, White Fir, Helichrysum & Peppermint for deep relief. Feel free to play around mixing your own blends to find the most effective mixture for you. Other oils that mix well with Wintergreen are a little Oregano, Frankincense, Clove & Rosemary, all good at relieving discomfort, each working a little different from the other.
I have personally found a blend called Past Tense to be very effective for hip and joint discomfort. The first ingredient in Past Tense is Wintergreen. For me, it calmed things down right away and I was able to sleep better & the discomfort almost completely disappeared in a couple of days.
If you tweek your ankle, try mixing 2 drops of Wintergreen, 4 drops of White Fur & 4 drops of Lemongrass & 6 drops of Cypress with a TBL of fractionated coconut oil. Apply to area….you will LOVE this. Ice is always a good idea too.
Wintergreen applied to the outside of throat with some Lemon & Eucalyptus is a quick fix for throat irritation and discomfort. Wintergreen, Cypress, Basil & Lavender will help with a stiff neck & shoulders.
For sore wrists try some Wintergreen, Cypress, Marjoram, Lemongrass & Peppermint.
Wintergreen is a very useful essential oil, but respect it, is very powerful. Used in very large doses it can be toxic so pregnant women should avoid it. Do not use with small children or on someone who is epileptic. Because Wintergreen smells like many gums and candies, a bottle of real pure essential oil should have a childproof cap and it should be kept out of their reach.
I am a Holistic Health Coach, I am not a Physician. I am a wife, a mom, and a grandma who loves learning about natural ways to care for my health, in turn sharing what I learn with family, friends, you and my clients.
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