Wintergreen (Gaultheria Procumbens)
Wintergreen essential oil is derived from the leaves of a creeping shrub found in coniferous areas. The main chemical component in Wintergreen, methyl salicylate, is used in topical creams and massage blends because of its soothing properties. In fact, Wintergreen and Birch are the only plants in the world that contain methyl salicylate naturally.
As a flavouring, small amounts of Wintergreen are used in candies, toothpaste, and chewing gum. When diffused, Wintergreen has a refreshing aroma that’s uplifting and stimulating. Through doTERRA’s Co-Impact Sourcing® initiative, our new source of Wintergreen comes from Nepal where it is wild harvested by rural villagers then distilled by community-owned distillation facilities. This process creates increased economic opportunity for very remote regions in rural Nepal.
Emotionally, Wintergreen is known as the Oil of Surrender. It can assist the strong willed individual in letting go of the need to know and the need to be right. It takes great internal strength to surrender to one’s Higher Power. Wintergreen imbues the soul with this strength and teaches it how to let go and be free of the negativity and pain it holds on to. The need to believe that life is painful and one must shoulder it on their own will make it so. Wintergreen invites individuals to surrender these strong opinions.
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Anti-inflammatory, Analgesic, Anti-rheumatic
Blends Well With
How to Use
- Wintergreen contains the same active ingredient as Birch.
- Massage into hands, back, and legs for a soothing and warming sensation after exercise.
- Place a few drops of Wintergreen on a cotton ball and place in your gym bag. Wintergreen’s strong scent will work to mask any odor.
- Apply to skin to reduce the appearance of blemishes.
- Diffuse for a sweet, uplifting aroma.
- Commonly used in oral hygiene products.