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Wintergreen Essential Oil
Adam Michael has this to say “Wintergreen essential oil is extremely beneficial at providing pain relief to aching muscles and joints. It is especially useful if you suffer with lumago, sciatica and neuralgia. The reason for the exceptional pain relieving qualities is purely because it naturally contains in excess of 95 percent methyl salicylate, which is also extracted and used by many major pharmaceutical companies for the creation of pain relief products including deep heat pads. Methyl salicylate is also available as a synthetic, so if you see cheap wintergreen oil please be aware. Hermitage Oils wintergreen essential oil is 100% pure and has not been altered.”
Mark Evans has this to say “The scent of wintergreen essential oil would be immediately recognisable to many of you, especially if you go the gym! The main component of the oil is methyl salicylate which is also used in many of the muscle pain relief rubs in the market. You know that smell that lingers around the office when someone has worked out too hard and is suffering the next day.
Strangely enough, a wintergreen leaf itself is virtually odourless. However, when the leaf is chewed a chemical reaction occurs to release the methyl salicylate and the characteristic wintergreen odour and taste is noticed. The American Indians knew this and used to chew the leaves for pleasure and also taught early French explorers how to create an infusion of the leaves in hot water which they then named “thé du Canada.
Warm and pungent with spicy, sweet, menthol, minty, sarsaparilla, medicinal, root-beer and aromatic herbaceous woody notes, wintergreen smells both invigorating and calming and would be interesting for the adventurous perfumer and for use in soaps, gels and creams.”
Botanical Name: Gaultheria procumbens
Safety Data: Under no circumstances should wintergreen be used on infants or young children or anyone who is allergic to aspirin. Never ingest wintergreen essential oil or use it neat on the skin and always blend it down in carrier oil before use. If in any doubt ask a qualified professional aromatherapist to provide you with guidance.