Using Wintergreen Essential Oil for Health

I love a good minty flavor and smell. Wintergreen is known as a flavor in gum or toothpaste, but it’s also a valuable essential oil with impressive health benefits.

Wintergreen oil is extracted from the leaves of a creeping shrub and contains a unique chemical component called methyl salicylate.

Because of the distinctive natural constituents of wintergreen oil, it’s treasured for its topical benefits and is commonly used in lotions, creams, and oral hygiene products.  The soothing sensations of this oil also make it an ideal component for massages. Wintergreen essential oil has a prominent scent that is sweet, minty, and refreshing. As a result, this aroma can be both uplifting and stimulating to the senses. 

Benefits of Wintergreen Essential Oil


Supports Healthy Breathing

The aroma of wintergreen is great for opening up nasal passages and allowing you to breathe more deeply.

To use: combine 1-2 drops wintergreen oil with fractionated coconut oil and rub over chest and upper back, like you would a store-bought vapor rub. 

Soothes Achy Muscles and Joints

Many over-the-counter ointments and salves for acute joint and muscular discomfort contain methyl salicylate as the active (working) ingredient. Methyl salicylate can be soothing to fatigued or strained muscles and joints. Because Wintergreen oil contains rich chemical components such as methyl salicylate, it is an ideal oil for massages.

To use: dilute 15 drops of wintergreen oil in 10 ml of fractionated coconut oil and rub the pain away

Improves Digestion

Wintergreen oil can be used in small doses to increase stomach acid and juices that help improve digestion. It also has anti-nausea benefits and soothing effects on the gastric lining and colon. This is because of its ability to reduce muscle spasms, which make it a natural remedy for nausea (source).

To use: mix wintergreen and fractionated coconut oil and rub over your abdomen. DO NOT take Wintergreen internally.

Benefits of Wintergreen Essential Oil |

Prevents Skin Blemishes

If you’ve ever looked into skin care to prevent or get rid of blemishes, you’ve heard of salicylic acid. It’s a common ingredient in popular skin care products. Most importantly, it’s a component in wintergreen oil.

To use: add 1-2 drops of wintergreen essential oil to your favorite face wash. 

Uplifts Mood

Wintergreen oil can help to soothe the body, and its aroma will have a positive and uplifting affect on the mind. 

To use: add 1–2 drops of wintergreen oil to warm bath water and enjoy the soothing sensations.

Freshens Up The Air in Your Home

Bring the outdoors in with the strong, pleasant aroma of wintergreen. The scent is also great for masking the smell of offensive odors. 

To use: diffuse wintergreen in your favorite diffuser. In addition, you can also place a few drops on a cotton ball and put in your gym bag. 

Oils That Blend Well

Wintergreen oil blends well with marjoram, peppermint, spearmint, thyme, oregano, and ylang ylang essential oils. 

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    Leann Forst, MBA, CHC, CEOC — Holistic Health Practitioner

    Leann is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Essential Oils Coach. She holds a Master’s degree from Drake University and a Bachelor of Science from Upper Iowa University. Accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Leann is an award winning author of 2 books How to Get Your Kids to Beg for Veggies and 100 Ways to Lose Weight”.

    Born and raised as an Iowa farm girl, she moved to Texas in 1998 where she lives with her husband and 2 kids.

    As a wife of a brain cancer survivor, Leann has a special interest in anti-cancer nutrition and detoxification. She works with individuals and groups, and speaks regularly at hospitals, schools and organizations. Leann’s goal is to teach people how to attain optimal health by getting to the root cause of chronic and inflammatory conditions, while using healing modalities such as essential oils. Click here to get Leann’s free report, “37 Cancer Facts You Should Know…But Probably Don’t

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