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Oil of Wintergreen is obtained by steam distillation of the leaves of Gaultheria Procumbens. Gaultheria Procumbens is a small evergreen herb that grows up to 15 cm. Wintergreen oil is a pale yellow or pinkish fluid liquid that is strongly aromatic with a sweet woody odor. The oil has a strong and cooling aroma. The main components of Wintergreen oil are Methyl salicylate, a-pinene, myrcene, delta-3-carene, limonene, 3,7-guaiadiene, and delta-cadinene.
Wintergreen Essential Oil contains 85-99% of Methyl salicylate, which is the main ingredient in the oil. Wintergreen oil can relieve pain quickly, and is considered the best essential oil for pain. It is used for angina, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, asthma, backache, bee stings, bleeding gums, blood clots, broken or fracture bone, bone pain, bronchitis, bunions, bursitis, cardiovascular conditions, carpal tunnel, Crohn's Disease, circulation disorders, colitis, connective tissue, cramps, disk deterioration, ear infection, edema, fatty liver, fever, fibromyalgia, gallstones, gingivitis, Grave's Disease, head cold, headache, heart attack, hematoma, hemorrhoids, herniated disk, hepatitis, hives, hypertension, hyperthyroid, indigestion, inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome, itching, joint stiffness, kidney stones, ligament, lupus, lumbago, migraine, multiple sclerosis, mumps, muscles (sore or inflammed), muscle spasms,neck pain, nerve pain, neuritis, oral infection, rheumatism, tendonitis, lymphatic system detox, nausea, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, phelbitis, pleurisy, poison oak and ivy, polio, prostate, benign prostate hyperplasia (bph), prostatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, scleroderma, scoliosis, sinus congestion, spider bite, spine injury, sprain, sore throat, toothaches, ulcer, urinary tract infection, wounds and varicose veins, poor circulation, eczema, hair care, psoriasis and gout. It is an anti-coagulant it may increase the effect of pharmaceutical blood thinners. Wintergreen oil is mentally stimulating and increases attentiveness, it can penetrate deep within the body, it can increase the vibration of the body and enhance sound on all levels. The odor alone is said to do this. It is used during spiritual ceremonies. It can be directly inhaled, or diffused. Wintergreen oil is widely used as a flavoring agent in root beer, gum and toothpaste, mouthwash, soft drinks, confectionery, in listerine, in mints and candies, in smokeless tobacco such as dipping tobacco and snus, in some perfumery applications, for rust removal and degreasing of machinery. It is particularly effective for breaking through sea water corrosion. Wintergreen oil can also be used in fine art printing applications to transfer a color photocopy image or color laser print to a high-rag content art paper, such as a hot-press watercolor paper. It can also be used on dogs and horses. Wintergreen oil is antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, analgesic, disinfectant, anticoagulant, vasodilator and stimulant (bones).
Wintergreen blends well with Oregano Oil, Peppermint Oil, Thyme Oil and Ylang Ylang Oil.
Specifications of Indian Wintergreen oil
|Appearance||Pinkish colour fluid liquid|
|Odour||The odour is strongly aromatic and sweet, displaying a peculiar creamy-fully top note and a sweet-woody dry out.|
|Weight per Ml @ 250C||0.990 to 1.255 Gm/Ml|
|Refractive Index||1.485 to 1.540(at 25 deg C)|
|Identification by GLC||By standard chromatogram|
|Components||Methyl Salicylate (approx. 90%), a-pinene, myrcene, delta-3-carene, limonene, 3,7-guaiadiene, delta-cadinene|
|Solubility||Soluble in diethyl ether. Very slightly soluble in cold water. Miscible in alcohol, glacial acetic acid.|
|Soluble in chloroform, Soluble in most common organic solvents. Solubility in water: 0.74%.|
|Storage||Store in a cool, dry place in tightly sealed containers, protected from heat and light|