Wintergreen Essential Oil

A go to for athletes and silver sneakers, wintergreen works wonders. But do you know why it might not be safe for kids?


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The familiar minty aroma of wintergreen essential oil is stimulating and invigorating. Aside from it’s bright, fresh aroma, this essential oil has numerous therapeutic benefits as well. Watch this video to find out how to enjoy this essential oil, as well as some precautions to take.

What it’s For

Wintergreen Essential Oil supports joints and skeletal structure. It also soothes and relaxes sore muscles with cooling relief. The refreshing menthol aroma can open airways and relieve lethargy or sleepiness and increase focus and attentiveness. In fact, it stimulates almost all of the senses and can heighten our senses of smell, taste, touch, and even hearing.

Constituent Highlight

Wintergreen is more than 80% methyl salicylate (a phenolic ester). This constituent, which is structurally similar to aspirin, is the reason for the child-proof cap. However, the natural source of this chemical in the essential oil does not carry the same risks as the synthetic version.

Who Should Use Wintergreen Essential Oil

This is an essential oil with a few cautions. However, if you follow guidelines, this oil can be safely enjoyed by most people. Brighten a room with a few drops in your diffuser, or make a soothing muscle rub by combining it with a carrier oil. You may also want to try it in these homemade CBD Oil Bath Bombs.

Companion Products

Wintergreen appears on the ingredient lists of many favorite Young Living products, including PanAway, Deep Relief Roll-On, and Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream.

Don’t Have Wintergreen Essential Oil?

You can enjoy both the menthol aroma and the therapeutic benefits of wintergreen in PanAway.

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