Top 10 Wintergreen Essential Oil Uses

Wintergreen Essential Oil Uses

Unlike many essential oils, the medicinal benefits of wintergreen oil are very widely known and it’s a popular component of medicines that are used today. Historically, the oil was perhaps most popularly used by Native Americans who found a wide range of benefits from the small, shrubby, berry boasting plant. Many of those same wintergreen essential oil uses are still in practice today, although most people don’t even realize it.

There are some important things to understand about medicinal essential oils uses, however. Not all plant oils are safe to ingest, and wintergreen certainly falls into this category. In terms of external application of the oil, it must be diluted to be used safely. The pure oil is quite potent and only a very small quantity should be used, and mixed with a carrier such as olive or coconut oil.

Today’s wintergreen essential oil uses are vast, and it’s used widely in over the counter muscle pain reliever creams, toothpastes, candy, gum and respiratory relief rubs. These uses encompass many of the natural healing properties of the oil, ten of the best of which can be found below.

1. Muscle Pain Relief: It’s worthwhile to get this primary use of wintergreen oil out of the way, since it’s one that has endured for centuries. Wintergreen essential oil uses for muscle pain relief rely on the oil’s natural pain relieving and inflammation reducing properties, which have been proven effective to the point that they are likely more useful than those that can be synthesized in a lab. For those that don’t prefer over the counter preparations, topical application with a carrier oil may achieve the same benefit.

2. Headaches: Almost all of the pain relieving benefits of wintergreen oil relate to its composition, which is nearly entirely methyl salicylate. This compound is also thought to be effective at reducing headaches, when the aroma is inhaled.

3. Acne: Wintergreen oil is considered quite deadly to numerous common germs, including those that may be responsible for causing acne. While wintergreen essential oil uses don’t include internal germ killing abilities because it’s unsafe, external application with a carrier oil may help ward off acne causing bacteria and improve skin condition.

4. Cancer: The use of wintergreen in cancer therapy is not even yet in its infancy, but it’s worth noting that the oil is currently being studied for its immunological benefits, including that related to the treatment of leukemia.

5. Arthritis: There are two ways that wintergreen essential oil uses may benefit persons with arthritic symptoms. First, the oil is thought to be a natural inflammation reducer (not to mention its proven aspirin like effects on pain). Secondly, it’s thought to stimulate blood flow which some believe may also have positive implications on the condition. Again, diluted, topical application is the preferred method of use of wintergreen for this function.

6. Respiratory Problems: Some ointments noted for respiratory function contain wintergreen oil. It’s thought that wintergreen oil may reduce the symptoms of certain respiratory ailments and may make breathing easier when its aroma is inhaled.

7. Skin Problems: A wide range of skin problems are thought to benefit from wintergreen essential oil uses. There are likely a number of reasons why, but likely the oil’s natural astringent properties (useful for toning skin) and anti inflammatory properties (useful in conditions that cause swelling, rashes or inflammation) come into play here.

8. Hair Loss: Wintergreen is not noted to be useful for promoting hair growth; however it’s anecdotally associated with preventing hair from falling out. This is because it may help tone the roots of the hair and keep them healthy (it’s worth noting too that dandruff control is also thought to be possible with wintergreen).

9. Clarity and Focus: The sweet scent of wintergreen when used in aromatherapy is thought to promote both clarity and focus, thanks to its stimulating properties. Some believe that this duo of benefits may include enhancing concentration, too.

10. Stress Relief and Relaxation: Despite a majority of wintergreen essential oil uses relating to stimulating effects, it’s still used by some in order to promote relaxation and stress relief. It’s possible that these effects are by products of the oil’s clarity inducing effects.

Wintergreen is a potent and dangerous oil that should not be ingested or kept in the reach of children, who may be tempted by its sweet and familiar smell. Safe use of the oil demands dilution and responsible, occasional use. Because its use is limited, it’s not often found in oil blends; however some tension related oil blends do include wintergreen.