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5 Ways to use Wintergreen Essential Oil

Posted on April 01, 2019 by Chad Pegura | 73 comments

5 Ways to use Wintergreen Essential Oil

Wintergreen essential oil is derived from the leaves of the Gaultheria Procumbens evergreen plant using a steam distillation method. First the leaves are steeped in a bit of warm water, releasing all of the beneficial enzymes locked within the leaf, and then the enzymes are isolated and concentrated to create the essential oil using a steam distillation process. So, why would a person want to concentrate these oils? The simple answer is because they pack a whole lot of punch in each small bottle of oil.

Uses for Wintergreen Essential Oil

Wintergreen essential oil can be just as powerful in relieving cold and flu symptoms as any over the counter cold medication. Inside of wintergreen essential oil is an aspirin-like chemical that helps to relieve pain while the fresh cool scent works as a very effective decongestant. The decongestant properties help to break up thick mucus caused by infection, allowing you to expel the mucus and the infection in an easier and more comfortable way. For best results, diffusing the wintergreen essential oil in a nebulizing diffuser

1. Cold and Flu Relief

Wintergreen essential oil can be just as powerful in relieving cold and flu symptoms as any over the counter cold medication. Inside of wintergreen essential oil is an aspirin-like chemical that helps to relieve pain while the fresh cool scent works as a very effective decongestant. The decongestant properties help to break up thick mucus caused by infection, allowing you to expel the mucus and the infection in an easier and more comfortable way. For best results, diffusing the wintergreen essential oil in a nebulizing diffuser helps it to be inhaled and sent to the systems of the  body that need it most.

2. Pain Relief

Wintergreen essential oil is also a highly effective topical pain reliever for sore muscles and joints. When combined with a carrier oil, the essential oil reduces swelling and inflammation, which in turn helps to relieve pain. If you’ve had a great workout that you’re paying for the next day, diffusing wintergreen essential oil or applying it topically mixed with a carrier oil can get you back up and working again.

3. As a Home Cleanser

Natural home cleansers give families a natural way to keep their homes safe and clean without all of the unnecessary chemicals. Wintergreen essential oil is a great cleanser option, with both antibacterial and antiviral properties, that can disinfect just about any surface. The essential oil can even be used to run through your dishwasher or washing machine to eliminate odors and get rid of any residual bacteria hiding where you can’t see

5 Ways to use Wintergreen Essential Oil

4. Digestion and Nausea Relief

Wintergreen essential oil, while energizing, is also naturally soothing. When you’re experiencing bouts of nausea, bloating, or diarrhea, diffusing the oil in the room can help to alleviate the stomach spasms associated with such conditions, providing you with much needed relief. If you’re feeling sick to your stomach, lying down in a room with your favorite diffuser and wintergreen essential oil can help to alleviate these symptoms and allow much needed rest.

5. Skin and Hair

Wintergreen essential oil can also work wonders on improving the health of your skin and hair. Blemishes, inflammation, and bacteria are no match for wintergreen essential oil when added along with carrier oil to facial cleansers or moisturizers. For hair, wintergreen essential oil helps to balance the scalp while removing greasiness and bacteria, but leaving in its wake a fresh and invigorating scent.

Using Wintergreen Essential Oils with Other Oils

Wintergreen essential oil doesn’t need to be diffused or used on its own, and it pairs well with a plethora of other oils to reap the benefits of two or more oils at the same time. Some of the best pairings for wintergreen essential oils include:

 

  • Bergamot
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Sweet Basil
  • Peppermint
  • Cypress
  • Rose Geranium
  • Peppermint
  • Spearmint

While these are just some of the oils that pair particularly well with wintergreen, they are some of the most popular for the dual benefits one can receive when using them at the same time.

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25 Responses

Sherri
Sherri

April 09, 2019

Wintergreen is one of my faves!!

SCOTT BRUNSKILL
SCOTT BRUNSKILL

April 08, 2019

I’m up for this…for my skin, for pain relief, and for the wintry blues

Jennylyn Gross
Jennylyn Gross

April 07, 2019

I had no idea that wintergreen was so healting

Kim G
Kim G

April 07, 2019

I’m going to add peppermint to an egg and yogurt hair wash that I make.

Deanna
Deanna

April 07, 2019

I’ve always loved diffusing Wintergreen but didn’t realize all the other great uses for it and how beneficial it really is to our health! I hadn’t thought about using essential oils in my dishwasher before, I will definitely try it. Thank you for all the useful information!

L TWORKOWSKI
L TWORKOWSKI

April 06, 2019

ONE MUST STILL HAVE TO PURCHASE THE OIL.
lnoteboom
lnoteboom

April 06, 2019

Thank you for the helpful information

Patricia Hoffmeister
Patricia Hoffmeister

April 06, 2019

I didn’t know Wintergreen could be used so many different ways

Patricia Hoffmeister
Patricia Hoffmeister

April 06, 2019

I didn’t know Wintergreen could be used so many different ways

Carelesskatie
Carelesskatie

April 06, 2019

So many important ideas and uses I’d never imagined. There are so many things I’ll have to try now. Thank you

Margaret Gallagher
Margaret Gallagher

April 06, 2019

Excellent read – didn’t realise it could be used as a digestive / nausea aid – thanks for the invaluable advice

kim d
kim d

April 06, 2019

My grandmother used to have Wintergreen ointment that was rubbed onto aching joints. I’d completely forgotten about it but it’s another reminder that the old remedies are still sometimes the best

Janice Stark
Janice Stark

April 06, 2019

I never knew that wintergreen oil could be used for pain relief. I will definitely try it on my back. Thanks for the information!!

Cathy s.
Cathy s.

April 05, 2019

I really like the antibacterial and antiviral properties! I have got to try using it in my dishwasher. What concentration would you use? What would you put it in, h2o?

Annette
Annette

April 05, 2019

So informative! I am interested in using it for topical pain relief and cleaning.

Laura
Laura

April 04, 2019

Great information! I’ve never had the chance to use this oil before.

Gina Blitstein
Gina Blitstein

April 04, 2019

Wintergreen oil will be on my next order – I had no idea it was so versatile!

Agnes Dela Cruz
Agnes Dela Cruz

April 04, 2019

We normally use wintergreen oil when body aches especially the joints and the back. I am glad I got to know more information about it here. Thanks!

Valerie GILLMORE
Valerie GILLMORE

April 04, 2019

That’s excellent tips for relieving symptoms of cold and flu. Thank you so much for this valuable info.

Janis Milford
Janis Milford

April 04, 2019

I loved its scent but didn’t know it was also antibacterial and antiviral! I’d rather my house smelled of wintergreen than chemicals

Scotty
Scotty

April 04, 2019

I had no idea wintergreen was so useful!

Robin V.
Robin V.

April 04, 2019

I use Wintergreen and Birch for headache relief.

Sandra Watts
Sandra Watts

April 04, 2019

Really good information to know.

Brookie B
Brookie B

April 04, 2019

Like a fine wine and cheese pairing, thank you for including the 9 essential oils that pair best with Wintergreen essential oil. Because of this article, I am now excited to experiment with wintergreen and bergamot.

Bilger Susan Scribner
Bilger Susan Scribner

April 04, 2019

I’m just starting to use essential oil’s and have not tried the Wintergreen yet but I know I love it. I remember eating wintergreen gum when I was younger. I did not know it had so many uses around the house

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