Wintergreen is a perennial that grows in eastern North America. White drooping flowers bloom in the early summer and then bright red berries emerge in late summer into the fall. Wintergreen essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the plant. However, the berries and stem also have health benefits.
The History of Wintergreen Essential Oil
North American Indians chewed the leaves of the wintergreen plant for their flavor, to assist in breathing during arduous work, and used them in the treatment of aches and pains. French explorers brewed wintergreen leaves in tea, as did the Americans during the war of independence.
Medicinally, in the past, wintergreen was used internally to treat hormonal conditions, used as a diuretic, and to relieve chronic mucous discharges. Folk remedies also used the wintergreen plant for cold symptoms, colic, body aches, headaches, pain, inflammation, sore throats, tooth decay, rheumatism and skin diseases.
Modern Uses for Wintergreen Essential Oil
Wintergreen contains methyl salicylate which is an anti-inflammatory agent similar to aspirin. Furthermore, wintergreen oil is known as a topical warming agent and is good for the treatment of pain associated with general aches and pains, arthritis and other painful conditions.
Wintergreen is toxic in high quantities, however, and because of this it is no longer used internally for medicinal purposes. It is still regularly used in small quantities to improve the flavor in chewing gum, candies, herbal teas, toothpaste, mouthwashes and several beverages. Furthermore, it is found in insecticidal products and insect repellents since bugs hate the scent.
Modern Research of Wintergreen Essential Oil
Methyl salicylate is accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a natural, over-the-counter (OTC), external analgesic. Moreover, it’s incorporated in many OTC products intended to relieve joint and muscle pain. Currently, research is still being conducted for its use as a pain reliever and possibilities for its use in dental care procedures.
How Wintergreen Essential Oil Works
When massaged on the affected area, this oil is quickly absorbed through the skin and induces an anesthetic effect on the nerves. Furthermore, it increases circulation of the blood and brings warmth to the area.
The relaxing and stimulating effect of this oil reduces spasms in the muscular and nervous systems while providing relief from muscular cramps and various nervous afflictions.
All-Natural Pain Relieving Products Featuring Wintergreen Essential Oil
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