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Weekly Drops of Health - Wintergreen

Are you tired of stinky shoes after sports practice, yard work, or exercise? Freshen that scent with dōTERRA Wintergreen! Wintergreen essential oil has a prominent scent that is sweet, minty, refreshing, and energetic. This aroma can be both uplifting and stimulating to the senses.
 
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Check out the amazing benefits and uses of Wintergreen...

Wintergreen Oil Product Description
As part of the a doTERRA Co-Impact Sourcing® initiative, Wintergreen essential oil is sourced in rural regions of Nepal. The minty Wintergreen oil is extracted from the leaves of a creeping shrub and contains a unique chemical component called methyl salicylate. This chemical contains strong soothing properties and naturally occurs in only two plants worldwide—birch and wintergreen. Because of its distinctive natural constituents, Wintergreen oil is treasured for its topical benefits and is commonly used in lotions, creams, and oral hygiene products. The soothing sensations of Wintergreen oil also make it an ideal component for massages. Wintergreen essential oil has a prominent scent that is sweet, minty, and refreshing. This aroma can be both uplifting and stimulating to the senses.

Wintergreen Oil Uses and Benefits

  1. Because Wintergreen oil contains rich chemical components such as methyl salicylate, it is an ideal oil for massages. For a warming and soothing experience, add Wintergreen oil to your post-workout massage. This will aid in renewing both mind and body. When using Wintergreen essential oil, remember that a little bit goes a long way, and make sure to dilute Wintergreen oil with Fractionated Coconut Oil to reduce any possibilities of skin sensitivity.
     
  2. Bring the freshness of Wintergreen essential oil into your home by placing a few drops of Wintergreen oil into your diffuser. The scent of Wintergreen essential oil ushers in the clarity of the open outdoors while adding the sweet, minty smell of evergreens. Along with its clean aroma, diffusing Wintergreen oil will help promote an uplifting and stimulating effect on the senses.
     
  3. Trying to mask unpleasant odors? You’re in luck! Wintergreen essential oil has a very strong and pleasant scent that will work to cover up powerful odors. Next time you go to the gym, place a few drops of Wintergreen oil on a cotton ball and place it in your gym bag. This will mask the smell of sweaty gym clothes with a sweet and minty aroma.
     
  4. After a long day, take some time to relax, and pamper yourself with a Wintergreen bath. Simply add 1–2 drops of Wintergreen oil to warm bath water and enjoy the soothing sensations of Wintergreen essential oil. The Wintergreen oil will help to soothe the body, and its aroma will have a positive and uplifting effect on the mind.
     
  5. Skin blemishes—everyone gets them. However, sometimes they can cause you to feel embarrassed or vulnerable. Get rid of that self-conscious feeling by incorporating Wintergreen essential oil into your daily routine. Apply Wintergreen essential oil to your skin to help reduce the appearance of blemishes and feel comfortable and confident inside your own skin.
Fun Fact
Wintergreen oil is one of the lowest yield essential oils.


Plant Description
The wintergreen plant, Gaultheria fragrantissima, that doTERRA uses for their essential oils are grown and harvested in the mountainous regions of Nepal. The wintergreen plant is a shrub that is found in coniferous areas. The leaves of the plant are rich green in color and contain a prominent central vein. doTERRA Wintergreen oil is extracted from the leaf of the Wintergreen plant.

Chemistry of Wintergreen Oil
Main Chemical Component: Methyl salicylate

The main chemical component of Wintergreen essential oil is methyl salicylate. Methyl salicylate is a rare organic chemical that is naturally found in only two plants across the world—the birch and wintergreen plants. This chemical contains both soothing and renewing properties. Methyl salicylate is part of the esters functional group. Some esters, such as Wintergreen oil, can be applied topically to reduce the appearance of blemishes and to provide a soothing and warming sensation when applied topically to muscles. To learn more about esters, methyl salicylate, or other chemical components found in essential oils, visit the doTERRA Science Blog.

Oils that Blend Well with Wintergreen Oil
Wintergreen oil blends well with Marjoram, Peppermint, Spearmint, Thyme, Oregano, and Ylang Ylang essential oils.
 

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