Winter Green Oil is an essential oil which has a fresh and sweet scent same as a mint. With a pale yellow and pinkish color, the oil is pungent but not unpleasant. The strong aroma of this essential oil elevates and influences the awareness of senses. The oil has a prominent scent which is sweet, refreshing and minty and uplifts mind and moos. It is naturally an energizing, anti-oxidant and and immune-enhancing as it reduces pain and inflammation. The oil can be applied by diffusing via vaporizer or can also be used topically.
Extraction & Properties
This essential oil is extracted from the leaves of an evergreen and shrubby plant known as Gaultheria Procumbens. The leaves are first macerated in the warm water and the enzymes are encouraged to produce methyl salicylate. Then, with the help of steam distillation, methyl salicylate is separated resulting in an ester, which is an organic acid that is mixed with alcohol. The 85-99% of the oil is made from methyl salicylate. Also, it contains limonene, a-pinene, myrcene, delta-cadinene, delta 3-carene, and 3,7 guaiadiene. Further, it is advisable to use the essential oil by diluting it in small amount with olive oil or coconut oil.
What Are Its Health Benefits ?
The Winter Green Oil has several health benefits due to its various antirheumatic, antispasmodic, aromatic, analgesic, antiarthritic and astringent properties. Also, it acts as a diuretic, emenagogue and carminative. Following are the health benefits of this essential oil:
The Winter Green Oil is extensively utilized as a flavor in food items. Also, it is added to toothpastes and gums to give them a minty flavor. Due to the pleasing aroma of this oil, it prevents the foul odors by working as a deodorizer. Also, when used as aromatherapeutically, i.e. diffused and vaporized to a steaming hot water, the oil uplifts and relaxes the mood and makes you more attentive. Because of its natural constituents, it is an important ingredient in creams, lotions and oral hygiene products. Due to the soothing sensation, the oil is ideal for massages.