Essential Oils

Wintergreen Oil

Obtained from “a group of aromatic plants” is an essential oil known as Wintergreen Oil. This oil is extracted from an “aromatic plant” belonging to the “Gaultheria procumbens” species in the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil is extracted from the “leaves” of the plant using the “steam distillation” process. In addition, the plant from which this oil was derived is mainly found in North America, and is supposed to have been frequently used by the Native Americans in the treatment of muscle and joint pains.

A. Chemical constituents of Wintergreen Oil:

This oil is extracted from “a group of aromatic plants” belonging to the “Gaultheria procumbens” species in the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil also comprises of organic compounds such as alpha-pinene, myrcene, delta-3-carene, limonene, 3,7- guaiadiene, and delta-cadinene.

B. The uses and benefits of Wintergreen Oil:

There are a number of benefits that an individual can gain by using this oil. However, one should also consider the adverse reactions or side effects reported from its use:

1. Analgesic:

This oil when used helps in providing relief from pain caused by headaches, sprains etc, and thereby serves as an analgesic.

2. Anti-rheumatic:

This oil when used exhibits an “anti-rheumatic” property and thus helps in suppressing rheumatoid arthritis.

3. Carminative:

The oil also serves as a “carminative” when used, and thereby helps in resolving gas formation i.e. flatulence issues with the GI system.

4. Diuretic:

This oil when used helps in flushing out waste products from the urinary system such as kidney stone by stimulating urination, and thereby serves as a diuretic.

5. Antispasmodic:

This oil possesses an “antispasmodic” property and hence when used helps in reliving spasms in the respiratory, digestive, muscular, and nervous system.

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