Wintergreen is a small shrub native to North America or Nepal. The essential oil from this plant is obtained by distillation of its leaves and berries. It is the best known anti-inflammatory for cramps or tendonitis. There are two types :
- l’wintergreen essential oil or wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), a North American variety of wild origin.
- l’fragrant wintergreen essential oil (gaultheria fragrantissima), a cultivated variety from Nepal.
These two essential oils are very similar since they are both composed of more than 95% of methyl salicylate, a feature that gives them similar properties.
Wintergreen essential oil: the ultimate painkiller
The essential oil of wintergreen has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and analgesic properties. It is frequently used to relieve muscle problems, arthritis or rheumatism.
It is particularly effective in combating inflammation of the muscles, ligaments and joints. The use of wintergreen essential oil is therefore particularly widespread in the context of sports, in order to relieve muscle pain associated with intense physical effort such as sprains, cramps, strains, tendonitis or even pain. back.
Wintergreen essential oil to fight stress
If the essential oil of wintergreen works mainly against pain, it can also be used to promote well-being. And for good reason: when it is used in olfaction, inhalation or diffusion, it can act on stress, anxieties or even irritability. It is therefore indicated to rebalance the emotions.
Wintergreen essential oil: an ally of the liver
The essential oil of wintergreen has another particularity: it promotes the renewal of liver cells. It is therefore effective in combating fatigue due to liver failure.
How to use wintergreen essential oil?
Wintergreen essential oil can cause skin irritation. Before using it, it is therefore recommended to test its tolerance to this EO by applying it at a low dose to the crease of the elbow. It should also be combined, as far as possible, with a vegetable oil in order to limit the risk of irritation.
In case of rheumatism, you can combine 6 drops of wintergreen essential oil with 12 drops of vegetable oil. Then apply this mixture to the affected area, 3 to 5 times a day, until the pain subsides.
Do you have a sprain? To soothe the pain, gently massage the affected area with 2 drops of wintergreen essential oil and 4 drops of vegetable oil, 4 times a day, until improvement.
In case of aches, combine 4 drops of wintergreen essential oil with 8 drops of vegetable oil. Then massage the affected area, renewing the application if necessary after 15 minutes.
If you have tendonitis, mix 4 drops of wintergreen essential oil with 8 drops of vegetable oil and massage your tendon, 4 times a day, until improvement.
In case of muscle tear, combine 6 drops of wintergreen essential oil with 12 drops of vegetable oil and apply this mixture to the affected area, 3 times a day, until improvement.
Do you have knee pain? Put 2 drops of pure wintergreen essential oil on this area, 3 times a day, until improvement.
Wintergreen essential oil: how to multiply its benefits?
Wintergreen essential oil can, in some cases, be mixed with other essential oils. Associations that increase its benefits, but which must be carried out with care. Before making these mixtures, it is therefore advisable to seek advice from a specialist in order to know the dosage.
For better joint comfort, wintergreen essential oil can thus be combined with an essential oil of lemon eucalyptus, Katafray, super lavandin, Italian helichrysum or even saturated thyme. To relieve muscle pain, it can be combined with an essential oil of rosemary with camphor, lavandin grosso, ylang ylang or even Epsom salt.
Wintergreen ET: which contraindications and which side effects?
The essential oil of wintergreen is not recommended for pregnant and lactating women, as well as for children. It is prohibited in the event of taking aspirin, hemophilia or other coagulation disorders, anticoagulant therapy, allergy to aspirin, hemorrhagic syndrome, gastritis, peptic ulcer , hiatus hernia, allergic history such as eczema or asthma, G6PD deficiency, surgery, as well as people with attention deficit disorder and those with gastroesophageal reflux disease .
Although widely used, the essential oil of wintergreen presents toxicological risks. Cases of poisoning with wintergreen or methyl salicylate by the oral and cutaneous routes have already been pointed out. It should therefore be used with caution, especially as prolonged use can cause gastrointestinal disorders. If in doubt, do not hesitate to consult a doctor.
thanks to Aminata Andrieux, naturopath in Paris.