Wintergreen – Gaultheria procumbens
R50.00 – R270.00
Wintergreen oil is a beneficial essential oil that’s extracted from the leaves of the Gaultheria procumbens evergreen plant. Once steeped in in warm water, beneficial enzymes within wintergreen leaves called methyl salicylates are released, which are then concentrated into an easy-to-use extract formula using steam distillation.
Wintergreen leaves themselves are actually odorless and tasteless, but after a compound called gaultherin present in the leaves is enzymatically hydrolyzed to methyl salicylate, the signature “minty” aroma develops. Because wintergreen oil naturally has a sweet and fresh scent and smell, very similar to that of peppermint oil, it has a wide variety of uses in foods, teas, aromatherapy, household and beauty products.
Also sometimes called eastern teaberry, checkerberry or gaultheria oil, wintergreen has been used for centuries by tribes native to North America to help cure fatigue, lung, sinus and respiratory illnesses. Wintergreen oil is naturally an antioxidant, energizing and immune-enhancing since it lowers inflammation and reduces pain. (Credit Dr. Axe – https://draxe.com/)
Wintergreen essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the Gaultheria procumbens plant. Its uses span over foods, teas, aromatherapy and household products. It is famous for its use as a natural pain reducer.
Fighting disease-causing inflammation
Reducing swelling and irritation
Clearing skin irritation
Combine a dime-size amount of coconut oil, 1 drop Wintergreen, and 2 drops Eucalyptus and rub onto your chest.
Dilute 1 drop of Wintergreen with at least 4 drops of a carrier oil for massage
Homemade Muscle Rub Recipe
This homemade muscle rub really works to penetrate deep into the muscles, bringing a soothing and relaxing sensation. This is one of my favorite things to use after I’ve completed a workout.
Total Time: 20–30 minutes
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup grated beeswax
2 teaspoons cayenne powder
2 teaspoons ginger or turmeric powder
15 drops wintergreen essential oil (you can also use part peppermint oil)
15 drops lavender essential oil
Pour all oils (except essential oils) in to a jar. Place a saucepan with 2 inches of water over medium low heat.
Place jar in saucepan and allow contents to melt. Stir to combine. Add the cayenne and ginger/turmeric.
Once combined, allow to cool slightly and then add in essential oils. Mix well. Pour mixture into metal tins or storage containers and allow to set. (Credit Dr. Axe – https://draxe.com/)
10ML, 50ML, 100ML
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