If you've ever used a pain-relieving ointment or rub with a mentholated aroma, then chances are you already know what wintergreen oil smells like. The clean and minty scent of this herbal oil is associated with relieving pain and stimulating mental well being. This oil is also said to also have antirheumatic, antiarthritic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aromatic and astringent properties. It also helps digestion and urinary tract problems.
The most popular health benefit of wintergreen oil is its pain-relieving effects, which can help alleviate headache, muscle cramps, joint pain, tendonitis and bone pain. It also helps drive out stress and tension. The science behind this incredible oil is it stimulates blood circulation around the affected tissues and muscles, helping clear blood obstructions, which is one of the major causes of these two conditions. It also reaches the bloodstream, where it helps stimulate and increase urination, speeding up the removal of uric acid and other toxins.
Wintergreen oil can be fatal to bacteria (such as Staphylococcus aureus), protozoa and fungi. However, it is not advisable to take the oil orally to fight infections in the internal organs, nor is it recommended to be used on open wounds. Blends well with: Bergamot, Basil, Cypress, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, Marjoram, and Peppermint essential oils.