Wintergreen essential oil is well respected for its medicinal benefits, especially by those that suffer from arthritis and/or gout. However, it is useful for so many other applications, which makes it one of those go-to essential oils that everyone should have.
Benefits of Wintergreen Essential Oil
Read on to learn about the various uses for and benefits of wintergreen essential oil.
Wintergreen essential oil is an incredibly effective analgesic (i.e. painkiller). By rubbing the oil onto the skin of the affected area, the Menthyl Salicylate creates a tingling, numbing effect. It is probably one of the fastest-acting and cheapest pain remedies that you will find. Not to mention, it works!
Not only does wintergreen oil reduce pain, it also induces a feeling of calmness and encourages relaxation of the body. This is especially great for those of us that feel stressed or anxious. It is also helpful in inducing sleep, as it helps quiet the brain and relax the body, allowing you to gently drift off to sleep without any groggy side effects in the morning.
Because of its analgesic properties already discussed, wintergreen essential oil is a very effective topical remedy used to treat arthritis and other joint pain. By increasing circulation, it also prevents accumulation of uric acid and toxins that lead to painful conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and gout. The oil also helps remove excess water, which can alleviate swelling in the joints and further reduce arthritic pain.
The bad news is that this essential oil can be toxic to humans. The good news is that the same goes for bacteria and viruses. Wintergreen essential oil has been shown to be effective in treating infections and can even cure sepsis. Please note that this oil should never be ingested and should never be applied directly to an open wound; that being said, applying it to unbroken skin will kill bacteria and will still be absorbed through the skin to fight internal infections.
Acting as an astringent, wintergreen essential oil is able to “tighten up” skin and muscles, making your skin and muscles look and feel more firm. It can also make blood vessels contract, which is important to stop hemorrhaging. The oil can also help address hair loss by firming up the roots of your hair follicles, preventing hair from falling out.
Wintergreen essential oil is an incredibly effective diuretic. By stimulating the organs in the urinary system and improving filtration through the kidneys, it helps keep things running smoothly internally. By keeping things constantly moving, it also reduces the likelihood of urinary tract infections and kidney stones.
In addition to the benefits mentioned above, wintergreen essential oil can also help address irregular menstruation and PMS symptoms and be used to treat various stings and bites. Since it increases circulation, it can also be used to combat frostbite and is effective in reducing spasms throughout the body.
Wintergreen oil can be applied to the skin, which is sufficient for treating any of these ailments. While it should never be ingested or used in aromatherapy, this essential oil is still a good oil to keep on hand to treat any of the various ailment mentioned here.