Homemade muscle rub with wintergreen essential oil
Here at The Essential Life, wintergreen essential oil has always been one of our favourite oils. We explain why this crispy and wintery oil is so near and dear to our hearts in this article.
Wintergreen essential oil’s signature minty aroma is extracted through steam distillation of its leaves. It is the distillation process that gives wintergreen essential oil its signature sweet, fresh and minty aroma.
Wintergreen’s minty and fresh flavour has made it the perfective flavouring in a variety of teas, foods and other household products.
More than that, however, wintergreen essential oil is a powerful pain reliever with effective anti-inflammatory properties.
Wintergreen essential oil for pain relief
Research has shown that wintergreen essential oil works as a powerful natural pain reliever. This property has lead to wintergreen essential oil being used in a number of over-the-counter pain relievers. It is the high levels of methyl salicylate present in wintergreen after the distillation process that makes it such an effective pain reliever.
When blended with other essential oils, wintergreen essential oil provides the powerhouse needed to increase blood flow and reduce the pain associated with inflammation.
Wintergreen essential oil muscle rub
The following essential oil recipe is intended to be diluted into 100ml of your favourite essential oil. For the purposes of this recipe, we recommend using organic coconut oil as it is a solid at room temperature which makes it easier to apply.
You can also use natural body butters, such as organic shea butter, for a more moisturising treatment.
30 drops - wintergreen essential oil
20 drops - peppermint essential oil
20 drops - lavender essential oil
15 drops - ginger essential oil
10 drops - marjoram essential oil
Blend the above oil essential oils into your carrier oil and store in a dark, glass bottle kept out of direct sunlight. Once you have blended these essential oils, leave the muscle rub for 24-hours before using.
As with all topical treatments, be sure to do a skin test on the inside of your wrist before applying. If irritation occurs, discontinue use. For those with sensitive skin, halve the number of drops of each essential oil listed. For an extra-gentle blend, do not add peppermint essential oil.