The Essential Life
Wintergreen Essential Oil
by britten thompson
Wintergreen essential oil is a pinkish essential oil which is steam distilled from the leaves & berries of the wintergreen plant. The aroma of this oil is a strong middle note which blends well with peppermint, ylang ylang and sweet marjoram essential oils. It also blends well with vanilla.
While many people have very strong reactions to wintergreen's equally strong aroma, I can't get enough of this oil around Christmas time. I absolutely love diffusing it in Christmas tree blends. I like to diffuse cypress, spruce, pine and balsam essential oils with a few drops of wintergreen to add a crispness to the scent which is reminiscent of the cool winter air.
In addition to filling me and my home with the Spirit of Christmas, diffusing wintergreen essential oil is also a great way to calm nerves and anxiety. The crisp aroma of wintergreen relieves stress and dissolves tension. If you're looking for a similar oil, this powerful essential oil is very similar to birch essential oil both in chemical composition and aroma.
HOW TO USE WINTERGREEN ESSENTIAL OIL
Relieve arthritis pain with wintergreen essential oil
Wintergreen essential Ool is most commonly used to relieve pain. For Arthritis sufferers, massage 1-3 drops of wintergreen into swollen joints.
Treat acne with wintergreen essential oil
When diluted into a carrier oil, wintergreen can be a very effective acne treatment. Try diluting 2 drops of wintergreen into one tablespoon of carrier oil. For acne-prone skin, The Essential Life recommends using either jojoba oil, or grapeseed oil. Massage the mixture into you skin before bed.
Get rid of dandruff with wintergreen essential oil
Mixing 5-10 drops of Wintergreen Essential Oil into 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar creates a powerful treatment for dandruff. Massage this mixture onto your scalp & let it is sit for 5-10 minutes. After 10 minutes, wash your hair as your normal would with shampoo.
Treat frozen shoulder with wintergreen essential oil
Wintergreen Essential Oil is a very effective way to treat frozen shoulder which is a condition that occurs when the shoulder capsule thickens & tightens. Frozen shoulder can be an extremely painful condition & severely reduces the mobility of the shoulder. Dilute 20-30 drops of Wintergreen Oil into your favourite carrier oil & massage the mixture onto your shoulder as needed throughout the day.
Stop inflammation with wintergreen essential oil
For inflammation, massage a few drops of Wintergreen Essential Oil into the reflex points of your feet before bed. You can also massage a few drops of oil into specific areas of swelling & inflammation throughout the day.
Ease muscle soreness with wintergreen essential oil
Wintergreen Essential Oil can relieve muscle pain & fatigue as well. Just dilute 20-30 drops of Wintergreen into coconut oil, & use as a massage oil for tired & achy muscles. You can also apply this mixture before you hit the gym to prevent muscle strain.
Support strength with wintergreen essential oil
For those seeking added muscle tone & definition, Wintergreen Essential Oil can help. Massaging this oil into your muscles, in conjunction with excise, will increase muscle growth by encouraging blood flow to your muscles & preventing muscle strain & injury.
Ease pain with wintergreen essential oil
For pain caused from injuries, massaging 1-3 drops of Wintergreen Essential Oil onto the affected area will help stop the pain quickly.
Stop stomach upset with wintergreen essential oil
When you've got an upset tummy, massaging a few drops of Wintergreen Essential Oil on your abdomen will help. This is also an effective way of reducing bloating & treating flatulence.
Relieve migraines with wintergreen essential oil
Wintergreen Essential Oil has also been proven highly effective in reducing the pain associated with tension headaches & migraines. Massage a single drop of oil onto your temples using your index fingers. Whenever you are applying Essential Oils to your face & temples, be careful not to get any of the oil in your eyes.
Diffuse wintergreen essential oil
Diffusing Wintergreen Essential Oil in your home will improve mental alertness! It also acts as a natural antidepressant & will reduce feelings of stress & anxiety. One of my favourite diffuser blends is:
7 drops - Wintergreen Essential Oil
5 drops - Grapefruit Essential Oil
2 drops - Lavender Essential Oil
Support the treatment of bone spurs with wintergreen essential oil
For painful bone spurs, apply 1-3 drops of Wintergreen Essential Oil to the affected area & massage. Repeat this 2-3 time each day.
top hypertension with wintergreen essential oil
If you suffer with hypertension Wintergreen Essential Oil will help. Simply massage 1-3 drops of the oil onto the bottoms of your feet each night before bed. You can also massage this oil directly onto your shoulders as needed throughout the day.
What is your favourite use for Wintergreen Essential Oil? Let us know in the comments.
BLENDING WITH Wintergreen ESSENTIAL OIL
Wintergreen essential oil blends well with blue tansy, copaiba, helichrysum, fir and yarrow essential oils.
What is your favourite wintergreen essential oil blend? Let us know here and we’ll share your recipe on The Essential Life blog.
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