The Truth About Wintergreen Essential Oil

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Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), is not a mint in spite of its strong flavor that is often popular in chewing gum toothpaste, and mouthwash.  It is actually a member of the Ericaceae, or heather family which has nearly 12,000 species among its members.  Wintergreen has origins in both China and North America and is steam distilled from leaves and bark.   It is an anticoagulant, antispasmodic, highly anti-inflammatory, lowers blood pressure and has analgesic/anesthetic properties beneficial for all types of pain.  Its leaves were chewed by Native Americans to increase respiratory stamina.  It was also used as a substitute for Black Tea during the Revolutionary war.

Wintergreen contains over 90% Methyl Salicylate, which is a powerful  pain reliever and which led to its artificial manufacture as an ingredient in creams and liniments more than 150 years ago.  Gradually, synthetic Methyl Salicylate began to replace pure and natural Wintergreen Oil…

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