The essential oil of Wintergreen, being made up almost exclusively of methyl salicylate, a precursor to common aspirin; Wintergreen should NOT be used by people who are allergic to aspirin. Further, Wintergreen should NEVER BE INGESTED The salicylates pass through the skin, entering the tissues to inhibit the formation of prostaglandins, thereby reducing inflammation and pain.
The plant has been used for respiratory conditions such as chronic mucous discharge, but is mainly employed for joint and muscular pain relief from conditions such as lumbago, sciatica, neuralgia, gout, fibromyalgia, etc. Wintergreen is often added to liniments and ointments to help ease muscle and joint pains.
The smell of wintergreen is sweet and can be used in combination with less sweet minty oils such as peppermint to improve the aroma. It will tickle the senses and can help relieve respiratory issues such as coughing, asthma and bronchitis.
Wintergreen Oil is strong aromatic quality makes it ideal for aromatherapy. The smell of wintergreen will tickle the senses and can help relieve respiratory issues such as coughing, asthma and bronchitis.