Why I like Wintergreen essential oil, I first discovered using Wintergreen essential oil during the holiday season, I was looking for a nice scent but not to over powering. Even though it had some cautions regarding the dilution and how you properly need to mix it.
This wonderful aroma was just what I was looking for…so let me tell you a little about this great plant.
What is Wintergreen ?
Wintergreen is a herb. Wintergreen oil is made by steam processing of warmed, water-soaked wintergreen leaves. The leaves and oil are used to make medicine. Wintergreen leaf is used for painful conditions including headache, arthritis, ovarian pain, and menstrual cramps.
Wintergreen Oil Benefits. Research shows that wintergreen oil has the ability to act like a natural analgesic (pain reducer), antiarthritic, antiseptic and astringent. Wintergreen oil primarily has the active ingredient methyl salicylate, which makes up about 85 percent to 99 percent of wintergreen essential oil.
Topically: It’s not recommended to use pure concentrated wintergreen essential oil directly on your skin without first diluting it with a safe carrier oil.
Wintergreen has a warming effect when applied to skin and is excellent to use in a massage to relieve muscle tension. A little goes a long way, so use sparingly and dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil or any other carrier oil like olive oil or jojoba oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
Essential oils have many uses as natural remedies but caution should be used in taking them internally,when using them on babies, children or pregnant … Some oils, like lavender, rose and chamomile are typically considered safe for undiluted skin use, but I’d still personally dilute them in a carrier oil first. Essential oils are much stronger so caution and knowing what is in them prior to using is always best to check before giving them to children or elderly with pre-existing health problems.
The aroma of this oil is a strong middle note which blends well with Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Sweet Orange, Bergamot,and Lavender Essential Oils. It also blends well with Cypress and Lemongrass. Some people have a very strong reaction to Wintergreen’s equally strong aroma, I can’t get enough of this oil at Christmas time. I absolutely love the Fresh clean uplifting aroma when diffusing it …
Where do get Wintergreen and where can you plant it? Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens). This plant has a remarkable number of common names which include: Eastern Teaberry, Checkerberry, Creeping Wintergreen, Boxberry, American Wintergreen, American Mountain Tea, Boxberry, Canada Tea, Canterberry, Chickenberry, Chinks, Deerberry, Drunkards, Gingerberry, Ground Berry, Ground Tea, Grouseberry, Hillberry, Mountain Tea, One-berry, Partridge Berry, Procalm, Red Pollom, Spice Berry, Squaw Vine, Star Berry, Spiceberry, Spicy Wintergreen, Spring Wintergreen, Teaberry, Wax Cluster, Youngsters. It even has extra Latin names: Brossaea procumbens & Gaultheria humilis.
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone: 3-7
Soil pH: 3.5-6.9
Plant Size: Generally 10–15 centimeters (4 to 6 inches) tall
Duration: Perennial creeping Shrub
You can also start this one by seed if you find some berries, or purchase the seeds. If you do go the seed route, be aware the seeds need to be stratified by mixing in with some slightly damp peat moss. The peat moss needs to stay lightly moist. After a couple of months check on them to see if they are sprouting. When they sprout, plant shallowly in some very damp, but not soaking wet peat moss, sand and soil or loose acidic potting soil. It will need to get good light, but not direct sunlight. Plant in the garden when the plant has leaves and after the last frost of the spring.
This plant works well in a shaded no-till garden. The soil around this plant never needs tilling once it is planted. The berries are ready to be harvested starting in late fall and well into the winter. So you don’t damage the plant, or pull it up by the roots, use scissors to cut off the berries.
The berries can be cooked and used in recipes. The leaves, though they should never be consumed raw. This plant, especially the leaves contain Oil of Wintergreen which is a high concentration of a natural Aspirin (an ester of salicylic acid). If you are allergic to Aspirin, don’t consume any part of this plant. So consider not eating the raw leaves.
Even though Wintergreen has some cautions when using this plant, you can use its many benefits when incorporating the oil in many recipes that are safe. I have used it in my Melt and pour soaps, Lip Balm, Bath Fizzies, and even in a Salve is a great way to get all the benefits from this plant and oil.
I make my Handcrafted Lip Balm with a Wintergreen oil that is 100 % pure oil. You will want to use an Organic oil like Organic Sweet almond oil as a good base with your organic shea butter, don’t forget your all natural beeswax either in block or pellets either one can be used, I prefer the pellets they are easier to weigh out on the scale and I don’t have to shave the block so it will save you some time. Your lip balm will come just hard enough but will go on your lips very smooth and moisten them with the aroma of fresh wintergreen.
If you add just a small amount of mica colorant to make it a beautiful light green shade, will make your lip balm pop out and say WOW you look awesome ! We all want our Lip balm to be Lip SMACKIN GOOD.
All you need is some inspiration and you can bring anything to life, use what your senses tell you and how you feel about it when you are creating it will let you know if it’s right or not. There will be times when it does fail, but never give up, always try again and again till you Love it. I did that with my wintergreen melt and pour soap that I was making and yes I am a beginner in soaps, I’m learning from my boo boo’s …lol. I went from this soap with poppy seeds on the top , thought it was beautiful….
I looked at the soap and said how can such a pretty soap Fall APART !! What did I do wrong ?? I couldn’t figure it out only to think it was my alcohol wasn’t strong enough when I sprayed it to do the top layer. Well now what do I do with it ?? you got it, I had to start over and re melted it all back down, but I wasn’t getting a top layer this time. I was curious and nervous on how this was going to turn out….this is what happened…
It Turned out more beautiful than the First batch !! Wow I couldn’t believe how much I really was relieved that I actually saved the batch of soap and it was NICE too ! I still have more to learn making soap but it sure was fun creating a new batch from my failed batch. I will eventually learn to do soap from scratch, but for now I am comfortable playing with melt and pour bases. If you are interested in making soap, Melt and Pour is the best way to start making soap. You can create it the way you want with any SCENT you like and even add herbs and botanicals just like they do with scratch soap. So give it a try and never let your FAILURES keep you from giving it another shot at it as you may just surprise yourself and be Happy about what you are making. Then share it with your family and friends they are the most honest ones you have that will tell you like it or not.