This is really wintergreen. It's a controversial oil because of the high probability of severe skin reactions. No matter what anyone tells you, this oil is NOT meant to be used anywhere on the skin.
Poem by Herbert Nehrlich
The best sandwich, says Diogenes, is one made with saliva, secreted just for you, I'll be the lettuce in between, if you will nibble with your teeth and, do you swallow little drops of wintergreen?
According to him, this oil was about to become obsolete; replaced by synthetic methyl salicylate. This was, 1962 at the latest, remember....
Gaultheria is a native of eastern North America. His description is of a pale yellow to yellowish or pinkish colored liquid of intensely sweet aromatic odor and flavor, often displaying a peculiar creamy-fruity topnote and a sweet-woody dryout which may have a tar-like not in poorly distilled oils.
In perfumery, methyl salicylate (aka wintergreen) is used in perfumery to add natural notes to ylang ylang, narcissus, tuberose, etcand used frequently in fougères and other forest notes.
Prior to distilling, leaves are exposed to enzymatic action with warm water and methyl salicylate is formed as a decompostion product from a glycoside in the plant material.
Aroamtherapy wise, wintergreen is best known for its analgesic properties, and to some extent, anti-inflammatory properties. It's also been found to be strongly anti-bacterial and to have stong miticidal properties (meaning against mites.)
This is quite a controversal essential oil but it does have use to the musculoskeletal system, especially combined with peppermint as the two oils together create a synergistic effect that provides better pain relief than either oil alson.
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