Wintergreen-  AroMeds Gaultheria fragmentissima is ethically wild-harvested and the leaves are steam distilled in Nepal. It is in the ericaceae plant family, and is a middle/top note with a fresh, minty, crisp aroma.


  •  Wintergreen is almost exclusively used for arthritis or muscle pain, diluted in salves and massage oils and can be very effective. The active ingredient in wintergreen is methyl salicylate, and it interferes with the synthesis of prostaglandins, which have a role in the management of pain and inflammation per Battaglia.
  • Important- Methyl salicylate is formed during the distillation process. Methyl salicylate is the active ingredient in aspirin. Essential oils, like wintergreen and birch, that contain methyl salicylate, should not be used by pregnant or nursing women, children, anyone with clotting disorders or anyone taking medications like warfarin or coumadin.

 Blends well with- Tulsi, cedarwood, grapefruit, cypress, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint

Modes of Application- massage, compress, salve, direct inhalation (Do not use in baths)

Safety data- See above for wintergreen specific safety issues. Skin sensitization is possible if using old and/or oxidized oils. Essential Oils are typically used via inhalation and/or topical application while properly diluted. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified aromatherapy practitioner to address a specific health need, for a specified period of time. Keep away from children and pets.


Battaglia, S. The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003.

Tisserand, R and Young, R. Essential Oil Safety, A Guide for Health Care Professionals, Second Edition, Churchill Livingston Elsevier, 2014.

Please note: Information and statements provided by AroMed Aromatherapy and Lauren Andrews RN, CA, have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health condition or disease. Information and interest only. The information is not designed for self-diagnosis. If you are concerned about a healthcare issue, see your doctor, specialist or ND. Please note that AroMed Aromatherapy accepts no liability for misuse of essential oils or other products.

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