Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) EO is quickly becoming a favourite of mine and a few of my regular testers! It is part of the Ericacaea botanical family along with blueberries and heather plants! It is distilled from the leaves and bark of the plant and has a very strong but pleasing minty scent. It is used during Qi Drop treatments both on the back and on the shins.
A main component of Wintergreen EO is methyl salicylate. Salicylate is the primary component of aspirin. Care must be used when using Wintergreen EO – 30 ml is the equivalent of 171 adult aspirin! Generally we are using only a few drops per treatment (and it takes about 20 drops to equal 1 ml) but care must be used if storing it in your home as you don’t want any pets or children to get into it by accident. That is true for all EOs really – safe and proper storage is always important.
Wintergreen EO has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that make it great for pain relief. It is also anti-rheumatic and I’m looking forward to exploring that property further. I have noticed a big difference with my hands this year after giving a Qi a Drop treatment. I do hand sewing on a fairly regular basis and normally my knuckles will hurt or ache the next day if I have done too much at one time. However, if I am doing a Qi Drop treatment the next day, I can feel the tingling in my joints and the relief is quick and amazing!
It should be avoided by anyone who is pregnant and it is not recommended for use on children. This is one of the more powerful EOs that I am currently working with and while I have experienced the benefits first hand, I also know it is one to be treated carefully.