Wintergreen: health benefits and virtues

Gaulthérie

Mainly known for its warm and camphorated smell, wintergreen also offers many medicinal virtues.

The wintergreen is a shrub of the Ericaceae family and the Gaultheria type. This small shrub, less than 15 cm tall, grows in Northern America and in China . This plant grows in dry, acidic soils.

Close relative of the blueberry and the heather The wintergreen is recognizable by its scarlet red fruits and its green foliage.

> Also to be read: bi by cultivating wintergreen

Gaultheria, for the record

Wintergreen owes its name to Jean-François Gaulthier (1708-1756), the King’s physician-botanist in Quebec.

The Canadian Indians chewed and did infuse of wintergreen to bring down the fever and soothe the joint pains .

Wintergreen is now harvested mainly in Nepal, in the Himalayas.

Virtues and health benefits of wintergreen

Today, wintergreen is mainly used in the following areas essential oil . The latter is obtained through the distillation of the sheets and berries .                                                                            

Wintergreen is famous for its anti-inflammatory properties and painkiller . It is particularly effective in the fight against muscle inflammations , ligaments and articular .

The use of the essential oil from wintergreen is very common in sports circles to relieve muscular pain related to intense physical effort: sprain , cramps , elongation , backache etc.

Wintergreen also has cardiovascular benefits and circulatory . Its use is recommended to fight against high blood pressure and the palpitations .

This plant is also hepato-stimulant and pain medication .

Wintergreen also offers benefits on the migraines and headache of hepatic, circulatory or dietary origin.

Use of wintergreen

> Wintergreen in the bath

To relax and soothe the contractures To make your bath more pleasant, add 10 to 12 drops of essential oil of wintergreen to your bath water.

> Wintergreen in aromatherapy

With the help of a broadcaster or mister adapted, diffuse a few drops of essential oil of wintergreen.

Wintergreen massage

huile essentielle gaultherie Drop off some drops at massage sweet on the pain areas three times a day, ideally in combination with arnica .

On a sprain To make a delicious meal, combine 10 drops of essential oil of Wintergreen, 10 drops of essential oil of rosemary 5 drops of essential oil of noble laurel in 15 ml of macadamia vegetable oil or macadamia nut oil, 5 drops of essential oil of noble laurel in 15 ml of macadamia nut oil or macadamia nut oil. sweet almond .

To calm a rheumatism To make the mixture, mix 1 drop of essential oil of wintergreen, 1 drop of essential oil of thyme and 1 drop of essential oil of exotic basil with 3 drops of hazelnut vegetable oil.

In case of poor circulation  : dilute several drops of essential oil of wintergreen in a vegetable oil and massage the legs by going up towards the heart.

Good to know about wintergreen

Wintergreen is not recommended during the pregnancy and breastfeeding s, as well as the children from under 12 years old .

The plant contains methyl salicylate, the molecule that gave the aspirin  she is therefore strongly discouraged for people allergic to aspirin. .

To avoid skin irritation, it is recommended to dilute the essential oil of wintergreen in a vegetable oil (1 drop for 10 drops) and check the tolerance on the skin before first use.

It is very strongly not recommended to take essential oil of wintergreen by internal track .

> Also to be read: bi by cultivating wintergreen