Wintergreen essential oil


(Gaultheria procumbens)

topical aromatic

Wintergreen essential oil has a refreshing, minty, and sweet aroma. This stimulating and invigorating scent makes it an ideal addition to lotions and ointments that are applied after activity.  Wintergreen includes the naturally occurring constituent methyl salicylate, and is an important ingredient in Deep Relief™ Roll-On, Ortho Ease® and Ortho Sport® Massage Oils, PanAway® essential oil blend, and BLM™.


The essential oil of wintergreen is highly poisonous due to the presence of Menthyl Salicylate and should NEVER be ingested. Wintergreen’s stimulating fragrance may be attractive to children so always keep the child-resistant cap in place.


How to use: For aromatic or topical use. Diffuse, inhale, or add to bath water. Apply to crown of head, back of neck, behind ears or inside wrists. Possible skin sensitivity.

    1. Hand scrub: Add a minty aroma to a deodorizing hand scrub. Mix together 2 tablespoons coconut oil, 2 tablespoons fine sea salt, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and 1 drop Wintergreen essential oil in a small glass bowl. To use, rub over hands, and then rinse clean under warm water.
    2. Diffuse: The fresh aroma will bring a feeling of renewal and beginnings, a reflection of the outdoors as nature renews herself after winter.
    3. Massage: Mix Wintergreen with a carrier oil, such as Young Livings V-6 for a tingling sensation that lasts!
    4. Post workout: After you finish your workout, rub a few drops of Wintergreen on the back of your neck, then place a cool, wet washcloth on top. Now that’s refreshing!
    5. Peace out: Diffuse Wintergreen with Orange or Lemon to create an aroma that feels simultaneously invigorating and peaceful.
    6. Foot Soak:  Mix with epsom salt and soak your feet after a hard days work.  The wintergreen oil will help to relax anevason-hua-hin-resort-foot-soakd soothe your feet while the aroma will help relax and soothe your mind!  (I always soak my feet with fresh flower petals – don’t you??)
    7. Sugar scrub:
      • ¾ cup raw sugar

      In a small bowl, mix V-6 oil with essential oils. Add mixture to raw sugar in a larger bowl and combine thoroughly. Store in an airtight jar.


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    • Hi!! I think this is a GREAT question. It is my understanding that Natural Methyl Salicylate, as found in organically grown wintergreen, is not toxic in small doses. As a matter of fact, wintergreen is used as a flavoring in many candies and gums. Synthetic Wintergreen (often referred to as “oil of wintergreen”) metabolizes very differently in the body. I have reached out to product support at Young Living ( for additional information and will let you know what they say. Please note that if you have concerns you should always speak with your physician. Thanks for stopping by!


      • Here is the full unedited response from Young Living. Hope this helps to put your mind at ease 🙂

        Hello Jodi,

        Thank you for your email to Product Support. We would be happy to assist you with your inquiry regarding the Wintergreen in BLM™.

        We advise caution when using any product that contains Wintergreen or Clove oil. Any products or essential oils that inhibit blood clotting can potentially interact with other drugs/anticoagulants/blood thinners. Oil of wintergreen is approximately 95% methyl salicylate and salicylates are known to inhibit blood clotting and have possible interactions with other anticoagulants-however, this has not been conclusively determined at this time.

        However, we are able to confirm that Wintergreen is found in such trace amounts in the BLM™ that the supplement is safe for ingestion.

        We hope this information is helpful to you. Thank you for reaching out to us, Jodi. We hope you have a great day and weekend.

        If you have additional questions or concerns, or if we can assist you in any way, please feel free to contact us via telephone at 1-800-371-3515, fax at 866-203-5666, email at, or our Live Help feature at


        Erica S
        Product Support
        Young Living® Essential Oils
        3125 W Executive Parkway
        Lehi, UT 84043
        Phone: 1-800-371-3515
        Fax: 1-866-203-5666

        The answer contained in this E-mail is in direct response to your specific question. The answer may be strictly dependent on the facts presented. Using this information for other than these specific facts may produce a different result. Young Living Essentials Oils is not responsible for a different or improper use of this information. Some information cannot be disclosed because of its proprietary nature and Young Living Essential Oils does not waive any proprietary information. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent a disease. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Please read and follow all product directions, warnings, and use instructions.


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