20+ Wintergreen Essential Oil Uses + Safety & FAQ

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Wintergreen has a very strong, fresh, minty aroma. My favorite use is for sore muscles after a workout, and also reducing post-workout soreness by applying it diluted on my legs prior to working out.

Wintergreen essential oil benefits:

  • supporting the musculoskeletal system
  • soothing sore muscles
  • cleansing to your lymphatic system
  • increasing your awareness
  • boosting your sensory experiences

Our favorite uses for Wintergreen:

  • 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!
  • Diffuse Wintergreen with Orange or Lemon to create an aroma that feels simultaneously invigorating and peaceful.
  • Boost your massage experience by adding a few drops of Wintergreen to your favorite carrier oil for a tingling sensation that lasts.

Wintergreen essential oil is one of those oils that is perfect for sore muscles and invigorating when you wake up

  • Dilute and massage on stiff, sore muscles and joints
  • Make a linen spray with 7 drops of Balsam Fir, 5 drops of Sacred Frankincense, and 1 drop of wintergreen mixed in with 2 Tbsp of witchazel in a glass spray bottle filled the rest of the way with distilled or purified water. Shake before each use.
  • Diffuse 2 drops of wintergreen and 1 drop of peppermint for a sweet candy aroma
  • Dilute and layer a drop of valor, wintergreen, and then RC (in that order) to rub on your heals for happy heals
  • Diffuse 3 drops of wintergreen and 1 drop of cinnamon for a holiday type aroma that stimulates and increases awareness while purifying the air
  • Diffuse 3 drops of stress away with one drop each of wintergreen and peppermint to make your house smell like a root beer float
  • Diffuse 1 drop of wintergreen with 2 drops of spearmint to make your home smell like lifesavers
  • Make roller ball with a 10ml roller bottle containing 10 drops each of wintergreen, eucalyptus, frankincense, and lemongrass, filled the rest of the way with a carrier oil and use on hands and other joints when they feel stiff and sore.
  • Make a roller blend containing 10 drops each of cypress and peppermint, and 5 drops each of geranium, clary sage, lavender, chamomile, and witnergreen… fill the rest with a carrier oil and use during that time of the month when feeling crampy.
  • Achy legs? dilute 2 drops of Thieves (or clove), wintergreen, and peppermint in your hand with a carrier oil and massage on your legs and feet.
  • Dilute 1 drop per ml of carrier oil and use as a massage oil for your sore muscles after a work out. This also works pre-workout to reduce soreness afterwards.

** Please note, if you have epilepsy, you should avoid this oil blend (and any blend containing wintergreen).

Wintergreen essential oil pairs especially well with:

basil, bergamot, chamomile, cypress, geranium, juniper, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, peppermint, and rosewood essential oils.

A quick note about Wintergreen… Beware of scams!

A synthetic methyl salicylate (the common constituent in wintergreen) is now widely used as a flavoring agent, especially in root beer, gum, toothpaste, and more. The true essential oil is produced in such small quantities compared to the production and use of synthetic methyl salicylate, that I feel compelled to warn you about vetting your sources. Anyone wanting to use wintergreen essential oil for therapeutic purposes (or to avoid harmful chemicals) should verify the source of their oil to make sure they have a true oil and not a synthetic one.

Essential oils manufacturing are entirely unregulated by the FDA, USDA, and FTC. The only regulations for them are how they are marketed… ie we cannot discuss essential oils and medical needs… oils must be labeled with the amount, manufacturer location, brand contact info, brand, and a general description of the contents. “100% pure” is marketing. “_____ Grade” is marketing.

** PLEASE NOTE ** Don't be fooled by clever marketing. Not all essential oils are created equally. Make sure you're not wasting your money on fake or altered essential oils (even if they're labeled as “pure essential oil”). Don't miss our explosive report outlining the dirty little secrets of the essential oil industry to ensure you're not wasting your money on brands of oils that legally mislead you through deceitful marketing practices.

Frequently Asked Questions about Wintergreen Essential Oil

Is Wintergreen essential oil safe to use while pregnant?

No. Generally Wintergreen essential oil is not considered safe to use while you're pregnant.

If you're using oils while pregnant, I highly recommend this reference guide. It contains some great advice for using essential oils while pregnant, plus some DIY Recipes you'll love too.

Is Wintergreen essential oil safe for kids and babies?

Generally, no. We do not recommend using Wintergreen essential oil on kids under 12.

While essential oils may be safe for kids to use, please do not have your child use an essential oil internally without being under the direct guidance of a naturopathic doctor.

Can you be allergic to Wintergreen essential oil?

There are a few reasons why you would experience an allergy-like reaction to essential oils. Usually, this is caused by not diluting the oil you're applying (or not diluting it enough). Please refer to our essential oils and allergies article for more in-depth information.

Is Wintergreen essential oil safe for dogs and cats?

Wintergreen essential oil is safe to use with your dogs. It is NOT safe to use around cats.

If you're using essential oils around your family pets, be sure to allow them access out of the room and into a room where you're not diffusing. This way they're able to escape when they feel they've had enough. Please also consider picking up a reference guide specific to using essential oils with animals.

Should you use Wintergreen essential oil if you're taking medication?

This is a very personal question, and really depend on which medications you're taking. I have an entire article dedicated to known medication contraindications that I highly recommend you check out… in addition to having a lengthy conversation with your local aromatherapist or pharmacist.

How often should you use Wintergreen essential oil?

This is also a personal question. This depends on what you're using it for and how experienced you are using it. For beginners, I recommend only diffusing for 30 minutes at a time, then giving your body an hour break. If you diffuse too much, you could end up light headed. Personally, I have a diffuser running most of the day intermittently (using the intermittent setting on our diffuser). Or I'll wear a piece of diffusing jewelry with 3 drops of oil on it throughout the day (those 3 drops usually last a few days). Check out our article about diffusing essential oils safely for more info.

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Where to Buy High Quality Essential Oils

We purchase our oils through Young Living because they set a higher standard for essential oils than what the rest of the industry expects. Their Seed to Seal guarantee is unmatched, and shows their dedication to a farm-to-table type of approach.

Warning: DO NOT purchase your oils through Amazon or similar websites!

Any website that allows anyone to sell on, such as Amazon, eBay, Walmart… etc… are terrible places to purchase essential oils. While you may get a “good deal,” knowing who you're purchasing from is difficult. There are many counterfeit essential oils being sold that are causing health ailments, major skin reactions, and a lot of misery. These are NOT high quality essential oils. They are fakes being sold purely for profit.

I also do NOT recommend purchasing from grocery stores, Walmart, Target, department stores, or drug stores. Many of the brands found at those stores have been proven to not actually contain any essential oil (which is perfectly legal to do).

I STRONGLY suggest you know the company that makes your oils, how the plants are cared for, what they do for distilling, how and how many times each batch is tested (and when), and their bottling processes. Many companies throw out fancy language for marketing purposes, but actually have no clue how their oils are made because the oils come from a broker (which are almost always diluted in solvents). Transparency is key.

I highly encourage you to check out our How To Find Quality Essential Oils post for in-depth information about why quality matters, and what to look for.

Where we purchase our essential oils, and why

We purchase our oils through Young Living because they set a higher standard for essential oils than what the rest of the industry expects. Their Seed to Seal guarantee is unmatched, and shows their dedication to a farm-to-table type of approach. This company has proven to me time and time again to be the closest thing out there to buying from your local farmer. They are totally transparent in their processes, and even open their farms so you can see for yourself (or involve yourself in the process).

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2 thoughts on “20+ Wintergreen Essential Oil Uses + Safety & FAQ”

    1. Hi Alice, quick disclaimer: I’m not a doctor. While I am a herbalist, I’m not your herbalist, so I cannot legally or ethically give specific medical-related advice.

      Please feel welcome to read through our post about essential oil and medication contraindications for some basic info on which oils to avoid when you’re taking certain medications. I do encourage you to talk with your pharmacist before making an informed decision.

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