Updated: Jun 3
Wintergreen essential oil happens to be the oil of surrender, and its' sourcing story is one of triumph over devastating circumstances.
doTERRA began sourcing Wintergreen in Nepal in 2014 when the districts that produce this oil were hit the hardest by the earthquakes. The areas producing the oil experienced the most damage in the country from these natural disasters, and doTERRA was able to help lift this community out of poverty. Watch the two sourcing videos at the bottom of this post to witness this incredible story.
You may just cry watching the sourcing video, I know I do each time I watch because it's amazing to know that in using these oils we are directly supporting these families in Nepal. In addition to doTERRA providing jobs in an area with a general lack of opportunity, they rebuilt earthquake-proof homes and received donations of over $650,000 from wellness advocates for the earthquakes.
Due to the general lack of professional opportunities for Nepalese women, doTERRA primarily employs female harvesters for Wintergreen harvesting. The conscious thought that has gone into each step of this business is why it has been so successful because it's mutually benefitting the highest good for so many people.
Wintergreen has an incredibly low yield, which means it takes a lot of plant matter to produce the oil, about 5 pounds for a 15 ml bottle of oil. This is actually a good thing because this is an invasive species that needs to be cleared frequently as it takes over the landscape it's grown in.
The oil production benefits not only us as consumers who use the oil, but it also benefits the people producing it and the earth. It's a win, win, win.
Fun fact: the main chemical constituent found in Wintergreen, Methyl salicylate, is related to the chemical that makes aspirin. In the same way, this oil physically supports muscle pain relief. It's a hot oil, however, so you'll want to dilute it with a carrier oil before applying it topically. Because of its warming properties, it can be used to increase circulation to cold extremities.
Wintergreen is such a versatile oil that supports everything from teeth whitening to dermatitis and dandruff. It should be noted this oil is not safe to be taken internally.
Wintergreen essential oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-rheumatic benefits, which means it can support healing from arthritis, joint pain, neuralgia, cramps, bone spurs, cartilage injury/bruising, rotator cuff issues, and frozen shoulder. It's found in doTERRA's Deep Blue Soothing muscle blend for these exact properties.
This sweet and refreshing aroma is perfect for diffusing to freshen up a room, and spiritually it's the oil of surrender. It takes a lot of strength to surrender to faith and let go of control, and this oil teaches strong-willed individuals that they don't need to be self-reliant. it teaches that they have support from a higher power that knows what's best.
When you feel burdened and like you must control everything, use 1-2 drops of Wintergreen diluted with your preferred oil over your heart and diffuse it.
You open yourself to so much divine support that's available to you when you let go in this way. Use the multi-purpose Wintergreen to support your physical and spiritual health! This is an oil I frequently use in all of these ways.
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How it smells
Sweet, minty, refreshing
For gout & rheumatism, dilute and apply to the affected area to soothe discomfort
For teeth whitening, apply to the affected area
For warming and circulation to extremities, dilute and apply to affected areas
For arthritis and joints, dilute and apply to ease pain
For neuralgia and cramps, dilute and apply to relieve cramps
For bone spurs and pain, dilute and apply to the affected area
For cartilage injury and bruising, dilute and apply
For rotator cuff issues and frozen shoulder, dilute and apply to the affected area to ease pain and inflammation
For dandruff, mix a few drops with shampoo and apply to scalp
For dermatitis, dilute and apply to affected areas to reduce irritation
For bladder infection and kidney stones, dilute and apply over the abdomen with a hot pack
For feelings of stubbornness, use aromatically and topically to feel accepting
When feeling controlling, willful, needing to be right, burdened, or excessive self-reliance, dilute 1-2 drops with carrier oil and apply over the heart. Inhale from the bottle or diffuse to surrender, rely on divine grace, and to feel nonattachment, teachable, and strengthened
Past Tense Tension Blend
Deep Blue Soothing Blend
Deep Blue Rub
On Guard® Natural Whitening Toothpaste
Ways to Use
Learn about more ways to use Wintergreen here!
How to order
If you’re already a doTERRA customer you can add it to your Loyalty Rewards Order. Not a wholesale member yet? Get Wintergreen here
Be sure to enroll with an enrollment kit if you want to waive the annual $35 fee! Then add on single oils you'd like. Learn more about the kit options here.
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