Wintergreen China

Essential oil

Gaultheria procumbens


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Albert Vieille is currently involved in a thesis project to certify the naturalness of essential oils such as wintergreen. At the 2019 ISEO congress in Vienna, the Best Poster award went to “Authentication of the naturalness of wintergreen essential oils by gas chromatography, isotope ratio mass spectrometry and radiocarbon assessment.”

Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antispasmodic, analgesic. Warms, structures the body and mind in pain.

*These aromatherapeutic properties are excerpted from specific works and are provided for information purposes only. They are not, under any circumstances, to be considered sufficient as a basis for any health claim or diagnosis for purposes of therapeutic application.

Gaultheria procumbens is native to the wooded regions of North America. It is also known as Wintergreen. This used to be the term for plants that stay green throughout the year, even in winter, which are now more commonly known as evergreen. Gaultheria procumbens has glossy, elliptical and slightly jagged leaves. In summer, the plant is adorned with white flowers in the shape of tiny bells, which turn into glossy red berries.

In China, wintergreen leaves are harvested from May to July from wild plants. They are then macerated in warm water overnight to allow the release of the methyl salicylate molecules, which are the main component of wintergreen essential oil.

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