Packed with a minty, sweet yet refreshing scent, wintergreen oil is excellent for cleansing the mouth, freshening breath, and alleviating muscle pain and cramps.
Where do we get it?
Lush purchases wintergreen oil from China, through a supplier that complies with our ethical buying policy. The species Gaultheria procumbens (American wintergreen) is native to North America but can also grow in other parts of the world, like China. It's a small aromatic shrub whose leaves, berries and flowers have been picked and prepared for centuries for their medicinal properties. 'Wintergreen' is another word for 'evergreen' and means that the plant stays green through the winter.
What are the benefits of wintergreen oil?
- Freshens the breath
How does it work?
Wintergreen oil is distilled from the leaves of a little flowering plant. It is a powerful oil that needs to be used with care. It contains 98% methyl salicylate, a substance closely related to aspirin with similar analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Methyl salicylate also gives the plant its minty scent (and taste) that pairs well with mint oils or menthol crystals.