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It’s one of the best sources of this inflammation-fighting compound in the world and believed to be one of only several plants that naturally supply enough to form an extract. Birch essential oil also contains methyl salicylate and therefore has similar tension-reducing benefits and uses.
Wintergreen is absorbed into skin quickly and acts like a natural numbing agent, similar to cortisone. It also promotes blood circulation and cools irritation, which is comforting to swollen skin. Additionally, wintergreen also contains antioxidants and beneficial ingredients, including guaiadienes, a-pinene, myrcene, delta 3-carene, limonene and delta-cadinene.
Reducing swelling and irritation
Clearing skin irritation
Improving alertness and senses
Treating colds, fevers, infections and the flu
The leaves are also beneficial for preventing and treating digestion problems, including stomachaches, cramps, gas and bloating. And because wintergreen oil can help fight inflammation, it’s effective for helping treat a wide variety of illnesses — everything from respiratory issues like colds and flu, kidney problems, and even heart disease.