Wintergreen is a major contributor to my pain relief routine. In fact, the blend PanAway, which was specifically created for pain relief, includes wintergreen. Interestingly, according to the Essential Oils Reference Guide Book, for deep and chronic pain, they suggest adding 2 additional drops of wintergreen when applying for added benefit.
WHY IS WINTERGREEN SO EFFECTIVE?
Wintergreen contains 99% Salicylate Acid (the main ingredient in NSAID’s including Asprin, Ibuprofen, Advil & Aleve) which gives it “Cortisone-like” properties. Making it an excellent oil to treat pain associated with but not limited to, Rheumatism, Tendinitis & Inflammation of the bones and joints.
In addition to having very effective anti-inflammatory properties, Wintergreen is an excellent antiseptic. In fact, it is one of the active ingredients in both acne and wart medications, causing the cells of the epidermis to shed more readily, opening clogged pores and neutralizing bacteria within, preventing pores from clogging up again and allowing room for new cell growth. And due in part to its ability to promote cell growth, it is also found in most medicated dandruff shampoos.
Did you know, that 3 drops of Wintergreen EO are equivalent to 1 Asprin? Its true! Not only that, but it provides you with all the benefits without all of the risk!
WHAT EXACTLY IS AN NSAID?
NSAID stands for NonSteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug and is considered to be the most commonly used form of pain relief for everything from arthritis to fever. The question is while these little pills can be helpful for so much, why do they raise the risk of so many health problems for so many? The answer can be quite complicated. Even researchers do not have all the answers. But from what they have gathered and do understand, the risks are offsetting the benefits in a major way.
The main purpose of an NSAID is to reduce pain and swelling. To accomplish this, they block 2 major enzymes in the body, COX 1 and COX 2. These enzymes are responsible for the creation of prostaglandins, the hormone-like chemicals that cause swelling and increases pain. But that’s not all that prostaglandins do. There are actually many different types of prostaglandins in your body. Some of which are necessary!
WHAT ARE PROSTAGLANDINS?
Prostaglandins protect the stomach lining and GI tract in the body. Which is absolutely essential to keeping harmful acids from leaking into the gut. This is one of the reasons why doctors recommended you limit your intake of NSAIDS. As it will eventually cause ulcers and many gastrointestinal problems. In addition to this, because the enzymes protecting your gut have been compromised, over time it can lead to kidney damage and eventually, failure.
HOW DO NSAIDs AFFECT THE KIDNEYS?
According to WEBMD, NSAIDs reduce blood flow to the kidneys. Which in turn makes the kidneys work less efficiently. When the kidneys aren’t working well, fluids build up in the body leading to fluid buildup in the bloodstream. Resulting in high blood pressure. Therefore prolonged exposure and use of NSAIDs inevitably will create permanent damage to the kidneys over time. Leading to kidney failure and then eventually dialysis.
And as if that weren’t bad enough, the COX 2 inhibitor upsets the balance of these necessary enzymes, making the levels of prostacyclin too low, heightening your risk of Heart Attacks and Stroke.
WHAT ARE MY ALTERNATIVES?
When it comes to treating pain and inflammation, for most people, we automatically go for some form of medication. It’s what we are familiar with and what we’ve been led to believe is our best option. Fortunately, that is not true! There are several clinical studies showing how aromatherapy has benefited those dealing with not only pain but with anxiety, depression, and even cancer.
Only true pure therapeutic grade essential oils can be used medicinally. Because they are made up of several teeny tiny molecules. Much smaller than the common fatty oils such as olive, grapeseed or avocado oil. Making them readily available to be absorbed into the bloodstream to go to work immediately. You can read more on What Essential Oils are and How They Work, on my other blog post, here.
HOW CAN WINTERGREEN BE USED?
Wintergreen can be used in many ways. In fact, there are three main schools of thought when it comes to oils. Topically, Aromatically and Orally. Depending on which ailment you are treating will determine the proper course of action. Below I will list some ways to best utilize Wintergreen to integrate it into your daily life.
WARTS – Because of its unique ability to promote cell growth, Wintergreen can be very effective when applied directly to stubborn warts. Including planters warts and even corns.
ACNE – Because of the high amount of salicylate acid found in Wintergreen, this makes it an excellent natural remedy for acne. Killing bacteria and unclogging pores.
PAIN – As I previously mentioned, Wintergreen contains 99% salicylate acid (naturally). Making this pure therapeutic grade essential oil incredibly effective on pain. Whether it is stemming from inflammation caused by arthritis or somewhere deep within the bone. You can find relief integrating Wintergreen into your pain relieving methods.
DANDRUFF – Again due in part to its innate ability to regenerate cell growth, Wintergreen is incredible for treating and healing dandruff. Just a few drops to your shampoo & conditioner bottle should do the trick.
I know the sound of using essential oils can seem overwhelming and complicated. But it doesn’t have to be. Finding the right Resources and Tools and connecting with those who are knowledgeable and familiar with oils to help guide you, is key. If you have questions or want to learn more about how you can get started, please do not hesitate to contact me directly or simply comment below.
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