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The aroma of Wintergreen is volatile, radiant, woody and mint-like.
Common Name: Wintergreen
Plant Part: Leaf
Form: Essential Oil
Synonyms: Aromatic wintergreen, checkerberry, teaberry, gaultheria oil
Origin: Native to North America. It's extensively grown in Canada and the USA for oil. The oil is mainly produced in the USA.
Botanical Description: A small mat-forming woody shrub up to 15-cm (6 in.) high, with slender creeping stems, flowering branches and bright green leathery serrated leaves at the top, and white or pinkish bell-shaped flowers. The berries are red and fleshy.
Method of Extraction: Essential oil is obtained by steam - water distillation of the macerated leaves. The oil is pale yellow, yellowish, occasionally pinkish mobile liquid. Yield 0.5 to 0.7%.
Aroma Profile: The top note is sweet, aromatic, creamy/fruity and powerful. The body note is intensely sweet, aromatic, fresh and penetrating. The dry out note is sweet and woody.
Major Constituents: Methyl salicylate (96 to 99%)
Common Adulterants: Synthetic methyl salicylate, sweet birch oil
Regulatory Status: None. ASP 2922
Aroma Benefits: bracing, invigorating, refreshing
Blends Well With: Oregano, peppermint, spearmint, ylang ylang, thyme, vanilla, marjoram
Safety Data: Toxic, irritant, sensitizing. Avoid during pregnancy
Directories: Essential Oils
Description: The aroma of Wintergreen is volatile, radiant, woody and mint-like.