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Wintergreen (Nepalese) Oil

Wintergreen (Nepalese) Oil

Gaultheria fragrantissima


Taken from the rural mountains of Nepal, the soothing and stimulating properties of Wintergreen oil provide a fresh, uplifting aroma.





Wintergreen essential oil is derived from the leaves of a creeping shrub found in coniferous areas. The main chemical component in Wintergreen oil, methyl salicylate, is used in topical creams and massage blends because of its soothing properties.In fact, Wintergreen and Birch are the only plants in the world that contain methyl salicylate naturally. As a flavoring, small amounts of Wintergreen oil are used in candies, toothpaste, and chewing gum. When diffused, Wintergreen oil has a refreshing aroma that’s uplifting and stimulating.

Through doTERRA’s Co-Impact Sourcing® initiative, our new source of Wintergreen comes from Nepal where it is wild harvested by rural villagers then distilled by community-owned distillation facilities. This process creates increased economic opportunity for very remote regions in rural Nepal.



  • Wintergreen oil has a warming effect when applied to skin and is excellent to use as a soothing massage. A little goes a long way, so use sparingly and dilute with Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.
  • For a soothing bath, add 1–2 drops of Wintergreen essential oil to warm bath water.

Directions for Use

Diffusion: Use three to four drops in the diffuser of your choice.
Topical use: Apply one to two drops to desired area. Dilute with doTERRA Fractionated Coconut Oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

This oil is Kosher certified.


Not for internal use. Possible skin sensitivity. Keep out of reach of children. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician. Avoid contact with eyes, inner ears, and sensitive areas.


Primary Benefits

  • Wintergreen oil is great for a warming soothing massage after exercise
  • Wintergreen essential oil has a refreshing aroma that’s uplifting and stimulating
  • Frequently used in gum, candy, and toothpaste for flavoring

Aromatic Description

Sweet, minty, refreshing

Collection Method

Steam Distillation

Plant Part


Main Constituents

Methyl salicylate


From the beautiful mountainsides of Nepal, Wintergreen essential oil has a powerful warming, soothing sensation that pairs perfectly with massage. Additionally, its sweet, minty aroma is potent and refreshing.


Usage Tips:

  • Use Wintergreen to provide a soothing massage to the skin
  • Add one drop of Wintergreen oil to a warm bath
  • Add to a spray bottle with water or diffuse for a minty, natural room freshener
  • For an at-home spa experience, fill a large bowl with steaming water, add one drop of Wintergreen and any other oils you want to include, then cover your head with a towel and place your face above the steaming bowl.


Learn More

What Is Wintergreen Oil Used For?

Wintergreen oil is known for its unique warming effect on the skin due to methyl salicylate, which is the main chemical constituent of Wintergreen oil. This is what Wintergreen is most commonly used for, but its aroma also offers great benefits. Its strong scent creates a stimulating environment and helps clear out unpleasant odors


How to Use Wintergreen Oil

You can use Wintergreen oil both topically and aromatically. Wintergreen’s topical benefits are powerful and effective, so it is important to remember to dilute and that a little oil goes a long way, especially with Wintergreen.

One of the best ways to use Wintergreen is in a massage. Massage it into your muscles after exercise, massage it into your skin after a cold winter’s walk, or massage it into your back and shoulders after a long workday. Massaging the oil provides a soothing and warming sensation that is impressive and can be powerful. When using topically, always dilute Wintergreen with Fractionated Coconut Oil or another carrier oil to minimize any skin sensitivity.

Diffuse Wintergreen to use it aromatically as a room freshener. You can also create a natural DIY room spray by adding a few drops of Wintergreen (and any other oils you want to include) in a spray bottle with water.

What Does Wintergreen Oil Smell Like?

Sweet, minty, and strong, the aroma of Wintergreen is potent and refreshing. Wintergreen smells similar to Spearmint and Birch.


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