All essentail oils are used externally only, do not use over broken, or irritated skin.
I find the use of essential oils in external preparations are very effective to manage muscle tension, pain and joint or arthritic pain.
Alway dilute essential oils in a vegetable oil or if using in the bath add a few drops to a little milk to ensure it is diluted.
Wintergreen essential oil (Gaultheria Procumbens)
THIS OIL SHOULD NOT BE USED FOR MORE THAN 3 MONTHS AT A TIME OVER AN EXTENSIVE AREA OF THE BODY OR IN HIGH DILUTION.
NEVER USE INTERNALLY OR OVER BROKEN SKIN.
having said that…..
This essential oil is fantastic to use diluted in an essential oil mix for sore arthritic joints.
The oil contains Methyl Salicylate which has rubificient(stimulates blood supply to an area), and analgesic (pain relieving) actions.
Increasing blood supply to an area has dual benefit to arthritic joints. Firstly the increased blood supply increases the supply of nutrients to the area which will improve the ability of the body to heal damaged tissues. Secondly the increased blood supply means that there will be increased removal of waste products from the area. Build up of toxins in arthritic joints is always an area of work for the herbalist. Removal of these waste products allows the joints to heal, reduces irritation, inflammation and pain.
This oil also has a diuretic action, this means that waste products removed from the joints can be more effectively removed from the body.
The oil is also relaxing and antispasmodic on muscles and body tissues, meaning this oil can be helpful where muscle tension and pain are a feature.
Due to the potential toxicity danger this oil should be alternated with other oils if using on a regular basis.
I like to mix with combinations of Rosemary, lemon, juniper, clove, marjoram, ginger.