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Wintergreen: The Oil of Surrender

Wintergreen has a very distinct aroma. Its aroma is its signature and it is interesting to note that the plant associates with many of our sense: smell, taste, touch and even hearing (sound). Wintergreen can penetrate deep within our body and increase its vibration and enhances sound. That’s why it’s often used during spiritual ceremonies especially where there’s meditations or chants being spoken or sung. It brings harmony between earth and its people through awareness. This opening of spiritual awareness leads to introspection and self-love. This is going to be particularly helpful for those who are more left-brain (logical) than right-brain (intuitive) because they need to further sharpen their intuitive/creative side.

Wintergreen assists us in letting go of control and the need to know and be right. It helps you surrender to your Higher Power which takes a lot of personal strength. This oil is great for those of us that tend to micro-manage, to be arrogant or who lack trust in others. By assisting us in letting go, surrendering control and trusting in the process of life, we release pain, old habits or beliefs and lean into our spiritual understanding. Think about when you’re too stressed or tense or when you’re “holding on” tightly, all of this brings about physical pain that Wintergreen can soothe away.

Wintergreen reminds us that we don’t have to go about life completely on our own. There is a constant invitation to surrender and let go of our burdens and worries to a Higher Power or God. There is something so comforting about knowing that you’ve done all you can do and now you can release and let go and let the God take care of the rest. You can turn your hardships over to God so that you don’t carry the burden of life all on your own. Those who think that life is painful or that one must suffer through it to achieve what they want to achieve or who think that they need to soldier on by themselves, Wintergreen can help these individuals to release these strong beliefs and imbues them with strength instead.

Blends Well With

Wintergreen blends well with Basil, Bergamot, Cypress, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Peppermint.

Don’t Have This Oil?

Depending on your uses for this oil, substitutes may include: Cypress, Peppermint, Spearmint, White Fir.

Usage Tips

Wintergreen is not recommended for pregnant women, small children, anyone with a history of seizures, or anyone with aspirin sensitivities. Repeated or overuse can lead to sensitivity. Large amounts can be toxic and since it smells so yummy, be careful to keep out of the reach of children. Always test for skin sensitivity prior to widespread use and use on the feet when possible. Excessive use of any oil can lead to skin sensitisation. Keep out of eyes, ears, or nose. Not all oils are created equal, so test brands carefully, and never use an oil in a way not recommended by its maker.

Oil information from: “Emotions and Essential Oils: A Modern Resource for Healing” and “The Essential Life”