Gaultheria procumbens (wintergreen) leaf oil



No known benefits

Gaultheria procumbens (wintergreen) leaf oil description

A type of mint that is often used for addressing the discomfort of sore muscles, but spearmint oil can be very sensitising due to its high volume of an ingredient known as methyl salicylate.

Gaultheria procumbens (wintergreen) leaf oil references

  • Toxicon, March 2007, pages 407-409
  • PDR for Herbal Medicines. 1st ed. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, Inc., 1998.

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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