Do not use in: pregnant or breast-feeding women, children under the age of six years, persons allergic to aspirin or to salicylates in general, in case of anticoagulant treatment.
Dilute 2 drops of essential oil of gaultheria in 10 drops of arnica carrier oil. Apply this preparation before and after exercise.
Sprains, traumatic contusion
2 drops of essential oil of gaultheria, 2 drops of essential oil of helichrysum, 5 drops of plant oil. Apply by massaging gently twice daily for seven days.
CULTIVATION AND PRODUCTION
EXTRACTION AND YIELD
Gaultheria is named after Jean-François Gaulthier (1708-1756), royal physician botanist in Quebec. He observed that Inuits and Indians in Canada had been chewing or making infusions of gaultheria leaves to bring down fever and relieve pain since the dawn of time. This fairy of the Great North, called "mountain tea" in Quebec played an important role in pharmacology: in the 19th century North America supplied Europe with "essence of wintergreen", extracted by steam distillation from the entire plant. In 1844, William Proctor, "the father of American pharmacy" and the Frenchman Auguste Cahours isolated the main component of this essential oil, "methyl salicylate" then Cahours synthesised salicylic acid by hydrolysis, which was used as a medicine for rheumatism before the synthesis of acetylsalicylic acid, a molecule better known by the brand name of aspirin.
The properties, benefits and method of use are given for information; they cannot in any case constitute or replace medical information that only health professionals can provide. For any use of essential oils for therapeutic purposes, please consult your GP or pharmacist.