Gaulthérie essential oil, authentic Amerindian panacea

Benefits of gaultherie essential oil

Wintergreen was known and used for a long time by Amerindians for inflammatory pathologies . The Indians in fact made an enormous consumption of wintergreen, both internally, against infectious diseases , to bring down fever, and externally, to relieve their pain and heal their wounds.

A little history

At the beginning of the 19th century, the Iroquois prepared “ Swains panacea ”, thus macerating wintergreen. This preparation then had the reputation of curing all ailments …, like an authentic panacea, like Asian ginseng …

The Inuit Indians of Canada chew the leaves in particular to calm pain and fever , and thus counter infectious diseases. They also take them topically to treat wounds. In the United States, however, popular medicine recommends the infusion of the leaves against diarrhea and as an astringent.

The Iroquois, Ojibwa and Algonquin Indians also consume the fruits in their diet.

Around 1815, in Paris, the pharmacist Boyveau therefore copied this preparation and formulated a product called Rob de Laffecteur which also had an incredible impact.

What are the pharmacological properties of the essential oil of Gaulthérie ?

Anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties:

A circulatory anti-inflammatory , wintergreen inhibits prostaglandins and the release of inflammation mediators such as bradykinin. Also antispasmodic and analgesic (non-opiate painkiller), this essential oil is anticoagulant and antiplatelet agent , but unlike aspirin, it promotes healing .

It is also widely used in locoregional applications, as a vascular protector , for peripheral vascular diseases .

Febrifugal property:

The essential oil of lying wintergreen is therefore febrifuge by vasodilation and sweating.

Positive properties:

This essential oil induces a dilation of the vessels and also becomes reddish when its content is between 10 and 30%.

Other properties:

  • Hypotensive
  • Stimulating hepato
  • Pelvic decongestant
  • Vulnerable
  • Antirheumatic
  • Antibacterial and antioxidant
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antitussive

Does the essential oil of Gaulthérie require precautions for use?

  • This essential oil is prohibited internally
  • Contraindicated in pregnant or breastfeeding women as well as in children under 6 years old
  • Pure skin irritation possible
  • Do not swallow ! Its oral toxicity is well known and causes seizures, diarrhea and respiratory paralysis.
  • Contraindicated in hemophilia, allergy to aspirin, peptic ulcer or gastritis
  • Do not diffuse, inhale, or put in the bath water
  • Cutaneous route only mainly recommended
  • Contraindicated in patients treated with anticoagulants and antiplatelet agents

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Clementine. M.
Naturopath – Aromatherapist / Herbalist – Phytotherapist
Consultant in Clinical Phyto-aromatherapy and Ethnomedicine

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