Gaultheria Oil Pain Relief Ingredient
Gaultheria procumbens is a low-growing wildflower with shiny evergreen leaves and red coloured berries. Gaultheria is commonly known as Wintergreen. It is also known by the names of Boxberry, Checkerberry, Teaberry, Ground Tea, Mountain Tea, Spiceberry, and Spicy Wintergreen. In India it is most commonly known by the name of Indian Wintergreen or Fragrant Wintergreen due to its fragrant variety found here.
Origin of Gaultheria oil – The Ayurvedic ingredient for pain relief
The Indian Wintergreen also known as Gaultheria is found in Khasia hills, Western Ghats, and the Nilgiri hills. It is also found to be grown at an altitude of 1600 metres in near Travancore.
Supergin- The Ayurvedic Pain Relief with Gaultheria oil
The Wintergreen oil or Gaultheria oil is used as one of the Ayurvedic ingredient of Supergin pain relief ointment and liniment. Its anti-inflammatory property helps to relieve muscle pain and joint discomfort in patients suffering from Arthritis.
Other Names of Gaultheria Oil
Scientific name – Gaultheria procumbens
Common name – Wintergreen, Fragrant Wintergreen
Hindi name: Gandapura
Tamil name: Kolakkai
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The main constituent of Wintergreen or Gaultheria is the presence of methyl salicylate, which is a compound mostly used in the topical application creams for pain relief. The extracts from the Indian wintergreen or Gaultheria is found to contain approximately 99.05% methyl salicylate.
What is the mechanism of action by Gaultheria oil or Wintergreen?
Methyl salicylate present in Gaultheria oil or Wintergreen inhibits the formation of prostaglandins, which contribute to the development of pain signals during inflammation. The topical application of Gaultheria oil has been found to block the inflammatory processes initiated by prostaglandins.
How Gaultheria oil helps to relieve pain?
Methyl salicylate exhibits high absorbing nature on the skin. Hence the topical application of Ayurvedic pain relief made from Gaultheria oil helps in the penetrating of the essential oil through the skin to provide instant pain relief.
What are the health benefits of Wintergreen or Gaultheria oil for pain relief?
- Reduces swelling
- Fights inflammation
- Relieves pain
- Penetrates into the skin
How is Gaultheria oil extracted?
The Indian Winterherb or Gaultheria is an herb. Gaultheria oil is made by steam processing of warmed, water-soaked leaves of this plant and distilling them to extract the essential oil.
Why Gaultheria oil is used extensively in pain relief liniments and ointments?
Wintergreen or Gaultheria oil is used to provide pain relief from joint pain, muscular pain, lumbago, sciatica, neuralgia, gout, fibromyalgia, etc. Since ancient times, Gaultheria oil extract has been added to the topical pain relief oils to help ease muscle and joint pains. This is the reason; Gaultheria oil is one of the most used Ayurvedic pain relief ingredient in most of the liniments and ointments.
What are the therapeutic properties of Gaultheria oil?
Medicinal Properties of Gaultheria oil
Apart from relieving stress, Gaultheria is also known to exhibit the property of diuretic and antiseptic.
Antibiotic and anesthetic properties of Ajwain Satva helps to reduce redness and inflammation, while its anti-inflammatory property helps to soothe the pain and swelling.