Wintergreen oil is an essential oil that's traditionally derived from the leaves of the shrubby evergreen plant scientifically known as Gaultheria procumbens which belongs to Ericaceae family. It contain aromatic compound that is methyl salicylate used for mint like flavoring. It has long stem, oval and glossy green leaves and white blooms which change into edible bright red berries.It well grows in organic soils in shady locations like mountains, forest and moist regions and it is native to North America mainly in Northeast United States and Canada.
Wintergreen essential oil is obtained from leaves of Gaultheria procumbens through steam distillation method following maceration in warm water.
Wintergreen oil is mainly constitute of methyl salicylates and others are alpha pinene, myrcene, delta-3 carene, limonene, 3, 7 guaiadiene and delta cadinene.