These substances range from salicylate preparations, such as Pepto-Bismol, Ben Gay ointment, and oil of wintergreen
flavoring, to lamp oil, bug repellant, lighter fluid and other fuels, air freshener, spray deodorant, hair spray, cooking spray, and ethanol, said Dr.
The chemical used in the test, Oil of Wintergreen
, was benign.
Food flavorings containing oil of wintergreen
may be up to 98% methyl salicylate.
Methyl salicylate, otherwise known as oil of wintergreen
, has been a flavoring and a muscle liniment for decades.
It seems that oil of wintergreen
, a volatile compound made by many plants, may act as an airborne signal that can alert the neighboring plant to activate genes that help give it resistance to disease.
Besides arnica, the non-greasy, nonstaining amber gel contains Ruta graveolens to treat wrenched tendons and torn ligaments, and oil of wintergreen
to provide a cooling sensation.