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Methyl Salicylate, Ethyl Salicylate, Glycol Salicylate

Chemical Formula: C8H8O3, C9H10NO3, and C9H10O4
Methyl Salicylate Ethyl Salicylate Glycol Salicylate


Oil of Wintergreen
Salicylic Acid, methyl ester
Methyl Sweet Birch Oil
Betula Oil


Reddish or yellow liquid


Wintergreen is used as a flavoring in foods, beverages, drugs, and candies. It is also used as a perfume in root beer, and as an ultraviolet light absorber in cosmetics.

It is used as a pain reliever in liniments and ointments. It is a rubefacient, something that dilates blood vessels.

The most widely used salicylate is aspirin.

methyl salicylate: InChI=1/C8H8O3/c1-11-8(10)6-4-2-3-5-7(6)9/h2-5,9H,1H3

ethyl salicylate: InChI=1/C9H10O3/c1-2-12-9(11)7-5-3-4-6-8(7)10/h3-6,10H,2H2,1H3

glycol salicylate: InChI=1/C9H10O4/c10-5-6-13-9(12)7-3-1-2-4-8(7)11/h1-4,10-11H,5-6H2

butyl salicylate: InChI=1/C11H14O3/c1-2-3-8-14-11(13)9-6-4-5-7-10(9)12/h4-7,12H,2-3,8H2,1H3

By Simon Quellen Field
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