Methyl salicylate is an ester found in wintergreen, birch, and ylang-ylang.
Esters are formed from the combination of acids and alcohols.
Links to Plants Containing Methyl salicylate
The listings of research below represents a compilation of scientific articles found on the topic, with a very brief overview description of each article/study. This compilation of research articles does not necessarily imply that there are adequate results to demonstrate safe and/or effective human use of any herb listed.
- Methyl salicylate controlled release increased the amount of predatory insects (Chrysopa nigricornis, Hemerobius sp., Deraeocoris brevis, Stethoruspunctum picipes, Orius tristicolor) and may be useful in the growing of grapes and hops. From: James, D. G., & Price, T. S. (2004). Field-testing of methyl salicylate for recruitment and retention of beneficial insects in grapes and hops. Journal of chemical ecology, 30(8), 1613-1628.
- Methyl salicylate and myrtenal were repellent to the black bean aphid. From: Hardie, J., Isaacs, R., Pickett, J. A., Wadhams, L. J., & Woodcock, C. M. (1994). Methyl salicylate and (−)-(1R, 5S)-myrtenal are plant-derived repellents for black bean aphid, Aphis fabae Scop.(Homoptera: Aphididae). Journal of Chemical Ecology, 20(11), 2847-2855.
By: Kathy Sadowski