CAS - Molecule of the Week

Molecule of the Week
August 28, 2006

This molecule was originally selected on December 20, 2004

Regarding this week’s selected substance:

Methyl salicylate produces the familiar odor and flavor of oil of wintergreen. This chemical relative of aspirin also relieves the inflammation that causes headaches and muscle pain. Concentrated methyl salicylate is toxic, especially to children, but small amounts may be used as flavorings and in topical creams.

Methyl salicylate

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