Methyl salicylate is used as a flavoring agent and providing fragrance to products like chewing gum and mints. It acts as an anticoagulant by interruption of the vitamin K1-epoxide cycle. It is also used in high concentrations as a rubefacient to treat joint, muscular pain and acute pain. It is utilized as an anti-herbivore defense system in various plants. It is used as a transfer agent to get a manual copy of an image on a surface and to clear plant or animal tissue samples to be used for microscopy.
Valverde, J. M.; Giménez, M. J.; Guillén, F.; Valero, D.; Martínez-Romero, D.; Serrano, M. Methyl salicylate treatments of sweet cherry trees increase antioxidant systems in fruit at harvest and during storage. Postharvest Biol. Technol. 2015, 109, 106-113.
Zhou, P.; Hoffmann, M. R.; Han, K.; He, G. New Insights into the Dual Fluorescence of Methyl Salicylate: Effects of Intermolecular Hydrogen Bonding and Solvation. J. Phys. Chem. B 2014, 119 (6), 2125-2131.
Hazard Statements: H302-H315-H319-H335
Harmful if swallowed. Causes skin irritation. Causes serious eye irritation. May cause respiratory irritation.
Precautionary Statements: P260-P201-P280g-P304+P340-P405-P501a