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Wintergreen Herb (c/s, Wildcrafted)

 

Also Known As – Gaultheria procumbens L.

Origin - USA

Overview - Wintergreen is a native North American evergreen shrub; the creeping stems send up erect branches, 2-6 inches high, which bear alternate, oval, leathery leaves with serrate (and sometimes bristly) margins. Both the leaves and the solitary, nodding, white, bell-shaped, flowers grow in the axils of the leaves near the tops of the branches. Flowering time is from May to September. The edible fruit following the flowers is a dry, scarlet, berrylike capsule about 1/3 inch across. The whole plant is pungent in taste the spiciness being due to the volatile oil.

Medicinal Uses - The medicinal virtues of wintergreen leaves reside essentially in the oil of wintergreen which can be obtained by steam distillation. The oil consists mostly of methyl salicylate, a close relative of aspirin. Not surprisingly, the leaves have long been used for headache and other aches and pains, inflammations, and rheumatism, rheumatic fever, dropsy, gonorrhea, scrofula, sciatica, lumbago. Recommended for urinary ailments and for colic and flatulence. Externally, a leaf tea can be used as a gargle for sore mouth and sore throat, as a douche for leukorrhea, and as a compress or poultice for skin diseases and inflammations. A cloth soaked with oil of wintergreen has been applied to relieve pain in joints, but the pure oil can cause irritation and must be used cautiously. Used as a poultice, good for boils, swellings, ulcers, felons, and old sores.

Other Uses – In manufacturing, wintergreen is used as a flavoring agent in food, candies, teas, and in pharmaceutical products

Herbs to Combine/Supplement – The essential oil of wintergreen blends well with essential oils of mint, narcissus, oregano, thyme, vanilla and ylang-ylang oils.

Parts Used – Leaves

Precautions - Pure oil of wintergreen can cause irritation and must be used cautiously. It is poisonous except in very small amounts. Essential oil is highly toxic; absorbed through skin, harms liver and kidneys. Wintergreen should never be used during pregnancy.

Preparation and Dosage - Infusion: steep 1 tsp. leaves in 1 cup water. Take 1 cup a day, a mouthful at a time. Tincture: a dose is from 5-15 drops.

Disclaimer - The information presented herein by Mountain Maus’ Remedies is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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  1. Ecstatic! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Apr 2017

    We are so happy we found this organically grown shop. We received our Wintergreen and when we opened one of the bags the aroma was so strong and fresh. This is now our go to shop for our herbal sodas!


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