Wintergreen

Latin name: gaultheria procumbens
Other names:  Canada tea, checkerberry, deerberry, mountain tea, spiceberry, teaberry

What is Wintergreen?

Wintergreen is an aromatic shrub native to North America, with leaves and fruit that are harvested in the summer. For centuries, traditional and alternative medical practitioners have used the leaves, fruit, and essential oil, in the form of liniment or ointment. It is also well known as a folk remedy in many parts of the world.

What are the health benefits of Wintergreen?
Wintergreen is an antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Because it dilates blood vessels, it is used as a pain reliever to treat muscle and joint aches. It soothes toothaches and relieves upset stomachs. The essential oil derived from wintergreen, which can be absorbed by the skin, relieves inflammation and is helpful in treating sciatica and arthritis.

Are there any precautions for taking Wintergreen?
The essential oil is toxic and should not be ingested internally.

Where can I find Wintergreen?
Wintergreen can be found online, in supermarkets and health food stores, and in the offices of Chinese medical practitioners.

You can find this herb combined with other herbs in the Traditions of Tao formula:
Regenerating Cream, which nurtures the skin cells, minimizing the appearance of aging and scarring and improving skin quality.

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