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Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens)

What is Wintergreen?

It is a traditional native North American remedy. Native Americans brewed a tea from the leaves of Wintergreen to alleviate rheumatic symptoms, headache, fever, sore throat and various aches and pains. French explorers used wintergreen leaves in hot infusions, thus leading to the term ‘Thé du Canada’, the tea of Canada.  During the American war of independence, wintergreen leaves served as a replacement for Chinese tea. In Ayurveda, wintergreen oil is used in treating joints and muscles.

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Aroma

Strong, minty and cooling

Plant Properties

Antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, anti-rheumatic, antiseptic, analgesic,and anticoagulant.

Benefits

Angina, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, asthma, backache, bee stings, bleeding gums, blood clots, fracture bone, bone pain, bronchitis, bunions, bursitis, cardiovascular conditions, carpal tunnel, Crohn’s Disease, circulation disorders, colitis, connective tissue, cramps, disk deterioration, ear infection, edema, fatty liver, fever, fibromyalgia, gallstones, gingivitis, Grave’s Disease, head cold, headache, hematoma, hemorrhoids, herniated disk, hepatitis, hives, hypertension, hyperthyroid, indigestion, inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome, itching, joint stiffness, kidney stones, ligament, lupus, lumbago, migraine, multiple sclerosis, mumps, muscles (sore or inflammed), muscle spasms,neck pain, nerve pain, neuritis, oral infection, rheumatism, tendonitis, lymphatic system detox, nausea, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, phelbitis, pleurisy, poison oak and ivy, polio, prostate, benign prostate hyperplasia (bph), prostatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, sciatica, scleroderma, scoliosis, sinus congestion, spider bite, spine injury, sprain, sore throat, toothaches, ulcer, urinary tract infection, wounds and varicose veins.

Blends with:

Bergamot, basil, cypress, geranium, lavender, lemongrass, marjoram, other mint oils, narcissus, oregano, thyme, vanilla and ylang-ylang oils