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Most Common Name:Wintergreen
Botanical Name:Gaultheria Procumbens
Also Known As (other names):Teaberry, Checkerberry

Wintergreen - General description:

Wintergreen is native to Northern America and Canada. Although sometimes used as a poultice of fresh leaves it is debatable if this practice renders the desired result as the constituent Methyl Salicylate is dependent on a period of fermentation which converts the Gaultherin (the major constituent of the plant) into Methyl Salicylate.

Wintergreen Properties, or Wintergreen use in treatment of:

Aches and painsAnti-inflammatory, Antirheumatic
Diuretic StimulantAstringent


Wintergreen Constituents:

Below we list reported constituents of this herb. This may not be complete as continuous research constantly discovers new constituents. Where possible we also provide information about constituents and their application, effect and side effects, if any. We do not provide information on the interaction between constituents. We do not give quantities of each individual constituent as these vary considerably due to region and climate. By comparing the treatments above with the constituent benefits below some indication of quantities can be gained.
A Volatile Oil - see Wintergreen Essential Oil

Gaultherin: A Glycoside derivative of salicylic acid.

Gaultherin is processed by a form of fermentation to create Methyl Salicylate which is anti-inflammatory.

Phenolic acids: Therapeutically valuable and not toxic the Phenolic acids are analgesic, anti-inflammatory, hepatoprotective and hypotensive.



Wintergreen Contraindications, do not use if:

We at Beneforce are certainly not experts in the use of every herb. In our studies and research we do come across warnings that a herb should not be used in certain circumstances or for certain conditions and ailments. Where possible we will reflect these on our pages but cannot guarantee that for any herb our list of contraindications are complete or valid. We urge that you consult an appropriate and knowledgeable practitioner before treatment.
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Wintergreen is Administered as/Available in:

Ointment InfusionAn Essential Oil


What is?

A CompressA DecoctionA Herbal VinegarA Fluid Extract
An InfusionAn OintmentA PoulticeA Powder
A SalveA SyrupA TeaA Tincture


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