Herb of the Day: Wintergreen (Not just a yummy flavor!)

Herb Of The Day Wintergreen

Wintergreen is typically associated with toothpaste, gum or mouthwash.  Generally, this is a synthetic wintergreen flavor that lends the cool minty flavor we’re familiar with.  This shrubby evergreen native to North America contains methyl salicylate which is similar to aspirin and has historically been used by Native Americans and early American settlers for headaches and pain relief.  Wintergreen is often added to pain-relief creams and gels as well. Herbalists use wintergreen typically in teas and tinctures, the oil is also popular among aromatherapists.

Traditional Uses

  • Headaches
  • Rheumatism
  • Colic
  • Sore Throat
  • Digestion
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Parasites
  • Infection
  • Bacteria
  • Rheumatic Fever
  • Lumbago
  • Galactagogue
  • Mucous
  • Diuretic

The Plant

Gaultheria procumbens is a creeping North American evergreen shrub.  Growing up to six inches tall and keeping its leaves year round, evergreen displays white bell-shaped flowers during the summer and then give way to edible berries.  The red berries have a unique sweet flavor which offsets the famous flavor of the wintergreen leaves.  Wintergreen in an important winter plant for animals and grows well in zones 3-7.

TriLight Health and Wintergreen

We use Wintergreen in our Worm Out and Soothing Salve 

TriLight Health's Worm Out herbal parasite cleanse

Worm Out is our natural and potent parasite cleansing formula safely and effectively eliminates, flushes and detoxes. Natural organic herbs blended synergistically in a non-alcoholic and sugar-free glycerine base giving an enjoyable taste for children and yet a strong potent formula for adults. Worm Out was passed down to us from Medicine Bear of Cherokee Heritage with years of success. We have been using this formula here at TriLight for over 20 years now!

TriLight Health's soothing salve

Soothing Salve is a wonderful soothing salve for cuts, rashes, ringworm, canker sores, diaper rash, sun burn, razor burn and much more!

 

 

Do you like the flavor of wintergreen?

Note: TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your healthcare practitioner before using products with any other medications. Our statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Our products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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