What is Wintergreen?
Wintergreen refers to a type of small North American both the leaves and of this plant are edible. This plant contains a chemical called , which has a -like flavor and is very similar to . Native Americans used this hardy plant as a .whose leaves remain green during the . American Wintergreen, which goes by the scientific name Gaultheria procumbens, is the most commonly used species. Also known as teaberry, boxberry, checkerberry or deerberry,
Due to its similarity to aspirin, wintergreen and its essential many health benefits for the following:have
- Headaches and aches
- Arthritis and achy ( )
- gas (flatulence) issues such as
- and joint pain
- Other aches and pains
Let us take a look at its many uses.
- In order to release methyl salicylate from this plant’s parts, it must be teas. in warm . Therefore, the leaves and berries of this plant are often used in
- The leaves are also used to make and .
- Furthermore, the essential oil of this plant can be extracted via distillation, or by soaking the leaves in for a month or more.
Wintergreen vs. Spearmint
Although the flavors are similar, wintergreen and spearmint have some significant differences.
- Genus: Wintergreen is from the scientific genus Gaultheria, while is a true mint, from the genus .
- Origin: Wintergreen is native to North America, whereas spearmint is native to Europe and .
- Berries: Wintergreen produce berries, spearmint does not.
- Benefits: Spearmint does not contain methyl salicylate and therefore does not have the same health benefits as wintergreen.
Even though this plant has many impressive benefits, it can also lead to various side effects, such as the following:
- reactions (especially in who are allergic to aspirin)
Large doses can be toxic to breastfeeding, as it may have a negative impact., and even small doses can be toxic to , so don’t use too much, and don’t give it to children. Finally, you should not use this if you’re or