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Wintergreen is used to help relieve rheumatism, sprains, sciatica and all kinds of muscular pain. These effects likely arise due to the content of methyl salicylate which can be metabolized to salicylic acid (similar to acetylsalicylic acid or aspirin).

 

The Plant

The Plant

Wintergreen is a small bell-shaped shrub with round leathery leaves, aromatic when crushed and turning reddish in winter. Small, bell-shaped white or pinkish flowers are followed by scarlet berries 10mm in width. Wintergreen is native to North America and Canada. An infusion of the leaves is occasionally taken internally but oil of Wintergreen is used mainly in the form of an ointment or liniment.

Wintergreen is used to help joint and muscular woes. These effects likely arise due to the content of methyl salicylate which can be metabolised to salicylic acid (similar to acetylsalicylic acid or aspirin).

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