Enjoy the therapeutic benefits of wintergreen. It is a very widespread medicinal plant in China, North America, Nepal and Canada. It belongs to the family of ericaceae and does not exceed the height of 15 cm. Of the gaultheria genus and with the scientific name gaultheria procumbens, it has a powerful anti-inflammatory. Its name comes from the doctor-botanist Jean-François Gaulthier. It is an interesting plant with multiple therapeutic benefits. It is mainly used by Indians in Canada to reduce fever and relieve joint pain.
Wintergreen and its positive consequences on health
Wintergreen is an edible plant known for its analgesic, stimulating, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and painkiller properties. Since time immemorial, it has been used for treat rheumatic pains, migraines, polyarthritis, contractures and palpitations. Traditional medicine mainly uses wintergreen thanks to its ability to treat and relieve various diseases. Indeed, it soothes arthritis, cramps, spasms and tendonitis. Wintergreen also stimulates the liver and fights migraines.
Phytotherapeutic virtues generated by the leaves of wintergreen
This plant is available in the form of tea, infusion, extract, tablet, mother tincture, capsule, bath and decoction.
It can be used by:
- cutaneous route in the form of massage, bath or cold compress,
- respiratory tract by olfaction, diffusion or inhalation.
How can you get the most benefits from wintergreen
Apart from improving health, this plant offers more of a feeling of well-being and pleasure. Indeed, she plays the role of an excellent psychic stimulant. Wintergreen also optimizes the sympathetic system.
As an essential oil, the use of wintergreen is very beneficial. And yes, it can solve muscular, cardiovascular and circulatory problems. It promotes good mood and concentration. This oil can be combined with essential oils of rosemary camphor, lemon eucalyptus, ylang-ylang and many more.
Enjoy a nice wintergreen bath. To do this, simply add 10 to 12 drops of its essential oils to your bath.
In aromatherapy, the diffusion of a few drops ofwintergreen essential oil spreads the scent effectively.
Its fruits carefully flavor sweets, chewing gum, teas and various medicines. Once dried, its leaves and branches offer an excellent infusion.
All about contraindications
To avoid skin irritation, it is always best to add other elements to the essential oil of wintergreen (a carrier oil would do fine). Also, before applying the oil, a skin test is necessary. If the injury is significant, wintergreen should be limited to 5%. It is contraindicated for people with allergies to aspirin, pregnant or breastfeeding women and children.