Medicinal Plant Profiles: Wintergreen
If you’re like me you might be surprised to find that, despite its delicious minty smell, wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) isn’t a member of the mint family and looks nothing like a mint plant at all! In fact, wintergreen is a low lying perennial evergreen shrub, consisting of small erect branches that sport leathery oval shaped leaves, and beautiful white flowers that bloom in the Spring and give way to bright red berries in the Fall.
Tea is the most consumed beverage in the world (second only to water), not coffee or beer, but tea. In fact tea, on average, is consumed around the world at a rate of three cups of tea for every single cup of coffee! Say what?!
Most often you’ll find Calendula in body oils, lotions, and balms but it isn’t uncommon to find it in a tincture or tea.