Common Names: Aromatic Wintergreen, Boxberry, Canada Tea, Checkerberry, Chink, Deerberry, Ground Berry, Grouse Berry, Hillberry, Ivory Plum, Mountain Tea, Partridge Berry, Redberry Tea, Red Pollom, Spiceberry, Spicy Wintergreen, Spring Wintergreen, Teaberry, Wax Cluster.
Scientific Name: Gaultheria Procumbens L., Ericaceae, Heath Family
Common Uses: Analgesic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, stimulant, anodyne, anti-rheumatic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, aromatic, emmenagogue.
*Warning: Pure oil of wintergreen can cause irritation and must be used cautiously. It is poisonous except in very small amounts. Essential oil is highly toxic; absorbed through skin, harms liver and kidneys. Wintergreen should never be used during pregnancy.
Origin: Grows in woods and clearings, under large trees and shrubs, on sandy acid soils, from Newfoundland to Manitoba and south to Georgia, Michigan, and Indiana.