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Headache, nerve pain, arthritis, menstrual cramps, digestive issues, gas, asthma, pleurisy, inflammation, kidney, lower back pain.

Wintergreen leaf is used for painful conditions including headache, nerve pain (particularly sciatica), arthritis, ovarian pain, and menstrual cramps. It is also used for digestion problems including stomachache and gas (flatulence); lung conditions including asthma and pleurisy; pain and swelling (inflammation); fever; and kidney problems.

Some people use small doses of wintergreen oil to increase stomach juices and improve digestion.

Wintergreen leaf is sometimes applied directly to the skin as a wash for achy joints (rheumatism), sore muscles, and lower back pain.

Wintergreen oil is applied to the skin as a “counter irritant” to relieve muscle pain. Counter irritants work by causing irritation that reduces pain and swelling in the underlying tissue. Wintergreen oil is also used to kill germs on the skin.

In manufacturing, wintergreen is used as a flavoring agent in food, candies, teas, and in pharmaceutical products.

How does it work?

Wintergreen leaf contains an aspirin-like chemical that might reduce pain, swelling, and fever.

The Trick to a Good Cup of Wintergreen Tea

So what’s the trick to a good cup of wintergreen tea? That would be the magic of fermentation.

Just pouring boiling water over wintergreen leaves won’t produce much of a flavor. Ferment them in water, however, and the flavor develops nicely.

To do so, pack a jar with wintergreen leaves and cover with chlorine-free water. Place a lid on your jar, cover with a tea towel, and leave on your counter or other warm area for 3 days, or until you see bubbles forming. Strain, and warm the tea gently just to drinking temperature.


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