Chakra Colour: Green
Medicinal Uses: Wintergreen and its oil have been used in topical analgesic preparations for the treatment of back pain, rheumatism, fever, headaches, and sore throats. The plant and its oil have been used in traditional medicine as an anodyne, analgesic, carminative, astringent, and topical ointment.
Small oral doses of wintergreen oil stimulate digestion and gastric secretion. Topically, the oil is a counterirritant and may offer some analgesic effect because of the structural similarity to aspirin.
The berries have been used to make pies. A tea made from the leaves was used as a substitute for tea during the Revolutionary War. The tea has been used to relieve cold symptoms and muscle aches.
Magical Uses: This herb has been used for protection, healing, hex-breaking, Lunar magic, Water magic. It is used in many protection spells, particularly for those involving children. The herb is placed inside the child’s pillowcase to grant them safety and good fortune. Infuse with mint and sprinkle around the home to removes hexes and curses, and to clear out negative energy. Use it in healing spells intended to relieve pain. Fresh sprigs place upon the altar call good spirits to aid your magical workings.
Other Names: Checkerberry, Mountain Tea, Teaberry
Contraindications: Do not use if you are taking anticoagulants, aspirin.
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