LIVE PLANT/SEEDINLG TYPE: Wild Striped Wintergreen 3"-6" size range and may or may not contain flower blooms as pictured, depending on time of year and quantity.
Interestingly, striped wintergreen bears no relation whatsoever to common wintergreen – the creeping evergreen groundcover common in cool mountain coves, that bears edible red berries. It has no deadly or toxic mimics. Interestingly, striped wintergreen bears no relation whatsoever to common wintergreen One of the compounds, ursolic acid, is effective in treating arthritis and other causes of pain and inflammation. Striped Wintergreen and a close relative that is also called Pipsissewa (Chimaphila umbellata) have been used to treat urinary tract infections and kidney stones.
The leaves contain compounds such as arbutin, sitosterol, and ursolic acid, and are useful as an analgesic, antibacterial, astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, rubefacient, stimulant and tonic. A poultice made from the leaves is useful for treating pain from cuts, scrapes, bruises, and sore muscles
Edible parts of Spotted Wintergreen:
The leaves are used as a snack, being nibbled for their refreshing qualities. In Mexico the herb is used as a catalyst in the preparation of "tesguino", an alcoholic beverage produced from sprouted maize.Unlike some medicinal plants, striped wintergreen also has the benefit of being delicious. A hot cup of wintergreen tea sweetened with local honey warms your heart and feeds your soul. Chewing a few leaves will freshen your breath and help with a dry mouth, in addition to treating sore throats and mouth sores.
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.
TAKING CARE OF YOUR NEW PLANT: Upon receipt, immediately soak in water for 2-3 hours then plant in your ideal location. Make sure to water daily, or as needed, if leaves look wilted and/or until it is established in it's new environment. Sometimes it is best to place in a 6"-8" pot of quality soil and let the root system get adjusted and strengthen, then transplant the hole pot of soil to your permanent location. Plants can get easily stressed when being relocated/shipped.
Wild Striped Wintergreen Live Plant Seedling Organic Naturally Grown
ABOUT THESE LIVE TREE SEEDLINGS : LIVE TREE/PLANTS WILL BE CAREFULLY DUG UP, PACKAGED AND SHIPPED THE SAME MORNING THAT TRACKING NUMBER IS PROVIDED WITH A SCHEDULED USPS PICKUP PLACED THE NIGHT BEFORE HAND. I will ship in minimal soil with roots in plastic bottle, stretched wrapped around base to help avoid soil spillage. A small wood stick with stem/trunk twist tied will also accompany any plants where it is needed, to help keep them from possibly getting broken. Added packaging materials around the plant will also help to give it some support. What I will NOT do, is just throw "bare root" plants carelessly into a box and tape it shut. Your "baby" will be treated like I am shipping a small live "pet" across the country, with MUCH LOVE AND CARE! All live plants are grown right here on our Unique Creek Homestead!
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