Fruit is eaten by a variety of mammals and birds including: chipmunks, deer, grouse, and partridge. Leaves browsed by deer and moose.
Used by Aboriginals to brew a tea. Mohawks, as well as Ojibwes, and others, knew the tea as medicinal as well as a healthful beverage.
Such names as ""teaberry"" emphasize importance as a year-round beverage, and as a food flavoring for meat and fish cooked with fermented leaves.
Wintergreen oil, is derived via steam distillation. It contains methyl salicylate, which is antiseptic, analgesic, carminative, and antirheumatic. It contains methyl salycliates, the active pain killers in asprin, useful for colds, headaches, and to bring down fevers.
OVERDOSES OF WINTERGREEN OIL CAN BE TOXIC.
Medicine: A tea from the leaves eased symptoms of rheumatism.
Food: The leaves were used as a potherb or eaten as a snack. Bright red berries ripen in autumn and improve with freezing so are harvested in the winter or spring. (Rook)
Sensory Aspect: Aromatic
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