What is aromatics?
Wintergreen is a native North American evergreen shrub, the creeping stems send up erect branches, 2-6 inches high, which bear alternate, oval, leathery leaves with serrate (and sometimes bristly) margins. Both the leaves and the solitary, nodding, white, bell-shaped, flowers grow in the axils of the leaves near the tops of the branches. Flowering time is from May to September. The edible fruit following the flowers is a dry, scarlet, berrylike capsule about 1/3 inch across. The whole plant is pungent in taste the spiciness being due to the volatile oil. Wintergreen is a name applied to several plants of the family Ericaceae which retain their foliage during winter. The Chinese use a plant they call wintergreen (Pyrola rotundifolia), Chinese name is Lu-ti-ts'ao. Used to staunch bloody wounds, applied to dog bites, snakebites, and insect bites.
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