Wintergreen is native to North America. It grows in temperate forests. Wintergreen comes from the Gaultheria procumbens, which is also known as the 'Eastern teaberry'.
The Native Americans used these leaves to relieve pain. Wintergreen leaves may be used in herbal teas. These leaves also form the diets of a number of forest animals.
They smell strong and minty. However, they are not a part of the mint family.
Botanical Name: Gaultheria procumbens
Also known as: Eastern teaberry - Checkerberry - Boxberry - Canada tea