Other: prince's pine
Chimaphilla umbellata (L.) W.P.C. Barton
Plant Family: Ericaceae
A small, perennial evergreen native to much of southern Canada and the northern United States, pipsissewa was used by indigenous peoples for its astringent properties. Its scientific name literally means "winter loving," but its leaves are collected in late summer. The leaves have very little scent until they are rubbed to release a pleasant but mildly "puckery" odor. It is currently used as a flavoring in root beer production, and in candy.
Dried aerial portion.
Teas (made in boiling water), and tinctures usually and very rarely found as a capsule. Cosmetically it can be found in lotions or creams from a fresh extract.
No known precautions.
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