The Cayce Herbal 
 A Comprehensive Guide to the  
Botanical Medicine of Edgar Cayce

Botanical Name: Gaultheria procumbens

Common Names and Synonyms: Checkerberry, Teaberry

Background: Wintergreen is a small, creeping evergreen shrub which grows five or six inches high. The  finely serrated leathery leaves are distinctly aromatic.  White bell-like flowers which bloom in June and July are followed by  the bright scarlet berries.  The leaves and fruit produce an oil which is diuretic, stimulant, and can be useful as a general liniment. The oil  must be used with care, for it can be very irritating to the skin.  Herbalists use wintergreen oil externally for muscle aches, particularly in foot balms and rheumatism treatments.

Wintergreen in the Cayce Readings
  • Edgar Cayce recommended wintergreen primarily as an ingredient in massage oils and for use in steam (fume) baths.  The primary action of wintergreen, as stated in the Cayce readings, was to increase the superficial circulation and assist with eliminations.
  • When used in massage oil formulas, wintergreen was most often combined with the following substances:
      Sassafras 62 readings
      Cedar Wood Oil 56 readings
      Olive Oil 51 readings
      Russian White Oil 48 readings
      Benzoin 45 readings
      Witch Hazel 29 readings
      Pine Needle Oil 28 readings
      Kerosene 26 readings
      Camphor 21 readings
      Myrrh  15 readings
Cayce Quotes on Wintergreen

   In the Fume Bath put about half a teaspoonful of Oil of Wintergreen to a pint of water.  Stay in this for five to ten to fifteen minutes.  As the body takes same the more often it will make for a great superficial circulation.

(Q)  Kidneys?
(A)  Toxic forces overactive in the kidneys.  Hence the very character and the nature of the Fumes - the combination of the Camphor and the Oil of Wintergreen.

Through the creating, then, of more active forces of a balance between the various FORMS OF elimination in the system.  Then we would create a stimulation to that of the excretory system, especially through the sweat glands.  These will be found then in those of the vapor baths, with the assistance of properties in that used as to make a vapor - of one-half a pint of water, use  teaspoonful wintergreen.  This will open the pores to such an extent that these will assist the lymphatic circulation in bringing the impurities through this portion of body in the manner that stimulates the system.

    At least once each week the body would have SWEAT baths; that is, those with such a cabinet that the heat from vapor may act with the whole of the surface of the body itself.  In such vapor there should be carried to the pint of water at least half a teaspoonful of Oil of Wintergreen.  This will act in the capacity of bringing to the capillary circulation a different reaction.  These, preferably then, we would see, would be taken on Wednesday or Thursday evenings.

    In the interim, or during these whole periods, we would have each evening the RUB along the whole cerebrospinal system with equal portions of Olive Oil, Tincture of Myrrh and Oil of Wintergreen.  Heat the Olive Oil and add the Myrrh, THEN add the Oil of Wintergreen.  Massage only what the body will absorb; not only in the spinal cord or center but those paralleling of the sympathetic nervous forces - for the body will absorb same.  And this will make for not only the enlivening of all centers along the cerebrospinal system but would extend more specifically over the brachial area and the lumbar area and along the limbs.


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