Methyl Salicylate, C,H 4 (OH) CO 2 CH 31 found in oil of wintergreen, in the oil of Viola tricolor and in the root of varieties of Polygala, is a pleasant-smelling liquid which boils at 222° C. On passing dry ammonia into the boiling ester, it gives salicylamide and dimethylamine.
Blue flag, snake root, ginseng, lobelia, tansy, wormwood, wintergreen, pleurisy root, plantain, burdock, sarsaparilla and horehound are among its medicinal plants.
chickweed wintergreen will be in flower through to August.
Species include serrated wintergreen Orthilia secunda and creeping lady's-tresses Goodyera repens.
The next morning, I pour off (and drink) the wintergreen flavored tea, leaving the twigs in the jar.