The Winter’s bark or canelo (Drymis winteri ) is an endemic Chilean tree from Valdivia temperate rainforest. The leaves are lanceolate, glossy green above, whitish below and can measure up to 20 cm (8 in). The flowers are white with a yellow center, and comprise a great number of petals and stamens. The fruit is a bluish berry.
When Sir Francis Drake sailed round the world in 1577-80, of the four ships accompanying the Golden Hind at the outset, the only ship that successfully rounded Cape Horn with him was the Elizabeth, captained by John Winter; the two ships separated in a storm and Winter turned back. Presumably he had sickness on board, for he sent a boat ashore to search out medicinal herbs. He returned in 1579 with a supply of Drimys bark, and for centuries before vitamin C was isolated, “Winter’s Bark” was esteemed as a preventive and remedy for scurvy — correctly so, for an infusion of D. winteri sustained Captain James Cook and his crew in the South Pacific, and the naturalist accompanying his voyage of exploration, Johann Reinhold Forster , was the first to officially describe and name D. winteri.
Primary medical activities
Disinfectant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, fungicide and skin infections properties.
Traditionally used in herbal medicine by the Mapuches and other native in Chile. For the treatment of wounds, cuts, scrapes, abrasions, fungal rash, athletes foot, and hot spots to speed healing and reduce the chance of infection.
Find it in our product Winter’s bark, Relief salve!
Suitable for dogs and humans.