Yes, Tas, that plant has several names : (Gaultheria Procumbens) aka
Periwinkle, Spice Berry, Deerberry, Teaberry, as well as
Checkerberry. Common in woods and clearings from eastern Canada
southward to the Gulf states, thriving only in partial shade. It is
diuretic and believed by some to have a peculiarly beneficial action
in indicated condition.
Small doses stimulate the stomach, large doses have the oppposite
effect and cause vomiting. It is an old time remedy. Dose: A
teaspoonful of the plant, cut small or granulated, to a cup of
boiling water. Drink cold, one cupful during the day, a large
mouthful at a time; of the tincture, 5 to 20 min. Thus sayeth The
That birch tree I mentioned earlier also produces oil of wintergreen.
As you can see, the stuff may smell and feel fierce in the undiluted
form, but is not poisonous.