White Willow Benefits & Information

Latin Name

Salix alba


Central & Southern Europe

Parts Used

White Willow Bark

Traditional Use and Health Benefits

White Willow Bark has a long history of use as a pain relief treatment. It is the chemical constituent Salicylic acid that is extracted and used to make Aspirin. So it is this phyto-chemical that gives White Willow Bark its Analgesic properties.

White Willow Bark has these actions:
Immune Boosting
Prevention of stroke and heart disease

Tension Headaches
Lower Back-pain
Arthritis pain: Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Inflamed joints, swelling and pain
PMS, menstrual cramps
Flu, Common Cold, fever

Typical Use

White Willow Bark Powder can be made into a tea, by infusing in boiling water for 10 minutes.
Suggested dosage 1-2 tsp of herbal powder per 1 cup of boiling water up to 3 x per day. Do not exceed suggested dose.

Tincture: Take 2 - 4 ml, up to 4 times per day.

Folklore and History

White Willow Bark has a history of medicinal use reaching back to ancient Greece & Egypt. However the active ingredient Salicin was identified in 1829, and used to develop the drug Aspirin.

White Willow

Apigenin, beta-carotene, catechin, lignin, rutin, salicin, salicylic acid, tannin, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, B-vitamins, and Vitamin C.