White Willow Benefits

White Willow
Latin Name

Salix alba

Origin

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:
Analgesic
Anti-septic
Anti-inflammatory
Anti-Oxidant
Immune Boosting
Prevention of stroke and heart disease

Benefits:
Tension Headaches
Migraine
Toothaches
Lower Back-pain
Arthritis pain: Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
Bursitis
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
Constituents

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

Precautions

Do not take if pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not take if allergic to Aspirin.
If you are taking herbs such as Ginkgo and Garlic, or any Diuretics, Platelet Inhibitors, Anticoagulants or are on any medication that contains Bismuth Subsalicylates, Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS), Metoclopramide, and Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors, you should not take Willow Bark in any form.