Salix Alba – White Willow.
Today I am making white willow herbal water in my home still to create a topical healing lotion (& will use the leftover water as a toner for my face as well as a rash salve for my youngest child).
Hippocrates, the Greek physician wrote about a bitter powder extracted from willow bark that could ease pain and reduce fevers. Use of white willow has been traced to China in 500 BC and ancient Egypt.
White Willow (Salix Alba) is anti-rheumatic, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiseptic, and astringent. It is used mostly to cool fever & relieve pain. Willow contains high levels of salicin / acetylsalicylic acid, which inspired the creation of aspirin in the late 1800’s.
White willow’s analgesic effects are slower acting than aspirin, but have longer lasting results. Willow leaves can also be chewed raw if immediate pain relief is needed.
Willow bark & leaves are excellent remedy for fevers, chills, arthritis, rheumatism, digestive problems, colic, acne, dandruff, infection, inflammation, and bursitis.
White willow combines well with other herbs and often acts to boost their effectiveness as some herbal combinations create a synergy that becomes more potent than any herb taken alone.
Due to a high level of tannins, willow may help some gastrointestinal conditions. It is sometimes used as a mild digestive stimulant in the treatment of stomach problems.
* Willow should be used with precautions. It is best to consult an herbalist or health practitioner before using plant medicine. Always use common sense & start with small doses, observing their effects. Always consult with a physician before using any herbal remedy.