Herb of the Day: White Willow


Willow (Salicaceae)

Parts used: Bark

White willow tree

White willow bark (from the white willow tree and other closely related species) has been used for thousands of years as an herbal remedy. The tree is native to Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. The herb is extremely helpful as a nerve sedative, reducing fevers and inflammation. It was the original component of aspirin until a chemical component was substituted.

The major difference between modern day aspirin and white willow bark is that white willow doesn’t tend to affect the stomach adversely like aspirin does. It’s an analgesic, fever reducer, anti-rheumatic and an astringent. It is often used to help internal bleeding, ulcerated wounds and eczema.

Uses:

Bleeding, chills, corns, dandruff, diarrhea, dysentery, earache, eczema, fever, flu, gout, hay fever, headache, heartburn, impotence, infection, inflammation, nervousness, neuralgia, night sweats, ovarian pain, pain, rheumatism, sex depressant, tonsillitis, ulceration, worms, wounds

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