The Willow tree is often cited as one of nature’s greatest gifts to man because its bark contains the glucoside salicin, an effective painkiller. The bark of Willow contains salicin which is related to aspirin from which acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin) was first derived. The Salicin is excreted in the urine as salicylic acid and related compounds. This ability renders this tea useful for kidney; urethra and bladder irritability’s and acts as an analgesic to those tissues. Willow has an ageless reputation for reducing inflammation, and working as an astringent. White willow bark was the first aspirin-like substance. When synthetic (OTC) aspirin is taken internally, it can cause the stomach to bleed. With natural white willow bark, this valuable nerve sedative can have the same benefits of aspirin, without hemorrhaging blood through the stomach walls each time it is taken. It is estimated that a person will lose one to two teaspoons of blood each time aspirin is taken. Willow is used to reduce fevers; minor aches and pains of the body as it works on inflammation; is an excellent source of magnesium; helps to calm the nerves; and may be used for first-aid (wounds and abrasions).
White Willow Bark (Salix alba),
- Primary Uses: Here are a few of the ailments White WIllow Bark can provide relief for: • Eczema • Fevers • Headaches • Inflammation (joints) • Nervousness • UTI/Painful Urination • Rheumatism • Ulcerations • Wounds