White Willow (Salix Alba)

White Willow bark throughout history has been used to relieve pain. When used properly, this herb gives similar results to common aspirin.

The bark of the White Willow contains salicin which produces anti-inflammatory effects on the human body.  Additionally, the bark contains flavonoids and polyphenols that have antioxidant, antiseptic, immune-boosting, and fever-reducing properties.  Salacin is the historical origin of the over-the-counter drug, aspirin.

In ancient times, people suffering from pain or inflammation would chew on pieces of white willow bark, slowly releasing the natural pain-killing component into their systems.  The famed Greek physician, Hippocrates, would grind the bark into a powder and prescribe it for pain and to reduce fever.

Our current list of uses for White Willow bark, even in our modern world, seems to be endless.  It’s used for general pain treatments, including sore muscles and general body aches.  The bark is also used for toothache pain, bursitis (swelling around the joints), carpal tunnels, and treating sciatica pain. It’s especially useful for treating sinus headaches and as a bonus, it’s less likely to lead to an upset stomach when compared to other pain relievers.

Many females who suffer from severe menstrual symptoms or heavy periods use white willow bark to reduce pain and unnecessary stress hormones in their body. Its relaxing properties are especially good in these cases because they can aid in re-balancing hormones in the body of a woman.

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