The Benefits of White Willow Bark

03/14/2016

 

White Willow is a species of willow native to Europe and western and central Asia. It has long been used in Europe and China as a natural remedy and is also mentioned in texts from ancient Egypt, Sumer, and Assyria. Willow bark has been used as a treatment for pain and fever in China since 500 BC. During the 1800’s European chemists extracted the substance salicin from white willow. It was soon purified into salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is an effective treatment for pain and fever, but it is also sufficiently irritating enough to even get rid of some annoying skin conditions.

Typically, medicinal willow bark is collected from young tree branches, 2-3 years of age, in the springtime.

Willow bark contains elements in it that act a lot like aspirin. It is used for pain, curing headaches, muscle pain, menstrual cramps, and some symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Its pain relieving potential has been recognized throughout history. Willow bark was used in the time of the Ancient Greek Hippocrates, and people were advised to chew on the bark to relieve pain and fever. Still today, all over the world, white willow bark is used to treat symptoms of the common cold, flue, and even for weight loss. Different kinds of willow trees are found all over the globe except for Antarctica and Australia.

We use white willow in our unique herbal blend because of all of its beneficial qualities and because of the bark shavings soft texture, a perfect addition to all our herbal pillow packs!

 

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