White Willow is also known as Sandbar Willow, Narrow Leaf Willow, Dusky Willow, and Gray Willow. Willow bark comes from the willow tree of the Salix species. The bark contains salicin, a compound similar to aspirin. The herbal extract has long been used in native and folk medicine to relieve pain, inflammation, and fever. This tree is native to Europe and Central Asia and has been in use as a medicinal element for nearly 5,000 years.

In the late 1800’s, chemists discovered a way to make a synthetic form of salicylic acid, called acetylsalicylic acid, which we today know as aspirin. In 1899, the Bayer company began manufacturing and selling a modified form of the willow bark chemical acetylsalicylic acid, or aspirin. This first of the modern miracle medicines has been a mainstay in the treatment of joint pain ever since. It normally comes prepared as a dried herb, powder or tincture. However, on the other hand it can be made into a tea, by infusing in boiling water for 10 minutes as well.

May be useful for the following conditions:

 

1. Headaches

2. Low Back Pain

3. Osteoarthritis

4. Menstrual Cramps

5. Flu

6. Tendinitis

7. Fever

8. Skin Health

9. Heart Health

Most importantly, it is recommended that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications. As a result, willow bark is considered safe for short-term use. There are no guidelines directing the appropriate use of willow bark. In conclusion, oral doses of up to 400 mg per day are considered safe and effective for the short-term treatment of muscle or joint pain.

Common side-effects might include:

 

  1. stomach upsets
  2. increased blood pressure
  3. allergic reactions.