White Willow – also Weeping Willow – is one of around 400 species of deciduous trees and shrubs in the willow family found in Europe, as well as Western and Central Asia.
White Willow has been a primary source of pain relief for centuries, but it wasn’t until relatively recently that this palliative wonder of nature gained global recognition for its inherent healing properties.
Indeed, used naturally for centuries – by Hippocrates and many others in Europe and China – to relieve aches, pains and fevers, it wasn’t until 1829 that scientists finally isolated the active ingredient in Willow Bark that would later become the globally branded cure-all, Aspirin.
But despite the success of the new wonder drug, more and more people today are once again preferring to reap the benefits of Willow’s pain-relieving properties naturally, and are finding that a tea made from White Willow Bark is equally effective and, more pertinently, it’s less brutal on the stomach lining.
For this reason herbalists today recommend White Willow Bark as a natural remedy for a range of pain-related conditions, from headaches, infections and fevers to arthritis, rheumatism, back pain and inflammation.
Also for migraine, neuralgia, fibromyalgia, toothache and even post-surgical pain.
Of note is that Aspirin is today also recommended for its blood-thinning properties and thus in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes. In this regard White Willow Bark could have the same effect, but without the added risk of inducing stomach ulcers and haemorrhaging.
To make a tea: Use 1-2 teaspoons of Earthfare Organic White Willow Bark to a cup of boiling water and allow to brew for 10-15 minutes before drinking.
For further information on the properties and use of White Willow Bark we suggest you consult a qualified herbal or medical practitioner.