White Willow Bark organic - Also known as- Salix alba, Willow and Willow bark. Native to North America, northern Asia, and much of Africa, the white willow is a low-growing deciduous tree bearing long, green, tapering leaves and catkins in spring. Constituents: Salicin, tannins.
Why do people use white willow bark? White willow bark is used for conditions that cause pain, inflammation, or fever, such as:
Acute back pain
People take white willow bark instead of aspirin because it does not appear to be as irritating to the stomach lining. It may be because the salicin found naturally in white willow bark is only converted to the acid form after it is absorbed by the stomach. Researchers have also suggested that white willow bark is more effective than aspirin because of other active compounds that are found in the bark but not the drug. The bark and bark powder is most commonly used in tea preparations.
Make Your Own White Willow Bark Tea!
Start by adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of white willow bark to 8 ounces of water. Allow this to boil for about 5 to 10 minutes. Once it has boiled, turn off the heat and allow it to steep between 20 and 30 minutes. You will notice the herbs drop down to the bottom of the pan. Strain the tea from the bark and flavor to taste with stevia, honey, cinnamon, lemon, etc.
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Because white willow bark contains salicylates, the same precautions as aspirin should be taken until research has shown otherwise. The following people should not take white willow bark:
People with an aspirin allergy or sensitivity.
People with peptic ulcer disease or kidney disease.
The herbs ginkgo, vitamin E, and garlic may increase the risk of bleeding if combined with white willow.
People with hyperuricemia, gout, and asthma.
Children and teenagers, especially with flu-like symptoms, chicken pox, or Reye's syndrome.
Pregnant or nursing women.
White willow bark should be avoided two weeks before or after surgery.