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In 1838, chemists identified salicylic acid in the Bark of White Willow; and after many years it was synthesized as acetylicyclic acid, now known as aspirin. Native to North America, northern Asia and Africa, the Willow is a low deciduous tree with long, green, tapering leaves. In the spring the Willow bears catkins, and the Bark is stripped from the new trees.
Indiginous North Americans used Willow Bark long before any of the Explorers arrived in North America. The herbal tea has been used in traditional medicine to relieve pain, inflammation and fever. Works well for pain in muscles and joints.
Willow Bark extract can be found as an ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products due to its astringent, anti-inflammatory and soothing properties.
The taste and energetics of Willow are bitter and drying. It has a cooling effect on the body and tissues. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the organs affected are the heart and small intestines and have a yin effect. In Ayurvedic medicine the energy is cool, dry and light.
Willow Bark has an affinity for the circulation, muscles, blood and nervous system.
1 teaspoon of Willow Bark to one cup of boiling water. Simmer for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day.
Cautions & contraindications:
Do not use if you have allergies to aspirin.Do not use on children or adolescents with viral infections. If you are pregnant or breast feeding consult with your health practitioner. Willow Bark may slow blood clotting and prolong bleeding time, so consult your health practitioner if you are taking pharmaceutical drugs.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.