White Willow: here is all the useful information to enjoy the analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antineuralgic, antipyretic and antirheumatic properties of this extraordinary plant.
The white willow is a widespread plant in Europe, western Asia and North Africa; it grows preferably along rivers and in humid places.
The therapeutic use of white willow; in the form of infusion, tincture, macerated bark etc. has very ancient origins. The active principles of the willow are extracted from its bark; the plant must be at least three years old. Its bark, in fact, has analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antineuralgic, antipyretic and antirheumatic properties; the salicin present in it is transformed into salicylic acid by our body.
Salicylic acid is one of the active ingredients of acetylsalicylic acid, that is, aspirin. The bark, taken in the form of infusions or dry extract, can therefore prove to be a powerful natural aspirin. It is particularly suitable for relieving fever, pain caused by the menstrual cycle, to combat headaches and hot flashes and, in general, to soothe the ailments associated with excessive humidity. In fact, it has also proved effective for the treatment of painful and inflammatory conditions such as rheumatic pain, arthritis and tendonitis.
White willow, uses for health
In particular, the white willow bark contains: salicin, populin, salicylic alcohol, aldehydes, acids, aromatics, flavonoids, tannins and is rich in vitamin C. In this page we will show you some cases in which the white willow can prove to be really useful
Against flu states
Salicylic acid has an antipyretic action and is therefore effective in lowering body temperature. To take advantage of the therapeutic effects of white willow, we can resort to an infusion. Just put two teaspoons of bark in 200ml of boiling water and leave to infuse for at least 10 minutes.
The drink can be consumed 2-3 times a day, ie no more than three days. Alternatively, we can also take white willow in capsule form; just take two a day in case of flu. It should be noted that before resorting to the aforementioned remedies, it is advisable to consult your doctor especially if you are dealing with rather worrying ailments.
As already mentioned, the white willow has strong analgesic properties; it proves effective, in fact, in relieving the pain caused by headaches. We can resort to the same remedy suggested in the previous paragraph.
In addition to white willow bark, on the market we find bark powders or both dry and liquid extracts. In any case, it is good to be careful not to exceed 240 mg of salicin per day (and 120 mg per single dose) to avoid unwanted effects.
The principles contained in the white willow bark can lower the inflammations, present in the uterine lining, which cause the classic menstrual pain. The infusion of white willow is also very suitable for combating other pains typical of the menstrual cycle such as back pain, cramps, pain in the lower limbs and headaches.
To counteract the undesirable effects of the menstrual period we can make a preparation based on white willow; just pour a tablespoon of white willow bark in 250 ml of hot water. Leave to rest for at least 5 minutes, filter and sweeten, if you prefer, with organic honey. Take this infusion for about 4 days, starting two days before your period arrives.
Due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, the white willow bark is also indicated against toothache. In this case, it will be sufficient to chew a little bit of bark where there is greater pain or drink an infusion of bark.
It is possible to gargle with the infusion to soothe the pain in the tooth or rub a little powder on the painful area.
Against back pain
Back pain can also be countered by the analgesic action of the white willow; just take it in tablet form respecting the instructions on the label
We can have the same effect to soothe other types of muscle and joint pain such as carpal tunnel.
As for external use, willow can be used both in cream and lotion for the treatment of acne, dandruff and dermatitis as well as warts, calluses and corns.
White Willow, contraindications
The natural remedies based on willow, cannot be taken by people who perform anticoagulant therapies, due to its antiplatelet effect. It should be taken with caution by those allergic to salicylates and therefore to aspirin and by pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Don't overdo the quantities; improper use can cause gastrointestinal disturbances such as heartburn and abdominal pain. Salicylic acid can also amplify the side effects caused by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and anticoagulants. It can decrease the effect of sedatives, barbiturates, ACE inhibitors, methotrexate and antidiabetic drugs. White willow extracts are not recommended for children and teenagers under 18.
Where to buy the white willow
The white willow is available in herbal medicine; we find it in different forms: in the form of bark, capsules, tablets, powder, tea or tincture. Alternatively we can buy it online. For more information, please refer to the official Amazon page: White Willow-based food supplement