White Willow (Salix Alba)

Benefits Of White WillowWhite Willow (Salix Alba) is a tree commonly found in the moderate climate areas throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North America. White willow is a member of willow family, along with black willow, violet willow, purple willow, crack willow, etc. The properties and benefits of willow bark have been known since the times of ancient epochs. In particular, white willow bark was used in Ancient Greece and Egypt as a good antiseptic. In the Traditional Chinese medicine white willow bark and herbal preparations with it were known as great herbal remedies to treat fever and relieve pains. In the beginning of the 19th century, it was discovered that willow bark is high in salicin, acting similarly to aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid), making this medicinal plant a good natural antibiotic.

Other active ingredients of white willow bark include flavonoids, tannins, catechins, and glycosides. Astringent, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, immune boosting, and antiseptic properties are among the most commonly used health benefits of white willow bark. It was found out that most of the mentioned effects of this natural remedy are usually slower to come, however, they last longer compared to the effects of aspirin and other popular pharmaceuticals. White willow bark can be recommended and used in the forms of herbal extracts, tinctures, powder herb capsules and pills, or herbal tea (steeping 1-2 teaspoon of bark pieces in 8 oz of boiling water for 20-25 minutes). Consult your health care specialist in order to find out daily dosage of this natural remedy for you.

There are a great number of health conditions and ailment to be treated and relieved by using willow bark benefits. Check out the list below to learn more about medicinal uses of white willow bark.

  • White Willow BarkAs a natural aspirin, white willow bark can be used as a natural remedy to relieve the symptoms of cold, flu, and other related diseases. In particular, it can be a great solution to reduce fever and treat headaches.
  • By drinking 1-2 cups of white willow bark tea, it is possible to relieve chronic migraines and prevent migraine attacks. According to the findings of the experts at the University of Maryland Medical Center and at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, white willow bark remedies have very gentle and very lasting effects, so this natural treatment can be used even for children.
  • Analgesic benefits of white willow make it a great natural treatment for a variety of pains. In particular, it can be used to calm down toothache by chewing on a small piece of white willow bark.
  • This is a very good natural remedy to treating lower back pains. According to the experts at The University of Maryland Medical Center, taking 230-245 mg of salicin a day can have great effects and assist in lower back pain relieving.
  • Health benefits of white willow include amazing effects of this natural solution on those who suffer from arthritis pains. Double action of this remedy includes relieving pains as a natural painkiller, as well as reducing inflammation as a natural anti-inflammatory agent.
  • Consuming 1-2 cups of white willow bark tea is considered a great solution to reduce the risks of heart attack, a stroke, elevated blood pressure, and other related cardiovascular conditions.
  • Willow bark extract is very high in natural salicin, making this extract one of the best herbal remedies for osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, etc. According to the findings of a study in Germany, taking as much as 240 mg of natural salicin can reduce osteoarthritis risks up to 14 per cent.
  • Natural anti-spasmodic health benefits of willow bark assist in combating all kinds of cramps, starting from menstrual cramps and ending up with stomach cramps.
  • White willow bark can be used by all women to relieve painful periods, headaches, leg aches, and all other symptoms of PMS.
  • Using white willow bark infusion can be helpful to speed up healing wounds, cuts, burns, sores, and other sorts of skin damage.
  • It is a great natural remedy to treating bursitis, gout, lupus, inflamed gums, etc.
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