WHITE WILLOW: “Potent Against Pain”
Fever, Inflammation, Menstrual Cramps Pain
Also Known As: Sallicin Willow
Aspirin is originally created from a chemical in white willow bark called salicin, which is named from the herb’s genus, Salix. White willow grew on the lovely banks of the Nile. The ancient Egyptians considered it a symbol of joy. In the Bible, the book of Leviticus 23:40, God commanded the Hebrews to celebrate the autumn harvest festival by setting up temporary shelters covered with willow boughs.
Soak 1 teaspoon of the powdered bark per cup of cold water for 8 hours. Strain infusion. Drink up to 3 cups a day. Add honey and lemon to mask bitter taste.
USE: (Grow Your Own)
White willows will grow in almost any type of garden soil under full sun. Purchase samplings at nurseries or they can be propagated from their first year branches. Do not transplant herb. They grow quickly and must be pruned often. Harvest the bark from the older branches when pruning.
Do not use this herb if you suffer from gastritis or ulcers. Children suffering with a cold, flu or chicken pox should avoid taking white willow because of its aspirin associated properties.