White Willow Bark organic
Also known as
Salix alba, Willow and Willow bark.
Native to Europe, the white willow is a low-growing deciduous tree bearing long, green, tapering leaves and catkins in the spring. The bark is stripped from young trees in the spring for use in herbal medicines.
The conversion of willow bark to aspirin began in 1828 when German chemist Felix Hoffmann isolated the active ingredient and named it salicin. In 1899, the Bayer company began manufacturing and selling a modified form of the willow bark chemical salicylic acid, synthesizing it into aspirin. This first of the modern miracle medicines has been a mainstay in the treatment of joint pain ever since.
Most commonly used in tea preparations, and equally convenient as a capsule or extract. Also used to make lozenges, and salicin tablets.
White willow bark is approved by the German Commission E in supporting joint health, as well as for alleviating occasional headaches in healthy individuals. It is traditionally used as an all-purpose pain reliever and anti-inflammatory.
Medical Herbalism by David Hoffmann pg. 579
Native American herbal medicine used willow bark to diminish sexual desire. Long-term, daily use of willow bark will reduce sexual desire, although it will not alter sexual performance in either men or women. Do not use willow bark if you are allergic to aspirin, and do not give willow bark to a child under sixteen years of age who has symptoms of any kind of viral infection, especially flu or chickenpox.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.