Plants and Health

Willow bark: properties, virtues and benefits


What are these properties? What is its impact on the body? How to get the benefits?

Its fruits come in the form of capsules of elongated shape, but very often it is thebarkof his tree which is used in herbal medicine. Still considered the symbol of immortality in the Far East, especially in Tibet where it is the tree of life, the willow has medicinal properties.

Often called white willow, "White wicker", "pike perch", or "silver willow", the scientific name for willow is "Salix Alba ”.

It is a tree that grows in wetlands.

White willow, for the record ...

Although it is very bitter, willow barkhas long served make breadin the Nordic countries. Indeed, the people cooked it in 2 waters, then dried it and then reduced it to powder. This was then introduced in tiny quantities into the bread dough.

For nearly 3 millennia, the willowallowed to relieve joint pain and do lower fever. During the Middle Ages,the willow would have been effective against the vomiting and the warts. It was not until 1829 that the French pharmacist Leroux discovered and isolated the active ingredientwillow bark whose effects are similar to those of aspirin.

It is then the beginning of a long history between the bark and the human being. His benefitson the body are no longer to be demonstrated: in infusions, decoctions, ... etc are very efficientto overcome many ailments and disorders.

Benefits of white willow bark

Salicylic acid is the main property of willow bark. This is why it is considered to be plant aspirin.

Thanks to its effects analgesicsand anti-inflammatory, phytotherapists recommend this bark in the treatment of inflammatory painand articular(rheumatism, arthrosis), and lower back pain.

To benefit from it, the dried bark of young twigs of 2-3 years old should be taken, tisane or decoction.

His febrifuge propertiesmake it efficient to do lower fever, the influenza, for relieve headaches, ofteethand the painful periods.

Using white willow bark

To get the most benefits from willow bark, experts recommend taking it as a tea, decoction or tincture.

To prepare one decoction, simply :

  • Throw 20g of the bark in 1 liter of water,
  • Boil everything for 5 min.
  • Then let it steep for 10 minutes and take it 3 times a day.
  • Do not exceed ¼ liter to ½ liter per day.

In infusion, boil 2 to 3 g of barkin 1 cup of water. Drink it at every meal.

To relieve rheumatism, the tincture is also effective. It would then be necessary to put in water, ½ tsp. of tincture and take it 3 times a day.

Smart tip

Willow bark is not recommended for people with hyperacidity, stomach or duodenal ulcers, kidney failure, people prone to bleeding, asthmatics, and pregnant and lactating women.

This barkis also a anaphrodisiac. It is recommended not to combine the taking of a willow bark preparation with other medicines and notify your doctor in the event of treatment.

Video: Survival Medicine - Willow Bark (October 2020).