Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, reduces fever, anti-rheumatic, astringent. White willow is the original source of salycilic acid, the forerunner of aspirin. Extremely effective for reducing joint, hip, and back pain caused by rheumatism and arthritis. In combination with other herbs and dietary changes, it relieves inflammation and swelling, and improves mobility in painful, creaky joints. Also used to manage high fevers and may be used to ease headaches. White willow assists during menopause by reducing sweating during hot flashes and night sweats.
Activated charcoal powder, made from kiln burned white willow logs, has long been recommended as an efficient antidote for prescription and over-the-counter drug poisonings, diarrhea, gas, heartburn and other general gastrointestinal distress. Stir one tablespoonful of charcoal powder, one teaspoonful of powdered ginger root, and 1/2 teaspoon white sugar in one large glass distilled water and drink. Repeat as necessary.
Past uses – White willow is astringent and was formerly used to staunch internal bleeding. In his herbal (1652), Nicholas Culpeper advised that the burnt ashes of the bark be “mixed with vinegar, [to] take away warts, corns and superfluous flesh.”
Joint remedy – White willow is an excellent remedy for arthritic and rheumatic pain affecting the back, and joints such as the knees and hips. In combination with other herbs and dietary changes, white willow relieves inflammation and swelling, and improves mobility in painful or creaky joints. Though aspirin-based conventional medicines are stronger acting, they can have unwanted side effects.
Fevers & pain – White willow is taken to manage high fevers. White willow may also be used to ease headaches and head pain.
Menopause – By reducing sweating, white willow helps hot flashes and night sweats.
Other Uses – Osteoarthritis