This month's herb is: White Willow Bark
White Willow Bark's scientific name is Salix alba.
This tree (herb) has been around since ancient Egypt. The Greek physician Hippocrates (circa A.D. 60) used it to treat pain and fevers. In 1838, Rafaele Pira prepared the first pure form of salicylic acid. People were known to chew on the leaves or inner bark of the Willow. In the mid-1700's the bark became popular in colonial America as a fever treatment. Salicin was officially added to the U.S. Pharmacopoeia from 1882 to 1926. White Willow Bark contains salicin which is coverted to salicylic acid in the body. Not all aspirins are created equal. Pharmaceutical aspirin contains a synthetic form of salicylic acid, called acetylsalicylic acid. The University of Maryland Medical Center stated that while it may take a little longer to work, it is longer lasting in the body.
Herbalists use White Willow Bark to treat what aspirin and ibuprofen do naturally. It is nature's original aspirin!
You can find White Will Bark in my shop, "Natural Remedies & Natural Cures" under "Tinctures".
Caution: This is not intended for children under 17 years of age due to possible Reye's Syndrome. Do not take if you are on blood thinners. This may cause stomach irritation in some people.
Here's to your Health & Wellness!