Tall and beautiful, White Willow trees- or Salix alba- grow in many places around the world. They adorn our yards, our forests, and our parks. Little do most know, the bark of of the White Willow tree has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy. In fact, it was this bark that inspired the creation of the first aspirin for a pain reliever. Indigenous and native people groups worldwide have documented use of this amazing bark, even Hippocrates studied and used this herb. Today herbalists use it internally and topically.
Traditional Herbal Uses of White Willow Bark:
- Pain Relief
- Blood thinner
- And more!
Harvesting White Willow Bark
The bark is harvested from young branches of the White Willow tree. Bark is never harvested from the main trunk of the tree as this can damage trees long term. Trees two to three years old are ideal for harvesting. Bark is best harvested in the spring or summer when sap is flowing for ease of harvest. It peels off in layers and is surprisingly easy to harvest. The bark can be dried for future use or used fresh. Leaves are also used in some herbal remedies. Fun fact- bark from one-year-old trees can be used for basket weaving as well!
Herbal Remedies with White Willow Bark
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Caution should be used by those who have sensitivities to aspirin. Individuals with blood clotting or bleeding disorders/issues should always consult with a healthcare practitioner before using White Willow. This herb should never be used before surgery, dental surgery, or childbirth. There are many medications which can be contraindicated or conflict with white willow. Always check with a trusted healthcare provider before beginning any herbal remedy.
TriLight Health employees are not licensed practitioners and cannot prescribe which products you should use. Our comments are educational. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please see our pregnancy safe section. As with all our formulas, especially if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, please consult your health care practitioner before using products with any other medications. *Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.