White Willow Bark
White Willow Bark is known as the Natures Aspirin in the herbal world. It’s constituents include salicin which is metabolized into salicylic acid in the human body. It is the active ingredient that is in the over the counter aspirin that we find in stores today, but in the aspirin we all know to be our go to headache reliever we find that the same constituents that we find in white willow bark are only synthesized and or “replicated” into a similar component called acetylsalicylic acid. So essentially, it has been man made and it is entirely synthetic.
However, there is far less salicin in white willow bark than there is in aspirin. In fact, this means that another constituent in white willow bark is responsible for pain-relief as well. It is the complexity of its synergistic nature that makes it work as a pain reliever. Although it takes a little longer to reach its pain relief peak, its over all effect seems to last much longer than that of an aspirin. Not only can you expect the same relief like that of aspirin, but you notice that white willow bark is much gentler on the stomach. and has been known to alleviate pain from headaches, rheumatoid arteritis, and muscle pain.
Now, in this case I am not bashing allopathic medicine, but if you can avoid taking over the counter medication when it is not entirely an emergency, then try to reach for something a little less harsh. White Willow Bark is mostly known to help take away the pain caused by headaches but it can also be used to alleviate pain from Rheumatoid arthritis and muscle cramping. Allopathic medicine has done amazing miracles in helping those who truly needed it in emergencies, but we cannot expect to depend on allopathic medicine in our everyday lives, not only because it could lose its effectiveness over time but because it takes a toll on our bodies and their organ functions.
Unlike aspirin, white willow bark can be used long-term if needed. It is not recommended for breastfeeding or pregnant women or for a child with a high fever as this indicates an infection. Anyone who is allergic to Aspirin should try and avoid taking white willow bark as an alternative due to some of its similar active components.
What do I recommend?
If your thinking of trying a white willow bark tincture for your next headache relief I recommend using this non-alcoholic brand. However if your not looking to avoid alcohol you can try this tincture by Herb Pharm. I really like using Herb Pharm because their products are always of great quality. I have never been disappointed by their tinctures.
If your looking for capsule form, this brand has shown to help many people in time of need. Lastly, of course, there is always the option of making your own tincture. I recommend using this brand of dried herb for your tinctures. I have used frontier for herbs plenty of times in the past for my syrup and tincture ingredients.
How to make your own tincture of White Willow Bark:
Recommend tincture steeping ratio. 1:5
1oz herb to 5oz of alcohol for dried herb in about (50%) alcohol. (amount of herb can be adjusted accordingly).
Place 1oz of herb in a jar with 5oz of alcohol.
Put in a cool dark place for 4-6 weeks; shake when you can remember.
This article was written for information only and was not written with the intention to treat or cure and diseases.
Thank you and happy healing my friends. ❤