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Latin (botanical) name: Salix alba
Common names: White Willow, Cricket Bat Willow, Pussy Willow
Plant Description: A deciduous tree, the White Willow is generally found along stream banks, shores, and fertile woods in England, North Africa, parts of Asia, and northern, temperature parts of North America. The White Willow is a large tree, growing as high as 75 feet. It is covered with a with a rough gray bark with very brittle twigs at the base. The leaves of the White Willow are alternate, long and thin, finely serrate, and covered with short hairs. It flowers between March and June.
Medicinal Properties &Uses: Willows have been used for centuries for pain relief and fever reduction. It has a natural salicyclic acid in the leaves, very similar to aspirin. This compound salicin, however, does not have any of the adverse side effects of aspirin such as intestinal upset or bleeding in the stomach, because the Willow does not block prostaglandins in the stomach or intestines. White Willow Bark is considered tonic, antiperiodic, and astringent. It is effective in treating dyspepsia, in healing after acute illness, and in chronic diarrhea and dysentery. Additionally, White Willow Bark is valuable in alleviating pain from rheumatism, neuralgia, arthritis, gout, angina, and headache.
Dosage: 30-60 drops in water or juice, 2-3 times daily or as needed. Shake well before using.
Cautions & Interactions: Keep out of reach of children.
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