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Health Information

White Willow

(Salix alba) 

Description

White willow is a pain reliever. It contains salicin and salicylic acid. It also reduces fever and inflammation, which are produced by the body in response to injuries. It is good for headaches, backaches, nerve pain, tooth ache and other injuries.

How It May Benefit You

Take internally for: 

  •  gout

  • minor muscle strains

  • menstrual cramps

  • headache

  • fever, aches and pains

  • pain and inflammation of arthritis.

Apply externally for: 

  • sores and burns, 

  • pain and inflammation of arthritis. 

Caution

Upset stomach, nausea, or ringing in the ears may result.

Children under the age of 16 should not use white willow if they have a cold, influenza, or other viral illness. 

Using salicylates may cause Reye's syndrome, a potentially fatal condition.

Individuals with ulcers or other stomach problems should use white willow with caution, because it can worsen stomach ills. 

It also may interfere with the absorption of iron and other minerals when taken internally.

WARNING:    Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.

Availability

Available as dried bark, tincture, tea, and capsules