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WILLOW
(Salix alba - a.k.a. White Willow)

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WILLOW (Salix alba - a.k.a. White Willow)

Willow

DESCRIPTION: Willow contains a natural aspirin-like substance, salicylic acid. Due to the presence of tannins, which work to protect the digestive system, white willow does not cause stomach irritation, unlike aspirin. Willow comes from the willow tree, and its bark is used in medicines. Willow bark includes salicin, a chemical similar to aspirin.

POTENTIAL BENEFITS: Promotes proper inflammatory response. Soothes joint discomfort. Willow is used to treat pain, especially headaches, muscle pain and menstrual cramps. It also is used for treating fevers, the common cold and the flu.

POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS: Willow may upset your stomach and digestive system. It can also cause rashes and itching and allergic reactions to those who are allergic to aspirin. Do not use willow if you are breast-feeding. It may also increase the risk of more bleeding for those who have a bleeding disorder.

PARTS USED: Bark

GENERAL USAGE: Pain relief, treats fevers, colds, the flu. Used in bleeding, chills, corns, dandruff, eczema, fevers, flu, gout, headaches, heartburn, impotence, inflammation, nervousness, muscles pain, nervous conditions, ovarian pain, rheumatism, sexual depressant, ulcerations, worms and wounds.

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