3 Things to Know About White Willow Bark

3 Things to Know About White Willow Bark

This is my third blog post about non-drug remedies that have been useful for me, and may be of interest to readers.

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I had countless headaches as a child. In college I finally saw a Neurologist who said, “Yes, you have migraines.” Migraines often run in families, and I inherited lovely, searing headaches.

Growing up in the 1970’s, it was a little more lax. Now we don’t give aspirin to children due to the risk of Reye’s Syndrome, but back then we took orange flavored aspirin tablets even as little kids. As I aged I usually had to have some sort of over the counter pain medication available such as aspirin, tylenol, or ibuprofen. In college I looked for other ways to help with pain and found White Willow Bark tea in the aisle of our local food co-op. A million things I tried for headaches didn’t work, but White Willow Bark tea worked. Hooray!

Phytochemical and Nutrient Content

Phytochemicals: Beta-Carotene, beta-sitosterol, catechin, gallic acid, pectin, quercetin, qquercitrin, tannin. Nutrients: Calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and C.

Actions and Uses

Relieves pain. Good for allergies, headache, backache, nerve pain, joint pain, inflammation, menstrual cramps, toothache, and injuries. For backache, use of white willow allowed for a reduction in the use of medications such as for pain.

Contains compounds from which aspirin was derived.

Caution: not recommended for use during pregnancy.May interfere with absorption of iron and other minerals when taken internally. Should not be used by people who are allergic to aspirin. (And here I’d add a giant ‘do not take this along with medications used to thin the blood.”)

(From Prescription for Nutritional Healing by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC)

Have you used White Willow Bark with any success? Please leave a message below and tell us what it was like for you.

-E.R.