white willow1 White Willow   Excellent Healing Herb For Pain ReliefCommon Name
White Willow

Other Known Names
Cartkins Willow, European Willow, Pussywillow, Willow, Withe Withy

Botanical Name
Salix alba

Whats it look like
Willows range in size from the statuesque weeping willow tree to plants barely 2 inches high. The many varieties of willow—close to 500—are now considered interchangeable for medicinal use. Its bark has a spicy scent and a bitter flavor.

The white willow tree is large with dark brown to gray bark and upward forming branches. The leaves are long and tapered and grow to about 4 inches. The blooms for males are yellow and females are greenish yellow and they have no stalks.

Native Habitat

What is it

What part of the plant is used
Bark, leaves


  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Expectorant
  • Antiseptic
  • Analgesic
  • Astringent

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Decoction: 1-2 teaspoons per cup of water
liquid extract: 10-60 drops 1-4 times per day

A normal dose of white willow may range from 6 to 12 gm a day


  • Bronchitis
  • Coughs
  • Headaches
  • Fevers
  • Rheumatism
  • Gout
  • Diarrhea
  • Dysentery
  • Neuralgia
  • Gastrointestinal distress
  • Pain

Cautions-Adverse Reactions-Side Effects
Do not take if you have a bleeding disorder

Drug interactions
Many drugs can interact with herbal remedies, so it is wise if you check with your physician before starting a new herb.
Do not take if on blood thinners
Do not take if on aspirin

Read about other healing herbs in the medicinal herb guide

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