White Willow Bark Powder
Botanical Name - Salix alba
Other Names - Willow, Salicin Willow, European willow
Origin - Bulgaria
Flavor Profile - Slightly bitter, which is why the powdered bark is usually encapsulated.
Culinary Usages - Encapsulate as a dietary supplement.
Cosmetic Usages - Infuse in oil for use in topical salves, balms and ointments.
For centuries the white willow bark has been used as an analgesic. In fact, there is recorded evidence that the herb was used for this purpose in China as early as 500 B.C. Native Americans commonly stripped the inner white pith of the bark to make topical ointments. White willow bark contains various tannins and a chemical called salicin, a precursor to acetylsalicylic acid that is more commonly known as aspirin. Powdered white willow bark is usually encapsulated, but can also be used to produce salves and ointments.
Precautions - Do not use if allergic to aspirin or other salicylate-containing drugs. Do not administer to children or adolescents with viral infections due to the possibility of Reye's syndrome.
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