The effect of willow bark was quite well known to our predecessors, who used it in the manufacture of painkillers. There are several painkillers hidden in willow, which can be used to solve various problems.

The Greeks already knew her

For medicinal purposes, willow bark is mainly used, the source of which is most often white or red willow. In ancient Greece, it was described in detail by Dioscorides in his work De Materia Medica. He recommended it as a remedy for gout and other joint diseases. Our predecessors used willow bark primarily as a remedy for pain and fever. Most often against pain due to rheumatic diseases.

We harvest and dry

We start collecting willow bark in the spring. Peel thick branches, but be careful not to damage the tree too much. The bark is then dried in a sunny place, where it is carefully distributed and occasionally turned if necessary. Well dried then grind or break into smaller pieces and store in a closed container. Dried bark has a slightly aromatic odor and a bitter taste, due to the active ingredient glycoside salicin, known as the active ingredient in aspirin.

Willow has a mild but broad-spectrum effect

The fact that the collection of willow bark has been almost completely abandoned in home medicine is due to the mild effect of the action. For comparison: a single dose of aspirin (500 milligrams) is equivalent to a dose of 794 milligrams of salicin. For such a dose of salicin we need about 88 grams of willow bark. But the advantage that willow bark has over aspirin is that it also contains other analgesic compounds. All of these work in our body by inhibiting the formation of inflammatory mediators.

We treat fever, colds, rheumatic problems

Today, willow bark is recommended mainly as a complementary treatment for colds. It copes well with fevers, muscle and joint pain, rheumatic problems and headaches. Today, it is also found as often composed in medicinal teas that increase sweating. We also find a lot of tannins in the rind, which makes tea if the rind is cooked for too long, very tart and unfit for consumption.