White willow bark is an herbal supplement that has been used for centuries to alleviate pain and inflammation. It is derived from the bark of the white willow tree (Salix alba), which is native to Europe and Asia but is now also grown in North America.
White willow bark is generally considered safe when taken in recommended doses, although it may cause stomach upset, nausea, or ringing in the ears in some people. It may also interact with certain medications, including blood thinners and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), so it is important to talk to a healthcare provider before taking white willow bark if you are taking any medications.
It is always best to speak with a healthcare provider before using any herbal supplement, especially if you have a medical condition or are taking prescription medications.
Native Americans commonly stripped the inner white pith of the bark to make topical ointments. Whole pieces of white willow bark are also tinctured, or decocted to make infusions and teas.
Magical Uses: Healing, moon work, emotions, love, divination, guard against evil
Elemental Correspondences: Water
Planetary Correspondences: Moon
Deity Associations: Diana, Artemis, Ceres, Hecate, Persephone, and Hera
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