Monday, April 19, 2010

Celtic Tree Month - Herbal uses of the Willow

ater is the element which represents the Willow tree. She is water seeking, thriving from her preference to reside next to lakes and streams as well as along low lying water meadows. Willow aids in maintaining healthy riverbanks by circumventing erosion. Water and the tidal movements are controlled by the pull of the moon. So it is no surprise that Willow is also connected strongly with the Moon…for it is the moon goddess that controls all waters.



In regards to the herbal uses of willow, Black Willow bark is used to treat gonorrhea and ovarian pain. The white willow contains salicin. This is the active ingredient found in aspirin. White willow bark is used for such things as arthritis, headaches, rheumatic complaints as well as fever. To make willow tea, steep three teaspoons of the bark in one cup of cold water for two to five hours. Boil for one minute and stain. Willow is also available as a powder. In this case, the dose is one teaspoon, three times a day in tea. Willow bark is usually harvested in the spring.

7 comments:

greekwitch said...

I did n't know you can make a willow tea. That is wonderful. I have a willow in my garden. Here goes the crazy lady with a knife.Brightest blessings*

Judith said...

I didn't know that! Cool!

mxtodis123 said...

Such a beautiful tree and so many special uses. Magical.
Mary

Rue said...

Isn't Willow just the best tree? We have many here in the Valley, and they always make me smile.

Sometimes, when I'm having a particulary bad day, I go up to my friend's ranch and sit under her Willow and just listen to the branches sway in the breeze. The very best medicine!

Crystalrainbow said...

I love the willow and at present have loads of cuttings growing ready to plant a willow circle later on this year :) didnt know about willow tea tho ty x

Sara said...

This is very interesting. We have five huge Willows in the back. I love them... we are the best of friends. :)

Luciana Onofre said...

your blog is beatiful!