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         I first gained an interest in medicinal plants many years ago as a teenager when I was exposed to Cannabis. Ever sense then I've been interested in medicinal and psychoactive plants ( Coffee, Tobacco, Etc ). Turns out, there are thousands of potential natural remedies that people know of and have used for centuries. Today I'll be talking with you about the White Willow tree and how it's been used as medicine for centuries. It's also an industrial staple and is very much required by humanity in my observation, as an acid it produces is used in mass production of over the counter pharmaceuticals.


White Willow is a tree that naturally contains pharmacological compounds which have believed medicinal benefits. The main active constituents are believed to be good for pain. Did you know that this bark is used in the mass production of Aspirin? The active compounds found within the tree are called salicylates. By active, I mean this is what is believed to be responsible for the anesthetic ( pain relieving ) qualities of the plant. It's pretty amazing that the bark of a tree can provide something so pharmacological ( the chemical constituents ). The Native Americans also used it as a what they say is a natural anti-biotic. This can be referenced to a great book I own called "Earthway", which is a thorough guide to Native American medicine and culture. I find that White Willow synergizes well with Wormwood, the herb used in Absinthe.


Proceed with great caution though because too much of just about anything can be a bad thing. You should know that Aspirin and other pharmaceutical NSID's can cause internal bleeding which can be fatal. I'm not sure but I would imagine it wouldn't be any different when using White Willow Bark in excess. So just keep this in mind as I don't want to be responsible for misleading anyone or causing anyone any harm. Let's jump right in and look at why herbal remedies such as this one are not bogus folk lore, but rather a modern scientific gold mine for research and medicinal potential.


Phytochemistry is the branch of chemistry that studies the pharmacological value of compounds found within plants. Because of this scientific field of study, we are able to better understand these potential medicinal herbs and their benefits. This is the field you'll want to study in school if you are interested in alternative medicine. Because of science, Aspirin came to be. More importantly, thanks to the White Willow Tree and its benefits, this discovery is now mainstream knowledge. That's why this field is so important. To me, it's about discovering natural medicines, not producing pharmaceuticals and covering up the truth.


A lot of the best medicinal plants on the planet have been banned or put under some sort of regulatory agenda. Fortunately, White Willow bark is still around and we can use it for its benefits legally. I think medicine should not be controlled. It would blow your mind to know how many compounds are out there that we know about, and how many uses they all have. If you think there are a lot of pills, vitamins, and supplements out there, you haven't seen anything yet. There are quite possibly more naturally occurring medicinal and psychoactive compounds out there than there are stars in the sky.


I believe that this information should be no secret. If the majority of the public knew that phytochemist studied medicinal and psychoactive compounds that exist in nature, then they surely would think twice about doubting the herbalists community. Much of this information goes on to produce pharmaceutical grade drugs ( opiates ). There are endless academic resources that can verify this information. I believe that Herbal remedies have benefits and uses that they have naturally evolved to posses. They are remarkable gifts that can be utilized by us as carbon-based life forms on this incredible majestic planet.


I think many students who study phytochemistry do it for one reason, they are interested in it themselves. I don't believe that students necessarily always want their discoveries to be used in the mass production of pharmaceutical drugs. To me, it's about knowing the true source of these tools. If something already exist in nature that has medicinal properties, who really made it? Capturing something that already exist is not a creation, it's more like stealing in my eyes. Making money off of natural medicine is what's really going on here I believe. White Willow bark is one of many natural sources that I think proves these notions. Their benefits far out-weight pharmaceutical drugs and synthetic versions of what was once natural occurrences.


The Best Of Both Worlds


Instead of going too far towards the natural herbalist approach, or too far towards the modern synthetic approach, why not combine the best of both worlds? If a natural herb is more effective on it's own, why not use it? If a certain botanical contains medicinal compounds as well as other potentially harmful ones, then maybe a synthetic approach could benefit us in this case. As a society, we do a lot of things based on money. A lot of what we do is not necessarily what's best for all of us, rather what's best for our income. So, why control medicine? People need medicine and all of us deserve it. If medicine can be found in nature, no human should be denied.


I personally like to mix it with Mullein leaf because herbalists claim that Mullein may benefit that ailment. I just do this as a precautionary measure along with the belief that they synergize well together. I only use a small amount of the bark and even more leaf. I don't use it very often but I like it when I get sick. It sure seems to make me feel better. Please research precautions and interactions to avoid any potential negative side effects. Thanks and please share my work on your social media networks!



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Scientific Name: Salix alba

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