Some Herb Basics: Most herbs work better on an empty stomach. A few exceptions are garlic, goldenseal and cayenne due to stomach upset. Herbs work in a cumulative fashion meaning they are not a “one dose wonder.” They need to build up in the system a little, usually within 2-3 doses, before any real affect can be noticed. Fresh herbs always work better than old herbs and science is always proving the fact that a whole herb usually is more effective than one isolated compound of that herb.
Medicinal Properties: It is written that Felix Hoffman, a chemist at Fredrich Bayer & Company, made the final connection between white willow’s pain killing compound Salicin and Acetylsalicyclic acid or aspirin. White willow does work as a pain killer, similar to aspirin, but without the stomach upset or bleeding. Also relieves fevers and is anti-inflammatory.
How to Use: Make a decoction by simmering 1 Tbsp of ground white willow bark in
2 C of water for 30 minutes. Allow to cool and take 1 Tbsp of this decoction at a time as needed but not to exceed 3 Tbsp per day for 1 week.
Parts Used: Bark
Warning: People who are sensitive to aspirin should not use this herb.
How to use herbs for maximum benefit. Short and sweet descriptions and uses written by our on-staff Nutritional Herbalist. Always remember that herbs should be treated as a medicine. Almost all of our modern-day medicines are derived from compounds found in herbs and plants. If you have not used a particular herb before, try a half dose at first to make sure you do not have an unfavorable reaction to it.