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Salix alba

(Common name:- White willow)

Classification

Salix alba

History

White willow is ancient herbal tree often used by early Egyptians for various skin disorders.

This herb contains lot of herbal constituents and properties which makes it an effective drug among the medicines.

The willow tree uses have been administered since the time of Christ but it had lost its usefulness in 19 century.

Plant Description

The tree of white willow is deciduous and medium sized growing to 10 to 30 m tall in length.

The trunk is irregular and about 1 m in diameter and often leaning. The bark of the tree is dark grey in colour and sometimes fissured.

The leaves are pale green coloured and measured as 5-10 cm long and 0.5-1.5 cm wide.

The flowers are species of male and female emerges in catkins on the stem of the leaves.

Cultivation

Willow tree is best thrives in muddy and humid areas near the riverbanks.

The cultivation is indigenous to northern America, Asia and European countries.

Parts Used

Bark, leaves.

Constituents

The key components of white willow are salicin, tannin, flavonoids and glycosides.

Uses

Traditional uses of white willow makes a powder of burnt logs which are used in the applications for poisoning, heartburn, gas and diarrhea.

A substance extracted from willow called aspirin is often used in medicinal drugs for the treatment various disease.

Willow herb is also useful in treating rheumatic pain, arthritis, and joint pains.

White willow is consumed to cure high fevers, headaches, night sweating and relieves from hot flashes in menopause.

The wood of willow tree is tough and strong often used for making charcoal. The stems are also used in the purpose of basket making.

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