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Botanical Spotlight: White Willow

White willow is one of humanity’s oldest medicines. Its use has been recorded in Greece, Egypt, China, Assyria, Sumer, and throughout other Asian and European countries dating back thousands of years. It’s been powdered and made into tinctures, and the famous Greek physician Hippocrates wrote about it in his medical notes as far back as 5th century BC. All over the world, people discovered it could reduce fever and inflammation. It’s even considered a forerunner to aspirin! As you can plainly see, we’ve understood the medical benefits of white willow for millennia. Its uses extend to anything that will benefit from reduced inflammation and fever, including joint pain, the flu, back pain, headache, cramps, arthritis, and anything that involves swelling. 

Many people prefer white willow to aspirin because it doesn’t upset their stomach. It naturally contains an extract called salicin, which is also found in the acid present in aspirin. Because it contains these same elements, it should be treated as one would treat aspirin when it comes to dosage. Those who should not take aspirin should also be careful with white willow.

The name white willow comes from the tree’s whitish-colored leaves, and it’s a fantastic natural remedy for many people. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, it can also be used as an antimicrobial and diuretic. When used in conjunction with wheatgrass and other herbs in Happy Girl and Zeal O2, it becomes a powerful aid in eliminating toxins through the kidneys. Wheatgrass and many other herbs also bind with and help eliminate toxins, which supports your body’s natural filtration systems – the liver, bladder, kidneys, intestines, and more. This support helps the body regain its natural balance.

Using organic, all-natural remedies helps combat all the toxins we put into ourselves every day from everything from alcohol to car exhaust. We can’t always help the environment we live in, but we can take steps to cleanse our body and keep it healthy. Nature’s on your side, so let it in!

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