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In most regions of Russia, willow is also known as willow. Willow belongs to the family Willow. It represents a tree that reaches 25-30 meters, and at a young age - a shrub.
The crown of a willow is hemispherical, spreading, smooth bark has a grayish color, the branches are very flexible and thin, grow up to 2 m. The willow blooms from April to May before the young leaves begin to bloom. Inflorescences with small flowers called earrings. The seeds are very light and small, so they are perfectly carried by wind over long distances.
Verba is often used as a frame and structural material. Various crafts are made from soft and light wood: furniture, dishes, baskets, bark are used for tanning leather.

Tree branches are used as animal feed, especially for goats and sheep. Willow is a good honey plant, and also it is used as an ornamental plant.
Besides all this, at present it is widely used in traditional medicine.

Chemical composition


Willow bark and young twigs have the most healing properties due to their pharmacological composition. The bark contains a huge amount of alkaloid - salicin, so it has antibiotic action. It also contains tannins, glycosides, flavones, pectins, mineral elements, ascorbic acid and many other vitamins.
Bark should be harvested in early spring from trees at least 6 years old. This should be done wisely, if the bark is removed from all the trees in a row, they will die. Choose the bark need a thickness of 1-4 mm, then cut it, wilt in the sun and dry in a dryer until it starts to break. Finished raw materials can be stored up to 4 years in cardboard boxes.

Medicinal properties

Since ancient times, the people used willow for the treatment of various diseases.

  • It has antipyretic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, sedative, hemostatic, choleretic, diuretic and anthelmintic actions. Biologically active substances that are in its composition, are used to treat gout, diarrhea, rheumatism, malaria, bleeding, jaundice, arrhythmias and inflammatory processes of the oral cavity.
  • For colds, headaches, menopause, inflammatory processes of the gastrointestinal tract, bladder is also recommended to take drugs from white willow.
  • Willow is an excellent tool for the treatment of varicose veins, sweating feet and hands.
  • Due to its disinfecting and wound healing properties, it is used externally for skin diseases (eczema, ulcers, open wounds).
  • For the treatment of rheumatism and osteochondrosis in the steam room use a willow broom.

Folk recipes


  1. With joint disease and rheumatism, a decoction of tree bark is used. Need to pour 1 tbsp. tablespoon chopped bark 1 cup of boiling water and cook for 30 minutes in a water bath, strain the hot broth and bring to the original volume. Take on 1st. spoon 3-5 times daily before meals.
  2. When malaria tea is used from the willow bark. To do this, a pinch of crushed bark pour 200 ml. water and boil until reduced in half. Take a few days on an empty stomach in the morning. To improve the taste, you can add some honey to the tea.
  3. In case of gastritis, inflammations of the gastrointestinal tract, enterocolitis, this decoction is prepared: pour 200 ml of 1 tablespoon of crushed bark. water and boil for 30 minutes, then strain and bring the broth to the original volume. Should take 1 tbsp. spoon 4 times a day before meals.
  4. When diarrhea use this broth: 1 st. Spoon crushed bark pour 400 ml. water and boil for 230 minutes, then drain and add boiled water to the original volume. Should take on 2 tbsp. spoon 3-4 times a day.
  5. With varicose veins, it is recommended to take baths of white willow bark decoction. It is necessary to pour a glass of dry crushed bark with boiling water, insist for half an hour, add to the basin with hot water and lower the legs there, do the procedure while the water is warm. The use of such baths is effective for high sweating of the feet, various skin diseases, including fungal, furunculosis, trophic ulcers, erysipelas.
  6. When sweating hands also use baths of willow bark. It is necessary to pour 1 teaspoon of crushed dry bark with 2 cups of cold water and insist for 8 hours. From this infusion to make baths for hands lasting 5-15 minutes.
  7. To heal wounds they are powdered with dry willow bark powder. Along with this, you can use the powder 1 g inside with a glass of water, 3 times a day after meals.
  8. When headaches help young willow branches. They need to be slightly soaked and attached to the forehead, securing a scarf or a scarf.

The use of willow in cosmetology


Juice of willow bark is used in home cosmetologists. It helps smooth fine wrinkles, relieves skin inflammation and removes redness. The juice is obtained from freshly crushed bark, it is moistened with a napkin and applied to the face.
Broth bark of willow and burdock root is used for rinsing and washing the head. Thus, get rid of dandruff, itching and prevent hair loss.The willow helps to remove warts. To do this, you need to burn a few branches, add vinegar to the resulting ashes to make gruel. Apply to warts until they disappear.ContraindicationsIt is contraindicated to use willow for medicinal purposes to pregnant women, children up to 16 years old, people with individual intolerance.When gastric or duodenal ulcers, gastritis with high acidity is not recommended the use of decoctions of this plant. Treatment with willow in combination with synthetic vitamins, amino acids, aspirin, antacids, cough and cold preparations and laxatives is contraindicated. Http://ltravi.ru/zhkt/verba-ili-iva.html

White Willow (willow)

White willow is most often called willow - under this name it is known in most regions of Russia. At a young age, it looks like a shrub, but in fact it is a tree that grows to 25 and even 30 m tall. The willow crown grows sprawling, and the branches are long - more than 2 m - and thin, very flexible - because of them these trees are called weeping willows, although Sálix álba is not directly related to white willow - this name does not apply: except it, in the world there are about 170 species of willows. This tree grows mainly in the Northern Hemisphere, and most often in river valleys, near ponds and lakes, but you can find willow along roads, in forests, on lawns and in parks - in the city it is often bred on purpose.

Properties and composition of willow

The most pronounced healing properties of the bark of willow and its young twigs. Medicinal raw materials are harvested in early spring, from trees that have reached the age of 6 years, and these preparations should be planned wisely: if you remove the bark from all the trees in a row, they will simply die, and the natural population of the white willow will constantly decrease. The prepared bark should not be too thick: the optimum thickness is from 1 to 4 mm, it is cut, dried in the sun, and then placed in dryers, where it is finally dried at 50-60 ° C. Raw materials are considered ready when they do not bend, but break, you can store willow bark in cardboard boxes for about 4 years.

White willow (willow) treatment

The chemical composition of white willow is worth a little more to say about it.. In its bark there is a glycoside salicin - an amazing substance donated to people by nature: that is why the name of the tree contains the word “sálix”.

Salicin was obtained from willow bark by German professor Buchner in 1828, and 10 years later, Italian scientists were able to extract salicylic acid from it, on the basis of which later the world-famous medicine was created - aspirin. Today, however, medicine uses synthetic aspirin, which was obtained already in the second half of the XIX century, since it is unprofitable to obtain salicylic acid from white willow. However, willow bark is called natural aspirin in many countries, and it is still used today - both in traditional and official medicine. When a decoction, infusion or tincture of white willow bark enters the body, salicin secretes salicylic acid, which has far fewer side effects than synthetic aspirin - it is known that it, especially with long-term use, is very harmful to the digestive organs. Salicin also has analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory effects, so white willow preparations are recommended to be taken for colds and headaches, inflammatory processes in the bladder, stomach and intestines, internal bleeding and menopause. Separately, it is worth mentioning their use in diseases of the joints: salicin is considered to be identical to the anti-inflammatory synthetic drugs with which osteoarthrosis is treated today, so willow bark can also be used for arthritis, gout, rheumatism, etc. In addition to salicin, in willow bark there are many other biologically active components: anthocyanins, flavonoids, catechins, tannins, phenolglycosides, which have disinfectant and antiseptic action. There is lignin in the willow bark - a complex polymeric compound, on the basis of which many preparations are used today that are used in various fields of medicine, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, etc.

The use of willow (willow): folk recipes

The scope of application of willow (white willow) drugs is very wide: they have anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antipyretic, disinfecting, hemostatic, astringent, sedative, wound healing, choleretic and antirheumatic effect. In people with fever used a decoction of willow bark: 1 tbsp. Raw materials are brewed with a glass of boiling water, boiled for a few minutes over low heat and take 1 tsp. 3 times a day. Strong and bitter broth of willow bark was treated with malaria: 1 tsp. raw materials need to pour a glass of boiling water, and cook over low heat until it boils away ¼ of water. Insist until the morning and drink after waking up, on an empty stomach, adding sugar or honey. Tea with the addition of willow bark is also used in febrile conditions: the bark is mixed in equal parts (1 tbsp) with dry raspberry berries, linden flowers, podbel leaves, aniseed seeds, brewed 2 tsp. mix with a glass of boiling water and drink in a warm form. Such infusions and decoctions were taken for malaria, a decoction of very dry bark is used for disorders of the stomach and intestines - it has an astringent effect, for diseases of the gall bladder and spleen. With rheumatism and joint diseases 1 tbsp. chopped willow bark is poured in an enamel bowl with a glass of boiling water, boiled for 30 minutes in a water bath, filtered broth hot, topped up with boiled water to the original volume, and take 3-5 times a day, 1 tbsp. 30 minutes before meals. With diarrhea dry ground willow bark (1 tbsp.) is poured with boiling water (2 cups), boiled for 20 minutes, filtered, squeezed raw materials, topped up with boiled water, and take 2 tbsp. 3-4 times a day. In dysentery, gastrointestinal bleeding, enterocolitis and gastritis the broth is prepared differently: pour 1 tbsp. raw glass of boiling water and boil for half an hour, filter, add, and take 1 tbsp. before meals, 4 times a day. When pleurisy The same broth is taken in the same way, but 2 tbsp., for diseases of the endocrine system and heavy menstruation, it is drunk at 1-2 tbsp. 3-4 times a day. You can take this broth under reduced pressure, as a tonic, they also rinse the throat and mouth with angina and stomatitis. With varicose veins brew a cup of crushed dried willow bark with boiling water (you can add as much oak bark), insist for half an hour, pour it into a deep basin or bucket of hot (not burning!) water, lower your legs there and keep it until it is warm. This procedure relieves pain and reduces swelling, with erysipelas (in the initial stage), fungal and other skin diseases, trophic ulcers, furunculosis, excessive sweating of the feet, too, take such baths. Wounds are powdered with willow bark powder. - it stops bleeding and speeds up the healing process. In parallel, the powder is taken orally - 1 g 3 times a day after meals with water. Young willow twigs, slightly soaked, help to relieve a headache: they must be applied to the forehead or crown, and fixed with a scarf or scarf.

White willow in cosmetology

Fresh juice of willow bark can be used in home cosmetology: It treats skin inflammation, smoothes fine lines and removes redness. Fresh bark is crushed, squeezed out of it a little juice, moisten a napkin in it and put it on the face. Dandruff, itching and hair loss are treated with a decoction of willow bark and burdock root. The crushed raw materials are taken in equal parts (2 tablespoons), poured with boiled water (1 l), boiled for 30 minutes over low heat, infused and used for washing the head, and also as a rinse. White willow helps wart warfare: you need to burn a few sprigs, mix the resulting ashes with vinegar to make the gruel, and put it on the warts until they disappear completely. To calluses to soften them, apply fresh willow leaves, and then steam them and gradually remove them with a special tough brush or pumice.

The magical properties of willow (white willow)

In the old white willow attributed magical propertiesand this belief has its foundation. It was believed that the willow was able to protect the family and the home from evil spirits, all sorts of sorrow and misfortune, therefore the branches were kept in the house, consecrated in the church on Palm Sunday, willow branches also performed a cleansing rite - they swept up all the corners with bundles of them garbage to establish peace and quiet in the house. Willow actually has a positive energy, and it can be “fed”: experts say that it is better to do it in cool weather, from 6 to 9 pm - this is especially useful for children and the elderly. Contact with this tree eliminates headaches, helps to relax and calm down.

Contraindications

Do not use white willow drugs during pregnancy, as well as in combination with certain drugs: amino acids, synthetic vitamins, antacids, cough and cold preparations, laxatives and aspirin. The author: Gataulina Galina
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In most regions of Russia, willow is also known as willow. Willow belongs to the family Willow. It represents a tree that reaches 25-30 meters, and at a young age - a shrub, in polar countries and highland areas there are small dwarf willows. The crown of a willow is hemispherical, spreading, smooth bark has a grayish color, the branches are very flexible and thin, grow up to 2 m. The willow blooms from April to May before the young leaves begin to bloom. Inflorescences with small flowers called earrings. The seeds are very light and small, so they are perfectly carried by wind over long distances. There are about 170 species of willows. The willow is the most common throughout Russia, in Europe, Iran, Asia Minor. Verba can be found mainly in river valleys, on the banks of ponds, lakes, ponds, as well as in parks, forests, along roads. Verba is often used as a frame and structural material. Various crafts are made from soft and light wood: furniture, dishes, baskets, bark are used for tanning leather. Tree branches are used as animal feed, especially for goats and sheep. Willow is a good honey plant, and also it is used as an ornamental plant. In Russia, willow is a symbol of the Palm Resurrection, which precedes Easter. Besides all this, at present it is widely used in traditional medicine.

Chemical composition

Willow bark and young twigs have the most healing properties due to their pharmacological composition. The bark contains a huge amount of alkaloid - salicin, so it has antibiotic action. It also contains tannins, glycosides, flavones, pectins, mineral elements, ascorbic acid and many other vitamins. Bark should be harvested in early spring from trees at least 6 years old. This should be done wisely, if the bark is removed from all the trees in a row, they will die. Choose the bark need a thickness of 1-4 mm, then cut it, wilt in the sun and dry in a dryer until it starts to break. Finished raw materials can be stored up to 4 years in cardboard boxes.

Medicinal properties

Since ancient times, the people used willow for the treatment of various diseases.

  • It has antipyretic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, sedative, hemostatic, choleretic, diuretic and anthelmintic actions. Biologically active substances that are in its composition, are used to treat gout, diarrhea, rheumatism, malaria, bleeding, jaundice, arrhythmias and inflammatory processes of the oral cavity.
  • При простудах, головных болях, климаксе, воспалительных процессах желудочно-кишечного тракта, мочевого пузыря также рекомендуется принимать препараты из вербы белой.
  • Верба является отличным средством для лечения варикозной болезни, потливости ног и рук.
  • Due to its disinfecting and wound healing properties, it is used externally for skin diseases (eczema, ulcers, open wounds).
  • For the treatment of rheumatism and osteochondrosis in the steam room use a willow broom.

Folk recipes

  1. With joint disease and rheumatism, a decoction of tree bark is used. Need to pour 1 tbsp. tablespoon chopped bark 1 cup of boiling water and cook for 30 minutes in a water bath, strain the hot broth and bring to the original volume. Take on 1st. spoon 3-5 times daily before meals.
  2. When malaria tea is used from the willow bark. To do this, a pinch of crushed bark pour 200 ml. water and boil until reduced in half. Take a few days on an empty stomach in the morning. To improve the taste, you can add some honey to the tea.
  3. In case of gastritis, inflammations of the gastrointestinal tract, enterocolitis, this decoction is prepared: pour 200 ml of 1 tablespoon of crushed bark. water and boil for 30 minutes, then strain and bring the broth to the original volume. Should take 1 tbsp. spoon 4 times a day before meals.
  4. When diarrhea use this broth: 1 st. Spoon crushed bark pour 400 ml. water and boil for 230 minutes, then drain and add boiled water to the original volume. Should take on 2 tbsp. spoon 3-4 times a day.
  5. With varicose veins, it is recommended to take baths of white willow bark decoction. It is necessary to pour a glass of dry crushed bark with boiling water, insist for half an hour, add to the basin with hot water and lower the legs there, do the procedure while the water is warm. The use of such baths is effective for high sweating of the feet, various skin diseases, including fungal, furunculosis, trophic ulcers, erysipelas.
  6. When sweating hands also use baths of willow bark. It is necessary to pour 1 teaspoon of crushed dry bark with 2 cups of cold water and insist for 8 hours. From this infusion to make baths for hands lasting 5-15 minutes.
  7. To heal wounds they are powdered with dry willow bark powder. Along with this, you can use the powder 1 g inside with a glass of water, 3 times a day after meals.
  8. When headaches help young willow branches. They need to be slightly soaked and attached to the forehead, securing a scarf or a scarf.

White Willow (willow)

White willow is most often called willow - under this name it is known in most regions of Russia. At a young age, it looks like a shrub, but in fact it is a tree that grows to 25 and even 30 m tall. The willow crown grows sprawling, and the branches are long - more than 2 m - and thin, very flexible - because of them these trees are called weeping willows, although Sálix álba is not directly related to white willow - this name does not apply: except it, in the world there are about 170 species of willows. This tree grows mainly in the Northern Hemisphere, and most often in river valleys, near ponds and lakes, but you can find willow along roads, in forests, on lawns and in parks - in the city it is often bred on purpose.

Properties and composition of willow

The most pronounced healing properties of the bark of willow and its young twigs. Medicinal raw materials are harvested in early spring, from trees that have reached the age of 6 years, and these preparations should be planned wisely: if you remove the bark from all the trees in a row, they will simply die, and the natural population of the white willow will constantly decrease. The prepared bark should not be too thick: the optimum thickness is from 1 to 4 mm, it is cut, dried in the sun, and then placed in dryers, where it is finally dried at 50-60 ° C. Raw materials are considered ready when they do not bend, but break, you can store willow bark in cardboard boxes for about 4 years.

White willow (willow) treatment

The chemical composition of white willow is worth a little more to say about it.. In its bark there is a glycoside salicin - an amazing substance donated to people by nature: that is why the name of the tree contains the word “sálix”.

Salicin was obtained from willow bark by German professor Buchner in 1828, and 10 years later, Italian scientists were able to extract salicylic acid from it, on the basis of which later the world-famous medicine was created - aspirin. Today, however, medicine uses synthetic aspirin, which was obtained already in the second half of the XIX century, since it is unprofitable to obtain salicylic acid from white willow. However, willow bark is called natural aspirin in many countries, and it is still used today - both in traditional and official medicine. When a decoction, infusion or tincture of white willow bark enters the body, salicin secretes salicylic acid, which has far fewer side effects than synthetic aspirin - it is known that it, especially with long-term use, is very harmful to the digestive organs. Salicin also has analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory effects, so white willow preparations are recommended to be taken for colds and headaches, inflammatory processes in the bladder, stomach and intestines, internal bleeding and menopause. Separately, it is worth mentioning their use in diseases of the joints: salicin is considered to be identical to the anti-inflammatory synthetic drugs with which osteoarthrosis is being treated today, so willow bark can also be used for arthritis, gout, rheumatism, etc. In addition to salicin, in willow bark there are many other biologically active components: anthocyanins, flavonoids, catechins, tannins, phenolglycosides, which have disinfectant and antiseptic action. There is lignin in the willow bark - a complex polymeric compound, on the basis of which many preparations are used today that are used in various fields of medicine, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, etc.

The use of willow (willow): folk recipes

The scope of application of willow (white willow) drugs is very wide: they have anti-inflammatory, diuretic, antipyretic, disinfecting, hemostatic, astringent, sedative, wound healing, choleretic and antirheumatic effect. In people with fever used a decoction of willow bark: 1 tbsp. Raw materials are brewed with a glass of boiling water, boiled for a few minutes over low heat and take 1 tsp. 3 times a day. Strong and bitter broth of willow bark was treated with malaria: 1 tsp. raw materials need to pour a glass of boiling water, and cook over low heat until it boils away ¼ of water. Insist until the morning and drink after waking up, on an empty stomach, adding sugar or honey. Tea with the addition of willow bark is also used in febrile conditions: the bark is mixed in equal parts (1 tbsp) with dry raspberry berries, linden flowers, podbel leaves, aniseed seeds, brewed 2 tsp. mix with a glass of boiling water and drink in a warm form. Such infusions and decoctions were taken for malaria, a decoction of very dry bark is used for disorders of the stomach and intestines - it has an astringent effect, for diseases of the gall bladder and spleen. With rheumatism and joint diseases 1 tbsp. chopped willow bark is poured in an enamel bowl with a glass of boiling water, boiled for 30 minutes in a water bath, filtered broth hot, topped up with boiled water to the original volume, and take 3-5 times a day, 1 tbsp. 30 minutes before meals. With diarrhea dry ground willow bark (1 tbsp.) is poured with boiling water (2 cups), boiled for 20 minutes, filtered, squeezed raw materials, topped up with boiled water, and take 2 tbsp. 3-4 times a day. In dysentery, gastrointestinal bleeding, enterocolitis and gastritis the broth is prepared differently: pour 1 tbsp. raw glass of boiling water and boil for half an hour, filter, add, and take 1 tbsp. before meals, 4 times a day. When pleurisy The same broth is taken in the same way, but 2 tbsp., for diseases of the endocrine system and heavy menstruation, it is drunk at 1-2 tbsp. 3-4 times a day. You can take this broth under reduced pressure, as a tonic, they also rinse the throat and mouth with angina and stomatitis. With varicose veins brew a cup of crushed dried willow bark with boiling water (you can add as much oak bark), insist for half an hour, pour it into a deep basin or bucket of hot (not burning!) water, lower your legs there and keep it until it is warm. This procedure relieves pain and reduces swelling, with erysipelas (in the initial stage), fungal and other skin diseases, trophic ulcers, furunculosis, excessive sweating of the feet, too, take such baths. Wounds are powdered with willow bark powder. - it stops bleeding and speeds up the healing process. In parallel, the powder is taken orally - 1 g 3 times a day after meals with water. Young willow twigs, slightly soaked, help to relieve a headache: they must be applied to the forehead or crown, and fixed with a scarf or scarf.

The magical properties of willow (white willow)

In the old white willow attributed magical propertiesand this belief has its foundation. It was believed that the willow was able to protect the family and the home from evil spirits, all sorts of sorrow and misfortune, therefore the branches were kept in the house, consecrated in the church on Palm Sunday, willow branches also performed a cleansing rite - they swept up all the corners with bundles of them garbage to establish peace and quiet in the house. Willow actually has a positive energy, and it can be “fed”: experts say that it is better to do it in cool weather, from 6 to 9 pm - this is especially useful for children and the elderly. Contact with this tree eliminates headaches, helps to relax and calm down.

Contraindications

Do not use white willow drugs during pregnancy, as well as in combination with certain drugs: amino acids, synthetic vitamins, antacids, cough and cold preparations, laxatives and aspirin. The author: Gataulina Galina
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In most regions of Russia, willow is also known as willow. Willow belongs to the family Willow. It represents a tree that reaches 25-30 meters, and at a young age - a shrub, in polar countries and highland areas there are small dwarf willows. The crown of a willow is hemispherical, spreading, smooth bark has a grayish color, the branches are very flexible and thin, grow up to 2 m. The willow blooms from April to May before the young leaves begin to bloom. Inflorescences with small flowers called earrings. The seeds are very light and small, so they are perfectly carried by wind over long distances. There are about 170 species of willows. The willow is the most common throughout Russia, in Europe, Iran, Asia Minor. Verba can be found mainly in river valleys, on the banks of ponds, lakes, ponds, as well as in parks, forests, along roads. Verba is often used as a frame and structural material. Various crafts are made from soft and light wood: furniture, dishes, baskets, bark are used for tanning leather. Tree branches are used as animal feed, especially for goats and sheep. Willow is a good honey plant, and also it is used as an ornamental plant. In Russia, willow is a symbol of the Palm Resurrection, which precedes Easter. Besides all this, at present it is widely used in traditional medicine.

The use of willow in cosmetology

Juice of willow bark is used in home cosmetologists. It helps smooth fine wrinkles, relieves skin inflammation and removes redness. The juice is obtained from freshly crushed bark, it is moistened with a napkin and applied to the face. Broth bark of willow and burdock root is used for rinsing and washing the head. Thus, get rid of dandruff, itching and prevent hair loss. The willow helps to remove warts. To do this, you need to burn a few branches, add vinegar to the resulting ashes to make gruel. Apply to warts until they disappear.

Medicinal properties of willow

The Slavs willow was considered a sacred tree, it was their symbol of constancy and continuity of life. Its different parts already in ancient times were used to treat a variety of diseases. Willow has a rich complex of biologically active substances, antipyretic, astringent, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, hemostatic, moderately analgesic, anthelmintic and choleretic. Thanks to all this, it is used in the treatment of gout, rheumatism, diarrhea, bleeding, malaria, inflammatory diseases of the oral cavity, jaundice, arrhythmias. Since summer, knowledgeable people have been harvesting camel whisks, which they use in the steam room to treat rheumatism and osteochondrosis. And tea brewed from the leaves of the (young) willow helps to overcome depression, to raise the mood and tone of the body.

Willow Dosage Forms

Most often, willow bark is used to treat various ailments, less often leaves. Bark for medicinal purposes is collected in the spring (even before the leaves are blooming) from trees older than 2 ... 3 years. After it is dried, spread out in a thin layer in places that are well ventilated. The resulting extract is stored up to 4 years. Young willow leaves are also harvested from which gruel, infusions and decoctions are prepared.

Infusion for varicose veins

Take a handful of dry crushed willow bark and brewed in a bucket or basin of boiling water. After everything is infused and cooled to an acceptable temperature, legs are lowered into the infusion and held for several minutes. The used solution can be used 2 more times preheating. Total take up to 7 ... 8 baths.

The old way of life, the role of willow, folk omens and beliefs

A willow twig stuck in the spring, as a rule, grows. In the old days, after the wedding, the daughter-in-law brought such a rod from the generic willow of her yard, planted at the gate of her husband's house for a happy life (birth of children, preservation of family, winning good relations with her husband's mother-in-law, who was the main carrier of good and evil for her daughter-in-law). Only in the courtyards bred goat willowShe is a willow-willow. With a weeping willow, the soul will tear up (dry up). Well, at the well, just dug out, it was planted weeping willow, so that it saves water from evil forces, so that the full moon does not look into it at night and drunkenness does not start.
Nearby, a bench was placed for rest from everyday troubles, exchanging news, “washing” the bones of neighbors. Public opinion was of great importance (and in education too). Concerning weeping willowwhich is also sometimes called willow, it was not planted near the dwellings, in hospital gardens, at almshouses and other places of stay and residence. She was usually sad for the cemetery fence. Its branches were laid out on the floor of the room into which the deceased was placed, so that he would not take anyone with him. Near her sang sad songs about unrequited love, orphanhood and evil life's fate. Dried willow always in a hurry to uproot, destroy. It was believed that an unclean spirit settled in it, especially in the hollow (if any). There is even such a proverb: "He loves, like the devil a dry willow." In the case of a gnawing soul secret sorrow, unrequited (and even more so - forbidden) love advised to hug a willow on a moonless night, to tell her about his grief. It will not give out a secret to anyone, the grief will take it upon itself, and the heart heat will subside.

The use of willow in the economy

Once without it, and did not do in the economy. In the buckets filled with water they put crosses from camel plates., water from them when worn with the help of a yoke did not spill out. In addition, it was filled with a special taste, staying fresh all day. Willow Beehives, valued more than any others. In them, the bee family multiplied abundantly, did not hurt anything, differed in meek disposition. The first honey bribe from downy willow flowers has a wonderful aroma and delicate flavor. Undoubtedly, this honey is extremely beneficial to health. From twigs weaved a cradle for the newborn, and the mattress was made from meadow grass, mowed in May. Baskets for storing vegetables, fruits, and other fruits were made from willow. There are in our time craftsmen who are addicted to weaving from its rods. This exercise, by the way, is very useful in case of diseases of the joints.

Treatment of rheumatoid lesions of the joints

The plant is, above all, - anti-inflammatory. Therefore, fragrant inflorescences and other parts of it provide assistance for many ailments, in particular, with rheumatism.
Once in the people he was treated like this.

  • A glass of dried bark 3 hours tomily in 1 liter of goat milk. For this, an earthen pot was used, the neck of which was smeared with dough. Daily drank 80 g no more than 3 times (before meals).
  • Soaked in kerosene with willow twigs were whipping along the rheumatic joints.
  • Additionally, they drank an infusion of inflorescences that appear in early spring.

Ancient treatment recipes

  1. In the infusion of the upper branches of the plant is well rinsed head. Better effect thicker infusion - from it will become stronger and silky hair. Gradually dandruff will disappear, headaches will stop.
  2. In the old days, if someone weak legs and "burned" feet, родные готовили из вербы плоские куски (плашки), подкладывали их под ступни. Лечебное дерево усмиряло боль, снимала усталость от тяжелой работы.
  3. При гнойном поражении кожи помогает мазь: стакан порошка из коры вербы надо растереть со свиным нутряным жиром (полкило). Греть в духовке на слабом огне 6 дней по 3 часа (только без кипения, должно томиться).
  4. If the child is gently whipped with willow branches, it will grow faster, and if you throw them into the water, then wash them sick childhe'll get better soon.

Treatment of lupus erythematosus

For treatment, use the roots of a young (not older than 2 years) willow. They are harvested early in the spring (with a slight swelling of the buds and until the tree is “dormant” after the winter, when the juices have not yet flowed along the trunk and the fluffy inflorescences have not blossomed). The roots should be washed, dried for a week, dried up in the oven until crisp (hours 5), chop, pour boiling water (1:15), leave in the night for an infusion. In the morning should be heated to a boil. Drink the drug must be cooled to 40 g in 2 hours. The course is 28 days.
Attention! The root drug is a diuretic, therefore, in order for the body not to lose important substances, additional nutrition is also needed. In the evening, it is necessary to put 30 g of buckwheat buckwheat, 2 pcs. Into a porcelain cup (with a lid). mountain dried apricots and prunes (without stones). You should add 10 berries of raisins, 2 peeled walnuts, lemon circle, according to tsp. honey and powder from the shells of domestic eggs, 100 g of cold melt water. Dried fruits and cereals should be pre-washed. It is necessary to close the mixture with a lid and keep the night warm. The mixture is also recommended for children and young men, weakened by rheumatoid arthritis. You can take it for a long time (years). As a result, hemoglobin returns to normal, the erythrocyte sedimentation rate decreases. She - is very useful, and, much more tasty than many delicacies. Be healthy! And once the conversation has gone, read - about hemoglobin, how to increase it by home methods. If you find an error, please select the text fragment and press Ctrl + Enter.

The recipes of traditional medicine are most often used in combination with conventional treatment or as an addition to traditional treatment. Any recipe is good after consulting with a specialist.

Verba - a general description

Willow is a variety of goat willow, silver (white) or wolfberry (sheluga). It is a tree or shrub of a willow family with a spreading hemispherical crown, with a characteristic smooth grayish bark, and on young shoots it has a reddish and fluffy gray buds. The willow has narrow lanceolate, oblong and smooth to the touch leaves with sharp-edged edges.

Flowering usually lasts from April to May before the blooming of young leaves. The branches are plastic, flexible, and, due to their property, are quite often frame and structural materials. Shrub is widely used in floristics. Perhaps willow is an inherently traditional part of Easter and spring compositions.

Willow - types and places of growth

Willow genus has about 300 species. What we call willow is just a few forms of willow.

1. Goat willow - its range covers the whole of Europe, except for the alpine belt and tundra, Asia, Russia, the Caucasus. It dwells mainly in damp forests of different composition, along roads, on forest edges, clearings, prefers rich soil, not swamped and not too wet.

2. Silver willow - common in Europe, Asia Minor, Iran, almost the entire territory of Russia. It grows mainly along rivers, reservoirs, ponds, aryks, as well as along roads and private sectors. White willow is an integral element that complements the natural landscape of large parks located on the banks of large reservoirs.

3. Pussy-willow - concentrated in Europe, Russia. The photophilous plant grows on sandy or loamy soils near water bodies.

Verba - healing properties

From time immemorial, willow has been used by people to treat various ailments. It has astringent, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, hemostatic, diuretic, moderately analgesic, choleretic and anthelmintic actions. Due to the rich complex of biologically active substances, it helps to fight diseases such as gout, rheumatism, diarrhea, bleeding, malaria, inflammatory diseases of the oral cavity, arrhythmias, jaundice.

It is also widely used as a remedy for varicose veins, migraine, furunculosis, sweating feet and to strengthen the gums. Tea from the young leaves of the tree has a tonic effect, helps get rid of depression and elevate mood. And with the help of a broom in the steam room, osteochondrosis and chronic rheumatism are treated.

Verba - dosage forms

For medicinal purposes, the bark is usually used, less often the leaves. Bark is harvested from trees not younger than 2-3 years old, in spring, before the appearance of the first leaves. Dry it in ventilated places, laying out a thin layer. Store the extract must be in a carton of not more than four years. Also useful are the young leaves of the plant, on the basis of which they also make decoctions, infusions and mush.

Willow Recipes

Infusion to rinse and strengthen the nervous system: 400 g of boiling water to add a table. spoon bark, wrap and insist a couple of hours. You can rinse with a warm liquid the ulcerated cavity of the mouth or take it three times by pharynx. in a day.

In case of muscle fatigue, this method is used: 6 tables is boiled in a liter of water. spoons of root extract, filtered and used in the form of relaxing foot baths, calves.

With varicose veins: a handful of crushed dry willow bark brew boiling water in a basin or bucket, let it brew and cool to a comfortable temperature. Then lower the feet in a healing infusion, hold for a few minutes. Perhaps repeated (up to 3 times) the use of the solution with subsequent heating. The number of procedures - 7-8 baths.

Diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, gastritis, peptic ulcer: add a handful of white willow roots in 200 ml of water, boil for half an hour. Cool and take before meals by a tablespoon.

Tincture for the prevention of migraine attacks: add half a gallon of high-quality 40% vodka, add 25 g of verbal roots, leave in a dark isolated place for ten days, then strain and take 30 drops diluted in a small amount of water, before eating, three - four times a day.

In skin diseases, furunculosis, calluses and corns, you can attach young leaves to problem areas or use mush for the same purpose.

When are the willow bark harvested?

Most often it is the bark that is used for medicinal purposes, a little less - the leaves. For the preparation of bark suitable period of early spring. From it prepare infusions and decoctions for therapeutic and prophylactic effects on various diseases.

The bark of willow has many medicinal properties and contraindications; therefore, before using this remedy, you should make sure that it is harmless to the body. Raw materials for the treatment of certain diseases are collected from trees that have already reached the age of 6 years.

Harvesting willow bark has some nuances that many do not know. It is not necessary to collect medical raw materials from all the trees that you find. This process adversely affects the growth of willow, so it is advisable to do the workpiece in moderate quantities. This will preserve the population of trees in a particular area, and therefore you will always have the opportunity to collect a new batch of therapeutic agent.

Properties and composition of willow bark

The willow bark has healing properties and contraindications that are actively expressed due to the chemical composition of this tree. The bark is saturated with a substance called glycoside salicin. This is a unique in its properties natural component, which was discovered by the German scientist Buchner as early as the beginning of the 19th century.

A little later, Italian professors managed to isolate from the substance "sálix" - the well-known salicylic acid. It is on its basis that official medicine, the aspirin, already familiar to everyone, appeared in official medicine. However, at the moment salicylic acid is obtained by artificial means, as it is very expensive to extract it from the bark of willow (white willow).

It is the presence of this substance in the bark that explains the beneficial effects of willow. So, when taking salicin in the form of tinctures or decoctions in the human body begins to produce salicylic acid. Its effect is less harmful than the effects of synthetic aspirin. Studies show that its long-term reception adversely affects the work of the digestive system.

Useful properties of willow bark

Natural salicin is used as:

  1. Pain reliever.
  2. Hemostatic.
  3. Diuretic.
  4. Antipyretic
  5. Anthelmintic.
  6. Anti-inflammatory drugs.

That is why willow bark is recommended for the following health problems:

Methods of application of willow (willow)

The following recipe is recommended for the preparation of therapeutic broth:

  1. One tablespoon of willow bark should be filled with boiling water. For this, it is advisable to use enamelware.
  2. Next, the water with raw materials must be boiled for another half hour, using the "water bath" method.
  3. The broth should be strained hot.
  4. Next, it is necessary to pour in more boiled water (initial volume).
  5. The tool is taken several times a day, one tablespoon for half an hour before meals.

With the help of salicin, joint inflammations are also actively treated. Due to the anti-inflammatory action of willow bark, it is used in the treatment of rheumatism, osteoarthrosis, and gout. Willow is used in folk medicine for diseases such as arrhythmia, diarrhea, jaundice, as well as oral cavity problems.

Like most medicines, it is highly recommended not to use a willow bark decoction for women who are bearing the fruit, as well as for children under 16 years of age. Individual intolerance to this remedy may also be a contraindication to receive. Before use in the medical purposes it is necessary to consult with the doctor.

Description willow

There are about 170 species of wood. The most common species that can be found in the cities of Russia, Iraq, Iran and in Europe is white willow. Since this tree loves moisture, it can be found in areas of rivers, lakes and reservoirs, but it can also be found in parks, alleys, along roads.

Willow is not only used for greening the environment, but also serves for the production of furniture, baskets, textiles. Willow branches are pet food such as goats and sheep. Willow is a valuable tree for beekeepers, as it is a good honey plant. And also in Russia, this tree or bush is considered a symbol of the Orthodox holiday Palm Palm. And also this plant is popular in medicine.

There are several subspecies of willow, and they differ slightly among themselves. The leaves in one form may be green, slightly twisted, densely planted on the branches, and in other species may be light green in color, and are rarely located on the branches. Leaves can also be gray-white. Leaf shape is elliptical, narrow, oblong. The edges of the leaves are solid. The branches are thin, seemingly like twigs, bend well, covered with shiny bark of mostly green color.

The buds on the willow can be either burgundy or dark yellow. In early spring, before they dissolve the leaves, the willow begins to bloom, but there are some subspecies that bloom in the first months of summer, while the leaves appear. Flowers do not particularly stand out in appearance. Their size is small, but if they are collected in a bundle or as they call earrings, then you can notice them.

Willow species

According to the latest genus willow has 553 subspecies. We list the most famous species:

  1. White willow,
  2. Breaking
  3. Basket,
  4. Almond leaf
  5. Willow Sheluga,
  6. Roman subspecies
  7. Subspecies scapular,

Willow is common in both Russia and Europe. The area is wide and can be found, and in such regions as:

  1. West Siberia
  2. Caucasus
  3. middle Asia
  4. Riverlands

Necessary conditions for growth

This tree or shrub prefers places with high humidity and soil with high acidity. These are the best places to grow willow, it is very easy to root, it is only to find the soil close to the water and plant a branch in it. The rooting process is not long in coming. So, willow can create thickets, if there is a surrounding environment. This tree is frost-resistant and will get along well in a city with high dustiness.

Ancient folk signs

The willow existed in ancient times, and the Slavic tribes - pagans called the willow "Perun's vine", and dedicated this tree to the god - Perun. Some household items were made of Perunovy vines, in the hope that the item will acquire magical power and become a talisman for the whole house. Babies from birth bathed in a willow broth, willow branches, standing in the house, had to drive away evil spirits. It was believed that even the bad weather can save.

The willow magic power was also applied at the industrial level. Fresh buds scattered across the fields in order for the earth to bear fruit. Pasture cattle produced branches of the tree in order to enclose the animal from the scourge.

After the adoption of Christianity, many omens and rites were forgotten and thrown out of religion, but not all. Part of the rites followed in a new religion for the people.

The use of willow for cosmetic purposes

In home cosmetology can use for their own needs the juice obtained from willow bark. Juice helps:

  • Smooth wrinkles,
  • Reduce inflammation of the skin of the face,

The bark is crushed into a crumb and due to the grinding get the juice. It is not diluted, and applied in pure form. Broth derived from willow bark is designed to rinse the head, relieve the scalp from dandruff.

Botanical characteristic

Family willow. Shrub or tree up to 30 m tall with a pancake spreading crown and dark gray bark. Bark with deep cracks. The leaves are long, lanceolate, silvery silky, pointed at the end, serrated on the edges, short-petiolate. Yellow-green flowers are collected in oblong earrings. It blooms from April to May. The fruit is a box, it ripens in May – June.

Application and healing properties

As bitterness in spring asthenia, with poor appetite. In folk medical practice used in infectious diseases and malaria (instead of quinine). In medicine, bark decoction is used as an astringent for diarrhea. Broth bark has anti-inflammatory effect and is assigned to the inside with rheumatic lesions of the joints and gout. The bark has a tonic effect, is effective for hypotension.

Outwardly, the infusion of white bark and leaves of willow is prescribed for skin diseases, trophic ulcers, furunculosis and sweating of the feet, as a rinse - for inflammation of the mucous membranes of the mouth and nasopharynx.

Cooking

1 tablespoon of willow bark insist with 2 cups boiling water (in a thermos). Infusion drink 3 times for 20-40 minutes before meals.

Ingested willow bark powder: 1 g 3 times daily before meals.

A decoction of willow bark is prepared at the rate of 1 tablespoon of bark for 2 cups of water. Simmer for 15–20 minutes. Is ingested 1-2 tablespoons 3-4 times a day. The broth is used for external use.

Bark of willow in Russia successfully treated malaria. To prepare the medicine you need to cut fresh willow bark. Boil 2 tablespoons of bark with one and a half glasses of water under a lid over low heat until one glass of liquid remains. The patient drinks the whole broth in the morning on an empty stomach with honey or sugar (the taste of the broth is very bitter). During attacks of malaria to the patient, in addition to drinking the decoction of willow, slightly heated willow leaves were placed under the sheet at night.

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