WHITE WILLOW BARK (Salix alba) is an analgesic, anodyne, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, diaphoretic, and fever reducer. This herb has been used for at least 2,000 years. It contains salicin which is a glucoside that is converted to salicylic acid in the body. It is from this herb, along with Meadowsweet, that Bayer formulated the drug known as aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid). So, it can be easily substituted for aspirin without the side effects of the drug. Use Willow bark for the symptomatic relief of headaches, fevers, sciatica, arthritic/rheumatic/neuralgic pains, heartburn, and stomach ailments. As a tonic and astringent, it is used for the treatment of worms, chronic diarrhea and dysentery. Used for wounds, sores, burns, skin eruptions, as a footwash for sweaty feet, and as a mouthwash for sore throat and inflammation of the gums/tonsils.