Salix bebbiana Sarg., Salicaceae
Willow bark is used for the treatment of pain, headache, and inflammatory conditions. Its properties are anti-inflammatory, fever-reducing, antiseptic, and immune-system-boosting. The outer and inner bark are combined to prepare a cup of immune-boosting willow bark tisane. The taste is mild and slightly bitter-sweet. For bark tisanes, it's best to pulverize the desired quantity of plant material in a coffee grinder or food processor, then prepare the infusion, and strain the liquid through a coffee filter. Bark tisanes tend to be strong infusions. You can add a strong willow bark infusion to a relaxing bath. Lovely willow bark indeed.
Willow bark is rich in salicin, enzymes, minerals, antiseptic terpenes, and vitamins. Willow bark tisane eases pain and reduces inflammation.
We wild-harvest willow bark in early spring and late fall in the wilderness of northern Saskatchewan.