willow

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Herbal Pain Killer - one minute survival tip

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This time: White willow bark: the herbal pain killer. Knowing how to handle your own basic medical emergencies is a important part of Survival. Often overlooked.One of the most popular and effective herbal pain killers is white willow bark, which is taken from the white willow tree (salix alba). Whether the pain is chronic or acute, in the lower back, joints, head, or teeth, white willow bark is effective: it can relieve pain and can reduce fever. Herbal aspirin: Willow bark contains a chemical called salicin that is similar to aspirin. Best of all: it doesn't have as many side-effects, such as gastrointestinal problems, or long-term risks like blood thinning. How to harvest willow bark for medicine: Scrape off the bark from the young branches in the Spring just before the sap begins to run, when the branches are rich with their new spring colour. This is the easiest time to separate the bark from the branch. Once you have scraped the willow bark from the twigs, cut them in small pieces. . How to use (Tea): The usual dose of willow bark tea is typically 1-3 grams of bark per cup of water. Tea is made by steeping 1-2 tsp of the bark in 1 cup of boiling water for 10- 20 minutes. Willow bark tea is best brewed slowly to extract the maximum amount of salicin. To treat fever and pain, 3-5 cups a day are recommended. Larger amounts are likely to lead to gastrointestinal upset due to the high tannin content of the bark. Be aware: Plants containing salicylates have a very bitter taste, so willow bark tea may be Unpalatable. Precautions: Because willow bark contains salicin, people who are allergic or sensitive to salicylates (such as aspirin) should not use willow bark. Some researchers suggest that people with asthma, diabetes, gout, gastritis, hemophilia, and stomach ulcers should also avoid willow bark. If you have any of these conditions, take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) regularly, or blood-thinning medication, ask your health care provider before taking willow bark. Children under the age of 16 should not take willow. Next time: Advanced Emergency Lantern. Don´t miss it!