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White Willow Bark as a Tincture?

shllnzlshllnzl Southwestern UtahPosts: 1,510 ✭✭✭✭✭

I bought some powdered white willow bark. I am now wondering if it would be a good idea to make a tincture with it? I'm thinking that it would be easier to take it that way instead of mixing the powder with water.

Has anyone used it as a tincture?

I may also tincture some eucalyptus powder for the same reason.


  • toreytorey Posts: 2,782 admin

    I have made willow tincture but not from a powder. I was using the bark. My recommendation is to put it is capsules. It is so tannic and astringent that even I (with my love of bitter, tannic things) have a really hard time taking. Most people won't after their first taste. The tea is equally as dreadful. When I suggest using willow now, I will suggest it as a capsule.

  • Denise GrantDenise Grant Posts: 1,699 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @shllnzl Do you have any white willow in your area you can harvest?

    I agree with @torey about using it in capsules

  • marjstrattonmarjstratton Posts: 316 ✭✭✭

    I have wild harvested willow bark and made tincture with it. Need to re-supply myself. Bitter as all get out, but a few drops in water or a drink. I really don't think tea is a great option for willow.

  • shllnzlshllnzl Southwestern UtahPosts: 1,510 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @torey @Denise Grant @marjstratton Thanks for the info, everyone.

    I took a small bit of the powder straight on my tongue without too much taste whiplash, so any way should work for me. Capsules are under consideration for others.

    I will keep some of the powder for emergency use for possible heart attack. I have seen powdered aspirin sold for that purpose. I also have cayenne tincture available.

    I have some small volunteer cottonwood trees that I can't seem to kill off that might work the same way as willow. I probably should strip the bark off the next pruning.

  • toreytorey Posts: 2,782 admin

    @shllnzl If you have cottonwood trees, harvest the spring buds. They are an excellent way to use the medicinal properties. The bark does contain salicylates but willow is generally considered a better source.

  • shllnzlshllnzl Southwestern UtahPosts: 1,510 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @torey Thanks for the advice.

  • marjstrattonmarjstratton Posts: 316 ✭✭✭

    I personally hate taking pills so will generally avoid it if possible! That is why I like making tinctures.

  • DesireeDesiree Posts: 219 ✭✭✭

    I made tincture from my willow bark but when I use it for a remedy it is usually combined with others that cut down on the bitter/tannic taste.

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