Willow bark extract has been used for thousands of years as an anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, and analgesic. The active ingredient in the medicine made from willow bark is called salicin (a modified form of the willow bark chemical, acetylsalicylic acid, is manufactured as aspirin). Although extracts are generally standardized to salicin, other ingredients in the plant, including other salicylates as well as polyphenols and flavonoids may also play prominent roles in the therapeutic actions. According to the NIH, adverse effects appear to be minimal as compared to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs including aspirin. The primary cause for concern may relate to allergic reactions in salicylate-sensitive individuals, or contexts where aspirin is not advised, or use by those with kidney disease.
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Bring filtered or spring water to 212°F. Add 1 tsp of tea leaves to an 8oz cup. Pour boiling water over the tea leaves and let steep 5 minutes.