The ‘Wonders’ of Willow Bark Extract
Willow bark extract has been used for thousands of years as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic remedy. Historians have discovered records of ancient Egyptians using willow tree elements to soothe pain. An ancient Egyptian medical text described how Egyptians used willow tree extract as medicine from 3000 B.C. to 1500 B.C. Additionally, the willow tree bark was used by Hippocrates in ancient Greece in 400 B.C., and this medicinal bark was used by the Royal Society in England in the 1700’s.
Long ago, Native Americans discovered uses for every part of the willow tree. They brewed the leaves and bark to make a healing tea. In keeping with the indigenous philosophy of "waste not, want not", tribes created baskets, beds, paint brushes, and dreamcatchers using various parts of willow trees.
Contemporary clinical studies of willow bark have been conducted. Results support the use of willow bark extracts to treat chronic lower back and joint pain. The extracts are widely used in sports performance products as a result.
Willow bark is usually standardized to salicin. In combination with the bark’s anti-inflammatory plant compounds (called flavonoids), salicin is thought to be responsible for the pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory effects of the bark extract. In the 1800s, salicin was used to develop the pharmaceutical known as Aspirin.
When used topically, willow bark extract gently exfoliates and helps reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines. HARMONY Facial Moisturizer and PEACE Massage Primer contain willow bark extract due to the beneficial properties.
HARMONY Facial Moisturizer combines the ultimate in plumping hydration with organic, antioxidant, hemp-derived CBD oil. The lotion is formulated with sweet almond oil, avocado oil, peptides, hyaluronic acid, shea butter, aloe vera, and willow bark extract. Willow bark sweeps away tired skin cells, paving the way for fresh, healthier-looking skin with the added bonus of flavonoids for possible protection from UV damage and a soothing effect on the skin.
PEACE Massage Primer ingredients include organic hemp CBD oil, avocado oil, sweet almond oil, eucalyptus essential oil, organic lemongrass essential oil, and willow bark extract with the aim of soothing tense muscles.
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