White Willow Bark
Latin Name: Salix alba
White willow is also known as Tree of Enchantment and Witches Aspirin.
It is recommended to use when contacting the spirits of the dead; Scott Cunningham suggests mixing willow with sandalwood and burn at the waning moon to conjure spirits.
Strong in its healing energy, it can be added to all baths and other preparations to heal both the body and soul. Women know that there are times when you feel you need a really good cry, and having a bath with some willow is a positive way to release this energy.
Used for thousands of years, White Willow bark has long been recognized as a powerful aid in medical treatments and mystical ritual. The ancient physician Hippocrates, who wrote in 400 BC, even spoke of chewing it to reduce fever and inflammation. Its use extended into China and ancient Egypt and Assyria, as well where its healing properties were also recognized for centuries, often as an aid against all varieties of aches and pains. In the mid ages it was applied to fever as well. In many mystic and spiritual traditions, it is also associated with the moon, and trying to bring the moon’s blessings into your life.