Latin Name: Salix alba
- Dream Magic
- Heighten Intuition
- Healing Rituals
Burn over charcoal, add to charm bags, blends, use as an offering.
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.
All parts of the willow guard against evil and can be carried or placed in the home for this purpose. Aligned with the Moon and the element of Water, this herb is good for dream scrying and is considered soothing for frights and worries. Willow can be added to love sachets and charms to increase their potency and are especially appropriate in spells to attract new love into your life.