Medicinal effects of willow: Harvesting willow bark for herbal remedies
Reduces inflammation, useful for gout, back pain, and arthritis
Mild pain reliever
Willow also inhibits sexual urges and has been used to control wet dreams, premature ejaculation, and sexual over stimulation. Salix negra spp are more potent than Salix alba as an anti-aphrodisiac.
Willow bark is harvested in the spring before bud break.