An oft-quoted proverb informs us “that good things come in small packages.” Such wisdom as applied to the small flowered willow herb (as there is also a large flowered species) would surely be agreeable to anyone who has had the good fortune of being charmed by its dainty bloom and impressed by the sheer potency of its cure.
What does it do?
Its solid reputation for addressing problems of the prostate gland and urinary tract having been built up throughout many centuries, willow herb has earned additional praise along with unassailable credentials in one laboratory test after another. In Germany physicians will often advise that their patients suffering from benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), or enlarged prostate, drink a tea brewed with willow herb. The swelling is quick to diminish, while toxins and bacteria in this tiny gland are effectively removed. Willow herb also slows the growth of tumors in men who are challenged with prostate cancer. This green medicine shares several of the same important constituents for addressing the symptoms of BPH that make the more popular saw palmetto berry a proven herbal superstar. Possessing impressive anti-inflammatory abilities, willow herb addresses both the pain and the infection of the urinary tract suffered by both men and women.
About the herb
The common names of both plants and animals can sometimes deceive. For example, neither the peanut nor the cocoanut can be considered a true nut. In like manner, this herb shares no actual ties to that of the willow, save for the similarity in the appearance of their leaves. It does, however, share biological bonds with the fuchsia and the evening primrose. Commonly found across Central and Eastern Europe, willow herb is an attractive perennial that reaches three feet in height. Its small flowers bear four petals and please with their purple or pale pink colors. The fruits take the form of slender red capsules, while the tiny black seeds are encased in a fluffy fiber that facilitates their dispersal by the wind. Both the aerial (above ground) parts and the root of this botanical bear its medicinal treasures.
To reduce swelling of the male prostate gland or to address urinary tract infection in both genders drink three cups of willow herb daily, one half hour before meals. Add one teaspoon of the dried plant to a cup of boiled water and steep for 15 minutes. Strain and enjoy walking this herb’s green pathway to better health!