Salix phylicifolia, the tea-leaved willow, is a species of willow native to Northern Europe, including Iceland. It can also be found in the Faroe Islands, Scandinavia, Finland, Russia and Western Siberia. It was the first bush found on Surtsey, a new island off the south coast of Iceland, which was formed in a volcanic eruption in 1963.
Willow bark’s pain relieving potential has been recognised throughout history. It was commonly used during the time of Hippocrates, when people were advised to chew on the bark to relieve pain and fever. Willow bark contains salicin, which is similar to aspirin.
Willow bark contains high concentrations of salicin, which our bodies metabolise into salicylic acid. Willow is such a well-known source of salicin and salicylic acid that it has given its Latin name, salix, to both substances.
Studies suggest, willow extract calms inflammation, reduces harmful bacteria, and cleans out and tightens pores.
Willow is an excellent substance for scalp and hair.
Salicylic acid exfoliates to help speed up the natural process of getting rid of dead skin cells
instantly leading to healthier looking skin.
Besides its star component and namesake, willow bark extract also contains helpful antioxidants in the form of various phenols and bioflavanoids.
We harvest and pick our wild willow from untouched lowlands in the south of Iceland.
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