Willow - Salix Phylicifolia
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.
When applied to skin, willow extract calms inflammation, reduces harmful bacteria, and cleans out and tightens pores.
These properties make it an excellent substance for gently but effectively dealing with breakouts or skin disorders like psoriasis or seborrhoeic dermatitis.
Salicylic acid even helps speed up your skin’s natural process of getting rid of dead cells and growing new ones instantly leading to healthier 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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