Willow (Latin name: Epilobium L.) belongs to the Onagraceae family. It blooms from July to September and is found, as a plant, in temperate and sub-existing areas.
Health Benefits and Uses
It was known in folk medicine. In fact, research has confirmed its beneficial effects on prostate hyperplasia. It contains several flavonoids that offer Willow its antioxidant activity. At the same time, it has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial properties. Thus, it protects against infections and is even used in urinary tract infections. In addition, it can be used for problems such as infections, swollen gums, and gingivitis of the oral cavity. It is also linked to disorders of the digestive system and in fact, it’s a folk remedy to drink a tea made from the leaves and roots in order to treat dysentery and abdominal cramps. In women, it can be helpful in stabilizing the cycle as it interferes with the action of progesterone.
It is a good source of vitamins A and C. The leaves of the plant can be cooked or even eaten raw. However, they should be used as fresh as possible.
Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.