There are several varieties of willow trees such as the White Willow, Weeping Willow, Pussy Willow, Black Willow, Golden Willow, and Curly Willow. Weeping and Pussy Willows are the most common in North America, and White Willow is the most common variety in Europe. No matter what type of willow one chooses to use in their magick, they will be calling to the ancient ancestors. Willow was widely used by the ancient Native Americans, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans. The Willow tree is one of the seven sacred Irish trees and is a sacred tree to Druids.
Using Willow in Magick
There is a rich tradition of utilizing willow trees in basketmaking as well as using these baskets to bring magic to anything placed inside. One can use these baskets to bring healing, peace, love, and protection. Use willow bark in sachets for healing, love, binding, divination, peace, and protection. Powdered and burned as incense, this bark is used for healing, divination, peace, protection, and exorcism. Add willow bark to a bath or tea for healing, love, and exorcism.
Using Willow in Medicine
Willow bark is one of the most ancient pain relievers and is still used today. All willows share a unique chemical makeup containing Salicin (Salicylic Acid). This Salicylic Acid that can be extracted from willow bark is actually the chemical precursor to modern aspirin. One can use willow bark to help pain, headaches, acne, and inflammation. Brewing a strong tea of willow bark is the easiest way to utilize willow internally and externally (for acne and pain).
WARNING while willow is generally considered safe it can cause an allergic reaction (if allergic to aspirin or salicylic acid), stomach upset, and itchiness.