White Willow and Kawakawa Temporary pain relief balm
These Rongoa Maori healing balms are hand made by myself using a traditional method of sun infusion over the space of 12 months. Due to the time involved in infusing, my balms are very strong and limited in supply. I offer three varietys, all of which are made using a base of Kawakawa and calendula before having any additions added, such as white willow or eucalyptus.
White willow is used for the temporary relief of minor aches and muscle pains associated with arthritis, treatment of pain (particularly low back pain and osteoarthritis), headache, and inflammatory conditions, such as bursitis and tendinitis. I started making this one to ease my own knee pain from an injury and for a much loved relative who is in constant pain from tendonitis. Its active ingredient, salicin, reduces the production of pain-inducing chemicals in your nerves making it a fast acting pain relief, and the anti inflammatory properties of the kawakawa help reduce inflamation at the same time.
You should use willow with caution if you have gastrointestinal and liver problems or diabetes. Like aspirin, you should also be careful if you take anticoagulants, acetazolamide, anti-hypertensives and anti-inflammatory drugs because willow bark interacts with these drugs. I recomend talking to your Dr before using if you suffer from any of these conditions