Patterns of imbalance: Feeling resentful, inflexible or bitter; feeling that life is unfair or that one is a victim.
If the physical body does not keep flexible, it becomes stiff and contracted. The good health of the soul also depends on its ability to be yielding, flowing, and for-giving. The Willow flower heals bitterness and resentment; it is for those who tend to hold on and become attached to negative emotions. Such persons often feel victimized by the circumstances of life–they feel that others are to blame for their misfortune; that life has been unfair to them; or they resent those who appear to have more status, prosperity, or felicity than themselves. The aging process is especially difficult for Willow types. At an energetic level, such persons are unable to flow with the streaming of their lives. Negative feelings are dammed up and then become magnified and internalized, congesting the inner being. The physical body also suffers from this stress, tending to manifest such problems as stiff joints, rheumatism, arthritis, and other aches and pains. (It is interesting to note that Willow bark is the herbal precursor of aspirin, and is used particularly for such physical conditions.) Willow restores a more spring-like disposition, helping the soul to respond with greater resilience and inward mobility to challenges and problems. In this way the Self takes more respnsibility for its condition, and learns to flow more gently and graciously with, rather than against, the flow of life. –Taken from Flower Essence Repertory by P. Kaminski and R. Katz