natural painkiller

Willow Bark as a natural painkiller

Of young willow baskets are woven for centuries. But bark and wood had another function. In folk medicine the willow was known as a remedy for pain. In ancient herbal books of Hippocrates and the Greeks were Dioskurides willow preparations as a remedy for fever is described. Because willows in wet areas with mosquitoes grow, is also thought to have an agent against malaria. It helped!

The main medicinal substance was discovered in 1828. This material consists of bitter-tasting crystals, salicin. In slightly altered form as salicinezuur was a powerful antidote to pain, unfortunately, with strong side effects like nausea and stomach bleeding. Only in 1897 did Felix Hoffman, a way to make the drug more tolerable. He transformed it into azetylsalizylzuur, the ASS. That was aspirin, used to treat fever, pain and inflammation and even prevent a heart attack. Meanwhile, this substance synthetically.

Cup of tea of ​​willow analgesic
A nice cup of analgesic tea made from willow

Vegetable pain resources are often better tolerated by the human body than synthetic. The willow is not obsolete. He is now grown in plantations for wood and bark of a natural agent to produce pain.

This pain means plant suitable for all patients, who in chronic diseases, eg osteoarthritis, pain often means to swallow.
The simplest way to make Willow a drug for colds and fever, is brewing tea from willow bark. For the relief of pain is in the little tea-acting compound.

willow bark. make tea from willow bark

Botanical information about Willow:

In the Netherlands, the willow is one of the most common tree species. Willows and poplars belong to the same family, the saliaceae. They are also similar. Both have simple leaves and unisexual flowers, the cats. Both are low, wet soils. In this article I give some of the many species of willow short description so you put them on your walks can keep a little apart. Most species occur in the wild, except that the willow is planted mostly in parks. But there are also small species suitable for gardens. Besides trees, there high and low shrubs, and even creeping ground cover.

Except in Australia, the 400 and 500 willow species known on every continent with the largest concentration in the northern hemisphere.

Willow The word is derived from the Anglo-Saxon luxuriantly what to do with flexibility. Others claim that willow and meadow of the old High German or the Latin CTBOIS Wida (= mesh) descended. Salix is ​​derived from the old Indian salila what water means. Other Dutch names for the willow are: sappeipenholt, Warf, Wedel, who whistle and shit.
The place and Rodenrijs Rijssen their name may be due to willow.

The weeping willow (Salix alba

The white willow (Salix alba) is non-truncated 28 meters high. The kittens are pretty thin, oblong, yellow-green and flowering stalks. The underside of the leaf is silvery hairy. The name is due to the large production of young shot. The weeping willow is a variety of white willow. Its branches are less brittle and bend with the wind.
The crack willow (Salix fragilis) has branches that are flexible and little to break a cracking sound. It is a large tree with an open crown. The catkins are oval shaped with a pointed tip. Because it blooms later than other willows, willows, he was considered the summer.
The gray willow (Salix cinerea) is remarkable for its gray-green color of the foliage. The underside of the leaf is blue-green, covered with felt-like hairs. The cats are often flowering before the lakrood.
The gray willow (Salix eleagnos) is non-truncated 20 meters high. He is also a large shrub found. The leaves are very narrow and long. Their bottom is witviltig hairy. The kittens are up to 5 cm long, slender and slightly curved.
The pussy willow (Salix viminalis) is very flexible twigs. The kittens are remarkably bright and silvery look great in the vase. The leaves are long and narrow and curled at the edges. She is especially familiar with whales. The branches of pussy willow are cut every three years, as beanstalks sold, used for weaving baskets or making mattresses in the construction of dikes. The osier grows each year about 2 m
The creeping willow (Salix repens) is a shrub. He rarely exceeds 1 m and occurs on heathland and sand dunes to spray it further combat.
The water or boswilg (Salix caprea) usually occurs as a shrub. The Latin name means willow eaten by goats. Typical are the large, round or elliptical leaves that are hairy on the underside grauwwit. The kittens are covered with a silvery bloom the silk fur.
The bitter willow (Salix purpurea) has thin, stiff branches. She is a large shrub or small tree. Its twigs are reddish brown, the yellow catkins and slightly reddish.
The laurel willow (Salix pentandra) is 15 m tall. The twigs are reddish brown and very shiny. Remarkably, the elongated kittens after walking out of the leaves appear.
Almond willow (Salix triandra) has cinnamon-colored peeling bark on older specimens. The leaves are long, pointed and dark green. The catkins are slender and conical.

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