| Willows are fast growing, highly adaptable trees. They are highly
invasive and will take any type of soil. They can be found (in some form) most
everywhere. Willow contains salicylates, and aspirin-like drug. Once again,
this chemical is found throughout the plants, but its highest concentration is
in the cambium. Brewed in tea, it will relieve pain, reduce inflammation and
lower fever, much like the poplars.
Topical uses (cambium or leaves) include insect bites, minor burns and skin
irritations. The inner bark can also be used as survival food although it is
Wilbur D. May Center at
Rancho San Rafael Regional Park
1595 N. Sierra,
Reno, Nevada U.S.A.
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