WHITE WILLOW (Salix alba L.)
The white willow is a deciduous bush. The tree grows up to 20 meters creating a large, wide and airy crown, blooming with gold-plated flowers. It is widespread in Central and South Europe, Central Asia and North Africa. It is seed grown and vegetative. Putting a twig at the end of the winter in a vase with water and then planting it directly into the damp ground, it will quickly establish its roots. Plants grow very fast and their life expectancy is 100 years.
Its bark has healing attributes. Even in the 5th Century BC, Hippocrates wrote about the bitter powder of white willow bark that relieved pain and fever, and the active ingredient from its bark (salicin) is an ingredient of one of the most widely used drugs in the world – aspirin.