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Willow Tree Facts for Children

Willow trees are ornamental trees that have can bring a special look to your garden or landscape. Many features of this tree can interest children, allowing you to teach them the history of willows and their practical medicinal uses.

Facts

The history of willow trees goes back to Sumeria, where the tree was a symbol for creation, growth and emerging consciousness. For example, it is symbolic because people may see it as a portrayal of sadness, although sitting beneath the tree is comforting.

Willow Wishes

The White Willow was a place where individuals would sometimes make wishes. People would approach the tree and tie a loose knot in a limb, making a wish while doing so. Once the wish came true, the person would go back and untie the knot.

Medicinal Uses

Willow bark and its medicinal uses go back to Hippocrates. Chewing on the bark could reduce inflammation and fevers. Headaches, back pain and osteoarthritis are also some ailments for which willow bark can relieve pain since it contains a chemical similar to aspirin.

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About the Author

Daniella Lauren has worked with eHow and various new media sites as a freelance writer since 2009. Her work covers topics in education, business, and home and garden. Daniella holds a Master of Science in elementary education and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Pensacola Christian College.