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.
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.
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.
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.