Herbal Remedies and Medicinal Uses of Willow:
Salix. Both the leaves, hark, and the seed, are used to staunch bleeding of wounds, spitting of blood, and other fluxes, and to stay vomiting, if a decoction of them in wine be drank. It helps also to stay thin, salty distillations from the head upon the lungs, causing consumption. The leaves bruised with pepper, and drank in wine, relieves the colic. The seed has the same effect. Water gathered from the Willow, when it flowers, the bark being slit, is very good for redness of the eyes, and dimness of sight; to provoke urine, if it be drank; to clear the face and skin from spots and discolourings. Galen says, the flowers have an admirable faculty in drying up humours, as it is a medicine without any sharpness or corrosion; you may boil them in white wine, and drink freely of the liquor. The bark has the same effect, if used in the same manner; the burnt ashes being mixed with vinegar take away warts, and corns. The decoction of the leaves or bark in wine, takes away scurf and dandruff by washing the place with it.
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