Summary Of ' The Wood Of Willows ' Essay

1586 Words Dec 1st, 2016 7 Pages
The genus Salix, or Willow, consists of around 400 species of trees and shrubs which can be found in nearly every continent, save for Australia and Antarctica. The wood of willows is light and therefore easily molded, and the plants versatility has lead to it developing a variety of applications ranging from basket-weaving to fire-starting. The near ubiquity and widespread applicability of willows has lead to the plant developing symbolic meaning as well, with the plant featuring prominently in the Bible and various English superstitions. Willows have been featured in a number of works of fiction as well, with their legacy eventually culminating in pivotal roles in Shakespeare 's Hamlet and JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series. The willow’s renown is well-deserved, as it has aided the human species in numerous fields. However, one of the most notable contributions of the willow is often overlooked in favor of the plant’s romantic appeal. In addition to their numerous other talents, willows possess a number of healing properties with a compound found in willow bark being one of the key components in Aspirin. Aspirin isn’t the only means by which the willow has played a key role in human history, however it is one of the most applicable to our daily lives. Willow bark has been used medicinally throughout human history, with the earlest records of its usage tracing back to Sumerian stone tablets and the Ebers papyrus. Willow bark has also been used in Native American, Greek,…

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