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Friday, February 23, 2018


Photo from: Tammy Jackson
sauce blanco, Leon palera, L. Salix atrocinerea, Fr. saule, Eng. common willow. This tree or bush is native to northern temperate areas and grows in humid areas or in marshlands. Its nectar flowers bloom in Spain from March through April.

By the 14th C, the predecessor of what is known as the willow, today, existed only on riverbanks in Europe. It was appreciated for its decorative effect and medicinal properties. The bark is extracted and used to reduce fever. like today’s aspirin.

Further, it was used to relieve rheumatism although today’s modern medicines are more effective. Still it is used as a sedative and administered in tonic form, by either letting the bark sit in water for half a day and then boiling it or marinating it. This is well chopped or ground into powder in wine and imbibed three times a day.

Dioscorides recommended the leaves, bark and sap as astringents. For iliac pains, he prescribed drinking the leaves ground with pepper and mixed with wine. He thought that drinking the seeds in a liquid would loosen the blood in the chest. The ashes of the bark were mixed with vinegar to make an ointment and applied warts and corns to make them disappear. For earaches, he recommended placing the bark and leaves in the rind of a pomegranate with pink oil and boiling it. Further, he claimed that the sap improved eyesight.

[Dialecto. 1947:284; Fernández Muñiz. 1994:186; and Silva. 1994:174]

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