Willow weaving, pruning (and vinegar making) this weekend

There is a lovely natural children’s play area in Frankendael Park, made from woven living willows.  As you can see, from the photo taken today, the willow structures have sent out lots of new growth and need some pruning and reweaving.

This Saturday, 19th February, at 10am locals interested in helping to tidy up the structures are invited to meet at the play area.  Warm drinks will be provided by the Friends of Frankendael.  This was posted in Het Parool newspaper yesterday.  I suggest that taking a pair of gardening gloves and secateurs would be useful.

Willow (Salix alba, S. fragilis, NL: Wilgen)
A wonderful pain reliever.

Willow bark contains salicin which is the active ingredient in aspirin, but unlike the isolated ingredient, Willow bark  doesn’t irritate the gut or thin the blood.  A country remedy I can vouch for is to chew the twigs of willow for headache relief.  I have found it works and it is also quite tasty!

Willow tincture or vinegar made in spring, can also be very effective. It can be taken for headaches, muscle pains & cramps, rheumatism, arthritis, period pain, colds, flu.  However Willow should not be used by those allergic to Asprin, pregnant or breastfeeding women.

  • Pack a sterile jam jar full of leaves and young twigs.
  • Cover completely with vodka or apple cider vinegar.
  • Seal the jar with a well fitting lid.
  • Leave for 4 – 6 weeks at room temperature
  • Strain and pour the tincture or vinegar into a sterile bottle
  • Label and store in a coolish dark place
  • Take a few drops of tincture in water or a teaspoonful of vinegar for mild pain relief.



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