Cottonwood buds and bark contain salicin which is a compound that can be broke down into salicylic acid(asprin). Preparation of cottonwoods buds or bark with oil, or alcohol can make a natural medicinal product with similar properties to aspirin. This would be used externally or internally for pain relief, inflammation or fever. Other medicinal uses of cottonwood bark have been recorded such as treatment of whooping cough, tuberculosis, colds, and intestinal parasites. Whenever you make a product that concentrates the compounds of an edible plant the product may not be edible anymore, use caution if using any concentrated product internally.
The buds and the bark can be boiled into a tea which can help with heartburn. It can also be made into a poultice, so as you can see the Cottonwood tree is truly an amazing tree to have around! See edible properties by clicking here!
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