Willow leaves and bark are mentioned in texts from ancient Assyria, Sumer and Egypt as being beneficial for aches and fever. Native Americans used willow for pain relief. This is because willow is high in salicylic acid a precursor to modern Aspirin.
The ancient Greek physician, Hippocates – the Father of Medicine, wrote a treatise in praise of the willow’s medical properties. Before being unleashed on the general public, doctors today take the Hippocratic Oath, which most of us believe begins: ‘first do no harm’. It doesn’t… the phrase is not actually in the oath.
But while chewing willow bark may be good for rheumatics or the ague to really get shut of a headache, you cannot beat the following remedy taken from a medieval medical manuscript. It instructs you to…. go into the graveyard under the light of a full moon and scrape off moss growing upon a human skull. Once dried and ground down, the powder can be snorted to dispel headaches.
And that Constable is my story. And I’m sticking to it!
Tense nervous headache…
You will have after spending half the night digging up a corpse!
I really don’t know what’s so funny. Tips like this are going to come in very handy after the politicians have finished with the NHS.