Wednesday

A is for Aspirin

No, this isn't a blog post about how much I needed aspirin today. Thankfully it wasn't one of "those" days. This is actually a post about trees.
Did you know that one of the original sources of the active ingredient, salicylic acid, in aspirin comes from the leaves and bark of willow trees? Civilizations as far back as the Egyptians used medicines created from the willow tree and other salicylic-rich plants (source).

Yep! One more way we benefit from trees.
As you have probably already guessed, there are many reasons I love trees. As a child it was their beauty and the endless hours of outdoor fun with family and friends they provided. As an adult I learned that they impact our lives in a lot of ways. So, I thought it would be fun (mostly for me) to share all the ways we rely on trees. This is the first of the series of posts (26, to be precise) on how trees impact our lives. Maybe they will help you appreciate the trees you see during your outdoor activities. Hope you enjoy.

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