We all take Aspirin pretty much for granted, but did you know that before Aspirin was available, people used willow bark! They didn’t understand how or why it worked, but chewing on a section of bark did in fact relieve pain. It was even suggested that it should be used during childbirth. Can’t see that helping!
I did a little searching and went through some books to see what else I could find out. Actually, the history was quite interesting, but then I found something else¦ a few bizarre uses!
Aspirin as we know it was supposedly created in 1897, but it can be traced back about 3500 years. Hippocrates (the father of technical medicine) discovered recipes that used the bark of the willow tree (mentioned above) to produce a powder that would relieve headaches, pain and fever. This substance would be used for generations.
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