My Dirt Time The Adventures of Tom Sciacca

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Willow Tree

I don't remember what we're looking at in this pic, but I do see a willow tree on the right side of the pic. Marty had mentioned a few times that aspirin was originally made up from the inner bark of willow trees. In fact if you break off a willow branch, peel it and stick it in your mouth and chew on it, you'll get that familier bitter flavor that aspirin has. He also mentioned that it will work as a pain killer. In fact the origin came from the tradition of American Indians using willow bark as a painkiller (they would chew on bits of it to extract the compound). The inner bark of the willow tree contains salicylic acid which was the original active ingredient in aspirin.

I think this is pretty neat information to know and might even come in handy some day.

Another thing I want to point out is water. This is me in the middle of this pic in the white shirt and hat. Being the "survival dork" that I am I often think about the rule of threes and the priorities in a survival situation. Since the human body can generally live three days without water in an average environment that kind of points out how important having access to water at all times is. Especially when taking a wild edible plant walk or a simple hike, I always carry water with me. That is a water bottle carrier slung over my shoulder. I have one or two other things attached to it, so whenever I'm away from camp, I have the basics. It's also nice that every time I try something like a bite of wild leeks, a dandelion leaf or wood or sheep sorrel, I can rinse my mouth out and clear my throat. It's not about the END OF THE WORLD - It's not about surviving a hypothetical PLANE CRASH - It's about the SATISFACTION YOU GET knowing you can take care of yourself and/or your family in ANY SITUATION, ANYTIME, ANYWHERE!

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