#886. Asked by dave_fl. (Apr 08 00 1:14 PM)
Barking up the right tree: Though aspirin was born in Bayer's labs in 1897, juice extracted from the bark of the white willow tree had been used for pain and fevers as far back as the Romans. The willow in Latin is salix; its bark juice contains salicylic acid, which was much later synthesized by Felix Hoffmann into acetylsalicylic acid. Bayer originally sold the stuff as powder in bags.
We all know cinnamon is a bark and aspirin can be made from willow bark, but did you know you can make any tree bark? But be careful not to bark up the wrong tree or you will find yourself disembarking from the treehouse all too quickly!
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