The first order of business is to try my hand at coppicing. A lot of willow (Salix spp.) grows on my plot and I’m eager to coppice this for fencing material, trellising, material for hugelkultur beds and of course medicine.
From what I understand, coppicing is done when the plant is still dormant in late winter. Bark harvested for medicine in the spring is best gathered just before bud break. The timing doesn’t line up perfectly, but close enough that I’m stacking functions and performing both tasks at the same time.
Willow bark is a wonderful anti-inflammatory herb that can help ease the pain of headaches, sore muscles and achy joints, particularly where there is excess dampness and heat. It can be beneficial as a gargle for sore throats and to stimulate digestion. Rosalee de la Foret has a wonderful write up on willow.