Willow water is made from the weeping willow tree.
This is a fast growing, wide-spreading tree that grows mainly in the Northern Hemisphere.
These trees (or plants with the scientific name of Salix) have numerous uses that are good for the environment!
The wood from these trees produce furniture, and are a great renewable energy source. Soil stabilization and erosion control is assisted by the large, spreading root structures of these massive trees.
Willow Water has been around for a very long time. Settlers and Indians used little tricks from the wilderness for various aliments. They knew that chewing on a twig from Willow trees would relieve the pain of a toothache. They used it for other issues as well.
The bark from a willow contains a natural growth hormone used to propagate new plants. The bark contains salicin, a chemical used to make a very common medicine (aspirin).
This homemade rooting hormone recipe that will cost (zero) to make, is said to work as well (if not better) than commercial rooting powder.
Plants manufacture salicylic acid to trigger natural defenses against bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Aspirin thus is an activator of ‘Systemic Acquired Resistance’ (SAR).
The two substances found in the willow bark are Indole Butyric Acid (IBA) and Salicylic Acid (SA) IBA,it is found in the actively growing branches, to stimulate rapid growth of the roots.
SA is a plant hormone that helps trigger the plant’s natural defenses against disease. Because both of these hormones are present, you’ll get both disease protection, and rapid root growth!
Extracting the natural hormones to produce willow` water can be done in a couple of ways: Either way seems to give you the same end results, so if you need it in a hurry, go with the second method. Your choice....
1. Collect small willow twigs, and cut into pieces around 1-2". Place in water, and allow soaking for several days to a few weeks. When the steeping is complete, strain water into a container, and it is ready to use.
2. The second method to produce willow water is much faster. Pour boiling water over your cut twigs, and allow too steep for 24 hrs.
Take plant cuttings from your roses, lilacs, azaleas, (any) plant you wish to propagate, and soak the cuttings in a small jar filled with the home-made water. (like flowers in a vase).
This is a super easy method for rooting a plant. It is not known how long to soak them for, but I’m sure overnight would be long enough for them to soak up the plant rooting hormone. Then simply plant the cutting as you normally would.
Using this steeped water from the branches of the Willow tree, is proving to be very beneficial regarding plant propagation,making it a very valuable natural resource!