White willow bark was known before the time of Hippocrates to be an effective pain killer. The active ingredient of white willow bark is salicylic acid, and this acid was discovered in 1763 by Edward Stone at Oxford and was first chemically synthesized – to what we currently know as aspirin – in 1863 by French chemist C.F.Gerhardt.
Although the popularity of aspirin temporarily declined once acetaminophen and ibuprofen were introduced, it’s inflammation fighting ability has allowed it to make a roaring comeback due to its ability to help prevent strokes and heart attacks.
Salicylic acid’s outstanding ability as an anti-inflammatory makes it perfect for a treatment for acne. This simple and quick-to-make recipe from Marie at Humblebee & Me is sure to please.