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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Natural Medicine.

For this BB, you will create a decoction of willow bark. Decoction is a method of extracting desired compounds from plant material by boiling/simmering the material.

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Mother Earth Living on Decoction
A Permie make a willow bark decoction

Minimum requirements:
  - Make a decoction
  - Strain and store your decoction

To document completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pictures or a video (< 2 minutes):
  - Willow Bark (either being harvested or just harvested)
  - Making  the decoction
  - Finished decoction in its labeled jar
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Hey Skip team! Starting a new workout, so I could appreciate a willow bark decoction! I harvested it from a willow on my canal bank, nearby. David Holloway says, "the redder the better!" Then I boiled it for several minutes, let it seep, and stored it in a re-used glass bottle in the fridge. It's so bitter!! How do you mellow the flavor?
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harvesting bark
harvesting bark
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The willow, new growth at base
The willow, new growth at base
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amount harvested
amount harvested
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decoction in process
decoction in process
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filling the bottle
filling the bottle
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labeled and storing what I don't drink tonight
labeled and storing what I don't drink tonight
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Note: I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete! (I've never made willow decoction, so I don't know how to mellow it. If you find out, please share in the thread!)

 
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I don't know why but my phone double posted. Sorry.
 
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Got the bark while whittling coat hooks for another bb

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Correction, triple posted. 😞  feel free to delete.

 
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Willow bark decoction with dosage written on label
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Note: I certify this BB complete.  Well done Megan

 
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i simmered willow bark for approx. 20 mins for the decoction
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Note: I certify this BB complete.  Well done Dakota

 
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Macey Vaughan wrote:Would I be able to complete this BB by decocting Red Alder Bark? It's also great for treating headaches in a similar way to aspirin--just like willow bark! It grows abundantly on my property but I've yet to find a local willow tree.



I didn't mean to submit this for certification. Oopsie! I'm not sure how to undo it and post as a regular reply.
 
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