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Willow Song, Lavenham Walk

  • by Charles The Concierge
The willow tree likes to hang over the banks of ponds and streams as its blousy and billowing branches weep into the water gracefully. The willow is prominent in several of Shakespeare's works as a tear-jerker. Desdemona cries herself a river in Othello while Ophelia in Hamlet meets their end after clinging on despairingly to a willow branch.

The weeping willow is quite potent as its bark has natural anti-inflammatory as well as anti-bacterial properties due to the presence of salicin, a natural forerunner to aspirin.

The crestfallen willow has teamed up with its neighbour, the water lily, which is acclaimed for its soothing and skin softening benefits at Noble Isle.

Salicin - a property of willow bark extract, is renowned for anti-bacterial properties and is excellent for treating sky that is dry.

Being rich in tannins and restorative gallic acid, the Water Lily is often associated with tranquility.

Water lily and willow are sourced from the medieval town of Lavenham. The willow bark comes from the Lavenham Woodland Project, beside the well known Lavenham Walk while water lilies have been plucked from Lavenhall Hall, a 600-year-old spring-fed lake which is now the focal point of Kate Denton’s Sculpture Garde.

This exclusive skincare gift is available from Noble Isle.

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