Yes, in my obsession for identification and winter botany and gathering, I never told you why I want cottonwood leaf buds. Why I drive down cold roads in crappy weather, the wind wrenching the hat from my head, pruners in frozen hands, and a dashboard of twigs in my truck. Hee!
Cottonwood oil is known to ease arthritic joints and
sore muscles. It has been added to lip balms,
body oils and healing salves and makes an excellent massage oil for sore muscles and useful for healing the
skin, including sunburn.
Frankly I might not have gotten all het' up about it if I didn't have a potential victim ...I mean volunteer. -- Shh!