The plant around us. Volume 1 The plant around us. Volume I - Page 67

MEDICINAL USE GASTRONOMIC USE Ash bark and leaves are used in modern herbal Fraxinus excelsior is used to make tea. medicine for its astringent and laxative properties OTHER USES The resilience and rapid growth made it an important resource for smallholders and farmers. It was probably the most versatile wood in the countryside with wide-ranging uses. Because of its high flexibility, shock- resistance and resistance to splitting, ash wood is the traditional material for bows, tool handles, especially for hammers and axes, tennis rackets and snooker cue sticks and it was extensively used in the construction of early aircraft.