• The barks of trees are best gathered in the spring, if it be of great trees, as oaks or the like, because they come easiest off, and so you may dry them if you please, but indeed your best way is to gather all barks only for present use.

    Nicholas Culpeper (1698). “The English Physician Enlarged: With Three Hundred Sixty and Nine Medicines, Made of English Herbs, that Were Not in Any Impression Until This. Being an Astrologo-physical Discourse of the Vulgar Herbs of this Nation; Containing a Compleat Method of Physick, Whereby a Ma May Preserve His Body in Health, Or Cure Himself, Being Sick, for Three Pence Charge, with Such Things Only as Grow in England, They Being Most Fit for English Bodies. Herein is Also Shewed These Seven Things, Viz. 1. The Way of Making Plaisters, Oyntments, Oyls, Pultisses, Syrups, Decoctions, Juleps Or Waters, of All Sorts of Physical Herbs, ... 7. The Way of Mixing Medicines According to the Cause and Mixture of the Disease, and Part of the Body Afflicted. By Nich. Culpeper, Gent. Student in Physick and Astrology”, p.273