Mrs. Norris used to eat the pussy buds just like that.
Source: Andre, Alestine and Alan Fehr, Gwich'in Ethnobotany, 2nd ed. (2002)
All the different types of willows are used in the same way except alder. The bark and leaves of willows are used to treat pain or to relieve insect bites. In the summer, willows leaves are chewed and applied to bee stings right away. The leaves are also crushed between the fingers and a drop of water could be added to provide moisture and crushed some more until it turns into a fine poultice. This is put on the bee sting, black fly bites or rash and sores around the ankle or hairline. The poultice will draw the infection out, help ease the pain from the sting, or reduce the swelling from stings and bites.
"We use all the willows the same. We use the bark and the leaves. The bark, we make a tea out of it - again, you just bring it to a boil and let it steep. You put quite a bit of bark in it because you want to dilute your tea. But we use that for headaches [and] for pain. It's a pain reliever, the willow is. And the leaves for poultices, especially...first and foremost, the older people wanted something for the bee stings or anything painful like that, they would go for the willow leaf first, then the [leaves of other plants]."
Source: Andre, Alestine, Nan t'aih nakwits'inahtsìh (The Land Gives Us Strength) (2006)
Willow flats - Gwichya Gwich'in: k’aii chahDry willow - Gwichya Gwich'in: k’il, Teetł'it Gwich'in: k’ilYoung shoots - Gwichya Gwich'in: k’aii dzhuh, Teetł'it Gwich'in: k’aii dzhuhWhistles - Gwichya Gwich'in: k’aii uzhùu, Teetł'it Gwich'in: k’àii yuuzhuhBranches - Teetł'it Gwich'in: k’aii ahYoung willows - Teetł'it Gwich'in: k'aii lohLeaves - Gwichya Gwich'in: k’àii t’àn, Teetł'it Gwich'in: at’anBark - Gwichya Gwich'in: k’àii neech’yìdh, Teetł'it Gwich'in: k’aii neech’yuuRoots - Gwichya Gwich'in: k’aii ghàii’, Teetł'it Gwich'in: k’aii chan