A glucoside, obtained from the bark of various species of Salix or willow tree, and from Gaultheria procumbens or wintergreen.

Salicin is a bitter tonic, and to some extent an antipyretic and antiseptic. Its qualities resemble, though in a very mild degree, those of salicylic acid, which is derived from it. Salicin is not poisonous. It is very insoluble, and is given dry on the tongue or in capsules.

Dose, gr. xv.-I Gm.