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Poplar Buds (Populus spp.)


Also referred to as Balm of Gilead, the Poplar buds is a large tree that grows to the height of about 100 feet with a trunk diameter of about 6 ½ feet. It develops spreading branches with young twigs that are slightly hairy and fragrant buds. The plant has got pointed sharp leaves that are love-shaped towards the base. The leaves are also very hairy at their earlier stages of formation.  Poplar buds were first discovered in the Western countries in the Rocky Mountains as well as the arid plains of Alberta. However, it should be noted that there are various varieties of Poplar buds. Poplar buds fall in the family of Salicaceae. It should also be noted that the male and female flowers of the Poplar buds are developed in separate catskins that are 6 inches in length.


Medicinal Uses

Since the discovery of Poplar buds, it has been mainly used in the treatment of various health conditions across the world. In fact, there are various medicinal uses of Poplar buds that you may need to take note of. Below are some of them:


  1. Treatment of bladder infections
  2. Bronchitis treatment
  3. Providing relief to those with congested lungs.
  4. Treatment of sore throats
  5. Laryngitis treatment
  6. Poplar buds have also been used in reduction of heat or pain in limbs, joints and muscles
  7. Some people also use Poplar buds for hard swellings and tumors
  8. The herb is also effective in the stimulation of appetite and aiding digestions
  9. When an ointment of Poplar buds is rubbed on the forehead, it is able to clear headaches.


Dosage and Administration

Before using Poplar buds for any kind of health condition, it is always advisable that you consult with a health practitioner. The main reason why this is recommended is because in most occasions, the kind of dosage that one is to be given depends entirely on the person's condition. Generally, the recommended dosage for


In order to use Poplar buds in the right form, it is recommended that the buds are harvested then squeezed to produce a liquid extract. The fresh liquid should be administered to the patient in drops. The recommended dosage should be 10 to 30 drops per day. The drops should be administered in the intervals of two to three times per day. However, there are also other instances whereby Poplar buds can be used in the form of bulk herb.


When making antibiotic oil that can be rubbed on troubled skin for headaches, inflammation among other conditions, it is advisable that you infuse the Poplar buds in oil. However, your doctor will be able to advise you the best oil that you should use.


Parts Used

Just as suggested even in the naming, the part of the Poplar buds that is to be used for medicinal purposes is the buds. The dried closed buds are to be freshly picked from the tree for use in making ointments and drops for use in various health conditions.



Since Poplar buds is a well known herbal remedy for a variety of conditions, there are several benefits that can be obtained from using it. Below are some of the benefits that can be derived from Poplar buds:

  1. One of the benefits of Poplar buds is that it is effective in addressing inflammations and swellings on the skins.
  2. Poplar buds can also important in clearing sore throats and congestion in the lungs.
  3. Populus spp. is also beneficial in stimulation of appetite
  4. The herb also helps in aiding digestion.
  5. Poplar buds can also be effectively used in the treatment of bronchitis
  6. There are also various bladder infections that can be treated using Poplar buds. 
  7. The other benefits of Poplar buds are that they have got antibacterial properties that can be used in fighting various kinds of other bacterial infections in the body.
  8. Poplar buds are also very effective in providing relief from headaches.


Side Effects

Just like with other forms of herbal remedies, there may also be certain side effects of using Poplar buds that you should take note of when planning to use it for any kind of health condition. Fresh Polar buds do not have any known side effects. However, certain products that include it as an ingredient are not recommended to those who are sensitive to aspirin.





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