Poplar Buds - Populus Spp.

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This Poplar (Populus spp.) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA.

Poplar buds - Populus spp. in the Saliaceae or Willow family

Part used: Resinous leaf buds.

Taste/smell: Resinous, aromatic, slightly bitter.

Tendencies: Drying, warming.

Dosage: 1:3.2 fresh strength liquid extract: 10-30 drops 1-4 times per day.

Use: (a) Expectorant, (b) Anti-inflammatory, (c) Antiseptic, (d) Decongestant, (e) Diuretic.

Poplar buds are very resinous and make a great expectorant, which means they are useful for coughs with congestion that is difficult to expel. They also have  topical anesthetic activity, which is useful to temporarily soothe an irritated throat. The only downside to Poplar buds is that they stick to your teeth, but this is true with all resinous plants.

Contraindications: There have been some reports of skin sensitivity to the resin. These people should not ingest Poplar buds to be on the safe side.

If you are looking for directions on making teas or tinctures, please see our "Making Herbal Products" page.

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