Latin Name : Populus Tremula
Poplar has healing properties, and is used, mainly the bark of the tree. However, the flowers, the shoots and the leaves of the tree also have a therapeutic effect. The decoction (tea) of the plant acts as an anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic, analgesic and cholagogue.
Health Benefits of Aspen Poplar Bark
– The bark of aspen is mildly diuretic.
– The bark contains salicin, a glycoside that probably decomposes into salicylic acid (aspirin) in the body. The bark is therefore anodyne, anti-inflammatory and febrifuge.
– As a cholagogue it stimulates digestion and especially the function of the stomach and liver (when there is anorexia).
– It is used especially in treating rheumatism and fevers, and also to relieve the pain of menstrual cramps.
– It is also used for the treatment of arthritis, gout, lower back pains, urinary complaints, digestive and liver disorders.
– Aspen is used to treat chilblains, hemorrhoids, infected wounds and sprains.
– An infusion of the inner bark is considered to be a remedy for coughs and an appetite stimulant.