Aspen Poplar Dried Bark

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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.

To make an infusion, place 1-2 teaspoons of dried herb in a tea infuser or teapot or mug for each cup of tea you intend to brew. Cover with boiling water. Place on the lid (or cover your cup with a saucer). Allow the mixture to steep for 10' to 15' minutes or overnight. Then strain the tea and serve. Drink 1-3 cups of tea a day. Add if you want honey, milk or lemon wedge for flavour. Decoction: In a pot, bring 3 cups of cold water, 3-4 teaspoons of the to a simmer. Gently decoct (simmer) for 30 minutes. Strain out herbs and return liquid to pot. . Drink 1-3 cups of tea a day. Add if you want one spoonful of honey at a time and dissolve over very low heat until you reach desired sweetness.
Aspen seems to be safe for most people when used properly. It contains a chemical that is very similar to aspirin. This chemical, known as salicin, may cause a reaction in people who are allergic to aspirin. In any case you should consult with your healthcare doctor before using any herb especially if you’re taking other medications or having health problems.

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