Information on Poplar

Latin NamePopulus spp.
Other NamesBalm of Gilead
Part UsedBuds
Herb FormsTincture, bulk herb.
AffectsUrinary system, Respiratory system
CautionsNone noted.
Botanical InfoFast-growing trees from the Poplar family preferring wet places, with lance-ovate leaves and sticky, resinous bud coverings.
DescriptionPoplar buds warm the respiratory system, promote circulation and healing, and can lower inflammation because of the salicin derivative they contain. Poplar bud preparations are used for bronchitis, coughs, and lung congestion. They are effective as a gargle for laryngitis and sore throat. In addition to salicin derivatives, the buds contain antispasmodic sesquiterpenes.

Poplar has a taste of BITTER, ACRID and a temperature of WARM.


Tincture10-60 drops 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Poplar

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Throat, sore--acuteanti-inflammatorytincture, diluted as a gargle
Lungs, congestedexpectoranttincture
Laryngitisanti-inflammatorytincture, diluted as a gargle
Bladder infectionantiinflammatory, urinary antiseptictincture


McGuffin, M. et al. 1997. Botanical Safety Handbook. Boca Raton: CRC Press.