Balsam Poplar Materia Medica


Balsam poplar, very soothing and healing to dry and inflamed parts, has been used medicinally for centuries by North American Indian tribes. They used it to treat a variety of disorders with skin problems and respiratory diseases (e.g., the Cree made a liquid extract from the shredded bark to treat coughs) being particularly prominent in this reference. In Western herbal medicine it is still valued as an antiseptic tonic and expectorant (its anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties make it very useful in cases of bronchitis).

Its value in treating skin diseases, especially dry and scaly skin conditions such as psoriasis and dry eczema, is due in part to its blood-cleansing property. As it soothes, disinfects, and astringes mucous membranes, it is an excellent remedy for sore throat, laryngitis and coughs. Externally it can be used to ease rheumatism and arthritis.

Download this chapter to learn more about BALSAM POPLAR—Populus balsamifera (Populus candicans).

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20 pages excerpted from Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils.

Miasm: Typhoid
Sefirot: Chesed
Constitutional Type: Hysteria
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Core Perspectives: plant characteristics and historical perspectives; herbal medicine; homeopathic remedy Populus candicans (Pop-c.); astral body, etheric body, Kidney Yin and the Water element; balm of Gilead and the prophet Jeremiah; hysteria; Typhoid miasm; Chesed.

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