According to French researchers, poplar species have a remarkable therapeutic potential, due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They are especially helpful in respiratory and urinary diseases.
Few of us know that bees collect the raw material needed to make their most valuable product, the propolis, from poplar buds resin. This is the reason they have also been called “the vegetal propolis.”
Poplar buds are being collected in the spring. After being picked, they are spread in a thin layer across wood or paper surfaces and left to dry in well-aired spaces. Their benefits are due to their high amount of compounds having anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, detoxifying, diuretic and antiseptic properties.
At the skin level, poplar buds have epithelial, soothing, antimycotic, antiseptic, pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory and scar-helping properties.
Poplar buds tincture – therapeutic indications
The tincture is the most effective way of using poplar buds. This product can be found in natural shops or it can be prepared at home, following the recipe that you will see at the end of the article.
- For the respiratory system
Poplar buds provide benefits for your respiratory system due to their antiviral, antiseptic, expectorant and immunity boosting properties.
A few diseases they can help fight are: tonsillitis, the flu and colds, fever, tuberculosis, lung bleeding, among others.
Use 50 to 100 drops of tincture 4 times a day, on a slice of bread. Another option would be mixing 4 teaspoons of tincture with 4 teaspoons of honey. Consume 1 teaspoon of this combination each hour.
- For the urinary system
Diseases related to the urinary system can be fought using poplar buds. These will eliminate the uric acid and urea excess, having anti-inflammatory and antiseptic effects on your urinary tract. They are effective both in treating the cause (infection) and fighting the symptoms.
Use 60 drops, 4 or 5 times a day, mixed with honey.
- Gastrointestinal diseases
Use 50 to 100 drops of tincture daily on a slice of bread. It can help against anorexia, diarrhea, Giardia infections, gastric ulcer and other conditions related to the gastrointestinal system.
- Rheumatism, sciatica, spondylosis
Due to its sedating effects and its content of salicin, poplar buds tincture helps relieve pain. Use 50 drops, 4 times a day, on an empty stomach. Follow this treatment for 2 or 3 months.
- Fibroma, adenofibroma, tumors, cancer
Use 50 drops of tincture, 4 times a day. Use it for a few months to help prevent these serious diseases.
- Nervous system problems
Headaches and fatigue can be treated using 50 drops of tincture, 3 or 4 times a day.
- Skin problems
Various skin problems such as wounds, eczemas, acne, herpes, mycotic infections and even skin cancer can be fought using poplar buds tincture as compresses, followed up by marigold ointment.
Poplar buds tincture recipe
Add 35 g of crushed poplar buds in 100 ml of 90 degrees alcohol. After 10 days, pour it through a strainer and keep it in dark bottles.
Poplar buds are prohibited to those allergic to the plant or those who have hepatic or gastric affections where alcohol is not allowed. Pregnant women or those breastfeeding should also stay away from this solution.
Yet, like many things in nature, poplar buds have wonderful health benefits that are just waiting for you to experience.