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(Populus tremuloides)

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    Aspen (Populus tremuloides) is also known as White Poplar, American Aspen, Mountain Aspen, Quaking Aspen, Quiverleaf, and Trembling Aspen.

    Aspen feeds no less than 500 species of animals, fungi, and other life-forms, and man once relied on this tree as a source of food and medicine as well. In the 19th Century naturalist Henry David Thoreau was canoeing in the Main wilderness, his Indian guide claimed to be a doctor of natural medicines and able to list a use for every plant. Thoreau stated, "I immediately tried him. He said that the inner bark of the Aspen was good for sore eyes." Native American Indians ate the inner bark or drank the syrup as a spring tonic and energy booster. The Cree Indians (range from the Rocky Mountians to the Atlantic Ocean) boiled the bark into a tea for treating coughs. The Penobscot (Indian Nation of Main) used the liquid of steeped bark for colds. Root of aspen was combined with balsam poplar and steeped by the Chippewa (3rd largest in the U.S.A.). It was used to prevent premature births. The Algonkian (most widespread Indian Nation) used the leaves in medicine for infants, and the roots in a decoction as a general tonic. The bark of young trees was used in poultices for cuts and wounds by the Ojibwa. The Potawatomi (upper Mississippi river region) would burn the bark and mix the ashes with lard. They would apply this salve to the wounds of horses. Other Indians used the tea for expelling worms. Tea made from the roots was thought to help prevent premature childbirth. The chewed bark was applied to cuts to speed healing.


  • Use the leaves, bark or buds of this tree in ritual or spells concerning money or protection of property.
  • Quaking Aspen has also been used in the creation of flying ointments.
  • Quaking Aspen is said to facilitate astral projection.
  • Plant Populus tremuloides in your garden to protect against thieves.
  • Place leaf under tongue if you wish to become eloquent.

  • aspen inner bark for medicinal preparations



    Aspen has been used as a folk remedy to treat several ailments. Today, Aspen is used for treating the aches and pains of arthritis and rheumatism. The bark is used to stimulate the appetite and works well as a tonic for treating anorexia and other debilitating conditions. The bark is also used in treating diarrhea, the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and urinary tract infections.

    Aspen bark contains salicin and populin, which have fever reducing, pain-relieving, and anti-inflammatory properties similar to aspirin. Poplar also contains zinc, which some researchers feel may account for its beneficial effects on the urinary system. It is also used as a diuretic and as a treatment for gonorrhea. One of the wonderful things this has been helpful for is menstrual cramps.



    Aspen comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products.

    To make a decoction, take 1 to 2 teaspoonfuls of dried bark in 1 cup of boiling water. Drink 3 cups a day. To stimulate the appetite, drink 30 minutes before meals.

    To use the tincture, take 2 to 4 ml 3 times a day.
    As an Extract: 1/4 to 1 teaspoon 3 times a day, as direct by Health Care Professional.

    Always take with plenty of juice or with water at mealtime, unless instructed otherwise.



    Aspen is generally regarded as safe.

    However, since aspirin is a risk for birth defects in the early stages of pregnancy, the salicin in Aspen bark may pose the same risks, so it is advised that pregnant women should use this herb only under the supervision of their health care provider or midwife. Not for use in children under the age of sixteen as salicin could increase the risk of Reye's syndrome.


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    Aspen (Populus tremula) is available as a flower essence for those individuals seized by fears and worries of unknown origin or cannot be named. Aspen helps us to an inner peace, security and fearlessness. The person may be nervy and anxious, may be accompanied by sweating and trembling. A typical need for Aspen is on waking in fear from a bad dream, even if the dream itself is forgotten. It is particularly helpful for young children experiencing nightmares and night terrors. The fears or worries come suddenly without any specific reason. At one end of the spectrum the Aspen fear can be no more than a sense of foreboding, and uneasy anxiety that something unpleasant or frightening is going to happen. At the other end it can be a real terror, with physical symptoms such as the hair standing on end. At this extreme, Rock Rose could also be helpful. Sometimes people think Aspen as a night-time fear, as causeless emotions seem to be uncanny. And of course if you are lying awak i n a dark room scared of something but not knowing what it was, then Aspen would be the remedy to take. But in fact, Dr. Bach said that for fear of the dark itself, Mimulus would be appropriate remedy to take, since the cause of the fear (the dark) can be named. And nameless Aspen fears are just as likely to occur in full sunlight as on a dark night. Dr. Bach's description - Vague unknown fears, for which there can be given no explanation, no reason. Yet the patient may be terrified of something terrible going to happen, he knows not what. These vague unexplainable fears may haunt by night or day. Sufferers often are afraid to tell their trouble to others - taken from The Twelve Healers and Other Remdies.

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    For Urinary tract infection (U.T.I) ADEL 29 (AKUTUR) drops can also be prescribed for pain that accompanies infections of the urological tract, including kidney discomfort. Ingredients includes Acidum benzoicum 10X, Acidum nitricum 6X, Populus tremuloides 6X, Pulsatilla pratensis 12X, Zingiber officinale 6X.

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