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Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifera) Essential Oil

Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifera) Essential Oil

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Balsam Poplar (Populus balsamifera) Essential Oil

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Plant description

Latin Name: Populus balsamifera (Populus candicans, Populus michauxii, Populus tacamahaca)
English Name: Balsam Poplar (Balm Of Gilead, Balm Poplar, Black Poplar, Tacamahac)
French Name: Peuplier baumier, Peuplier balsamifère, Tacamahac
Family: Salicaceae
Origin: Canada

History and Origin

Balsam poplar is a tall tree reaching 35 meters in height. The essential oil is extracted from the strongly aromatic buds, hairless and resinous. Balsam poplar grows everywhere on the territory, but its presence as a hardwood tree is most remarkable in Northern regions. It is found from Alaska to Newfoundland and Labrador in humid boreal forests, coulees and swamps, but also in significantly drier sites. Mooses, deers and beavers can eat from it and bees use the sap to lock away intruders. The Native people use the ashes to prepare a cleaner for the hair and buckskin clothing. They also use balsam poplar to prepare a salve from the buds, an analgesic steam bath against rheumatisms, a decoction from the rotten leaves for use as an analgesic bath, a poultice to treat respiratory pains, etc.

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Distilled Part : Buds
Extraction : Steam distillation
Main Components : a-bisabolol, ß-eudesmol, ?-eudesmol, nerolidol, sesquiterpene hydrocarbons
Oil Characteristics : Transparent liquid with a unique aroma, resinous and sweet.
Properties : Anti-inflammatory+++, disinfectant,  antiallergic++
Indications : Dry eczema (in a St. John’s Wort salve), allergies, various pains

Energetic and Emotional Effect

Balsam poplar offers very interesting properties on the subtle level. It can be combined with neroli (or ravintsara) and applied on the Crown chakra to stimulate and develop psychic communication.  For an emotional healing, it is suggested to combine it with ginger and black spruce (apply on the first and third chakras) and golden rod (on the forehead).

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 Balsam poplar essential oil presents a sweet and resinous aroma that brings a special touch to various dishes.


Main components

Sesquiterpene Alcohols: Alpha-bisabolol (10 % to 30 %), trans-nerolidol (5 % to 10 %)

Sesquiterpene: Delta-cadinene (5 % to 10 %)

Documentation and References

  • MARIE VICTORIN, La Flore Laurentienne, Gaëtan Morin Éditeur.
  • MOERMAN, Daniel E., Native American Ethnobotany, Timber Press.