Exquisite and Rare. Gathered by Hand and Distilled in Small Batches
About Balsam Poplar Essential Oil (Populus balsamifera)
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Our beautiful Balsam Poplar essential oil (Populus balsamifera) is part of our artisan produced line of essential oils and is distilled from the highly aromatic buds of the Balsam Poplar tree by a small distillery in Canada. It has a sweet, resinous, woody aroma that is one of our favorites.
TIP: Our Balsam Poplar Essential Oil is super thick when cold but becomes more pourable at room temperature; to warm it more quickly you can put the tightly capped bottle in your pocket next to your body or hold a small bottle in your hand for awhile, but please don’t attempt to heat it by any other methods.
The production of our Balsam Poplar essential oil is labor-intensive since the buds are sustainably wildcrafted in the forests of Canada and this can only be done by hand. In addition, distillation cannot be conducted during the coldest months in this extreme climate and, as a result, only limited quantities of this wonderful essential oil are produced.
In aromatherapy literature, Balsam poplar essential oil has been claimed to have comforting and balancing effects at the emotional level.
How to Use Balsam Poplar Essential Oil with Adults
Balsam Poplar essential oil can be used for inhalation and topical use. In our opinion, one of the best ways to use this wonderful essential oil is to mix it with vegetable oil to a maximum concentration of 2% for use as an enjoyable after-sports application. Or, if you’re willing to spend a little more time, you can make a traditional “Balm of Gilead” type of salve. We make Balsam-poplar salve to take with us when we go hiking.
According to Tisserand and Young (2014), Balsam Poplar Essential oil should not be used by any route by anyone taking certain medications, as explained below in the safety considerations.
The use of essential oils with children under 16 years of age is a specialized topic; please consult an aromatherapy reference book or, better yet, a properly trained professional aromatherapist, before using essential oils with children (see www.naha.org for appropriate training standards for aromatherapists and for help in locating a professional aromatherapist).
Safety Information: Follow General Safety Guidelines below. In addition, Tisserand and Young (Essential Oil Safety, 2nd Edition, 2014, pg. 202) caution that Balsam Poplar essential oil should be avoided by any route of use by anyone taking drugs metabolized by CYP2D6 enzymes since there is a theoretical risk for interaction between these drugs and this essential oil. This includes quite a few medications in common use, so if you are taking any sort of medication, ask your pharmacist before using Balsam Poplar essential oil.
Disclaimer: Information provided in this description is for educational purposes only. Its is not intended to be used in/for the treatment, cure, mitigation, prevention or diagnosis of any mental or physical disease or illness or as a substitute for consulting with a physician or other appropriately trained and licensed health care professional. Artisan Aromatics is not responsible for any adverse effects resulting from the improper use of any suggestions, products, preparations, or procedures mentioned or from attempts to follow historical reports of a plant’s uses. Please note that essential oils do not necessarily have the same properties as other types of herbal preparations of the same plant and since essential oils are the most highly concentrated type of preparation made from plants, they can have toxicity issues not arising from use of other types of herbal preparations of a given plant; this is especially a concern if you ingest essential oils and we do not endorse or recommend this type of use. All issues that pertain to your physical or mental health should be discussed with and supervised by a licensed health care professional. Keep all essential oils away from and out of reach of children. .Essential Oil Safety Considerations