Balsam Poplar Essential Oil

(Populus balsamifera; Populus candicans; Populus tacamahaca)
(1 customer review)


Balsam Poplar Essential Oil (Populus balsamifera) is one of our artisan produced oils. It’s a hard-to-find essential oil that we think is simply exquisite. Balsam poplar tree is also known as “Balm of Gilead” tree, after the legendary salve of that name.

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Botanical Name Origin Cultivation Method of Extraction Source Note
Populus balsamifera; Populus candicans; Populus tacamahaca Canada (Alberta) Wildcrafted Steam distillation Buds and stems Base
Blends Well With : Blue Chamomile Essential Oil, Helichrysum Essential Oil, Corsica, Yarrow Essential Oil,

Balsam Poplar Essential Oil (Populus balsamifera)

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. Exquisite and Rare. Gathered by Hand and Distilled in Small Batches

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. Another “balsam” oil that is quite warming and soothing is: Balsam Peru.

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.

Safety Considerations

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.

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 for appropriate training standards for aromatherapists and for help in locating a professional aromatherapist).

All our Artisan Aromatics essential oils, aromatherapy blends and oil products are therapeutic quality. Using our 20+ years of experience, we’ve gathered the finest quality oils from around the world. To ensure that our oils are as fresh and potent as possible, our oils are bottled by hand here in the USA only after we receive each order.

IMPORTANT: 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. We recommend you consult a trained aromatherapist before using essential oils with children under 16 years of age. Always follow the general safety guidelines for using essential oils; these can be accessed by clicking the link below.

Disclaimer: Information provided in this description is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be used in/for the treatment, cure, mitigation 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.

Essential Oil Safety Considerations
Weight 1.5 oz
Dimensions 0.2 × 0.2 × 0.2 in

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1 review for Balsam Poplar Essential Oil

  1. Nyktos_Umbra909

    beyond gorgeous, I was so surprised! Worth every penny and smells great!!

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