|Common names: Balessan,
Balsam Cechan, Mecca Balsam, Poplar, Tacamahac.
water, hot oil infusion, alcohol extraction.
identified to date.
The salicin content of these buds makes them useful in the same
manner as aspirin.
Used as a
tea to relieve minor aches and pains as well as fever, it can
also be used as a gargle to relieve the pain of sore throat. Use
as an external wash to treat scratches, wounds and minor rashes.
The steam from simmering buds is an effective inhalant to loosen
lung and bronchial congestion.
A salve can relieve the
discomfort of chapped skin, sunburn, chilblains and hemorrhoids.
The same preparation may help with rheumatic joints and sore muscles.
- Boil one
quart of water.
- Place ½ cup
of buds into bowl.
- Pour boiling
water over buds.
- Lean over
bowl and place towel over head and bowl. This forms a "croup
tent" that concentrates the vapors.
- Inhale the
vapors from the bowl.
- Put 2 cups
of oil in the top of a double boiler.
- Add 1 cup
- Bring water
in boiler to a boil, then turn down to a simmer.
the simmer, uncovered, for 2 hours.
- Turn off
and allow to cool in the pan.
- Strain and
- Add 1 capsule
of Vitamin E to oil.
- Add 1½ ounces
of melted beeswax and stir well.
- Place in
dark glass container, cap tightly and store in a cool, dark place.