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Black Poplar Buds Salve Recipe and How to Use

by Andreea Laza

Want to know how to make black poplar buds salve and how to use black poplar salve at home? Continue reading and find out.

Black poplar buds (Populus nigra) are a less-known medicine, but a very powerful one, still used in parts of Central and Eastern Europe. If in a previous article, we’ve shown you three natural remedies using black poplar buds, and today we want to share with you a simple yet very useful recipe to make black poplar buds salve at home. But first.

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Black poplar buds in Spring

How to Harvest Black Poplar Buds

The buds of the black poplar look like dark-colored thorns, with which the poplar defends itself from invaders or potential enemies. It is best to harvest the black poplar buds (Populus nigra) from the specifically cut branches, in the spring, or from the mature trees in small quantities. We should be caretakers of nature, and not destroy the young trees, or leave them without buds, so harvest carefully and not in small batches.

Health Benefits of Black Poplar Buds

Black poplar buds are rich in essential oil, glycosides, gallic, ascorbic, and malic acid, vegetable glue (resin), wax, and bitter wood tar, making an amazing natural medicine. The resin from black poplar buds is included in the composition of propolis, one of the strongest natural antibiotics. In Romanian folk medicine, black poplar buds infusions and tinctures have been used for hemorrhoids, and fevers (as they induce sweating), as well as for their diuretic, and calming effects. Here is how to make black poplar buds salve and what to use it for.

How to Make Black Poplar Buds Salve


  • 100 g black poplar buds (or black poplar bark)
  • 70 g beeswax
  • 500 ml olive oil (or sunflower oil)


Heat up the oil on a double boiler, add the poplar buds or bark, and leave them to macerate in the oil for 3 to 5 hours, in the heat or a warm spot. Strain the infused oil, add the beeswax, and continue to warm up on a double boiler, until the wax is fully melted. Then pour the salve into glass jars, allowing each jar to cool and sweat, just like when making the spruce salve. After complete cooldown, seal the jars and store the black poplar buds salve in a dark and cool place.

Black Poplar Buds Salve Uses

This wonderful natural salve is used to alleviate and reduce rheumatic pains, or those caused by arthritis, as well as gout, and muscle inflammation pain. Use it daily and enjoy the amazing medicine nature has to offer.

Read Also: 3 Health Benefits of Black Poplar Buds and How to Use at Home

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