Aspen (Populus tremuloides) American aspen, quaking aspen, trembling aspen Salicaceae (Willow family)
We consider Aspen one of our most widely available and important medicinal plants. Aspen trees have evolved several important compounds that are currently being studied for their antimicrobial and antipathogen properties. Aspen trees are attacked by many different forms of bacteria, fungi, worms and other parasites, and have evolved several important compounds for its defense. The trees are rich in polyphenols, sterols, steryls, triterpenes, and alkaloids. Water has been found to be the most efficient solvent for the leaves (tea). Tincture works well for the bark.
A tea can be prepared from parts of the whole tree, roots, bark, inner bark, leaves, and buds. It can be used as a vermifuge (expel intestinal worms), for rheumatism, arthritis, colds, or stomachache. Traditionally, it has been used for heart problems, stomach disorders, cancer and diabetes. The inner bark can be boiled and used as a tonic. It can be made into a poultice to cover wounds. The inner bark can be chewed and the juice swallowed.
The bark is harvested from side branches and dried. It has anodyne properties (pain killing), it is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, it has diuretic properties and can reduce fevers, it has nervine properties to calm the nerves, it is diaphoretic (induces perspiration, helps skin eliminate waste), and has astringent properties. It has cooling properties.
The inner bark has been used as a remedy for urinary ailments, VD, worms, colds and fevers, stomach pains and coughs.
The bark is also used externally for wounds and sprains, to treat hemorrhoids and chilblains. The root can also be made into a poultice and applied to wounds.
In Ayurveda, it is believed the greatest healing occurs when the whole plant is used. Our dried herbs and tinctures are made up of all parts of the tree, root, bark, inner bark, buds, leaves. We collect in the spring and summer from the healthiest stands of Colorado Aspen.
A single asexually produced individual (the genet) is called a clone. The clone Is formed by the root system. A single clone can become very large. The famous Utah clone “Pando” covers 106 acres and contains an estimated 47,000 ramets (trees) on the southwest bank of Fish Lake in Sevier County. The calculated weight of Pando is 13 million pounds. It has been called the single most massive living organism known on earth. The ramets or trees are short lived. The maximum age is about 150 years. However, the clone may be thousands of years old, and longer lived than the giant Sequoia trees.
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