What is aspen

Aspen - use as a medicinal plant

Surname: Populus tremula L.
Popular plant names: Aspe, quaking aspen
Family: Willow family (Salicaceae)
Height: 10 to (rarely) 30 m
Use: Inwardly and outwardly
Bach flower therapy:Aspen Bach Flower No. 2
Medicinal herb application - recipes can be found here:
Cystitis, scurvy

Wanted poster / description

One notices Aspens good for its trunk, which remains light and smooth for a very long time, the loose crown and the almost round leaves that tremble even with a slight breeze. This tremor is caused by the fact that the long petiole is flattened perpendicular to the leaf blade and offers relatively high air resistance. The aspen, which needs light, prefers light forests, scrubland, forest edges, moors and rocky slopes. The roots of the aspen penetrate deep into the rock crevices and clasp the rock. As aspens are not sensitive to frost, the trees grow almost all over Europe. Aspens can be found in Scandinavia up to the 71st parallel north.

In the last Ice Age, the aspen was one of the first trees to spread again after the ice receded. The aspens grow and multiply very quickly. The juicy bark of an aspen is often eaten by rodents and red deer. The aspen wood is very soft and light. Aspen wood is used to make paper and matches. In medicine, the astringent and antiseptic (germicidal) properties of the bark and leaves are used.

Aspens are trees that can reach a height of 10 to a maximum of 30 m. The aspen is dioecious. The aspen trunk is initially smoothly barked, yellow-brown, in older trees it is dark gray and cracked. The alternate leaves have long, thin and flattened stems. The leaf shape is egg-shaped to almost circular. The top of a leaf is vivid green, the underside of the leaf is lighter. The leaf margin is bluntly serrated. The flowering period lasts from March to April. The flowers are in dense, pendulous catkins. The superficial roots form root saplings. The taste of the aspen is bitter.

Location / Here you can find the aspen

The aspen grows in almost all of Europe. The plant can be found up to heights of 2000 m. The preferred location of the aspen is light forests, bushes, hedges and moors.

Effect of the medicinal plant / medicinal effect

The aspen has an antiseptic (germicidal), anti-inflammatory and antipyretic effect.

Used plant parts

In naturopathy, the bark, fresh leaves and sapwood of the aspen are used.

Ingredients of aspen

Important ingredients of this medicinal plant are: glycosides, tannins, flavonoids, cinnamic acid derivatives and mineral salts.

Use with the healing power of this plant

The aspen is used internally and externally in naturopathy. You can find medicinal applications with aspen in naturopathy on these pages: cystitis, scurvy

Please also note this notice

Although the applications with medicinal herbs often have a positive effect on complaints, you should always consult a doctor before using medicinal herbs.

Note on health issues!

Book recommendations

- Everything about medicinal plants

- Medicinal plant practice: recipes

- Medicine of the earth: healing applications, recipes

- Practice of modern herbalism

- Health through medicinal herbs

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