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Cottonwood Buds as Medicine + Cottonwood Bud Oil Recipe
Episode 91st March 2023 • Herbs with Rosalee • Rosalee de la Forêt
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While many swoon over its amber balsamic scent, the cottonwood tree (Populus spp.) is more than just a pretty smell. For thousands of years, cottonwood has been used as medicine and to make a variety of tools. 

I honestly can’t imagine my life without this powerful tree and cottonwood bud oil (also called Balm of Gilead oil), which I use in practically all of my herbal salves, creams, and body butters. 

With this episode you’ll also receive FREE access to a downloadable recipe card you can refer to again and again for how to make cottonwood bud oil of your own. 

After listening in, you’ll know:

► How to work with cottonwood bud oil medicinally

► How I discovered that cottonwood is an amazing preservative

► The super-cool way researchers studied Poplar trees as a potential treatment for warts… and the intriguing results

► What you need to know to ethically harvest cottonwood 

Show snippet: 

“Cottonwood trees are water sentinels that offer healing gifts to all those around them including bees, mammals, fish, birds, and even the soils and waters they grow in.”


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On the podcast, we explore the many ways plants heal, as food, as medicine, and through nature connection. Each week, I focus on a single seasonal plant and share trusted herbal knowledge so that you can get the best results when using herbs for your health.

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Rosalee is an herbalist and author of the bestselling book Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Heal and co-author of the bestselling book Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine. She's a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and teaches many popular online courses. Read about how Rosalee went from having a terminal illness to being a bestselling author in her full story here