Last update Oct. 3, 2023



Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.

The genus Populus belongs to the Salicaceae family and comprises about 40 tree species, including poplar. The buds, leaves and bark of the tree are used in traditional medicine. The buds contain essential oil, flavonoids and phenolic glycosides; the leaves and bark, salicin and tannins ( Indications of the Commission E of the German Ministry of Health: topical use as an antibacterial and healing agent for burns, wounds and hemorrhoids (Blumenthal 1998). The buds have been used as an ingredient in herbal cough preparations and topically for a variety of skin conditions and rheumatic disorders. The resin from poplar buds is one of the main sources of propolis.

As of the last update we found no published data in relation to breastfeeding.

Plant devoid of toxicity; moderate consumption would be compatible with breastfeeding. Topical use is fully compatible. Do not apply on the breast.

The Commission E has not approved any systemic use of buds nor has it proven the efficacy of the popular use of leaves and bark as diuretics, antirheumatics or in prostatic hypertrophy. (Blumenthal 1998)

See below the information of this related product:

  • Propolis (Fairly safe. Mild or unlikely adverse effects. Compatible under certain circumstances. Follow-up recommended. Read Commentary.)

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

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Poplar belongs to these groups or families:


  1. Vanaclocha B, Cañigueral S. 1992 - - Disponible en: Consulted on Dec. 21, 2023 Abstract
  2. Blumenthal M, Busse WR, Goldberg A, Gruenwald J, Hall T, Riggins CW, Rister RS, editors. The American Botanical Council. The Complete German Commission E Monographs. Therapeutic Guide to Herbal Medicines. 1st ed. Integrative Medicine Com; Boston, MA, USA: 1998

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