Cottonwood trees grow along waterways and open meadows. When walking in these places often you can smell the fragrant cottonwood leaves which reminds one of spring, camping, childhood, and playing in creeks. Popular was said to grown on the banks of the greek underworld.
The genus populus means 'peoples tree'. Medicinally cottonwood is used externally for pain of all sorts. Salacin found in leaves, bark and buds reduces inflammation and pain. Used for swollen arthritic joints and sore muscles.
"In the spring, when the buds are sticky with resin I go out and harvested from smaller trees and fallen branches. Bees also gather this resin to make propolis. This fragrant resin is infused into oils then blended together with organic oils and local animal fats to create a resinous bar of soap." - Saint Cottonwood
INGREDIENTS - *coconut oil, *olive oil, tallow, lard, *castor oil, *sunflower seed oil, fair trade unrefined shea butter, beeswax, wildcrafted cottonwood buds (Populus spp.).