Organic Wildcrafted Balm of Gilead Pain Salve
The Balm of Gilead, the only thing that comes to mind was hearing my aunt song this song Oh, a medicine used in the Bible days
To HEAL the sick and take the pain away
Medicine used in the Bible days
To HEAL the sick and take the pain away (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3tWL8ahuTc)
The Balm of Gilead is made with the buds of any poplar species. In this case most likely populus candicans. The true identity of this plant can often be hard to determine as it likes to cross-pollinate and create hybrids among many species in the family. They can grow up to 100 feet and be over 6 feet in diameter and are commonly found throughout North America. Many people cut them down in the spring and so it is easy to find young saplings or freshly cut ones. The Buds are best harvested in the winter months or early spring before the turn to leaves It is a member of the Willow family and similar to Willow, it contains Salicylic acid which can be used for many types of pain reduction. Balm of Gilead is considered a stimulating expectorant and is helpful for moving catarrh and congestion out of the lungs. Great for inflammation, pain, arthritis, deep tissue damage, wounds, sore throats, disinfectant, astringent for mucous membranes, or as a chest rub for coughs and bronchial infections. The oil made from the buds is a natural antibiotic and anti-inflammatory. Helpful for muscle soreness, headaches, arthritis, carpal tunnel, psoriasis eczema, bruising, swelling, wound care and much more.
One of the most common applications for Balm of Gilead is as a topical ointment on inflamed areas of the skin. For example, it acts in a similar way to aloe when applied to sunburn, as it can quickly suck out the heat and itchiness due to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds found within this powerful oil. Similarly, when it is applied to areas affected by arthritis, it can reduce inflammation, effectively eliminating pain as well.
When you are ill, you can apply Balm of Gilead to your chest in the form of a warm rub before you go to sleep. This can help to clear up coughs and colds, both by absorbing into the skin and being inhaled as your skin naturally heats the oil. The nature of Balm of Gilead can help expel mucus and phlegm, which speeds the healing process.
For men with enlarged prostates, urination can be a painful or even impossible endeavor. Fortunately, Balm of Gilead has certain diuretic qualities, that when combined with its anti-inflammatory ability, can help stimulate urination. This helps the body expel excess toxins, salts, fats, and even water that the body doesn’t need to retain, increasing overall health and reducing strain on the bladder and kidneys.
If you have ever suffered from chronic diarrhea or IBS, Balm of Gilead has been known to reduce these often violent disorders of the stomach, as well as conditions like cystitis. While the exact chemical pathways aren’t clear in the effects of Balm of Gilead, generations of evidence speak for themselves.