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Botanic Name: Populus candicans


Balm of Gilead is a large, deciduous tree found on stream banks and planted along roadsides in Eastern US and most of Canada. May grow as tall as 100 feet. The leaves are dark green on top and whitish underneath, sometimes hairy on the lower veins. Balm of Gilead is an aromatic, medicinal substance derived from plants. Gilead was an area east of the Jordan River, well known for its spices and ointments. The balm of Gilead was, a high-quality ointment with healing properties. The balm was made from resin taken from a flowering plant in the Middle East. It was also called the. Myrrh is taken from a similar plant Commiphora myrrha.The Bible uses the term “balm of Gilead” metaphorically as an example of something with healing or soothing powers. The Balm in Gilead is an African-American spiritual properties that compares the healing balm to the saving power of Jesus the one true treatment that never fails to heal our spiritual wounds.

As it soothes, disinfects, and astringents the mucous membranes, Balm of Gilead is an excellent remedy for sore throats, coughs and laryngitis. It is used for treating laryngitis that is accompanied by loss of voice. It may be used in chronic bronchitis. Externally it can be used to ease inflammations due to rheumatism and arthritis, as well as for dry and scaly skin conditions such as psoriasis and dry eczema. The herb is considered to be a stimulant, tonic, diuretic, and anti-scorbutic. A tincture has been beneficially employed in affections of the chest, stomach, and kidneys and in rheumatism and scurvy. With oil they form a useful external application in bruises, swellings, wounds, some cutaneous diseases, rheumatic pains.

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