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.