Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Balm of Gilead Salve


This morning I made a way-too-big (more than I personally need) batch of Balm of Gilead. If you're not familiar with it, there's more info below. So I'm selling 4 oz. jars of it at one of my Etsy shops if you're interested! It's wonderful for SO MANY things! I use it mainly for my carpal tunnel wrist pain, and scratches & scrapes I notoriously get while gardening or just everyday work (can you say "KLUTZ"? ;))
(Many sell just 1 oz. of this for $10, so 4 oz. for $25 is a purty good deal, Folks! I also soak/infuse my fresh poplar buds a full 48 hours before making the salve, for maximum benefits...and hm-HMM, does it ever make my house smell delicious!!)

~Carol






Balm Of Gilead

Some of the most impressive health benefits of Balm of Gilead include its ability to reduce inflammation, soothe the skin, protect the immune system, eliminate pain, and speed healing.

Although the term Balm of Gilead traditionally refers to a perfume with it‘s deep & sweet resinous scent, it has also been widely used throughout history for a number of health conditions, as it has powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and diuretic properties, amongst others. It is derived from fresh poplar (or cottonwood) buds. The fresh buds bleed or leak the resinous Balm of Gilead, where it can be collected, processed, and applied for a number of purposes. Its use dates back thousands of years, is even noted in the bible. As one of the oldest and most respected herbal remedies, it remains an important remedy for many herbalists across the world.

Skin Health Benefits Of Balm Of Gilead

(While Balm Of Gilead has long been taken internally under the guidance of trained herbalists, we are focusing here on just it's skin benefits in the formula we have prepared...which is not to be taken internally.)

Anti-Inflammatory: One of the most common applications for Balm of Gilead is as a prepared topical ointment or salve 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.

Anti-bacterial: Aside from effects like soothing sunburn, the antibacterial properties of Balm of Gilead also mean that it can quickly clear up skin infections or irritations, such as eczema, psoriasis, and even eliminating the appearance of scars and blemishes. For insect bites, it can be rubbed on the affected area for rapid healing and pain relief. The analgesic quality of Balm of Gilead can be used on the temples and neck as well, if you suffer from headaches or migraines.

This preparation’s ingredients
Fresh popular bud infused olive oil, palm kernel oil, and beeswax.
Apply sparingly, and rub in thoroughly...a little goes a long way.
4 ounces
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