Balm of Gilead that is obtained from North American Poplar trees, Populus Candicans. Balm of Gilead gets its name from the Biblical phrase "balm in Gilead", which was carried from Gilead by the caravan of merchants to whom Joseph was sold by his brothers. It is also the common English name of a perennial herbal plant native to the Canary Islands, which has the Latin name, Cedronella. Essentially, Balm of Gilead is a common name given to many plants all over the world. Add to this, there is also the Balm of Mecca, which is a resin product obtained from Arabian tree named, Commiphora gileadensis.
The Balm of Gilead written here is about the Balm of Mecca, belonging to the family, Salicaceae. The buds were used to treat bacterial infections and cough. The major constituent of the resin is a group of aspirin like compound called Salicin, mainly used for pain relief and the bisabolol oil in it helps with inflammation. The active components are volatile oils and phenolic glycoisides. Because of its expectorant properties it is used for in cough, laryngitis, sore throats and sometimes in recurring bronchitis conditions.
It is also known to increase urination so is used in urinary infections. Balm of Gilead oil is used to alleviate You do not have access to view this node by applying topically in rheumatic conditions, You do not have access to view this node and swellings. It is used in combination with red sage, calandula, white Houround to get the best results. The buds are used in ointments to treat frosbites, suburns because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
To take it internally it can be prepared early on. To take as an infusion. Drop one teaspoon of buds into a cup of boiling water and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. You can take it 3 times a day that is if you can tolerate the taste.
For every medication there are some side effects. The common side effects caused by Balm of Gilead include skin rashes and allergic reactions. People sensitive to aspirin should not take this herb.