Black Poplar Bud & Bark Balm (Balm of Gilead) - Wild Diamonds
The balm of Gilead is created by collecting the resin from the balsam poplar tree as it seeps out naturally during the months of the summer season. Balm of Gilead oil is a very powerful substance that can be used to treat many issues whether it be through internal or external application.
The most common reason for using balm of Gilead oil is to treat inflammation caused by or due to arthritis, sunburns, or any other similar issue. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties found in the compounds within balm of Gilead allows the balm to quickly treat sunburns similarly to how aloe might by absorbing the heat and alleviating itchiness. Application of the balm can also help alleviate pain caused by inflammation from arthritis.
SKIN HEALTH Balm of Gilead oil is also rich in antibacterial properties that help it to treat various skin issues such as infections, irritations, scars, or blemishes. You can apply it topically to take care of your general skin health but it can also be used to treat a range of common skin complaints. Specifically, the balm is often used to treat conditions such as eczema and psoraisis. You can apply balm of Gilead oil alone or combine it with one of the many essential oils that help treat these skin conditions.
WOUND HEALING The antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties in the Balm of Gilead oil can also be put to good use on a range of skin injuries. It can be applied topically to treat insect bites, stings, burns, scrapes, bruises and minor wounds. Applying the oil to your scrapes, bites and wounds can soothe irritation, prevent infection from taking hold and speed up the healing process. Again, you can use the oil alone or add a few drops of antibacterial essential oils for even greater effect.
ARTHRITIS Not only can the Balm of Gilead treat your skin externally, it can also be applied topically to treat inflammatory issues like arthritis and rheumatism. The oil has excellent anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve inflammation and potentially reduce pain.
MUSCLE PAIN It makes for a wonderful massage oil to rub into your painful joints and muscles. If your muscles are aching and in pain after a heavy day on your feet or a strenuous exercise regime, try massaging the oil into your aching muscles for instant relief.
RESPIRATORY COMPLAINTS Balm of Gilead has traditionally been used to help treat respiratory complaints like coughs and colds. The balm has expectorant properties that can help to get rid of mucus and phlegm from the respiratory tract and relieve coughing and other symptoms of congestion and cold. To treat a respiratory condition, you can simply massage the oil into your chest. Alternatively, you can boil up the plant’s buds and inhale the vapors from a cup.
HEADACHES You can apply a little Balm of Gilead to the temples and neck to help alleviate headaches and migraines. Many people also find the scent of the oil to be relaxing and calming.
ADVICE REGARDING THE USE OF BALM OF GILEAD OIL Although the balm of Gilead is an extremely beneficial oil, there may be some adverse effects involved in using it, whether topically or by consuming it. Some people may experience allergic reactions to the resin that is used to create balm of Gilead oil, which seems to be due to the presence of salicin in the balm. Salicin turns into salicylic acid while inside the body so if you are allergic to aspirin, you may want to avoid using this oil, whether topically or through ingestion. Speak with your doctor or try a small patch test on your skin if you are unsure. You should also avoid ingesting balm of Gilead oil if you have liver disease or kidney disease or if you are pregnant or currently nursing. Because herbs are not currently regulated by the government for medicinal use, you should always speak with your doctor before attempting to treat any condition on your own, regardless of how you’d like to treat it.
Wild Diamonds Black Poplar Bud and Bark Balm Ingredients: Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Populus Tacsmahacca(Black poplar buds and bark), Theobroma Cacao(Cocoa) Butter, Local Beeswax
***PLEASE MAKE SURE TO DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH This product is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease or illness. It is not intended to represent or replace professional medical advice. Please be aware of any herbal allergies you may have prior to usage. These products have not been approved by Health Canada***