Balm of Gilead

The Balsam Poplar is also called the Balm of Gilead, a reference to the healing compound that originates from the resin of the tree. It has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties, including as a natural remedy for various ailments such as skin conditions, inflammation, and respiratory issues. Balm of Gilead is known for its soothing and healing properties, making it a popular ingredient in traditional medicine and skincare products. To make Balm of Gilead, you will need to gather fresh buds from the balsam poplar tree. The buds are typically harvested in the spring when they are at their most resinous. Once you have collected the buds, you can extract the resin by infusing them in a carrier oil, such as olive oil or avocado, oil in a warm place. Allow the mixture to infuse for several weeks. After the infusion process is complete, strain the mixture to remove any solid particles and store the resulting oil in a clean, airtight container.

Balm of Gilead Oil

Ingredients: Fresh buds from the poplar tree Carrier oil (e.g., olive oil, avocado oil, grapeseed oil) Instructions:

1. Collect fresh buds from the balsam tree in the spring when they are resinous.

2. Place the buds in a clean, dry glass jar.

3. Cover the buds with the carrier oil of your choice, making sure they are fully submerged.

4. Seal the jar and place it in a warm spot for several weeks(I do 6 weeks), to allow the buds to infuse into the oil.

5. Shake the jar occasionally to help the infusion process.

6. After several weeks, strain the mixture through a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer to remove any solid particles.

7. Transfer the infused oil into a clean, airtight container for storage.

Balm of Gilead Ointment

5 oz. of infused Balm of Gilead oil

2 oz. of pure beeswax 

Directions: Melt wax together with the Balm of Gilead oil (previously made above) and heat until the mixture is fully melted. Don’t allow it to boil. Keep it warm for 10 minutes so the wax is thoroughly melted. Let partially cool and pour into jars or tins. Seal and label. If you keep it tightly capped and store it in a cool dry place, your ointment should last 2+ years. This is an ointment or salve that is beneficial for bruises, sprains, sunburn, achy muscles and dry skin.