Balm of Gilead

Balm of Gilead

(This is educational use, not for medicinal purposes.)

So this winter the kids and I have been making balms and salves.  What a blessing it has been, we are hooked and love it!  The longer project has been Balm of Gilead.

First we picked some buds of several downed trees.


  We then filled our quart jar 3/4 full with organic virgin olive oil.   Making a double broiler system, we boiled the buds in olive oil for 3 hrs.

  (The fresh picked buds covered in oil begin to heat and this helps release the resin.)


Removing the jar carefully from the heat we placed the lid and screw band over top.  We then placed it resting near the wood stove.   Each day when we fill the wood we shake it around.

Balm of Gilead is used  for many purposes.  (This is educational use, not for medicinal purposes.)  I can only tell you what we love it for.

 An example would be my husband wounded his hand.  There was an open gash and a lot of swelling with pain.  Only a few weeks ago the boys and I made a mixture salve with a few different oils and herbs to compliment the tree oil.  We purchased little tins like this:


Each one of the boys can place it in their first aid compartment of their backpack for hiking.

The salve we made was applied to my husbands hand.  The swelling seemed minimal, it started to “numb” it a bit, and with the chamomile and lavender, he was very relaxed. 😉  All in all, it looked a lot better 14 hours later.

As always, check with a doctor first, but for education purposes NOT MEDICINAL, here is a basic recipe:

 Balm of Gilead

1 Cup oil (extracted oil)

9 oz of beeswax

4 drops of Vit. E

The balm can be mixed with different oils, this is just a basic recipe.  Grapefruit seed oil, lavender, lemon, chamomile, or your carrier oil to palm, coconut, etc.  Just remember by altering (adding or starting with a solid at room temp. oil) will change the texture and properties.

Whether it’s a project when the kids are asleep or a family project, have fun experimenting!


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