Balm of Gilead
Two ounce jar of organic olive oil, cottonwood buds and beeswax.
Balm of Gilead is usedas a topical ointment on inflamed areas of the skin. For example, it acts in a similar way to aloe when applied to sunburn. There is also a tradition in using if for arthritis, as it can reduce inflammation, effectively eliminating pain as well.
Aside from effects like soothing sunburn, the antibacterial properties of Balm of Gilead also mean that it is useful for skin infections or irritations. Some say it is helpful in eliminating the appearance of scars and blemishes. For insect bites, it can be rubbed on the affected area for rapid healing and pain relief. This analgesic quality of Balm of Gilead can be used on the temples and neck as well, if you suffer from headaches.