balsam of Gilead

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balm of Gilead

Herbal medicine
A deciduous tree, the leaf buds of which contain volatile oils—e.g., bisabolol, cineole, humulene, palicin, phenolic acids and salicin. Balm of Gilead has a long history as a medicinal herb; it said to be analgesic (due to its high content of salicin), antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and expectorant; it has been used topically for abscesses, burns, haemorrhoids and rheumatic complaints.

There are no peer-reviewed data to support the efficacy of balm of Gilead.


(bol'sam) [L. balsamum, fr Gr. balsamon, balsam, fr Semitic]
1. A fragrant, resinous, oily exudate from various trees and plants. It is used in topical preparations to treat irritated skin or mucous membrane.
2. Balm (2).

Mecca balsam

Balm of Gilead

balsam of Gilead

Balm of Gilead

balsam of Peru

A balsam obtained from the bark of the tree Myroxylon perierae or M. balsamum, used as a topical ointment.

tolu balsam

A balsam obtained from Myroxylon balsamum, used as an expectorant.

balsam of Gilead (blˑ·sm v gilˑ·ē·ad),

n Latin name:
Populus candicans L; parts used: buds, oil, resin; uses: antiscorbutic, aromatic, expectorant, joint and muscle pain, respiratory disorders, skin conditions, stimulant, tonic; precautions: aspirin sensitivity, anticoagulant therapy, IUD usage, kidney disease. Also called
balm of Gilead and
Mecca balsam.
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