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balm of Gil·e·ad

an oleoresin from Commiphora opobalsamum (family Burseraceae), probably the myrrh of the Bible; used in perfumery.

balm of Gilead

(gĭl′ē-əd, -ăd′)
n.
1.
a. Any of several resinous trees or shrubs of the genus Commiphora, especially C. gileadensis, of northeastern Africa and Arabia.
b. Any of several North American poplar trees having aromatic, resinous buds, especially the balsam poplar and the hybrid species Populus ×jackii.
c. The aromatic resin of any of these plants.
2. A shrubby plant (Cedronella canariensis) in the mint family, native to Madeira and the Canary Islands, having fragrant leaves and pink flowers.

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.

balm of Gilead

1. The balm or balsam carried from Gilead by the caravan of merchants to whom Joseph was sold by his brothers, probably balsam from Commiphora opobalsamum (C. gileadensis ), and probably the biblical myrrh. Synonym: balsam of Gilead; Mecca balsam
2. The balsam fir, Populus candicans, or its resin, used as an expectorant and an ointment.
See also: balm
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A few extralimital stands of balsam poplar are known from the Northwest Territories, but none has been studied in detail.
Ross Mackay observed and made collections of extralimital balsam poplar in the Southern Arctic Ecozone in the Northwest Territories.He discovered the species at three sites in the Melville Hills south of Darnley Bay: along the lower Brock River approximately 8 miles (ca.
Hunter8965 (CAN) Balsam poplar was not reported in the first major study of the flora of the Melville Hills region (i.e., Paulatuk, Tuktut Nogait National Park and vicinity, adjacent Nunavut), which was conducted as part of a natural resource inventory to determine the region's suitability as a national park (Zoltai et al., 1992).
NEW ARCTIC BALSAM POPLAR GROVES IN THE NORTHWEST TERRITOR IFS
data), we encountered two balsam poplar groves growing fully in Arctic ecosystems.
The second balsam poplar grove (represented by the collection Gillespie et al.
Collectively, the earlier and new Arctic balsam poplar collections from Tuktut Nogait National Park and vicinity summarized here document a considerable extension to the species' northeastern range (Fig.
Locations and size characteristics of a balsam poplar grove on a low ridge adjacent to the Hornaday River in Tuktut Nogait National Park, Northwest Territories, Canada.
Stands of balsam poplar in the Northwest Territories mainland Arctic may have originated from wind-dispersed seeds produced by more southerly populations.
Whatever their origins, extralimital populations of balsam poplar in and around Tuktut Nogait National Park occur at the edge of the geographical and ecological range of the species in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.Future research should investigate whether the current warming trend is affecting their growth and distribution, as Bochheim et al.
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Climate-driven local adaptation of ecophysiology and phonology in balsam poplar, Populus halsamifera L.