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We all need a little help. Homemade with oils from Costco. We love the outdoors, love to hike and forage. I make other salves and upon reading about ingredients I ran across this Balm Of Gilead I had never heard of, it derives from biblical times. The buds of cottonwood tree’s here in Washington state were ready in February. I picked twice. Once with my Mother and Father in Law (retired) on their property in Woodinville while visiting them. My father in law was very happy to get his tractor available to pick high branches if needed and get the bonfire ready to burn the unwanted branches. They have an 11 acre ranch that they have horses on and board with a really cool creek that runs the entire length of it. They helped us pick the buds for about an hour. I set that batch in a jar and stored in the cupboard. A week later I went out hiking with my girlfriend in Duvall to pick another batch, to have sit in another jar and let them extract the richness of the sap. It’s impressive, it bleeds red pitch. After a few months I made the salve. I used a new dish soap and got allergic to it and got a itchy rash. I started using this and it relieved it and took the rash away, so why not, right?
- It is analgesic, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory.
- The scent of this oil is sweet and clean, like the freshest spring day.
- The young buds of cotton wood/balsam poplar trees secrete a powerfully aromatic and healing resin high in salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin
- Suggested use for sore muscles or Skincare for eczema, rashes and burns