DIY Balm of Gilead

Balm of Gilead

(This is educational use, not for medicinal purposes.  I am only sharing what I enjoy doing in my free time.  I am not a doctor, seek medical advise if you need it!)
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.

 balmbuds

 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.)

balmsbuds

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.

balminajar

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.

An example would be my husband wounded his hand.  There was an open gash and a lot of swelling with pain.  He refused to go in and get stitches, like many men in my family.  Since he refused, I couldn’t make him get treatment.  However, I could do the best I could with what we had and the nature around us.

Only just 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:

tins
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 said it seemed to relaxed and sooth it a bit. 🙂  All in all, it looked a lot better a few hours later.

As always, check with a doctor first, but for education purposes NOT MEDICINAL.  However, if you happen to have a stubborn individual in your life too, here is the basic recipe that you can add to based upon your preference:  (ours we made like a multi purpose also to eliminate having a “tin” for everything since we have been making so many types of herb & oil salves to experiment in our science class for school.)

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 science project, have fun experimenting!  AND do not neglect going to a doctor! 🙂