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PostSubject: Balm of Gilead   Tue Sep 22, 2009 2:00 am

Balm of Gilead

Balm of Gilead (Commiphora Opobalsamum, also called Balsam Tree, and
Bechan) is a name derived from the Greek Balsamon, which was adopted as
the representative of the Hebrew words baal shemen, meaning "lord" or
"chief of oils." (it's even a name used by a national organization
working through Black churches to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS in the
African-American community). Nina Simone sang about it long ago, if you
don't know Nina's works...she was one of the greatest blues singers and
ranked right along side Billie Holiday.

Magickal Uses:

Balm of Gilead is an herb of consecration. It is used for dressing
candles to use in any form of magickal healing. (The buds are the main
parts that are used) It's used for healing, knowledge, love,
manifestations, protection, strength, virility, and wisdom. You can
carry the buds to mend a broken heart, or burn them to attract spirits.

Medicinal and Other Uses:

Balm of Gilead is a stimulating expectorant, anti-microbial, and
vulnerary. It soothes, disinfects, and astringes the mucous membranes,
and it is an excellent remedy for sore throats, coughs, laryngitis, and
chronic bronchitis. Externally it can be used to ease inflammations due
to rheumatism and arthritis, as well as for dry and scaly skin
conditions such as psoriasis and dry eczema. It is also anti-bacterial.

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