Balm of Gilead | Cottonwood Salve, Poplar Ointment

$7.69 $10.99


  • Details
    Balm of Gilead (Cottonwood, Poplar)

    1 oz. tin (30 ml)

    Made with with wildcrafted cottonwood buds, 100% pure natural beeswax, and extra virgin olive oil.

    My cottonwood balm is inspired by an early 1800s New England folk recipe.

    Populus (like the species I use in this salve) was an ingredient in ancient flying ointments. In lore, Populus is used for protection and communication with the dead.

    Made in small batches. Herbal salves are ointments that are applied topically to the skin. To take advantage of salve, apply generously. These are natural, salve color may differ slightly. Herbal salves work differently for everyone. Natural skincare that moisturizes and softens the skin and leaves it feeling soothed.

    If you are allergic to aspirin use cottonwood cautiously.

    Balm of Gilead is also called poplar bud salve, gilly bud salve, and historically, Unguentum populi.

    Don't use oil based preparations on wet open wounds.

    I've taken multiple herbal apprenticeships and many courses, classes, and workshops in or around herbalism. The ointments I sell are made from techniques I've learned through years of education and use.

    Always do a test patch before widespread use.
  • Shipping & Policies

    Shipping from United States

    Processing time

    1-2 business days

    Customs and import taxes

    Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

    Payment Options

    Secure options
    • Accepts Etsy gift cards

    Returns & Exchanges

    I gladly accept returns and cancellations

    Just contact me within: 3 days of delivery

    Ship items back to me within: 7 days of delivery

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Conditions of return

Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

Privacy policy

I reserve the right to cancel any order for any reason at anytime.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wholesale & Bulk Availability

All my wholesale and bulk products are listed.

Office hours

My office hours are:

Monday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST
Friday: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST


Invoices are not included

Sizing details

All herbs are packaged by weight in approximates unless otherwise noted.


Out of Stock Items: Please visit the product listing and sign up to get notified when it's back in stock. I do not have dates on when I restock items.

If you are looking for something I currently don't have listed please send me a message I might have it or I might be able to make it for you.

Once purchased, how long does it take you to ship an item?

1-2 business days with package pickups on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday at 2:00 PM EST.


Samples are not available.

Package Questions

Contact your local post office with your tracking number for package questions. If your package is returned to me, you will receive a refund minus the shipping cost.

What are your shipping services?

For Domestic Shipping:
USPS First Class Package Service: 2-5 days to most U.S. addresses
USPS Priority Mail: 1-3 days to most U.S. addresses

For International Shipping:
USPS First Class International Package Service: depends on the
country of destination
USPS Priority Mail International: 6-10 days

Recycle Your Packaging (Double check with your recycling program before you recycle)

Cardboard boxes are recyclable
Brown packing paper is biodegradable & recyclable.
Green stripe bags are biodegradable & recyclable #4
Bags are recyclable #4
Green bubble wrap is mostly made from recycled & post-consumer content and is recyclable #4
Black extract caps are recyclable #5
Glass extract bottles are recyclable
Salve tins are recyclable
Corks are biodegradable
Packing peanuts are made from starch & renewable content and are biodegradable
Tissue paper is made from 70% post-consumer & post-industrial content and is recyclable

  • Reviews

    Great quality and pricing. Quick shipping. If I could give 10 stars I would without a doubt. Love this shop!!

    Quality product, great service, and shipped fast! Looking forward to using when tendinitis acts up.

    Quick shipping as always!! Nice packaging. Great products!! Highly recommend this shop!! My favorite!

    Thanks a works wonders on my dry skin