Balm of Gilead | Cottonwood Salve, Poplar Ointment

$9.89 $10.99

Balm of Gilead 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. Also known as cottonwood or poplar salve. 1 oz. tin (30 ml).

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.

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    USPS Priority Mail: 1-3 business days to most U.S. addresses

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    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

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