If you dabble in natural remedy circles, you might have heard the word "balsam" before, but do you know what it is? Simply put, balsam is the sap or resin that comes from certain types of trees and shrubs. It comes from the translation of the word balm and is usually restricted to resins that contain benzoic and cinnamic acid. There are many types and many uses for balsam, so read on to learn a little more about balsam!
Where Does It Originate?
Balsams come from all over the world - North America, South America, the Middle East and Europe. The Balsam of Matariyya has long been used as a medicine, with references to the substance recorded as far back as 285 BC, and it also referred to as the Balm of Mecca or the Balm of Gilead. There are many other balsams that have been used for centuries, and we'll talk about some next.
Some Specific Balsams
It might be surprising to you that a variety of substances you've heard of before are balsams. Some of those are Balsam Fir, Balm of Gilead, Frankincense, Myrrh, and Copaiba. These balsams have a variety of uses, and are more commonly used than you think!
Uses of Balsam
Balsam fir essential oil is a really popular oil and has many uses due to it's antiseptic properties. It has also been used as a decongestant, and aromatically can be used for invigoration, stimulation and to energize.
Myrrh is another balsam that has been used for centuries. It has antiseptic properties and is commonly used in incense.
Frankincense been traded for over 6000 years. It has anti-bacterial properties and can help relieve pain. As an essential oil it's common to use in the bath for it's relaxation and anti-inflammatory properties.
Our Ancient Oils salve has frankincense, myrrh, and copaiba and is a great place to start if you're wanting to use balsam in your day-to-day life. There are a variety of balsams out there and even more uses! Now you know some of the common balsams, you can choose how to use them better in your life.
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