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Populus balsamifera - Balsam Poplar
Balm of Gilead was a rare perfume used medicinally, that was mentioned in the Bible, and named for the region of Gilead where it was produced. The expression stems from William Tyndale's language in the King James Bible of 1611, and has come to signify a universal cure in figurative speech.
|Balsam Poplar, Balm of Gilead
Reference: Dravya - Substance, Rasa - Taste, Guna - Qualities, Veerya - Potency, Vipaka - Post-digesion effect, Karma - Pharmacological activity, Prabhava - Therepeutics.
|Leaves are ovate or broadly lanceolate, 2.25 to 4.5 inches long (6-11 cm) and 1.5 to 3 inches wide (4-7.5 cm).
|Color and composition
|Pistillate and staminate catkins
|Winter buds are 1 inch long (2.5 cm) with sticky resin and a pungent balsam odor in the spring.
|Ripe capsules split into 2 parts. Tiny seeds have a tuft of soft, white hairs at the tip and are often dispersed in large, fluffy masses
|Fruiting occurs in late May to early or mid-July and when rivers are most often in the flood stage
List of Ayurvedic medicine in which the herb is used
Where to get the saplings
Mode of Propagation
How to plant/cultivate
Seed - must be sown as soon as it is ripe in spring. Poplar seed has an extremely short period of viability and needs to be sown within a few days of ripening. Cuttings of mature wood of the current season's growth, 20 - 40cm long, November/December in a sheltered outdoor bed or direct into their permanent positions.