Without using any drugs, healing and soothing were done in the land of Gilead in the Old Testament days of the Bible. Gilead and its ancient Palestine environs were rich in spices and aromatic gums which provided the balm for local use and export. “Special Oil” is the modern equivalent of the word balm. The tree, which in modern times is native to Canary Islands is now largely cultivated in Europe and north America. The tree is not easily grown, however more countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sudan, and Ethiopia, have succeeded in the cultivation. Its tree is normally very large and thrives best along the river banks, it produces flowers perennially, the flowers produce lovely aroma similar to that of eucalyptus. Use of the balm started with treatment of skin diseases and eczema from where it expanded to many other treatments. Under favorable conditions, the tree may grow up to 100 feet in height.
The greatest identifier of the land of Gilead is this Balm that had all along demonstrated numerous curative properties, and till today, many Christians still believe in its potency. It is a very good remedy for sore throats, coughs, laryngitis and loss of voice, it disinfects and soothes the body. It is a sure cure for chronic bronchitis. Externally it cures inflammations resulting from rheumatism and arthritis. To treat wrinkles, mix barley water, strain and some drops of the oil of the balm, enclose the mixture in a bottle for up to 12 hours, shake the bottle and you now have liquid that can recondition and restore beautiful complexion. Its herb serves as a stimulant. The balm of Gilead has been used for the treatment of diseases such as upper respiratory tract, cuts, snakebites, pimples minor aches and pains.
Beyond its healing potency, the Balm of Gilead has some myths surrounding it. It is believed to possess power to cast away evil spirits, and capable of re-uniting separated lovers. It is mentioned as a healer extensively in the Bible: “There is a balm in Gilead, To make the wounded whole…..” is a popular refrain that has passed down through the ages in the Christendom to the new devotees of Christianity. The old Testament of the Bible is replete with numerous references to this balm. The balm has an excellent fragrance that makes it one of the most precious gifts that anyone can appreciate, the Queen of Sheba presented to King Solomon the aromatic desert shrub Balm of Gilead. This highly cherished and revered specie of the balm is very scarce in modern times and when found or grown, it is export prohibited for economic and political reasons.
Thus, the highlight has been on a precious shrub that heals, soothes and harmonizes the user with nature. Definitely it cannot be classified as drug, since it exists free in nature, and its potency endures.