Balm of Gilead

Balm of Gilead

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certified organic cert number 22013

Usually available: All year

Life cycle: Perennial
Height: 1.5m
Position: Sun / part shade
Soil preference: Well drained

Botanical Name: Cedronella canariensis

Balm of Gilead is also known as Canary Balm. Common names can be confusing as the name Balm of Gilead is also used for Populus candicans and  Commiphora gileadensis which are completely different plants. This is a good reason for knowing the botanical name of plants, especially if you are using them in food or medicine.

As its botanical name suggests, Cedronella canariensis is native to the Canary Islands. It has since been introduced to other parts of the world, including parts of Europe and North America.

It is a perennial herb with an upright growth habit. It has aromatic leaves and tubular, pink or mauve flowers. It can grow to a height of about 1-2 meters. The plant has a pleasant lemony-mint aroma.

Growing Conditions

Cedronella canariensis prefers well-drained soil and a sunny to partly shaded location. It is somewhat drought-tolerant once established but prefers regular watering for optimal growth. It is not very frost-tolerant and should be protected in colder climates.

Ethnobotanical uses

It has been traditionally used for its aromatic and medicinal properties in the Canary Islands. Over time, it has become somewhat popular in herbal medicine circles in other parts of the world.

Medicinal Uses

The leaves are often used in herbal medicine for their antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Infusions are sometimes made for respiratory ailments like asthma or bronchitis. However, scientific evidence supporting these uses is limited.

Culinary Uses

Cedronella canariensisis not typically used in cooking, although its aromatic leaves could potentially be used for flavouring in a manner similar to mint or lemon balm.

Balm of Gilead (Other Species)

We do not sell either of these plants, this is for your information only.

Populus candicans

This is a type of poplar tree native to North America. Its buds are often used to make a soothing balm or salve, traditionally used for skin conditions and respiratory issues.

Commiphora gileadensis

This plant, native to the Middle East, is considered the original "Balm of Gilead." It has been historically significant for thousands of years and is mentioned in the Bible. The resin from this plant has been used for its medicinal properties, including analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. 

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This is how we pack and send your Herb Plants to all states except TAS & WA

You will receive
- 1 Balm of Gilead Herb Plant in a 50 X 75mm tube - General growing instructions

All of our Herb Plants are grown organically with certified organic potting mixes and fertilizers


Our shipping costs are a flat rate, meaning you can add any amount of products to your order and you will pay the same.

Regular Post - $10.95
Express Post - $12.95 (If your order contains a plant express is required)


We cannot send plants to Western Australia, Northern Territory & Tasmania due to restrictions.

We can send plants to Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, ACT.

Monday and Tuesday (for all zones)


We send (Australia wide):

Monday to Thursday

*Subjected to actual conditions. Find out more about our Delivery information.


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