Balm of Gilead
Balm of Gilead
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Usually available: All year
Life cycle: Perennial
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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