Balm of Gilead

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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. There is historical confusion between several plants and the historically important expensive perfumes and drugs obtained from them.[1] True balm of Gilead was very rare, and appears to have been produced from a terebinth tree, Pistacia lentiscus.[1] that is entirely unrelated to the balsams and and in particular Commiphora gileadensis that bears a confusingly similar binomial.


The Balm of Gilead is mentioned as having healing properties (Jeremiah 8:22).

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  1. ^ a b Groom, N. (1981). Frankincense and Myrrh: A Study of the Arabian Incense Trade. London and New York: Longman, Librairie de Liban. ISBN 0-582-76476-9.