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  Poplar Balsam (Balm of Gilead) (no ratings yet)
Populus balsamifera, organically distilled from the sticky springtime buds and twigs, by a gifted Canadian distiller.


This is a new distillation of this rare and precious oil, from the same source as in years past. (They have not been able to produce enough to sell to their commercial customers for several years. We are fortunate to have this.) Aromatically it is a bit lighter than the earlier batch; perhaps because it is so very fresh? Our experience is that it ages beautifully, and in time I think we will see the deeper balsamic notes that I so loved.  I know that it is pure, almost never distilled, and are delighted to offer it.

There is a story behind our acquiring this rare and precious oil. We were attending a “preconference” workshop at the recent AIA conference. Rhiannon Harris spent a day on clinical skin care—“Maintaining Skin Integrity”—this was not a “pretty” workshop, she was presenting important clinical work. At one point she was discussing the thinning of the skin brought on by advanced age, or the overuse of some Rx medications, and the skin tears and bruising that can result. She discussed a list of better known oils frequently recommended for treating fragile, friable skin, and passed around a sample of something new to most of us in the room.

Before the vial even reached me, the clinicians in the room were asking en masse “Marge, do you have this? Marge, can you get this?” I had never HEARD of Poplar Balsam Essential Oil. I knew that some rare herbalists produce an infused oil, that is hard to find and to be treasured. I had never experienced it. The essential oil was stunning. Breathtaking. Deeply balsamic, winey, sweetly resinous, with a deep sweetness at the heart—it stirs the soul. It does not NEED to be healing, it just needs to be breathed.

At the first break I ran for my room and laptop, checked with the best Canadian distiller I know, and found this treasure. I went back to the workshop announcing that I had sourced it, and would be importing it. I had *not* checked the price.

It arrived this week. A small amount, rare and to be treasured. Aromatically, it is breathtaking. It is is one of the rare oils that can speak to my soul. To me it feels masculine in essence, I love it beside our sweeter Copaiba Balsam. The soft sweetness of the Copaiba enwraps and dances with the integrity of the Poplar. Amazing.

As I said, Rhiannon highly recommended it for skin healing and wound healing. She also discussed its use as an anti-histamine and as an alternative to German Chamomile when preferred, since both are high in alpha bisabol. She also recommends it for wound healing, as mentioned earlier for bruises and skin tears. Blending with Helichrysum and Yarrow oils can give amazing results for healing scars.

It is both antispasmodic and analgesic, a recommended pain reliever for injuries, sore muscles, rheumatism and arthritis.

The buds themselves, infused in oil, have been used by North American healers for millennium to ease pain, and heal damaged skin. It is not always safe to assume the same uses for the distilled oil as for the infused herb, but the producer swears this oils is amazingly effective.

Dr. Joie Power recommends Balsam Poplar essential oil for bruises, sprains/strains, sore muscles and injuries to the skin. Balsam Poplar essential oil is also antispasmodic and has an analgesic effect, and reduces tension. One of Balsam Poplar essential oil's most noted effects is for reducing scaring and for wound healing. For use in treating injuries and for treating rheumatism and arthritis, blend Balsam Poplar essential oil with German Chamomile and Helichrysum essential oils.

Emotionally I would venture that the oil would be comforting and strengthening…a help in time of trouble.

I’ve seen recommendations that it blends well with all of the “blue” oils, with Helichrysum for healing purposes, of course. I think it would give a lovely depth and structure to any floral.

Available undiluted here, and in a 10% Dilution in odorless Fractionated Coconut Oil. Recommended shelf life of this base note oil is said to be up to 10 years with proper storage. I suspect that, like Myrrh and some other balsamic oils, if left unsealed the volatiles will evaporate and leave you a bottle of rock hard resin.

Batch #CA-58748

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