Our signature product, Balm of Gilead Oil, and a few of its byproducts have become our most personal and defining product. This oil is certainly unique among a collection of uniqueness. The scent of this oil has a sweetness which is clean and hauntingly fragrant, but we adore the smell, and we enjoy the benefits of peacefulness, which it brings to our studio each year. You must love it too, pound for pound, we ship more Balm of Gilead Oil than any other product.
We only use fresh buds, not dried, frozen, or dehydrated, of balsam poplar trees secrete a powerfully aromatic and healing resin. This resin is high in salicylic acid, which also happens to be the active ingredient in aspirin. We begin each year with the freshest crop of buds from a remote Amerian area free from pesticides, herbicides, and the pollution.
Asked numerous times about our having one signature product to represent our line, and I have always answered, Balm of Gilead Oil.
Some people find the smell very intense. I just know that we love this oil with a passion. Others must enjoy our Balm of Gilead Oil too because this is our company's largest selling product.
How Our Company Started Making Speciality Oils.
Balm of Gilead Oil is one of the very first infused oils Karen Palcho learned to make. She can tell this little story more romantically than I can write it; nevertheless, I shall try.
As a young woman in 1981, Karen was living on the banks of the Russian Riven in Kodiak, Alaska. There she noticed a common occurrence under the huge Balsam Poplar trees that populated this region. Following winter storms the ground was littered with felled tree branches, and each spring, the buds of this tree began to ooze with a thick syrup of yellow-green sap. The air filled with the most mysterious scent that was almost indescribable.
As it happened, Karen was reading a Jean Rose's Herbals when she learned that people had been making analgesic oils for ages. She discovered how materials found in nature could transform into these wondrous oils, and she started experimenting with her ideas for these exotic buds. This original spark in Karen Palcho's creative curiosity and inventiveness were the beginning of her incredible skin care company.
Karen pressed her first buds and kept a small amount from that first pressing in a rose crystal container. It had belonged to her European grandmother, and I know it was a highly prized possession. She gave me, Pam, that beautiful rose bottle as a gift in 2011. I, Pamela, cherish this gift. It has a place of honor right next to another pink crystal vase, also filled with my first pressing of Balm of Gilead Oil, oddly enough, a vase, which was a gift from my grandmother.
How to Use:
Anointing Oil: Balm of Gilead Oil is used by many as an anointing oil. The largest number of request we have for this oil is from churches, religious groups, and hospices.
Body Oil: Massage a small amount into tired muscles and joints.
Bath Oil: Pour two-three tablespoons into warm water, relax, and enjoy
Minor Skin Irritations: Apply a small about to skin and massage.
Enjoy the uplifting and calming scent.
Helianthus (Sunflower) Oil*, Olea Europea (Olive) Oil*, Populus Balsamifera (Buds),**Mixed Tocopherols (non-GMO certified Tocobiol Vitamin E oil)
This product contains no commercial fragrances.
* Asterisk indicates that particular ingredient is from an organic source.
** Denotes wildcrafted ingredient
***Fair Trade Participant
All ingredients are sourced with great care and are either wild-crafted or grown under the care of a certified organic farmer. Grown without the use of GMO seed, pesticides, herbicides or other poisonous chemicals is the definition we use to determine quality.
Test on Animals – Never!
Karen's Botanicals has never tested our products on animals.
We'll not participate in animal testing from source companies either.