- Commiphora gileadensis

Baume - Commiphora gileadensis - Balm of Gilead

BAUME. On tire par infusion une huile de cette plante, excellente pour toutes sortes de bleussures, plaies & contusions. On se sert des feuilles en décoction pour pousser les mois & les urines: c’est aussi un excellent stomachique capable de faciliter la digestion, & d’arrêter le vomissement. On met dans les salades les feuilles & les sommités de cette plante.


BALM. An oil from this plant is drawn by infusion, excellent for all kinds of bruises, wounds & contusions. We use the leaves in decoction to force menses & urine: it is also an excellent stomachic capable of facilitating digestion, & stopping vomiting. We put the leaves & tops of this plant in salads.

From Patterns of Evidence: Recent find of a beautiful lilac-colored stone seal with the engravings of a bird and branch may be the first time the precious biblical, “Balm of Gilead” or persimmon plant has been seen.

Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then has the health of the daughter of my people not been restored? – Jeremiah 8:22 (ESV)
The plant was so treasured, Mark Antony is said to have gifted his beloved Cleopatra with prized persimmon groves which had formerly belonged to King Herod, according to First-century Jewish historian, Josephus Flavius. Some experts also believe the plant was given to King Solomon by the Queen of Sheba, the IAA said.

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