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cottonwood bud balm of gilead
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Cottonwood Balm of Gilead

This simple and easy to make balm has healing and pain relieving properties that have been renowned since biblical days. Reddish and heavenly scented, this balm will fix what ails you.


  • 6 oz organic extra virgin coconut oil
  • 2 oz extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 oz dried cottonwood buds
  • 1 tablespoon beeswax pastilles


  • Gently warm oils together until the coconut oil is completely liquefied.
  • Place the oil mixture into a tightly lidded jar and place in a crock pot with water up to the fill height on jar and heat on lowest setting for 24-36 hours.  If you prefer to not use heat, allow the mixture to infuse in a warm spot for at least 6-8 weeks. Once fully infused the oil will take on a sunny, orange-ish hue.  
  • Strain the oil through a fine mesh sieve lined with muslin, wringing to extract all oil.
  • Add beeswax pastilles to cottonwood bud infused oil and gently heat until the beeswax dissolves.
  • Pour into small jars and allow to cool completely before placing a lid on the jar.