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balm of gilead twid with bud Balm of Gilead Buds
Populus balsamifera

Burning the aromatic buds of this large tree, associated with Jupiter and commonly grown in the US, is said to attract spirits for purposes of necromancy or divination. This herb is also used in Hoodoo to bring together estranged lovers. Though Balm of Gilead is mentioned several times in the Hebrew Bible, it is not a reference to the tree's buds, but instead refers to the nearby region of Northern Gilead that was famous for its medicinal herbs. Over time, though, it became associated with the idea of spiritual comfort, especially for Christians. Balm of Gilead is thought to soothe love problems and to provide ease to those suffering a broken heart or recovering from a lovers' quarrel.

You can extract the resin by simply filling a jar of the herb with olive oil and letting macerate for a few weeks (add a couple drops of vitamin E for a preservative). This would make a great oil of consecration, which is what it is most often used for, or a perfumed oil good for love magic. The resin can also be used as an aromatic in ointments, skin creams or salves, but people with allergies to aspirin should use caution since these buds may cause a similar allergic reaction, especially when mixed with commercial creams.

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Another type of balm of Gilead, in essential oil form 

Uses in Witchcraft & Magic:

Consecration
Necromancy
Divination
Love Magic
Jupiter Herb