How did you feel when you woke up this morning and got out of bed?
As we get older, it becomes more and more common to feel worse in the a.m. than at bedtime the night before.
If you’re in pain right now… and can’t remember the last time you felt FREE of pain… there’s something I GUARANTEE you haven’t tried yet.
It’s a natural weapon for alleviating aching muscles and joints – but you won’t find it in your backyard.
To find it in the wild, you’d have to trek through the unforgiving Yukon Territory. It’s a quest few of us would survive.
Fortunately, those at the forefront of herbal medicine have tapped into the native knowledge of our neighbors to the north… and figured out a way to bring this pain reliever directly to you.
Pain relief from the ‘Last Frontier’
No trees grow on the aboriginal lands of Alaska known as the Arctic Slope… except one.
It’s the balsam poplar, known by locals as simply “balsam” or “poplar.”
Populus balsamifera grows along the banks of the Russian River in this barren, frigid hinterland – and it’s a CRUCIAL element of Alaskan wilderness medicine.
As its Latin name suggests, the balsam poplar is a tree FOR THE PEOPLE.
Especially people who are in pain.
But not just any balsam will do. There are only THREE that produce the right kind of buds with the medicinal power to kill pain.
Collectively, the species, subspecies, and hybrids that share this medicinal value are known as “Balm of Gilead.”
And with their unique ability to track the trees’ medicinal scent, only the Eskimos of the 49th state know for sure which trunks to tap for the sap.
Don’t mistake this soothing salve for the holy anointing oil mentioned in the Bible.
The uses of this balsam balm go FAR BEYOND the ceremonial and symbolic.
But that doesn’t mean its effects aren’t MIRACULOUS.
A member of the willow family (Salicaceae), this healing tree offers a practical, natural way to relieve the aches and pains of everything from sore muscles to arthritis.
Like its cousin the white willow, the tree bark and buds of Balm of Gilead contain salicin, which converts to salicylic acid in your body.
That means you could call it “Alaskan aspirin”!
It beats back inflammation and kills pain… but because you don’t swallow it, you don’t have to worry about what it’ll do to your gut.
Often mixed with olive oil, Balm of Gilead makes for a natural massage oil that you can rub into your swollen and aching joints… lower back… or even that knot in your shoulderthat won’t go away.
You can also combine it with other soothing herbs, like arnica and St. John’s wort.
Some topical ointments and oils are sold as Balm of Gilead – just make sure that it’s derived from either the balsam poplar or its sibling, the black cottonwood (Populus balsamifera trichocarpa).