Balm of Gilead
Balm of Gilead Plants, Cuttings & Seeds.
This tender perennial is native to the Americas and the Canary Islands. The name ‘Balm of Gilead’ has been given because of its lemon and camphor-like odour and not through any resemblance to the Poplar family or the true Balm of Gilead. The leaves make a pleasant tea, bath, potpourri, insect repellent or a fragrant herb pillow.
Tea preparation: Boil water. Steep 1 tsp. dried herb of Balm of Gilead per cup for 7 minutes. Enjoy!
Aromatherapy: Add 1 to 2 tsp. of dried Balm of Gilead herb into a bowl of freshly boiled water. The essential oils will spread their refreshing aroma quickly throughout the room.
Balm of Gilead is also becoming increasingly popular among hen owners to help keep away mites. Simply add a generous handful of the fresh herb to the straw in their nesting boxes.
Balm of Gilead is easily grown from seed or cutting (simply place the cuttings into fresh tap water until they sprout roots) and can grow into 1-1.5m tall shrubs within the first year.
To read more about the plants potential benefits for hens have a look at the following article on Stuff.co.nz: www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/home-property/nz-gardener/76954393/the-herb-that-keeps-hens-mitefree