The cottonwood buds in this salve make it a useful assistant for a variety of ailments. Cottonwood buds, sometimes referred to as “Balm of Gilead” have been used medicinally for centuries and for good reason, and here is why:
The buds contain a compound called salicin which makes it an excellent anti-inflammatory for aches and pains.
They are high in antioxidants and are extremely helpful in restoring damaged skin.
They are also antiseptic which is also helpful in skin issues.
The scent is wild and fragrant, so using this salve as a muscle rub or a skin soother is an undeniable delight.
I have another All Purpose Salve that contains cottonwood with other herbal ingredients, but wanted to offer a new salve with the pure simplicity of just cottonwood buds for the Balm of Gilead lovers.
I wild harvest my cottonwood buds in late winter from branches that have fallen during storms. I will be making more, but when I run out of the oil there it will be gone until next year!
*Those who are allergic to aspirin should avoid plants or trees with salicylic acid, such as cottonwood and willow. *Do no use on open wounds