Balm of Gilead.

Jer 8:22 Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?
James 5:14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him an
d anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.
Song 4:1 Your hair is like a flock of goats desce
nding from Mount Gilead .

A small shrubby tree with beautiful flowers with a soft honey-like scent grows in Gilead. This shrub, a likely candidate for the Rose of Sharon is the rock rose Cistus Creticus. In ancient times, the gum that exudes from this plant was collected from the hair of goats that had browsed among the bushes. The hair of the bride (symbol of her natural strength) is likened to the hair of goats with this fragrance attached to it. This seems to indicate that the Bride has the healing anointing upon her head. Along with the Cistus bushes, balsam trees are also native to the Gilead area.

Goat with labdanum in its heir. Today in farm of labdanum ( Northern Crete - Sises Rethimno ).

In Gilead and East Mediterraneo sprouts only Cistus Creticus.

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