What do Balm of Gilead and spring fever have in common?

Anne Sangemino

Good Energy

Spring is an invigorating time, pace yourself do not go out to fast.

La Nina, a wet and cold system was predicted for this Winter Season, (2022-2023) and proved itself accurate. Wet with lots of rain and ice, not much snow. February 2023 was a different scene the first week, Old Man Winter made his appearance with strong winds, ice, and snow. He came in like a lion, negative 0-degree temperatures all week and the 2nd week he went out like a lamb. Temperatures throughout the second week were above freezing. Wednesday, elevated temperatures 48 degrees with blue skies and sunshine! The rest of the week remained in the 40’s. 

With the thaw my outdoor clothing was a lot lighter, no snow pants or leggings under my jeans, just a sweatshirt and jacket while I watered the green house and cleaned up the stall in the barn after I put Harmony out to pasture. My neighbor and I went for a 4-mile walk and I shed my glows, top outer layer of clothing, and hat. Spring fever is starting to spark and kick up the heat. I am trying to restrain myself from going out to fast, I do not want to injure myself. I did more outdoors than normal this year. I could feel my feet getting tight and stiff, legs and back tender, and energy dropping.  


I rubbed Balm of Gilead into the tender areas around my ankles, bottom of feet, hips and lower back. It increases blood circulation, which drives heat and oxygen into the muscles. The blood flow is drawn into the muscles. This action widens the blood vessels which increases the transport of excess lactic acid and other toxins away from the muscle. Restoring the natural heat within the body helps release and clear lactic acid buildup.


Balm of Gilead and lightweight exercise work quickly to relieve lactic acid. 

Another natural alternative is lightweight yoga followed by a resting pose, laying on your back with legs up against the wall and your heart lower than your hips restores your energy. This draws heat and oxygen into the muscles to flush lactic acid out. A half hour lightweight yoga routine then the resting pose, legs up the wall was all I needed to relieve the fatigue, tight muscles, and restore good energy. I slept deep and woke up with no pain from the busy day before. Wow, it put an end to the inflammation and stiffness.  

If yoga is not your thing you can try walking, or riding a bike then use the balm and a resting pose to increase circulation to restore energy and move out lactic acid from your muscles.

Are you wondering what is in the Balm of Gilead that relieves muscle, joint, and foot pain? 

Black Poplar Bud is the main herb a favorite topical analgesic, it deeply soothes joints, muscles, and the feet. 

Arnica: Has been used for centuries, athletes after competing and long workouts find good results for quick recovery for muscles, joints, stiffness, fatigue. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe arthritis and is effective on the joints. 

St. John’s Wort: Known, as a prophylactic because it protects the nerves and soothes throbbing discomfort. 

Eucalyptus: It aids and assists the herbal actions in the balm with a fast working powerhouse that relieves tension and inflammation quicker by promoting good circulation. 

Peppermint: Supports the circulatory system which promotes an anti-inflammatory effect. 

Marjoram: Marjoram is relaxing and calming to muscles, tension, and fatigue. 

Balm of Gilead's anti-inflammatory property works deeply to soothe the muscles, ligaments and tendons that contract and it calm throbbing nerves. The anti- inflammatory relief is beneficial if used before or after physical exertion. Because Balm of Gilead is an analgesic and supports good circulation it supplies heat and oxygen which the body needs to recover from an injury or any strenuous physical activity.

Be careful, spring fever is bound to turn up the heat and jump start your energy flow. You do not want to go out to fast. Enjoy any physical activity you set your mind on that is within your reach.

Balm of Gilead may prevent an injury if you due to tight contracting muscles, tendons, ligaments, and sore joints that cause inflammatory swelling due to lactic acid.

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