What is balsam?

  • (noun): Any seed plant yielding balsam.
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Balsam is a term used for various pleasantly scented plant products, and the plants which produce them. Balsams are oily or gummy oleoresins, usually containing benzoic acid or cinnamic acid, obtained from the exudates of various trees and shrubs and used as a base for some botanical medicines. They may be obtained from:

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Balsam Oil
... Balsam oil, also called Peru Balsam or Balsam Peru oil, is an essential oil of Myroxylon pereirae ... Therefore references to "Balsam Oil" (or "Oil of Balsam") in the Bible or other ancient Middle Eastern texts are most likely to be to what later became known as "Balsam of Mecca" (Commiphora gileadensis) q.v ...
Balsam, North Carolina - Recreation
... Balsam is located near several popular recreational areas, some of which are accessible from the nearby Blue Ridge Parkway ... Waterrock Knob Moonshine Creek Campground Graveyard Fields Balsam Mountain Inn ...
Great Balsam Mountains
... The Great Balsam Mountains, or Balsam Mountains, are in the mountain region of western North Carolina, United States ... The Great Balsams are a subrange of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which in turn are a part of the Appalachian Mountains ... The most famous peak in the Great Balsam range is Cold Mountain, which is the centerpiece of author Charles Frazier's bestselling novel Cold Mountain ...
Contenders For Stacte - Balsam of Tolu
... Balsam of Tolu (Myroxylon toluifera balsamum) is sometimes called opobalsamum and is sometimes substituted for it, however it is not the true C ... Balsam of Tolu has a sweet, aromatic, resinous scent with an odour resembling vanilla or benzoin ...
Paul Balsam
... Paul Balsam (July 19, 1905 – December 22, 1972) was a justice on the New York State Supreme Court from January 1, 1965 until his death in 1972 ... from the Brooklyn Law School in 1928 and working for several law firms as an attorney, Balsam held several positions for New York State and City, including Assistant Attorney General (a position he held for seven years ... O'Dwyer appointed him as a City Magistrate, until his death, Judge Balsam served on the bench of several courts, including the Family Court for over ten years, and, as ...

More definitions of "balsam":

  • (noun): Any of various fragrant oleoresins used in medicines and perfumes.
  • (noun): A fragrant ointment containing a balsam resin.