1790 engraving of balm-producing tree

1790 engraving of balm-producing tree

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Credit: GEORGE BERNARD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Balm tree. 1790 engraving of a balm-producing tree from Petra, Jordan. Many species of plants have been used as a source of balm - the aromatic resin used to embalm the dead. The species most widely used in the Middle East in biblical times was the balm of Gilead, or balsam tree, Balsamodendron gileadense.

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Keywords: balm, balsam, balsam tree, balsamodendron, botany, embalm, embalming, engravin, engraving, jordan, medicinal, nature, plant, plants, tree

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