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balm (noun) a liquid or a cream (ointment) applied to injuries and wounds to relieve from pain caused from swellings, injuries, wounds, etc.; anything that comforts your mind and makes you calm.

It is very common to apply medicinal oil or cream on injuries, wounds, inflammations, etc., to relieve pain. Such oils and creams are called balms. Also anything that comforts you in worry, and makes you feel calm is a balm. The comforting words of a friend when you are in sorrow act as a balm. The cool breeze that occasionally blows on a warm day has the effect of a balm on one's mind.

  • Music has a soothing effect on disturbed minds. It acts as a balm.
  • The balm developed as a home remedy by the family is very efficacious, especially on bruises and deep gashes.
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