Michelle Obama is a balm to dark-skinned and insecure Negro women.
Gwen Ifill of NewsHour called Dawkins “our balm and our rock” at his funeral.
Luckily, however, de Botton is insightful enough that he manages to provide some balm for the anxieties of any paycheck slave.
What an unlooked-for flight was this from our shadowy avenue of black-ash and balm of Gilead trees into the infinite!
And now tell me, have you any balm for such a sorrow as mine?
She was a creature born to be the succour of misery, the balm of distress.
And in her certain friendship the balm of peace falls softly on us.
It was like balm to the soul after all the turmoil and friction with crowds of strangers.
Here was a plant he had driven ten miles to get for her; here were the mint and balm she loved.
Sometimes I lose patience with its parade of eternal idleness, but at others this very idleness is balm to one's conscience.
early 13c., basme, aromatic substance made from resins and oils, from Old French basme (Modern French baume), from Latin balsamum, from Greek balsamon "balsam," from Hebrew basam "spice," related to Aramaic busma, Arabic basham "balsam, spice, perfume."
Spelling refashioned 15c.-16c. on Latin model. Sense of "healing or soothing influence" (1540s) is from aromatic preparations from balsam (see balsam). Biblical Balm of Gilead, however, began with Coverdale; the Hebrew word there is tsori, which was rendered in Septuagint and Vulgate as "resin" (Greek rhetine, Latin resina).
An aromatic salve or oil.
A soothing, healing, or comforting agent.