Benzoin – An Ancient Fragrance

Benzoin – An Ancient Fragrance

Papyrus records from ancient Egypt indicate that benzoin resin was mixed with other aromatic resins like pine, juniper, cypress, galbanum, and labdanum to create an aromatic powder that Egyptian dancers applied to their heads. Benzoin is used as a fragrance by...
Cassia Overview

Cassia Overview

Cassia differs from cinnamon in strength and quality. The bark and quills are darker, coarser, and woodier, and the bark is reddish brown. Cassia is sweet and spicy like cinnamon but more pungent. Its buds are like cloves but with a slight aroma. Nowadays, true...
Cinnamon Overview

Cinnamon Overview

Featured photo: Bernard Thiry Cinnamon is one of the more famous spices from Biblical and pre-Biblical times. It originates from a number of species, including Cinnamomum zeylanicum syn in the Family Lauraceae. Cinnamomum brumannii, Cinnamomum cassia, and Cinnamomum...
Palmarosa Grass

Palmarosa Grass

Cymbopogon martinii looks similar to lemongrass. It is a tall grass (1.8 to 2.4 meters) found in wild areas of southern Asian, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, and Latin America. It is widely cultivated for its essential oil. The oil was imported from India to...
Medicinal Uses Of Acorus Calamus

Medicinal Uses Of Acorus Calamus

Acorus calamus has been popular among healing traditions around the globe, including Ayurveda, Unani, and Native American medicine. The rhizome and sometimes the leaves were used in medicines. For example, travelers routinely carried calamus-based healing oils to...

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