Holy Herbs

Holy Herbs

With the growing trend towards “organic” products, and “coming back to nature” worldwide, the rising interest in herbs and herbal remedies, in culinary use, heath products, medicine, cosmetics, and religious rituals is not surprising. A wide audience, including...
Grapes – a staple Biblical food

Grapes – a staple Biblical food

Grapes are one of the seven staple foods mentioned in Deuteronomy 8.8 ‘A land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey”. Grape was one of the seven fruits that Moses messengers discovered in the land of Israel....
Sacred Trees

Sacred Trees

Feature photo: The Assyrian Sacred Tree -Near Eastern Archaeology Ancient civilizations and religious texts of all three religions of the Biblical lands (Christianity, Jewish, and Islam) have attributed immense importance to trees, which were valued for food, animal...
Oncyha Part 1

Oncyha Part 1

Feature photo: From Florihana Onycha is one of the four spices mentioned in the Old Testament (Exodus 30:34) and as an ingredient of Ketoret. Like many other herbs and spices mentioned during Biblical times, the origin of onycha is shrouded in debate, starting with...
Spikenard In Medicine

Spikenard In Medicine

Feature photo: Spikenard– www.drewmonkman.com Efforts to artificially propagate the species have shown mixed results, because it is not economically attractive for collectors to switch from wild to commercial cultivation. Some estimates indicate that the...

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