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...
Calamus – History And Botany

Calamus – History And Botany

Biblical scholars are divided on the true identity of calamus. Acorus calamus and Cymbopogon are popular candidates. Both the species are monocots, both prefer moist habitats and both are a source of aromatic essential oils. Others, such as Benet (1967) have posited a...
Bdellium Gum (guggul)

Bdellium Gum (guggul)

Feature photo – Vinayaraj Commiphora wightii and C. africana are believed to be the ingredients of a composite gum called bdellium (a.k.a Bdellium Gum). Theophrastus was the first to mention bdellium, which he learned about during the campaigns of Alexander the...
Ingredient Marketplace – Opening Gambit

Ingredient Marketplace – Opening Gambit

Finding new chemical sources for new drugs has become increasingly difficult. The cost of drug discovery has skyrocketed. Drug manufacturers want to look at natural products as a source of new drugs. They often look toward biotechnology interventions. The process...
Herbs In Ancient Incenses And Perfumes

Herbs In Ancient Incenses And Perfumes

Plants have been in use since time immemorial for their scent. Incense, a material derived from plants that emits an aroma when burned, has had many uses throughout history. Nearly every religion throughout the world has used incense in religious or spiritual rituals...

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