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...
Henna Uses

Henna Uses

Henna is used to dye cotton, silk, and other natural fibers, as well as leather and leather products. The dye is temporary. In India, henna is used for body art during festivals and celebrations including extensive use in bridal makeup in southern Asia and the Middle...
Henna – Historical Overview

Henna – Historical Overview

Lawsonia inermis is the botanical name for henna. This small tree grows to a height of 5–7 meters. The plant prefers a dry and hot climate. It grows extensively in the Mediterranean region, Egypt, neighboring countries of northern and eastern Africa, the Arabian...
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...
Galbanum In History

Galbanum In History

Featured photo: Galbanum gum (www.jmg-co.com) Galbanum is mentioned in the medicinal works of Hippocrates and Pliny the Elder. Galbanum was one of at least 36 ingredients used by Mithridates (c. 132–163 BC) as medicine. Mithridates VI was a Roman who ruled over...

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