Essential oils are extracted in various ways and that has a dramatic effect on their chemistry and medicinal properties.
Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) is considered a holy anointing oil in the Middle East and has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. It stimulates the limbic part of…
Aside from being a favorite perfume, lavender oil has powerful antiseptic properties are able to kill many of the common bacteria and viruses.
Olive oil was used to produce both medicine and cosmetics: Hippocrates called it “the great healer” and Homer “liquid gold”, Galen praised it for its positive effects on health.
In ancient times, the resin of the Commiphora gileadensis, the balm of Gilead, was used to treat many ailments.
Balm of Gilead was one of the several components of the special incense that was used twice daily in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
In one of the many archaeological projects carried out to locate residues of balm of Gilead in a cave near Qumran, in the Dead Sea Basin.