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 alternative medicine scholars, naturopaths, herbal product manufacturers, herbal product users, members of organic and green living communities, research scientists, and biotechnology industry professionals, shares the fascination for Mother Earth’s generous bounty.
Herbs have a long history and find a mention in ancient texts. Do herbal products have relevance in modern medicine, such as in the treatment of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and so on?
This book explores the historical, cultural, religious, and scientific connection between the East and the West. With the author’s awareness from forestry training and research, and knowledge drawn from the Bible, perhaps one of the biggest references for herbs, Holy Herbs stands at the right spot for tracing a global history of herbs from ancient to modern times.
The herbs, spices, and trees mentioned in the Bible were imported from regions as diverse as India, China, East Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The book also looks at the origin and botanical identity of these plants and describes their value and use, and gives an overview on the current state of research on herbal products.
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