What is wormwood?

Wormwood is Artemisia absinthium. This herbaceous perennial plant can grow to a height of two to four feet. It has silvery-white leaves and stem, and a bitter taste. It is widely distributed in the Mediterranean, central Asia, Europe, and Kashmir. It is a native to...

Why is agarwood so expensive?

Agarwood can be extracted from eight species belonging to the Aquilaria genus. The four principal species are Aquilaria sinensis, Aquilaria malaccensis, Aquilaria agallocha, and Aquilaria crassna. There are references to agarwood incense in the Bible. Trees older than...
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...