Sudhir Ahluwalia
Oncyha Part 1

Oncyha Part 1

Feature photo: From Florihana Onycha is one of the four spices mentioned in the Old Testament (Exodus 30:34) and as an ingredient of Ketoret. Like many other herbs and spices mentioned during Biblical times, the origin of onycha is shrouded in debate, starting with...
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...
Frankincense In History And Religion

Frankincense In History And Religion

One of the most well regarded of the ancient incenses, frankincense has a fresh pine-lemon scent with resinous and woody overtones that emanates from the milky white latex of the stem and branches. The name frankincense comes from the French words franc encens, which...
Cassia Overview

Cassia Overview

Cassia differs from cinnamon in strength and quality. The bark and quills are darker, coarser, and woodier, and the bark is reddish brown. Cassia is sweet and spicy like cinnamon but more pungent. Its buds are like cloves but with a slight aroma. Nowadays, true...
Herbs In The Anointing Oil

Herbs In The Anointing Oil

As one of the most researched of ancient literatures, the Bible is a window into the life and practices of the people who lived in Israel and bordering nations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, and Judea. The Bible and other texts from that time offer a broad view...