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Ancient Herbs, Modern Uses

Learn about the modern uses of herbs mentioned in the Bible.



From biblical times to the present, aloes have been giants among herbs and herbal medicine.
Studies show that milk thistle can regenerate damaged liver cells.
Illustration by Peggy Kessler Duke
Dukes Handbook of Medicinal Plants of the Bible by James A. Duke, Ph.D. with Peggy-Ann K. Duke and Judith L. duCellier (CRC, 2007, $89.95) is available at your local bookseller or at www.amazon.com.
The stems and leaves of the myrrh plant were used to prepare perfume and incense, a practice that continues in Eastern churches today.
Illustration by Peggy Kessler Duke
Frankincense is an important ingredient in incense and is also frequently used in perfumes, holy ointments and fumigants.
Illustration by Peggy Kessler Duke
Using garlic to increase virility may be more than just an interesting bit of folklore or ritual.
Illustration by Peggy Kessler Duke
The essential oil of turmeric has shown anti-arthritic and anti-inflammatory activity.
Illustration by Peggy Kessler Duke
Herbs of the Bible by James Duke, Ph.D. (Wendell Whitman Co., 2007, $39.95) is available at your local bookseller or at www.amazon.com.
Medicinally, flaxseeds were once prescribed as a demulcent, emollient and laxative.
Illustration by Peggy Kessler Duke





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