The Aromatic Plants stamp series features different types of myrrh and frankincense, aromatic plants which were very significant in the history of Eretz Israel.
Today, Aromatic Plants are mostly thought of as fragrant plants used for the production of volatile fragrant materials – "essential oils", by the distillation process. However, in the distant past this process was unknown and perfumes were produced using methods of extraction or resin drainage from certain plants.
Throughout history, these plants have been used for cosmetics, medicine and mainly for religious rituals in ancient Egyptian, Jewish, Christian and Far Eastern temples.
They are mentioned frequently in the Bible and are among the ingredients used in the incense offering made in the Temple.
In addition, Eretz Israel was known for growing another well known aromatic plant – balsam, which grew mainly in the Dead Sea and Gilead area.
Issue: September 2017
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