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PostPosted: Tue Oct 24, 2006 8:11 pm 
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hi, i was wondering does anyone know anything about egyptian uses of different herbs (perfuming,incense, medicinal etc.) im curious about herbs that were popularly used in ancient egypt, and what types of herbs they had connections to, either by native growth, or by trade with other countries.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:00 pm 
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david wrote:
hi, i was wondering does anyone know anything about egyptian uses of different herbs (perfuming,incense, medicinal etc.) im curious about herbs that were popularly used in ancient egypt, and what types of herbs they had connections to, either by native growth, or by trade with other countries.


Here are some remedies that the Ancient Eyptians used with herbs:
Bryony: Used as an incense to remove demonic possession. Used as an ointment to relieve headaches, or drunk to relieve stomach aches.
Coriander: Remedy for snake bites and fevers. Also used to heal broken bones and sores after being mixed with honey.
Fenugreek: Mostly used for stomach upsets.
Marjoram: Uses included relieving toothache and headaches.
Mint: Drunk to banish fevers. Also was used as an insect repellent.
Thyme: Mainly used for headaches.

Plants used in perfumary:
There is apparently a perfume called Kyphi engraved on the temple walls of Edfu and Philae.
Cinnamon, Juniper Berries, Cyperus, Cardamom, Marjoram and Lotus, were among the many ingredients in perfume making. Along with animal fat, oil and sweet wine.

I believe that many of the Ancient Egyptians herbs and spices were imported from the Mediterranean, although in the later years the Egyptians attempted to grow many foreign plants in their land.

Frankincense and Myrrh were used as incense as offerngs in rituals to the gods. These resins were imported from Central Africa via Nubia.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:58 pm 
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Interesting.

What do you think of spices like cinnamon? the "true" cinnamon is considered
to be cinnamomum zeylanicum which is native to sri lanka, and india,
do you think that this was the "cinnamon" of the ancient egyptians? Did egypt trade with countries this distant?


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 2:37 pm 
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I believe that the ancient Egyptians traded for cinnamon with southern Asia. Image

Page 15, of Ancient Egyptian Medicine by John F. Nunn wrote:
Cinnamon: Laurus cinnamonum (Cinnamonum zeylanicum).
Egyptian name: ti-shepes.
First recorded use as food: Twentieth Dynasty. Presented by Ramses III to the gods on many occasions, but found earlier in non-specific contexts.
Medical use: Considerable.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2006 4:11 pm 
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according to a recent theory, Punt was not a simple country or town, but actually it was a market to which many traders were conveying...but I guess this is still just a theory... :roll:


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