At his farm close to the dead Sea in occupied Palestinian territory, Israeli Guy Erlich mixes blends of perfume and incense aroma that he believes had been used by royalty in the biblical period. He alleges to have re-created a scent that Cleopatra might have dabbed on her skin and oils that anointed historic Jewish kings.
With enthusiasm for ancient plants, Guy Erlich set out in 2008 to attempt to grow them himself to show into fragrances and different products, on a small hill within the West Bank, near the Israeli establishment of Almog, in occupied Palestinian territory. He now cultivates round 60 biblical vegetation, from which he creates creams, perfumes, soap, and honey, and attracts vacationers who come to be taught about the rare plant and take of their scents.
Erlich, 48, dreams of bringing again into widespread circulation the balm of Gilead, used medicinally during the ancient Roman era and referenced within the Bible. He’s even named his farm after it.
The balm is believed to have been utilized by the ancient Greek doctor, Galen, to heal infections and wounds, he says. He cites Jewish teachings from the Talmud and Christian sources that title it. A farmer before doing a job out of his fascination for biblical agriculture – a few of which has long disappeared – Erlich says he has read everything he can find on the subject.
Erlich makes honey with the Boswellia timber flowers that yield frankincense — one of many offerings to the baby Jesus within the Bible’s New Testament. The trees grow in locations like Somalia, Yemen, Ethiopia, and Oman; however, Erlich has planted them at his Balm of Gilead Farm. For now, the small-leafed species takes up solely a limited a part of his farm, but the honey he produces retails at a premium worth: $1,000 (900 euros) per kilogram.
Erlich also alleges to have re-created fragrances used on the time of the two biblical-era Jewish temples, the destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD and Babylonians in 587 BC.