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Can you smell the scents? Get to know Galilee herbs

Updated: Nov 24



"The Earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good". (Genesis 1, 12)


** Our scented sachets are not intended for internal consumption. The herbs and essential oils should not be eaten or drunk. Galilee herbs are not recommended for use when pregnant or breastfeeding**.


Our Galilee Herbs

Wild Marjoram (Majorana syriaca. Hebrew: אזוב מצוי "Ezov Matzui")


This shy modest herb with small grayish-green leaves feels like felt cloth and is the herb that is most identified with the Galilee. Like its friends from the Mint Family, Wild Marjoram is known for its antiseptic ingredients - Thymol and Carvacrol.


Wild Marjoram has been known since Biblical times as "… the Hyssop that springeth out of the wall" (Kings I,5,9) that has antiseptic qualities: "Purge me with Hyssop, and I shall be clean…" (Psalms 51,9).


If you are familiar with the scent of Oregano, another member of the mint family which does not grow in the Galilee, you can imagine Wild marjoram's scent, which is not as strong as Oregano's but more delicate. This herb is also the best-known spice for food seasoning in the Galilee. It is the main ingredient of the Zaatar spice mix.


Sage (Salvia Fruticosa) (Hebrew: מרווה "marva")



The ancients believed that Sage could cure all sickness, and hence its name is Salvia – the Savior. In the Galilee, we find the Sage-Salvia Fruticosa, with big grayish-green leaves that feel like felt cloth. It is one of the 700 sub-species of Sage in the world.

Because Sage has a stronger scent than the other herbs, we only put a tiny amount of this herb in our Galilee blend. Its unique scent has been known to alleviate breathing difficulties, and it's also known for its antiseptic qualities due to three ingredients - Thymol, Carvacrol, and Rosmerinic acid.


Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) (Hebrew: "קורנית" Koranit)


Thyme is a low green shrub with tiny leaves that grows in the Mediterranean region and grows wild in the Galilee.


It's hard to believe that such a delicate herb is so powerful. It's told that Roman soldiers bathed in thyme water to stimulate courage and bravery.


The name resembles the Egyptian word, "tham " – disinfectant – which is its supreme quality. It's known for drying and opening airway obstructions.


You can imagine Thyme's scent, as strong as Oregano's but a little different. This herb contains high levels of Thymol and Carvacrol and is the main ingredient of some eco-friendly cleaning brands.


White-leaved Savory (Micromeria Fruticose) (Hebrew: זוטא לבנה "zuta levana")


White-leaved Savory is a shrub with very small, grayish-green plain leaves and tiny white flowers. Four of its species grow wild in the Galilee.

This herb is considered the finest herb for herbal blends because, in addition to its healthy qualities, it's simply delicious. Its amazing scent with a trace of mint gives us a sense of freshness and renewal.


Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) (Hebrew: מליסה לימונית "melisa leemonit")


This herb with a delicate lemon flavor grows mainly near freshwater sources in the Galilee.


It's been known for ages as one of the best herbs for relaxation, reducing anxiety and stress, and mood improvement. Many find that it might help them deal with the stresses of everyday life. Its lemon-mint scent gives us a sense of freshness and renewal


Lavender (Hebrew: אזוביון "azuvion")


This herb is relatively rare in the Galilee, but we grow it with love in our Galilean herb gardens.

Many find that putting this sachet under their pillow at night helps them sleep well due to Lavender's unique qualities. Having trouble falling asleep? Crush the sachet a bit, smell the aroma, and ... good night.



Our Herbal Blends

"Herbs for the service of Man" (Psalms 104, 14)


** Our scented sachets are not intended for internal consumption. The herbs and essential oils should not be eaten or drunk. Galilee herbs are not recommended for use when pregnant or breastfeeding**.


Galilee Blend