Shemen Tova ~ Your Garden in a Bottle

 

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Shemen Tova Oils will be available Summer 2014

Shemen Tova™ is Hebrew for “good or precious oil”. Our goal is to provide the highest quality essential oils, carrier (fixed) oils and other natural products for your health and pleasure. Many of our products are organic or wild-crafted. Shemen Tova oils are of the highest quality; pure and therapeutic. We source many of our products from boutique growers from around the world. Shemen Tova is delighted to offer a few of our essential oils from Israel, a country and a people we support.

 

Shemen is Hebrew for Oil; Tova is good. In the Strong’s Concordance we find these entries that explain the beauty, richness and quality of our essential oils.

SHEMEN

H8081  שׁמן   shemen  (sheh’-men)

From H8080; grease, especially liquid (as from the olive, often perfumed); figuratively richness: – anointing, X fat (things), X fruitful, oil ([-ed]), ointment, olive, + pine.

H8080     שׁמן    shâman    (shaw-man’)

A primitive root; to shine, that is, (by analogy) be (causatively make) oily or gross: – become (make, wax) fat.

TOVA (In Hebrew the v and the b are the same letter)

H2896  טוב   tôb   tobe

From H2895; good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well): – beautiful, best, better, bountiful, cheerful, at ease, X fair (word), (be in) favour, fine, glad, good (deed, -lier, liest, -ly, -ness, -s), graciously, joyful, kindly, kindness, liketh (best), loving, merry, X most, pleasant, + pleaseth, pleasure, precious, prosperity, ready, sweet, wealth, welfare, (be) well ([-favoured]).

H2895    טוב   tôb    tobe

A primitive root, to be (transitively do or make) good (or well) in the widest sense: – be (do) better, cheer, be (do, seem) good, (make), goodly, X please, (be, do, go, play) well.

 

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The Healing Rose Update

The Healing Rose

The Rest of the Story of Esther’s Purification

Book Update

4 February 2014

Dear Friends,

First of all thank you all so much for your patience and prayers as you’ve been waiting for me to complete The Healing Rose; The Rest of the Story of Esther’s Purification. A lot of things have transpired since I first wrote the intro on my Word Press Blog early 2013. While excuses can be procrastination, or running from a situation and not facing what needs to be done, this wasn’t the reason for me to totally drop the project.

Let me explain the details. I am a very blessed mother of six nearly grown children and have four grandchildren (and another due in May); I also have a husband of 33 years.  While I have my share of challenges in life I am grateful to the Lord for my family, and my ministry of Precious Oils.

When I wrote the intro to The Healing Rose I was caretaker of my 4-year-old grandson about 50 hours a week until our single mom daughter got established at her new job located about an hour away. We knew it would be a step-by-step process that would first get the little guy in a pre-school near her work and then for them to move out. I was in favor for the little guy to start pre-school, so David and I somewhat helped the process by opening an 11 hour a week tea and spice shop in a farmer’s market setting. I jokingly call it an excuse not to be full-time grandma any longer. In the beginning I thought “11 hours a week, I can do this and still attend to my first love (and calling) of Precious Oils. I couldn’t. Little did I realize how popular our blends would become and how much time the blending and packaging of the tea and spices takes. And to top it off we took our seasonings to chili cook-offs and wine festivals. We had a blast doing these events, and it is something that we can do together. This is important when you are in the stage of life as we are. The youngest of our six is in her last year of college and it is the first time in 30+ years it is just him and I, again.

It was late last fall that we began to make a plan for me (my time, energy and creativity) for 2014. Both David and I know that while our tea and spice business has potential (we will be resuming that activity sometime this spring) and has become a bonding experience for us, Bernice’s Tea & Spice has to come after Precious Oils. As David and I discussed 2014 it was he who said “Cynthia, I think the only way that you are going to finish The Healing Rose is to go to Israel and complete it”. I agreed, how could I not? He, along with the Lord knows my uprisings and my down sittings and my abilities when it comes to writing. Some people can write pages in a day and have music playing; I can’t. I need total quiet and uninterrupted set-apart time, basically no clock and no responsibility to anyone or anything but the blank paper (or computer screen) and hearing the voice of the Lord. So, I’m making plans to go Israel at the end of February until mid-March and get alone with the Lord to complete The Healing Rose, and to be there for Purim, a time I had never been in any of my previous journeys to Israel.

Now, I do have to tell you that as 2013 progressed and the spice business keeping me very busy I had a whole bunch of guilt because I had not honored those who believed in me to complete the book. Guilt is gone this week. I know (and many of you do also) that the Lord sometimes allows circumstances, events, responsibilities and people to come in our lives and delay what we think we should be doing. He does that for a number of reasons. In this case it was because I needed to “hear” a piece of the puzzle of the rest of Esther’s purification as well as add a few components that make Precious Oils and my expression of Esther unique to those who I minister to.

Two things have happened this month. The first is I’ve had some quiet, set-apart time to study and research something that is needed as I work on my book. The other wasn’t so pleasant with the passing of my brother-in-law a few weeks ago. It was shocking and we still have so many questions “why”. As the preacher was addressing my sister-in-law, my niece and nephew and then to the rest of the family he said something that rang in my spirit, it was like letting the horses out of the gate and I know it is a key to The Healing Rose, and the rest of the story of Esther’s purification. (I really felt like a horse was being let out of the gate that after the funeral David bought me a pair of boots . . .  red ones! )

I am amazed how Abba has shown me so much about Esther’s completion of healing since the funeral, and additional peace to my heart that His timing is never wrong. You see, it was just the other day as I was doing some errands that I asked the Lord why 2014, why couldn’t I do it last year? He answered in a way that I understood, and why last year was a good start on the book, and why 2014 is part of the timing. It’s about numbers, and their meanings.

I first wrote Esther’s Days of Purification in a small 8 page pamphlet in 2002. Eight years later, in 2010, I wrote the book that many of you have read. Now, four years later it will be a total of 12 years (2014) since I first penned about Esther’s purification. Oh my, TWELVE, God’s perfect number! Of course if my life wouldn’t taken on a spice business in 2013 it would have only been eleven years, which would have been “okay” but how I can see where there is great significance in the number twelve and the healing rose teaching. E.W. Bullinger’s Numbers in Scripture tells us that twelve is the governmental number of perfection. It’s the number of the sons of Israel, and it’s the number of the New Jerusalem, and my friends, it’s so much more.

When I began to ponder 2014 I thought how 14 are two sevens. This is where I became a little more excited, and reassured, that I’m on the right track. Seven is the number of spiritual perfection. Two things about the number seven are interesting to me although volumes could be written on seven alone. One is that there are seven Hebrew words for gold and in Psalm 100 there are seven expressions of praise.  I love what commentators, Kiel and Delitzsch, declare. They state that the 100th Psalm is a “Call of All the World to the Service of the True God” and it is an interesting fact of Psalm 100 that it is the only Psalm that has the inscription “A Psalm of Praise”.  While of course I would love to teach those thoughts I’ll have to save them for another time. Just know that I believe that 2014 is going to be a shining year for the purified, and tried, Bride of Yeshua both in spiritual awareness of the King and that soon He will rule and reign on the Earth from His throne in Jerusalem. Praise Ye the Lord!

So, in closing please know that I’m going to Israel for a set-apart time with the King to complete The Healing Rose. I thank you for your prayers, love and support. I am thinking that you should have notice of The Healing Rose availability the first part of April.

With Love,

Cynthia

The Healing Rose ~ “The Rest of the Story” of Esther’s Purification

Here’s the intro to my new book, The Healing Rose ~ “The Rest of the Story” of Esther’s Purification. Book is scheduled to be available April 2014

The Healing Rose ~ Cover

Dear Friends,

Purim 5773/2013 is upon us and just as I have done over the last 11 years since my first teaching on Esther’s Days of Purification I’m studying her story, again, something I do during this season each year.

I met a somewhat famous television personality about seven years ago when he stopped by my Precious Oils table. We began to converse about my books and products and he shared his love of fragrances. As he picked up the little purple book, my first teaching on Esther’s Purification, he said “This is nice, but where is the whole story?” I said I hadn’t written it yet, in which he replied “When you complete the whole story send me a copy.” Problem is as much as I would love to write a commentary on the whole book of Esther I just can’t seem to get past her purification.

In 2010, I wrote what I thought was the complete book on Esther’s purification after having an Esther’s workshop where the 49 women and one man (a doctor) were given only the outline of my book. It was at the end of that day I asked the group if I should continue with my Esther’s purification project. I was overwhelming supported by them and that’s the reason I wrote it. For nearly three years many have written and called thanking me and sharing their experiences from my book and how the words I penned have healed and empowered them in the spirit of Esther.

Since returning home from Israel last fall I found myself with a deep desire to write what I believe is the “rest of the story” of Esther’s purification, and her greatness. I’m calling it The Healing Rose and this is why and how it fits into my Precious Oils Biblical fragrance ministry of nearly 23 years and my love of God’s creation found in His botanical kingdom. In fact, just as I surrounded myself with myrrh as I wrote Esther’s Days of Purification I’ve surrounded myself with over 2 dozen reference books from Hebrew University’s Professor Michael Zohary to PHD James Duke’s books that contain incredible knowledge of Biblical herbs and plants and His “Green Pharmacy” must-have reference to the first book on aromatherapy by René-Maurice Gattefossé.

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As I write, rose water and heavenly, fragrant, and aged rose essential oil continually are being used as I anoint myself. I’m convinced that the Ruach Ha Kodesh (The Holy Spirit) is in the nature, fragrance and the rose’s healing attributes in what I’m believing was part, if not the most significant ancient plant used in Esther’s purification.

Roses, what can I say but how much I love them. About 15 years ago my husband, David, took a few twigs of an old and very fragrant rose bush and with care and a “green thumb” began to grow rose bushes from them. Today those bushes are planted in our yard and I just can’t wait until spring when he surprises me with the first blooms which he puts in my little crystal vase and puts on my desk. I find myself being carried away with the intoxicating fragrance that one or two little blossoms can emit. I often dry the petals and make a soothing bath bag where I blend oatmeal and a little Dead Sea Salt and a drop of Italian lavender essential oil or I make my Esther’s scrub. Don’t worry; both of the recipes are included in this book.

my desk rose

For the thousands of you who have read my Esther’s Days of Purification you know how often I reference the rose. I believe for this study it is worth repeating a few lines from the intro and other parts of the book.

Most of us live in a nature deficit world and have lost touch with digging in the soil or taking a walk in the garden. When we get a surprise bouquet of flowers we automatically put our nose to them only to find out that science has made them beautiful in color and size, but has taken out the fragrances, especially of the roses. This lack of nature in our lives continues to add to our sensory deficit. We are relying on synthetic fragrances in our daily lives. This has our bodies thinking we have smelled the real thing. Synthetics aren’t the topic of this writing, but I would like to address this issue, briefly, although I could write so much more on it. I continue to dream that I may one day get go to the Kazanluk Valley in Bulgaria or to the May festivals in Turkey to stop and smell the unadulterated-by-science roses. But until I can travel the world for these gifts of God’s creation, at least in my spirit I’m captivated as I blend and use the essences of the world. Page 8 & 9 Esther’s Days of Purification

Esther was the Queen worthy of the best cosmetics. Hegai’s oversight of the chambers gave him constant access to the costly and pleasant herbs, flowers, spices, and resins found in ancient Persia. The author and historian, Pliny the Elder, believes costly perfumes were made from saffron, roses, and galbanum. These fragrances, all native to Persia, are believed to be the first perfumes. Picture this; Esther is ready to apply roses (unity, love and simplicity), lavender (dignity, and excellence), frankincense (purity and worship), rosemary (remembrance), cinnamon (uprightness), saffron (mirth, great joy), galbanum (the choicest portion) and other spices, herbs, and floral essences. She is sipping herbal tea and eating special foods. She is being served from the seven appointed maidens, who bring her to completion and perfection. Page 25 Esther’s Days of Purification

To continue, on page 61 I give you a list of over 50 plants that I believe may have been used during Esther’s Day. I compiled the list from a number or cited resources. In the list you will find the rose as well as the rose of Sharon. In this book you will find explanation and more detail of these two very different plants. In the same manner I have also used the same template of exploring the rose as I did with myrrh and the seven plants I highlighted being a part of Esther’s purification. For those of you who are using my book for your own Bible study you’ll have the information at your fingertips of the physical and emotional qualities of roses in many different forms; rosehips (tea and carrier oil), rose essential oil and rose water.

My love of roses doesn’t end in what I’ve already cited. If you received my book with the nine oils or the deluxe fragrance box you will have the additional rose that I use to embellish the gift box.

Esther Deluxe Fragrance Box

The logo of Precious Oils Up On The Hill® is, of course, the rose. If you look closely at the logo you will see the rose picture that I choose is reflective, just as the Bride of Yeshua, should be of her Bridegroom in thought and deed.

Precious Oils Logo 3 Feb 2012

As we look into the rose in Hebrew thought and Scripture we find that Israel is often referred to as “The Rose of Jacob”; which is the Jewish people. How amazing that the whole community of Israel are “roses”? This is prophetic, my Friend. Israel’s call is to be a light unto the nations as the Messianic Kingdom is established and their emblem is the menorah. It is so amazing that we find written in the Jewish writing of Targum Yonathan that the flowers on the golden menorah were similar to roses.

The theme of Esther and the season of Purim are commanded to be observed through all generations and a holiday many believe will be observed throughout the millennium.

Wherefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur. Therefore for all the words of this letter, and of that which they had seen concerning this matter, and which had come unto them, The Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they would keep these two days according to their writing, and according to their appointed time every year; And that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from their seed. Esther 9:26-28 KJV

As you read The Healing Rose you will find how the rose is found in the yearly liturgy of Purim, and why roses are important to the story of Esther’s purification, and yours.

To end this intro all I can say is that the Lord has once again spoken through His fragrant creation. I hope you agree that The Healing Rose is the finale and “the rest of the story” of Esther’s Days of Purification. I feel it was with me, and I pray it is for you also.

With Love and Hugs,

Apothecary Cynthia Hillson

Purim 5773/2013

Kate’s Wedding Bouquet

Kate’s wedding bouquet must smell wonderful today. Of course I’m elated how it symbolizes a royal wedding.

Her bouquet was a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. It draws on the traditions of flowers of significance for the Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers.

The Language of Flowers’ meanings in the bouquet are:

Lily-of-the-valley – Return of happiness

Sweet William – Gallantry

Hyacinth – Constancy of love

Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection

Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love.

Of course I’m loving that Kate’s bouquet featured the myrtle plant; a favorite of mine for many reasons. Myrtle in Hebrew is Hadas, the root word of the name of Queen Esther.  The official wedding web site states that Kate’s bouquet contains stems from a myrtle planted at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, by Queen Victoria in 1845, and a sprig from a plant grown from the myrtle used in The Queen’s wedding bouquet of 1947. The tradition of carrying myrtle begun after Queen Victoria was given a nosegay containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother during a visit to Gotha in Germany. In the same year, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House as a family retreat, and a sprig from the posy was planted against the terrace walls, where it continues to thrive today. The myrtle was first carried by Queen Victoria eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, when she married in 1858, and was used to signify the traditional innocence of a bride.

So truly fitting is the bouquet for a royal bride.

The myrtle plant is one of my favorites. Currently, Precious Oils Up On the Hill, has true myrtle essential oil from Israel a/k/a Green Myrtle  (Myrtus communis). Green myrtle can not be compared to the lesser red myrtle; there is a vast difference in therapeutic benefits. Green myrtle is linalool and Red Myrtle is Cineole. I’ll post a blog next week to further explain the differences. I use the true Green Myrtle in a few of my blends; Esther’s Anointing Oil and The Overflowing Cup. Also, myrtle is one of the nine oils I include in my Esther gift box.

I write the following in my mini-teaching that I include with each bottle of myrtle oil. Copyright 2008 Precious Oils Up On The Hill

Hadassah

Esther’s Hebrew name is Hadassah, which means “myrtle.” This brings a deeper significance to her story. Esther’s character is revealed by her devotion to justice, living out the nature of her name, Hadas, also known as myrtle.

Like Hadassah, myrtle is a plant that has its own hidden properties. You will find myrtle growing throughout Israel and the Middle East. It is known as the “Tree of Love.” When one looks upon the myrtle plant it looks as it really doesn’t have any purpose and actually is quite plain.

The myrtle plant can withstand drought and remains green even after cutting. The crushing of the myrtle leaves provides a very sweet, fragrant aroma that is used in perfumery. 

In ancient times, two bouquets of myrtle welcomed in the Shabbat each week. Boughs of myrtle were worn by bridegrooms, used in the betrothal celebration and blended in perfumes and anointing oils. Aromatherapy usage of myrtle for skin care, respiratory ailments and the immune system is growing in today’s health and wellness industry.

 The myrtle’s fragrant branches are used symbolically during Succoth (Feast of Tabernacles) in the lulav (four species). You will also find myrtle associated with the Messianic redemption in Isaiah 55:12 &13. In Zechariah 1 we read about “a man standing among the myrtle trees”.

 I pray, as you use this portion of myrtle, that the Myrtle in you comes forth and you find favor with the King. 


As the week ends and Shabbat begins I pray that you have a wonderful time of refreshing with your family and loved ones.

Fragrantly Yours,

Cynthia

http://www.TheFragrantBride.com

Kate Middleton and her father picture is from http://news.yahoo.com/nphotos/slideshow/photo//110429/481/urn_publicid_ap_org_e2d33b5a74d1447689d728a5da18b9de/

Myrrh Defined; Resin, essential oil, tincture and more

Esther’s Days of Purification is currently on its third reprint. It should be available on or about April 15, 2011.

Shemen Tova, our essential oil line will be available soon. This will include our true green myrtle and oregano oil from Israel. Also we have some wonderful jewelry items that will soon be available so you can wear your essential oils where ever you go. So stayed tuned, I’ll post when these items are available.

MYRRH DEFINED

  • Myrrh Resin ~ Burned as an incense either in its natural state or ground to a powder. Some soap-makers use ground myrrh as a texture for their soaps. The scent of myrrh resin is faint, not like the essential oil or tincture.
  • Myrrh Essential Oil ~ Steam distilled either fresh or from dried resin. There is a vast  difference between the myrrh (and frankincense) oils that are distilled from freshly harvested oleo-gum-resins and those that had been stored for many months (as is usually the case with most myrrh essential oil in today’s market.) It is recommended that you blend myrrh essential oil with a carrier (fixed) oil. (3 % essential oil with your choice of  fixed oils such as fractionated coconut oil, olive oil or jojoba oil.)
  • Oil of Myrrh ~ Myrrh essential oil is already blended in the carrier oil; ready to use topically for massage, perfume or healing.
  • Myrrh Tincture (a/k/a myrrh extract) ~ Myrrh resin is “tinctured” in alcohol to extract the healing properties. Used in mouthwashes, soaps and facial products. Some dentists still use it for gum disorders. The tincture doesn’t mix well in water as it will leave a residue on the side of the glass. You can add a few drops into your mouthwash and shake well before using. Don’t’ exceed the recommended daily use of 1/2 teaspoon of tincture for internal use.
  • Encapsulated Myrrh gum tree resin. Powdered myrrh in a capsule for internal use. (Myrrh has antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and wound healing properties. It may beneficial for Candida, thrush, fungal conditions, mouth and gum disorders, gingivitis, immune response, respiratory conditions, the digestive system, stimulating menstrual flow, tonsillitis, sore throat, asthma, and may help build strength, focus and clarity during times of trouble.)

Purim 2011/5771 ~ The season of Esther, Esther

The Holy Bible is a treasure chest; I love to dig for the gems that can be mined from it. One of my favorite continuous mining excursions is the book of Esther. The season of Purim is upon us. Today I wanted to take a few moments and share with you some of my thoughts for this year’s Purim season and why you should consider setting aside some time for it. First, In Esther 9 we find that Purim should be observed yearly.

“Wherefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur. Therefore for all the words of this letter, and of that which they had seen concerning this matter, and which had come unto them, The Jews ordained, and took upon them, and upon their seed, and upon all such as joined themselves unto them, so as it should not fail, that they would keep these two days according to their writing, and according to their appointed time every year; And that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city; and that these days of Purim should not fail from among the Jews, nor the memorial of them perish from their seed.”

I delight in celebrating all Jewish holidays, even the less publicized ones such as Purim and Hanukkah. I’m always learning something new from them, so I have a few thoughts for this season that I want to share with you today.

This past January I was in my office studying. Out of the blue I was prompted to look ahead to February on my calendar. I was a bit amazed when I saw two days highlighted in February that said “Purim Katan and Shushan Purim Katan”. I thought I had missed something as I thought Purim this year is in March. And at that point I couldn’t recall seeing Purim written “Purim Katan” knowing that katan in Hebrew means “little”. Well my studying took a different course from that moment. Are you aware that this year is a leap year in the Jewish calendar? The leap year adds two Adars known as Adar I and Adar II. This gave us opportunity to observe Purim not only once this year, but twice. The Little Purim has passed. The activities were nearly the same as the Shushan Purim that we will be celebrating this week, except Jewish tradition tells us that fasting isn’t part of the Little Purim. So, I’ve been weighing out how to express what I am feeling for this season, especially since my book, Esther’s Days of Purification, has become a Bible Study worldwide. Of course I am awed that others are preaching the message that I’ve written but let me tell you I’m more awed of some of the other things I’ve felt since that moment in my office when discovering that we had two months of Adar in 2011.

Friends, please take note, this is the season of “Purim, Purim”. I’m reminded that when one reads Scripture and God says something twice it is time for us to “perk up our ears” and hear what the Spirit is saying. He is speaking in every way possible; nations are not only rising one against another, their internal conflicts are on the fore front of our daily news. The price of commodities is increasing daily with many economists telling us to prepare for much larger increases of them. Worldwide violent storms, flooding, tsunamis and earthquakes have increased since last year’s Purim; they are becoming common place instead of things of the past. Then we have the on-going crunch down on Israel and the Jewish people, the latest happening this past weekend with the cold murder of the family of five in the God-ordained, Biblical land of Samaria. I truly feel as the Lord is telling us, the Bride of Yeshua, to “Arise, Arise . . . this is the season of Esther, Esther”.

While my Esther’s Days of Purification book is a study on the 12 months of Esther’s preparation to meet the King I want to highlight a few things to consider between now and Purim next year (2012). I know this blog is lengthy, but please let me explain my heart and look into a few things in Scripture and Jewish thought.

In Chapter 3 we read of Haman’s plot to destroy the Jewish people, his anger and intention coming when Mordecai refused to bow done to him. Haman knew that Mordecai’s refusal was religiously motivated. I can only guess the hatred in his eyes saw beyond punishing Mordecai only; it was to destroy all the Jewish people. Haman was granted the King’s scribes to write the decree being sent out to all the nations in the first month, the month of Nisan. The plot for the Jews to lose their life was scheduled for 11 months later, in the month of Adar.

In Chapter 4 we find that when Mordecai heard of the fate of the Jews, he may have been one of the first to know as he often is found in front of the King’s Gate. It is probably that his heart was full of grief when he heard the decree, perhaps he felt he was responsible for the decree when he took his stance not to bow to Haman. Tearing his garments and putting the sackcloth and ashes was his response. Then he proceeded to go out in the midst of the city crying loud and bitterly even to the King’s gate, the same gate where he refused to bow. Perhaps his cry was one for the King to have mercy on his people and to change the decree, but access to the king wasn’t allowed as he wasn’t dressed properly. “For none shall enter the King’s gate clothed with sackcloth.” Esther 4:2

It was Mordecai’s public outcry where Esther’s maidens and chamberlains heard him. They reported to Queen Esther, who then herself became sad and full of grief. She sent him new garments; he refused. Esther didn’t understand Mordecai’s sorrow. She sent Hatach, a chamberlain she trusted with her personal life, with a message to Mordecai to find out “what was going on”. (Hatach’s name means “why wilt”). Jewish scholars say that Esther was modest and she lived her life quietly as she remembered Mordecai’s words not to reveal who she was so she was unaware of the decree. (Esther 2:10)

Another point that the Jewish scholars report is that Hatach was wise. He randomly, but purposely, “ran into” Mordecai in the city square in front of the King’s gate. This was a safe place to converse; no one would be able to spy on them nor would they think anything was out of the ordinary as they were in the open square. Mordecai shared the news of the future of the Jewish people. He sent Hatach not only a written copy of the decree to give to Esther but charge to her to go to the King and petition for the lives of their people. Hatach did as instructed, delivering the decree and plea of Mordecai to Esther. One could only guess how faint Esther became upon hearing the planned fate of her people. Perhaps, from Mordecai’s message to her, she sensed it was time to reveal herself as Jewish to the king. (As we study Esther we find that she does reveal herself to the King during the second banquet, perhaps one more reason why she called the second banquet. She may have been hesitant to reveal herself during the first banquet.)

Sending response back to Mordecai, Esther shared her concerns of what seemed to be her own doom. Everyone knew the law that no one, including the queen, could enter the inner court without being summoned; it was a death sentence. She also added that she hadn’t been with the king for thirty days. Perhaps Esther’s strategy was that the king would call for her soon; this would give the chance to plea for her people.

Esther’s response was given to Mordecai. He commanded, with firmness in his words, what Esther must do, and why. (In Hebrew command is ‘a^mar” and is first found as God commanded that there be light, and there was light.) Mordecai’s words, found in Esther 4:13 & 14 have been used in numerous sermons and are as important as the day that they were penned. “And Mordecai commanded them to answer Esther, Do not think within yourself that you shall escape in the king’s house more than all the Jews. For if you are completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance shall arise to the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house shall be destroyed. And who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time like this?”

Esther’s response to Mordecai was to send word to her people that resided in Shushan to fast and pray for three days and nights; she along with her handmaidens would do the same.

Friends, this week is Purim. May I suggest that you pray-fully read the book of Esther this week; it only takes a few minutes. On Thursday (Weds night at Sundown) is the Fast of Esther and this year’s Purim in on the 20th and 21st. The story continues to take on more meaning to me each time I read about and think about current situations. But as I reflected and have written on this portion of Esther today I am wondering if we shouldn’t take our fasting and intercession one step further this year, beginning now until Purim 2012. With the understanding that chapters 3 and 4 took place over an eleven month period of time brings additional light into the story. It did back when it was written, and I believe it is important today. Israel and the Jewish people need us to pray and stand with them more than ever.

The calendar of God written in the Bible has no errors or coincidence. You see, the decree written to destroy the Jews was written on Nisan 13. This date is important; it is the day that is known as Bedikt Chametz, the day to use candlelight to get all the leaven out of our homes before the next day which is the eve of Pesach, Nisan 14. Symbolically speaking leaven is our words, bad doctrine, our vices and sin.

We have thirty days between Purim and Pesach; thirty days to reflect and consider our “leaven”. What will our prayers, intercession and involvement concerning Israel be in the coming months? I hope that many of you will consider that this year’s call of God in this season of Esther, Esther has been highlighted not only to me, but to you. It is time to pray and intercede for her people as never before.

In a few weeks I plan to send or even personally take Purim “portions” and Pesach blessings to Israel. Pesach is often a time when additional finances for grocery vouchers are needed for the special foods that accompany Pesach Seders. I also want to take this opportunity to invite you to consider going to Israel this year. If you are interested in going this fall for the Feast of Tabernacles please contact me via e-mail at PreciousOils@aol.com. Tentative dates (2011) are October 9th to 20th.

In His Service,

Cynthia Hillson

http://www.TheFragrantBride.com

Egypt ~ Where It All Begins

Not many of you know that I am a travel agent with my main avenue of expertise being travel to Israel. As with any trade there are specialized magazines that you won’t find on the shelf of your local bookstore or supermarket. Many publication topics and the eye-catching photos and feature stories that are the focus of the magazine covers are often set for production at least six months in advance. I thought that you would find this one very interesting.

Egypt . . . Where it All Begins

Now, the subtitle can be something of a prophetic nature as we have seen over the last few weeks with all the chaos that has developed in this country. Is this “Where it will all begin?”  Perhaps the words of the Biblical prophetic voices of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Joel, Amos and Ezekiel are being brought to our remembrance as the events of the Middle East continue. Perhaps we truly are one day closer to the day when all nations shall come together against Israel in the valley of Jehoshaphat. (Read Joel 3)

Now, of course, as a Believer in the Bible I know that all things must come to pass. As I write today it seems that many prophecies are quickly being taken off of the check list of unfulfilled (about 500 today) to fulfill (about 2000).  As a woman who has traveled to Israel 25 times in the last 11 years I am more convinced that the people in the land of Israel need to know that there are people who love her and are praying for her.  So, here I will make my “plug” for my fall journey to Israel during the Feast of Tabernacles; perhaps you should consider joining me this year. I’ll be posting information in a few weeks on my web site www.HereToTheNations.com

As an apothecary and author of books about Biblical spices and botanicals I’d like to express another concern of mine. On page 60 of my book, Esther’s Days of Purification, you will read about “The House of Spices”.

The ancient myrrh and other fragrant botanicals and spices were kept in a treasury, or the storehouses. In the story of Hezekiah we find an accurate description of them.

And Hezekiah was glad of them, and showed them the house of his precious things, the silver, and the gold, and the spices, and the precious ointment, and all the house of his armor, and all that was found in his treasures: there was nothing in his house, nor in all his dominion, that Hezekiah showed them not. Isaiah 39:2

The house of precious things can be defined as The House of Nechotha. The Hebrew word  נכתה nekotoh properly means, according to Gesenius, a contusion, a breaking to pieces; hence, aromatic powder, or spices reduced to powder, and then any kind of aromatics. Hence, the word here may mean ‘the house of his spices.’

The Arabs controlled the ancient spice markets of yesterday. Today, the prized myrrh and frankincense is still grown in the Arab world. Take note, the price of these essential oils are on the rise due to the unrest in many portions of the world where they are harvested. Building up your own arsenal of these precious oils for your health and well-being is recommended as they may become difficult in the future to obtain.

Next week I am unveiling my essential oil line Shemen Tova (Good Oil in Hebrew). As I look at the news of the Middle East I am a bit concerned. Many of our essential oils are grown and distilled in the Arab countries; they are commodities. With a reduced supply and a bigger demand of many of these precious oils of Biblical Aromatherapy the prices are increasing nearly every day. And to quote once again from my Esther’s Purification book I wrote on this page 61 as I introduced my list of nearly 50 plants that were used in the days of Queen Esther.

In the ancient world there was a variety of spices and other plants that were used as cosmetics and health remedies. They were considered to be luxury products. In the 21st century we have these luxuries at our convenience, often taking no thought that in the days of old, only the very rich or those of royalty had access to them, they were the only ones who really could afford them. It is highly likely that many of them were all part of Esther’s health and beauty regiment. We find Scripture references to many of them. We also have them accessible to purchase as essential oils to use today, although some of them still are priced where only royalty can afford these gifts of nature.

Check back to my blog as over the next few days I’ll be posting information on the debut of Shemen Tova as well as some special gift items for Purim.

Please continue to pray for the peace (the Prince of Peace) of Jerusalem.

Sincerely,

Apothecary Cynthia Hillson

Copyright 2010 ~ All Rights Reserved ~ Apothecary Cynthia Hillson ~ Precious Oils Up On The Hill

 

 

 

Esther’s Days of Purification Intro Part I

Dear Friend,
It’s been quite the journey that I have been on since I established Precious Oils on May 1, 1991. When I first published the little purple covered booklet of Esther’s Days of Purification, in 2002, little did I realize what I would encounter? What I found was I wasn’t alone; many were searching for the answer to her purification process. In 2008, a Pastor in Florida, who had read my little purple book, encouraged me to write something for her upcoming Esther’s Party.  She was hosting it at her church for girls 9 to 13. It was because of her request that The Young Handmaiden’s Edition came forth. Since that time, everywhere I’ve traveled and offered these teachings has brought many more questions. Honestly, at one point to have so many share their desire to have a deeper study of Esther’s purification was a bit overwhelming. I understood their wishes; I shared the same. I wanted something in print that I could relate to so I could administer my own twelve month purification process.
I knew I had only a partial understanding of why oil of myrrh was used for six months of Esther’s regimen when I wrote those two little booklets. Since then, as I’ve re-read the Biblical account of Esther’s story, I’ve sensed that there is more to the mystery of her purification process. I knew the key to her greatness was in the myrrh and began to look deeper for the answer to the mystery.

Then I read a comment from Adam Clarke’s Commentary on Esther 2:12, and was somewhat “staggered”. Though this was written about 200 years ago, Mr. Clarke expressed the following:

“The reason of this purification seems not to be apprehended by any writer I have seen. The most beautiful of all the young virgins of all the provinces of Babylon were to be selected; and these were taken out of all classes of the people, indiscriminately; consequently there must have been many who were brought up in low life. Now we know that those who feed on coarse strong food, which is not easily digested, have generally a copious perspiration, which is strongly odorous; and in many, though in every respect amiable, and even beautiful, this odor is far from being pleasant. Pure, wholesome, easily digested, and nourishing aliment, with the frequent use of the hot bath, continued for twelve months, the body frequently rubbed with olive oil, will in almost every case remove all that is disagreeable of this kind. This treatment will give a healthy action to all the subcutaneous vessels, and in every respect promote health and comfort.”

After reading Clarke’s notes, I became a little overwhelmed realizing that I wasn’t alone, nor were those whom I have encountered at conferences throughout the years. We all seem to be looking for the details of the twelve months of Esther’s purification. Since finding Clarke’s words, I’ve continued to search for someone who knows the ancient secrets of why six months of myrrh and six months of sweet spices. I didn’t found anything; so I began to inquire of the Lord. There were days I would anoint myself with myrrh and pray and take notes, then research and take more notes. After much of that kind of prayer and deliberation, I’ve decided that this is the season to compile my notes and publish something that individuals, families and teachers can use to learn more about Esther. I hope that women’s groups and other speakers can incorporate it into their teachings about this unusual Queen. I also hope that you will use this as a “spring board” for your own study of Biblical fragrances.

My Precious Oils ministry is based on bringing the Word of God to life through the fragrances of the Bible. I believe that there is a deeper relationship with the Creator of the Universe through His Word as we embrace Biblical plants and fragrances. Today we can use these plants in teas, herbal remedies and tinctures and my favorite, therapeutic grade essential oils.

Most of us live in a nature deficit world and have lost touch with digging in the soil or taking a walk in the garden. When we get a surprise bouquet of flowers we automatically put our nose to them only to find out that science has made them beautiful in color and size, but has taken out the fragrances, especially of the roses. This lack of nature in our lives continues to add to our sensory deficit. We are relying on synthetic fragrances in our daily lives. This has our bodies thinking we have smelled the real thing. Synthetics aren’t the topic of this writing, but I would like to address this issue, briefly, although I could write so much more on it.

We live in an over-scented environment. The term “aromatherapy” once was valued as pure, plant products known as essential oils and their use in massage and inhalations.  In my book The Precious Oils of the Bible: Ancient Secrets ~ Modern Uses, I share how the term came into being. Today the term “aromatherapy” has been adulterated by companies deceiving the general population. I know that sounds harsh, but why is it that they can use synthetic chemicals and use not only the term “aromatherapy”, but “pure and natural”? This baffles me, and my Friend, in part, it angers me that so many innocent people have bought into a lie and are buying these products to the detriment of their own health. Are you aware that many cosmetics and personal care products are loaded with chemical fragrances? Think how many cosmetic products that you use each day? Perhaps you are an average consumer and use a dozen or more daily; that’s a lot of not-so-good-for-you chemicals that we lather, splash, brush, apply and inhale each day.

In the book, The World of Aromatherapy, Victoria Edwards writes an excellent article about the differences between natural and synthetic fragrances.  Many of these synthetic essences are often derived from a natural source but are broken down and processed so much that little-to-none of the original benefits remain. Then the scientists add synthetic petro and coal-tar chemicals to their products, and this is just in the $10 billion US cosmetic industry alone! If we look at our processed and chemical foods we find that we truly need to get back to nature, at least as best as we can with our busy lives. To add to the list is the growing number of pharmaceuticals that once were derived from plants. Okay, enough for you to ponder on the topic of synthetics, I had better get back on track with Esther’s Days of Purification. Before we do, may I encourage you to do your own study on how chemicals have invaded our lives? Often, once you begin to study, you may begin to modify your lifestyle to incorporate more organic foods and natural cosmetics.

The ancient secrets of the six months of oil of myrrh and the six months of sweet odors of other Biblical plants made the process of Esther’s Days of Purification complete. From my research I’ve compiled a list of ancient sweet spices possibly used during the season that Esther became Queen. I chose six that were most likely used for her. I not only expound on the possible healing properties of them, but I’ve incorporated symbolic and emotional benefits that I’ve associated with the plant. Today, we have modern uses for these true essences derived from flowers, fruits, seeds, trees, resins and herbs contained in essential oils, extracts and teas.

As I compiled this book I had a hard time keeping it simple so as not to overwhelm you. The more I study, the more I marvel at the Creator of the Universe who brought natural botanical plants into the world on the third day. He created them all for our sustenance and for medicinal purposes to treat sickness and disease. It truly is my desire to draw you into a time of personal preparation to meet our Creator through His Biblical botanicals however deep or simple that may be.

As I’ve continued with my Precious Oils ministry throughout the last nineteen years I’m encouraged that so many Believers enjoy my “forte” of “marrying” Scripture with my Biblical teachings and essential oil products together. But please note, by no means am I an expert or certified in any area of aromatics. The books I write are gleaned from years of personal study where I’ve compiled a large number of notes and have published some of them. I have more ready for future projects, all in due season. I have an ever-growing library dedicated to aromatics and botanicals, the jewels and gems of nature that we all can embrace.  I appreciate the plants of the Bible for our health and pleasure and I esteem the wonder and depth of how God’s Word is full of references to them.

End of Part I of Esther’s Days of Purification Intro

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