Esther’s Days of Purification Intro Part II

In 2005, I completed 20 hours of aromatherapy education. This year my plans have me exploring a few other options including learning from professionals who have made aromatherapy their lives, some for as long as 40 years. I have become a member of the NAHA, The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. Now, please realize that I am a Believer in Yeshua, Jesus and I understand some of the “new age” theories within the world of aromatherapy cause more questions than answers. BUT in reality, the honest depth of the NAHA organization is to bring a Code of Ethics to this unregulated industry. The flavor I bring to the table is uplifting the King of the Universe through His creation.

An amazing thing that continues in my friendships with aroma-therapists throughout the world is their encouragement to me to continue my thread of aromatherapy studies through the fragrances of the Bible. My Aroma-therapist friend, Avraham Sand, from Jerusalem, is a special guy. As I handed him my Precious Oils Studies of the Bible he said “I can learn from you.” How humbling is that? What I knew, and know, is that I desire to learn from Avraham’s Jewish perspective on the fragrances. During our initial meeting at his home, he taught me so much in just a few short hours, some Biblically based, some based on Jewish traditions. Avraham says “The revelations of the true nature and scope of aromatics culminate in the Jewish concept of the future “Messiah” (in Hebrew “Mashiach”, meaning the “Anointed One”), who will arrive at the “End of Days” and Judge by His sense of smell.” I was already aware of this, but it made more sense as he taught me.  In Isaiah 11:3 we find “And shall make him of quick understanding”. When you look up “quick understanding” in the Strong’s Concordance, you find it is the root word “ruach”.

ru^ach  roo’-akh  Strong’s word H 7306

A primitive root; properly to blow, that is, breathe; only (literally) to smell or (by implication perceive (figuratively to anticipate, enjoy): – accept, smell, X touch, make of quick understanding.

The Ruach HaKodesh is The Holy Spirit; He is the fragrance. This subject can be expanded at another time, but enlightens, in an allegorical sense, what I spoke about synthetic fragrances and the real essential oils that I’ve chosen to use in my products.

Let’s get back to our Biblical plants and fragrances.

Essential oils often take some time to appreciate, especially when they are the individual essences and not a blend that consists of many oils. Often, true Biblical essences are camphoric and balsamic smelling, not necessarily pleasant. They are used today for respiratory ailments. Look at the climate of the Middle East region getting only a few inches of rain yearly. It is no wonder that these plants were designed by The Creator for respiratory health.

Esther had six months of oil of myrrh. I often wonder if all I used was myrrh for six months what would happen. I especially enjoy its deep, earthy, balsamic and resinous aroma. Little-by-little I am adding myrrh from countries around the world. This is a fascinating thing I am sharing in my workshops. It has become an adventure for my sense of smell as I begin to detect different soils where the myrrh tree grows and the different processes how they are being distilled.

I not only love myrrh, but my problem (and not such a bad one at that) is I love so many of the Biblical plants. I find myself being carried away as “I play” with them. On occasion, I will burn a piece of myrrh resin or two in my office as I ponder all that I’ve been appointed to do in life. When I sit and blend at my oil table, the aroma of the essences can be intoxicating as well as sedating. I often take a few moments to stop and smell the wee samples of exotic essences my distributors have sent me, only to dream how I can add them to my ever-growing collection of what I call the “garden in the bottle”. I may not get to experience the frankincense harvest in the dangerous country of Oman or travel to Somalia and Ethiopia for the prized myrrh. I often think a trek to India for the exotic jasmine would be one of life’s finest aromatic experiences. The pictures of lavender fields of France are exquisite to view, but, wow, who wouldn’t want to camp out there and pick bundles of lavender from those fields? 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.

I so love this ministry. I am grateful that the Lord has allowed me to experience Him in this special way and that you have allowed me to share Precious Oils with you. I often wonder “Where do I fit?” Then I remind myself of the mission to connect you with the Almighty through the essences of His Word. In doing so, I am just where I need to be. I am dedicated to introducing you to another realm of God’s Word through His fragrant, botanical creation and consider it an honor to do so.

As you read this book you will find that I highlight the medicinal and emotional uses of myrrh; they are at the top of my list in this publication. In most of my other ones, it isn’t as important. What happened as I put this writing together is that I began to “connect the dots”. For example, I linked some amazing health discoveries found in the properties of myrrh with emotions that Esther may have experienced in her days of purification, including the healing of her broken heart. It finally made sense to me why God was explicit about the six months of oil of myrrh in her life and perhaps how the oil of myrrh can become important in your own life.

Remember, the fragrances and plants, in and of themselves, are more than a plant or an essence in a bottle. Each one carries a history, a culture, some folklore and lots of symbolism. They can create memories through our sense of smell. Your eyes may see the botanical with its color, shape and environment and you may smell the aromas, but in Jewish thought every fragrance is a virtue. It is its character. So, in short, Fragrance is Character. Paul linked this thought when he said in II Corinthians 2:14-17

And to God are thanks, who at all times is leading us in triumph in the Christ, and the fragrance of His knowledge He is manifesting through us in every place, because of Christ a sweet fragrance we are to God, in those being saved, and in those being lost; to the one, indeed, a fragrance of death to death, and to the other, a fragrance of life to life; and for these things who is sufficient? For we are not as the many, adulterating the word of God, but as of sincerity—but as of God; in the presence of God, in Christ we do speak. (YLT)

Hopefully, as I share Precious Oils with you, it will send you on your own journey of Biblical fragrances and plants, at least as close to the Biblical ones as we can obtain today. Many of these plants are shrouded in mystery. But the mysteries are nothing compared to embracing our King through His creation in the fragrant plant kingdom.

I want to thank you for your continued encouragement of Precious Oils, your prayers and your friendship. A plan is being made to enlarge this ministry as my youngest daughter graduates from High School and embarks on her journey of life. After being a full-time mom of six children for over 20 years, it’s going to be a real change not being the taxi any longer. The change is good and I believe God ordained as I continue to bring His fragrant world . . .  to the world through Precious Oils Up On the Hill.

With Love,

Apothecary Cynthia Hillson

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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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