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.
Apothecary Cynthia Hillson