About Precious Oils (Posted on our new website www.Precious-Oils.com)

Precious Oils was established on May 1, 1991. Over the last 20 years, our essential oils and synergistic essential oil blends have been used around the world. We recently became a distributor of aroma bottle jewelry.

Precious Oils shares the view with many accredited aroma therapists and aromatherapy organizations throughout the world. Precious Oils began from our love of herbs, flowers and spices. We have never participated in any essential oil MLM company nor do we reference any of their books or marketing as being the source of information for our company. We will be posting our recommendations of sources in this non-regulated industry over the next few weeks.

We do not believe that the use of essential oils is the only modality to healing; it’s not. Essential Oil Therapy is a complimentary and pleasant aide to one’s health just as good diet, fresh air and exercise, laughter, spiritual reading and practices, sleep, herbal teas and tinctures and every other natural modality of healing that we have available today. Please use wisdom and enjoy precious, essential oils for your own health and pleasure.

We believe that anyone can be allergic to anything, at any time. With that thought we do not support a current trend of using essential oils in an unsafe environment such as treatments called “rain-drop” or “aroma-touch”. Once again, aromatherapy is an unregulated industry. Anyone who advises you to use essential oils undiluted is giving medical advice and puts you in danger as essential oils are a highly concentrated substance that can cause dermal damage.  We must be wise in our claims of essential oils to aid ones health. If we don’t, government may impose regulations on essential oils, herbs and other natural modalities that we enjoy.  I say this statement boldly, and with reason. I read a few Yahoo and Google group whose members belong to the MLM’s and see danger approaching with their claims. As I read the members medical advice to other members and to those who they are treating (“in other words” trying to get to join their companies) I become more concerned. Often they encourage essential oils to be ingested, used undiluted on the skin, treat infants, children and pregnant women and give diagnosis (often by unlicensed individuals that are present in these forums or those who have achieved “star status” where monetary gain can be achieved by their continual interaction as participants or the hosts of these groups). Not all of their advice is bad, and it is not all good.  One word of caution is for us to remember this  . . . often “less is more” when using essential oils.  Blend in 1 to 3% dilution in carrier oil before applying to skin. Inhale using a diffuser; it only takes two or three drops to add health benefits to your room. You can add essential oils to a bath by mixing 5 drops in 1/2 to 1 cup salt, milk or cream. Blend well before adding to a bath, relax and enjoy.

Essential oil therapy is pleasurable, aromatic, relaxing, energizing and an over-all enjoyable modality of healing. With wisdom let’s keep it that way.

You are free to contact me at PreciousOils@aol.com with any comments, questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Cynthia Hillson

www.Precious-Oils.com

Esther Book is Now Back In Stock

Esther’s Days of Purification is back in stock. Sorry to all who have waited for us to reprint it.

I’ve added the healing properties of myrtle, Esther’s Hebrew name and a few other notes; but basically it is the same book.

I’m offering a special for three days on my web site. This is a great time for those of you who have contacted me that want the book for your Bible Study group. I’m also offering a special on the book and nine oils. The offer will end at midnight May 27, 2011. http://www.thefragrantbride.com/Esther_book.html

Esther Book Only     $10.00       Regular Price is $12.95

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Esther Book and Nine Oils   $24.95   Regular Price is $29.95

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Blessings,

Cynthia    www.TheFragrantBride.com

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/

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

copyright 2010  Precious Oils Up On the Hill

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