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 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 Tentative dates (2011) are October 9th to 20th.

In His Service,

Cynthia Hillson

Esther’s Anointing Oil Purim Special with Free Shipping

Just in time for Purim. Esther’s Anointing Oil is on sale and with free shipping until March 16, 2011.

One of my most popular anointing oil blends over the last 15 years. Pure essential oils of myrrh (Ethiopia), myrtle (Israel) and sweet spices, just like Esther was prepared with during her 12 months of purification.

Elegantly packaged in a 1/4 ounce diamond bottle.

Great Purim gift for all the Esther’s in your life.

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

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.


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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