First-Aid Kits for Israel

Dear Friends,

In a few days I will be departing for Israel for another volunteer assignment. While this journey is devoted to me cooking for groups in the desert at Biblical Tamar I know in my heart that I must continue to take blessings to Israel each and every time I go.

This will be the second time I’m taking these First-Aid kits. 25 of these kits fill one suitcase quite well.

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Each kit contains a variety of gauze bandages and tape, bandages, antibiotic cream, pain-relievers and tea tree and lavender essential oils etc.

Donations are needed to help cover the costs of blessing Israel with the kits. These 25 kits will be going to a community that “just-so-happens” to have 25 families.

Online donations can be made through our web site www.TheFragrantBride.com with the PayPal link.

To give by check please make your check out to Liberty Ministries, Inc. Memo Israel 2016

Mail to Cynthia Hillson  PO Box 2036  Cornelius  NC  28031

This picture is from a delivery I made in June 2016.

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When given lemons make lemonade or take First-aid

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Dear Friends,

Since last November, just days after returning from Israel, I’ve had my share of lemons given to me . . . Seems like a whole grove of them in the area of my health.  Not to bore you all the details that started with the surgical removal of an abscess from a root canal that I had over three years ago. Then it was determined at my yearly physical, and a few more doctor appointments, that I need a hysterectomy but it had to be delayed because I was bitten by a spider the day after my physical. Four of the six bites had to be surgically removed which delayed the hysterectomy as it couldn’t be done until the spider bite incisions were closed, and there was new, pink skin. All of these issues had me at the pharmacy a lot. I had to take antibiotics for weeks. And then there was the surgical wounds as I used boxes upon boxes of 4” rolled gauze and lots of medical tape as I had to change bandages four times a day in the beginning, and then twice daily thereafter. All I can say it’s been a journey.

In February I looked beyond my automatic reach for the gauze and tape and saw a possible way for me to take the “lemons” and make lemonade and to share “lemonade” with Israel with “First-Aid”.

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Walgreens had the most amazing “Build Your Own” first aid kit. Normally you would have to purchase three of the featured products and you would get the empty red case “free”. If you didn’t buy the products, they had a price for the case.

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On the day that I discovered them they had a markdown sign of $1.49 instead of the $4.99. I grabbed one and took it to the counter to have scanned. Bingo!! The markdown price was correct and you didn’t have to buy the featured items. I went back and grabbed the remaining five because I thought they would be a wonderful item to fill and take to Israel when I go late May and early June.  For those who don’t know me is through the years I have transported suitcases upon suitcases of medical supplies for Vision for Israel and other ministries, as well as individuals. One trip I carried a whole suitcase of nothing but surgical needles, another trip I transported boxes of gauze just like I had been using. 

Where we live we have two Walgreen’s. I promptly went across town and there wasn’t any of the red bags. That didn’t stop me to continue my search so off to Statesville and Troutman where I found bags at each location. Over the next few days I was in and out of nearly every Walgreens within a 30 to 40-mile radius. At one location as I was standing in line with a “motherlode” of bags the lady in front of me turned around and said “At first I thought you were holding a baby, but I see you must be preparing for something”. I said “No, not personal preparation but for others. I take benevolent items to Israel and I am gathering as many of the bags as I can find to fill them with basic medical supplies to take when I go there this spring.” She asked if I could go to the dollar store to get the stuff in which I replied that you can’t buy everything there and you have to go other places for supplies. She smiled, and then it was her turn to checkout. As she finished her transaction she got $20 change. She turned around and put it in my hand, looked at me and told me she wanted to help.

Here’s the picture of the red bags that I’ve gathered, three paper boxes full. The bags are empty and need to be filled. The picture really doesn’t show the neat little pockets under the items on the right of the filled bag to help you keep organized.

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My ministry finances are always limited, David and I will do our best to fill as many of the bags as possible; but perhaps, you may want to help in this mission in which you can do any of the following.

  • Prayer for me to wisely distribute the bags throughout Israel. I can think of a dozen places that I could take them. Also, the “Message Stones” that I wrote about in a previous blog is still on my heart to take this journey.
  • Send supplies to my home. (129 Fesperman Circle Troutman  NC  28166). I can send you a list of the items that I want to put in there but the picture gives you an idea of the items. It is amazing how much the bags can hold.
  • Donate funds for me to purchase the items and for the extra luggage to transport an extra suitcase, or two. You can donate by check (Tax Deductible USA) and Send to Cynthia Hillson PO Box 2036 Cornelius, NC 28031. Please memo Israel 2016 on your check and make it out to Liberty Ministries, Inc.

 

Thank you for your support to take these “First-Aid” kits to Israel. And, it’s not too late to join me on this journey, or the one I will be doing in the fall.

In His Service,

Cynthia

 

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My Volunteering to Israel Fall 2015

Sylvie and Cynthia with gleaned grapes for Groups Fall 2014 Biblical Tamar

Cynthia and Sylvie with grapes gleaned Fall 2014 at Biblical Tamar Park

Dear Friends,

I’m returning to serve at Biblical Tamar Park located south of the Dead Sea in Israel for the tour and work groups that are scheduled in October and November 2015. My plans were to serve only in October but things have changed with the need of me being head cook through mid-November. Here are the details.

I spent all of February in Israel with Dr. Coxon, President of Blossoming Rose Israel & USA, and his work team just as I did in the fall of 2014 by cooking for groups from around the world as well as the volunteer work teams. It was in Feb that I committed to spend October at Tamar as the “Head Cook” for the Dutch, South African and Finnish groups scheduled to be at Tamar as well as welcome the work teams that will be working and completing exciting projects at this park this fall. These projects include the construction of Abraham’s Tent and The Tabernacle of Moses model display. Scheduled is the completion of the British Building and its educational display . . .  all are very exciting projects! It is an honor that I can serve the workers, many who have devoted 20 to 30 years of their lives to blessing Israel to make Biblical Tamar Park a National Park of Israel and an educational site where Israeli’s and tour groups can learn of seven periods of Jewish History in one place. The park is nearly completed and its next phase, the Garden of the Ages, is part of my future as the seven gardens are part of the next phase of Biblical Tamar Park!

Now, the reason for me to write you today is tell you that my plans to serve at Tamar had to be changed around late August. There was a couple, and another woman, who were scheduled to take the “cooking baton” from me the first of November for a large American tour group as well as the work teams that have more than enough projects to accomplish in their service to Israel. I’m a firm Believer in God giving each one us our talent and gifts. In the spring of 2014 when I told Dr. Coxon that I could cook for 2 to 200 little did I realize that I had a gift that was needed at Biblical Tamar Park? I’ve served at Tamar twice (Oct/Nov 2014 and Feb 2015) with my “cooking gift”. I’ve come to learn that it was something that was needed many years ago. A few of the volunteers have shared their stories over the years how they would come to Israel twice a year to work on the park and had to share the cooking duties as well as do the job they are gifted in, like electrical and other work in the caravans making them pleasant for the tour groups that stay at the park. Or, rock work using a skill they have learned from the IAA (Israel Archeological Authority). Some volunteer their time just to prune the palm trees with a chain saw and to rake the grounds so when tour buses and car loads of people enter the park they see a clean and well-maintained site. In addition there are a whole host of other projects that has taken a mound of sand that was discovered 30 years ago to a park of historical importance in Israel’s past . . . and in its future.

The “cook shortage” is two-fold. First, the Head Cook, Louise, and her husband Jack, have been cooking and a vital part of Tamar for over 20 years. Jack’s health has greatly diminished since I met them last year, so they won’t be able to travel. Amy, who was to help Louise and Jack had an emergency surgery on her neck; she also has been told that she can’t travel. Dr. Coxon, and his son hoped that I could do one of two things; the first to make plans to be in Israel for 7 weeks. That was impossible as that is too long of a time to be gone from my family and commitments. The second is for me to go to Israel for 2 weeks, come home for 2 weeks and then return for 3 weeks. In other words buy a second airline ticket, in which I don’t have funds for and put on a credit card. In the 30 journeys that I’ve been to Israel, God’s people, and my Precious Oils ministry, has always met the need to travel and bless Israel in ways that only God in heaven knows.

My first journey this fall is September 28 to October 10; the second is October 24 to November 14, 2015.  Dr. Coxon (Founder and President of Blossoming Rose) and his son, Rob (who’s in line to be the next President) have told me that I’m a “lifesaver” to Blossoming Rose during this season of a cook shortage.

My need of funds is about $2000 which is the cost of airfare, travel insurance and transportation to and from the park. If you find it in your heart to donate to my ministry, I’d be so grateful.

To learn more where I’m serving at this “gem in the desert” go to www.BlossomingRose.org. Here you will find mission statement and past newsletters that share the story of Biblical Tamar Park. You will also find a pdf version of the brochure as well as information how you can be part of the volunteer teams, or even take a group to spend an unforgettable experience at this very special place. There is also a number of articles online that share historical information, one is this informative article.

http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/tamar/Biblical_Tamar.pdf

Thank you for sharing your time in prayer, and your finances in blessing Israel.

With love,

Cynthia

Tax deductible giving is as follows.

Send to:

Cynthia Hillson

PO Box 2036

Cornelius, NC  28031

Please make checks payable to Liberty Ministries, Inc.

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Yom Kippur 5775 ~ 3 Oct 2014

Dear Friends,

In a few hours the Holiest Day of the year begins here in the US, in Israel it started a few hours ago. It is Yom Kippur.

I’ve written about Yom Kippur in my Esther’s Days of Purification as well as published a small teaching called Ketoret. Earlier this year I began to compile a number of other notes to make the Ketoret a complete teaching.  Even with all the craziness of me preparing to depart to Israel for six weeks I felt this information was important. Ironically, I will be spending most of my time on the ancient incense trail while I am in Israel.

KETORET IS PROTECTION

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APOTHECARY CYNTHIA HILLSON

And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun. And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people. And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed. Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah. And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the plague was stayed.     Numbers 16:46-50

Ketoret has the unique property of protection as a fumigation as we look into the Hebrew word.

(Strong’s  H7004   קטרת   qeṭôreth  ket-o’-reth  From H6999; a fumigation: – (sweet) incense, perfume.

H6999   קטר   qâṭar   kaw-tar’

A primitive root (rather identical with H7000 through the idea of fumigation in a close place and perhaps thus driving out the occupants); to smoke, that is, turn into fragrance by fire (especially as an act of worship): – burn (incense, sacrifice) (upon), (altar for) incense, kindle, offer (incense, a sacrifice).

While today we normally wouldn’t be using an incense burner/censer with whole spices ground into an incense powder as a fumigation we do use essential oils with a diffuser.

Yalkut Meam Loez cites a story from Midrash Haneelam.

Rav Aha once arrived in a certain town that had been ravaged by a plague for seven days. The townspeople came to him and told him of their troubles. The plague was only intensifying, and they did not know what to do. He said, “Let us go to the Bet Kenesset (House of the Congregation) and pray that it stops.” As they made their way towards the Bet Kenesset, people came and told them that the plague had claimed even more victims; others are about to die. He said, “Since the calamity is so severe and time is running out, we will not go to the Bet Kenesset. Rather, bring me forty G-d-fearing people and they will divide into groups of ten, each of which should go to one direction of the city and recite ‘pitum haketoret’ (the Talmudic discussion of the ingredients of the ketoret) three times. They should then add, ‘Moshe said to Aharon: Take the firepan and place fire upon it from the altar and place ketoret, and quickly bring it to the nation and atone on their behalf… ‘ until ‘and the plague ended.’” They did as he told, and the plague stopped. All those who had been stricken were cured. A heavenly voice called out to the harmful spirits, “Do no more damage in this town, for the attribute of justice no longer has any control over them!”

Rav Aha was exhausted and fell asleep. He dreamt that it was told to him, “Just as you eliminated the plague from the city, so must you bring them back in teshuva, for one cannot endure without the other, because it was on account of their sins that the plague was decreed”. He told this to the townspeople and they repented. They changed the name of the town to “Mahsiya,” which means “town of compassion”. They kept the town’s name in their minds at all times so as to ensure that they would not return to their sinful ways.

The following is excerpts from a rare book from David Israel Macht written 1928.  I’m including this information because of the importance of the ingredients of the Holy Incense and how the pharmacological essence of the incense affects us.

“From a pharmacological point of view incense is especially interesting in two respects. First in regards to is antiseptic properties, secondly, in regard to its effects on the nervous system, and more particularly on the psychological functions, through the sense of smell. (In my book, Esther’s Days of Purification, I share insight on the sense of smell and emotions.)

The World War was instrumental, (Remember only one world war had happened at this time in history) in connection with the impetus given to the search for antiseptics and germicidal properties of various essential oils; as for instance so well described by Cavel. This antiseptic action of volatile oils was un-doubtly responsible for the remarkable medicinal virtues of various balsams used in ancient times, especially in the treatment and healing of wounds.

Oh my, as I read this I had to run to my library. I pulled Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy book off of my shelf and nearly fainted as I read. Now that I’ve picked myself up off the floor I have to tell you the importance of not only Gattefosse “coining” the word aromatherapy, (many believed he did so in 1928); the same year that Macht wrote the above. As I began to re-read Robert Tisserand’s Editor Introduction my eyes fell to these words.

“Wound healing was a major problem, and the cause of many deaths during first World War. Essential oils might have been more widely used during the Second World War if penicillin had not been discovered, but they were used to a limited degree – for instance some Australian troops carried tea tree oil, until supplies ran out.”

Essential oils, such as Tea Tree Oil as we know today aren’t the infused oil that were used in Biblical times. There is much controversy about essential oil discovery but it is of our research that a Persian physician, Ib’n Sina, better known as Avicenna (980 A.D.-1037 A.D.) who was a celebrity throughout the Arab world is the one who greatly contributed to the process when he introduced the use of a refrigerated coil in the distillation process of plants. It is believed that distillation of aromatic flowers and essential oils methods were done in basic and mostly crude stills that were used before his discovery. Avicenna was highly advanced in many ‘modern’ methods of medicine many which are still used today. His published works included The Book of Healing and the Canon of Medicine. He is also accredited with writings on the use of over 800 medicinal plants.

The NAHA writes: Distillation appears to have been practiced throughout ancient times. Based upon the current interpretation Paolo Rovesti’s discovery of an earthenware distillation apparatus, the production or extraction of aromatic oils by means of steam distillation, has been known for 5000 years. During the fifth century AD, the famed writer, Zosimus of Panopolis, refers to the distilling of a divine water and panacea. Throughout the early Middle Ages and beyond, a crude form of distillation was known and was used primarily to prepare floral waters or distilled aromatic waters. These appear to have been used in perfumery, as digestive tonics, in cooking, and for trading.

Although an extensive trade of odoriferous material has been shown to have occurred in the ancient Orient and ancient Greece and Rome, the oils used were not essential oils per se, “rather they were obtained by placing flowers, roots, and other plant material into a fatty oil of best quality, submitting the glass bottles containing these mixtures to the warming influence of the sun and finally separating odoriferous oil from the solid constituents”. www.naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/about-aromatherapy/how-are-essential-oils-extracted.

Oh, remember how the year 1928 stuck out to me as when the term “aromatherapy” is thought to be coined and David Macht wrote his book on the Holy Incense the same year? Well, my friend, another “factoid” I found on 1928 is when I was researching penicillin and how it was discovered on Sept 15, 1928.

Penicillin is one of the earliest discovered and widely used antibiotic agents, derived from the Penicillium mold. Antibiotics are natural substances that are released by bacteria and fungi into their environment, as a means of inhibiting other organisms – it is chemical warfare on a microscopic scale.

In 1928, Sir Alexander Fleming observed that colonies of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus could be destroyed by the mold Penicillium notatum, proving that there was an antibacterial agent there in principle. This principle later lead to medicines that could kill certain types of disease-causing bacteria inside the body.

At the time, however, the importance of Alexander Fleming’s discovery was not known. Use of penicillin did not begin until the 1940s when Howard Florey and Ernst Chain isolated the active ingredient and developed a powdery form of the medicine.http://www.inventors.about.com/od/pstartinventions/a/Penicillin.htm

Have you read Steven Harrold Buhner’s books, Herbal Antibiotic’s and Herbal Antiviral’s? Buhner gives insight the why and how’s of getting back to plant-based medicine as he gently warns us of the soon-coming lack of antibiotics’. Perhaps, as the pharmaceutical antibiotics diminish, and are no longer being researched against the superbugs, it is a reason for us to know the power of God’s plant kingdom and learn more about herbal and natural remedies including, but not limited to, essential oils? Perhaps that is why there is such a “buzz” about the essential oils?

He who has “ears” listen to what the spirit is saying.

You can order the Ketoret booklet with the additional notes included from my web site. http://www.shop.thefragrantbride.com/. With the Ketoret teaching you will also receive a small vial of Ketoret.

This offer will end 4 Oct 2014 @10 am and be mailed out on Monday, 6 Oct 2014.

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Apothecary Mama Intro

Apothecary Mama Intro ~ Enjoy!

 

Iyshon

Dear Friends,

I have two new items that you will find on my web sites soon and some upcoming conferences this spring. First, let me introduce you to our all natural, essential oil perfume. I’ll be posting our Reflection Jewelry line on our blog and web site in the spring when The Healing Rose; The Rest of The Story of Esther’s Purification is available.

 אישׁון    Iyshon  

Keep me as the apple of the eye,  hide me under the shadow of thy wings. 

   Psalms 17:8   KJV

Hear Our Voices Book Cover Eliahu Schwarz

Keep me as the apple of the eye – Preserve me; guard me; defend me, as one defends that which is to him most precious and valuable. In the original there is a remarkable strength of expression, and at the same time a remarkable confusion of gender in the language. The literal translation would be, “Keep me as the little man – the daughter of the eye.” The word “apple” applied to the eye means the pupil, the little aperture in the middle of the eye, through which the rays of light pass to form an image on the retina (“Johnson, Webster”); though “why” it is called the “apple” of the eye the lexicographers fail to tell us. The Hebrew word אישׁון  ‘ı^ysho^n. – means properly, “a little man,” and is given to the apple or pupil of the eye, “in which, as in a mirror, a person sees his own image reflected in miniature.”  Albert Barnes Commentary

Apothecary Cynthia Hillson’s Iyshon is an all-natural perfume blended with essential oils and grape alcohol. It’s a bit spicy and a little sweet.
In the fragrance of Iyshon you will find gentle nuances of botanicals that include herbs, flowers, leaves, fruits, spices and roots blended with grape alcohol. The preciousness of an all natural perfume is that it is absorbed into your skin and not lay on your skin such as chemical perfumes do.  Wear as a perfume, body spray or add a few drops to a bath.

Apothecary Cynthia has hand-crafted Iyshon blending a fragrance that she hopes will take you to days when you didn’t have a care in the world; like walking in the sand at the beach, listening to the waves. Imagine sitting on a bench in a botanical garden taking in the beauty of the colors and fragrances of the flowers, trees and herbs. Reflect the quiet moments that you mediate on God’s Word pondering His promises for you. For Cynthia, carefree days include walking in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem and why she has included a portrait of herself for Iyshon.

Iyshon Portrait 9 Feb 2014

Cynthia’s portrait was created for her by Artist Eliahu Schwarz in October 2006. His studio is in the Old City of Jerusalem and can be found near the Western Wall. Eliahu is a gifted artist whose use of media is pen, pencil and watercolors. He’s produced two books, “To Jerusalem, With Love” and his second “Hear Our Voices; Women at Prayer”. Eliahu’s women at prayer book includes 53 drawings; each one with an excerpt of the Psalms. In the intro of his book Eliahu writes:

With this collection of drawings of women at prayer at the “Western Wall” (hakotel hamaaravi a/k/a the Wailing Wall) I have attempted to lend form to the spiritual, basically an impossible undertaking. An undertaking that has captured my imagination for close to 10 years ~ praying, observing, searching, and trying to make the invisible visible.

 

The unending endeavor of human beings in search of communication with the Almighty, I wanted to make perceivable with the aid of my pencil, a labor that gave me much gratification.

 

I was deeply touched and inspired by the prevailing atmosphere and the women’s way of prayer demonstrated by their bearing, their gestures, their ardent fervor, their faith and diversity of approach to their Maker, the most High.

 

In the stillness of my studio (near the Western Wall), I toiled in order to perfect and complete these drawings and make them accessible to the public.

 

May they create an impression of surpassing human frailties, and lead to a deeper understanding of human beings amongst ourselves. It was, and is, for me, an ongoing dialogue with the essence of human nature in general, women in particular, and the search for closeness to the Almighty.

Eliahu Schwarz

 Eliahu inscribed my book and he didn’t even know my Hebrew name is Ora (light).

My book Inscription

Cynthia’s heart’s desire for the wearer of Iyshon is to find time to reflect on the goodness of the Lord and his fragrant creation found in plants. She also reminds you of these verses found in Psalm 141.

LORD, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee. Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. But mine eyes are unto thee, O GOD the Lord: in thee is my trust; leave not my soul destitute. Keep me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the gins of the workers of iniquity. Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I will escape.  

Psalms 141:1-3 & 8-10 KJV

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Apothecary Cynthia Hillson

www.TheFragrantBride.com

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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

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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.

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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

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