The Garden in the Desert Project Update January 2015

What can I say as I sit at my computer this morning, 1 January 2015? But oh, my, I’m leaving for Israel in one month, for a month, to serve as Head Cook at Biblical Tamar Park, study at Hebrew University and write about the ancient secrets and modern uses of the plants of the Bible, and Antiquity.

For those who want to read a few of the things that I experienced during the six weeks I spent in Israel in Oct & Nov 2014 I can e-mail or snail mail it to you. E-mail PreciousOils@aol.com. In the subject line write Biblical Tamar Update and either send your snail mail or postal mailing address. Here’s a portion of that letter.

The vision of Biblical Tamar is in part the reason I volunteered at Biblical Tamar; it is called The Garden of the Ages @ Biblical Tamar Park. It is part of the responsibility of park completion given to Blossoming Rose, from the IAA (Israel Antiquities Authority). After I returned home in March Dr. Coxon and I had e-mail and phone conversations so I knew the importance of spending time to interact and hear the vision of Tamar from him, and to walk the land. I captured short videos of Dr. Coxon as a group of us walked with him from one end of the 55 acre park, to the other, showing us the boundaries and explaining the future plans of the park that will include 20 of the acres as The Garden of the Ages. The park’s boundaries are to be marked with trees and are the first important step of the gardens so the park’s boundaries are clear as construction of two hotels is beginning soon. Israel depends on tourism and highlights 31 regions where tourists can go. Biblical Tamar is located in the region known as “The Arava”. There are many Biblical references of the past, and the future of the Arava. Tamar is named as one of the future borders of Israel (Ezekiel 47). The seven periods of history represented at Biblical Tamar, as well as the location of the oldest tree in Israel, is bringing busloads of people to this very special site. The Arava has a new welcome center located less than 10 minutes away. They’ve produced a movie that introduces people to the rich resource and history of The Arava. The ancient jujube tree (the oldest tree in Israel) located at Biblical Tamar is shown often in the movie. The welcome center shows how The Arava crops are an important portion of the economy of the region and how Europe benefits from the fresh food that is being grown there.

There are a lot of projects to complete at Biblical Tamar Park before the gardens can be planted, and of course being in the Shmita year allows for  planning needed for the 20 acre project with a landscape artist.

You can be a part of the volunteer work team(s) that I will be cooking for in February, and in the fall. Volunteer duties to fit your gifting are available!!  You also can be a part by helping with the needed finances to complete the current and future projects of Biblical Tamar. If any of you reading this love Israel, Biblical History and are of a willing heart you can be a part of Biblical Tamar Park! Info posted at the end of this blog.

Personally I wish my ministry had the finances to sponsor one of the last two historical periods that have been unearthed at Biblical Tamar. The one most suited for Precious Oils to sponsor is the Fifth Historical Period ~ 675 to 1916 ~ The Arab period, which was the longest occupation of Biblical Tamar. You may be asking “How does this “fit” with Precious Oils?” It does in an amazing way. Let me share this from the Nov 2014 Biblical Tamar newsletter written by Dr. DeWayne Coxon, President of Blossoming Rose.

The Arab Period, was during the years that the Muslims controlled all of the Middle East. Tamar was a vital link for the camels when the desert caravans hauled spices, precious ointments, and Eastern goods to the Mediterranean Sea and on to Europe. Water was the commodity that was critically needed by conquering armies who controlled Tamar. The largest spring in the entire Arava was here at Tamar. The rushing streams were perfect for providing water for the camels and other animals that sought the cool shade in a very hot desert.

The Desert Caravans were of great importance to carry the spices and resins through Biblical Tamar.  I wrote this statement in my book, Esther’s Days of Purification.

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.

Are you aware during the Roman and early Arab periods of time 3000 tons of frankincense resin was transported on this ancient trail? Resin, my friends, not essential oils as the big mlm companies want you to believe. The ancient secrets of the value of not only the frankincense resin, but other resins, spices and other plants that were transported on the ancient trails is note-worthy. I look forward to sharing many new projects that my ministry of Precious Oils will be publishing in 2015 to teach you of these plants. I am also honored that I’ve been asked to be a member of the planning, planting, and maintenance committee of The Garden of the Ages @ Biblical Tamar Park.

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The picture is the camel trough and is amazing to think that thousands of camels would have been watered here at Biblical Tamar. It is even thought that the Queen of Sheba’s “great train” rested at this historical site.

While I want to write more today, I must get on with my day. I have a lot of things to do to prepare for my upcoming journey to Israel, but I want to share one more picture with you.

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These aren’t just “rocks” they are part of the ancient incense road of great importance that is part of Biblical Tamar Park in Israel. I can only tell you that as I walked this ancient trail last fall a whole new aspect of why Precious Oils is associated with Biblical Tamar came to life. I’m writing about the plants, resins, spices and trees that were transported on this ancient trail, some of the cargo may surprise you. I will be highlighting them through my www.ApothecaryMama.com blog over the next few weeks, so stay tuned. 🙂

The Ancient Secrets and The Modern Uses of the Plants of the Bible has been an on-going passion of mine. Honestly, I believe that the Lord “hand-picked” me and took note of my heart over the last 23 years since Precious Oils began. Last year, as Precious Oils began our 24th year, I sensed that the Lord was directing my steps into a special time, and into my (our) future. I pray that those of you who are reading this will join with me in 2015, and beyond as we will continue to bless Israel and educate the generations to come through the Precious Plants and Oils of the Bible.

As I prepare to go to Israel finances are needed for my journey (yes we pay to volunteer), to pay for the extra luggage of the things I take to bless others in Israel as well as finances and volunteers are needed for Biblical Tamar. Here’s how you can help.

Tax deductible giving is possible for Cynthia’s upcoming journeys to Israel. Please make checks out to Liberty Ministries, Inc., memo Israel 2015. Send to Cynthia Hillson, 107 Bradberry Street, Mooresville, NC 28115. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!!

To learn more about Biblical Tamar Park, and how you can be a part, visit their web site www.BlossomingRose.org. Contact them to get on their newsletter mailing. Donations for the projects that will be worked on in Feb 2015 are needed, and welcome. At this time formal donations for the garden development and the trees/plants has not begun.  If anyone wants to volunteer when I am at the Park either in February or in the fall of 2015, opportunity is available to you. Contact Dr. Coxon through the web site or by mail, 4707 Indian Lakes Rd, PO Box X, Cedar Springs, MI 49319 and he will find a place for you to use your gifts and talents at Biblical Tamar.

If you want to surf the web about the park be sure to search “Ancient Haseva (Hatzeva) [Biblical Tamar] in Israel” One other note, on the web, Bible Walks, is a wonderful explanation of what has been uncovered at Biblical Tamar Park. http://www.biblewalks.com/Sites/BiblicalTamar.html. Biblical Tamar Park truly is an amazing place, and I pray that you will one day be able to visit and learn of the past, as well as enjoy the gardens that will soon be planted.

 

Want to hear more about The Garden of the Ages @ Biblical Tamar Park? Cynthia will come to your group to further share the exciting vision of The Garden of the Ages @ Biblical Tamar Park as well as the ancient plants that were transported on the trail. I will be in Texas in March, during Purim, sharing at a Women’s Conference.

With Love,

Apothecary Cynthia Hillson

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The Garden is Over Grown with Weeds

I, Apothecary Cynthia Hillson, would like to address something that I’m witnessing more than ever before concerning the plants of the Bible, and the misinterpretation that the plants were “essential oils”. The plants of the Bible were not essential oils, period! This lie has penetrated the hearts and minds of people who say that they are God-fearing followers of Yeshua, and The Holy Bible. This has me deeply concerned. I pray that as you read this note that you become as alarmed as I am.

 

I’ve read the blogs and the literature from the MLM companies, watched You Tube videos, and I even have friends who have been swept away thinking that their essential oils were the oils of the Bible. Last week I posted on my Face Book page the famous Norman Rockwell painting of gossip. It was in that post that I commented about the shekel and how it was a Biblical weight and how some of the mlm essential oil business people have made it a liquid measure. It is heresy that people who are teaching “Oils of the Bible” classes have once level-headed people making a religion out of this topic. It is of my opinion, and sad-to-say, that the motive behind many who are teaching that the plants of the Bible are essential oils are totally mislead, or there is a driving force of mammon involved. I am boldly saying this and encourage anyone who wants to debate me over the topic of what the oils of the Bible “really” were to contact me and we can further discuss.

Do you know what heresy is?   heresy (n) her·e·sy [ hérrəssee ]

1. unorthodox religious opinion: an opinion or belief that contradicts established religious teaching, especially one that is officially condemned by a religious authority

2. holding of unorthodox religious belief: the holding of, or adherence to, an opinion or belief that contradicts established religious teaching, especially one that is officially condemned by religious authorities

3. unorthodox opinion: an opinion or belief that does not coincide with established or traditional theory, especially in philosophy, science, or politics

 

Let me share the following from Matthew Henry’s Commentary of the Whole Bible and his comments found in   Exodus 30:22-38.

 

“Directions are here given for the composition of the holy anointing oil and the incense that were to be used in the service of the tabernacle; with these God was to be honored, and therefore he would appoint the making of them; for nothing comes to God but what comes from him.

1. The holy anointing oil is here ordered to be made up the ingredients, and their quantities, are prescribed, Exodus 30:23-25. Interpreters are not agreed concerning them; we are sure, in general, they were the best and fittest for the purpose; they must needs be so when the divine wisdom appointed them for the divine honor. It was to be compounded secundum artem – after the art of the apothecary (Exodus 30:25); the spices, which were in all nearly half a hundred weight, were to be infused in the oil, which was to be about five or six quarts, and then strained out, leaving an admirable sweet smell in the oil. With this oil God’s tent and all the furniture of it were to be anointed; it was to be used also in the consecration of the priests, Exodus 30:26-30. It was to be continued throughout their generations, Exodus 30:31. The tradition of the Jews is that this very oil which was prepared by Moses himself lasted till near the captivity. But bishop Patrick shows the great improbability of the tradition, and supposes that it was repeated according to the prescription here, for Solomon was anointed with it (1 King’s 1:39), and some other of the kings; and all the high priests with such a quantity of it that it ran down to the skirts of the garments; and we read of the making up of this ointment (1 Chronicles 9:30): yet all agree that in the second temple there was none of this holy oil, which he supposes was owing to a notion they had that it was not lawful to make it up, Providence overruling that want as a presage of the better unction of the Holy Ghost in gospel times, the variety of whose gifts was typified by these several sweet ingredients. To show the Excellency of Holiness, there was that in the tabernacle which was in the highest degree grateful both to the sight and to the smell. Christ’s name is said to be as ointment poured forth (Song of Songs 1:3), and the good name of Christians better than precious ointment, Ecclesiastes 7:1.

2.The incense which was burned upon the golden altar was prepared of sweet spices likewise, though not so rare and rich as those of which the anointing oil was compounded, Exodus 30:34, Exodus 30:35. This was prepared once a year (the Jews say), a pound for each day of the year, and three pounds over for the Day of Atonement. When it was used, it was to be beaten very small: thus it pleased the Lord to bruise the Redeemer when he offered himself for a sacrifice of a sweet-smelling savor.

3. Concerning both these preparations the same law is here given 1. (Exodus 30:32, Exodus 30:33, Exodus 30:37, and Exodus 30:38), that the like should not be made for any common use. Thus God would preserve in the people’s minds a reverence for his own institutions, and teach us not to profane nor abuse anything whereby God makes himself known, as those did who invented to themselves (for their common entertainments) instruments of music like David, Amos 6:5. It is a great affront to God to jest with sacred things, particularly to make sport with the word and ordinances of God, or to treat them with lightness, Matthew 22:5. That which is God’s peculiar must not be used as a common thing.”

 

This brings me to another important aspect of why I’m addressing the seriousness this subject. The pursuit of selling essential oils as being Biblical isn’t only not correct, but it is often done in a flippant way. (Matthew Henry called it jesting. Take a moment to read Ephesians 5 to know what Paul tells us about jesting.) It is my prayer that my friends who are involved in these companies understand that I am writing this in love. I feel repeating the mlm jargon that the plants of the Bible were essential oils only is extremely misleading.

 

In the Bible The Holiness that is associated with The Holy Oil and The Holy Incense can be read in the Hebrew. When one reads Scripture only in English the essence of what is said is often missed. Please also note that anytime that the Lord repeats a word it is like your parents telling you “What I about to say is important, so listen up.” Then it is our choice to heed their words. In Hebrew, the Holy Anointing Oil and The Holy Incense weren’t only just holy, they are MOST HOLY! You can look this up for yourselves in Exodus 30:29 & 36. Those who are repeating the heresy that the plants named in the Holy Oil & Incense were essential oils aren’t taking into consideration what “holiness” truly is.

My ministry name, Precious Oils was established in 1991 not because of essential oils but for anointing oils and my 3 day experience with the Lord. In my publications I share my love of our modern day convenience found in essential oils that I call a “Garden in a Bottle”. Psalm 133 is the Scripture that is printed on my ministry checks, and it is a song we all sing, hold hands and dance to, then we go back to our belligerence.

 

A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. Psalms 133:1-3

 

It seems that today the lack of unity among God’s people is rampant, and has become fiercely competitive; that includes the warring between companies, and individuals, about essential oils. The lies, and deception that the oils of the Bible were essential oils is preposterous, and even has become implausible. Instead of His plant kingdom, found in a pristine garden that He planted in the very beginning, it has become a bit frightening and the reason for this blog today. I’m afraid that the garden that the Lord desires to have in the future has become vastly overgrown with weeds among Believers. And, I believe that the Lord is about to weed His garden.

 

We enjoy the glimpse of a beautiful garden where the Shulamite gives up what was “her garden” and invites Him to come into “His garden”. (Song of Songs 4.) By the way, are you aware that the Shulamite’s name means peaceful . . . and her name is rooted in Shalom?

 

May there soon be shalom to all who want to enjoy God’s fragrant kingdom with His precious plants that are named in the Bible as well our modern usage of them including, but not limited to, essential oils.

 

Sincerely,

 

Apothecary Cynthia Hillson

 

http://www.TheFragrantBride.com

 

PreciousOils@aol.com

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.

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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.

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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

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