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.

Ketoret Book Cover

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Shemen Tova ~ Your Garden in a Bottle

 

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Shemen Tova Oils will be available Summer 2014

Shemen Tova™ is Hebrew for “good or precious oil”. Our goal is to provide the highest quality essential oils, carrier (fixed) oils and other natural products for your health and pleasure. Many of our products are organic or wild-crafted. Shemen Tova oils are of the highest quality; pure and therapeutic. We source many of our products from boutique growers from around the world. Shemen Tova is delighted to offer a few of our essential oils from Israel, a country and a people we support.

 

Shemen is Hebrew for Oil; Tova is good. In the Strong’s Concordance we find these entries that explain the beauty, richness and quality of our essential oils.

SHEMEN

H8081  שׁמן   shemen  (sheh’-men)

From H8080; grease, especially liquid (as from the olive, often perfumed); figuratively richness: – anointing, X fat (things), X fruitful, oil ([-ed]), ointment, olive, + pine.

H8080     שׁמן    shâman    (shaw-man’)

A primitive root; to shine, that is, (by analogy) be (causatively make) oily or gross: – become (make, wax) fat.

TOVA (In Hebrew the v and the b are the same letter)

H2896  טוב   tôb   tobe

From H2895; good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun, both in the masculine and the feminine, the singular and the plural (good, a good or good thing, a good man or woman; the good, goods or good things, good men or women), also as an adverb (well): – beautiful, best, better, bountiful, cheerful, at ease, X fair (word), (be in) favour, fine, glad, good (deed, -lier, liest, -ly, -ness, -s), graciously, joyful, kindly, kindness, liketh (best), loving, merry, X most, pleasant, + pleaseth, pleasure, precious, prosperity, ready, sweet, wealth, welfare, (be) well ([-favoured]).

H2895    טוב   tôb    tobe

A primitive root, to be (transitively do or make) good (or well) in the widest sense: – be (do) better, cheer, be (do, seem) good, (make), goodly, X please, (be, do, go, play) well.

 

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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

 

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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

The Healing Rose ~ Cover

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.

my desk rose

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

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 DEFINED

  • 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 PreciousOils@aol.com. Tentative dates (2011) are October 9th to 20th.

In His Service,

Cynthia Hillson

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