Myrtle… today we got news it is back for a limited time. And I HAVE to share this personal experience with those I love.
💧Personal note: In my five years of teaching classes about essential oils one of my favorites is to talk about the oils based in scriptural history. In these live classes we pass each of the 10 bottles around and experience the scent of the plant and the oil. Each time I open the bottle of Myrtle essential oil and breathe the aroma deep into my lungs… I am brought to tears. They are happy, content faith-filled tears… but tears nonetheless. This scent speaks deeply to me.
📖Understanding the historic significance of this oil and NOW knowing how to apply its therapeutic effects to my own life is eye-opening! Truly eye-opening.
Follow me here… here’s a little history and some scriptural background on this one…
To the ancient Jews, the myrtle tree was a symbol of peace and justice as well as a source for a healing oil. In celebration of their freedom from Babylonian captivity and the restoration of the law of Moses, the Jews gathered branches of myrtle (Nehemiah 8:15).
🌿Try to imagine the scent in the streets and in their city as they exuberantly waved the branches, some of the leaves falling to the ground and being crushed under feet… I can only imagine!🌿
What I find intriguing, and I know this shouldn’t be surprising, is the sovereignty of God’s ways. The Hebrew name for Queen Esther was Hadassah which translates as MYRTLE.
I’m not sure how familiar you are with Esther’s role in this – but she was called for a time and place where she would be a key player for the entire Jewish lineage. And the fact that the myrtle tree was a symbol of freedom is PERFECT. Just perfect.
Her name (and her legacy) stood for FREEDOM! And that’s exactly what this scent represents for me. Freedom!
These gifts, found in plants and essential oils are multi-faceted, for the generations and all of humanity… and while I shouldn’t be surprised, I will admit that the mysterious ways of God do show me a bit more of who He is as I study them.
Nehemiah 8:15 – “and that they should proclaim this word and spread it throughout their towns and in Jerusalem: “Go out into the hill country and bring back branches from olive and wild olive trees, and from myrtles, palms and shade trees, to make temporary shelters”—as it is written.”
How to use: Aromatically and/or topically.
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