Now when the turn came for each young woman to go in to King Ahasuerus, after being twelve months under the regulations for the women, since this was the regular period of their beautifying, six months with oil of myrrh and six months with spices and ointments for women--
Almost a year ago, I had the opportunity to speak on this passage in Esther. I have had many ideas tumbling around in my head today that I believe are note worthy. I was searching the Bible for some insight into these thoughts and I remembered this passage. When doing my research for my sharing time I found something that really hit me! Myrrh is often used in eastern medicine for the purpose of cleansing blood, improving circulation, having a beneficial change on the heart liver and spleen. I found it particularly interesting that the virgins were required to complete a 6 month cleansing ritual from the inside out beginning with their circulation and liver! This was before they began the beautifying treatments of cosmetics and perfumes. So how does this relate to now? My point is not to go out and get yourself some Myrrh. As I was washing dishes (Jewel!) and then moved on to shower and get ready for the day. I was noticing the many many many chemicals we add to our lives and I was wondering how those were effecting my detox. I was wondering what else should we be fasting from? Are we, only cleansing partially? I was reminded of a great video a freind had posted awhile ago and thought you'd all enjoy it!
I was feeling a bit like the pharisees that Jesus rebuked for only cleansing half the pot! I have renounced my daily alluminum dose in the form of a deodrant stick. But what about the rest? Just something to consider!
I was also thinking about other things that would support detoxification. Yesterday I expounded upon the benefits of water. Last night Jewel and I had the opportunity to discuss Tea! I have been drinking Yogi peach detox and Jewel has been drinking Traditional Medicinal Detox. I am sure there are others out there I have also been including Licorice tea and warm water with lemon.
I have the amazing blessing of having a massage therapist as a mother in law. She is very knowledgeable on the benefits of aromatherapy and essential oils as well as Lymphatic drainage massage. I received from my wonderful husband the gift of massage for Christmas and look forward to a visit to my mother in law this month. Here is a link with details on what Lymphatic drainage is and how it works. Afetr a discussion of oils with her I will get back to you all!