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We offer the highest quality essential oils from growers throughout the world and have recently obtained a variety of exceptional quality essential oils from Israel.

Be sure to go to my blog to read about the Ketoret, The Holy Incense. I'll be sharing many facets of the spices that were used in the Ketoret in an upcoming video series that will include mini-teachings and an oil set where you will learn about the botanicals used in the Ketoret as well as history, medicinal uses today and the symbolic meanings of the ingredients used in Ketoret, The Holy Incense. Prayer for this project is greatly appreciated.

Ketoret ~ The Holy Incense of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness
by Apothecary Cynthia Hillson

 Here is the introduction to Ketoret:
The Holy Incense of The Tabernacle in the Wilderness. Published by
Apothecary Cynthia Hillson.

First published Summer 2009 at the Yom Teruah Celebration, Hickory, NC.

Dear Friends,

How does one begin to explain the journey with the Holy Spirit since the establishment of Precious Oils Up On the Hill on May 1, 1991? Surely, even I, Apothecary Cynthia Hillson, is unable to explain how I am continually led to share more about this ministry through products, writings and lectures all centered around true Biblical fragrances. I do know that The Holy Spirit doesn’t need an explanation . . .  He is  . . . Who He is . . . And He is Perfect.

Over the last 20+ years I often wanted to write everything and begin to distribute the insights from His Word and the incredible natural fragrances all at once. But as everyone who is on their own journey with Our Beloved we must remind ourselves with this Scripture.

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven."
     Ecclesiastes 3:1  

As I pondered this Scripture I found the Holy Spirit amazing in the timing of the unveiling of my Ketoret teaching. But first a little background of why I wrote Ketoret.

In 2008 I published two books: Precious Oils ~ A Study of the Fragrances of the Bible and The Precious Oils of the Bible: Ancient Secrets ~ Modern Uses. I had just returned home from Israel  where I had spent a lot of time in the botanical gardens of Israel as well as the Temple Mount and The Temple Institute. Upon my return home I wrote those books as it was at this time I knew that the next few months, and years, would continue to reveal His purpose of this ministry of connecting Biblical botanicals with words and pure essential oils from Israel and around the world. 

My love for Ketoret, The Holy Incense, actually began thirteen years ago in September 1999 during my first journey to Israel. As I sat in
The Temple Institute in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel, the message of Ketoret was planted in my heart. Fascinated with the jars of botanicals on display I wanted to open them up and smell the ingredients of the Holy Incense. I took my notepad and jotted down the ingredients. When I got home I began to do an in-depth study of them knowing that there had to be some "Ancient Secrets" held within the Holy Incense and Holy Oil recipes given to Moses in Exodus 30. I also knew that one day these messages needed to be published and shared. At this time we are expounding on The Ancient Secrets of the Ketoret.

I gathered all of the ingredients for the Ketoret using pure essential oils from around the world, except for the mysterious onchya that still to this day is not identifiable. Today, the common substitution for the claw-like botanical onchya is cloves. I blended a small bottle of the oil and let it rest for two weeks just as an Apothecary would do when blending a fine perfume.

Every few days I would shake the bottle but did not open it, although it was hard for me not to want to take the lid off to take a small whiff of the precious ointment. I anxiously waited for the day for me to open the special fragrance. After crossing off each day on the calendar, the day finally arrived. I could hardly wait to open the bottle. I was nearly shaking in excitement. I applied a drop to a tissue and inhaled the deep, balsamic and earthy fragrance. It filled my nostrils and spirit. And in reality it was quite a pleasant aroma that took on its own character as the day progressed. I believe the aroma was reminiscent of fragrances found in ancient perfumery . . . earthy, balsamic, camphoric, and very potent. It only takes a drop on a tissue and a few minutes to reflect on the Creator of the universe to experience the deep spiritual significance especially when one considers how rare the ingredients were in the days of old. Today we have the luxury of these precious botanicals. 

I knew I had to share the fragrance. A few weeks later I began to give it to anyone who purchased a shofar from me calling it “Shofar Oil” so they could anoint their horns with the fragrance. Then the reports began to come of  amazing things that would begin to happen to those who received the little vials of shofar oil. One such was a church in Charleston, SC that had a move of the Holy Spirit each time they would use this holy oil and is a story in itself. 

Since that time I began to share the Ketoret to a select few and have had the pleasure of meeting many of you at conferences around the country. Some of you have been given a sample for your own personal time with the Lord. Honestly, with the stories that I've been told through the years, it is like the Lord Himself is waiting in the little vial. When it gets opened, incredible holiness and worship often begins. I admit, in the beginning  I was hesitant to blend the Ketoret using essential oils but once I sat at my Apothecary Table and committed my hands and the oil to the work of the ministry  I had the shalom of God permeate by office. Then, a second witness was released to me a few years ago. A special blessing was given by the Rabbi who oversees the work at The Temple Institute in Jerusalem, Israel. He stated that it is permissible to blend the Ketoret with pure, therapeutic grade essential oils for educational purposes. Hallelujah Glory, that is what my ministry is all about . . . to bring you into an aromatic experience with the Creator of the Universe with His Biblical botanicals found in today's essential oils.

When I wrote Precious Oils ~ A Study of the Fragrances of the Bible I included three vignettes: The Holy Oil, The Holy Incense and The Garden. (A vignette is a short writing using the symbolism of the words.)  One of the deeper elements of the Creator of the Universe is found in the symbolic meanings of words. The continued unveiling of His purpose found in the vignettes continues to amaze me.

Ketoret is part of Precious Oils Up On the Hill's Kedum Yawsed TM teachings. (Hebrew for Ancient Secrets.)  In it I begin the study with the King James Version of the Holy Incense ingredients and the vignette I first published in Precious Oils ~ A Study of the Fragrances of the Bible.  To reflect on the five ingredients found in the KJV is important so you can understand the basics before exploring the expanded vignette of the 11 ingredients found in the Holy Incense recipe found in the Siddur, the Jewish Prayer book. But, before we begin this study of Ketoret, we need to look back at our Scripture found in Ecclesiastes 3:1 and the word “purpose”.

Strong’s word H2656   #px   chphets  khay'-fets    From H2654; pleasure; hence (abstractly) desire; concretely a valuable thing; hence (by extension) a matter (as something in mind): - acceptable, delight (-some), desire, things desired, matter, pleasant (-ure), purpose, willingly.

Using a little “Precious Oils” language the Scripture would say:

There is an appointed occasion, and a time, to every pleasure under the heaven.
                           Ecclesiastes 3:1

Ketoret was such a “pleasurable” experience for the Priests that a daily lot was taken to be able to perform the duty and then you only got to do it once in your lifetime. The ultimate was on the day of Yom Kippur where the High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies and present the incense to the King while in the Shekinah Glory found in the Ark of the Testimony.

We include a small vial of Ketoret with each Ketoret teaching.  It contains a fragrant blend of the highest quality pure essential oils, absolutes and attars. Please use a small amount at a time enjoying Our Beloved as you worship Him in Spirit and Truth.

Fragrantly Yours,

Apothecary Cynthia Hillson

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Picture is from a store in Oman. The bins are full of frankincense. Wow, wouldn't that be an awesome adventure?



I first wrote the following in my book
Precious Oils A Study of the Fragrances of the Bible in Spring 2008.  You will also find it in the beginning of Ketoret, The Holy Incense of The Tabernacle in the Wilderness. As I continue in the ministry of being a Modern-Day Biblical Apothecary a question continues to be asked in reference to the probation and usage of Holy Anointing Oil and Incense. I understand the controversy in this subject. I also pray as you read this portion of my book that you gain understanding of what I believe to be today's proper use and the Holy reverence of them. As the restoration of all things continues, this is an exciting  season to be alive! It is our earnest expectiation that The King of Glory will take up His Throne in Jerusalem very soon.


Apothecary Cynthia Hillson


And the LORD said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; these sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like weight: And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure and holy: And thou shalt beat some of it very small, and put of it before the testimony in the tabernacle of the congregation, where I will meet with thee: it shall be unto you most holy. And as for the perfume which thou shalt make, ye shall not make to yourselves according to the composition thereof: it shall be unto thee holy for the LORD. Whosoever shall make like unto that, to smell thereto, shall even be cut off from his people.      Exodus 30:34-38

The detailed directions for the composite blends of the  Holy Anointing Oil and Pure Incense, use in the tabernacle, the appointment of who was to blend and use them brought honor to the Holy One. It still does to this day.

Beginning not with the ingredients and blending but with the prohibitions of usage, how the priests obtained the ingredients, and who the priests were is a first and a “must” in this study. The words are weighty in everything involved within the tabernacle, including the oil and incense.

It was during the first forty days and nights in the midst of the cloud Moses was given instruction from God.

Moreover the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that gives it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering. And this is the offering which ye shall take of them; gold, and silver, and brass, And blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair, And rams' skins dyed red, and badgers' skins, and shittim wood, Oil for the light, spices for anointing oil, and for sweet incense, Onyx stones, and stones to be set in the ephod, and in the breastplate. And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.  Exodus 25:1-8

Everything for the building and use of the sanctuary came from willing hearts. It was from a people who said “We will do and be obedient to what the Lord had spoken.”  It was an honor to bring everything needed. Later in Exodus 35 and 36:1-7 we find how the contributions of skilled labor, furnishings, fabrics, stones, spices and oil were given to the point that Moses had to tell them to stop bringing their cheerful giving of offerings. Please note that it wasn’t in the tithe where the overflow occurred or the necessity for the completion of the tabernacle and everything in it. It was the willing hearts of God’s people in the offerings.

Take thou also unto thee principal spices
. . .  after the art of the apothecary:

The Holy Anointing Oil was to be blended by an apothecary—one who blends and compounds perfumes. Biblical apothecaries was a duty of  priests and their families.

There are warnings given from the Lord concerning the oil and incense. Expounding upon them is necessary.

Scripture says that both are holy. The oil was not to be
poured on men’s flesh and the incense was not to be compounded for it’s smell (pleasing to the flesh). Neither was to be used as a perfume for the body.

Now, not to get complicated but to enlighten  those who preach that end-time apothecaries (such as the author of this book) will be “cut-off” or die. This is not the heart of God when it comes to anointing oils and incense. Let’s look closer.

Holy are both the oil and the incense as they are brought as a set-a part offering for sanctification and consecration. The instructions for divine purpose and the ministry of worship to the Lord, His set-apart vessels, instruments and people is important as we discuss this topic.  The same is true today. If you are ministering to the flesh and soul of a person, the common and worldly ways of man, then do not use these holy offerings. The Scripture says unto me throughout your generations. If you are using the compounded elements as love and devotion, service of the tabernacle and the things contained within and your desire to please the Lord with your spirit, please continue with reverence and fear knowing that we should never minister to the flesh (carnality), but only to the spirit of those who need ministry. More brokenness of heart has happened to Saints because of wrong ministry. It is time for healing and spirit to spirit ministry. In Romans 8, Paul helps us gain insight.

That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.              Romans 8:4-10

Today’s usage of anointing oils and incense for consecration and worship is something that needs to be brought into the sanctuary of our lives. The use of the fragrant botanicals is a Priestly function and is Holy unto the Lord.

God was precise in the instructions that he gave Moses even before the work began as he was with God for 40 days and nights getting the “how-to’s” in the heavenly vision before the natural. On May 1, 1991, that’s what happened to me, but only for 3 days. I was given instructions to be an apothecary for the Bride.  This study is a portion of that “call”.


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