Let’s look into the 1st beauty treatment that Esther received.
“ Before a young woman’s turn came to go in to King Xerxes, she had to complete twelve months of beauty treatments prescribed for the women, six months with oil of myrrh and six with perfumes and cosmetics” (Esther2:12 NIV).
Myrrh is a fragrant resin that is extracted from the bark of the Myrrh tree. The word myrrh is derived from the Arabic word murr, meaning bitter. The oil has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for its special properties. What are these special properties?
• tones and lifts skin, heals and protects skin (against boils, wounds, acne and other skin maladies), fades and heals scars
• eliminates germs (either by burning resin or applying oil topically)
• strengthens gums and hair roots, and contracts muscles, intestines and blood vessels (by firming and toning)
• improves digestion and alleviates gas, abnormal sweating, uneasiness, and indigestion
• promotes regeneration of healthy cells and keeps existing cells and tissues health
• promotes urination to purify the body and reduce bloating
• helps obstructed and delayed menstruation and delays menopause, helps PMS symptoms (pain in the abdominal region, nausea, headache, fatigue, etc.), regulates production of estrogen
• relieves cough and phlegm, bronchitis, and congestion
• relieves body pain, headache, toothache and rise in body temperature (fever) associated with sickness
• strengthens absorption of nutrients in the body
Wow, right? Myrrh is also known as an additive for embalming fluid! Spiritually, the myrrh represents dying out to the old. The Beauty of holiness cleanses us from the residue of the past. We are made new; from the inside out.