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Apothecary Mama Intro


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Apothecary Mama is the teaching ministry of Cynthia Hillson where she shares her love of the plants of the Bible through workshops, books and products.

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Apothecary Mama Intro

  1. 1. Who is Apothecary Mama? Intro to Apothecary Mama Blog
  2. 2. Apothecary Mama is the ministry of Cynthia Hillson, Author, Speaker and Apothecary of Precious Oils Up On the Hill®. Precious Oils Up On the Hill® is a US registered trademark. Tax deductible giving is available. E-mail Cynthia at for more information how you can be a part of our growing and educational ministry of the plants of the Bible.
  3. 3. Cynthia is a Modern Day Apothecary who teaches about Biblical fragrances for personal delight, physical health, and spiritual growth. She brings the plants and fragrances written in the Bible to life through her books, workshops and products.
  4. 4. Cynthia has been married to David for 34 years. They are the parents of six children and grandparents of five. Picture was taken before #5 grandbaby arrived in 2014.
  5. 5. Precious Oils Up On the Hill® is the ministry Cynthia began in 1991 after a three-day encounter with the Holy Spirit where she was instructed to “anoint the nations” and “prepare the Bride”.
  6. 6. Cynthia lovingly calls her books and workshops a “Show and Smell” ministry where she shows shows you Scripture and gives insight of the ancient secrets of the Biblical plants.
  7. 7. Other fun facts that adds “spice” to Cynthia’s workshops is her knowledge of the ancient spice and incense trails, symbolism, and Hebrew pictographs of the plants.
  8. 8. Cynthia believes that hand-in- hand, the ancient secrets of the plants named in the Bible, and our modern uses of them, is not only amazing, but is important in the days that we live.
  9. 9. Apothecary Mama, Cynthia loves to study and often can be found in her library engulfed in the many plant books that she has acquired. Her studies are enhanced as she embraces Biblical plants through pure, essential oils, teas and tinctures.
  10. 10. Cynthia’s library includes new and old books that includes famous herbalists, botanists and aromatherapist’s. In March 2014, Cynthia studied at the library located at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel. She is excited to share some of the facts about plants that she gleaned during this time of study.
  11. 11. In addition, Cynthia has traveled 28 times to Israel. Her experiences are inspirational as she is able to share Jewish insight to Biblical and other plants that grew, and are growing in Israel today.
  12. 12. Cynthia incorporates the modern marvel of essential oils in her books sharing healing properties of the plants and how to properly administer essential oils to your family. In Cynthia’s workshops attendees experience the plants of the Bible using pure, essential oils as a way to connect with the plants that are found in the stories of the Bible.
  13. 13. Cynthia believes it is important to note that most Biblical plants are shrouded in mystery and very few plants that are named in the Bible can be identified correctly. Many people have given their opinions but the mysteries remain.
  14. 14. Cynthia firmly believes that those who desire to learn the history of Biblical plants know that essential oils were not produced at the time the Bible was written.
  15. 15. The Oils of the Bible were infused oils. Distillation wasn’t discovered until around the 11th century, and even at that time it was a crude process unlike our modern distillation process.
  16. 16. Apothecary Mama’s Mission Statement To teach the plants of the Bible Scripture, history, ancient uses (including folklore and legends), Hebrew and Jewish understanding of the manners and customs of the Bible and modern uses of essential oils using safe and ethical aromatherapy practices.
  17. 17. Apothecary Cynthia Hillson is the author of the following books:
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  23. 23. The Healing Leaves Seminar will be held late 2014 in Charlotte, NC. Details will be posted on Cynthia’s web sites, blogs and Facebook. Please add your name to our list to contact once details are established for this seminar. E-mail Please memo The Healing Leaves Seminar ~ Charlotte.
  24. 24. Other Fun Facts about Apothecary Mama In 1989 Cynthia began making herbal creations using fresh and dried herbs and her new found love of pure essential oils. She sold potpourris and tussie mussie’s, fresh herbs, infused oils and vinegars and a variety of spice and salad dressing mixes at a local farmer’s market in Wisconsin. She also sold freshly baked breads and cinnamon rolls from wheat she ground fresh.
  25. 25. In 1991, Cynthia became a Food and Nutrition Master with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service. Part of the program was to give back to the community by answering phones during the busy canning season and holidays when people needed to know how to safely process their canned goods or cook their turkeys and in need of other holiday cooking tips. Cynthia lectured to community groups with her thrifty shopping and cooking skills as well as sharing the practical knowledge she learned in the Food & Nutrition Master program.
  26. 26. Home Economist, Carolyn Leonard and Cynthia were answering phone calls the day before Thanksgiving. During a break they entered into a conversation where Cynthia began to share her strategies of feeding her family. Carolyn sensed that the Home Economic and life skills that Cynthia lived needed to be shared with others. Carolyn encouraged Cynthia to write a book to share her knowledge on feeding her family nutritionally well on a budget.
  27. 27. Cynthia hesitated and said “Some day I will write a book and I will call it How to Feed Your Family on $45 A Week”. A few weeks later Carolyn called asking how the book was coming along. It wasn’t, but she promised Carolyn she would. Over the next few months Cynthia found time to sit at her typewriter and write her strategies. Carolyn looked over the rough draft and told her two things; keep the sentences short and teach from experience. This was the first of Cynthia’s books self-published from 1992 to 1999.
  28. 28. We’re sorry, but these books are no longer available. You may find them at used book stores, or in a library. How to Feed Your Family on $45.00 a Week: A Common Sense Guide to Feeding Your Family for Less. (Inflation hit and we republished with more recipes under the title How to Feed Your Family on $88 a Week) Thriving On Thrift; Re-Discovering the Basic’s in the the 90’s (This began as a newsletter with the step-by-step instructions and then a book on its own.) The 24-Week Pantry The Y2K Pantry: How to Feed Your Family “If” the “What-If’s” Happen
  29. 29. Cynthia and her thrifty tips attracted media attention including: The Charlotte Observer (feature articles in July 1992 1992 and January 1999). Other newspapers included The Sacramento Bee, The Chicago Tribune, The Tulsa Tulsa World and many others nationwide. The whole family of 8 was flown to New York by the Phil Donahue show in 1993. Cynthia appeared on Food Network’s Feeding Your Family on $99 a Week with Michelle Urvater. Cynthia also was featured twice in Family Circle® and Women’s Day® magazines as well as numerous other publications.
  30. 30. In 2013, Cynthia and her husband, David, began a spice company, Bernice’s Spice Shop specializing in unique spice blends and rubs. They sell locally at the Farmer’s Market and at events throughout North Carolina.
  31. 31. Like Cynthia on Facebook Oils Cynthia Hillson is her general FB page Cynthia’s other FB pages include: Precious Oils Precious Oils Apothecary Shoppe Apothecary Mama Bernice’s Tea And Spice
  32. 32. Blogs This blog contains the Hebrew pictorial of Biblical plants and info on Cynthia’s essential oil line, Shemen Tova
  33. 33. Web Sites And a few others that need to be updated.
  34. 34. E-mail General ~ The Healing Leaves Seminar ~ Desert Garden Project in Israel
  35. 35. Have you dreamed of learning more about the plants of the Bible? Join Cynthia in March 2015 for a Fragrant Bride journey to Israel. Details will be posted on her web sites, blogs and Facebook pages.
  36. 36. New Books Coming late 2014 & early 2015 The Healing Rose The Rest of the Story of Esther’s Purification Oils & Ailments How to Use Ancient Plants with Today’s Essential Oils for Healing
  37. 37. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO WANT TO KNOW MORE OF THE PLANTS OF THE BIBLE, THEIR ANCIENT SECRETS AND THE MODERN USES OF SIMILAR PLANTS. You are free to share my teachings with others, but please note that each teaching is copyrighted. All Rights Reserved ~ Cynthia Hillson Precious Oils Up On The Hill® 10 July 2014