Beauty rituals and the use of oils have an ancient past, practiced for thousands of years by queens and women of prominence. Egyptians, including the legendary Cleopatra, were passionate about skin care and were considered highly accomplished in specialized beauty treatments. The Biblical queen Esther enjoyed 12 months of beauty treatments in preparation for her crown. The Queen of Sheba, first mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, came to Jerusalem bearing a great abundance of spices, including frankincense (I Kings 10:2, 10; II Chron. 9:1–9, Isaiah 60:6) as a gift to King Solomon. From the Orient to the Romans, to the Middle East, ancient oils were known to improve skin appearance, tone and texture.
Oils definitely have made their (beauty) mark on history, and we can recreate some amazing skin care products simply by using our essential oils and combining them with other effective, natural ingredients.
One such ingredient is raw honey. Raw honey is exactly what it sounds like – honey that is raw, unprocessed, unpasteurized, and straight from the beehive. It’s incredible for skin thanks to its antibacterial properties and hefty serving of skin-saving antioxidants.
Scars and Acne:
It has been used for scars and acne as a treatment, and for prevention. It’s also a beneficial ingredient for those prone to redness.
Anti-Aging and Moisturizing:
Because it’s full of antioxidants, it is great for slowing down the aging process. And w
e can use honey as a Complexion boost due to its deeply moisturizing and soothing benefits.
It’s also clarifying, which means it opens up pores making them easy to unclog. It’s a gentle exfoliator which is useful in ridding the top layer of dead skin cells.
Who used honey?
*The Queen of Egypt in the 14th century BC, Nefertiti commonly used honey in her beauty treatments. Her name means “the beautiful one has come.”
*Cleopatra used honey in her daily beauty rituals to keep her skin smooth and firm. She also added honey to her milk baths.
*Hippocrates the great Greek scientist used honey for baldness, and for the prevention and treatment of scars.
*In the early 18th century, Queen Anne used a secret honey and oil recipe to keep her hair thick and shiny.
*And in Ming Dynasty China, women in the Emperor’s Court used a blend of honey and ground orange seeds to keep their skin fresh and blemish-free.
Raw honey...another God-made gift! Use your oils in combination with honey and other natural ingredients for beautifying remedies that have stood the test of time!
This information is from video #8, Ancient Beauty Secrets in the Oils of the Bible Online Course, and the Ancient Beauty Secrets Recipes handout. https://oilsofthebibleonline.com/oils
Rachel Lee Carter is an alumna of Word of Life Bible Institute in NY. There, she studied Bible Survey and Systematic Theology with an emphasis on evangelism and youth ministry. doTERRA has allowed her to expand her ministry and career to include Oils of the Bible training.