Oils were in use during Biblical days and were mostly used as currency; anyone who had the aroma of aromatic oils was viewed as a rich person. The Women of the Bible loved their oils, using them daily… I have created a list of Women from the Bible, and based on their unique stories, I devised a list of which oils matched which woman. This is what I came up with, as I wrote about them in my book Women of the Bible and their Oils.
Here is the Introduction to my book: Alma
The name Alma represents the femininity and puberty of all women worldwide. The translation of Alma in the bible means “young maiden” and can also be used when talking about nations or worlds. The word world in Hebrew is “Olam” this is the root word of the name Alma and could also be understood as meaning “the world to me” or “my whole world.” Alma in the bible is described as enterprising, courageous, forceful, and wise, reminding us of women such as Sarah, Rivka, Rachel, and Leah, our foremothers, as well as Naomi, Ruth, and Miriam, Moses’s sister and many other women mentioned in the bible are such characters. God compares the word maiden, or virgins, to God Himself as a “youth” with a beloved hold on what is dear, and according to the symbolism, “Almot” the maidens are the nations.
A wife would be brought into her husband’s household to contribute to her fertility. She is a young woman of childbearing age and ready for marriage. Alma, the name representing all young girls metamorphizing into beautiful young women, will now be noticed by men looking for wives able to bear them children.
“A good name is referred to by the expression, “good oil.”
“Because of the fragrance of your goodly oils, your name is ‘oil poured forth.’ Therefore, the maidens loved you.“
(Song of Songs 1:2-3)
In these verses of King Solomon’s love song, Alma is written in the plural, referring to many Alma’s, maidens, and their desire for him. A good name is referred to as “a good oil.” As a nostalgia of sophistication, of men living at the ends of the earth famed to smell of lavish aroma from oils that are constantly being poured, so the fragrant scent wafts forth as is the nature of fragrant oil.
It is said that Jethro came to Israel at the sound of this news of beautiful maidens desiring men, and he converted to Judaism. In the days of the bible, oil was a symbol of wealth, it was used as the main currency for bartering. Oils were imported from great distances, even from as far as Egypt.
Remember, this is a love song and every man’s fantasy, where beautiful young maidens beg that they do not leave her behind, “draw me to you, and we will run after you because I know that you are drawn to me.” So, they say, “We will run after you to be your wife.”
Even older women, who are no longer desirable, are said to sing this song with longing, either in her exile or widowhood. If only King Solomon would kiss me with the kisses of his mouth as of old and not kiss me as he does now, on the back of my hand or on the shoulder. I desire and wish that he behaves toward me as he behaved toward me when we were bride and groom and kissed me on my lips.
Another reference to Alma is the confusion of a husband who suspects his wife of cheating on him. His thoughts are tearing at him, and he is confused. I do not understand how an eagle navigates its way through the sky, how a snake navigates its way onto a flint, how a ship navigates its way through the sea, and how a man navigates his way into the heart of Alma.
“The way of the eagle in the heavens, the way of a serpent on a rock, the way of a ship in the heart of the sea, and the way of a man with a young woman.”
The most famous occurrence of the name Alma in the Bible is in the prophecy of Isaiah, revealing to Ahaz, the king of Judah, a sign to be given in demonstration that the prophet’s promise of God’s protection from his enemies is a true one. The sign is that Alma is pregnant and will give birth to a son who will still be very young when these enemies will be destroyed.
“Therefore, the Lord, of His own, shall give you a sign; behold, the young woman is with child, and she shall bear a son, and she shall call his name Emmanuel.”
The last verse is referring to Isaac’s instant attraction to Rivka when Eliezer brought her to him. As soon as Eliezer saw Rivkah, he knew that her actions proved that she had a kind and generous nature, making her a perfect match for Isaac. Isaac saw her and saw her likeness to his mother, Sarah, and he loved her; he married her and brought her into his mother’s tent.
“Behold, I am standing by the water fountain. When a maiden comes out to draw water, I will say to her, ‘Please, give me a little water to drink from your pitcher.”
All of us live in the reflection of these fascinating Women of the Bible, and we may even ask why they are so special. Beginning at the beginning, we meet Eve, who was created in just one clear day by God. How would that make you feel if you were in her shoes? Suddenly you are a fully grown woman and wife, given the heavy responsibility to populate the entire world. A lot was expected of her, she was created for the sole purpose of being Adam’s wife, to be his companion and his emotional support. She instantly became aware of her desires. And we probably think of Eve as a pious and mature woman. Since she was the template for all women, she probably felt then exactly as you and I feel right now.
All women ever own exactly the same emotions so you will identify with the women written about in this book. Their experiences in their relationships with their husbands and the trials of their lives will be exactly like ours. Even though these women were prophetesses and mothers of humanity, it is amazing to see how they had the same dramas in their lives. They have sagas with loving but tactless husbands jealous rival wives when men like king David married many wives, and women had to deal with the emotions of being not the favorite wife, or if she was, then her desperation to maintain her “main wife” status. Why did Sarah, our barren matriarchs, seek the recognition of motherhood through her surrogate handmaiden Hagar, which ended up being a solution that brought more grief than honor.
I have compiled the stories of the lives of thirty women. In this book, you will get to look into the human qualities of all the women written about, we will bring them back to life and feel their joys and sorrows in real time.
“I will plant in the wilderness the acacia tree, and the myrtle and the Etz Shemen “Oil Tree” I will set in the Arava cypress, maple, and box tree together.”
Alma’s oil is Hibiscus
Hibiscus is an herbal plant as well as a woody shrub and grows in warm countries such as Israel. Its flowers are large and trumpet-like and grow in many beautiful colors ranging from white, pink, red, orange, peach, yellow, and purple. Flowers are used for making tea because of their sweet taste and aroma. The Hibiscus is known in the Bible as the Rose of Sharon, and in Hebrew, it is called “Havatzelet Hasharon” and is the theme of a love song written by King Solomon, also known as the Song of Solomon.
The Alma written in the song is fresh, flirty, and young, the ultimate fantasy of King Solomon. Solomon adored women and could not get enough of them. Young women with their whole lives ahead of them would fantasize about the king, dreaming of his stolen kisses in the night. In biblical days girls would get married at a much younger age, sexuality was more open, and both women and men would express their desires openly. As women got older and more mature and grew into a woman of age, she still had the same desire she had as a young maiden. As we see with our matriarch Sarah, who was still attractive and desirable at age sixty. May all the Almas of all ages in this world accomplish to live a joyful and happy life always.
“The blossoms have appeared in the land, the time of singing has arrived, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.”
(Song of Songs 2:12)
Now check out who you identify with and design your own special aroma. The choice is yours!
Alma – Hibiscus
Eve – Litsea Cubeba
Sarah – Cedarwood
Hagar – Red Thyme
Rivkah – Sandalwood
Rachel – Juniper
Leah – Jasmine
Tamar J – Patchouli
Dinah – Helichrysum
Yoheved – Vetiver (lemongrass)
Miriam – Orange
Ziporah – Frankincense
Rachav – Acacia
Naomi – Marigold
Ruth – Anise Star
Devorah – Pine
Yael – Rosewood
Hannah – Lavender
Peninah – Hyssop (Sweet Marjoram)
Delilah – Wormwood
Nitzevet – Myrrh
Michal – Clove
Avital – Rose
Abigail – Cinnamon
Tamar D – Lemon Balm
Jezebel – Rosemary
Athaliah – Galbanum
Shunamit – Clary sage
Huldah – Chamomile
Esther – Myrtle