Mary Magdalene, the perfumer

Mary Magdalene anoints Jesus'feet

This excellent Madeleine was his perfumer, the job she exercised all her life, always having perfumes with her to anoint her divine Master. On the day of her conversion she wore precious ointment with which she embalmed him; when she went to find him at the supper that took place after the resurrection of Lazarus, it was with her vase of perfume, and at the Savior’s burial, she was still carrying it. In short, through everything and always she has performed the office of perfumer, Our Lord having chosen her for that.” Saint Francis de Sales (1622)- Mary Magdalene, the perfumer

Why Mary Magdalene, the perfumer ?

She is called “Mary Magdalene, the perfumer” because she used scented oils twice on Jesus’ body, once on his feet and once on his head. These anointing had different meanings.
Anointing the feet of Jesus with this perfume is a gesture of humility.
While the perfume spread on his forehead anticipates the burial of Jesus (Jn 12). By this act, she announces his death.

“And the house is filled with the smell of this perfume,” says the Gospel of John.

And here, I can not help but think of the discovery of the relics of Mary Magdalene in the crypt of the basilica. When they opened the tomb; immediately a wonderful smell escaped. And so, the public thinks that the body they saw was the treasure they were looking for.
Bernard Gui, one of the witnesses wrote: “There was a smell of perfume as if we had opened a store of the most aromatic essences.”
This perfume is the first characteristic sign of the discovery of a holy body, and such was the thought of those present.

Mary Magdalene's jar of perfume
Magdalene’s jar of perfume

Mary Magdalene, the myrhophore

In Palestine, Mary Magdalene was part of the very closed group of the Myrhophore women with the 2 other Marie (Salomé, Jacobé) and Jeanne.
On Easter Day, early in the morning, Mary and the myrhophoric women (literaly “who carry the myrrh”) went to the tomb to properly perform the funeral rites. They wanted to give the last care to the body of Jesus. It was not customary for the Hebrews to embalm the dead, at least for conservation reasons. But the Jewish custom was to prepare the body of the deceased with herbs and fragrant oils.
At his death, the body of Christ was embalmed with a preparation of myrrh. Aromas played a particularly important role in Hebrew rites.

Mary Magdalene anointing Jesus after his death
Mary Magdalene anointing Jesus after his descent of the cross

The recipe of the sacred oil

In the book of Exodus, the recipe for the first of these very specific scents is given:
“Get yourself some top quality aromatics too: fluid myrrh, five hundred shekels; aromatic cinnamon, half or two hundred and fifty; aromatic reed, two hundred and fifty; from the breakage, five hundred, in shekels of the sanctuary, with a hîn of olive oil. “(Exodus 30.23-24)
The recipe for a second perfume follows, a solid mixture to burn on the altar:
“Get yourself some scented essences: storax, amber, scented galbanum, pure incense, in equal parts. You will make it a mixed perfume, the work of a perfumer, salty, pure, sacred ”. (Exodus 30.34-35).
The Hebrew called the incense “the staircase of paradise”. We find it 118 times in the Bible, including 113 times in the Old Testament. However, cinnamon, acanthus, myrrh, spikenard, aloe, saffron or fragrant reed are also mentioned.
They have one thing in common: their hypnotic strength, their ability to change perceptions and consciousness. They re-verticalize and are very soothing.

On her arrival in Provence, Mary Magdalene will transmit to the Druids the secret and mysterious use and language of flowers, plants, roots and resins and all her knowledge on the virtues of plants.
Called “the bearer of the anointing,” or “Mary Magdalene, the perfumer”, she will initiate them into the knowledge of the anointing.

Healing with the soul of plants…

I undertook my aromatherapy training to try to understand what Mary Magdalene transmitted when she used plants and oils. As soon as I find a plant in a story, in a mythology, in legends, I look for the symbolism behind it, I try to feel it. To get to know them better, it is spiritual practices and meditation that allow me to feel their soul the most.
I have worked with essential oils for a very long time. We can limit ourselves completely to the biochemical aspect of the plant, but it is depriving ourselves of the full potential of its energetic properties. Because plants not only heal our physical body but thanks to their vibratory side, they also have an action on our psycho-emotional and spiritual state, on our subtle bodies and their energy centers which are the chakras.
This is what I suggest you discover with this perfume workshop. I invite you to discover essential oils and energy aromatherapy.

Agenda : Saturday, June,12 at 6.00PM CET- 12.00PM EDT- 9.00AM PDT
Duration : 2 hours – In English – Limited number of places
Program :

Special focus on the most sacred essences used by Mary Magdalene:
– frankincense
– myrrh

Price :

  • €20 – Including the recording version available after the course with a private link
  • Get a 10% discount for a private Consultation / assessment on the balance of your chakras. Personalized advice to maintain the balance of your chakras on a daily basis through the use of essential oils.

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