Symbolism and Spiritual Properties
Galilee 33’s gift baskets contain food products from the holy land, grown by Christian families at the very landscape in which Jesus roamed and taught. Each and every product has a long history of symbolism, as well as medical and spiritual uses.
Wine symbolizes holiness, and since the dawn of history wine was used for religious rituals in many different cultures around the world. One of the first miracles performed by Jesus Christ was when he turned water into wine. Apparently, Jesus himself used to consume wine from time to time. In spite of the common usage of wine in religious rituals, the holy scriptures contain many warnings of the damages of alcohol addiction, as they encourage a moderate usage of wine.
Olives and Olive Oil
Olive oil was considered to have qualities of holiness and singularity, therefore throughout history it was used for crowning of kings and the anointing of the Temple vessels. The kings of Judea and Israel were also anointed in olive oil during their coronations.
The olive, first mentioned in the story of Noah and the flood, is considered as a symbol of peace around the world, and is used for many religious rituals in both Judaism and Christianity.
The Carob tree is one of the most ancient trees in Israel and the Middle East. During the Roman empire era, the use of Carob for agriculture had significantly increased. In addition, carob and olive oil were considered to be the most demanded lucrative crops.
The Carob often symbolizes values such as inter-generational connection, caring for others, tradition, abundance and love.
Hyssop symbolizes purity, simplicity and cleanliness. The hyssop is mentioned many times in the old testament as an important component in religious purification rites. Until this very day, the common belief at the Levant countries is that hyssop contributes to having a clear mind and a strong body.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Sage, Thyme and Chamomile
Sage was considered as a symbol of mental and physical healing, abundance and salvation, since ancient times. Even nowadays, sage is used in many spiritual ceremonies in different parts of the world.
Thyme is considered to be one of the most ancient herbs. In addition to the common usage for treatment of many illnesses and disorders, thyme is considered to be strengthening and stimulating. Both thyme and camomile were used in the ancient world as sedatives and for the treatment of anxiety, insomnia and depression.
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