Dr. Berkowsky’s Synthesis Materia Medica Spiritualis of Essential Oils is the central reference text for Spiritual PhytoEssencing™ in which each of the essential oils is profiled with respect to their inner soul-nature. He utilizes knowledge from a number of different modalities and schools of thought to base his information on including Historical Use and Folklore; Herbal; Aromatherapy; Anthroposophy; Traditional Chinese Medicine; Homeopathy and the Jewish Kabbalah. His information is further based on the homeopathic concept of Miasms; the Anthroposophical concepts of the Three Fold Organism and Constitutional Elements of humans and the Kabbalah Tree of Life and its 10 Sefirot. Today I am highlighting the next sefirah, Yesod.

In her book, Kabbalah of Prayer, Shulamit Elson says  “Yesod (The All) is the earthly seat of sexual desire and a wellspring of vital power.  Visualized in the genital area of Adam Kadmon, it is also the location through which new souls enter the world.  Yesod, therefore, is a holy place, since the procreative power given to men and women is a direct function of God’s own creative power.  Yesod is called the All because its primary function is to act as a funnel for the all-encompassing life force of creation after it cascades through the first eight Sefirot on its journey from Keter to Malkut.  In this way, Yesod is the connector between heaven and earth and is therefore also called Foundation.  Yesod is also associated with righteousness.”

Yesod ensures that one is grounded in reality.  It has the attributes of connecting and binding and, by balancing Netzach and Hod, integrates assertion and the will to move forward with judicious caution.

Yesod is associated with Connecting and Binding, the Sixth Day of Creation, the Moon, the astrological sign of Cancer (Jun 22 – Jul 22) and the Archangel Gabriel. The oils I will highlight today are Cinnamon, Juniper Berry, and Vetiver.


Psychologically cinnamon leaf has aphrodisiac, warming and stimulating properties and can be used for mental fatigue, lack of concentration, emotional coldness, and fear.  It is thought that it stimulates and refreshes the mind and eases tension. On the

On the physiological level cinnamon leaf has analgesic, antispasmodic, antiseptic, emmenagogue, stimulating and warming properties and can be used for the relief of respiratory infections, sore throats, and bad coughs, as well as rheumatism and gout pains.  Cinnamon leaf is also thought to be helpful with digestive complaints.  The oil can also be diffused as a fumigant during infectious illness. On a

On a subtle level, Cinnamon helps to liberate, freeing and purifying everything in its path.  It supports the transformation of enslavement into abundance and freedom, while it strengthens in general.  Use of Cinnamon can help to increase psychic abilities as well as help one to recover memories.  Cinnamon invites prosperity into one’s life.  It can be used to increase money and awareness.  Cinnamon can help transform sorrow into happiness.

Cautions: Cinnamon Bark oil should not be used at all on the skin.  Cinnamon leaf oil is relatively non-toxic however great care should still be taken with regards to exposing the skin or mucous membranes to this oil.

Spiritual PhytoEssencing Themes:  Many of the ancients believed that cinnamon was a gift from heaven, difficult to obtain and precious, which gives cinnamon the themes of being difficult to obtain and being precious.


Juniper Berry

Psychologically, Juniper has aphrodisiac and relaxing properties.  It is useful for helping to reduce anxiety, insomnia, depression and jet lag.  Juniper is also thought to strengthen and clear away negative energy. On the

On the physiological level, Juniper Berry has analgesic, diuretic, antispasmodic properties.  It can be considered in cases of acne, dermatitis and weeping eczema.   It may also be helpful when cellulite and water retention are a problem because of its diuretic properties.  Its analgesic and antispasmodic properties make it useful for muscle aches and pains.  On a

On a subtle level, Juniper aids in strengthening spiritual will.  Juniper clears and cleanses a room of negative energies.  It also protects against negative influences.  Juniper Berry clears energetic blockages, as well it will cleanse and detoxifies the subtle bodies.  It aids in strengthening will power and eases fear of failure.  It restores confidence and increases self-worth.  Juniper dispels mental stagnation and assists clairvoyance if used for the right reasons.  Juniper Berry promotes inner vision and wisdom.  It helps us to connect and act from our highest ideals, and it can bring enlightenment.  Because of its great cleansing ability, it can be used to help clear away feelings of uncleanliness (in particular rape) due to past actions, whether done by, or to, the individual.

Cautions: Avoid in pregnancy.  Prolonged use can damage kidneys.  On skin non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing.

Spiritual PhytoEssencing Themes: Juniper Berry is a major grief remedy for individuals who withdraw after the death of a loved one.  .Juniper is a purifier on both a physical and emotional level.  Juniper may aid in clearing negative energy and restoring objectivity.
It is helpful in overcoming the effects of emotional violence and in reducing obsessions and addictions.



Psychologically, vetiver has calming, sedative and tonic properties.  It can help be helpful for depression, insomnia, nervous tension, stress related disorders, mental and physical exhaustion.  It is very grounding and useful for feelings of lightheadedness.

On the physiological level, it can be used for acne, cuts, oily skin, irritated wounds, infections & inflammations as well as arthritis, muscle aches, pains, sprains & stiffness, rheumatism.  It is thought to aid impotence & frigidity.

On a subtle level, Vetiver grounds and attunes one to the earth.  Vetiver helps to clear and cleanse a room.  Brings in positive energy and can be used to protect the auric field.  Grounding and centering, as well as protective against being over-sensitive. Vetiver can promote strength and a deep sense of belonging.  It may aid in attaining wisdom and spiritual calmness.  Vetiver can help one to develop positive self-esteem.  Very helpful to those who feel like they are a psychic sponge or those who feel too sensitive to outside forces.  Vetiver is considered to be a money scent, so use it to anoint cash before spending.

Cautions: Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic.

Spiritual PhytoEssencing Themes: The themes of estrangement and darkness are central to Vetiver.
It is useful when there is an inability to share even if one wants to.



Sephirah in the Kabbalah Tree of Life