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, Malkhut.

Malkhut is the receptacle for the gathered forces of Yesod.  It is the Sefirah of the world of phenomena and earthly being, the physical palace of God.  In its highest manifestation, it is the Creator’s Presence, exhibiting itself to us as the female aspect known as the Shekhinah.  It has the attributes of Sovereignty and Kingdom and is associated with the female Reproductive organs, the Lower Mother, the Seventh Day of Creation, the Moon and the Desire to Receive.

In her book, Kabbalah of Prayer, Shulamit Elson says  “Malkhut is the mirror of Keter, a place where the glory of the Creator, the purely spiritual and ineffable, is received and projected as the material manifestation of reality and then reflected back to Keter itself.  While Keter sits above the head of Adam Kadmon, Malkhut lies just beneath the torso.”

Malkhut is the gateway through which the Or Ein Sof, originating in the Infinite and shaped by the higher Sefirot, flowers from the hidden, inner-realm of pure potential into the outer, material world.  Malkhut not only sustains us in the material world but serves as the point of embarkation for ascent to the non-material realm of unitary and enlightenment.

The light which emanates from Malkhut is reflected light, which is one of the reasons why it is associated with the moon.  For this reason, it is portrayed in images of privation and darkness.  Malkhut is the only Sefirah that does not emanate light itself, but rather receives the light from the Sefirot above.  Malkhut is the Sefirah closest to us, and it is our starting point for the return to God.

All colors are contained in Malkhut, it is associated with the planet Earth, the astrological sign of Aries (March 21 – April 20) and the Archangel Sandalphon, Angel of Prayer and Life.  The essential oils I will be highlighting today are Bergamot, Jasmine and Patchouli.


Psychologically bergamot has calming, uplifting and anti-depressant properties, which is why its use is often considered in times of depression, anxiety and nervous tension. It is also said to radiate love energy and happiness.

While on the physiological level bergamot has antiseptic, expectorant and anti-spasmodic properties and its use could be considered for fighting colds, flu and digestive disorders.

On a subtle level, Bergamot helps to bring in positive energy, as well as instilling feelings of joy and calm.  Bergamot opens the Heart Chakra and allows love to radiate.  It is uplifting and eases grief.  Bergamot can help release relationship stress both with others and your self.  When one has guilt over past actions, meditation with Bergamot may help give one insights into the situation and help one to learn and grow from the experience.

Cautions: Expressed bergamot is known to cause phototoxicity when applied to the skin. Exposure to sunlight and UV rays should be avoided for 12 hours after application. It may also irritate sensitive skin. Today one can purchase a F.C.F. grade of bergamot, which has been rectified and is furocoumarin free. It is the furocoumarins that are responsible for phototoxicity.

Spiritual PhytoEssencing Themes:  Bergamot is one of the purifying oils,
it has themes of light and darkness as well as themes of impurity and physical estrangement. 



Psychologically, Jasmine has aphrodisiac, calming and sedative properties and its use can be considered for dispelling fear, uplifting one’s mood, emotional suffering, lightening of depression and stress related disorders.

On the physiological level it has antispasmodic and calming properties and it is thought to regulate and deepen breathing.  It is also thought to be useful both during, and after, childbirth.

On a subtle level, Jasmine unites and harmonizes opposites to promote wholeness.  Jasmine calms, soothes, relaxes and lifts the spirits.  Helps one to release worry and to live in the present moment.  Promotes feelings of love and sensuality.  It can connect spirituality and sexuality.  Also promotes creativity and artistic development.  Known to warm and open the heart.  May  enhance intuition and help open the mind to deeper truths.  Known to heighten spiritual awareness.  As well as balance  feminine and masculine energies.  Jasmine can be included in love, psychic awareness, peace and spirituality blends.

Cautions: Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating and non-sensitizing. Do no use in pregnancy and use with caution on people who are hypersensitive or allergic to perfumes, cosmetics or spicy foods.

Spiritual PhytoEssencing Themes:  Jasmine has the theme of feeling safe.
Repression and Suppression are also core issues to be found in Jasmine.



Psychologically, Patchouli is balancing and calming and is useful for nervous exhaustion, anxiety, nervous tension, lethargy and stress related problems.   It is very grounding and strengthens the will to live.  It can help to relax an overactive mind.

On the physiological level it has anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic and cell regenerating properties and may be helpful for dermatitis, acne, athlete’s foot, cracked & dry skin, enlarged pores and simple water retention.   It aids scars, wrinkles, wounds, bedsores and abscess.  A good skincare tonic and is also considered to be effective for oily hair & scalp, dandruff, eczema (weeping) and impetigo.  Also an insect repellent.

On a subtle level, Patchouli grounds and strengthens the will to live.  It is very grounding and taps into the energies of Mother Earth.  Patchouli can spiritualize sexuality and facilitate the enjoyment of the senses as well as awaken creativity.  It can relax an over active intellect.  It allows the chakras in the feet to connect with the earth and draw energy from it.

Cautions: Generally considered non-toxic, non-irritating, non-sensitizing and non-phototoxic. It may curb the appetite.  Do not use on anyone allergic to spicy foods and use cautiously on anyone with known allergies to perfumes and cosmetics.

Spiritual PhytoEssencing Themes:   Patchouli can help one to define who one is and then how to express this in the world.  Patchouli is used in money, sex and physical energy blends.
Patchouli can help us to recognize and appreciate the sacredness of life.


Sephirah in the Kabbalah Tree of Life