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 are 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, Netzach.
Netzach is the Sefirah of Vision and Prophecy. It has the attributes of Victory, Endurance and Eternity and is visualized on the right hip of Adam Kadmon and represents the right leg, right hip and right testes.
Netzach is associated with the soul’s power to overcome those obstacles that stand in the way of realizing one’s Chesed aspiration to bestow goodness upon Creation. The word Netzach denotes both “victory” and “eternity,” it can be said that the ultimate victory of Netzach is the one over death itself, the final impediment to the pursuit of Chesed. Netzach is action.
Netzach is traditionally associated with the color yellow, the faculty of Will, the planet Venus, the astrological signs Taurus (April 21 – May 21) and Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 23) and the Archangel Haniel, Angel of Love and Harmony. The three oils I will highlight today are Ginger, Lemongrass and Yarrow.
Psychologically, Ginger has cheering and aphrodisiac properties. It is stimulating but grounding and is believed to warm cold flat emotions, sharpen the senses and assist with nervous exhaustion and tiredness. In addition it is considered to be a memory aid and be helpful in boosting courage. On a physiological level Ginger has analgesic and antispasmodic properties and it has been used for arthritis, fatigue, muscle aches and pains, neuralgia, sprains and rheumatism. Ginger has also been found to be very useful for many digestive complaints including constipation, indigestion, travel sickness, nausea, vomiting, anorexia and hangover. On a subtle level, Ginger allows one to perceive the shadow self and befriend the inner child within by opening up the inner eye. This in turn can lead to transformations and healing. Ginger brings strength and promotes courage and confidence. It invites abundance by helping us to tap into the richness of the universe. It also helps with the belief that one deserves to experience abundant life. Ginger is used in sexuality, love, courage and money attracting blends.
Cautions: Use in low concentrations as this oil can cause skin irritations. Its very low phototoxicity is not considered significant according to a report by D.L. J. Opdyke, Food Cosmet. Toxicol., 12 (Suppl.) 901 (1974).
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Theme: Ginger has the basic theme of resignation after a long struggle to maintain control.
Psychologically, lemongrass is useful for headaches, stress related conditions, nervous exhaustion, irritability and lack of concentration. On the physiological level it can be used for acne, athlete’s foot, skin parasites, bruises, excessive perspiration, enlarged pores, oily skin and oily hair. On a subtle level, Lemongrass brings light to the conscious mind. It stimulates the left brain by tempering concrete logical thoughts with spirituality. It can repair holes in the auric field and protect the energy field from the bombardment of electromagnetic energy of radio, TV, computers, and other appliances. Lemongrass can also help with discernment. Lemongrass can be used to clear and cleanse rooms. It dispels negative energy and stimulates psychic awareness. Useful in purification blends. It can help clear regrets or shame and help one to “forgive and forget”.
Cautions: Generally considered non-toxic, possible dermal irritant so use with care with dermal applications. Avoid in pregnancy.
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Theme: Lemongrass has the theme of leadership.
Psychologically, Yarrow has antispasmodic and tonic properties. It can be considered for nervous headaches, depression, exhaustion, insomnia and stress related conditions. It may also be helpful for anger and rage. On the physiological level, Yarrow has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, diuretic, and emmenagogue properties. It is very helpful for skin conditions such as acne, burns, cuts, eczema, inflammations, rashes, scars and wounds. It can also be considered for hemorrhoids and constipation, as well as for regulating periods, painful periods or scanty periods. On a subtle level, Yarrow provides protection and instills courage. It can help to increase a healthy love for one’s self and others. It can also increase and focus psychic awareness. Yarrow helps to heal emotional wounds that have been resistant to healing. Yarrow is used in love, courage and psychic-awareness blends.
Cautions: Avoid in pregnancy and with young children.
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Themes : Yarrow has the themes of love or war;
blood feuds over love; as well as the theme of blood.