Spiritual PhytoEssencing - Basil Oil and Emotional Wounding by Deception, Narcissism and Abuse

Why The Spiritually Sensitive Person Is Prone To Physical Ailments:
The Life-Path Of The Clove Oil Individual

Copyright 2011-2018 by Joseph Ben Hil-Meyer Research, Inc.
By Bruce Berkowsky, N.M.D., M.H., NCTMB

Recently, millions of people in the United States were captivated by the drama of the trial of a Florida woman accused of killing her toddler daughter and disposing of her body in a swampy wood.

Most observers felt that the evidence clearly pointed to the woman's guilt. Even if the prosecution's theory regarding the circumstances of the alleged homicide were speculative, there was no denying that the mother's behavior before and after the child's death demonstrated that she was, at the very least, a flagrant liar and narcissist.

The public had their knives whetted, as it seemed a guilty verdict was a mere formality. However, consistent with this counter-intuitive era, the jury bafflingly cut her loose in short order and millions of people simultaneously bellowed with outrage.

As many people's experience of abuse and abandonment features some of the key elements in this highly publicized case, it is timely to discuss how certain essential oils can be used to assuage the deep emotional wounds inflicted by a deceitful and/or narcissistic parent or spouse, etc. In this article, I will limit the scope of my discussion to one of the leading oils to consider in this reference: basil oil.

Basil Oil and The Scorpion

One of the most crucial clues regarding the soul-nature (i.e., the inner soul essence) of basil oil is folklore's elaboration of a basil/scorpion synchronicity. Basil has traditionally been used to treat scorpion stings. One of the more interesting historical revelations about basil is that, among some Eastern magicians, it was once thought that they could produce scorpions by crushing basil between two stones.

Most modern thinkers will be inclined to dismiss this as a bit of primitive foolishness. Yet, it is precisely the peculiarity of this proposed metamorphosis that should draw one's eye to it. It is doubtful that this odd alchemy was ever successfully accomplished. Nevertheless, what is significant is that this alchemical association between basil and scorpions was made in the first place and that this strange bit of trivia was deemed worthy enough to be historically noted.

Apparently, this association between basil and scorpions was widespread among many different cultures. The following anecdote is attributed to an 17th century French botanist named Joseph Pitton de Tournefort: "A certain gentleman of Sienna being wonderfully taken and delighted with the smell of basil, was wont very frequently to take the powder of the dry herb and snuff it up his nose; but in a short time he turned mad and died; and his head being opened by surgeons, there was found a nest of scorpions in his brain."

Mrs. M. Grieve in her book: A Modern Herbal relates: "Parkinson [an early English herbalist] tells us that 'being gently handled it [basil] gave a pleasant smell, but being hardly wrung and bruised would breed scorpions. It is also observed that scorpions do much rest and abide under these pots and vessels wherein basil is planted.' It was generally believed that if a sprig of basil were left under a pot, it would in time turn into a scorpion…Hilarius, a French physician, affirms upon his own knowledge that an acquaintance of his, by common smelling of it [basil], had a scorpion breed in his brain."

Nicholas Culpeper, the famed 17th century English astrologer-physician, wrote: "And away to Dr. Reason went I, who told me it [basil] was an herb of Mars, and under the Scorpion, and therefore called basilicon, and it is no marvel if it carry a kind of virulent quality with it."

Homeopathic Remedy Androctonos

Given the extensive body of folklore regarding basil and scorpions, certain aspects of the homeopathic remedy Androctonos (prepared from scorpion) can be used to help us expand our understanding of the inner-nature of basil oil. Indeed, it has been my experience that individuals who require Androctonos often have a profound affinity for basil essential oil and a strong desire to use basil as a culinary herb.

In homeopathy, various remedy categories such as mineral remedies, plant remedies, milk remedies and spider remedies are associated with specific types of symptoms and individuals. Individuals for whom spider remedies are indicated tend toward restlessness; have a dark, deceitful, threatening nature; portend a quality of death for others; tend toward addictive behavior, including sexual addiction.

We can clearly correlate this description of the "spider type" with the woman who allegedly murdered her young daughter. According to the prosecution, the woman's motive was partly grounded in her libidinousness.

Like spiders, scorpions are arachnids, thus Androctonos has certain characteristics in common with the spider remedies. Androctonos individuals have feelings of being assaulted, persecuted, and that there are attackers around them so they must defend themselves. They tend to be destructive and insensitive to other people's feelings.

This is part of the construct the accused's egregious narcissism that was front and center in the case. Apparently, she perceived her mother, who was aggressively critical about her being a parasitic good-for-nothing, as her attacker. Some observers hypothesized that she killed the child, whom the grandmother adored, as a way of mortally wounding her attacker.

As far as being destructive and insensitive to other people's feelings go, the defendant concocted completely unsubstantiated allegations that portrayed her father as a child molester and inexplicably complicit in the placing of his beloved grandchild's body in the woods.

If in fact, her assertion is a complete fabrication, then the relevance of basil oil (for her victims) is underscored. If, as is the case with many pathological liars, she has come to believe her own lies, then basil is still relevant. As will be discussed below, basil also has a synchronicity with the "snake type" individual. One of the predominant emotional themes of the snake remedies of homeopathy is the feeling (which may be purely delusional) of having been injured or wronged by another person. There is a feeling of betrayal that evokes great anger.

The Androctonos type can be violent and show little remorse. They can be contemptuous, quarrelsome, suspicious, critical and unfeeling. Their emotions are easily excited, and they become angry when interrupted. They are quick to act and subject to loss of self-control. Highly relevant considering the context of this discussion, Androctonos is listed in the homeopathic repertory under the rubric: Desire to kill her own child.

Significantly, the ancients believed that the basil plant would not grow unless one heaped verbal abuse upon it when planting it. Similarly, the Romans believed that such abuse was required for basil to flourish.

Central to the Androctonos picture is the theme of "contracting to a pinpoint," much like the scorpion's stinger (it has a coiled tail which terminates in a pinpoint stinger). The scorpion hides under a rock and tunnels into the sand, attacking whatever crosses its path.

Similarly, the scorpion individual views the world through the opening at the end of a tunnel—a strong defensive position relative to what he perceives as being the constant threat from the outside world. This encourages the perspective that nothing matters except personal survival. Thus, he contracts his focus to a single point to the exclusion of all others.

Basil and The Snake Type

In addition to the scorpion-connection described above, basil has historically been associated with snakes. As noted previously, the species name basilicum may derive from the word basilicus, meaning serpent, or the word basilisk, a mythological serpent- or dragon-like creature that had the power to kill with its breath or a single look. Basil has traditionally been used both internally and externally to treat snakebites.

Hence, we can correlate basil oil to the homeopathic snake remedies in the same way that we have broadened our understanding of the soul-nature of basil oil through correlation with Androctonos. It has been my experience that the basil oil type exhibits aspects of both Androctonos and snake remedies. Indeed, this dual affinity can serve as a valuable indicator for the selection of basil oil in a given case.

In homeopathy, animal remedies such as those made from snake venoms are associated with the themes of attraction, predator and prey, survival, sexuality, violence and activity. Lachesis, a remedy made from the venom of the bushmaster snake, is the template for understanding the snake-type individual. Many homeopaths compare Androctonos to Lachesis as there is a lot of similarity between them. The Lachesis individual tends to be passionate, intense, jealous, envious, loquacious, angry, aggressive and sarcastic and may long for revenge.

Cyanide is a main constituent of snake venoms, and remedies with cyanide tend to have a lot to do with night, death, darkness, knives and the Grim Reaper. Those who benefit from the snake venom remedies: are expressive and dramatic and get into a lot of conflicts with people. One of the predominant emotional themes of these remedies is the feeling of having been injured or wronged by another person. There is a feeling of betrayal that evokes great anger.

The mother accused of murdering her daughter demonstrated virtually all of these snake-type qualities. In fact, the congruence between what we know of her personality and behavior and the conflated scorpion type/snake type picture is quite startling.

Healing The Scorpion-Type's and Snake-Types Victims

As Spiritual PhytoEssencing is a form of deep soul-level healing work to which only sensitive, spiritually inclined people tend to be drawn; it is unlikely that the practitioner will often have the opportunity to treat a scorpion-type or snake-type. However, since basil has traditionally been used to treat scorpion stings and snakebites, bioenergetically its anti-venomous properties can potentially be used to treat the emotional wounds of children and spouses of scorpion- or spider-type individuals.

Unfortunately, this type of individual is disturbingly common and one can see how a long-term relationship with such a person can lead to a constitutional state characterized by nervous depletion resulting from the demands of constant vigilance and reactivity. In turn, this nervous depletion encourages a breakdown of natural defenses, vulnerability to invasion by foreign forces and consequent emotional delusions, imaginings and instability.

Also, as a defensive measure and through osmosis via proximity, "victims" of the scorpion-type or snake-type frequently develop some scorpion-like or snake-like traits as a survival mechanism. In other words, the best way to anticipate a scorpion- or snake-types’s volatile moods and reactions is to come to think like him.

Often, the lives of middle-aged adults who were children of a dangerous, abusive parent are still dominated by their traumatic childhood experiences that lie at the core of their central psych0-spiritual disturbance. In homeopathy, certain remedies such as Lycopus are considered antidotes for an individual poisoned by the venom of a spider-type parent or spouse. Basil oil is worthy of similar consideration in this regard.

Basil has a long history in many parts of the world as both a medicinal herb and essential oil. Indications for selection of basil oil which may represent constitutionally ingrained reactions to long-term experience with a scorpion-type and/or snake-type individual, include: anxiety; nervous disorders; nervous debility; depression; mental fatigue; poor concentration; feelings of vulnerability; shyness; hysteria; schizophrenia; cold-heartedness; nervous insomnia; asthenia; fatigue; nervous headache; fainting spells; temporary paralysis; heart weakness; asthma; anorexia.

Using Basil Oil

Effective deep soul-level healing work with essential oils is, by its very nature, a subtle art. Thus, if basil oil is clearly indicated for someone with a history of victimization by a deceptive, narcissistic abuser, it has to be used with a subtle touch. For example: a drop or two of the essential diluted in 5 to 10 drops of a carrier oil and then inhaled from the wrists or rubbed into a specific chakra or reflex point 2 or 3 times per week.

In Spiritual PhytoEssencing, essential oils are rarely used in isolation. Instead a given oil is blended with other oils for which an individual has been determined to have a distinct psycho-spiritual affinity. For reasons that are beyond the scope of this discussion, lavender oil is included in every blend.

In Spiritual PhytoEssencing, an interview (called anamnesis—Latin for recollection) is conducted which enables the practitioner to identify the constitutional themes that characterize the subject's psycho-spiritual dynamics. Various aspects of these themes are then proficiently matched with corresponding essential oils.

The resultant custom blend constitutes a plant-soul analogue of a given individual's "soul-picture." In other words, it is a soul-portrait in oils. It is this customized correspondence that encourages that individual's soul to accept the homogeneous blend of plant-souls as a "reorganizing nucleus." In essence, the custom blend serves as the unique matching key that can unlock the moribund potential within an analogous human-soul.

Each oil in a custom blend fills a specific niche. Thus, the inclusion, or exclusion, of a key oil can make the difference between a blend that elicits a significant, positive shift within the soul or one that exerts a relatively superficial, transient effect.

Written by Dr. Bruce Berkowsky, N.M.D., M.H., NCTMB

Dr. Berkowsky, a registered naturopath, master herbalist and classical homeopath--is President of Joseph Ben Hil-Meyer Research, Inc. He is the founder/teacher of both Spiritual PhytoEssencing and the Natural Health Science System which he designed following many years of research and clinical practice, and includes herbology, nutrition, homeopathy, aromatherapy, exercise, traditional nature-cure as well as East/West healing arts/bodywork. Dr. Berkowsky teaches in-depth seminars/teleseminars/workshops to health-care professionals and spiritually aware individuals.

Disclaimer: This publication is intended as an educational tool, and not as a prescription. Seek the advice of your health-care provider before discontinuing any medication and/or trying any new remedy or technique.