Essential Oil Blending,
Magic Drops Alchemy Technique and the Archetypal Nature of Tea Tree Oil
Copyright 2018 by Joseph Ben Hil-Meyer Research, Inc.
By Bruce Berkowsky, N.M.D., M.H., H.M.C.
Founder and Teacher of Spiritual PhytoEssencing
Note: Dr. Berkowsky’s 2018 Spiritual PhytoEssencing Webinar-Based Training Intensive
(Course begins April 10th)
Today’s article is a follow-up to my previous article in
which I discussed the surrounding essence, an alchemy technique that I
have developed for the Spiritual PhytoEssencing (SPE) blending. In this
article, I describe another blending SPE alchemy technique called the magic
1) The art of Spiritual
PhytoEssencing (SPE) utilizes customized combinations of essential
oils for deep soul-level healing work, which involves what I refer to as archetypal
blending. In SPE, the term archetype refers to a unique intangible
construct of the soul that generates a characteristic pattern of perceptible
emotional and physical expressions. In turn, these expressions—such as
temperament, personality traits, reactional tendencies and diverse symptoms of
dysfunction, such as anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, stomach weakness,
etc.—are considered to be archetypal images.
The basic premise of Spiritual
PhytoEssencing is: In order to be able to ameliorate soul-level
disharmony, an essential oil blend must engage with the archetypes embedded
within the fabric of a person’s soul rather than with the archetypal images
which manifest as emotional and physical symptoms. While oils are not selected
to directly treat specific emotional and physical symptoms, these symptoms are
used to identify their underlying archetypal roots.
Thus far I have elaborated highly
detailed portraits of 122 different oils
Synthesis Materia Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils).
Accordingly, each of the oils represents a unique plant soul with a
characteristic mixture of prominent archetypal qualities.
Since each person’s soul is characterized by an array of archetypal patterns,
soul-level healing work is best approached with a customized blend of essential
oils rather than a single oil. In Spiritual PhytoEssencing, the
construction of a custom essential oil blend is similar to painting a portrait.
Accordingly, the custom blend development process can be characterized as
“painting a portrait in oils.”
is not a conventional science, instead it is a type of rational mysticism that incorporates
various scientific perspectives. All the reference and study materials,
including the Synthesis Materia
Medica/Spiritualis of Essential Oils and the
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Repertory of
Essential Oils, begin with the rational thought processes that
organize and direct the flow of the practice of SPE. However, this
thought-consciousness also opens the door to the coequal superconscious,
metaphysical aspect of SPE. Thus, the practitioner needs to approach the art of
SPE using all four windows of knowing: thinking, sensing, feeling and
connection to spirit.
3) Spiritual PhytoEssencing takes
alchemy from the realm of the purely esoteric into the realm of general practical
application. The term alchemy invokes images, such as the one above, of
medieval chemists attempting to transform base metals into gold or silver. In
contrast, in Spiritual PhytoEssencing, the alchemy techniques that I have
developed are designed to vitalize an essential oil blend in such a way as to
enhance its potential for effecting deep, psychospiritual transmutation within
the individual for whom that customized blend is intended.
The various alchemy techniques used in Spiritual
PhytoEssencing blending serve as a bridge between the physical and the
metaphysical, the tangible and the intangible, heaven and Earth. Utilizing
these techniques elevates a custom blend out of the realm of the ordinary and
potentiates its ability to affect fundamental shifts in a person’s relationship
with the inner and outer worlds.
Below, I describe the magic drops technique, one
of the primary alchemy techniques used in Spiritual PhytoEssencing blending.
The Magic Drops Technique
All Spiritual PhytoEssencing blends are built
in layers, with a maximum of one layer added per day. Layering is
an integral aspect of the natural world. This can be seen in the rings of a
tree and the sedimentary layers of rock set down over the course of many
millions of years.
The Kabbalah teaches that the soul is comprised of five
levels. The two highest levels are considered to be outer lights, so high they
cannot be contained within the material nature of the body and can barely be
perceived even in the deepest states of meditation. The three lower, inner
lights represent those aspects of the soul with which we have the most intimate,
Based upon my observation of the phenomena of
the natural world and this kabbalistic model of the soul, I came to the
conclusion that blends prepared for soul level healing work must be constructed
similarly so that they are more consistent with the inner patterning of both
the natural world and the soul.
The purpose of the magic drops technique is to initiate a
unique catalytic response within the organized, unified field emanated by all
the oils within a layered blend. The oil which serves in the role of
magic drops is one which was not a component oil of the layered blend. Instead,
it is an oil added at the end of the blending process to elicit a unified
response orchestrated by the plant souls within the blend.
Prior to the addition of the magic drops oil, the
constituent oils within the blend have only known each other. According
to Plotinus (famed 3rd century Greek philosopher) in the process of
creation that begins in the endless light (what Plotinus refers to as the One)
the unity of the One evolves into the ever-diversifying multiplicity of the
many. This is the nature of emanation -- the centrifugal process that begins in
the world of being and cascades in this world of the becoming.
In the process of blending, we begin the centrifugal
creative process by determining a number of oils that will be part of a blend.
In other words, we elaborate a multiplicity. However in the process of
blending, with the proper intent we reverse this flow, not only by blending the
many to create a unified whole but by linking the soul energy within the blend
with the unity of the uncreated light.
Thus, throughout the layering process, the plant souls of
the component oils within the blend have been interacting and progressively developing
an understanding of how to move from multiplicity to harmonious unity. While
each oil within the blend retains the essence of its unique individuality, it
also adapts to the group organization and becomes an integral component of the collective
identity established during the layered blending process.
the magic drops are introduced into this established group structure, the oils
that comprise the group are challenged to react both as individual souls and as
fully integrated components of a unified whole to the sudden appearance of a
“stranger” within their midst.
Plants are alive, and everything that lives has a soul. An
essential oil, the bonding medium for the soul of the plant, is uniquely suited
to act as the physical entity that can facilitate an interface between plant
and human souls. The plant-soul is not encumbered by ego, so it has the
qualities of purity and infinity.
Therefore, when the magic drops are introduced, the plant
souls within the blend react in a complex, objective manner. The magic drops
initiate a cascade of individual plant soul and collective soul responses that
subtly alter the inner nature of the blend and its associated organized field
structure. This alteration serves as an activating mechanism that expands the operational
dynamics of the blend on both physical and non-physical levels and thus acts as
a force multiplier regarding the energetic potential of the blend.
As with the surrounding essence oil, the magic
drops oil is not a constant. Instead it varies from one blend to the next. Any
oil has the potential to serve as a magic drops oil.
In Spiritual PhytoEssencing blends, the oils in the blend
with the strongest links to the person’s soul archetypal profile are referred
to as the “main oils.” On the other hand, those oils which have sufficient
relevance in the case to qualify for inclusion in the blend but not enough to
qualify as a “main oil” are utilized in much smaller quantities as “alchemy
African Tea Tree Oil - Melaleuca alternifolia
For the 2018 Spiritual
PhytoEssencing Training IntensiveI
have formulated a blend called Soular Hero’s Journey (inspired by
the work of the great mythology scholar Joseph Campbell) which all the students
will be blending using the oils in the course oil set.
This blend will help spiritually sensitive individuals
acknowledge and understand their own hero’s journey. Furthermore it will help
the individual successfully navigate through this dark period in our history from
an inner self level, so that the current seemingly intransigent resistance to
enlightened ideas and empathic understanding does not inhibit the progress of
one’s soular hero’s journey.
For this blend, I have selected African tea tree oil
to serve as the magic drops oil. African tea tree is the same genus and species
as Australian tea tree - Melaleuca alternifolia. Tea tree, a
member of the Myrtaceae family (which also includes its close relatives
cajuput and niaouli as well as clove, eucalyptus and myrtle), is
indigenous to Australia, more specifically to the federal states of New South
Wales (a small area on the North Coast and adjacent ranges) and Queensland
(southern; a very small area bordering New South Wales).The tree is now
cultivated in various places around the world including Kenya and South Africa.
I opted for African tea tree oil in this course oil set
because, while it has a similar biochemical profile to the Australian oil, it
nevertheless has a softer, quieter quality that is more consistent with the
overall energetics of the Soular Hero’s Journey blend.
In 1768, the English explorer, Captain James Cook, set
sail on the first of his three great voyages during which he explored two
thousand miles of the east coast of Australia (then called New Holland), and
claimed the country for England. The name “tea tree” is explained as being
derived by the fact that in 1770, Cook and his crew came upon a grove of Melaleuca
alternifolia trees and found that their sticky, aromatic leaves made a
spicy tea (they also used it to flavor beer). Thus, Cook anointed it the
"Tea Tree" and it went on to become a valued bush remedy among early
Thus, as Cook named the tree, his soul archetypal nature
(in some synchronistic way that is not explicable via pathways of logical
thought) is an important factor in the identification of the inner archetypal nature
of tea tree oil. Two of the central archetypal components of Cook’s soul nature
are the journeyer and the explorer. Thus, tea tree oil serves
well as magic drops within the context of the Soular Hero’s Journey
Instructions for Adding the Magic Drops
1) To reiterate: the
magic drops oil is an oil which was not used in the blending and is added as
a unique catalyst of unified response orchestrated by the plant souls within
2) The magic drops are added
only after the blending of all the layers has been concluded.
3) Wait at least 24 hours
(preferably 2 to 3 days) after creating the final layer (i.e., the crown layer)
of the blend, before adding magic drops. To 5 ml of blend, add no more than 2
to 3 drops of one oil to the blend. After adding the magic drops swirl the
blend well for 30 seconds (holding the bottle upright, swirl the bottle around
in a clockwise, circular pattern. Do not mix a layered blend by
shaking it in an up and down manner as this will disturb the horizontality of
the layering structure.
4) This is the one and only time, magic drops are added to a blend.
The following recording links provide a 40 minute excerpt from one of the 2014
SPE Training Intensive classes. They not only offer additional insight about
the magic drops technique but also other important aspects
of the art of Spiritual PhytoEssencing blending.
Copyright 2014 by Joseph Ben Hil-Meyer Research, Inc.
Bruce Berkowsky, N.M.D., M.H., H.M.C.
Magic Drops Part 1: Watch
Magic Drops Part 2: Watch
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(Course begins April 10th)
Written by Dr. Bruce Berkowsky, N.M.D., M.H., H.M.C.
Dr. Berkowsky teaches in-depth seminars/teleseminars/workshops to health-conscious,
spiritually aware individuals.
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 the art of
Spiritual PhytoEssencing as well as 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).
If you are
interested in studying with Dr. Berkowsky and would like a free recording
wherein he discusses the theoretical foundation of Spiritual PhytoEssencing,
e-mail your request for the recording link.
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.