Gingergrass and Palmarosa Oils: Differentiation via Gemstone Synchronicities
Copyright 2017 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 2017 Spiritual PhytoEssencing Webinar-Based Training Intensive
essential oil, distilled from the aromatic and herbaceous grass Cymbopogon
martini var. sofia, is a close sibling species of palmarosa (Cymbopogon
martini var. motia). In other words, these two oils are oils are distilled
from two different varieties of the exact same plant species. Where their
natural habitats do overlap spontaneous hybrids of the two sibling species are
be expected, the two oils have very similar profiles regarding their clinical
use in both herbal medicine and aromatherapy. However, there are various subtle
differences between the two plants and I will describe these during the
upcoming course. Here are some of these:
is tetraploid and palmarosa is diploid. While a tetraploid organism
has four sets of chromosomes, a diploid organism features two sets of
chromosomes (one set from the female parent and another set from the male
two varieties seldom grow in proximity to each other and are usually found at
different altitudes (gingergrass prefers lower altitudes) and in different
environments. While palmarosa prefers sunny mountain slopes, forest clearings
and dry, well-drained soil, gingergrass is found primarily in humid, low
altitude valleys and forests which are well-watered by frequent fog and a high
annual rainfall. Thus, while the palmarosa type is better for a dry
environment, the gingergrass type is better for one with higher humidity.
grows in scattered patches in a dry and sunny habitat. Gingergrass
grows in dense masses in a wetter and less sunny habitat.
essential oil has a geraniol content up to 65%. Palmarosa oil has a
geraniol content of up to 95%.
an inflorescence leaf (an inflorescence is the part of a plant that consists of
a flower-bearing stalk or series of branches) of each species is moved from
base to tip between ones fingers, while the gingergrass leaf feels rough and
sticky, the palmarosa leaf feels smooth and clean.
PhytoEssencing (SPE) is not a clinical practice. Rather it employs essential
oils for the purpose of deep soul-level healing. All of these differences
between gingergrass and palmarosa serve as plant signatures that help highlight
differences between the gingergrass- and palmarosa-type individuals (i.e.,
between individuals who have a deep constitutional affinity for one or the
other oil). One of the classes of the 2017
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Training Intensive
will be devoted to a comparison of these two oils. In this article I
will limit my discussion to expanding understanding of the inner nature of
these two oils via their gemstone synchronicities.
Jung coined the term "synchronicity," referring to thoughts and
events that are connected in ways other than causally (i.e., by the law of
cause and effect). In Carl Jung: Wounded Healer Of The Soul, Clair Dunne
writes: "Jung called synchronicity 'acausal [without rationally
explicable cause] orderedness', a principle not contradicting the
scientific time, space, and causality modes of Western thinking, but rather a
complementary addition to it...Synchronicities are hard to verify objectively,
but they are subjectively very meaningful."
classic example from his own work, Jung, while listening to a patient recount a
dream about a scarab (a type of beetle), heard a light tapping on his office
window. When he went to investigate the sound, he saw a brilliantly colored
beetle just outside the window. This uncanny coincidence made him wonder about
the meaning of such "synchronicities." In SPE synchronicities play a
major role in my elaboration of the unique soul-nature of each essential oil.
unlike scientifically observed phenomena, cannot be definitively explained via
the laws of the space-time dimension. Instead, they emerge from the domain of
spirit and collective consciousness. Their value in healing work can only be
demonstrated through practical application.
far, I have identified more than 70 synchronicities between specific essential
oils and gemstones. These synchronicities play an important role in many of the
chapters I have written for Berkowsky's
Synthesis Materia Medica of Essential Oils
(I will be discussing 5 essential oils in detail
during the 2017
SPE Training Intensive).
Gemstone synchronicities play an especially crucial role in the differentiation
between palmarosa oil and gingergrass oil.
like human beings and all other animals, are alive and everything that is alive
is ensouled. In the same way, that one cannot really know another person
without developing relation with his or her authentic self (that aspect of the
self-structure which has never disengaged from spirit), one cannot truly know
an essential oil without developing soul-to-soul relation with its innermost
realm. This cannot be achieved solely through study of the biochemical profile
and therapeutic actions of an oil as these are archetypal images (tangible
manifestations of an underlying non-material archetype) that represent just a
fraction of the complex archetypal fabric of the oil.
essential oil is the most concentrated carrier of the soul of the plant. Thus,
to truly know an oil, we must endeavor to reveal to our conscious awareness the
unique archetypal pattern within its soul structure. In Spiritual
PhytoEssencing, this is accomplished through the identification, and subsequent
inter-correlation, of synchronicities including essential oil/gemstone
been in practice for close to 40 years and gemstones and gemstone elixirs have
always been a part of that. My relationship with stones actually began much
earlier when I was still in elementary school. In 4th grade I became a serious
rock collector and spent many a Sunday afternoon in the gemstone gallery of
Manhattan's American Museum of Natural History. I still have my boyhood rock
collection and occasionally use some of those stones in my work.
process of identifying a particular essential oil/gemstone synchronicity is a
complex one that incorporates not just logical thought-driven research but also
connection to spirit. The integrated operations of the four windows of knowing
(sensing, feeling, thinking and connection to spirit) are required both to
sustain cosmic consciousness (higher consciousness associated with the process
of connecting one's inner spiritual self with the entire being of the natural
universe) as well as the process of soul embodiment and the ongoing primacy of
the real self in everyday consciousness. To be truly effective, any
practitioner who aspires to soul-level healing work must ultimately be guided
by spirit. This is a complex topic which is beyond the scope of this article.
However, I will discuss it during the blending portion of the
SPE Training Intensive.
gingergrass and palmarosa have an affinity for topaz in general. However, while
gingergrass' most specific affinity is earthy brown topaz, palmarosa's is for
heart-centered pink topaz.
topaz derives from the Sanskrit words nama tapas, meaning fire.
The ancient Egyptians held that the topaz gained its color from the golden glow
of their sun god Ra. This power was thought to make topaz amulets very powerful
protectors against harm. Also, the Romans associated topaz with their sun god,
Jupiter. Interestingly, the ultraviolet rays of sunlight displace electrons
within the color centers in a topaz crystal and cause it to change color.
Despite this alignment with the sun, mystics believe that the gemstone's
protective and curative powers waxed and waned in accordance with the phases of
of the chakras, topaz specifically helps draw off negativity from, and clear
energy blockages in, the solar plexus (3rd), third eye (6th) and crown (7th)
chakras. However, it essentially impacts all the activities of all the chakras.
Topaz helps one let go of restrictive thought patterns and allow one to become
more open, relaxed and amenable to listen to the input of others and to expand
is associated with brown topaz. In general, the color brown, the color of soil,
wood and various stones such as sandstone is associated with connection to
Earth, nurturing, comfort, fertility, stability, grounding, security,
wholesomeness, dependability, orderliness, the feeling of belonging and fitting
in, steadfastness, simplicity and sound health.
gemstones in general are associated with the themes of connection to the
natural world, centering, grounding, comfort, nurturing, organization, order as
opposed to chaos, decisiveness and Earth energy. Brown topaz encourages optimal
choices based upon discernment and refinement. In this way, it can help reduces
distrust, uncertainty and doubt, especially self-doubt. This gemstone builds
inner strength and stability, self-confidence and commitment. It also supports
stronger devotion in love and the capacity for developing lasting friendships.
topaz may prove of good service for those who tend to be closed and distrust
life. It is thought to have potential value in the treatment of agitation,
restlessness, agoraphobia, timidity, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Via its
supports of Chakra 1 (Root chakra), brown topaz increases inner strength,
motivation and reduces feelings of insecurity. Sometimes referred to as the
"Earth gem" it can provide unique benefit to farmers, gardeners,
those who work with animals and conservationists.
oil is associated with pink topaz. On a psycho-spiritual level pink, the color
associated with the energy of kindness and unconditional love pacifies and
calms and so can be used to ameliorate anger aggression, irritation,
over-sensitivity and feelings of neglect and otherwise promote emotional
comfort and healing. As pink has been found to have a tranquilizing effect upon
those prone to aggression and violence, it is often the paint color of choice
in prisons, mental institutions, hospitals, and drug rehabilitation centers (it
may help reduce the anxiety and suffering associated with withdrawal symptoms).
associated with the Heart chakra and the product of the "marriage" of
red and white, can aid in the healing of wounded intimate relationships. It has
been observed that those who are drawn to pink are likely to readily display
kindness, consideration and forgiveness. Decorators often use pink in bedrooms
because it is evokes romantic feelings. Supposedly, the auras of newborn babies
and their mothers are suffused with pink and its mother glows in the energy of
the pink ray.
encourages the perception of beauty, compassion, love, and purity of intent.
Pink, associated with honesty, integrity and openness helps develop the
capacity for self-respect and self-love in those individuals who tend to be
perfectionists and to be very hard on themselves. When employed as an aid to
meditation in can aid in the illumination of higher truths.
differences between brown topaz and pink topaz can clearly be perceived both
via thought-based analysis and feeling. These differences can then be used to
help broaden one's understanding of the qualitative differences between the
inner natures of gingergrass and palmarosa oils. In turn, this will aid in the
determination of which of these oils is most relevant regarding the soul-nature
of a specific individual.
During the 2017
Spiritual PhytoEssencing Training
Intensive, I will be providing a great deal more detail not only
about these essential oil-gemstone synchronicities but quite a few others as
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).
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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.