Reiki East and West News Letter Winter 2017

   © copyright  J. M. Wills – Glastonbury Thorn Photo

Wishing everyone a very Joyful, Happy Christmas Period and a wonderful New Year, may 2018 bring you many blessings.

Glastonbury Thorn Tree on Wearyall Hill

We would like to share with you this photo which was taken on one of our many visits to Somerset of the Glastonbury Thorn on Wearyall Hill (sometimes known as Wirrall Hill) before it was vandalised in 2010.  It has now been replaced by a cutting taken from one of the damaged branches.  Standing next to the thorn tree was a truly magical energetic experience.

The original, grown from a cutting of a tree said to have been planted by Joseph of Arimathea who with his twelve companions 2,000 years ago  climbed the hill and planted his staff while he rested. The Hill’s name derives from his proclaiming ‘we are weary all’. The following morning the staff had taken root, and it grew into the miraculous thorn tree.

According to Glastonbury Abbey website in 1530 three trees stood on the hill.  They were very unusual because they flowered twice once around Easter time and a second time at Christmas.  In the civil war Puritan soldiers cut down the remaining trees as they saw it as an object of superstition.  Fortunately local people kept cuttings and it is from these that the current trees exist at Glastonbury Abbey, Chalice Well and St John’s church as well as the replacement on Wearyall Hill.

Over the next year we will be writing a series of articles under the heading of “Treading Lightly on the Planet”.

With Christmas so close this article is about making your own perfume/aftershave.  We have used environmentally friendly products since the early 80s.  The result of this is a far keener sense of smell.  Sometimes we pass people in the street and their perfume/aftershave is so strong you find it lingering for quite a few yards which, while it lasts, can affect your own breath.  These products are laced with chemicals and the person that wears them is breathing them in on a continual basis which can be detrimental to their health and others who are sharing the same space.

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For many years we have made perfumes for people using aromatherapy essential oils which can affect your moods.  This can be great fun making your own perfume/aftershave. There are many benefits:- 

You may choose to make one that could be used to create a shift if you are stuck with your spiritual development.  Perhaps you are working with the Precepts.  There are oils which would help with all the precepts.

In Shinpiden Master Practitioner a person learns to work with the Precepts in a much deeper way.

Here are a few examples of Emotion/Mind/Thought relationship to the Precepts and essential oils which may create a shift with a stuck pattern of behaviour.

Just for today (Unconscious, Inertia, Unmindful)

Jasmine – Uplifting

Lavender – Balancing, Clarity

Cypress –  Inner Peace, Patience

Lemon – Centring, Reviving 

Cedarwood –  Focus.

Do not Anger (Resentment, Blame, Hatred, Fear)

Ormenis Flower, Ginger, Black Pepper  – Releasing Anger

 Spikenard, Bergamot, Chamomile Roman – Coping with Anger

Sweet Orange – Irrational Fear of the Unknown

Ormenis Flower, Coriander, Lemon – Ability to Let Go

Grapefruit. Frankincense, Rose Otto – Acceptance

Do not Worry (Fear, Anxiety, Stress)

Eucalyptus Lemon – Regeneration, Optimism

Frankincense – Fortitude Acceptance

Rosemary, Basil – Inspiration

Frankincense, Lavender – Fear of change

Be Humble (Egotistical, Dishonouring, Ungrateful)

Chamomile Roman , Juniper, Pine – Humility

Rosemary, Lavender, Lemon, Bergamot – Conscious

Frankincense, Myrrh, Spikenard, Lavender – Honourable

Frankincense, Myrrh, Ylang Ylang, Galbanum, Geranium – Joy, Thankful, Appreciation

Be Honest with Self and Others (Insincere, Devious, Biased)

Clary Sage – Non Judgement

Mandarin – Integrity, Inspired

Geranium – Balancing, Flexible

Linden Blossom – Inner Vision

Petitgrain – Introspection

Be Kind to others and self (Selfishness, Thoughtlessness, Ill Will)

Benzion – To be able to Give and Receive

Jasmine, Tuberose, Cypress, Neroli, Rose Otto – Sensitivity

Chamomile, Lemon, Pine, Geranium – Self Forgiveness

Basil, Hyacinth, Lavender, Cypress – Trust

Chamomile German, Chamomile Roman, Neroli, Pine – Understanding

Thyme, Peppermint, Marjoram, Lavender – Tolerant

To blend essential oils is an organic living process, a magical alchemical journey.  To begin with, the perfume after mixing may lack harmony, and smell a bit rough.  Left for two weeks there is a definite change.  Over the two weeks the perfume changes subtlety, matures and becomes much more round and harmonious.  I like to leave mine at least three weeks to mature and after that the first time you smell it is an exciting mysterious  revelation.

There are no hard and fast rules to creating your own mood perfume. Allow yourself time, trust your intuition when you choose an essential oil, just be open and receptive to the journey.

Blending essential oils producing perfume is an ancient art which has existed for many centuries.  It is very similar to producing musical notes where there is a range of scales.  Essential oils have top, middle and base notes, some of the notes may also cross over slightly into the next range.  The top (head) note is the fragrance that you smell first this awakens and stimulates the senses.  This disappears quickly revealing the middle (heart) note and the base (bottom) note is the one you smell after a few hours of wearing your perfume.  You could relate this to the Three Diamonds exercise.

Most perfumes have a classification  of relationships which result in what are loosely called families

Floral – These have notes of the most fragrant flowers – jasmine, rose, neroli, violet. They are often accompanied by non floral such as leafy and earthy nuances.

Aldehydic – These type of perfumes are descended from Chanel No. 5 these have notes of a nutty flavour and are warm and elegant.

Chypre –  warm and dry, elegant and formal almost all built round a woody, mossy accord of bergamot, oakmoss, patchouli and labdanum 

Oriental – Have notes that are exotic made from spices, musks, incense and resins

Citrus –  Have woody fresh  clean invigorating notes

Fougére –  Notes of a herbaceous and woody scent that resembles a fern.

Blend percentage of the essential oil to make a perfume

Top notes 10 -30% of the blend

Middle notes 30 – 60%

Base notes 15 – 30%

Perfume types / essential oil concentrations:                                                           

Alcohol Base Perfume: 5-25% Concentration                                  

Oil Base Perfume: 15-30% Concentration

Below is a list of blends using the top middle and base notes


Top Notes Middle Notes Base Notes
(Top to Middle)
Bay Balsam Peru
(Top to Middle)
Black Pepper Cassia 
(Base to Middle)
Cajuput Cardamom Cedarwood
Cinnamon Chamomile Cinnamon 
(Base to Middle)
Clary Sage 
(Top to Middle)
Cypress Clove
(Top to Middle)
(Middle to Top)
Eucalyptus Geranium Ginger 
(Base to Middle)
Grapefruit Ho Leaf Jasmine
(Top to Middle)
Ho Wood Myrrh
Lemon Hyssop 
(Middle to Top)
(Base to Middle)
(Top to Middle)
Juniper Oakmoss
Lime Lavender 
(Middle to Top)
Mandarin /
Marjoram Rose
(Top to Middle)
(Middle to Top)
(Base to Middle)
Verbena Myrtle Sandalwood
Niaouli Nutmeg Valerian
Orange Palma Rosa Vanilla
Peppermint Pine Vetiver
Petitgrain Rosemary Ylang Ylang 
(Base to Middle)
Ravensara Spikenard
Sage Yarrow
Tea Tree 
(Top to Middle)
(Top to Middle)

To make your oil based perfume you will need the following:-

  1.    10ml dark glass rollette bottle  
  2.    10mls of jojoba oil
  3.    Essential oils of choice                                        
  4.    Fragrance tester strips – these may be made out of coffee filters cut into strips                                                                
  5.   Tissues/paper towels notepad for keeping a record of the blend                                            
  6.  Labels for the perfume bottle

Start preparing your perfume by taking the essential oils of choice and place one drop of each oil on a separate tester strip.  When complete place the strips all together and gently waft them under your nose.  If you feel the perfume needs adjusting then experiment by making different combinations of the strips.  When you have reached the smell of your choice you are ready to make your perfume.

Take the rollette bottle and pour in 5mls of jojoba oil.  Add between 25 and 50 drops of essential oil and shake well.  Then pour in the remaining jojoba oil, shake well, push in the roller insert and screw on the cap.  Leave for at least 2 weeks for the perfume to mature, during this time the perfume will subtlety alter. After the maturing period the perfume is ready to use apply just behind the ears. If for any reason there is any irritation then dilute with more jojoba oil. Remember to write a record in your note book with the date you made the perfume.

Materials for Spray perfume/aftershave:-

  1. 50ml dark glass spray bottle
  2.  Alcohol this can be vodka or perfumers alcohol
  3.  Hydrosol (Flower) water by products of essential oil distillation – note that the choice of flower water will affect the overall fragrance                        
  4.  Essential oils of choice                                               
  5.  Fragrance tester strips – these may be made out of coffee filters cut into strips                                            
  6.  Tissues/paper towels notepad for keeping a record of the blend                  
  7.  Labels for the perfume bottle 

Start preparing your perfume/aftershave by taking the essential oils of choice and place one drop of each oil on a separate tester strip.  When complete place the strips all together and gently waft them under your nose.  If you feel the perfume needs adjusting then experiment by making different combinations of the strips.  When you have reached the smell of your choice you are ready to make your perfume.

Take the 50mls spray bottle and pour in 5mls of alcohol.  Add your choice of between 30 and 60 drops of essential oils, shake well. Then top the mixture up with the hydrosol flower water, shake well again. Insert spray attachment and cap. If for any reason there is any irritation then dilute with more flower water.

Remember that essential oils if ingested are toxic and should be handled with care. Do not leave where children or animals can access them.

 Roller Bottle Blend Recipe for Gratitude

Spray Bottle Blend Recipe for Gratitude