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A Quick Guide to 7 Japanese Oils

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I spent a few years living and working in Tokyo, Japan but I didn’t come to appreciate Japanese essential oils until after I had studied aromatherapy and visited Japan again. Each time I visit I bring back at least two oils.

Below are 7 Japanese oils I have found beneficial in my practice and in my reiki blends.

YUZU (Citrus junos)
Yuzu fruitYuzu is my favourite Japanese essential oil and is available outside Japan. I remember my excitement on first seeing a yuzu tree. I had been using the oil for a while but had never seen the tree from which the oil came.

Yuzu is extracted from the peel and is usually cold pressed but there is also steam distilled one. She has a very fresh, fruity and citrus aroma. The yellow fruit is well known in Japan and in winter the peel and sometimes the whole fruit is cut in halves and put in the bath to help prevent colds. She is antiviral, antibacterial and stimulates the immune system so this makes sense.

Yuzu is a very uplifting oil and useful for anxiety, depression, frustration, regret and nervousness. She helps to calm the mind and bring a sense of peace. She is an expensive oil but well worth having.

HINOKI (Chamaecyparis obtuse)
HinokiHinoki a Japanese cypress native to central Japan is a slow growing tree that can reach 35 metres in height. The wood is used to build temples, shrines, palaces and baths. She has traditionally been used in purification rituals in Shinto religious ceremonies. Hinoki was used to build the Ise Shrine, considered Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrine.

The essential oil is steam distilled from the dark red brown wood and has a distinctly woody aroma. Emotionally and spiritually hinoki is useful for stress helping to ground you rather than allowing the stressful situation to overwhelm you. She is also useful for purifying the atmosphere and your aura.
Physically she is used for sinus, respiratory and minor skin conditions because of her antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.

I have used hinoki in the Reiki Journey blend for her connection to the sacred temples of Japan and her purifying and grounding properties allowing the practitioner to stay grounded in their space while allowing the reiki energy to flow through them and do its healing work.

HIBA (Thujopsis dolabrata)
HibaHiba, a member of the cypress family, is another wood that has long been used in Japan for building houses, temples and pagodas, perhaps because of her ability to repel termites, cockroaches and fleas. You will often see the trees growing around temples.

The essential oil is steam distilled from wood chips and is a pale yellow in colour. Emotionally she is very helpful for stress, relaxing both the mind and body while physically she is a good oil to use for eczema.

HAKKA ((Mentha arvensis)
HakkaHakka is Japanese peppermint which has 1.5 times more menthol than peppermint.

She is used to help during a spiritual crisis by reconnecting you to your purpose and clearing away the confusion. She also has the ability on an energetic level to help you digest and assimilate new thoughts and beliefs.
She is uplifting and stimulating helping to combat mental fatigue.

HOKKAIDO MOMI (Abies sachalinensis)
Hokkaido Momi is an evergreen fir that grows to about 30 metres and is found in northern Hokkaido as well as on Sakhalin Island. The essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves and branches. This process can take 5 to 6 hours.
Physically she is used for respiratory conditions.

Emotionally and spiritually she is used for stress, anxiety and to relieve mental fatigue. She clears the mind and aura so you can differentiate between truth and illusion. She is also seen as a symbol of vital power because the leaves can be seen even when they are covered by snow in winter.

TOSA KONATSU (Citrus tamurana)
Tosa konatsuTosa Konatsu is another of my favourite Japanese essential oils. Natsu means summer and the aroma always reminds me of summer even in the depths of winter.

Tosa Konatsu is only grown in Japan commercially and is thought to be a hybrid between yuzu and pomelo (also known as Chinese grapefruit).

The fruit is round to slightly oblong and is a light yellow when ripe. It tastes sweet with a slightly sour note. Tosa Konatsu is considered a refreshing dessert on a hot summer’s day. Some Japanese also put slices of Tosa Konatsu in the bath to help cool them down during the heat of summer.

Tosa Konatsu is distilled from the rind and contains limonene and has a mild aroma. She is only available in Japan as far as I know. Physically she helps promote blood circulation and concentration while emotionally she uplifts the mind and is good for fatigue both mental and physical

SUGI (Cryptomeria japonica)
Sugi - Japanese cedarSugi is often called Japanese cedar in English but sugi belongs to the Cupressaceae family while cedarwood belongs to the Pinaceae family. Her aroma is also very different to cedarwood.

Sugi the national tree of Japan is very tall, up to 70 metres, and is often found in forests near temples and shrines. Some of the trees are hundreds of years old.

There is both a wood and a leaf essential oil available. The leaf is useful for emotional and respiratory issues while the wood is more grounding.

Sugi reminds you that the soul lives on long after the body has ceased to exist.

Reiki and Essential Oils

Reiki and Essential Oils

Reiki is a spiritual practice and hands on healing method introduced by Mikao Usui early last century. There are many English interpretations of the word but the one I favour is sacred universal energy.

Reiki can be given in person or by distance healing. It can be used to heal on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. It can benefit diverse ailments such as stress, pain, anxiety, mental confusion and insomnia. It can also be used to boost the immune system and speed up healing.

Reiki has 5 precepts or ideals for practitioners to live by or at least aspire to.
Just for today I will let go of anger
Just for today I will let go of worry
Just for today I will give thanks
Just for today I will work diligently
Just for today I will be kind to others.

Essential oils also promote healing on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual levels. They can be used before, during and after the reiki session to bring a deeper level of healing.
I prefer to use Japanese oils and have made 2 blends containing them, the Reiki Journey and Mt Kurama Healing Blend.

The following 3 Japanese oils should be easy to obtain.
Hakka ((Mentha arvensis) is Japanese peppermint. She is used to help during a spiritual crisis by reconnecting you to your purpose and clearing away the confusion. She also has the ability on an energetic level to help you digest and assimilate new thoughts and beliefs.

Hinoki (Chamaecyparis obtuse) has been used in Japan for building temples and shrines for centuries. She is a very relaxing oil helping to ground you and not be overwhelmed by stressful situations. Hinoki can also be used to purify your aura.

Yuzu (Citrus junos) is very uplifting and helpful for anxiety, depression and nervousness bringing peace of mind and serenity. She can also help those who are reluctant to ask for help when needed.

If you cannot get the above Japanese oils the following easily obtained essential oils would also work well.
Frankincense (Boswellia carterii) cleanses the aura, ceases mental chatter and gives access to your inner guidance by stilling your mind.

Lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) brings a sense of relaxation and nurturing. She also helps to forgive yourself and others.

Juniper (Juniperus communis) is good for cleansing the room before and after a session.

Sandalwood (Santalum album) helps you accept others with an open heart, warmth and understanding.

Rose (Rosa damascena) brings a sense of comfort when you have grown emotionally cold due to rejection, loss, hurt or abuse. She allows you to trust and love again. As well as helping with the pain of grief she can also help you to forgive others when they have hurt you. Rose helps you to both give and receive love unconditionally.

How to Use the Oils with Reiki During a Session
Diffuser –You can create a blend using 2 or 3 oils and placing 4 drops of the blend in the diffuser before the session to induce a feeling of relaxation, during the session to relax and bring a feeling of safety and nurturing or after to energetically cleanse the room.

Spray Mist – Place 10 drops of your blend in a 100ml spray bottle filled with distilled water. Shake and spray in the room before commencing the session or at the end of the session spray over the client’s body making sure their eyes are closed.

Tissue – Put a drop of your blend on a tissue and place it beside the pillow or your client’s head.

Hands – Place a drop or two of your blend in the palm of your hand, rub your hands together, have your client inhale the aroma then commence giving reiki.
Apply a little to your palms and brush through your client’s aura to cleanse it.
Apply to any area of their body that you intuitively feel needs it.

Other Uses
In distant sessions place a drop or two of your blend in your palms with the intention that the blend will create a fragrant bridge between you and your client.

Breathe in the blend while meditating.

Breathe in while reciting and thinking about the 5 reiki precepts or ideals.

Once your blend is made instead of shaking the bottle to blend the oils together you can draw the symbols with the bottle while having the intention that the blend will absorb those symbols. You may also like to chant the reiki precepts at the same time again with the intention that these will enter the blend. You will then have a very powerful blend to use on yourself or your client during your reiki sessions.

Reiki and aromatherapy are both powerful therapies on their own but when combined produce a deeper healing within your client or yourself.

If you would prefer to purchase my Reiki Journey Blend or Mt Kurama Healing Blend rather than make your own please click on the link. Please note these oils are already blended in fractionated coconut oil and so are not suitable for diffusing.