What is Spagery, Spagyrics or Herbal Alchemy?

A ‘Spagyric’ is an herbal medicine which is created or produced by alchemical procedures and processes. These procedures involve the fermentation, distillation and the extraction of the mineral components (termed ‘Salts’ in Alchemy, no matter what the original substance) from the ash of the plant. In traditional medieval alchemy, these processes were generally for the separation and purification of metals from ores and salts from brines and other aqueous solutions.

A Spagyric most commonly refers to a plant tincture to which has also been added (or re-added) the ash of the calcined plant. The original rationale behind these special herbal tinctures is that an extract using alcohol cannot be expected to contain all the medicinal properties from a living plant, and so the ash or mineral component (as a result of the calcination process) of the calcined plant was prepared separately and then added back to ‘augment’ (increase) the alcoholic tincture.

The roots of the word therefore refer first to the extraction or separation process and then to the recombining process. These herbal tinctures are alleged to have superior medicinal properties to simple alcohol tinctures, perhaps due the formation of soap-like compounds from the essential oils and the basic salts contained within the ash. In theory these spagyrics can also optionally include material from fermentation of the plant material and also any aromatic component such as might be obtained through distillation. The final spagyric should be a re-blending of all such extracts into one single ‘essence.’

So, why is it important to recombine the ash of the plant back into the essence of the tincture? In traditional Alchemy, from which the art of Spagyrics comes from, there are always three principal elements: Salt, Sulphur and Mercury. The Salt is related to the physical structure of the herb, its appearance and feel, that ‘physical’ part of the herb, and thus also to the body of the person taking the tincture. The Sulphur is related to the internal structure of the herb, its internal essential oils or that ‘mental’ part of the herb, and thus also to the mind of the person taking the tincture. The Mercury is related to the essence or the life force of the herb (represented by the alcohol, as all living plants produce ethyl alcohol), and thus also to the spirit of the person taking the tincture. In a modern tincture, the Salts or Minerals of the tincture are typically left out, thus often negating, or at the least minimizing, the physical healing aspects of that tincture.

When holistically treating the body, its systems and those diseases and other things which afflict it, the traditional belief is that in order to treat body, mind and spirit, that the body, mind and spirit of the medicines must be present as well. For this reason, is the Salt/Mineral/Body of the plant transformed into a greater substance and is then added back into the Spagyric tincture. We truly believe that this process gives the greatest healing possible from any given herb, and thus all of our tinctures that we sell are made by using these ancient alchemical practices.

Additionally, we also believe that each plant is connected to one of the 7 ancient planets, and by association one of the twelve astrological signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini, etc). As such, each herb has an affinity with one of the sigs of the Zodiac. In order to extract these herbs during the time period of their greatest potency, we typically only extract our Spagyric Tinctures during the appropriate sign for that herb, thus adding an element of Astrological Timing to our process. This means that each tincture is only created once each year, when it is most potent.

All of these reasons add up to a powerful, potent and energetic Spagyric Tincture that is unmatched by those created by a factory or a machine and containing only 1/3 or 2/3 of the essential plant essences. Our tinctures are amazing in their potency and after taking them, you will notice a definite difference in their effects! We have been making tinctures, elixirs, potions and tonics in this way in the Denver area for more than 7 years. Experience the difference and see the benefits that a traditional Spagyric can do for you!

 

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