Spagyric essentially means herbal alchemy.
Thus, a spagyric tincture is an alchemical preparation of herbs in tincture form.
Is Alchemy Real?
While alchemy is laughed at by hyper-rationalists, even as they praise scientists such as Sir Isaac Newton (the “discoverer” of gravity and Newtonian Laws…who also happened to be an alchemist).
Saying that alchemy was just the forerunner of chemistry is not quite accurate. And while there are certain metaphysical elements to alchemy, there is also a real laboratory science to it too. One which has not really been investigated scientifically, though it certainly could be, so it is not a pseudo-science, despite what some claim.
Spagyrics, that is herbal alchemy, is considered the entry point to alchemy. It is much easier, and safer, to work with herbs then working with toxic metals such as antimony, which apparently is what killed Newton! (Perhaps he was a much better scientist than alchemist.)
Without going deep into alchemy, there are three principles.
- Salt – Body
- Sulfur – Soul
- Mercury – Spirit
These principles are not to be confused with the chemicals sulfur, mercury or salt. The whole idea is separation and unification of these principles, which is a more holistic way of looking at what is in a substance, rather than identifying individual chemicals as we do today.
How a Spagyric Tincture Compares to a Regular Tincture
In easy terms, a spagyric tincture is more potent than a standard tincture. How it does this is that a spagyric tincture differs from a standard tincture is in one big way. It contains the salt, or body, of the plant, which a normal tincture simply throws away.
When a standard tincture is made (Read more at: How to Make Herbal Tinctures) the menstruum (alcohol) is pressed from the marc (the herbs). Then the marc is discarded, and the menstruum is what is used as the tincture.
In a spagyric tincture, the marc is not discarded. Instead, it is burned and ground repeatedly until it yields a fine, typically greyish powder. This process is called calcination.
I do this in a kiln I purchased specifically for this purpose. It gets very hot in there!
This ash is then dissolved in water to separate the soluble from insoluble minerals. The insoluble (called caput mortuum or death’s head) are discarded. The soluble minerals are slowly evaporated down to crystalline form. These are then added back into the tincture.
Some fascinating colors some from this process. This picture of Ginseng salts doesn’t do it justice for the amazing colors that came forth.
And crystals actually do form in this process which is amazing to watch. You can see a bit of that in the video above. As you might imagine, just reading about the process now, this is equipment, labor and time intensive, hence why it’s not done by most.
In alchemical terms, by putting the salt back into the sulfur/mercury, this puts the body back into the tincture. This makes it so that it works on your body even better.
Even if you don’t buy into all the alchemical philosophy behind this, at the very least these “salts” contains all kinds of minerals, including many trace minerals that were present in the plant material that get put back into the tincture.
Why We Have Some Spagyric and Some Regular Tinctures
At Lost Empire Herbs many of our tinctures are spagyric. This includes:
This does not include our Pine Pollen Tincture (though from time to time we do have a spagyric version available for VIP members). Part of this depends on scalability and different sources of herbs. Ideally, we’d want all of our tinctures to include the salts, but at this time it isn’t so.
It’s also important to note that our spagyric tinctures cost more than regular tinctures that are out there. But this premium price comes with premium quality that you won’t find almost anywhere else.
We have plans to bring you more spagyric tinctures in the future, as well as even more advanced spagyric preparations too. The spagyric tincture is only the starting point…