What are Spagyrics?

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Spagyrics are a step beyond the tincture. "A spagyric is an herbal medicine produced by alchemical procedures. These procedures involve fermentation, distillation and the extraction of mineral components from the ash of the plant."(wikipedia) It's basically a super tincture. You soak the plant matter in the alcohol for at least a month as required to make the tincture. Then we steam distill the oils. From there the remaining plant matter is separated from the tincture and burned to a fine ash. The ashes are moistened with alcohol and burned several times to ensure they are as pure as possible. Then the ashes are added to alcohol, which is often acidified(not always), in order to extract the plant salts and/or minerals. When the alcohol is filtered out and dried, the salts will appear. They typically look like diamonds. These salts are added back to the mixture. The end result is a tincture, with the oils and salts added back to it. There were many different variations in this practice throughout history, and a lot of spiritual activities were often combined with the process, including meditation.


When it comes to preparing herbal medicines of any kind, there are a few basic facts you need to know. Tea works with many herbs and for many things, yet there are certain chemicals in plants that are not soluble in water because it's polar, while certain desired alkaloids in plants are non-polar. This is why we often see that when plants are prepared differently, they may have different medicinal applications. The properties that various preparations possess are based off of the chemical constituents in them that are inducing the medicinal qualities we seek. If what we want is soluble in non-polar solvents, then this is where high proof alcohol comes in to play. Alcohol is used to make what is called a tincture. I'll talk more about that in the next paragraph. Also keep in mind that from a shamanic and Native American perspective, the psychology, intention, and energy behind preparing and consuming the medicine is also important.



The Benefits Of DIY


         You have options. You can either buy prepared tinctures, oils, or capsules, without knowing the quality and potency of the material that went into them, or you can make your own. Now, I do promote the best of the best on here, so you can be assured you're getting premium grade product. I still feel it my duty to inform you that for the price that you would pay for a few vials of oils or bottled tinctures, you could make dozens and dozens of batches of your very own spagyric tinctures!. When you make your own, you know exactly what went into them, including the quality, potency, and the amount of plant material. In my younger years, I made the mistake of buying already prepared products. I've never found anything that can compare to the quality and potency of making your own concoctions.


How To Make Spagyric Tinctures

The purpose of a spagyric vs a regular tincture is to extract non-polar alkaloids, oils, and pretty much any and all constituents that water can not, as well as any other lost elements of the plants being used and add it to the perfect, original, heart and soul filled creation that is your final product. Water and oil don't mix obviously, yet alcohol extracts yield a much higher quality and quantity of oil. The advantage of using and making tinctures is also that there's no heat involved, which may potentially damage certain alkaloids. This is not always the case, but with botanicals such as Kava, it's true that the active compounds are easily destroyed by heat. Some phytochemicals are volatile, meaning that they are easily evaporated. This is why I often suggest placing a lid on the boiler and adding a drop of oil to prevent the mixture from boiling over when making teas or decoctions. I'm not saying that tea's and decoctions are useless, because they are very useful. Just know that there are ways to get more out of your herbs via the various ways to prepare them.


Throughout history many different people made these differently. They also defined them differently, so to each their own. First choose your medicines, make sure you only use herbs you are more than familiar with for your spagyric tinctures. Know your plants and which ones synergize well together. Choose your mixtures and parts, and capture your oils by adding fresh plant materials to water, or steam distillation. The water and oil method is the poor mans method. You can collect the oil when it floats to the top with a dropper or spoon. It's difficult but much cheaper than shopping to buy a steam distillation kit. After you have your oils, it's time to move on to the next step.


Next it's time to create your tinctures. Save your left over plant materials. Some prefer to go as far as the calcination process, which was an ancient alchemical process you can learn about on Wikipedia in detail, and some prefer to take the reamining plant material, dry it out, and then powder it. In other words, after you separate the alcohol from the plant material, you dry it, powder it, and add it back to the final product. Now take your oils and add them back to the mixture as well. This is the ultimate "spagyric". Well, you can go fruther if you want. You can actually extract plant salts from the powdered left over plant material we were talking about, but adding it back to the mixture is almost the same, some may even say the same. There's different ways of doing this but most important is adding your own personal touch.

I highly recommend that everyone support small time entrapaneurs on Amazon. They often have bulk, raw, high potency, high quality organic herbs A-Z by the HUNDREDS possibly even thousands. They also sell capsules and capsule filling machines so you can fill your own. Instead of paying a lot of money for already capsuled supplements, buying quarter pounds and the capsules machine gives you a much higher quantity of capsules for a much better price. Don't forget you can make your own spagyrics too. You could literally start your own online shop, because these prices are almost wholesale. They have a wholesale store too. We're talking about buying bulk pounds, kilos, for the price of a single to a few boxes of tea. You'll have enough product to mass prodice your own tea bags or spagyric tinctures. For more information on these ancient alchemical preparations see the scholarly citations at the bottom of this page!


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