Do any of our herbalists here practice spagyrics? Is it worth the considerable investment of labor and resources? Does it really make the medicine more effective?
A couple of training videos from Sajah Popham showed up in my email the past few days--don't know if it's something I signed up for and then forgot, or if they came because I signed up for whatever perks he's offering for buying his book. The first video is pretty much his usual general introduction to the basic principles of herbal alchemy. But the second I hadn't seen before--he takes you through the spagyric process of reducing an herb down to its mineral salts. If I understand him, after you tincture the herb and strain the plant material out, instead of composting the plant material you dry it, then grind it up and cook it down to ash in a crucible. You repeat that process several times over a period of days till you have fine white ash. Then you mix the ash with water and let the insolubles sink to the bottom, Strain those out and spend another week or two slowly evaporating the water till you are left with the mineral salts from the plant, which you can then add back into your tincture. A gallon bucket of plant material yielded what looked to be about one-quarter cup of salts.
The close-up photos of the mineral salts were really cool, showing their different crystalline structure, and he is certainly passionate about the value of the process. But that's a good month's work, plus the resources needed for a heat source to cook the herbs repeatedly for days. So I was wondering if it all really adds that much more to the medicine?
He said to share the videos, so I hope this link works.
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