Spring Sale : Tonics at All Levels (part one) (ended 7/17/2018)

March 19, 2018 by Micah  
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Note that this sale has expired; we’re leaving the post up so that the information about these Spagyrics is available. To see what’s currently on sale, click here.

This transitional time of year brings days that swing from lovely, sunny, and flowery to cold, ugly, and wet, and back again, sometimes in the same afternoon! It can be hard for our immune systems and vitality to keep up with the fluctuating weather, and the instability can affect both our physical and subtle levels of being.

To support your health during this season of change, we’ve got a sale on several tonic Spagyrics that we work with at different levels of being. Click here to go right to our sale page, or read on for more about how Spagyric processing can refine and target these plants’ effects and bring out their best healing expression.

True Spagyric work follows the writings of the system’s creator, Paracelsus, in which every natural thing is seen as a dynamic balance of three levels of being: a body, a spirit, and a soul. Each of these levels can be a source of imbalance and disease in people, and in plants, each carries specific healing properties which target the corresponding level in the person using the Spagyric, if properly made.

Some plants, such as mineral-rich Alfalfa, are very physical in their healing energies. Other plants, like Rhodiola, support our intelligence and vital spark, while our soul’s eternal aspects can be healed with plants like Rose. Each of these plants has a specific level on which it does its best work, and so, in our lab, we process each one differently to protect and magnify that intelligence.

Tonic and adaptogenic herbs are special cases, since they have physical effects on the function and health of the body, but these effects come through the higher spirit level of being, which is the level of vitality and overall balance. This is why a true tonic herb can work on many seemingly unrelated imbalances, all while not creating any new problems.

These herbs are the classic well-loved tonics of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, and they tend to be used in many different ways within the cultures they belong to. One ailment might call for a tea of the herb, while for a different imbalance, the same plant might be used in a medicinal wine or honey. This diversity in preparation is a good clue that the herb in question is versatile and open to direction through targeted processing.

As Spagyrics, all of our medicines are made in an alcohol base to protect the Spirit of the plant, but each level is still extracted in a way customized to our intent for the final medicine. Tonic herbs have one set of energies and gifts at the Essence, or Salt/physical level, and another intelligence of healing at the Spiritualized Essence or Mercury/Spirit level. These are the two levels at which we process most of our tonic plants, and the differences in each level of the same plant can be dramatic.

Generally, Essences of a plant are very grounded, nutritional, stabilizing and calming, and work on organs and their functions in short-term ways. Spiritualized Essences tend to be more uplifting, energizing and clarifying, and are great for long-term use to support meridians and whole systems of the body and mind.

So, with that introduction to the basic divisions in our work, let’s explore some specific tonic Spagyrics and their healing properties!

Many tonic herbs are roots, collected in autumn as they fill up with the nutrients gathered by the aboveground parts throughout the sun of summer. Sugar compounds in particular are stored in roots, which is why so many of them are delicious- think of carrots, parsnips, or beets.

Polysaccharides are special chains of sugars that plants build for both storage and structure, and many polysaccharides are also powerful medicinal compounds. Traditional Chinese Medicine is especially rich in knowledge about these sweet tonic roots, and in our lab, we work with many of them, and their healing gifts are really magnified and focused by Spagyric processing.

One of our favourite tonic roots is Siberian Ginseng, which has centuries of history as an adaptogen- an herb that helps the body deal with stress in ways that are balanced and intelligent. Although not botanically a Ginseng, this root shares many healing properties with true Ginseng, but with a more calming, stabilizing expression. Siberian Ginseng is a good choice for people who need adaptogenic support, but are overstimulated easily or who need emotional and nerve balance.

On the physical level, Siberian Ginseng helps the body adapt to all sorts of stresses, in fact, the concept of “adaptogens” was created by researchers describing this plant’s actions in the body. Bringing stamina, strength, and endurance, our Siberian Ginseng Essence is an excellent companion for physical work or activity, especially in difficult environments such as very hot or cold places.

Siberian Ginseng is also a balancer to the emotions and mood through its effects on neurotransmitters, and our Spiritualized Essence is the optimum Spagyric level for this kind of support. It builds energy and vitality, yet also calms the mind and helps with insomnia.

Another root with both physical and emotional effects is Fo Ti, also known as Ho Shou Wu. The name Ho Shou Wu refers to its use by an ancient Chinese king, named Ho, whose head of hair ( shou ) turned black ( wu ) again after using this herb, and it is considered an excellent herb for rejuvenation and slowing aging.

Our Fo Ti Essence brings out the herb’s heart- and spirit-calming properties, as well as being soothing to the digestive and urinary systems. With a food-like nutritive quality, the Essence is one of our more Yin-energy tonics.

On the higher level, Fo Ti is more rebuilding and strengthening, and this Spagyric is one I have relied on many times for support during long times of standing, such as at festivals. When the general stresses of a long weekend start to affect my lower back and the energy flow of my heart and kidneys, our Fo Ti Spiritualized Essence seems to really dispel stagnation and stiffness and help my body and mood flow with ease and joy.

ashwberryAnother Spagyric root you may have been “dosed” with at our booth is the wonderful Ashwagandha, an Ayurvedic relative of tomatillos and peppers, and one of the most intelligent tonic roots we know.

If we shared our Ashwagandha Spagyrics with you, it’s likely you had a bit of a quiz first to determine what direction your energy had drifted and what would best bring it back to balance.

This is because our two Ashwagandha Spagryics show almost opposite effects, expressed in remarkably different ways simply because of the processing variations.

Our Ashwagandha Essence is sweet, rooty, rich, and nourishing, with a calming quality that is hinted at by the plant’s botanical name, Withania somnifera. “Somnifera” means “sleep-inducing”, and is part of the botanical name of Opium Poppies, as well.

While not as dramatic a sedative as Opium, Ashwagandha reduces the circulation of adrenaline in the system, and so keeps you from spinning out into worry, over-thinking, and over-excitement. Taken right at bedtime, Our Essence will ease you into a deep sleep and over time, correct the sleeping-waking cycle.

Ashwagandha’s Ayurvedic name means “smells like a horse”, and the root does smell earthy and agrestic. That smell is considered a signature of its effect on stamina and vitality, and our Spiritualized Essence has a bit of a kick to it in that way!

Still balancing to adrenaline, this level of Ashwagandha is a real gift when you’re feeling “tired and wired” at the same time, as it calms the depleting false energy of inner stress and brings you into real vitality and long-term strength. A bit bitter, it also stimulates digestion and brings clarity to the mind.

Leaving the roots behind, we’re now moving above ground to talk about Spagyric tonics of some leaves and mushrooms- click here for part two of this article!

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