Spagyria is the preparation of dyes and essences taken from medicinal plants and natural objects through a complex and long process to obtain a final product with unique characteristics.
The origin of Spagyria: synthesis of Egyptian knowledge and alchemical tradition
The word Spagyria is formed from the Greek “spao” which means to separate, to divide, and “agheiro”, that is to connect, to unite.
The practice of spagyria is therefore a modality of knowledge and practice that is based on the philosophical foundations of ancient Egypt and of our alchemic tradition which has in the doctor Paracelso (1493-1541) one of the greatest exponents.
the Spagiria and preparation of natural darned
Spagyria is the preparation of dyes and essences taken from medicinal plants (but also from any other being or natural object) through a complex procedure. A further development in the preparation of spagyric remedies was given by the German doctor Carl Friedrich Zimpel (1801-1897).
The advantages of spagyric preparations
Attentive to the teachings of Paracelsus, Zimpel has developed a detailed methodology for plant extraction and processing. The production of spagyric essences according to dr. Zimpel is based on three essential processes: fermentation, distillation and incineration. In this way both essential oils (aromatic substances) and the mineral salts of the plant and microelements are obtained.
The advantage of these spagyric essences lies therefore in the fact that they contain not only organic substances, but also inorganic materials (mineral salts, trace elements). Furthermore, through the different processing phases, the entire healing power of the plant is used.
Plants used for spagyric preparations
It is preferable to use fresh plants harvested in uncontaminated or low-pollution areas. Usually before being used for production, they are subjected to a strict quality control that allows to detect the presence of herbicides, pesticides and heavy metals.
The first stage: fermentation in water
The first step after the careful selection of the plants is the fermentation in water and yeast. Fermentation is the process that allows essential oils to break free and the aromatic substances present in each plant. Depending on the type of plant, fermentation can last up to several weeks. During fermentation, structural changes of the plant material generate the formation of new substances.
The distillation of plants after fermentation
In the next phase the aromatic substances and ethanol extracted from the plants during fermentation must be recovered. This is achieved with steam water distillation (sweet distillation). At this point this stage of production has ended. The distillate has a very pleasant aroma which is reinforced by the previous fermentation process.
And finally … incineration
This leads to incineration (calcination, according to the alchemical term) of the distillation residue. In this phase the mineral salts and trace elements of plants are extracted from the plant mass, the combustion process eliminates all traces of potentially toxic organic substances (alkaloids).