It has been said that all things in Nature, having risen to their loftiest potential, must descend back to the Earth to be renewed and enlivened once again. In this same fashion, Secret Fire Apothecary rises from the ashes of a previous incarnation, a Stone if you will, that was ready to be cast back into the Fire and start it's Great Work anew.
Led by the vision and works of herbalist and medicine maker Daniel Wiseman, Secret Fire Apothecary seeks to aid in the modern reawakening of the Perennial Philosophy contained within the tradition of Alchemy; the art of raising vibrations, turning "Lead to Gold", in sync with Nature's pattern and rhythm.
Most recently re-ignited in Europe by Paracelsus, an early 16th century physician and father of modern toxicology, Alchemy sprouted up once again through what he titled Spagyria. This system, drawing from the framework and practices of both practical laboratory and philosophical Alchemy sought out to create a methodology of holistic medicine making based upon a concept known as the Tria Prima; Salt, Sulphur and Mercury, otherwise known as the Body, Soul and Spirit of all things in the manifest world.
The title Spagyric, deriving from the ancient Greek words spao (to draw out) and agerio (to gather), highlights the basic technique underlying the many forms of Spagyric medicines. In regards to botanical medicines the three essential principles to be separated, purified/elevated and recombined include a plant's:
- Mineral salt profile (Salt/Body)
- Essential oil and active compound profile (Sulphur/Soul)
- Alcohol potential through fermentation (Mercury/Spirit)
Although there is much to be discovered and evolved in Spagyria by modern minds, methods and sciences, some noteworthy known benefits of this medicine making system include:
- Truly holistic and full spectrum extracts of plants, with their natural compositions left intact
- Increased bio-availability
- Decreased risk of side effects/toxicity
- Longer lasting and more penetrating effects
- Increased stability/shelf life
- Alkalized final product
- Increased nutritional benefit due to higher electrolyte content
- Lower dosages required compared to conventional extracts
- Having the actions of both a bioactive medicine (ex.tincture) and an energetic medicine (ex. flower essence)
Utilizing the Spagyric method briefly described above, Secret Fire Apothecary creates and compounds small batch, high quality, potent holistic botanical extracts and products using only natural plant based materials and solvents. Strict commitment to ethically sourced, sustainable organic and wild harvested herbs/fungi as base materials, and patient processing in lock-step with Nature is our promise to you, to ensure only the best of our ability as purveyors of the finest herbal wares.