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Herbal Alchemy

for the Nerds

Three Philosophical Principles:

a.k.a. the tria prima (a way of understanding how a plant, person, or any aspect of nature has it's own unique constitutional pattern).

Soul (Sulfur 🜍) is individual (individual essence, your unique manifestation of consciousness). 

Plant component: essential oil

Spirit (Mercury ☿) is universal (the universal life force, the animating factor, Chi, the undifferentiated energy that moves through all things). Moves "between the worlds."

Plant component: alcohol

Our psyche and emotions are manifestations of spirit and ways our soul communicates with us.

Fun Fact: the term "spirits" in relation to alcohol comes from the alchemical tradition that identified the alcohol found universally in every plant as the spirit of plants.

Body (Salt 🜔) is the vehicle through which spirit and soul are able to manifest into life. Allows individuation.

Plant component: alkaline minerals

Fun Fact: when we include the salts of a plant in our herbal medicines, it drives it deeper into the tissues of the body and increases the efficacy and efficiency of the medicine at lower doses. 

The salt principle has been thrown away by modern herbal pharmacology,

making it's remedies essentially "disembodied."


In herbal alchemy (spagyrics), we use the wholeness of the plant so that it will work on the wholeness of the person.

spagyrics - 2 Greek worlds, translated most accurately: to separate and reawaken
death and rebirth
following the transformational cycles of nature



"St. John's Wort functions to help strengthen the inner Sun, to bring the light back into someone's life. It feeds the inner light, fans and brightens the flame of consciousness, and where that light shines the darkness dissipates."

-Sajah Popham

Image by Anne Nygård



-thgc, 09


a, 3

"I was a little skeptical abousence."
Aimee, 37

Note from Gabrielle:

"It’s amazing how many issues contemporary Western culture is taught there are no remedies for.

There is literally never a case where that is true.

WHAT?!! Blasphemy! 𝗕𝗨𝗥𝗡 𝗛𝗘𝗥!!!!!! AHHHHHHHH, I’ve lost my mind and gone blind with anger - murder the witch! 🤬

…..yes, literally — that is never true. You’d think this would be good news — but to someone who’s identity is tied to misinformation, they can respond incredibly VIOLENTLY to this. 

So in case you are one of those people — I’d suggest you’d swiftly fuck off rather than attack me.

Back to it —

If someone doesn’t know the answer, it’s because they haven’t been educated about it. That’s it. 

Our world is full of the correct answers if you look in the right places.

And the best part is when you study multiculturally, you find the universal truths.

This is what I had to do.

This is what I did.

This is what I will continue to do for good measure, ☺️

in addition to painting, acro, and clay throwing,

until I die,

at a super old age."

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