Preparation and use of Essences

20.11.2023 19:15:00


The use of plants for medicinal purposes is as old as mankind itself. Grave finds and a wide variety of records bear witness to the great importance of medicinal plants in the most diverse epochs of history. An important user of herbal remedies was Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, called Paracelsus (1493 - 1541), the great physician of the late Middle Ages.

Paracelsus was born in Switzerland as the son of the alchemist, naturalist and physician Wilhelm Bombast von Hohenheim. His mother died very early and Paracelsus and his father moved to Carinthia (Villach) in 1502. At the age of 16 he began studying medicine at the University of Basel. Afterwards there were 12 years of traveling with stays with famous alchemists such as: B. Sigmund Füger and Abbot Bruno Graf von Spanheim. He then worked as a surgeon in large parts of Europe and in 1524/25 he settled in Salzburg, but had to flee the city because his support of the insurgents in the Peasants' War made him unpopular with the archbishop. He fled to Switzerland, but within a few years he also became unpopular there (through his open criticism of the doctors and pharmacists), so that there were further years of wandering. In 1541 he moved back to Salzburg, where he died on September 24th that same year. Paracelsus was an extraordinary doctor in many ways. It is not for nothing that he is called the Luther or Columbus of medicine. His medical thinking was shaped by holistic perspectives. Paracelsus' medicine is based on knowledge of nature and God and consideration of the big picture is necessary. For Paracelsus, the material body is merely a part of the complete body, which is largely invisible to the ordinary observer. For him, experience, empathy, virtue and natural laws were more important than sterile book knowledge ("Reading is only a foothold of experience. We should not be taught medicine by hearsay, but let nature be our teacher"). According to Paracelsus, God brought both diseases and the possibility of healing into the world through humans. Based on his life experience, a doctor can find the causes of diseases and prepare appropriate medicines for them. It was also Paracelsus who collected traditional knowledge and recorded it in writing for posterity. Centuries of experience in the field of herbal medicine, which was passed on from generation to generation, found its way into medical literature. His enormous knowledge of medicinal plants is based on the old path of signature theory as well as on knowledge of alchemy, astrology, metaphysics and the wealth of experience of peasant doctors, gypsies and folk medicine practitioners.

Alchemy (alchemy, the science of life in matter)

Paracelsus did not see alchemy as a method for producing gold, but as an indispensable process for producing particularly effective medicines. It's about dissolving a substance, processing it and reassembling the fractions gained in the process with the aim of increasing its healing power. Herbal medicine in its deepest sense, so to speak. The procedures of the alchemical tradition are designed to separate the inherent powers of natural things (such as plants or minerals) from their material expression and thereby make the essential usable. The philosophical masterpiece, the teaching of the three principles in the material world, also goes back to him. He formulated these 3 principles as: Mercury (the volatile), Sulfur (the burning) and Sal (the solid): spirit, soul and body. However, he does not contradict the galenic medicine of the Middle Ages with its 4 elements (earth, fire, water and air), which build up matter, but adds something new. The elements build up the material world. The principles, on the other hand, are spiritual in nature, existed before the material world came into existence and are now bound to matter. If these 3 principles "body, mind and soul" are in harmony - your health will be good. If there is disharmony, then the person becomes ill. Holistic medicine is not, as some believe, a knowledge of our time, but its roots go back a long way. All three principles are harmonized in the medicines of Paracelsus. These are medicines that are particularly helpful in chronic conditions and have a cleansing effect on body, mind and soul and stimulate self-healing powers. Of course, Paracelsus is not the founder of alchemy, because "The knowledge of the healing arts came into the world together with people in ancient times." Paracelsus stood in this timeless tradition - and countless others before and after him.

Production of alchemical essences

The result of a complex manufacturing process, which includes several separation and combination processes, is an aromatic, alcoholic liquid that has no side effects and can be kept almost indefinitely. When creating alchemical essences, the healing powers are extracted from the body, soul and spirit of the plant. The healing powers of the plant body are found in the salts, the spiritual are associated with the oily substances such as the essential oils and the spirit with the alcohol-soluble substances. In the first production step, the respective plants used, which preferably come from wild growth or have been cultivated organically, are prepared with yeast and water, fermented and distilled. The spirit and soul of the plant are therefore separate. These are reassembled and combined with the body of the plant (the plant salts are obtained in a special manufacturing process). The alchemical essences therefore not only influence the physical but also the mental and spiritual level. Thus, the human being experiences the positive effects of the plant in its entirety.

Application of alchemical essences

The application of the alchemical essences is particularly useful for prevention, but also for chronic complaints and disorders and for therapeutic regeneration. They aim to strengthen, revitalize and regulate the self-healing powers. Our alchemical essences consist of one or more medicinal plants that have been put together to form useful combination remedies. The alchemical essences are specifically tailored to their area of application and can be used as a cure (about 6 weeks) or continuously. In any case, regular intake of at least 3 weeks is recommended to give the body enough time to absorb and utilize the subtle information and high-quality active ingredients. There are no drug interactions and no side effects. People who have been addicted to alcohol should not take these alchemical essences, since even the smallest amounts of alcohol can lead to a relapse. It is recommended to take 15 drops twice a day. This dose can also be increased if necessary as there is no danger of overdosing. Children are given correspondingly less.

  • Infants: 4 drops throughout the day;
  • 2 - 6 years: 2 x 3 drops per day;
  • over 6 years: 2 x 5 - 2 x 7 drops per day.

You should not use a metal spoon when taking it. It is best to drip the required number of drops under the tongue or take them with water. The alchemical essences can also be applied externally, e.g. B. for envelopes and wraps (example: liver wrap) or in the bath water (e.g. to calm down before going to bed).

“All knowledge of the world that we humans possess on earth comes only from the light

the nature. This light of nature ranges from the visible to the invisible and is so here

wonderful as there. In the light of nature, the invisible is visible."


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