Paul is in our lab most days, and is constantly making Spagyrics, both restocking ones we’re out of, and creating new Spagyrics from herbs we haven’t worked with before. Even though we currently offer over 300 different Spagyrics, there are still many plants out there to explore, and we are always on the lookout for new plant allies to add to our catalogue.
Sometimes they arrive in our lab in random collections, as when we discover a new supplier or someone goes wildcrafting for us and sends whatever they found. Often, though, we seem to work on groups of related plants, connected either by family or use and effects.
Our two newest + one restock this time are all nerve tonics, relaxants, and painkillers, and all are important herbs that we’re glad to have in our toolkit.
We have worked with Scullcap before, but had run out and had trouble finding more, but we recently came across some and so Paul created a new vintage of Spiritualized Essence of Scullcap.
This water-loving mint relative has species around the world, and they are all used medicinally by their human neighbours. Scullcap is a nervine in the fullest sense of the word- it is calming to the “nerves” in the sense of emotions and anxious mental states, as well as being tonic to the literal physical tissue of the nervous system. We’ve processed this Spagyric under Mercury’s rulership to amplify this intelligence.
Mildly anti-anxiety to strongly sedative, depending on dose, our Scullcap Spiritualized Essence is a good support to a steady mood, reducing irritabililty and tension and easing sleep and even helping depression in some people.
It is also a very good painkiller, antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory for muscles and connective tissue, and because of this relaxant effect, it also calms the heart. A good adjunct to massage and bodywork, Scullcap is also supportive in withdrawal and recovery.
We have found our Scullcap combines very well with Gotu Kola to create a peaceful but clear mental state, and with Ashwagandha to enhance its anti-anxiety effects and root its calming energy deeper in the physical body.
Our next Spagyric is a flower we have long enjoyed in nature and in our garden, but have never worked with. California Poppy is a native to California and most of the west, from the plains to the rockies and out to the coast. It is a tough but beautiful resident of many ecosystems, brightening roadsides with its vivid orange cheer, and it is an important pollen plant for bees.
It is distantly related to other poppies, and although it is nowhere near as narcotic as opium poppies, it does share calming and relaxing properties, and this is its main use in herbalism. Its mildness makes it useful for pain, anxiety, and insomnia in even the most sensitive beings, such as children, but its gentleness does not mean it is ineffective.
Our California Poppy Spiritualized Essence has a spectrum of calming and painkilling effects, depending on dose. Small amounts create a pleasant relaxed lightness which could be useful as a daily tonic for stressful lives, or on an as-needed basis such as during the holidays or travel. In higher doses, the painkilling effects become more pronounced, along with a stronger feeling of sedation and relaxation.
It’s an herb that, in Spagyric form, really lends itself to fine-tuning via dose, with just one drop being perfect for mild jitters or nervousness, while two drops can clear out a headache or stronger anxiety, and three to five drops will knock out more severe pain and send you off to bed.
Finally, our Elephant Head Spiritualized Essence is a Spagyric we made some time ago for use in a few of our Somalixir formulas, but we hadn’t offered it singly until now. It harmonizes very well with other herbs, but it’s also a very healing plant in its own right, so we’re hoping you’ll explore it, also.
First, we should say that no elephants were harmed to make this Spagyric, we promise! It’s made from a plant native to the mountain west which has flowers that look like hallucinated hot pink elephant heads. It’s hard to believe until you see some, which I did when hiking with family in Utah’s Wasatch mountains a few years back.
We came across a beautiful meadow full of many medicinal plants- yellow pond lilies, Yerba Mansa, and Elephant Head. Only the Elephant Head was plentiful enough to collect, and so I picked enough of it for a batch of Spagyric, left an offering of thanks, and brought it home for Paul to process.
Pedicularis, the family that includes Elephant Head, also includes the equally-flashy Parrot’s Beak, as well as several other plants with similar healing properties. Which one you find depends on ecosystem, with different Pedicularis in wet mountain valleys or high, dry slopes.
They are all excellent deep relaxants, and we think of them as “letting go” remedies. From over-sensitive, twitchy skin, through the muscles and into the deep connective tissues, Elephant Head relaxes, opens, and releases tightness and constriction. Mental tension melts away, as well, and our Elephant Head Spiritualized Essence is especially good for physical tensions that are tied up with mental or emotional ones.
Finding yourself jumpy ever since a stressful drive? Have a knot in your neck that showed up after a contentious conversation? These are the kinds of tangles that Elephant Head smooths over with its effects, loosening their physical hold on you while revealing the emotional source of the problem so that you can let that go, too.
This gift is really amplified when Elephant head is used before bodywork, as it allows the therapist go deeper into your tissues without resistance, and helps you hold on to the adjustments for much longer. For these reasons, Elephant Head has become an important ally of ours, and we think it has a place in your healing kit, too.