Osha Root Spagyric in 2oz dropper bottle
An aromatic member of the parsley family, the Osha plant (Ligusticum porteri) was considered food by Native Americans. Historically the roots of Osha were chewed to increase endurance during long stints of physical activity.* Osha, a Native American word for bear, was once referred to as “Bear Medicine” because these large mammals appear to use Osha for medicinal purposes. Ancient peoples, as well as modern Zoologists, have observed bears digging up Osha roots, consuming them, and rubbing them on their fur. Osha root is recognized as a natural dietary supplement, displaying anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties in laboratory studies. Runners, long-distance hikers, and those traveling to high altitudes may derive benefits from this ancient herb.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Mushrooms typically contain components that are water-soluble, long chain polysaccharides called beta-glucans. Mushrooms also contain compounds that are alcohol-soluble, such as terpenoids and other non-polar secondary metabolites. Typically, purveyors of mushroom extracts stop when they obtain the ‘dual’ water/alcohol portions. At MushroomLife this dual fraction is only the start of our extracts. We also produce a 3-part spagyric that is then added to the dual-fraction base.
What is a spagyric? In short, a spagyric is an alchemically-produced elixir. The roots of the word ‘Spagyric’ loosely mean ‘Spao’ to extract, draw out, isolate, or divide… and ‘ageiro’ to recombine, gather, bring together, or reunite. In alchemical philosophy the practitioner realizes all things in nature/reality are alive and have three basic principles, fractions that cannot be further simplified. These three are the salt (the body in ancient terms, the mineral salts in modern terms), the sulfur (the soul, the essential oils), and the mercury (the spirit, the volatile aromatics and alcohol of that associated kingdom). An important note, when discussing Mercury here, we are just using an alchemical concept with astrological significance. Our extract does not contain the chemical element known as mercury.
In the art of alchemy there are many ways to create your medicinal masterpiece. Some simple practitioners will make a tincture, filter the herb off and then burn it to add the ash back to the tincture. Technically this is a spagyric, albeit the simplest form of such, its still a step more powerful then a standard tincture or dual extract. Others may actually whiten the ash of the herb and dissolve that in a solvent, to then filter, and evaporate off to obtain the salt crystals, and add that to a tincture. MushroomLife goes through a few more steps, isolating each principle through the application of the timeless alchemical operations of digestion, separation, distillation, coagulation, fermentation, calcination, crystallization, dissolution, and cohobation. If we really took our time (many moons), with these 3 principles a “lesser stone” or “1st order stone” could potentially be made from these and then cast into a solid. While still being a powerful medicinal extract, this would not have the immunomodulatory effects of a standard dual extract. Hence why we combine both methods to obtain the best of both worlds.
Why go through all this you might ask? As we do the work, the work changes us. Operations performed in the laboratory to create the spagyrics are reflective of the phases, energies, and cyclic nature of life that we all experience. As within so without. As above so below. We are always grateful for the opportunity to have new insight shed upon these layers of consciousness. Chemically speaking however, the mineral salts neutralize the organic acids of the mushroom found in the non-polar/sulfur principle. This converts the acids to ester form, yielding soapy compounds, more readily dissolved and with less stubborn precipitation, and more even administration. What was once oil soluble is now water soluble. What was once fixed, is now volatile. Alchemical transformation in a nutshell. Mineral salts and ester forms of these compounds can cross gated ion channels in cellular membranes more readily, rendering the spagyric form more bioavailable, and boosting the potency, duration, and effectiveness of the isolated compounds.
Traditional tinctures are effective for 6-12 hours. Dual extracts are typically active over 12-24 hours. Yet, spagyrics have been shown to stay effective for up to 72 hours in the body.* And MushroomLife’s Spagyrics are shelf stable indefinitely when stored in our lightproof infinity bottles.