Reishi Spagyric in 50mL lightproof anti-drip infinity bottle
15 drops, 2-3x per day
$50 +$3.75 shipping
Mushroomlife’s Reishi Spagyric is a crowd favorite. Reishi, the Japanese name for a complex of fungal species in the genus Ganoderma, has been utilized in Asian folk traditions for thousands of years. This polypore’s nicknames over the millennia are a nod to its adaptogenic nature. Reishi or the Chinese Lingzhi, has been regarded as the “supernatural mushroom,” the “mushroom of immortality,” and the “herb of deathlessness.” Reishi contains adaptogens, which act to normalize the body, promote homeostasis, optimize metabolism, and improve resistance to a variety of disease factors.
In the wild, fungi must form complex, robust chemical defenses against many other organisms in order to survive. Studies show wild mushrooms have up to 30x more metabolite production than their cultivated counterparts. Those secondary metabolites, medicinal compounds generated by the mushroom to protect itself in nature, are recognized and utilized by our bodies to the same end. To make our Reishi Spagyric, only the most select wild mushrooms were sustainably harvested from their pristine natural habitat. Because of these practices our products are in a class of their own.
Medicinal mushroom extracts contain components that are water-soluble, the beta-glucans, and some that are alcohol-soluble, the terpenoids. At MushroomLife we use a 2-fraction method that effectively pulls out both of these constituent profiles, which are termed the alcohol and the water fractions. Typically, purveyors of mushroom extracts stop when they obtain the ‘dual’ water/alcohol portions. But MushroomLife now pushes the chemistry even further to bring you top quality alchemical Spagyrics.
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 are alive and have three basic principles. These three principals are fractions that cannot be further purified once isolated. They are called the salt, the sulfur and the mercury. The salt, or the body in ancient terms are the mineral salts in chemical terms. The sulfur, once called the soul, is the oily portion. And the mercury, which is the spirit of that associated kingdom and some delicate volatiles. An important note, when discussing mercury here, we are just using an alchemical concept with astrological significance, our extracts do not contain the chemical element known as mercury.
In the art of operational alchemy there are many ways to create your masterpiece. Some practitioners will make a tincture, filter the herb off, and then burn it, re-adding the ash to the tincture. Technically this is a spagyric, albeit the simplest form of such, its still a step more effective than a standard tincture or dual extract. Other practitioners may actually whiten or even redden the ash of the herb and dissolve that in a solvent, allow that to separate, and evaporate off the liquid to obtain pure salt crystals, then add that to a tincture. MushroomLife takes the process through a few more steps. To obtain the sulfur a long digestion is used over a gentle and constant fire like a water bath or heat mat. The digested mushroom powder is then pressed off in pressure-resistant double silk bags using an herbal press. Secondary filtration with filter disks render the solvent particulate free and ready. All sediment is always saved for calcination at the end. The saturated solvent containing the sulfur is distilled for the most refined fraction of oils only. This is allowed to mature and circulate over gentle heat to exalt the sulfur principle, always with a watchful eye on the stars of relevance. The remaining puck of fungus is then rinsed in the silk bags and seeded with some of the natural yeasts occurring on its surface in the wild. We then seal this in a container with a fermentation air lock just covered over water and allow it to begin to ferment/die. This operation ensures the sepation of the spirit from the mushroom. Distilling this carefully will give the mercury principle.
Now taking all the solids, filtrate, liquids, unrefined oils left over and placing them in a fire proof vessel we begin to add a more intense fire such as a camp stove or high temp hot plate. This application might take up to a few days before pure white or even pinkish red ash will reveal itself. This signifies that it is ready for dissolution in the solvent. We then thoroughly mix the salt ash with the solvent to ensure maximum saturation of soluble fixed mineral content. Allowing this to separate completely, the solvent fraction is removed and evaporated leaving behind the pure salt principle. Isolating each principle through application of the timeless alchemical operations of digestion, separation, distillation, coagulation, fermentation, calcination, crystallization, dissolution, and cohobation puts us closer to the understanding of how nature, the one great thing, expresses all with a masterful combination of these very operations. If we really took our time (many moons, even years), with these 3 principles and the cohobation (remixing) of them, a “first order stone” or even a “lesser stone” could potentially be made from these, and then cast into a solid from its pastey form. While this would make for just about the most potent way you could ingest any given substance, it wouldn’t be practical given the years of time it takes to complete the lesser circulation. Instead, we add our 3 principles to a dual extract base which we produce using a soxhlet extractor.
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. We feel that ingestion of this planetary set can help facilitate inner transformations.
Chemically speaking, the mineral salts neutralize the organic acids of the mushroom, which can be found in the non-polar/sulfur principle. This converts the acids to ester form yielding soapy compounds, more readily dissolved in water, with even administration and less stubborn precipitation. 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 mushroom-derived compounds can cross gated ion channels in cellular membranes more readily. This renders the spagyric far more bioavailable, boosting the potency, duration, and effectiveness of the isolated compounds. The sulfur principle is very complex in its chemistry and profile, and may be comprised of 100s of different non-polar compounds such as volatile aromatics, hormone-like molecules, and terpenoids. This principle contains many molecules small enough to easily penetrate the tissues of the body. Stimulating blood flow and increasing nutrient delivery, this portion also contains highly active antioxidants. The non-polar fraction of fungal extracts can display antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and/or antiparasitic effects. In addition, non-polar sesquiterpenes have the ability to penetrate the blood brain barrier.
Facilitating a rapid systemic chemical response, even just a few drops of these extracts, when used in conjunction with the mindful energies and meditations associated with the classical planets and elements, can usher in a multidimensional experience. Shedding new insight into facets of your life previously unseen. Everything flows in cycles, yet each time we come back around there is new lens of understanding to view the next revolution through. Ever aiding in the evolution of spirit, Alchemy is learning how consciousness relates to matter.
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.* And MushroomLife’s Spagyrics are shelf stable indefinitely when stored in our lightproof infinity bottles.