All orders are processed within 2-3 business days (excluding weekends and holidays) after receiving your order confirmation email. You will receive another notification once your order has been shipped.
Shipping charges for your order will be calculated at checkout.
When your order has shipped, you will receive an email notification from us which will include a tracking number you can use to check its status. Please allow 48 hours for the tracking information to become available.
Most orders shipped to the lower 48 states in the US will typically arrive within 5 business days after it has shipped. International orders vary from country to country and are dependent on how customs are handled.
Yes, though we have had some issues with our products going through customs in some countries in Africa. Canada, Mexico, and most countries in Europe have arrived just fine.
Please note: once packages leave the United States they are difficult for us to track on our end if shipped USPS international. While the cost of shipping is more, DHL is recommended for international orders in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.
Important! Duty free and customs are NOT included in our shipping rates, and some customers have had to pay fees. This varies from country to country, so please check with your local postal service to see if this applies.
First off, check your inbox to make sure you received a shipping confirmation email. If so, check the tracking number in it.
If you haven’t received your order within 10 days of receiving your shipping confirmation email, please contact us at email@example.com with your name and order number, and we will look into it for you.
Returns and Exchanges
We will accept returns within 14 days of your order delivery, if the bottle is unopened, unused, and in its original condition. We will refund your order in full minus the shipping costs for the return, or issue a store credit for you to exchange it for something else. We cannot accept returns on opened products, which means the shrink wrap on the eye-dropper is in tact.
If for some reason you no longer want to keep your unopened, unused, and intact spagyric, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can get you all setup.
Once we receive an email with your request to initiate a return, we will reply to you as promptly as possible with instructions as to how to properly package and ship your return, along with the address for where to ship it.
We will accept returns on bottles that are unopened, unused, and in their original condition within 14 days of your order deliver. This means the shrink wrap has not been removed! Once shrink wrap has been removed the product is considered opened.
In the event that your order arrives damaged in any way, please email us as soon as possible at email@example.com with your order number and a photo of the item’s condition. We address these on a case-by-case basis, but will do our best to work towards a satisfactory solution.
How to Work With Spagyrics
All of our products come with printed instructions on the bottle with a general recommended dosage and frequency. For most Spagyric Tinctures and Spagyric Symmetry products we recommend starting with 30 drops, three times a day. Please note that some plants, such as Poke (Phytolacca decandra), Lobelia (Lobelia inflata), and Pulsatilla (Anemone occidentalis) have lower recommended dosages. Please read the instructions on your bottle!
Spagyric Essences, due to their high concentration, are recommended for use at 1-5 drops, three times a day.
That all being said, everyone has varying levels of sensitivity to medicinal plants. A working dose for one might be too much for another, and not enough for someone else.
Our recommended dosages and frequency of use are guidelines to start with. We encourage you to work with them to find a suitable dosage and frequency that works for your unique constitution, condition, and level of sensitivity.
Please be aware though. Spagyrics are powerful forms of herbal extracts and more isn't necessarily better. If you need guidance, we suggest finding a qualified naturopathic physician (ND) or clinical herbalist to help you find the right remedies at the right dosage.
You can read more about this in our blog post on Dosing Variances and How to Work with Your Spagyrics.
Finding the right remedy to take can be a complex topic, as everyone has different constitutions, predispositions, levels of sensitivity, and symptomatic patterns. It is close to impossible to find the correct herbal medicine for you to take by consulting Google.
We recommend finding a Naturopathic Physician (ND) that uses herbs in their clinic (as not all ND's use herbs) or a qualified clinical herbalist to holistically evaluate your health and find a viable treatment protocol for you.
We are not able to assist you in finding the right remedy, so please do not email asking for what remedies to select, as this is outside the scope of support we are able to offer through Natura Sophia.
The preferable method of administration of spagyrics is to take them directly in the mouth. Whether on the tongue or under the tongue, it doesn't really matter.
What is important is that you actually taste the remedies. This is why we do not recommend diluting them in juice, smoothies, coffee, or even water.
In traditional systems of herbalism, the taste of a plant is highly important, for it is the first point of contact with your physiological organism and a vast spectrum of communication occurs at that moment. Indeed, many medicinal properties of plants are dependent on you actually tasting them, such as the case with bitter tonics.
This is why none of our products include glycerin, sweeteners, or other additives. We believe it is important to savor the plants you take, even if it tastes strong!
Currently we are not available to take on new clients at this time. If you are on our email list you will be informed when either Sajah or Whitney will be available to start seeing new clients.
We are also unable to recommend any particular practitioners at this time. You may consider looking on the American Herbalist's Guild website to find an herbal practitioner to work with.
Yes. We have a wholesale program for practitioners and clinicians. Our products are not available for wholesale to stores, herb shops, coops, or other retail environments where the products would be intended to be sold off the shelf.
This means we only wholesale our spagyrics to "behind the counter" environments, in bulk bottles 4 oz or larger. This can be for a clinic, dispensary, or a "behind the counter" apothecary where employees would custom pour formulas or simples for clients and customers.
For more information, please visit our wholesale information page.
No. Currently if you want to work with our spagyrics you either get them from us directly or from a practitioner or clinic that stocks their dispensary with our spagyrics.
If you're interested in learning more about the rich history, tradition, and practice of alchemy and spagyrics, here are a few good places, people, and resources to help get you started.
Here's a few modern works on alchemy and spagyrics that will give you a good sense of the philosophy and practice behind the art. Sometimes it's best to start here before diving into older texts that can be more obtuse and difficult to follow if you don't have a solid foundation in the principles.
- Real Alchemy by Robert Bartlett
- The Way of the Crucible by Robert Bartlett
- Spagyrics by Manfred Junius
- The Alchemist's Handbook by Frater Albertus
- Hermetic Herbalism by Jean Mavéric
- Evolutionary Herbalism by Sajah Popham
After that, it's usually a good idea to dig into reading anything and everything by Paracelsus.
If you prefer more instructor based training, then we can recommend none other than Robert Bartlett, who has been and is our core guide on the alchemical path. You can find more out about his school, The Spagyricus School of Alchemy here.
Finally, Sajah Popham, co-founder of Natura Sophia, teaches extensively through his online educational platform The School of Evolutionary Herbalism. The Alchemical Herbalism program is his primary goes that goes into detail on the philosophy and practice of plant based alchemy and spagyrics.
We also have a handful of articles that share some of the core principles and philosophies of the alchemical tradition and spagyric pharmacy on our blog, which you can check out right here.
We can look at this difference from two perspectives: one is how they are prepared, the other is their effects.
Spagyric Tinctures are a much more simple preparation than Essences, in that they are similar to a standard herbal tincture, with the added benefit of the alkali mineral salts. This adds medicinal potency as well as makes for a more holistic extract, as the whole plant is present with nothing wasted in the process.
Spagyric Essences are considered by some a "true" spagyric, in that you get a full separation of the Sulfur, Mercury, and Salt of the plant, in the form of its essential oils, alcohol/water soluble constituents, and alkali mineral salts. These are separated, purified, and ultimately recombined to form a highly concentrated extract.
A Spagyric Tincture is considered a more "fixed" form of a liquid spagyric, meaning it is more dense and thus has a stronger affinity for the physical body. They are attuned to addressing imbalances within the organ systems and tissues of the body.
Spagyric Essences on the other hand are more refined and volatile in nature, particularly due to the process of distillation in their preparation. This makes them more attuned to the emotional, psychological, and spiritual layers of our healing process. Yet they still have physiological effects as they are certainly concentrated in the bioactive constituents of the plants.
Lastly, the dosage varies greatly. Due to their concentration, Spagyric Essences are usually taken in drop doses, 1-3 drops at a time.
Depending on the herb, Spagyric Tinctures are typically started between 15-30 drops per dose, with the exception of certain low dose plants like Lobelia (Lobelia inflata), Blue Flag (Iris versicolor), Poke root (Phytolacca decandra), or Wild Indigo (Baptisia tinctoria).
Learn about this in our article dedicated to the subject right here on our blog.
A central principle in the alchemical tradition is that the macrocosm and the microcosm are intimately connected— they are in fact, mirrors of one another. The macrocosm is said to be governed by archetypal forces, most notably, the planets and the elements. These forces are classically corresponded to plants, animals, minerals, people, and really anything in the natural world. Everything fits within this schema.
With plants, planetary and elemental correspondences are determined through a multitude of factors, such as its natural habitat where it grows, morphological characteristics (color, texture, general appearance, etc.), its taste, organ affinities, medicinal actions, energetic properties, and psycho-spiritual effects. These are all taken into consideration in order to determine it's planetary and elemental correspondences.
In spagyrics, these relationships are important, because they determine the specific ways a plant will be worked with, particularly the timing of its harvesting, distillation, fermentation, rectification, calcination, and other spagyric processes. This is because in spagyrics, the work is not only focused on concentrating the plant itself, but the archetypal "rulers" of that plant. This is what opens up new levels of influence within a spagyric preparation and it's effects on the mind, heart, and spirit, as well as deeper rejuvenative effects on the body.