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Alternatives to Alcohol in Spagyrics?
01-08-2018, 02:18 AM
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Been wanting to get started in alchemy, but am wondering if there’s any alternatives to using alcohol as part of the process. It’s so that it would be usable for my dad who has a liver issue from years of alcohol addiction. The doctor told him that he’d better not get one more drop or his body won’t be able to process it anymore.

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01-11-2018, 04:03 PM (This post was last modified: 01-11-2018 04:04 PM by JintheNinja.)
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so if you’re looking to get your dad on a formula, tinctures come in glycerite or vinegar formulations- however for someone with liver dysfunctions - hepatitis , jaundice, fatty, etc
the whole herb decocted will always be more useful and in general tho not always spyragics are better in spirit doses (1-3 drops x 3 times a day) whereas if you’re using tinctures the dose would be much higher. secondly the herbs used for the liver aside from SOME of the roots are highly water soluble- and in fact give more benefit to a patient than a tincture- which are relatively recent in the history of herbalism. glycerite tinctures are better for aerial parts (flowers and leaves) but have a shorter shelf life and do not extract everything particularly from resinous roots (blue flag is one example, sarsaparilla is another, red root another) so basically useless in terms of the root portion (thinking of liver herbs of course- glycerite of blue violet - using the whole plant is quite useful- tho water decoction is still better for the sacchrides and mucilage (esp if u have sore throat). vinegar tinctures are quite good , low shelf life can be mixed with parts glycerite (usually 5-10 percent) to extract more of the good, certainly vinegar extracts everything alcohol does but the addition of glycerine helps avoid the alkaloid - tannin precipitation.

however all that being said, an alcohol tincture can simply be added to a cup of almost boiling water (like straight from the kettle) the alcohol almost evaporated instantly.

although i am of the opinion that people may use non alcoholic extracts to replacement the vast majority of herbalists argue that it’s not a viable practice- not only for the reasons given above (which are hardy reasons and withstand scrutiny) - but also because even at 30-60 drops a day, the alcohol intake is less than a loaf of fresh bread. and if u decide to use the hot water tea method it’s basically negligible.

but as a general rule, decoction or overnight infusion in a quart jar (or in the case of dandelion, burdock, beets simple incorporate them into your diet, juice them or make strong teas out of them preferably all three) will make the BEST medicine.
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01-11-2018, 10:18 PM
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OK, thanks! That’s a lot of good information.

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