MARE MAIA SPAGYRIC TINCTURES
Mare Maia is a small family owned company based in Thailand creating healing spagyric tinctures (alchemically enhanced plant extractions). Spagyric tinctures offer a more energetically complete herb or plant extraction. These concentrated extractions contain the three essentials – that is, the body, soul and spirit – of the herb or plant, purified and recombined in an exalted medicinal form. The spagyric technique is part of the ancient initiatic tradition of alchemy – the Art that lies at the heart of the inner traditions of the West.
In alchemy, the Spirit of a plant is referred to as the ‘Mercury’; the Soul as the ‘Sulphur’, and the Body as the ‘Salt’.
Ordinary herbal tinctures only partially utilize the curative powers of the plants from which they are prepared. Spagyric tinctures are made according to unique processes which ‘open’ the plant or herb and liberate stronger curative powers. The spagyric technique of confecting herbal remedies embodies another – more synergistic – way of considering Nature and its powers.
Mare Maia offers a range of more than 30 hand-crafted spagyric tinctures, ranging from well known herbs like chamomile, turmeric, garlic, and oregano to more ‘obscure’ plants like jiaogulan, tongkat ali, lion’s mane mushroom, and butterfly pea flower.
GARLIC has been employed for thousands of years to prevent illness and treat ailments. Garlic has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-septic properties. Garlic boosts the immune system, lowers cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and regulates the cardiovascular system and blood sugar. In addition to preventing the body from ‘aging on the inside’, the anti-oxidant properties of garlic protect the skin and slow skin aging. Garlic can reduce inflammation of the stomach and intestine, including candida yeast. In this context garlic works to preserve and boost the good bacteria of the digestive system while destroying ‘unfriendly’ bacteria. Effective against a wide range of conditions – from colds, sore throat and respiratory infections to cardiovascular disease and diabetes – garlic is considered a ‘superfood’ by many.
Mare Maia’s Anti-Inflammatory Blend combines spagyric tinctures of turmeric and black pepper to offer enhanced action against muscular aches, bruising, joint inflammation and pain, and arthritis. Black pepper enhances the bioavailability of turmeric. It does this via its key chemical, piperine, which helps make curcumin – the key ingredient of turmeric – more bioavailable. The many other benefits of turmeric and black pepper – including, but not limited to, powerful anti-oxidant effects and benefits to the digestive and respiratory systems – are also available in this high quality spagyric blend.
A healthy digestive system is one of the cornerstones of well-being. Mare Maia’s DIGESTIVE BLEND offers the traditional Ayurvedic digestive remedy of coriander, cumin and fennel (or CCF) in spagyric tincture form, for the first time. The revitalising but mild blend of coriander, cumin and fennel is known to improve digestion, reduce gas and bloating, and detoxify.
Coriander seeds aid digestion, reduce bloating, and support optimal liver function. Cumin seeds stimulate digestive enzymes (referred to as ‘agni’ or ‘digestive fire’ in Ayurveda) and thus improve nutrient assimilation. Fennel seeds stimulate digestive juices, reduce indigestion, prevent gas, and address constipation. The blend of coriander, cumin and fennel also acts as a diuretic, which helps against water retention and also cleanses the urinary tract.
According to Ayurveda, the blend of coriander, cumin and fennel is ‘tri-doshic’, which means that all three ‘doshas’ – or primary energies which govern our physiology – are in balance. This balancing effect helps to ensure that we experience good health.
One of the safest and most popular herbs, GERMAN (OR WILD) CHAMOMILE is perhaps best known for its mild calming and soothing effects. Chamomile’s relaxing action on the mind reduces nervous tension and anxiety and eases stress, including stress-related conditions like insomnia. As a natural sleep aid, chamomile is suitable for both adults and children, including teething babies and those with colic. Chamomile also calms the stomach and digestive system, and has proven helpful to those afflicted by stomach cramps, gas, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticular disease, or other gastrointestinal complaints. Chamomile may also help to relieve nausea, heartburn, and stress-related flatulence. The anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile enable it to ease the symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis. Chamomile can help to heal mouth inflammation and sores, and prevent gum disease. Chamomile has also been observed to relax the muscles of the uterus and thus help reduce menstrual cramps. Chamomile has been used as a treatment for fevers and colds, and to relieve allergies (like an antihistamine).