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Plant n. From Latin planta, later influenced by French plante. (botany).
- An organism of the kingdom Plantae; now specifically, a living organism of the Embryophyta (land plants) or of the Chlorophyta (green algae), a eukaryote that includes double-membraned chloroplasts in its cells containing chlorophyll, or any organism closely related to such an organism.
Alchemy n. From Old French alchimie, alquemie « Medieval Latin alkimia « Arabic الكيمياء (al-kīmiyā’) « Arabic definite article al (‘the’) + Ancient Greek χημεία or χυμεία (khēmeia or chymeia – originally “a mingling, infusion, juice, liquid, especially as extracted from plants”) and later “alchemy” « perhaps from Χημία (Khēmia – “land of black earth,” in contrast to the surrounding red desert – an ancient name for Egypt) and/or χυμός (khumos – “juice”, “sap”) and χυμεία (khumeia – “pouring together”). Also likely related to the Old Persian کیمی (kimiya – “gold”, “science of elemental transformation”).
- The ancient search for a universal panacea, the Elixir of Life and of the Philosopher’s Stone; the fusion of philosophy and science that developed in the Middle Ages and eventually evolved into chemistry.
- The causing of any sort of mysterious sudden transformation; usually by means of a magical power or process; often wherein something of little value is transformed into something of much greater value.
Spagyrica n. From Greek spao (‘I collect’) and ageiro (‘I extract’).
- Of, or pertaining to, the use of alchemical procedures to produce an herbal medicine. These procedures involve fermentation, distillation and the extraction of mineral components from the ash of the plant. These processes were in use in medieval alchemy generally for the separation and purification of metals from ores, and salts from brines and other aqueous solutions. A term probably first coined by Paracelsus. In its original use, the word spagyric was commonly used synonymously with the word alchemy, however, in more recent times it has often been adopted by alternative medicine theorists and various techniques of holistic medicine.
We trade in a carefully selected variety of unique, hand-made ethnographic arts & crafts created by indigenous peoples from around the world in a manner consistent with their traditions, as well as a wide range of top quality incense, herbs, seeds, resins, extracts and natural dyes. We specialize in fine quality natural incense-making materials and in art inspired by plants; unique ethnographic and visionary/shamanic art that celebrates the relationship between plants and people.
Unlike many other businesses, we do not prioritize profit margins over all else; for us ethical considerations always take priority. We are committed to the principles of fair trade, and do not sell the ubiquitous trinkets mass-produced by workers toiling under exploitative conditions in developing countries that litter the western ‘exotic’ art/craft market. Here you will find only unique, authentic items skilfully crafted with love and care by genuine artisans.
By investing in the art and crafts of indigenous peoples around the world – who are under immense pressure to leave their homes and history behind to become economic refugees and join the bottom of the globalized pyramid that is our neofeudal hamster-wheel economy – we and you can help provide them with a viable economic alternative that promotes their cultural heritage and helps to ensure the survival of their ancient traditions, whilst enriching the monotony of industrialized consumer culture with much-needed wisdom, insight and colour from people living close to the Earth.
This website is green environmentally as well as colour scheme and we do everything possible to maintain and exceed carbon neutrality in all aspects of our business.