Alchemy provides the perfect medium through which the state of perfection or harmonius balance can be gained. -- Frater Albertus, The Alchemist's Handbook
To speak of the Quintessence of something, we are speaking of the perfected embodiment of that thing, the pure essence brought about through balanced harmony.
Alchemy is a Divine Art and a Sacred Science that is concerned with the raising of vibrations. Everything has energy and consciousness. The goal of alchemy is to lift us out of the heavy matter of our everday perceptions, cleansing and purifying us of the dross, so that we can realize and integrate the higher levels of consciousness and energy into our being - so that we can realize our Quintessential Self.
We have many different "bodies" on the different planes. The Quintessential Self is the integration of these different selves in one complete whole. It is the part of ourselves that remains aware of all of our different aspects and our wholeness simultaneously. The Quintessential Self is our individual portion of the All, like a wave upon the ocean, and it is through the Quintessential Self that we experience unity with the All. It is beyond and more than our mundane mind can grasp and realize - it must be experienced. All dimensions, different aspects of ourselves, and planes of consciousness exist equally right here and now, within and around us. There is no separation. Enlightenment begins with seeking the truth beyond what our five senses tells us.
With Plant Alchemy, the alchemist enlists the aid of the Plant Kingdom to help us in this realization. The alchemical process seperates, purifies, and recombines the matter (Salt = minerals), consciousness (Sulfur = essential oils), and energy (Mercury = alcohol) of the plant to release its full curative powers. The resulting Spagyric Tincture is synergistic and more beneficial than just isolating individual chemicals. The whole of the plant properties are used, elevated, and recombined at the appropriate astrological time and with reverance and mindfulness, to give a complete "medicine" that works at all levels, including imparting the consciousness/knowledge of the plant. The perfected whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts.
The taking of the Seven Basics Spagyric Tinctures will begin to cleanse and purify the physical body while rebalancing and transforming the energetic bodies at all levels. Over time, the refined and spiritualized essence of the herbs will become a part of you and you in turn become more refined and spiritualized. When consumed on the correct day, the Seven Basics Spagyric Tinctures together interact with the psychic nature of the person taking it, ever elevating them slightly higher, bringing them into a closer alignment with their Quintessential Self.