Extracting the Essence: Distillation and Purification in the Outer, Inner and Secret
Levels of Alchemy
This presentation will focus on: The distillation of essential oils could be regarded
as “proto-chemistry” developed to a large degree by early mystics and alchemists seeking
elixirs of longevity, spiritual insights, and keys to immortality. This class will examine
the role of distillation, extraction and purification processes in various alchemical
traditions, and their parallel symbolic meanings in meditative and yogic practices.
From the concepts of digestive fire liberating pranic life force from food to Tantric
visualizations to awaken the subtle nervous system, the metaphor, analogy and literal
processes of distillation and purification described in the inner, outer and secret levels of
alchemy have profoundly influenced both ancient medical systems and spiritual practices;
conversely, the process of distilling essential oils is an invitation to contemplate the
deeper processes of spiritual growth and insight within our own consciousness.
David Crow is one of the world’s foremost experts and leading speakers in the field of
botanical medicine, natural health and ecological sustainability. He is a master herbalist;
aromatherapist and acupuncturist with over 20 years experience and is an expert in the
Ayurvedic and Chinese medical systems. He is a renowned author and the founding
director of Floracopeia Aromatic Treasures.
David Crow graduated from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
in 1984, and began his clinical practice of acupuncture and herbology. In 1987, his
interest in Ayurvedic and Tibetan medicine took him to Nepal, where he began a series
of internships with several masters of these ancient healing sciences. The story of these
journeys and the teachings he received became the basis for his exquisite literary work, In
Search of the Medicine Buddha, published by Tarcher-Putnam in 2000.
During his studies in the Himalayas, Mr. Crow became aware of the widespread
ecological destruction taking place in that part of the world, and the loss of medicinal
plants on which the ancient medical systems depended. At the same time, he began
to understand how medicinal plants were the key to solving numerous interrelated
global problems: lack of healthcare, poverty, environmental destruction, and loss of
ethnobotanical knowledge. Floracopeia was established to help preserve and promote the
use of botanical medicines as solutions to these growing problems. Floracopeia provides
its customers with the highest quality essential oils and other botanical aromatic treasures
through the promotion of its sustainability projects throughout the world.
David currently travels and teaches throughout the world. Through his visionary
synthesis of medicine, ecology, and spirituality, he has helped transform the lives of
NAHA Tele-conference attendees will receive a 20% discount off Floracopeia products and a special offer for membership to their new website www.MedicineCrow.com
To learn more about David visit his websites: www.floracopeia.com and www.medicinecrow.com