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January 4, 2009

Primum Ens Melissa – Work

Filed under: Primum Ens Melissa — magistrium @ 11:02 pm

Our first task would then to deliquesce the Potash.  It can be easily accomplished by spreading a thin layer of dry potash on a big porcelain plate and leave it overnight in a clean small corner. An idea, which actually comes from Steve Kalec in one of his articles, employ a few soft drinks bottles cut to resemble a ladle as shown in the picture below


Collect all the liquefied potash in a 1-litre airtight glass jar. Once you have at least 500ml of liquefied potash, you may proceed to add in the melissa leaves. Ensure the melissa leaves is clean, pack as much as you can into the liquefied potash.



Now pour your rectified alcohol slowly over the solution, you will see a distinct separation layers between the alcohol and the liquefied potash, if you do not, it shows that your either liquefied potash or your rectified alcohol is not concentrated enough.



Let the mixture stay in the jar for a few days, you will see that the top layer (which is the rectified alcohol) will starts to be tinted green. You can then remove the alcohol and kept it in a separate jar while still pouring more alcohol over the liquefied potash to extract more ens. The picture below shows the ens after it has carefully removed from the liquefied potash.


November 25, 2008

Primum Ens Melissa – Preliminary Con’td

Filed under: Primum Ens Melissa — magistrium @ 11:07 am

Here we will touch on the basic materials you will need for its preparation. First of all, let us define 2 obscure items listed in the recipes given in the preliminary.

Pure carbonate of potash here refers to Potassisum Carbonate (K2CO3)


Potash is a white hygroscopic salt that will readily absorb any moisture in the air and form alkaline solution with water, so it must be kept tightly sealed when not in use. It has been used by hobbyists to make soap and has also been used in industrial glassmaking. Historically, it has been made from ashes of trees or plants.  It can be bought at chemical supplies at various grades. We are using industrial strength potash for our experiments.

Caution: Deliquesced potash is highly caustic, hence please handle with care and always wash your hands immediately when it comes into contact. Do not ingest this!

Plant melissa refers to Melissa officinalis, commonly known as Lemon Balm


This is a perennial herb in the mint family. Lemon balm emits a nice lemony aroma, especially in the early morning. If you are thinking of growing this in your garden, please take note that it can grow rather quickly to be a garden nuisance under ideal conditions.

Caution: Lemon balm should be avoided by those on thyroid medication (such as thyroxin) as it is believed that the herb inhibits the absorption of this medicine

November 22, 2008

Primum Ens Melissa – Preliminary

Filed under: Primum Ens Melissa — magistrium @ 4:45 pm

Disclaimer:  The material published by Magistrium is strictly for information and is not intended to replace any professional medical advice. Please consult your physician before consuming any preparations. Magistrium is not liable for any mishaps resulting from anyone attempting the following preparation.

Primum ens melissa is one of the earliest experiments we have undertaken in the realm of laboratory alchemy, since we are currently preparing another batch of this prepartion we find it fitting to begin this blog with an account of our undertakings. We will be including our notes, which we hope will assist anyone interested in embarking in its preparation. We are by no means expert in the Art and we welcome any comments from anyone who are experienced in the Art.

We have found it be an excellent rejuvenative for the body as well as the mind.

Let us then begin with the descriptions we employed in our prepartion, which is an excerpt from Franz Hartmann’s The life and the doctrine of Paracelsus

‘The ‘Primum Ens’ of a thing is its first beginning, its Prima Materia; an invisible and intangible spiritual substance, which may be incorporated in some material vehicle. ‘He who wants to separate the Primum Ens from its Corpus must have a great deal of experience in the spagyric art. If he is not a good alchemist his labour will be in vain’ (‘De Separat. Rer.’)

‘The Primum Ens Melissae is prepared in the following manner: Take half a pound of pure carbonate of potash, and expose it to the air until it is dissolved (by attracting water from the atmosphere). Filter the fluid, and put as many fresh leaves of the plant melissa into it as it will hold, so that the fluid will cover the leaves. Let it stand in a well-closed glass in a moderately warm place for twenty-four hours. The fluid may then be removed from the leaves, and the latter thrown away. On the top of this fluid absolute alcohol is poured, so that it will cover the former to the height of one or two inches, and it is left to remain for one or two days, or until the alcohol becomes of an intensely green colour. This alcohol is then to be taken away and preserved, and fresh alcohol is put upon the alkaline fluid, and the operation is repeated until all the colouring matter is absorbed by the alcohol. This alcoholic fluid is now to be distilled, and the alcohol evaporated until it becomes of the thickness of a syrup, which is the Primum Ens Melissae; but the alcohol that has been distilled away and the liquid potash may be used again. The liquid potash must be of great concentration and the alcohol of great strength, else they would become mixed, and the experiment would not succeed.’

 Lesebure, a physician of Louis XIV of France, gives, in his ‘Guide to Chemistry’ (‘Chemischer Handleiter.’ Nuremberg, 1685, page 276), an account of some experiments, witnessed by himself, with the Primum Ens Melissae as follows:- ‘One of my most intimate friends prepared the Primum Ens Melissae, and his curiosity would not allow him to rest until he had seen with his own eyes the effect of this arcanum, so that he might be certain whether or not the accounts given of its virtues were true. He therefore made the experiment, first upon himself then upon an old female servant, aged seventy years, and afterwards upon an old hen that was kept at his house. First he took, every morning at sunrise, a glass of white wine that was tinctured with this remedy, and after using it for fourteen days his finger and toenails began to fall out, without, however, causing any pain. He was not courageous enough to continue the experiment, but gave the same remedy to the old female servant. She took it every morning for about ten days, when she began to menstruate again as in former days. At this she was very much surprised, because she did not know that she had been taking a medicine. She became frightened, and refused to continue the experiment. My friend took, therefore, some grain, soaked it in that wine and gave it to the old hen to eat, and on the sixth day that bird began to lose its feathers, and kept on losing them until it was perfectly made, but before two weeks had passed away, new feathers grew, which were much more beautifully coloured; her comb stood up again, and she began again to lay eggs.’

-to be continued

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