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twin leaf

Twin Leaf - Jeffersonia diphylla
This plant was once so valuable as a remedy that it is now often listed as, "to rare to harvest". It was found growing wild at an undisclosed location and carpets large swaths of forest floor.

twin leaf

Twin Leaf - Jeffersonia diphylla
There are two varieties. This one has serrated edges.

Conservation by using less herb:
28 dry grams (1 dry ounce) of any herb used to prepare an alchemical/spagyric tincture makes approximately 6,000 mililiters (202 ounces, which equals over a gallon and a half) of purified herbal tincture when regulated at 12.5% alcohol by volume.

It's as if the purity increases the potency, or it's simply more effective because it's easier for the body to absorbe. The body doesn't have to give up it's own stored energy digesting this herbal food. Digestion is the body's way of purifying what we consume, so we can absorbe the parts we want. Our body has to make digestive juices which takes energy that could be used for healing. An alchemical preparation is ready to absorbe, the body can rest.


Contact us about online classes via video media:
spagyric processing, culinary herbs for a healthier diet, and more.

Let us know what your special interests are and we can develop a more specific presentation. If you run a school, we can also design a class to compliment the other courses you offer.

Timothy Wilkerson

This class will teach you how to preserve valuable herbals in a purified form that is easy to use and the taste isn't overwhelming. You'll learn the difference between making crude tinctures and creating alchemical spagyric tinctures. An explanation of advanced equipment and processes will be presented including how to use very basic equipment at home. We will, reflux, distill, calcine, and cohobate, a wild herb harvested during this event.

We will discuss the basic theories of the ancient alchemists and learn how to chart, and interpret, the astrological influences pertinent to our alchemical herbal Work. More info at: Alchemy Astrology.

We will be starting, and ending, our day with active meditation techniques that are designed to open our minds, hearts, and bodies, to better understand the processes observed in our classes.

Visit his website for more information: Awakening to Enlightenment.

Cricket Heinichen
in action

Introduction to some of the local wild plants. We will share historical medicinal and traditional lore, and seasonal harvesting practices.

Learn chemical compositions that make up different classes of herbs, how each of these components are extracted, and the associated extraction techniques including basic herbal activities and nutritional profiles of various plants based on scientific research as listed in the current materia medica.

Learn how to identify which plant may be useful for personal purposes using intuitive meditative guidelines to open yourself to the inner relatedness of people and plants. You will also familiarize yourself with how to use herbal resource books.


No audio or video recordings of the classes will be allowed. Photographs may be taken for personal use. If there are other people in the frame you must ask their permission.

Harvesting of plants, flowers, fruits, nuts, or berries, is by permission of the facility land-owners only.

Laughing Lady Bug Botanicals

Sponsored in part by,
  Laughing Lady Bug Botanicals  

HOME ..... Midwest Herb School

INSTRUCTORS ..... Timothy Wilkerson, Cricket Owens

COURSES ..... six courses, four meditations

CONTACT ..... via email

Midwest Herb Fest ..... annual event in August

Alchemy Astrology ..... for practical laboratory use

lab photo

This is a distillation train used to extract the plant oils.


This is the calcination process used to purify the organic minerals in the body of the plant. The soluable minerals are then extracted and combined with the oils.