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Vegetabilized metals - Basis of pharmaceutical method and preparation of metal-fertilizer

Wolfram Engel

Abstract
Minerals and plants encounter each other in the region of the roots. The plant continuously enlivens the dead mineral substances of the soil and takes them up all the way to the flower. This it exposes them to the influence of the in-streaming peripheral forces. Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica L.), ground ivy (Glechoma hedera L.) and tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum L.) serve as examples to show showing how different plants are able to take up specific minerals. The unique manufacturing process for vegetabilized metals (Weleda) first developed in anthroposophical pharmacy was first introduced by Rudolf Steiner in 1921 in the 7th lecture of Anthroposophical Spiritual Science and Medical Therapy. Plants are grown in soil treated with a particular metal. They transform the mineral metal forces by brining in the forces active in nature. The effect is enhanced by using this metal-fertilized plant itself as a kind of ‘fertilizing agent’. The medicinal products obtained in this way should according to Rudolf Steiner be considerably more effective than those made from a metal by homoeopathic trituration. The production of the metal fertilizer is described with iron as the example, starting with pyrites. The four added components oxygen, sulphur, carbon and nitrogen represent the elements of protein synthesis. The acidity and volatility of all four components may be seen as a hydrogen quality. In the 3rd lecture of the Agriculture Course Rudolf Steiner characterized these five ‘building stones’ of protein as vehicles for the spirit; using this, an arc may be drawn from the past of the metals to their future. Following the departure from the protein-like primeval life sphere of Lemuria, the metals appear to us today as ‘corpses’ in the ground. Plant seeds may be seen as male principles of cosmic origin. They fertilize the mother earth so that new life may unfold. Metals are also of cosmic origin and bear something of the future in them. As they are not yet able to bring their seed character into effect out of their own powers, the plant does it for them and allows the metal to germinate in its ether body. The manufacture of fertilizer with the protein-related processes is an important pre-condition for plant and metal being able to work more intensively together. This takes place in the humus layer, or compost, where a relationship to Lemurian conditions of the earth may be recognized. This particular pharmaceutical procedure provides a number of therapeutic possibilities which are briefly mentioned. It is worth mentioning the closeness in time of a significant discussion Rudolf Steiner had with pharmacists on the subject of vegetabilized metals (8th Feb. 1923), a lecture he gave on 10th Feb. 1923 which also covered the uptake of metals through the plant (in From Comets to Cocaine) and the lecture of 11th Feb. 1923 (in Earthly Knowledge and Heavenly Wisdom). In conclusion we consider the guiding principle ‘What is the Earth in reality within the Macrocosm?’ (in Anthroposophical Leading Thoughts) and the task there described by Rudolf Steiner for the mineral and plant kingdoms in future earth evolution.