Our gem essences start, of course, with the gems. We search for very special pieces of gems for healing: raw, usually not even tumbled, and definitely not man-made or treated with any chemicals. We seek out gems of the highest grade with strong energy, and we expand our collection slowly, gathering the crystals over a long period of time. Our purchased gems are first cleansed in natural, unrefined sea salt for 12 hours or longer, then stored carefully in cardboard boxes, never in plastic.
When it is time to make an essence, the gem is placed in its own quartz bowl or in a glass vessel and submerged in clean water (spring water as often as possible). Certain gems are not submerged in water, but are instead placed above the water on a little platform for safety reasons (stones and crystals that have a chance of containing heavy metals are infused in this way).
Gem essences are made in all kinds of weather depending on when they are calling the loudest; sometimes on hot and sunny days, sometimes on windy and overcast days. While springtime is traditionally the time of year when gem essences are made, as suggested in the famous books by Gurudas, some of our essences were made in late fall during a meteor shower, when their energy was particularly strong. Most of our gem essences are sun (daytime) infusions, but a few as indicated are full-moon infusions.
The infused essence is called the mother, and it is blended half and half with brandy, which anchors the essence's energy and serves as a preservative. We store the mother essences in a quiet and peaceful room in closed wooden cabinets. From the mother essences, we make blends and single essences for sale, and these dilutions are called "stock potency." Customers may take essences straight from the purchased bottles to effectively use the stock potency, while practitioners will often use drops from the stock bottles to make dosage bottles for their clients.