Articles & Essays

Video Series: Temperaments and Health – An Alchemical Tutorial

By Ben Klocek August 27, 2021

In this series by Dennis Klocek, he outlines a different way to look at health through the temperaments. Part 1: Phase Theory and Element Theory In the first video, he compares the similarities between the contemporary phase theory of matter (solid, liquid, gas, warmth) and and the older element theory (earth, water, air, fire). Part…

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Grandpa’s Gruel

By Dennis Klocek January 22, 2021

This gruel is filling to the belly, a good complete source of nutrition during healing, and well tolerated by sensitive digestions. 2 1/2 qts hot, lemon balm, chamomile tea2 1/2 cups oatmeal1 can (13 oz.) light coconut milk1/3 cup slippery elm bark powder1 Tbsp butter1/2 tsp saltyour favorite sweetenerfive sticks of astragalus In a slow…

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Video: Seedling to Table – Growing Cabbage, Making Kraut

By Dennis Klocek January 11, 2021

Learn the tricks and tips from Dennis Klocek, master gardener, for how to grow, harvest, and process cabbage into sauerkraut.

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Praise for Peaches – How to Make Swizzle

By Dennis Klocek October 2, 2020

A tonic drink called swizzle is a fruit vinegar and a bit of honey in water that is thirst quenching and good for the digestion

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Elements, Temperaments and Humors – Part 4

By Dennis Klocek October 2, 2020

See our video series on Temperaments and Health here. In alchemy the levity/ gravity polarity is known as the sun and moon. The levity side of an alchemical mandala is linked to the force of the sun. The solar force is Avicenna’s principle of innate heat. It is also the principle behind Rudolf Steiner connecting…

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Elements, Temperaments and Humors – Part 3

By Dennis Klocek October 2, 2020

See our video series on Temperaments and Health here. Moist chemically complex phlegm transforms to blood through temperamental heat. This  heart action changes phlegm into living interactive tissue. “Cold” blood is available for limited applications. “Warm” heart blood is accepted by all parts of the body, at all levels. Science recognizes oxygenated arterial blood from…

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Elements, Temperaments and Humors – Part 2

By Dennis Klocek October 2, 2020

See our video series on Temperaments and Health here. In the diagram E (earth), W (water), A (air) and F (fire) represent the four elements. The earth element in the form of dry, cold salts moves towards a moist tempering creating the humor, phlegm. The sequence is element (earth) to temperament (cold) to humor (phlegm)…

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Elements, Temperaments and Humors – Part 1

By Dennis Klocek October 2, 2020

Traditional medicine makes use of the principle of tempering. Tempering is the incremental application of small changes that gradually establish order through proportional balance. This is achieved by repeated actions applied in small incremental steps. Among plant medicines, potent herbs known as adaptogens (spikenard, ginseng, eleuthero, rhodiola) are valued for their tempering forces. In music,…

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