Why does the Oil of Gold have alcohol in it?
The Oil of Gold is comprised mainly of nitrogen-containing compounds. One of those compounds is known as a pyrrole. This particular compound is shaped like a pentagon, each corner containing a carbon atom, except for one of those corners which holds a nitrogen instead of a carbon. It is these nitrogen compounds that make the Oil of Gold red and give it one of its unique flavors and aromas.
Pyrroles are extremely important in the functions of all organic life. For example, the compound that makes up our blood -Heme- is comprised of a ring of these pyrroles with an iron ion at the center. Heme is used to make human blood, hence why we call the study of blood Hematology. But pyrroles are also the main building block for chlorophyll. Just in the same way that Heme is made of a ring of pyrroles with an iron at the center, so too is chlorophyll made of a ring of pyrroles. But, instead of an Iron atom, chlorophyll contains a Magnesium ion at its center. This Magnesium ion resonates at the same frequency as ultraviolet light and is essentially what allows the plant to harness the energy radiated from the sun.
Now, seeing that the Oil of Gold contains a large percentage of pyrroles within it, it should come as no surprise to the chemically inclined that if these pyrroles can come together in nature to form complex structures like blood or chlorophyll, then why wouldn't they be able to do the same in a flask?
Well.... they can, and they do.
It is for this reason that the Oil of Gold when extracted comes out as a thick blood-red substance that sticks to the glass and stains anything it touches. If you leave the Oil of Gold out and exposed to the air, it will coagulate.
There are also large amounts of other compounds within the Oil of Gold -full read out here- but, when this cocktail of compounds all come out together during the extraction process, they bond and make complex heme like substances. This Oil is almost impossible to work with, so it has to be diluted into some sort of solvent that can keep all of these compounds in solution and separated so they don't fuse, coagulate, and turn into one large mass that is nearly impossible to use practically.
Since the Oil of Gold works best as an internal supplement, it means that any solvent used to keep the Oil in solution must be food grade and safe for ingestion. Water, unfortunately, does not dissolve the Oil of Gold. Alcohol, on the other hand, does, if it is of a strong purity.
Spirits extracted and distilled from honey are the choice alcohol to use here. It is organic and made of a substance that also shares the frequency of the sun. So, they pair exceptionally well.
The alcohol in each vial also helps to infuse the oil into any beverage you choose to dilute it in. Since it is recommended that the Oil of Gold be diluted into a drink, it means that to be able to use the oil effectively, you need it to dissolve into your drink.Most drinks are made with water, and we know this oil wont dissolve in a water based solution. The small amount of alcohol used to keep the Oil of Gold's compounds liquid and in solution also help infuse the oil into any drink, water based or not, so that you can more easily work with it and utilize its benefits.
The traditional way of making the Oil of Gold and working with it for health or mental advancement was to dilute this complex compound into a strong liquor. Wine, Brandy, or any pure spirit was used to dissolve the Oil of Gold and make it drinkable.
This has been the standard for centuries. But now, through my research on the Oil of Gold and the nature of its chemical constiuents, I have pioneered new methods by which the oil can be extracted and 'softened' so that it flows as a true oil with no need to dilute or dissolve into a solvent.
In the next few weeks I will be releasing more articles and informational pieces that show how the Oil of Gold in alcohol as a standard is being changed. These new advancements will concentrate the fragrance and therapeutic value of the Oil of Gold we have all known and loved and render it more active and bioavailable to the body. All while making no additions to the essence outside of the golds own being. Ill go into it more soon....
For now, know that these are the reasons and traditions behind why the Oil of Gold is always tinctured into alcohol.
Avery is the lead Alchemist at Kymia Arts and routinely shares information on general alchemy topics as well as our methods and products.