We are often asked what 'Archeus' means, and how it is pronounced! We pronounce it Ah-kee-us.
Archeus was a word made up by the Swiss physician and alchemist Paracelsus as a way to describe the vital force that connects man, nature and the universe. Paracelsus believed that in order to heal or to do alchemy one had to work with this force, this Archeus.
Paracelsus believed in the healing power of nature saying 'The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician'.
He was a deeply controversial man who frequently raised the ire of the establishment due to his outspoken ways. In fact his second name Bombastius, and his personality gave rise to the term 'bombastic' for outrageous and difficult behaviour.
But beneath this prickly exterior was a man who believed in nature as a starting point for healing. He was inspired by alchemy and believed that the health of the body relied on the harmony of man, the microcosm, with Nature, the macrocosm. He knew that man was part of the natural world, not apart from it and that man's harmony with nature would contribute to his own health and well-being.
Five hundred years on and that vital force, that Archeus is inspiring us here in the Archeus apothecary. Everything we make is imbued with the idea of working with nature and that vital force in order to create beautiful products for your beauty and well-being.