Originally posted on https://ilixer.com/blogs/diet/plant-based-diets-the-true-elixir-of-life.
Elixir, from an etymological perspective, can be tied back to the Arabic word “Al-Iksir”, which stood for ‘Miracle Substances’. Aligned with this etymological origin, elixirs have largely been associated with or believed to be panaceas, or one-stop shop remedies for any and all ailments. Elixir as a concept has permeated the annals of history and demonstrated levels of prevalence in many major cultures for millennia. It’s fabled form manifested in lore predominantly as the Elixir of Life, a concoction of sorts that provided Life Everlasting, immortality.
In Hindu texts, Amrita is often referred to as the drink of the Devas, or the Heavenly Divine, and was considered to be a nectar of Immortality. In European antiquity and alchemical history, the Magnum Opus, or the Great Work, was the search for the Philosopher’s Stone. The Stone was hypothesized to be an alchemical substance capable of turning base metals into Gold, and providing Life Everlasting.
In Ancient China, Qin Shi Huang, the Founder of the Qin Dynasty and the First Emperor of a unified China sent Daoist Alchemist Xu Fu on a quest in search of the Elixir of Life. On his second journey Eastward, he…