Ormus and Biochar

By Barry Carter

Created: September 5, 2010

Modified: July 10, 2012


What is ormus and how is it related to biochar?


In the article linked below, David Yarrow explained how biochar provides a means to store water and water soluble nutrients in agricultural soil.




Biochar also appears to serve a similar function in forest soil.


Another way that water and water soluble nutrients are stored in forest soil is via the incorporation of rotting fallen trees into the soil. Back in 1997, Dr. Allan Harvey, a forest researcher in the Pacific Northwest, told a group of us that underground wood is the main source of late season moisture and nitrogen fixing activity on warm dry sites. In response to our questioning he said:


"We made a calculation once on some sub alpine fir systems to figure out how many gallons of water per acre there was. As I recall the figure there was some 80 thousand gallons of water per acre stored in wood in late August in that particular site we were looking at. That's quite a lot of water stored in something that when we started out we didn't even expect to find in these forest soils. We expected it to be all either all burned up or decomposed over time. It was something of a revelation to see how persistent this stuff was."


This sounds a lot like the role of  biochar in agricultural soil. More on the role of down wood in forest soils can be found at:




Obviously, we will not find a lot of rotten woody material buried in most agricultural soils (though it is used in raised bed gardening). I suspect that the addition of biochar to agricultural soils may provide some of the same benefits that rotten down wood provides for forest forest soils.


Another important factor to consider is the mechanism of water and nutrient uptake in plants. Virtually all of the nutrients that a plant uses from the soil must be soluble as they are carried into the plant by liquid movement through the roots and up the stems of the plants. Insoluble minerals in the soil are useless to the plant until they are solubilized by fungi bacteria and other organisms in the soil.


A third factor is the balance of macro and micro mineral nutrients in the soil. According to the Nutrition Security Institute at:




the content of several common minerals in apples has declined by the following amounts between 1914 and 1992:


Calcium        -48.15%

Phosphorus  -84.51%

Iron               -96.09%

Potassium       -1.71%

Magnesium   -82.70%


Modern agricultural practices typically try to replace these common minerals in the soil but they don't do as well with essential trace minerals. Furthermore, there is a group of essential plant and animal nutrients that was previously unknown to science. These essential nutrients have been mostly discovered since 1990. We call these nutrients the ormus minerals. When applied to soils they typically improve plant growth, taste and nutrient content by 40% to 60% in the first season. They also increase drought tolerance and freeze tolerance for many plants. For more on this see:




I first learned about the existence of these mineral nutrients in 1989 when a colleague, named Jim, was using an ozone generator (that I helped him develop), to clean up mine waste water at a placer mine in Eastern Oregon. Jim developed a process for cleaning the water which included ozonating the water and then spraying the ozonated water down into an open, vertical pipe filled with charcoal briquettes. A drawing of Jim's setup is at:




The charcoal seemed to have a strong affinity for some of the minerals in the waste water. In fact, Jim found fibers of gold growing INSIDE the charcoal briquettes. (He was getting more gold from the charcoal briquettes than the miners were getting from the mine.) Around and below the charcoal briquettes, Jim found a mucus like liquid that had very unusual properties, when it was dried into flakes. These flakes would fly away from your hand if you brought it near and they would disappear in a flash of light if exposed to direct sunlight. The steel tub holding the column of charcoal briquettes would shock anyone who touched it. Jim eventually had to ground it using a three eights inch diameter copper wire because smaller wires would melt. You can read more about this at:




In 1995 I learned about an Arizona cotton farmer named David Hudson who claimed that he had discovered minerals on his farm that were in a different state of matter with properties that matched Jim's experiences. Jim and I went to Hudson's Portland, Oregon lecture on July 28 & 29, 1995 where David Hudson told us about how the precious metal elements, in this state, would become single unit superconductors that levitate on weak magnetic fields and disappear in a flash of light if dried in sunlight. You can read the transcript I made of Hudson's Portland lecture at:




Based on Jim's experiences in 1989 and David Hudson's information in 1995, Jim invented a "magnetic trap" to concentrate the ormus minerals out of fresh water by levitating them on a magnetic field. Using a magnetic trap and chemical conversion, he was able to get a pound of precious metal out of a gallon of trap water.


Ordinary water weighs 8.33 pounds per gallon. Jim and other ormus researchers have reported that trap water can weigh anywhere from 7.3 to 12 pounds per gallon depending on source and other factors.


These observations suggest an hypothesis that might explain how biochar can attract and hold water and soluble minerals in agricultural soil.


Single unit superconductors (monatoms or diatoms) would not conduct electricity in normal ways but they would be repelled by magnetic fields. Since magnetic fields are everywhere in the universe, these ormus elements would seek a place to "hide out" that might provide some shielding from the magnetic fields all around. We postulate that they hang out inside clathrate host molecules.


Dr. Martin Chaplin who is the Professor of Applied Science at South Bank University in London has a well-described theory that water is generally composed of icosahedral water clusters. You can read more about this theory at:




These water molecules would, in essence, be like molecular geodesic domes that would provide a nice comfy inner space for the ormus unit to chill out. These water molecules with their ormus resident would be available for other chemical bonds. When bonded with hydroxide radicals they would become visible as a precipitate.


I propose that biochar provides further shielding for the ormus-water clathrate molecules; like the charcoal briquettes which attracted the ormus gold that dropped into a metallic form in Jim's ozone water-treatment system.


The superconductive magnetic levitation of these minerals might also help explain how "capillary action" can carry nutrients to the top of the world's tallest tree (a 379 foot redwood tree in Redwood National Park).


The fields that these elements generate, inside the water molecules, might also help explain how the structure of water can be changed by exposure to paramagnetic rock dust, sound frequencies and even thought:




The ormus minerals appear to be present in living things as macro rather than micro minerals. One of David Hudson's chemists tested various plants and some brain tissue. He measured as much as 5.1% dry matter weight of ormus rhodium and iridium in Ourco Nigel, Maritime Pine Bark (Pycnogenol), ginco extract and as much as 5% dry matter weight of these same ormus minerals in calf and pig brain-tissue. Thus, it seems likely that these minerals are also quite common in biochar, especially when it has not been exposed to really high temperatures.


I often define ormus as a fifth state of matter. The first four states are solid, liquid, gas and plasma. Theoretically, every known element can exist in each of these four states. Various ormus researchers claim to have converted a combined total of 42 different elements into the ormus state.


The ormus mineral elements do not show up in conventional spectroscopic analysis. This fact, lead David Hudson to claim that they assayed as "pure nothing". Other ormus researchers have verified this using simple, open-source methods that are described at:




Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain the unassayable nature of the ormus elements. One hypothesis is that all of their electrons are paired and are, therefore, not responsive to spectroscopic stimulation. Another hypothesis is that they are single unit superconductors (a bit of a contradiction in terms) which serve as the quantum coherent communication network of all cells. This hypothesis implies that they would have two legs in the physical and one leg somewhere else. Whereas the metallic form of these elements would have all three legs in the physical:




A third hypothesis is that they "like" to hide out as clathrate guests in various molecular clathrate hosts and that these clathrate hosts conceal them and shield them from spectroscopic analysis:





My favorite hypothesis includes aspects of all of the above. The quantum coherent hypothesis and the clathrate hypothesis both might be supported by the scientific paper at:


"Quantum Water" Discovered in Carbon Nanotubes



I suspect that the presence of the ormus minerals in all water is the major factor driving these quantum water effects.


This looks like good scientific confirmation of an hypothesis that the ormus community has been discussing since 1997. You can see a couple of old articles I wrote on this subject at:





I wrote the first article in August of 1998 and the second article in April of 1999.


Parts of this hypothesis were elucidated by Dr. Stewart Hameroff and Dr. Roger Penrose in a paper titled "Orchestrated Objective Reduction of  Quantum Coherence in Brain Microtubules: The "Orch OR" Model for Consciousness":




and I have more discussion on this topic at:




The precious metal elements seem to be much more abundant in the ormus state. The most common ormus element in sea water appears to be ormus rhodium. As a metal, rhodium is toxic but in its ormus form, it seems to be quite beneficial to all living things.


One ormus provider had about twenty five years of experience working with the precious metals before he got involved with ormus. He has done repeated assays on the sea water precipitate he produces and has evidence suggesting that it typically contains from thirty to forty percent unassayable ormus rhodium, iridium and gold:




This suggests that the soluble ormus minerals in Pacific Ocean water precipitate would be present in the following amounts compared to other common minerals:


Calcium                        332.3

Ormus Gold                  373

Ormus Iridium               588

Ormus Rhodium          1677

Sodium*                      2830.8

Magnesium                 3215.4

Chloride*                     4359.4

*Present as sodium chloride, reported number adjusted by Manufacturer


I suspect that the carbon microtubules in biochar provide a good place for the ormus minerals to "hide out" and avoid electromagnetic fields or ionizing radiation. If this is true, the biochar and other organic structures in the soil would help to keep these essential minerals available on land (to soil and plant supporting organisms) for a longer period of time as they move from the mountains to the seas.


If these elements are quantum coherent communicators and if they are present at some level in all water, then increasing their presence might be expected to improve the instantaneous, quantum coherent communication connection between all living cells in plants and animals. I imagine that this is like having a cell phone in every cell and increasing the bandwidth of the system is like going from dial-up to a high-speed internet connection:




Biodynamic and homeopathic effects may be related to these phenomena:





In 2008 Dr. Dean Radin published a paper titled "Effects of Distant Intention on Water Crystal Formation: A Triple-Blind Replication" which provides evidence that our thoughts can influence the structure of water but it does not explain the mechanism of the effect of consciousness on water.


I suspect that the ormus hypothesis (that the ormus elements are "hiding out" inside most water molecules and act as a non-local communication system that generates resonance changes to the shape of the water molecules) might provide even more avenues to explore in this regard:




Here are a couple links to some research which appears to support Dr. Radin's structured water research:





Other quantum effects at biological temperatures have been documented. Here are some links to videos which suggest that superconductive magnetic levitation is possible at room temperature and higher. The first is a link to a page on insect chitin levitation:




The bottom video on this page is quite a good illustration of biological superconductive-levitation-like behavior. Notice how similar the "jumping" behavior of the insect shell is to the jumping behavior of the jumping gold at:




Also see a similar superconductive-levitation-like behavior in the ormus white powder that Charles Dragoo made from Azomite:




I am well aware that all of this needs independent scientific replication before it advances from hypothesis to theory. Even the plant benefits we have documented at:




need replication and confirmation before the role of the ormus elements in plant growth and health is confirmed. We can wait another decade for this confirmation or we can start using it now to help feed the nearly billion people that are currently starving in the world. More of my thoughts on this topic are at:




You can find a  simple way to convert many of the precious metals into their ormus counterparts at:




An Australian metallurgist used this method to convert 25 different metals into their ormus form. Just making an edible white powder from toxic metal is a good bit of support for the ormus hypothesis.


Some scientific evidence also suggests that the structure of water can be changed by what I call "the proximity effect". You can view some controlled scientific test results linked at:




A video describing this effect can be found at:




More evidence about the benefits of the proximity effect for plant water can be seen in the pictures of a nine foot tall geranium that was grown using proximity effect water:




As you can see on the page linked above, this geranium was grown by Dr. John Milewski a retired Los Alamos scientist.


Though the StirWand video is about hydration of animal cells, the same benefits also seem to apply to plant cells. I have noticed that I only have to water my house plants half as often as before I started using the ormus minerals on them. I use a pot full of shamrock plants as my gauge. When they start to droop, I water all my house plants. Though my shamrock plants are much taller than they are supposed to be, they have gone from requiring water every two weeks to only requiring it every month since I have been adding the ormus minerals. Here is a picture I took just before I watered it on December 31, 2010:




Here is another picture two days later:




And a third picture from January 15:




For comparison, here is a picture that I took of these shamrock plants in the winter of 1988-99:




More recent documentation of my shamrock plant is at:




One morning I woke up quite early thinking about why these plants seem to thrive on half the water. This is what I wrote:


"Nowadays, many people are hungry all of the time. They eat but are not satisfied, so they eat more. But they remain tired and hungry so they have to “sleep it off”.


I presume that they are still hungry and tired because they are not getting all of the nutrients they need in the food that they eat.


Plants must be the same. They “eat” nutrients which have been solubilized from the soil. They transpire water into the air as the nutrients are removed for food.


If there is insufficient nutrition in the plant food that the roots bring in, more water must be transpired into the air to make room for more solubilized minerals from the soil. Unlike people, plants don't get fat when they eat too much; they just waste water."


I spend a month and a half giving ormus lectures in Australia during October-November of 2008. Here are some plant and soil related reports from my time there:


After my first presentation in Queensland, I was contacted by a gentleman who said he had a radish in his garden which was as big around as a CD. He offered to drive me to his place to see this radish and I took some pictures of it which you can see at:




These radishes were grown with second generation seeds that he collected from his ormus garden the previous year. He said that his giant radishes were not "woody" and that they tasted very good.


All of my time in Australia coincided with some significant global and local changes. The global economic changes and the American presidential elections stimulated my desire to see some evidence that ormus might help people get through the tough times that might be coming. The drought that Australia had been enduring for the last few years also stimulated a desire to see some evidence that ormus might help plants to make it through severe weather conditions.


My desire to see some evidence of ormus helping out under drought conditions was fulfilled when Alfred Goolsbee showed up at my Melbourne workshop. His new information about plants given ormus during drought conditions was so significant that I asked him to give a short talk about it during my Melbourne workshop. Alfred told us about some plants he had that were given some sea water precipitate ormus and survived serious drought conditions when accidentally left in a closed greenhouse without water.


By the time I got to my last weekend presentation in Canberra, I was feeling quite hopeful that ormus might help to mitigate all of the world's food problems including drought. Throughout my sojourn in Oz I had regularly encountered people who were interested in using ormus in agriculture as well as using it for consciousness expansion and building community. Frankly, I kinda expected my last presentation to be a bit anticlimactic after all the superlative things that happened at the previous presentation gatherings.


I am happy to report that some of the best news about ormus in Australia came during my Canberra workshop. Rob Gourlay, an environmental scientist and founder of the Environmental Research & Information Consortium (ERIC) told us about how he has been combining Effective Microorganisms (EM) and ormus in some of the ERIC products and Australian farmers have started asking him "where is all the water coming from?" after using this product.


Sharon Rose, who helped set up this Australian tour, first acquainted me with EM back in 2001 and she has been touting the benefits of mixing EM and ormus ever since then. Sharon noticed that magnetic trap ormus "liked to hang out" in the carbon filter before going into the trap and she used the Effective Microorganisms to extract the ormus from these "clogged" filters. Rob speculates that the increased ormus in the soil increases carbon sequestration and that the EM organisms play a major role in this process. He also claims that the carbon, in turn, stores more water and nutrients for later release to the plants. You can read more about this on Rob's web site at:




Rob does not mention on his site that sea water ORMUS is the "secret ingredient" in his soil preparations.


This suggests that biochar also would be good to sequester the ormus minerals but does not assure that they will be in the soil to begin with. I expect that a combination of the ormus minerals, biochar, fungal inoculations, Effective Microorganisms and organic/biodynamic methods will be the way we ultimately save humanity and our environment.