Learning about Herbs and Oils


  • Modern Botany for the Medievalist – Modern Botany is one of Sara Goslee’s pages.  She is “a scientist, weaver, and writer, not necessarily in that order”  I recommend you peek at this page for some basics in talking about plants themselves, especially scientific naming.  The more tools you have to discuss the natural world, the easier it is to sift through the cacophony of information online and in books.  Her sparse but helpful page on Medieval/Early Renaissance Herbals is here.

Magical, Commercial, Other

  • Using Essential Oils (Alchemy Works) – Yes, of course this is a page in his shop, but I like the fact that Harold (and his cats) took the time to write-up a common-sense guide to working with Essential Oils.
  • My own personal stock, with aromatherapeutic and magical uses – it’s a spreadsheet with several different filters for these philters (teehee).  Spreadsheets are *totes* witchy.   I promise.