Herbology

Raising or harvesting herb plants for cooking or medicine

The potency of Shakespeare's potions

It's Shakespeare's 450th birthday. In a feature article for the BBC's Future, Claudia Hammond looks at whether the poisons mentioned in William Shakespeare's plays, such as Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream, could actually work.

Growing your own indigo

Love that blue? An article from Instructables offers directions on how to grow your own indigo.

The history of smoking

“When they travel, have a kind of herb dried, who, with a cane and an earthen cup in the end, with fire and the dried herbs put together, do suck through the cane and the smoke thereof, which smoke satisfieth their hunger, and therewith they live four or five days without meat or drink,” writes John Sparke about native Floridians' use of tobacco, which was introduced to Europeans in 1564.

[ATL] Garden of Thyme: Herbal Collegium

Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, & Thyme are just a very few of the wide range of herbs used in period. Cooking, Curing Ills, & Coloring Fabrics, just a few of their uses.

[ATL] Period Fiber Arts Day

Come join Spiaggia Levantina on Sunday, April 21, 2013 for a day all about period Fiber Arts skills!

New book reveals Scotland's lost gardens

English spies in the employ of Henry VIII would never believe that their maps could lead to the re-discovery of forgotten and abandoned gardens in Scotland. Their maps, along with aerial photography, historic documents, and even poetry, were used by Marilyn Brown for her book Scotland's Lost Gardens.

[WES] A German Michaelmas!

Glücklich Festtag! (Happy Feast Day!) The winds of the Arctic are blowing from the North and the season of Harvest is drawing to a close. Join us on Saturday, Oct. 20th, at the GoldStream Community Center near Fairbanks, as Winter’s Gate celebrates the fruits of Harvest with a
feast in the style of Medieval Germany.

[ATL] Garden of Thyme: Herbal Collegium

Join us at Elchenburg Castle, site of the Atlantian Herb Garden, a period garden cultivated by Lady Meadhbh the Handy for a weekend of exploring, learning, teaching and sharing! Come learn about garden planning, ointments, salves, tinctures, dyeing, cooking with herbs, brewing with herbs, a surgeon's chest, herb walk, and more!

New botany rules jetison Latin

New rules, approved by the International Botanical Congress in July, will no longer require Latin descriptions of new species for publication in online academic journals and books. The change will be implemented to "speed up the process of officially recognizing new plant species."

Renaissance Magazine's newest column: The Renaissance Herbalist

Beginning with issue 81, Renaissance Magazine will offer a new column: The Renaissance Herbalist. The column is authored by SCA member Melandra of the Woods.

The humble green salad

The green salad goes back at least to the 14th century, when a complex mixture of herbs dressed with oil and vinegar is discussed in "The Forme of Cury". This article traces the history of rabbit food from that point forward in time.

Don't eat the centerpiece!

Eating flowers is period, in fact, it dates back to Biblical times. An article for Handyman online magazine teaches which flowers are safe to eat and how to prepare them.

Cannabis catapult hurls pot over the Mexican border

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents and Mexican authorities have joined forces to intercept a catapult used by drug smugglers to hurl pot from Mexico into Arizona.

Analysis of pills gives insight into Roman medicine

A geneticist has analyzed some Roman pills found in a shipwreck off Italy 20 years ago. The pills date to the 2nd century BCE and were found inside a wooden medical kit.

US Botanic Garden: Gilding the Lily

On October 17, 2010, Artist and Illuminator Kandy Phillips will present will present a lecture entitled Gilding the Lily: The Medieval Garden Illuminated at the US Botanic Garden in Washington DC. The lecture will consider "the important role flowers played in medieval life, lore, and medicine."

Monticello to host Historic Plants Symposium

On September 10, 2010, the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center at Monticello will host the 2010 Historic Plants Symposium as part of the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello. The program will feature a dinner program “Come to Table,” Historic Plants in the American Kitchen" with  Rosalind Creasy.

2010 Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello

This year's Fourth Annual Heritage Harvest Festival takes place Saturday, September 11, 2010 with a series of workshops, demonstrations, and presentations.

[GLE] Mid Summer Knight's Dream XVIII

The Shire of Smythkepe presents Mid Summer Knight's Dream XVIII: A Day in the Life of a Noble September 3-5 at Camp Cahinnio south of Booneville, AR.

[OUT] Glimpse of Valhalla

12 Years of Glory Wars—Then there was Valhalla August 12-15, 2010

Anglo-Saxon dye and textile bibliography

The Anglo-Saxon Plant-Name Survey (ASPNS) has created a bibliography of sources for Dye and Textile History, including sections for Ancient World Dyes and Pigments and Medieval Dyes and Pigments.

Ageless Artifice

This company sells body care products (salves, powders, etc.) made from original historical recipes and packaged in reproduction containers. Each item comes with the original recipe.

Modern British priory attempts to recreate chartreuse

Mount Grace priory in North Yorkshire has planted an herb garden in the hopes of recreating Britain's ancient version of chartreuse.

[MID] Shire of Talonval Demo

The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), The Shire of Talonval, and The Jackson Community College Student Group are sponsoring a demonstration on JCC campus grounds 2111 Emmons Rd, Jackson, MI 49201 on Monday April 20, 2009 from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM

For more information contact: Lady Carmela Angelica Adamo/ Laurie Adamo at laurieadamo@hotmail.com.

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Santa Clara University showcases medieval garden

In honor of its namesake St. Clare of Assisi, Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California has created a medieval garden dedicated to the saint who was "was often compared to a plant or garden." The university's website includes a great deal of information on medieval gardens.

Herbalists to meet at Gulf Wars

Morin inghen Ruairc of the Chapter of Compagnie of Gleann Abhann Herbalists reports that the first Gulf Wars Interkingdom Herbal Roundtable Discussion will take place at 1:00 p.m. March 20, 2009 at the Herbal/Botanical Pavilion.

Interkingdom Herbal Roundtable

Morin inghen Ruairc of the Chapter of Compagnie of Gleann Abhann Herbalists reports that the first Interkingdom Herbal Roundtable Discussion will take place at the Herbal/Botanical Pavilion at Gulf Wars on Saturday March 20, 2009 at 1:00 p.m.

[DRA] Medieval Herb Workshop and Yuletide Revel

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The Baron of Knight's Crossing, vassal of the mighty throne of Drachenwald, is has invited one of the finest herbalists and apothecaries in the land to provide instruction in the types and use of medicinal herbs.

Following the hours of learning, there shall be a revel to celebrate the yuletide, with feasting, dancing and sundry games - even if you have no interest in herbs, come and celebrate! On the morrow following the revel, Location:
Barony of Knight's Crossing (Roedermark, Germany)

[DRA] Medieval Pharmaceuticals Workshop

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It is with great pleasure that I would hereby like to announce that Knights Crossing will be hosting a workshop on medieval pharmaceuticals and herbs on the weekend of May 30-June 1. Simona Valentini di Piero will be teaching how to make basic salves, essential oils and creams from primary source recipes; enjoy a walk through the fields and forest in which we will learn to identify various useful plants in their natural habitat. Learn about the equipment used and the primary sources that we have on this subject. There will be a small fee for materials and for food for the weekend, but dinner will be Potluck. Location:
Barony of Knights Crossing (Weinheim, Germany)

Medieval "Chemists" found in Scotland

Archaeologists have discovered a 700-year-old chemists, an herb garden, which supplied the Soutra Hospital near Edinburgh, Scotland.