Links to Online Herbal Resources
Jadwiga's class handouts (from classes for
SCA groups) http://www.gallowglass.org/jadwiga/herbs/herbs.html
- Meridies Herbal Guild Bibliography
- Taken from guild contributions and postings to SCA-Herbalist.
- Anglo-Saxon Plant Names Survey: http://www2.arts.gla.ac.uk/SESLL/EngLang/ihsl/projects/plants.htm
- List of Anglo-Saxon plant names, with Latin/Anglo-Saxon name
associuations database, bibliography of related works, bibliography on
Cloister Gardens: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/medny/herbgdn1.htm
- Description of a garden in the Cloisters, with list of
- Botanical.com http://www.botanical.com
- The home of the online version of Mrs. Grieve's Modern Herbal
, a very dense if not userfriendly work. Also includes some really odd
material of the alternate healing variety. One good short article, How to
- Chelsea Physic
- Founded in 1673
Library holdings http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/FLORA/cushing/herbals.htm
- Images from herbals held at the Cushing Library at Texas A&M.
on the Farm: http://www.minarsas.demon.co.uk/harn/farming/index.htm
- transcriptions of some agricultural treatises and an article
the medieval agricultural year
Art of Botanical Illustration:
- An exhibit at the University of Delaware Libraries.
- Flora Danica:
- Online version of a color herbal/plant encyclopedia of Denmark,
an Elizabethan garden: http://www.goldenacorn.net/garden/flowers.html
- A database of flowers probably appropriate for an Elizabethan
plus three short articles on garden history.
- What was imported when?
Arts links http://moas.atlantia.org/topics/gard.htm
- Collected by the Atlantian Minister of Arts and Sciences
Spice Pages: http://www-ang.kfunigraz.ac.at/~katzer/engl/
- Listings for a wide variety of spices, including constitutients,
names and some history
of Archaic Chemical Terms:
& Herb Gardening: An annotated bibliography and resource guide
- Compiled by the National Library of Agriculture.
given for each book.
for Beauty http://www.labyrinth.net.au/~andraste/herbs4.html
- Most of this material is NOT medieval/Renaissance, but there are
few citations to the historic sources.
- History of
: A timeline from ancient times to 2000 http://www.gardendigest.com/timegl.htm
- Timeline with useful information about publications and
- History of Western
- Links collected by the Karolinska Institutet (Swedish medical
More links on the History of Biomedicine are at: http://www.mic.ki.se/History.html
- An Illustrated Herbal
- Information taken from a number of sources, not all reliable,
an interesting overview. Recommended by Librarian's Index to the
- La Belle
Gardens listing http://www.labelle.org/act_garden.html
- A listing of plants cultivated for food,
and other helpful applications.
Gardens Bibliography http://home.sprintmail.com/~brandtfamily/med_gardens_bib.htm
- An extensive listing of gardening and garden-related texts both
and modern, divided into sections by type.
- Medieval Medicine http://www.dorkart.com/med/
- Essays on medieval medicine by Magdalena Krzywicka
- Mostly Medieval:
- Information about medieval medicine that is relatively accurate.
lists of medicinal plants, medical texts, and the Compendium of
Gilbertus Anglicus (a period work)
- Anneliese's Natural
- including information on basic natural dyeing, dyeing with
and growing a dyeplants garden.
of The History of Herbalism An Overview and Literature Resource List
- By Christopher Hobbes. Posted to the HealthWorld website. Useful
only for the factoids the outline contains but for the review of
Medieval Garden http://www.psu.edu/dept/medieval/garden.html
- Articles and pictures from the Center for Medieval Studies
and Oils throughout history http://www.eliki.com/ancient/beliefs/herbs/
- Includes information on (primarily ritual/magical) historical
of a number of plants and herbs, both European and non. Nice
by Cindy Renfrow http://members.aol.com/renfrowcm/sallats.html
- The author of Take a thousand eggs or more talks about
salads and includes culinary gleanings from Gerard's Herbal :
of Botanical Medicine/Michael Moore: http://chili.rt66.com/hrbmoore/HOMEPAGE/
- Images of medicinal plants along with handbooks from the school.
- Spice and
- Brief descriptions of some basic spices and herbs. Not as good
Gerard Katzer's pages.
- University of
Medicinal Herb Garden http://www.nnlm.nlm.nih.gov/pnr/uwmhg/
- Access pictures of the herbs by Latin & common names, as
a virtual 'tour' of the garden.
- UCLA Folk Medicine Database: http://www.folkmed.ucla.edu/
- A compilation of modern folk remedies recorded by ethnographers.
- USDA Plants Database: http://plants.usda.gov/
- This site, from the US Dept. of Agriculture, may prove useful for
quick lookups of herbs and some spices. Not only does it give
scientific names for
common names, but it includes information on 'U.S. Nativity' (that is,
it native to the U.S.) that may be useful to us, and whether it is a
periennial, biennial, annual etc., distribution of the plants, growth
habit, sometimes images and links.
History of Medicine resources
- Aromaweb http://www.aromaweb.com/
- A site on aromatherapy with a selection of Essential
Profiles (with safety and use data) and articles on aromatherapy
topics, blending, oil selection and storage, etc.
- Perfumes for
Period Scent http://www.costumes.org/pages/perfume.htm
- From the Costumers Manifesto site. A vastly oversimplified
of perfume but a good starting point.
- A View of the World of Perfume: History
of Perfume http://zebra.scarolina.edu/smell/shannon/shannon.html#history
- A class project, but it includes a thumbnail sketch of perfume
of Fragrance, from the Aromatherapy section of HealthWorld http://www.healthy.net/library/books/aromatherapy/history.htm
- A much more detailed and reliable history. Covers ancient and
uses as well as western ones. From a book by Kathi Keville and Mindy
- The Good
Company perfuming pages
- Includes information on various absolutes, essential oils,
extracts, etc. (scroll down left frame), as well as safety material,
references, conversion tables etc.
Recipe sources & texts
- Compendium of Medicine by Gilbertus Anglicus, about 1400, http://skell.org/SKELL/compintro.htm
- Manual de Mugeres, 16th century, english translation by
- Manual de Mujeres, translation by Lady Serian http://www.florilegium.org/files/PERSONAL/Man-d-Mujeres-art.html
- John French's Art of
to Gerard's Herbal (not the text, just the index) http://users.ev1.net/~uisge/sca_brew/gerards.htm
Medical Manuscripts in the National Library of Medicine
- John Baptist Porta, Natural
1558 and onward, from the 1653 edition. Transcribed by Dr. Laura
- Tusser's One Hundreth Points of Good Husbandry http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~rbear/tusser1.html
Plat's Delightes for Ladies, 1609, transcribed by Kirrily Robert http://infotrope.net/sca/texts/delights-for-ladies/
- The Village Herb Shop, in Blue Ball, PA: 717-354-6494 (they do
order). P.O. Box 24, 4298 Division Hwy, Blue Ball PA 17506.
- Francesco Sirene, Spicier
(includes information about herbs and various 'spice chests'--
of herbs and spices for various medieval cultures) http://www.silk.net/sirene/
Guild (good quality, no online ordering)
- Penn Herb (online
fast but not as high quality as others) http://www.pennherb.com/
- Penzey's Spices (not as
medieval stuff, but a recommended supplier) http://www.penzeys.com/
- Richter's Nursery,
and dried herbs (good supplier) http://www.richters.com/
- Nichols Garden
(seeds for rare things!) http://www.nicholsgardennursery.com/
Basket, in Landisville PA http://hometown.aol.com/herbbasket/index.htm
- Liberty Natural, a
(I haven't used them, but they have a selection of resins, absolutes,
that aren't available elsewhere) http://www.libertynatural.com/
SCA Herb Guilds:
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