Monday, January 4, 2016

The Witches' Ointment The Secret History of Psychedelic Magic By Thomas Hatsis

The book, The Witches' Ointment by Thomas Hatsis is a wonderful book full of history related to witches, healers, alchemists, herbal remedies and concoctions used in potions and healing ointments. The reason I was attracted to the book is by the use of historical information of the 15th century witches and the exotic herbal ingredients they used that are well known for specific healing uses. Many of them are used for not so evil purposes, while some could be deadly. However, it is very interesting to find out what happen back than and what was the purpose of these exotic ingredients. There are so many different uses for these herbs and it explains the most common uses, such as the use of opium and what it treated.
The information in the book is  great for those who want some past history of certain exotic herbs that were known for their psychedelic powers and the well known people that used them. Also it gives you some idea on how they were created or mixed in other food to be used. The best thing is that this book goes into detail how these herbal treatments might of helped others and the many names of those that used these herbal potions during history. So, this book is packed with plenty of interesting findings and discoveries of past witches, magicians and sorcerers, as well as details about the trials for the use of these practices during those times. 
Finally, this is a great book full of history and information about the herbs that provided these 15th century witches and healers the ability to bewitch, heal, prophesy, infect, and even murder. So I think all in all, it's a pretty good book, still keeps my attention and I'm going to continue to read and learn more.
Information About The Author:
Thomas Hatsis is a writer, educator, and historian with a master’s degree in history from Queens College. The host of the website, he has presented his research at several U.S. universities, including Yale, and published articles in the psychedelics journal Psypress U.K. He lives in New York.

Book Information:
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Park Street Press (August 31, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1620554739
ISBN-13: 978-1620554739
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches

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