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The Witch's Garden Paperback – 1978
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It is a delightful read as a quick opening guide to each plant, as it is well written (and well translated) with charm. The penultimate chapter takes a look at the known recipes of flying ointment and list the ingredients with tallies of how often they appear, and the final chapter discusses the witch's brew of Macbeth and both the definite and plausible ingredients mentioned.
Being that it studies flying ointment in relation to the witch's sabbat, it is written in the mindset that witches and witchcraft, as invented by the church in the middle ages, was a viable and actual institution. (That is to say, that those accused of witches were indeed men and women who had made knowing pacts with the Devil in exchange for powers, had profaned the eucharist, and copulated with Satan, etc etc, as opposed to the reality of witches being simply homeopathic doctors accused in the fever of, well, a witch-hunt.) This does not detract from the work, as the focus is on the plants and not the history or nature of witchcraft.
It is illustrated with woodcuts throughout and contains a good sized bibliography for further reading.