“Ildegarda Day” a Benevento: la voce del sangue

Originally posted on Il Palazzo di Sichelgaita:
Locandina del film “Vision” di Margarethe von Trotta (2009). Il 3 ottobre 2014, nella suggestiva chiesa medievale di San Francesco in piazza dogana a Benevento, dopo aver celebrato il beato transito di San Francesco, in un clima di preghiera e di silenzio, si è svolto un breve concerto-preghiera nell’ambito…

The place of bellows in alchemy

Originally posted on distillatio:
Whilst researching a post for my other blog (http://medievalfoundry.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/the-origin-and-use-of-bellows-especially-in-medieval-europe/), I remembered that I had seen bellows in alchemical illustrations. However in refreshing my memory I find that they feature only infrequently. Breughel’s famous drawing of an alchemist and his family shows the use of them to encourage a small fire: Yet…

Aromatario del Giglio – Making Precious Green Pomade of Nostradamus Part 1

Michel de Notredame (1503 – 1566), Latinised as Nostradamus, was a French apothecary. Although most people know Nostradamus for his prophecies, he was also one of the most important healers of his time. During the 16th Century he published recipes for elixirs, beauty potions, scented waters, bottled fruits, and other specialties. His recipe for Precious Green … More Aromatario del Giglio – Making Precious Green Pomade of Nostradamus Part 1

Death By Vanity – The History of Makeup Poisioning

She had been the 18th century equivalent of Angelina Jolie; a celebrity who caused men to faint in awe of her beauty. Maria Gunning was the eldest of the four daughters of John Gunning of Castlecoote, Co. Roscommon, Ireland, she and two of her sisters were known as the Three Graces, becoming the focus of … More Death By Vanity – The History of Makeup Poisioning

Aromatario del Giglio – 15th Century Rossetto (Rouge)

I want to invite you to visit Aromatario del Giglio, the La Bella Donna Apothecary! Here is the link, https://squareup.com/market/la-bella-donna-apothecary I’ve just made a fresh batch of Rossetto, our 15th Century Italian Rouge. Another perfect addition to your living history kit or your modern organic eco-toilette! This cheek and lip stain is made from organic … More Aromatario del Giglio – 15th Century Rossetto (Rouge)

Elizabethan Rouge vs. Medicean Rossetto Part 1

Elizabethan make-up is similar to the style of make-up used in Italy a century earlier. “Her face make-up of white powder, rouge and lip dye glazed with egg white had set the fashion for other Elizabethan women. She also plucked her eyebrows and forehead to reveal a greater expanse of white skin, a medieval habit … More Elizabethan Rouge vs. Medicean Rossetto Part 1

Aromatario del Giglio – The La Bella Donna Apothecary

Ciao! This is my first post about the Aromatario del Giglio (Apothecary of the Lily), an extension of the La Bella Donna living history blog. I am Gigi, an herbalist and living history participant who (as you know) loves to indulge herself in historical cosmetic and apothecary products made from authentic recipes of the medieval … More Aromatario del Giglio – The La Bella Donna Apothecary