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Mandrake Oil 10ml

This oil is made from the European Mandrake (not to be confused with the American mandrake, Podophyllum Peltatum, which is quite a different plant) and has a singular place in the history of British witchcraft and so does the oil. We have steeped the root in grapeseed oil for a minimum of three lunar months and added fresh root to the oil every month to ensure potency.

The mandrake most often found in Britain is the Mandragora Autumnalis, which is native to Europe and it became very popular here at the end of the first millennium when Apuleius produced his famous “Herbarium Platonicus” and it was translated into Anglo-Saxon.

The mandrake had many uses; it could heal, it could be used as an anaesthetic, it could be used as an oracle, a guardian and also it could be used in love magic. The mandrake came in both male and female varieties; manikins were male and had divided into two, giving it the look of having legs, while the puppette or female mandrake had not divided but gave the appearance of a female body.

When used for love and lust, the mandrake was referred to as the “love apple” and came under the auspices of Venus, also known as Mandragoritis. Emperor Julian, in his epistles, tells Calixenes that he drank mandrake juice nightly as a love philtre. In Europe, the manikin was placed under the marriage bed to help with conception and to inflame the fires of lust. In Shakespears Henry IV, Falstaff addresses his Page as “Thou whoresome mandrake”, alluding to its powers of inflaming sexual desire. However, a small amount can render a person comatose or dead; DO NOT take internally for any reason!

The oil is very often used for dressing poppets or manikins, for dressing items magically made for protection, for anointing love and lust talismans and is also used on oracular devices. It is also used as an offering to the household guardian. Historically it was employed as one of the ingredients of the infamous witches “Flying Ointment” but again I must warn that Mandrake is a Poison!

Not for ingestion in any way!

PLEASE NOTE: Although we believe all of our magical items work as intended, we are required by law to state they are sold as curios only.

Mandrake Oil 10ml: Witchcraft, Occult, Magic, Wicca