I have been interested in the history of magic and witchcraft for half my lifetime, and was always fascinated by the potions used in the craft.
Later, when I started studying the history of psychedelic drugs, particularly those used entheogenically, I revisited my earlier interests in potions after reading Richard Rudgley’s The Alchemy of (republished recently as Essential Substances) wherein he first introduced me to the witches’ ointment. I searched for a full-length volume on the topic in every bookstore and library I could find, but never discovered a book about it.
I decided to try to fill the lacuna, and began rigorously researching the topic. What I found was not a “witches’ ointment” per se, but rather a variety of uses, from recreational to entheogenic.