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Historical Hoodoo Herb and Product Suppliers

Unread post by brian_s » Wed Jul 30, 2014 6:53 pm

Hello all!

So whenever I am reading through my copy of Hoodoo Herb and Root Magic, I always love looking at the old pictures of different herbs from old suppliers. Over the last year or so, whenever it crosses my mind, I will always try and do a quick google search for the companies featured in these old ads. However, nothing ever comes up in the search! (other than ebay listings of old boxes/paraphernalia)

I was wondering if you all knew anything about these old suppliers; why they went out of business, what other things did they sell, or who their audiences were.

Some examples that come to mind are Murray and Nickell (MFG Co.) and Allaire Woodward and Co.

If anyone has any information on the history of these companies, I would love to learn about them! And Cat, thank you so much for including the old ads in the book! I am a big history buff, so old advertisements and pictures are always so intriguing to me. Hope you all are enjoying your week! :]

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Unread post by J-Mo » Fri Aug 01, 2014 5:00 pm

Hey Brian,

I love the vintage ads as well, there is a ton of information Miss Cat has put up on the history of hoodoo at http://www.luckymojo.com/hoodoohistory.html
including info about some of the vintage companies. Blessings :-)
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Unread post by brian_s » Fri Aug 01, 2014 7:32 pm

I've read it, but thanks! I was looking for specific information about the companies I've mentioned. So strange how they have seemed to disappeared into thin air!
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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Sat Aug 02, 2014 9:42 am

Brian,

There are two reasons those companies disappeared:

1) The passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 put a lot of pressure on herb vendors to keep their products pure, which was a good thing, but the agency that enforced the law -- the Food and Drug Administration -- seemingly colluded with large pharmaceutical corporations to drive a lot of small-time manufacturers of herbal teas, tonics, and poultices out of business. These intermediary manufactories were the largest customers of the herbal growers. When the Volstead Act ("Prohibition") was passed in 1919, the makers of herbal tonics were completely cut off from supplies of alcohol, which had been deemed a "dangerous additive" in 1906) and this caused a definite shrinkage in the number of such manufactories, depressing the market for raw herbs.

2) At the same time, in the search for standardization of doses (another form of "purity," and not a bad idea), the large pharmaceutical companies began to market the isolated chemicals found in herbs as "active ingredients. The best known example of this is aspirin, isolated from Willow bark. Some of the refinement was accomplished by using the herbs as raw ingredients (called crude drugs), but increasingly the "white tablets" and "convenient capsules" became purely a product of the synthetic chemical industry, and herbs were not always needed to craft the "active ingredients. This led the entire herbal medicine industry to crash and burn. One of the few survivors was Parke-Davis, which made a successful transition from herb packager to chemical manufacturing company. The others were simply not so lucky or were not s inclined. By the 1940s, herbal medicine was considered to be quaint, rural, rusticated, and old-fashioned.
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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:00 pm

One of the early herb suppliers to hoodoo practitioners was the Oracle Products Co. This may be of interest to those with an interest in old Oracle advertising art, as much of it is included herein.

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LEGENDS OF INCENSE, HERB, AND OIL MAGIC: Esoteric Students' Handbook of Legendary Formulas and Facts
by LEWIS de CLAREMONT

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Secrets of Attraction
The Ten Lost Books of the Prophets
The Master's Course of Lessons in Hypnotism
The Ancient’s Book of Magic; The Ancient’s Book of Formulas
The Seven Keys to Power; The Seven Steps to Power
Legends of Incense, Herb, and Oil Magic
How to Get Your Winning Number
The Home Herb Doctor

Inventor of Hypnopoule

Illustrated by
S. Quinlan

Restored, Revised, and Edited by
Catherine Yronwode

PREFACE 3

INTRODUCTION 6
General Principles 7
Magic As a Definite Religion 8
Magical Secrets of Compounds 8

CHAPTER ONE:
LEGENDS OF OILS 10
Occult and Psychic Anointing 11
Understanding the Trinities 12
How to Anoint 15
How to Dress a Candle 16
Oils Used in Magic 18

CHAPTER TWO:
HOW TO USE OILS 20
Altar Oil 20
Angel Oil 20
Attraction Oil 21
Bat's Blood Brand Oil 21
Bible Bouquet Oil 22
Black Art Oil 23
Buddha Oil 23
Chinese Oil 23
Cleopatra Oil 23
Commanding Oil 24
Compelling Oil 24
Concentration Oil 25
Dove's Blood Brand Oil 25
Exodus Oil 25
Five Circle Oil 26
High Conquering Oil 26
Hindu Grass Oil 27
Indian Guide Oil 27
King Solomon Oil 28
Kyphi Oil 28
Lovers Oil 30
Magnet Oil 30
Mecca Oil 31
Planet and Planetary Oils 31
Power Oil 31
Rose of Crucifixion Oil 32
Spirit Oil 32
Success Oil 33
Temple Oil 33
Ten Commandments Oil 33

CHAPTER THREE:
LEGENDS OF INCENSE 35
Reasons for Using Incense 35
Incense in Divine Worship 35
Incense Used in Magic 37
How to Make Liquid Incense Oil 38
Formulas for Making Incense 38
CHAPTER FOUR:
HOW TO USE INCENSE 40
Abtina Incense 40
Attraction Incense 40
Black Incense 40
Ceremonial Incense 40
Cleopatra Incense 41
Commanding Incense 41
Compelling Incense 41
Lovers Incense 41
Lucky Planet Incense 42
Magnet Incense 42
Mystic Rites Incense 43
Oriental Incense 43
Power Incense 43
Psychic Vision Incense 43
Spirit Guide Incense 44
Success Incense 44
Temple Incense 44

CHAPTER FIVE:
SACHET POWDERS 46
Sachet Powders 46
How to Make Sachet Powders 46

CHAPTER SIX:
WASHES AND BATHS
Baume Tranquille 47
Modern Baume Tranquille 47
Bush, Herb, and Condition Baths 47
White Lavender 47
Red Lavender 47
Chinese Wash 48
Seven Holy Spirit Baths 48

CHAPTER SEVEN:
LEGENDS OF HERBS 50
The Doctrine of Signatures 50
The Tree of Life 50
Herbs of the Classical Gods 51
Poisonsous Botanicals 51
Flowers and Herbs of the Virgin 52
Flowers of the Nativity 53
Herbs of the Crucifixion 55
CHAPTER EIGHT:
HOW TO USE HERBS 58
Adam and Eve Root 58
Alkanet Tree 58
Belladonna 58
Bethel Nut 59
Buckeye 59
Cactus 59
Clover 59
Devil's Shoestring 59
Dragon's Blood 59
Elder 59
Fern 60
Five Finger Grass 62
Frankincense 62
Fungi 62
Good Luck Herbs Mixture 63
Grains of Paradise 63
Graveyard Dust 64
Hawthorn 64
Hellebore 64
Henbane 65
Holy Herb (Yerba Santa) 65
Jack-in-the-Pulpit 65
John the Conqueror. High 65
John the Conqueror, Low 65
John the Conqueror, Southern 65
Juniper 66
Kalmia 66
Life Everlasting 66
Lodestone 66
Loving Herbs Mixture 66
Lucky Hand Root 66
Marjoram 66
Master of the Woods 66
Milkwort 66
Mistletoe 67
Myrrh 67
Myrtle 68
Oriental Gum Resin 68
Periwinkle 68
Poke 68
Queen Elizabeth Root 68
Queen's Root 68
Rattlesnake Master 68
Rosemary 69
Rue 69
Sacred Bark 69
Saint Johns Wort 69
Sandalwood 69
Sang Root 69
Sea Spirit 69
Smellage Root 69
Star Fish 70
Sumbul Root 70
Tonka Beans 70
Waahoo Bark 70
Walnut 70
Wormwood 70
CHAPTER NINE:
LOVE MAGIC 72
Love Powders 72
Classical Love Philtres 72
Classical Aphrodisiacs 73
African Love Beliefs 73
Hindu Love Beliefs 73
Persian Love Beliefs 74
Asian Love Beliefs 74
European Love Beliefs 74
American Love Beliefs 75
Midsummer Herbs for Love 75
Curious Water of Myrtle Flowers 75 Angel Water 76
The Spring Nosegay 76
Hippomanes for Lust 76
Dill for Love 77
Coriander, Violet Valerian 77
Sea Holly (Eryngoes) 77
Making the True Love Powder 77
Ambergris as an Aphrodisiac 78
Amulets for Love 78
To Continue Love Once Obtained 79
To Reduce Love 79
Turtle Dove Powder 80
Water of Magnaminity 80
Famous Love Poisons 81
Truffles for Seduction 81
Mandrake for Lust 82
Knapweed for the Future Husband 82
Basil and Women 83
Dragon’s Blood for a Lost Lover 83
Heliotrope for Fidelity 83
Lemon Peels for Truth in Love 83
Wecker’s Secrets 84
Cubebs, Opium, and Spices 84
The Notary Art of Solomon 85
Alcohol and Sugar for Lust 86
Herbs for Quenching Love 86
Water of Chastity 86
Wax Effigy Doll for Love Revenge 87
Untying and Tying the Knot 87
Three Impossible Tasks of Love 88

CHAPTER TEN:
TALISMAN MAGIC 89
Making Metallic Talismans 89
Table of Affinities 90
Talismanic Secrets 90
Seals from the 6th Book of Moses 91
Seals from the 7th Book of Moses 92
How Talismans Are Used 94

AFTERWORD 95

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Re: Historical Hoodoo Herb and Product Suppliers

Unread post by MemphisRoots » Wed May 09, 2018 8:13 am

Not all of them have completely disappeared ;) -- Lucky Heart still exists in Memphis.
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Unread post by catherineyronwode » Wed May 09, 2018 5:45 pm

Hi, MemphisRoots -- and welcome to our forum!

Yes, Lucky Heart still exists. They distributed herbs and they did manufacture spiritual supplies, especially before 1950.

Lucky Heart is a notable company, with an admirable history, and was the chief funder of the purchase of Lorraine Motel and its conversion to a civil rights museum. However, it is important to note that Lucky Heart primarily sells cosmetics now -- which was always part of the company's mix -- and has moved away from outright occult, metaphysical, and spiritual supplies. You can read a great write-up on the history of the Lucky Heart company in Carolyn Morrow Long's book "Spiritual Merchants."

For those with a further interest in old-time hoodoo herb and hoodoo product suppliers and vintage advertising art, my new book, "The Art of Making Mojos," contains four pages of vintage illustrations of ads for mojo hands from the Oracle Products Co, King Novelty Co., Famous Products, J. C. Strong, and Sovereign Products. Artists include Charles C. Dawson, Charles M. Quinlan, J. C. Strong, and a couple of Unknown Artists.
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