[Herbalist] Pomanders-roses

Jenne Heise jenne at mail.browser.net
Tue Jan 28 14:00:48 PST 2003

> I'm interested in the history of pomanders
> I've seen the decorated Orbs suspended on a chain
> (tudor accesories)-and maybe falsely imagined these
> stuffed with fragrant herbs or wax herb balls -basicly
> a perfumed substance
> and I've labeled these pomemander

Yes, they are pomander cases.

Pomanders appear to have been made primarily out of scented resins heated,
beaten together, and shaped into balls. (I've made some, and I can see why
they were kept in cases-- they look a bit like, ahem, excrement.)
According to the chapter on Pomanders in Rosetta Clarkson's _Magic
Gardens_, nutmegs were also set in silver and used as pomanders.

Any time scented things were shaped into balls and used as accessories,
they do seem to be called pomanders...

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