Whether you practice witchcraft, ritual magick, or simply enjoy unusual incense, oils, herbs, and seeds, you will find something here of interest. All of our products have traditionally played a role in ancient or modern Earth-based spirituality (Paganism) and magic; many are traditionally used in witchcraft and sorcery. You can learn how to create a spiritual garden, which plants are linked to which planets or aspects of the divine, and how each botanical has been used in a spiritual context, be it spells, rituals, or worship. The informational links can show you paths to further develop your wortcunning. So stick around and enjoy, and if there is anything you want that you don't see on my site, let me know.
My book, "The Witching Herbs," to be published by Weiser in 2016, gives lots of info on the most important herbs for witchcraft and describes in detail how to grow them and use them spiritually in witchcraft, whether your practice is Wiccan, hedgewitch, or your own tradition. If you would like to be notified when the book is completed, please click here. Thanks to all for your encouragement in this project. It is going very well!
Click on Saturn to find out how plants relate to the planets, aspects of the divine, and elemental forces. Each page includes information about associated deities, tarot cards, numbers, letters, and much more.With the help of this info, you can learn how to recognize for yourself the influences on plants you encounter.
Nervous about using your credit card online? Use the shopping cart to figure your shipping and print or write out an order form you can mail in with money order or check to Alchemy Works, 643 Newtown St., Elmira, NY 14904.
"A society of people who
are responsible for their own health and able to gather or
grow their own medicines is a hard society to rule."
All text on this site copyrighted Harold A. Roth, 2001. No reproduction in whole or in part without permission.
For US orders
Online: You can pay by credit card or Paypal online. The server where you enter your credit card info is secure. I no longer accept orders by mail or by phone. It just got too crazy..Top
For international orders:
Online: Yes, I do ship internationally, with a choice of priority mail (which involves some tracking) or air mail (no tracking information, although I do obtain proof of mailing). You can use a credit card opr Paypal with our shopping cart. No sales to Indonesia, Jamaica, Haiti, Malaysia, Nigeria, Yemen, Poland, South Africa, or "West Africa." No shipping to freight forwarders, period. Seed orders to Australia and NZ are usually seized by your customs department, so don't waste your money; in contrast, other items seem to get through fine..
Canceling an order: Please notify me by email or phone to cancel an order. If it has already been mailed out, it cannot be canceled. Top
Orders normally go out within
a ten days, but if
you need an order by a certain day, call me at (607)737-9250 or email
me to let me know, and I will get it out to you. Because of the
increasing undependability of first class mail in the US, all domestic
orders now go by priority mail, which takes 2-3 days once it hits the
mail stream, and includes a delivery confirmation and tracking. Seed shipping
is a flat rate, though, so that whether you
buy one pack of seeds or one hundred, the shipping rate in the US is
the same. Sorry, no overnight shipping or CODs. Shipping prices
include the cost of the packaging materials and an hourly wage for the
work involved; it is not restricted to the cost of the postage. I have
worked hard to ensure that I use biodegradable materials as much as
possible. Right now, I am using cardboard shippers with paper tape;
packing is kraft paper and paper tape or paper label with a latex rubber band. The shipping labels are some composite; I
have tried using plain paper, but it doesn't work. Orders are printed
on 100% recycled paper. I have switched from using plastic baggies to
package herbs and resins to using glassine envelopes, which are made
from the waste of wood products and which are compostable. Instead of
glass jars, I now package incense in tins. Mailing boxes are
postal priority mail or plain cardboard; the return address is
mandatory for the post office but only reads "Alchemy Works" and street
International shipping: Orders go by Air Mail (Global Priority Mail is no longer feasible for inexpensive items like seeds, as it starts at $11.00 now!). You can elect to have your order go priority mail international, and if I am able to, I will bump it up to Express if it is the same price (sometimes it is). There is no tracking available on international orders that are not sent by priority or express mail. I am sorry, but I can't refund your money if your order is lost or seized or even if it is returned to me by your Customs department, since by that time, it has usually sat around in a warehouse for a month and is no longer in saleable condition. A Customs form is on the package (which reads "horticultural seeds" for seed orders, "potpourri ingredients" for other items). Please note that orders shipped to Australia and New Zealand are highly subject to seizure, and there are no refunds for customs seizures. A few years ago, a seed order was seized by Canadian Customs for not having a phytosanitary certificate, but that is not the norm, although it does typically take 2 weeks for an order to make it through Canadian Customs, especially out west. Also, Canada prohibits the sale of a number of different dried herbs that are legal to buy and sell in the US. In some countries, like the UK & Canada, you have a pay a duty on imported goods; I usually indicate a value of $3.00 for all international purchases unless insurance is required, in which case the actual retail cost is indicated. Because of problems with credit card fraud and/or unreliable postal systems, I can't ship to Indonesia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Haiti, Nigeria, South Africa, or "West Africa." Top
Back Orders: If I am out of an item, you will not be charged for it, and it will not be sent later (backordered) unless you agree beforehand. I try to keep up with what is out of stock and delete the purchase button when I am out of something, but I also now notify people when something comes in that they want if they let me know. You'll see "click here to be notified" on those web pages. Top
Refund Policy: If anything you buy from Alchemy Works is problematic, let me know by email or by calling me at (607)737-9250, 10-6 pm ET M-F (closed weekends), and we will work things out. I will refund you for items if they are returned with my authorization. However, as is the norm in the trade, I cannot accept any returns on oils, and I cannot give a refund to someone who just sends things back. Top
Special Orders: If you are looking for a custom oil or incense, let me know. Likewise, if you need seeds, herbs, resins, essential oils, or waxes that I do not carry, let me know by email or phone at (607)737-9250 10-6 pm ET M-F (closed weekends). Top
Wholesale: I don't offer wholesale anymore, but I am considering offering my oils in smaller sizes for retail sales in brick-and-mortar shops. If you are interested in that, drop me a line. I am not an affiliate-type business. My content is registered with the US Copyright Office and is not to be used on other sites for any reason. Top
Samples: Freebies are often included in orders over $40. If you are ordering over $40 and would like to try something, make a note of it in the box on the order form, and I'll do my best to accommodate your request.
Catalog: There is no catalog at this point, although I am working on a seed catalog, no pictures. I am trying to condense much of the info on the site about some of the witching plants into a book entitled "Growing the Witching Herbs." If you would like to be notified when the book is completed, please click here. Top