Garlic Bulbs, Libby Welch. Wellcome Images

Fertility and Fumes

My latest academic article is now available on open access at Historical Research’s website: Female barrenness, bodily access and aromatic treatments in seventeenth-century England Across the seventeenth century medical self-help manuals noted that aromatic substances were a suitable remedy for female barrenness. It has often been suggested that in the early modern period physicians did…