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Medicines and Curios

Updated on January 24, 2012

MedicinesandCurios.com, a Cornicopia of Hoodoo Materia Medica and Natural Remedies

A pharmacy of hoodoo materia medica, MEDICINESANDCURIOS.COM is the spiritual supplies website for Miller's Rexall, an old fashioned hoodoo drugstore located in downtown Atlanta, Ga. In the early 20th century, hoodoo drugstores and mail order spiritual doctors were common in the South and could be found on the corner of every neighborhood. Strong regulation of the industry by local, state, and federal authorities caused many to go out of business. Hoodoo drugstores are not nearly as commonplace as before, but Miller's Rexall has withstood the test of time and is expanding to claim its place on the world wide web with MEDICINESANDCURIOS.COM.

Old Fashioned Hoodoo Drugstore

OVER 45 YEARS AGO,Richard "Doc" Miller was just 12 years old when he started working with his uncle Dr. (Doc) Donald Miller at Miller's Rexall Drugs, a typical pharmacy located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. This was back when pharmacies were located on every corner in every neighborhood (almost), when the place to go to get what you wanted was the neighborhood drugstore. Miller's Rexall fit this profile perfectly; it was a family-friendly corner drugstore that, for folks living in the neighborhood, had everything they wanted and needed, and then some.

The commodifcation of traditional Hoodoo charms and folk remedies began around the turn of the twentieth century and was in full force by the 1930s. Hoodoo drugstores and mail order spiritual doctors were common in the South. Any ingredient—roots, herbs, lodestones, curios, spiritual baths, botanicals and animal parts—could be purchased at any number of spiritual supply stores and mail order houses. Strong regulation of the industry by local, state, and federal authorities, however, caused most to go out of business. In addition, there was a general change of attitude in the 1970s among African Americans who began rejecting Hoodoo and rootwork. As a result, Hoodoo drugstores are not nearly as commonplace as before with only a handful of the old-timers still in existence. Miller’s remains successful because both Doc and his uncle listened to their customers. As Doc tells it:

"The independent Pharmacy and retail business competed with other national chains in the downtown Atlanta area. First year sales covered all expenses and Donald was very happy. Being an astute businessman "Doc" (as he is lovingly called) realized that he could not compete with the chains for long and started looking for that special niche to make the store a success for the long haul. Over the ensuing years, Miller’s has grown and prospered. The niche was simple to find. Just get the customer whatever they wanted, educate yourself about the product, and provide it at a reasonable price. That's it. That's how it worked. And that's how it's working today."

The Spider's Web

It all began in 1965 in an ordinary brick and mortar building that used to be Miss Atlanta Supermarket. Back then, neither Doc nor his uncle knew anything about Hoodoo, conjure, or the power of the root; but, they would soon learn. One day, the butcher who worked next door came running into Miller's Rexall after cutting his hand to the bone. Though it appeared that a trip to the emergency room for stitches was necessary, an elderly black woman walked up, took a careful look at the man's bloody hand and said, "You don't need no doctor. Wait here." What happened next would change Doc Miller's life forever.

Doc wasn't necessarily a believer way back then, but after witnessing what a conjure woman could do with a mess of cobwebs, Doc's perspective on the world of folk medicine was radically altered. You see, that old conjure woman knew what she was doing.

What the old conjure woman did was not a miracle, it was just good old fashioned folk medicine. In fact, there is a large body of folklore that has yet to be seriously studied that suggests the silk from spider webs has clot inducing and antibiotic properties. In Jamaica for example, a traditional remedy uses spider webs for the purpose of preventing eye infection in newborns. Cobwebs are mixed with soot and applied as a poultice to infants' eyes. The same mixture of cobwebs and soot is also used to stop bleeding after childbirth (Parsons, 1923).

The old people know many such remedies and though they may not understand why the remedies work from a scientific standpoint, that doesn't matter. Because all that matters is that it works.

Amulets, Talismans and Charms

An Amulet is an object which has intrinsic power to give protection to its wearer, whereas a Talisman is specifically made to achieve a particular purpose. Amulets give protection by absorbing negative energies, while Talismans work by generating a positive force to achieve their objective.

Baths, Salts, & Soaps

Spiritual baths, magickal baths, bath salts & soaps harness the sacred power of water to cleanse, heal, and remove negative energy and clear the path to success. Many of the spiritual baths and floor washes used in hoodoo gained a special symbolism in the spiritual world because of the natural ingredients they were made of. They provide an effective means of cleansing away negativity and crossed conditions, drawing in good luck and prosperity and purifying one’s space.

Herbal Baths

Bathing with all natural, aromatic botanical products can be a transformative and healing experience that nourishes the spirit and provides numerous health benefits for the body. In medicinal or spiritual use any of the parts of the plant might be considered "herbs", including leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, resin, root bark, inner bark (cambium), berries and other portions of the plant. Our Herbal Baths contain natural ingredients derived from Mother Earth. Special herbal combinations are used for specific conditions from uncrossing to money-drawing, Road Opening to Spell-breaking. Whatever your situation, we surely have the right herbal bath for you!

Spiritual baths, magickal baths, bath salts & soaps harness the sacred power of water to cleanse, heal, and remove negative energy and clear the path to success. Many of the spiritual baths and floor washes used in hoodoo gained a special symbolism in the spiritual world because of the natural ingredients they were made of. They provide an effective means of cleansing away negativity and crossed conditions, drawing in good luck and prosperity and purifying one’s space. We have a nice selection of spiritual baths, sprinkling salts, and soaps to help you achieve luck, prosperity, better business, health, blessings and success.

Occult Books

Start or add to your personal metaphysical library with our hard to find, classic, and groundbreaking new magickal and occult books. We have a comprehensive library of occult books, pagan books, ritual magick books, and spell books to help you along your spiritual path. We have dream books, lucky number books, books on numerology, candle magick, herbs, oils, hoodoo, rootwork, witchcraft, Voodoo, sex magick and more!

Hoodoo Books

Hoodoo refers to a magico-spiritual tradition of African origin that evolved to included a number of other cultural traditions including French, Canadian, Spanish, Latin American, Anglo, German, Irish, English, Scottish, Jewish, Native American, and African traditions. Primarily an African folkloric tradition, at its core are practices such as crossing and uncrossing, using spiritual baths and washes, laying tricks, making mojo hands, creating gris gris (New Orleans Voodoo hoodoo), crossroads magic, rootwork, and foot track magic. We have a great selection of classic books about hoodoo and rootwork to complete any practitioner's library.

Candles

Candles are commonly burned on altars to show special devotion to a specific saint or deity. They function as focal points for meditation and prayer, and assist you in connecting to the Divine. Protect yourself from the devil and all evil do-doers, block negativity and bad luck, and open up roads to money, luck, love, prosperity, peace, and happiness with our seven day glass encased candles, votive candles, lucky, figure, jumbo, and household candles.

Powerful Scented Seven Day Candles

Candles are commonly burned on altars to show special devotion to a specific saint or deity. They function as focal points for meditation and prayer, and assist you in connecting to the Divine. Protect yourself from the devil and all evil do-doers, block negativity and bad luck, and open up roads to money, luck, love, prosperity, peace, and happiness with our seven day glass encased powerful scented candles that are blessed and dressed for triple strength!

These candles are intended to be burned over a period of seven days in ritual and prayer to aid you in protecting yourself, your home, or another from evil powers or to attain specific goals. Candles will burn about 120 hours and measure approximately 2 1/2 inches wide and 8 1/8 inches tall.

Conjure OIls and Spiritual Oils

Conjure oils, spiritual oils, and anointing oils are staples in any folk magician's repertoire. Oils are used to anoint candles, wear as perfume, use in mojo bags and gris gris, added to baths and floor washes.

Conjure OIls and Spiritual Oils

Conjure oils, spiritual oils, and anointing oils are staples in any folk magician's repertoire. Oils are used to anoint candles, wear as perfume, use in mojo bags and gris gris, added to baths and floor washes. Whether you want to make an opposing lawyer stupid, have better business success, draw love or money to you, we hav these oils and a wide variety of others. Please note that it is always possible to have an allergic reaction to any oil or oil blend. A skin patch test should be conducted prior to using any essential oil that will have contact with the skin. This is to determine if you may be allergic or have a sensitization reaction to the oil.

Dirts, Minerals, and Dusts

Dirts and minerals like graveyard dirt and black salt have been used in hoodoo and folk magick for years. These powerful ritual components are of great value in removing jinxes and keeping away evil forces or bad neighbors.

Dirts, Minerals and Dusts

Extra Strong Black Salt. This powerful black salt works triple fast! It move's out all evil and enemies.You can make the devil run and Satan will be Gone. Sprinkle in your yard or all around the outside of your house. For DOUBLE Protection, sprinkle the inside of your house in all the corners where evil can hide.

Bluestone. Sprinkle outside home or in yard to drive away evil. Sprinkle near back and front door to keep away nosy or jealous neighbors. Put in bath to remove evil or spells on or inside you. Sprinkle in closets or corners of rooms to make the devil run and to remove negative energy.

Graveyard Dirt. Graveyard dirt is also known as graveyard dust. There are a number of different kinds of graveyard dirts, depending on the type of grave they are gathered from. For example, graveyard dirt gathered from nine separate graveyards, with one from a child’s grave, is considered powerful for good works. Dirt gathered from the graves of nine criminals is considered ideal for left-handed works. Graveyard dirt should never be gathered flippantly or without proper reverence.Carry or Sprinkle outside your home to turn away any and all evil hexes or curses, protect yourself from enemies, especially hauntings and dead people who may have it out for you. Excellent for use as an ancestral offering for ancestral altars.

And many, many more!

New Age Jewelry and Gifts

Metaphysical & fantasy jewelry & gifts. We carry the Starlinks line of exceptional and unusual pendants, charms, & unique gifts. Browse our collection of sterling silver Celtic and Wiccan jewelry; Magical Charms; Key of Solomon Amulets & Talismans; Gothic Fantasy Jewelry; Viking charms; Ancient Egyptian Amulets; Reiki jewelry; VooDoo Charms; & more.

New Age Jewelry and Gifts

Gemstone jewelry, fairy jewelry, Voodoo magic charms, rosaries, bracelets, pendants and more!

Herbs, Roots, and Resins

Herbs, roots, seeds, beans, nuts, and flowers have been used in magickal traditions throughout centuries. They are used in magickal and conjure oils, used as ingredients in mojo bags and gris gris, burned as incense, added to spiritual baths, mixed with earth and minerals, and powdered for adding to sachet powders and fixing candles.

Herbs, Roots, and Resins

Herbs, roots, seeds, beans, nuts, and flowers have been used in magickal traditions throughout centuries. They are used in magickal and conjure oils, used as ingredients in mojo bags and gris gris, burned as incense, added to spiritual baths, mixed with earth and minerals, and powdered for adding to sachet powders and fixing candles. By dressing candles with oils and then rolling in powdered herbs, you are enhancing the power of your candle, making it that much more effective in your working.

Incense

The spiritual and religious use of incense has its origins in antiquity. The burned incense may be intended as a sacrificial offering to a particular deity or to serve as an aid in prayer.

incense

The spiritual and religious use of incense has its origins in antiquity. The burned incense may be intended as a sacrificial offering to a particular deity or to serve as an aid in prayer. Our incense can be burned to control any problem, condition or situation, to bring you good luck, and draw BIG MONEY from any sources! Lottery, casino games, promotions, friends, Bingo, family, ANYWHERE! Burn our incense to draw a lover, hold a lover, or break-up someone and make them come to you. Or use it to make your current love stronger and truer! We also have incense made to Stop, Destroy, and Keep away evil.

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Print Catalog for Mail Order

Miller's newest print catalog is now available. It's 56 pages are packed full of information, pictures, new lower prices, new items, etc.. Get yours now FREE! EMAIL service@millersrexall.com and give us your mailing information and write "send it to me" we'll get it to you quickly. PS. The cover page was designed by http://www.facebook.com/voodoomama

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