The Herbology Room
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Leeds Central Library in partnership with the British Library created 'A History of Magic' exhibition running until Monday 29th January 2018. The exhibition captures the traditions of folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter stories with magical treasures and tales from the local area including rare books on witchcraft, fantastic beasts and the dark arts that would not look out of place in a Hogwarts classroom.
During December, the exhibition also included The Herbology Room an installation designed and created by The Plant Room. The Herbology Room was a space filled with botanical illustrations, extraordinary plants and herbs inspired by the magical plant studies in the Harry Potter stories.
The Plant Room curated a collection of workshops and talks including wreath-making, life drawing and Essence + Alchemy Herbology Candle pouring sessions, tea-light and jar candle making. Jen from Little Birdie visited The Herbology Room in December and took part in one of the candle pouring sessions just before Christmas, you can read about her experience here .
Essence + Alchemy also collaborated with The Plant Room in creating a bespoke Herbology scent, which was diffused throughout the room. Each botanical was chosen because of it's historical association with magical spells, herbalism and the herbology studies in the Harry Potter stories.
Herbology is a magical essential oil blend of Lemon Verbena, Oregano, Dill, Sage and Rosewood, all known for their protective powers and effectiveness in removing negative energy.
Anyone that visited The Herbology Room will agree that it was a complete sensory experience. On entering you were immersed into a magical and calming oasis filled with music created from plant vibrations, botanical wall projections, beautiful illustrations and natural perfume. There was an overwhelming positive response to the Herbology scent; the combination of the essential oils intermingled with the aromas of the plants and dried herb installation evoked quite the olfactory encounter.
To experience the Herbology scent for yourself and the beautiful amber and gold glow, the Herbology Candle is available to buy here.