It is a bizarre query and possibly an enormous oversimplification, however typically after we hear the historical past of witchcraft it begins with Sensible Ladies, who had information of herbs that handled illness and practices that helped in childbirth. They have been typically midwives.
These qualities appear witchy, however that might imply all historical practitioners of drugs have been witches. And actually not simply historical. For instance, the lively ingredient in candy wormwood was lately found because the therapy for malaria. Earlier than the mid 1900s, anybody utilizing candy wormwood could be going off of established observe of conventional drugs.
I suppose I am asking the way you’d outline a witch. Had been Sensible Ladies witches as a result of they believed the herbs had vitality/magick that cured, or have been they abnormal ladies who have been finally known as witches as a result of patriarchal buildings disliked ladies having benefit over males? Am I mistaken in my understanding of the Sensible Ladies?