I’m thinking about trying out flying ointment and I’d like it to be as traditional as possible (e.g. containing one or more of the following: belladonna, mandrake, wormwood, henbane, wolfsbane, hemlock, etc). Does anyone have any suggestions for where I can buy this or how to…
theheadlesshashasheen. where are your posts on flying ointments again?
The Dead Man’s Hand (Part Two) - Catalepsy Spells from the PDM.
The Dead man’s Hand (Part Three) - Flying Ointments from Reginald Scot’s The Discoverie of Witchcraft, and information about some of the plants found in it.
Tricks from Mageia Sexualis (Sexual Magic) - The altered flying ointment recipe (Stimulant Powder) that appears in Paschal Beverly Randolph’s Sexual Magic, and appears to be based on the Onguent Infernal.
The Witches’ Brew - contains a transcript from Dr. David Healy’s The Creation of Psychopharmacology discussing the tropane alkaloids.
Honestly? You can prepare a non-toxic Flying Potion quite easily (I can perhaps even be PMed for one), and then add a tiny bit of hashish and mandrake root and still got a lot of mileage out of it. The heavy duty recipes from the Middle Ages are awesome, but if you’re going to use them, you’re either going to have to alter the amount of Materia Medica used in the ointment (as some of those who sell ointments on the ‘net do; even this not entirely safe, as without a lab test on the plant matter, it is almost impossible to gauge the potency involved in the ointment), or rely on the antagonism between the tropane alkaloids and opiates, etc. This should be done with the utmost care, as a mistake can be quite fatal - or involve a trip to the emergency room.
I’d recommend sticking to the tropane producing nightshades - in particular Henbane and Mandragora Offic. - and be sure to know what the symptoms of overdose are. For example, Atropine symptoms are:
“When atropine (or Atropa) is administered in overdose (by accident or design) a peculiar conjunction of symptoms and signs results which can be summarised as follows:
‘Hot as a hare, blind as a bat, dry as a bone, red as beet and mad as a hen.’
When this peculiar constellation is observed, then the diagnosis becomes relatively straightforward and the only confusion tends to be with poisoning by other Solanaceae such as the henbane (Hyoscyamus) or the thorn apple (Datura, the Jimson weed).”
- M.R. Lee, Solanaceae IV: Atropa belladonna, Deadly Nightshade.