The Poison Thicket

Devil Amongst The Weeds

Historical Use of Nightshade Plants For Witches' Flight

 

Many of my products include toxic substances which are intended for use by mature adults ONLY AS A CURIO item unless you are a knowledgeable practitioner familiar with their use, or under the guidance of someone who is familiar and experienced with Nightshade plants.

 

The Poison Thicket flying products are artistic interpretations of historical curio items associated with witchcraft and sorcery. I am neither a doctor or a medical practitioner, therefore I can only recommend that you seek the advice of a medical professional before attempting to use ANY product containing Nightshade plants.

What I am about to provide is a general description the historical use of 'flying', 'lucid dreaming,' or 'trance' products that may contain plants of the Solanacea or Nightshade family such as Datura, Belladonna, Henbane, Mandrake, and others as used by by folk practitioners in antiquity. THESE ARE NOT INSTRUCTIONS OR RECOMMENDED INDICATIONS FOR USE. Actual use of Flying Products is ENTIRELY at your own risk.

Datura Metel in Bloom


These preparations are not, and never were drugs and were not not intended to give a ‘high’ for recreational use. Their mind altering effects are intended to be used in tandem with techniques used to bring about lucid dreaming and trance states. How much oil a witch or sorcerer might need to use was a difficult question to answer because the amount needed varied from individual to individual. Nightshades are difficult to calculate potency because their chemical content can vary wildly even within different parts of the same plant. Additionally each individual has their own chemical make up and the amount needed to give desired effects could range drastically from person to person and could also be effected by their age, diet, and general health. So for those reasons it was important that the knowledge of crafting and use be protected by more experienced practitioners as it could be very easy to accidentally poison ones self.

 

Ointments and Oils were used in much the same way, applied to the wrists, over the heart, forehead, on the back of the neck, under arms, or on the bottoms of the feet or insides of the legs a drop or so at a time until a witch was familiar with how much they needed. Many legends speak of witches lubricating broomstick with flying ointment and ‘riding’ it by inserting into their vagina or anus so the flying ungent would absorb more quickly. Nightshades, however, have a tendency to irritate sensitive skin so the likely hood of this being the case was very likely largely false. For this reason, should you get any oil on your hands for any reason you should be sure to wash your hands thoroughly, particularly before eating or handling food or pets.

 

Fumigation items such as incenses, smoke wands and herb bundles were to be burned outside in nature where the potent herbs could more quickly reach the spirit world, carried away on the winds. These products produced much quicker and stronger reactions and can be much more dangerous for use. Other intensive rituals including initiations might call for these herbs to be smoked in blends with other more benign herbs such as Mullein for crossing the veil.


Historical witches could expect possible side effects of sleepiness, changes to heart rate - especially irregular or rapid beating, dehydration, hallucinations, pupil dilation, increased body temperature & blood pressure, disorientation, confusion, drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, & blurry vision and could last as long as twelve hours - if used properly. Improper use could result in delirium, blindness, and even death. Anyone under the influence of one must have appeared to be quite mad, just as other historical cases of accidental Datura poisoning suggest - such as famously in Jamestown, Virginia where the name ‘Jimsonweed’ was born. Combined with trance inducing techniques such as breathwork and ritual drumming witches might find themselves lifting up out of their bodies to fly to unseen realms or flying to the sabbat through their dreams to meet their allies and familiars.
 

AGAIN, PLEASE REMEMBER, THESE HERBS ARE DEADLY POISONS. HISTORICAL PRACTITIONERS HAD ACCESS TO TEACHERS AND GUIDANCE THAT HAS BEEN LOST THROUGH THE AGES. THESE PRODUCTS SHOULD NOT BE USED BY INEXPERIENCED PRACTITIONERS. DO NOT INGEST. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS.

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