Flying Ointments

Flying Ointments

A Flying Ointment is a fat or oil-based infusion of trance-inducing herbs, especially plants in the Solanaceae family such as Atropa belladonna, Hyoscyamus niger, Datura inoxia or stramonium, and the infamous babe of the gallows, Mandragora officinarum. These plants contain the alkaloids Atropine, Scopolamine, and Hyoscyamine, among several others, although these are usually the most noted and sought after. These alkaloids are classed as deliriants which can be absorbed transdermally, making them especially useful for entering the altered states of trance for spiritual communion. Flying ointments have been used historically since at least 800 BCE as a proponent of witches' rituals of flight to the Sabbath, rites of ecstatic spirit communion and sexual congress, shapeshifting, and far more as intoxicants worked in tandem with magic, as well as being keyholders of the gate to various witchcraft initiations and greening mysteries. We find references to flying ointments and oils of flight in Homer’s Iliad, Apollonius Rhodius’ The Argonautica, Roland of Cremona’s Theological Summa, and in countless other historical texts

In blending historical accounts of flying ointments and living practice, I aim to create ointments that are at once for both the flight of the witch and a magical unguent, taking inspiration from how our Oils are built and worked alongside animating spirit to provide multitudinous routes of working for the witch who would work with and wield our flying ointments. All Haus Of Ophidious ointments contain either one or multiple plants from the Solanaceae family including Atropa belladonna, Hyoscyamus niger, Datura inoxia, Datura stramonium, and/or Mandragora officinarum. It is essential to stress that an amount of Belladonna, Henbane, Datura, or Mandrake infused into an oil or fat without communion or instruction by the hissing root of the Man-dragon, the dual caress of the dead green sun given by Henbane, the blade to the throat held alongside a mirror to the face in the dark clutches of the beautiful Belladonna, or the siren’s song sung in the angels knotted throat by our beloved Datura, will result only in an ointment far too sparse in spirit. It is for this very reason that all Haus of Ophidious Flying Ointments are made following the parameters of my nine years of work with them, and by extension, years of their tutelage.

A Flying Ointment is not a tool that you use, rather, it is an ally - an enemy - a path - a block in the path - a key to a door that will only truly open when you remove the glossy film created by the world of man from over your eyes. These spirits are double-edged swords - Poison and Medicine - that few have the patience and ability to hear and to see, often falling victim to the many thorned paths of poisons. You will not fly off in spirit from a simple lathering of yourself with these allies, as you could not sew a gown simply because you own a needle and thread. These allies must be worked with; to use and abuse them is to fall prey to their poison-spitting thorns. Remember, always, that the potential of these spirits extends far beyond spirit fight alone. 

If you decide to use these externally, of your own will, Please perform a test patch of a pea-sized amount before using any more. No more than 4-7ml should be applied within 48 hours. Ointments should only be used in large quantities (4-7ml) 1-2 times a month at most. These ointments are not intended for medicinal application. 

Signs of using too much may include cotton mouth, dizziness and lightheadedness, heart palpitations, and delirium. If you experience any of these effects seek medical attention immediately.

All ointments are provided with detailed safety information.

All statements are made for educational purposes only.

This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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