What I am about to say, regarding flying ointments and the Nightshade family and their especial relevance to that category of archaic astral flight accessories does not mean that they are all safe, friendly, like you, or will not kill you. Some of them will. Two of the recipies I want to cite, from Reginald Scot, are interesting for the purpose of discussion. If used they will KILL YOU DEAD. Both use some of the most toxic, dangerous, and POISONOUS possible. THAT MAKES THEM ABSOLUTELY UNWISE TO USE.
If you take them, thinking, “Jack Faust said this will work” (one of which will; one will just straight kill your ass) THEN YOU WILL FUCKING DIE.
DO NOT THINK I AM JOKING ABOUT THIS. I AM DEADLY FUCKING SERIOUS.
Now, here are some things you need to know about “tropane alkaloids,” which are the active alkaloids in the Nightshade family:
- They are stored in the fat cells of the body. This means even the most non-toxic of them can potentially cause “flashbacks” if you ingest, afterwards, a chili, or a tomato, or anything else related to the Solanacaeae family, and then go and exorcise. This can be incredibly disconcerting, especially if the hallucinogenic or other effects kick on while you are, say, flying towards work on your skateboard. Thirty seconds in the Land of the Dead is not cool, if you're not expecting it.
- Even some of the less toxic plants, like Mandragora Officinarum, are absolutely dangerous. Once the individual who has ingested Mandragora Officinarum's tropane alkaloids is nearing Tropane Toxicity, the emetic effects kick in. The plant is listed, in one of its first instances, in the Ebers Papyrus. It's use in that text is as a cure for intestinal worms, due to it's emetic effects. In layman's terms, what does this mean? It means that “it (everything you've ingested in the last 48 hours or so) will be coming out of both ends.” Add to this the potential for soporific effects and you have the potential for a terrible experience. A very, very terrible experience. While the plant is typically less toxic than Atropa Belladonna, it can still make you very, very sick.
- Flying ointments constitute a type of Entheogen. Understand this immediately, or the plant spirits may seek to take revenge on you. I am not joking. Those spirits can, of their own accord, curse your ass. If you have ingested their alkaloids? You are in sympathy with them. They can be accessed as tutelary allies, or even employed (if they consent and you have the right range of capability) as familiars. That does not mean they will simply just love on you. That takes building a real relationship, and really trying to learn about them. I'm still just scraping the surface of what I know is a deep chasm on this factor.
AGAIN: IF YOU TAKE THE TWO OINTMENTS SUPPLIED FOR DISCUSSION YOU WILL DIE. A DEAD WITCH IS GOOD TO NO ONE.
Let us not have another repeat of the death of Roy Bowers, shall we? And expect to see some of this all-caps, italic, underlined, bolded warnings again. I cannot warn you enough.