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Astral Travel Ointment Flying Ointment
Lavender Ointment Moon Goddess Ointment

Astral Travel Ointment

WARNING: Do not operate equipment, drive,
or do anything but sleep after using this.
Test this for reactions on the inside of your elbow first.
Linden, Hops and Narcissus are strong relaxants –
please use caution with this recipe.

Beeswax base
3 drops frankincense
5 drops linden
2 drops sandalwood
3 drops hops
1 drop cedarwood
10 drops of a 5% dilution of narcissus in grapeseed oil

To make the beeswax base, take equal amounts of beeswax
(usually ¼ cup) and grapeseed oil and heat together. Place
the oil in the top half of a double boiler and add the beeswax
to it and stir until all the beeswax has melted – stir constantly.
his is important as it needs to combine properly.

Once done, allow the mix to cool until it begins to thicken.
This will stop the essential oils from evaporating when added
to the mix. Add the essential oils one at a time, stirring
constantly. Decant into an amber glass ointment jar if possible
and store away from light and heat. These are not meant to last more
than a few months so keep an eye on your ointment and if mold appears,
discard, clean and boil the jar to remove any unseen contaminates and start fresh.

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Flying Ointment

Flying ointments refer to a salve that Witches
of old would use to Astral travel. Sabbats and
Witch’s celebrations were not easily accessible in
those days. While some believed it was all done in
the mind, others believe that Witches could fly by this
practice. Perhaps there were some people who actually saw
the Astral body of a Witch flying by?

The ointment would consist of certain herbs (some listed below)
and some sort of fat, some old books say that Witches used “The
fat of children”, no doubt this was started by fictional writers
with a wild imagination. It most likely was the fat of an animal.
The Christians of that time had to find a way to justify the killings
of Witches and this was one way they did that.

Ancient Witches would rub the ointment into their skin and lie down by a fire,
the ointment reportedly would turn their skin red and radiate heat energy.
Witches would the Astral travel to Sabbats and secret meetings with other
Witches. There are reports that the Witches that Astral traveled would be
able to see everything that was actually happening in the place where
the meetings were physically being held.

There are over 60 recipes for flying ointment,
which contain some of the following herbs,
most recipes have been altered in some way though.

Baneful Herbs:

Belladonna – Also known as deadly nightshade,
Belladonna is a source of the poisonous drug atropine.
In minute quantities, atropine, in the form of a sulfate,
is used to dilate the pupils of the eye, to relieve pain, to
diminish secretions, and to relieve spasms. In greater
quantities, it was used to kill. Belladonna was believed
to have been used in flying potions. Deadly nightshade was
also ingested by those who wished to foresee the future.

Cinquefoil – In folklore, cinquefoil was used in flying
potions that are found in many old recipes and Grimoires.

Foxglove – Many of the common names of this plant pertain
to its toxic nature (Witches’ glove, Dead Man’s Bells, Bloody
Fingers). Foxglove belongs to the Figwort family and the whole
plant is toxic. It contains various cardiac glycosides. Foxglove
also went by the names Goblin’s Gloves (in Wales), Throttle-wort,
thimble flower, Finger Flower, in Ireland it was also known as Fairy
Cap, Lunsmore, and the Great Herb. If the plant was harmed, the
faeries would bring retribution.

Hemlock – Hemlock is an extremely poisonous cousin of parsley.
The juice from hemlock’s tiny white flowers was believed to be
used to make men impotent. “The plant was an ingredient in many
Witches’ Ointments…” According to German folk tradition, the hemlock
was home to a toad, which lived beneath it and sucked up its poisons.

Hemp – Hemp was used in many old spells and Incense.
I do not consider this plant poisonous, and believe it
is quite a magickal plant when the female flowers are smoked.
Mother earth gave us this plant for a reason. Not to mention
what we could do with the fibers and just about every other part
of this plant. We could feed and cloth the world…

Mandrake – Another plant with a narcotic effect, mandrake or the mandragore
was thought to be a potentially lethal herb to harvest from the earth. For
this reason, great caution was used in gathering these magical roots. Many
people believed that the mandrake shrieked when harvested and that anyone
hearing the piercing cry would die. The root of the mandrake resembles a
phallus or human torso, and for this reason was believed to have occult powers.
In some areas of Europe, possession of the root was punishable by death. The
crushed root was purported to have caused hallucinations followed by a death-like
trance and sleep. The root was also said to have caused insanity and was believed
to have been used in flying potions. Mandrake root makes a powerful addition to
any “binding spell” and works as a great Witch’s protector.

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Lavender Ointment

4 tablespoons olive oil
3 to 4 tablespoons beeswax
3 tablespoons cocoa butter
2 teaspoons lanolin
10 drops vitamin e oil
15 drops lavender oil

Combine the olive oil, beeswax, cocoa butter and lanolin and heat
thoroughly in the top of a double boiler. Remove from the heat. Add
the vitamin e, lavender oil and beat well. Pour into little jars and
allow the mixture to cool before covering.

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Moon Goddess Ointment
Anoint yourself to attune with the Goddess of
the Moon and during Full Moon Rituals.

5 drops sandalwood oil
3 drops lemon oil
1 drop rose oil
¼ Cup grated beeswax
¼ Cup vegetable oil

Melt oil and wax together, cool slightly and
stir in essential oils. Pour into a heatproof container.

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I collected these recipes over the course of 10 years
and they come from many sources, including
Scott Cunningham's The Complete Book of Incense, Oils & Brews.
Unfortunately, I have forgotten where most of the others came from.
If you know of the origins for any of them, please let me know so that I can credit the source. Thank you.