Foxglove, Monkshood, & The History of Witches Flying Ointments
Did you know that the image of witches flying on broomsticks comes from a psychedelic folk practice from the middle ages? Unfortunately, we have lost all documentation from the folk herbalists using this type of divinatory medicine during that time period. The only written accounts we have are survived in court records of witch trials where one of the main ingredients of witches flying ointments was said to be the fat of Christian children… sigh. In this week’s class we will talk about how we can recover and reclaim this ancient practice - free from false dogma!
We will also discuss the lore surrounding foxglove and monkshood - two very deadly poisons with long histories of both injurious and life-saving use.
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