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Witches’ Flying Ointments

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Overview - Witches’ Flying Ointments

Stacey Hail, MD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

In the AD 700s, witchcraft was associated with heresy. The Christian church began a campaign to stamp out heresy by sentencing witches to death by burning at the stake. In 1230, many witches were charged with human sacrifice and Devil worship during the Inquisition.

In medieval demonology, the witches’ sabbat was a nocturnal assembly in which demons and sorcerers celebrated their orgies. It was based on 8 solar festivals. The sabbat was attended by the living who had given their souls to the Devil. The most common attribute of accused witches was their supposed ability to fly great distances.


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Flying Ointment Ingredients

  • Baby Fat
  • Bat’s Blood
  • Atropa belladonna
  • Datura stramonium
  • Hyoscyamus niger
  • Mandragora officinarum
  • Conium maculatum
  • Aconitum napellus
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