Ointment FAQs

Which ointment should I use?

Belladonna is best for sleep issues, muscle pain, nerve pain, muscle spasms, inflammation, carpal tunnel, and tendon and joint pain.

Datura is best for osteo and rheumatic arthritis and relieving the pain of bone injuries under the skin as well as sleep issues. Higher doses can help with anxiety and sleep.

Dreamland ointment is best for difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep and can also aid in lucid dreaming.

Henbane (currently unavailable) is best for massage, muscle pain, sore joints, mild arthritis, as an aphrodisiac and helping with general anxiety and depression.

Blue Water Lily and White Water Lily ointments are best for soothing inflammation, swelling, bruising, burns, sunburn, dry skin, skin diseases, mouth sores, STI symptoms, vaginal issues, hemorrhoids, and are also antiseptic for wound care.

How much should I use and how often?

Everyone is different, so start with a small dose and use more as needed. Some people just need a small amount rubbed into the affected area, but others may need 2-5 g of ointment depending on height, weight, and metabolism.

Re-apply every 5-6 hours if using for pain relief.

How long do they take to work?

Everyone is different, but on average it can take 1-2 hours for a topical preparation to take full effect on the mind and body.

If using for sleep issues, apply 2 hours before going to bed.

Are nightshade ointments okay for long-term use?

Studies so far agree that tropane alkaloids in belladonna, datura, henbane, and mandrake are much less dangerous when used externally as the constituents are not passing through your digestive system or organs. The gut is where these toxins do the most damage.

If you are on any medication or are using the ointment to help with a chronic medical condition, be sure to inform your health care practitioner.

Can I use them if I am pregnant/breastfeeding?

No! These herbs are not safe to use when pregnant or breastfeeding.

How do I ensure the safety of children and pets?

Wash hands after use and cover the application area with clothing if you have pets who lick you or small children who will touch you. Store ointments in a medicine cabinet or other location safe and away from curious children and pets.

What are the possible side effects?

Please see the Botanical Safety page for the specific herb(s).

Are they safe if I’m on x medication?

Please see the Botanical Safety page for the specific herb(s).

What if they don’t work for me?

You may be on medications that contraindicate the ointment – see the Botanical Safety page.

Regular use for chronic issues can result in building a tolerance to an ointment. Try taking a tolerance break for 1-4 weeks.

Who shouldn’t use Bane Folk’s ointments?

Please see the Botanical Safety page for the specific herb(s).

What is the shelf life?

2-3 years if stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat. Keep away from window sills, the kitchen stove, and hot cars.

How can I tell if my ointment has expired?

Shelf stable oils will eventually go rancid over time and take on an unpleasant chemical smell. If left unused for a year or more an ointment may become thick and gummy. If either of these has occurred, you should replace it with a new ointment.

My ointment melted! What do I do?

If your ointment melts from summer heat, treat it like a lip balm left in a car or that went through a dryer and leave it in a dark, non-humid place at room temperature for a few hours until it returns to a semi-solid state. Depending on the severity of the heat or how many times it has already melted, it may not completely re-solidify when at a normal temperature again, but don’t worry, the medicinal properties are not compromised.

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