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Flying Ointment FAQs

Which one should I use?
Belladonna is best for sleep issues, muscle pain, muscle spasms, 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. High doses can help with anxiety. Henbane is best for massage, muscle pain, sore joints, mild arthritis, as an aphrodisiac and helping with depression. Mandrake is best for acute pain like burns, bee stings, pulled muscles, sprained wrists, and migraines - it is also great for massage, as an aphrodisiac, and with anxiety and depression. The Four Nightshades ointment which uses all of them is a multi-purpose medicine which our customers find a bit stronger than the single ointments.

What is the shelf life?
2-5 years if stored in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and heat. Keep away from the bathroom, window sills, the kitchen stove, and hot cars.

My ointment melted! What do I do?
If your ointment melts from heat, it may not re-solidify when at a normal temperature again. The medicinal properties would not be compromised though as they can handle high heat, but if you want your ointment permanently solid again, you will have to keep it in the fridge. 

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 rub, and others use up to 1/2 to 1 tsp of ointment. It can take 30 min or more to work and can be re-applied every 4 hours.

Are they okay for long-term use?
There have been no medical studies done on long-term use. As with any medicine, if you use it every day your body will build up a tolerance and it will become less effective. To counteract this, take a break for 1-2 weeks from using the medicine before starting up regular use again so your body has a chance to re-adjust. If you are on any medication or are using the ointment to help with a medical condition, be sure to inform your doctor.

Can I use them if I am pregnant/breastfeeding?
No! These herbs are not safe to use when pregnant or breastfeeding, and hands should be washed after use and the application area covered with clothing if you have small children who will touch you.

What are the possible side effects?
Always perform a test patch before regular use. Side effects can include dizziness, drowsiness, blurry vision (belladonna), dry mouth, nausea, mental confusion, and intoxication. If you feel drowsy or intoxicated, do not use when driving or doing complex tasks or lessen your dose. At worst, you may feel like you had a glass or two of wine. If you feel nauseated, feverish and are experiencing heart palpitations -- contact your doctor or go to the ER as you may be sensitive or allergic.

Are they safe if I'm on anti-depressants?
Yes, but they will not be as effective if you are taking SSRIs and you will need to use a larger dose than the average person - always do a test patch first though!

Will they show up on drug tests?
No, the alkaloids found in nightshade herbs are considered medicines and are therefore not included in standard employment drug screening.

What if they don't work for me?
It is rare, but you either need a stronger dose, or they are simply not the plant medicine for you and we recommend trying alternatives for treating pain and insomnia. If you are in serious chronic pain or have mental health issues and our ointments do not work for you after trying larger doses and emailing us for help, we recommend asking your family doctor about cannabis and CBD alternatives.

What if I need the ointments for long-term use?

There have been no studies done on the possible effects of the long-term use of topical nightshade medicine. Like any medicine, if used too often your body will build up a tolerance and the medicine becomes less and less effective. To counter this, herbalists recommend "pulsing" your medicines -- using them for a 5-14 day period and then stopping to see if the issue has resolved. For long-term use in managing chronic pain on a daily basis, we recommend alternating our nightshade ointments with our poplar bud or artemisia ointments; using the other ointments during the day, as they have no sedative effects, and applying the nightshade ointments in the evening to help sleep through the discomfort of pain and inflammation.