Fly agaric has been used by humanity for centuries for magic, medicine, and mirth. Though it is a poisonous mushroom, decarboxylation converts the toxic ibotenic acid into the more desirable muscimol. Our ancestors figured this out and used fly agaric to connect to and travel within the spirit world. It is an excellent baneful aid and guide for hedgecrossing, seidr, and other ‘shamanic’ practices.
Essences embody a living tradition of magical herbalism. In use since the early 1900s, flower essences are not tinctures but diluted cold water infusions of the fresh flowers which are harvested in a mindful ceremony and prayed over. Developed by Doctor Edward Bach in the early 1900s, they are meant to be ingested in homeopathic amounts to help with emotional pain such as fear, uncertainty, loneliness, oversensitivity, burnout, sadness, and trauma. Flower essences made from poisonous plants are safe to ingest and can be used for spiritual cleansing, magical rituals, anointing, and plant spirit communion. Mushroom Essences were developed by Canadian herbalist Robert Rogers in the 2000s based on the methods of Edward Bach.
We sell essences as 30 ml stock bottles. A stock bottle is simply 50% best brandy and 50% aquifer water. Three drops of a mushroom’s mother essence are put into this stock bottle and we ship it to you ready for use. The mother essence is the pure cold water infusion of the fresh mushroom which was harvested ritually, prayed over, and infused in moonlight for a couple hours before straining and using to make stock bottles. The finished essence you receive is a diluted version of this mother essence preserved with the alcohol. There are only three drops of a mother essence in each bottle of our flower essences.
To go start a healing journey with fly agaric, take three drops of the mushroom essence under your tongue 1-3 times a day for a period of 3, 6, or 9 days, weeks, or months depending on your situation.
To use this mushroom essence for magic and ritual, take three drops before performing ceremonies of working with ancestors, plant spirits, animal spirits, or deities. Add the essence to ritual baths or holy water. Ask the mushroom spirit for aid and guidance through rough times. Don’t forget to leave an offering to fly agaric after it has helped you and the circle of giving is complete. Fitting offerings include incense, honey, wine, or tobacco leaf.
For more info read our Flower Essence FAQs.
Mother essence of amanita muscaria var. guessowii, aquifer water, and distilled grape alcohol.