Poisonous hemlock species have centuries of ties to witches and witchcraft in UK and European folklore but, unlike the nightshades found in flying ointments, hemlocks are not pschoactive and are instead deadly poisonous causing paralysis, vertigo, suffocation, and death. In spite of their nature and bad reputation, hemlock species are used in medicine to treat strychnine poisoning, tetanus, rabies, severe muscle spasms, and asthma.
Flower 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.
We sell flower essences as 30 ml stock bottles. A stock bottle is simply 50% best brandy and 50% aquifer water. Three drops of a flower’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 flowers which are harvested ritually, prayed over, and infused in the morning sun for a couple hours before straining and using to make stock bottles. The finished flower 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 cleansing journey with water hemlock, take three drops of the flower 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 flower essence for magic and ritual, take three drops before performing ceremonies of working with ancestors, plant spirits, animal spirits, or deities. Add the flower essence to ritual baths or holy water. Ask the plant spirit for aid and guidance through rough times. Don’t forget to leave an offering to the plant after it has helped you and the circle of giving is complete. Fitting offerings include incense, honey, wine, tobacco leaf, or growing poisonous hemlock species in your garden if you have water features.
For more info read our Flower Essence FAQs.
Mother essence of cicuta bulbifera flower, aquifer water, and distilled grape alcohol.