Our broomstick gift and home decor items are perfect for people who have a curious interest in witches and their flying apparatus. How curious are you?
In the late Middle Ages those who were suspected of practicing witchcraft were burned at the stake. During this time famine, disease, and war were the number one killers, and those who practiced “magic” were often using herbs to treat various conditions. Not all medicines were taken for illness, but some for recreational use. The ingredients of these “witches’ brews” typically included Nightshade (Atropa Belladonna), Devil’s Snare, (Datura Stramonium), Black Henbane (Hyoscyamus Niger), and Mandrake (Mandragora Officinarum). This toxic blend often brought on psychoactive symptoms that induced hallucinations, and could only be applied topically to avoid nausea and vomiting. The best location for absorbing the blend was the genitals, but getting it up there was tricky, which is where the broomstick became very helpful. After straddling a greased-up hallucinogenic broomstick, the user subsequently experienced the feeling of flying. Over several centuries, the story morphed into what we commonly think of today. I bet you weren't expecting that story!