Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) Recipes and Preparation

So there are a number of ways to prepare and consume Fly Agaric Mushrooms. Please remember that this is considered a poisonous mushroom by the FDA and we are only documenting historically how this mushroom was used/prepared. We do not recommend that anyone follow these Fly Agaric recipes under any circumstances. Fly Agaric mushrooms are not a FOOD.

When consuming Amanitas orally, its always best to have an empty stomach & remember that effects build up over several uses. If one method doesn't work for you, go onto the next method. Everyone is different and what works for one person doesn't work for the next... this is especially true with Amanitas.

 

fly agaric tea

 

Powdering and Consuming:

A popular method of preparation is to powder the mushrooms in a herb grinder or coffee grinder and consume. The popular toss-n-wash method is as it sounds... toss the powdered Amanitas into your mouth and wash down with water.

The powdered Amanitas can also be added straight to water and drank. If you simply cant stomach the taste, you can put the powder into capsules and swallow.

 

Smoking Fly Agarics

You can smoke Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) mushrooms both in pipes and wrapped in paper with your favorite herb. Some say the famous Amanitas Red skin on the outside is the most potent, whilst others say the flesh under the Amanitas red skin is best. All seem to agree that Amanita stems are last on the totem pole.

Amanitas certainly burn well. They produce a thick but surprisingly un-harsh smoke resulting in a pleasant dream like state, especially on the threshold. A small amount (1 gram) is enough to produce effects that last 1-3 hours.

One myth is that smoking Fly-Agaric can allow spores to grow inside your damp, warm, dark lungs (perfect growing conditions). This is impossible, but an interesting story.

 

Tea

To make Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria) Tea from dried mushrooms you should bring your water and mushroom to the boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes. We advise you add a little honey and a real tea bag for taste (probably only add the tea bag for the final stages of the preparation. As you would dip a cookie into coffee, some like to drink the Amanita Tea with small pieces of the Amanita caps.

Wait 3-4 days between cups if your trying to building up the effects.

 

Ritual Use

Siberian shamans eat dried fly agarics in order to enter a clairvoyant trance state and mopbilize their shamanic powers of healing. According to Koryak tradition, the fly agaric grew from the saliva of the highest god; for this reason, it is regarded as a sacred plant. The shaman ingest the mushroom especially when they wish to communicate with the souls of the ancestors or to contact spirits, when a newborn is to be given a name, to find a way out of threatening situations, to see into the future and peer into the past, and to be able to journey or fly to other worlds. Among the Khanty (Siberian Ostyak), shamans in training are tested with high dosages of fly agaric to see whether they can master the mushrooms and are fit for their future office. In Siberia, fly agaric mushrooms are consumed fresh, cooked, and dried.

The Siberian usage provided the basis for Wasson's proposal that fly agaric mushrooms were the soma of the Aryans. In the Vedic tradition, however, it is said that soma grows in the high mountains, that is, the Himalayas. No evidence of Amanita Msucaria has yet been found anywhere in the Himalayan region. According to the current state of ethno pharmacological knowledge, the identification of soma with the fly agaric is untenable. However there are remnants of a ritual consumption of fly agaric in Hindu Kush, where the mushroom is known as tshashm baskon, :"eye opener". While it was thought that the Siberian use of fly agaric had vanished, it was recently discovered that the mushroom is still use for shamanic and divinatory purposes on the kamchatka peninsula.

In Germanic mythology, several stories associate Wotan, the shamanic god of ecstasy and knowledge, with the fly agaric. According to legend the fly agaric would appear after the Wild Chase, when Wotan rode through the clouds on his horse at the winter solstice with his followers. The following autumn (9 months later) fly agarics would sprout from the impregnated earth in those very spots where the foam from the mouth of Wotans horse fell onto the ground. In the common parlance, the fly agaric is known by the name ravens bread. Ravens not only are ancient shamanic and powerful animals but are also known as the raven god. In pagan times, it is entirely possible that the fly agaric also found use in ecstatic rituals. It has been suggested that the berserker ("bear skinners"), warriors who were sacred to Wotan, may have used fly agaric mushrooms in the rituals of their secret society.

In Sytria (Austria), a tradition has been passed down that illustrates the mushrooms relationship to the fertility-bringing wild storm god Donar, the son of Wotan. Fly Agarics are sought out at the beginning of the mushroom season.

It is also entirely within reason that Santa Claus, who also appears dressed in red and white and flies through the air with his team of reindeer, is simply an anthropomorphized fly agaric mushroom of a fly shaman. In contemporary neopagan circles, the fly agaric is now used as a psychoactive sacrament:

Another pagan customer that has come down to us is that of drinking on Samhein (November 1st) a special tea brewed from the peeled-off skin of a fly agaric that was picked during the full moon. This is probably based on traditions of Siberian and Norweigian shamans, in which the fly agaric was repeatedly referred to as a psy working plant.

One family described a traditional ritual that they still conduct on this ancient Celtic holiday:

For this (and only this night) we prepare a fly agric tea according to the following recipe from my grandmother: On the full moon preceding Samhain, the heads of the family go into the forest and search for a few fly agarics, with whom they establish contact, The healthy mushrooms are cut off at the stripe and placed in a wicker basket; at the place where we harvested the mushrooms, we usually leave some tobacco and an apple as an offering. After this, the red skin of the cap is pulled off and quickly dried; the dried skin is kept in a red linen cloth in a dark and cool place until Samhain. During that night a cold-water extract is made that all of the members of the family drank before they go to bed. The next morning the resulting dreams are described and interpreted in the family circle.

In pre-Columbian fly agaric cult of the Americas, the fly agaric (known as the light of the earth, the flower of the earth, the underworld mushroom, or the thunderbolt/lightning mushroom) was regarded as a being that was in contact with the underworld. It was symbolically associated with toads and flys (helping spirits) and formed a door to he realm of the dead. It was also associated with the bolon ti kuh, the nine gods of the underworld, which were represented in the form of mushroom stones. It was a ritual inebriant with the unique effects that shamans, oracular priests, and healers consumed (either eating it or smoking it together with tobacco in order to enter a desired altered state of consciousness in which they would carry out necromantic rites, liberate the souls of the sick people from the underworld and generally improve their visionary abilities.

Caves were typically regarded as entrances to the underworld and were often used for necromantic rituals and sacrificial initiation (the journey into the underworld). Only a few initiates were granted knowledge of the uses of the fly agaric. In order to protect (monopolize) this knowledge, the mushroom was publicly portrayed as poisonous or dangerous. Since fly agarics were not available in all places and at all times, they were collected in pine groves and air or fire dried, which improved their effects. The mushroom was sold by special agents together with other ritual paraphernalia. There were three important centers of the ancient American fly agaric cult: the northeastern forest of North America, central Mesoamerica, and western Peru.

The Tzeltal still make use of the fly agaric mushroom, which that call "red thunderbolt mushroom". They remove the reddish skins from the fresh caps, dry the skins and smoke them together with wild tobacco. It is said that smoking this mixture helps the Tzetal shamans become clear sighted so that they may recognize diseases in the patients, track down lost or stolen objects, and utter prophecies. The shaman of the Chuj, a Mayan people of the southern Selva Lacandona and northern Guatemala, smoke dried pieces of fly agarics mixed with tobacco in order to make ritual diagnoses. Among the Tzutujil, a figure of a deity named Maximon that is made from the wood of palo de pito is associated with fly agaric.

Japan is rich in mushrooms that were or still are used for culinary or shamanic purposes. The genus Amanita is represented by a number of species, many of them endemic. All three psychoactive Amanita species (Amanita pantherina) of the Japanese mycoflora are included in the taxon tengu take. The tengu is the spirit of the fly agaric and is one of the most popular figures in Japanese mythology and folklore. Tengus appear sometimes as birdlike demons and at other times as wild and reclusive monks of the mountains. Occasionally tengus are regarded as transformed shamans. At times it is said that there is only one tengu; the other reports speak of many tengus, who even have a king. Tengus are seen sometimes as gods and at other times as demons., but usually regarded as kami or sacred objects. Tengus can change their form; they can be humans or birds flying through the air, make themselves invisible, and create phantoms. The male tengus , which have a bright red skin and a phallic nose, are regarded as tricksters and sexual demons, but also as benefactors. Mountain shrines were erected in their honor. Fossil shark teeth are thought to be visible reminders of their passing. The teeth are known as the “claws of tengu” and are sold as talismans. They are even venerated in temples and shrines and guarded as religious relics. Tengus have a magical leaf or an enchanted fan that they use to carry out their tricks and magical arts. In some traditional illustrations, this leaf clearly resembles a cannabis leaf.

Although normally invisible, tengus reveal themselves as spooks or speak through the mouths of people whom they have possessed. Japanese who are praying on the mountain peaks and in mountain shrines fall into possession states particularly often; while possessed, they lend the tengus their voices and utter prophecies. Tengus are known for their unlimited thirst for sake, which is why people are advised to offer them the beverage. Tengus are also excellent with the sword. They sometimes abduct children or youngsters and teach them sword fighting or impart some other knowledge. People make offerings to the tengus so that they will protect them and teach them the wisdom of nature.

 

Medicinal Use

It is likely that the fly agaric was originally a ritual medicine (Rosenbohm 1995). In Siberia, it was ingested to treat psycho physiological states of exhaustion. For snakebites, a fly agaric tea (a cold-water extract made from dried fruiting bodies) was massaged into the affected area of the body (usually the legs). This was said to neutralize the toxins.

In the nineteenth century, the fly agaric was used as a home remedy and was also prescribed by physicians as a medicine. It was used internally, for example, to treat epilepsy and fever and externally to treat ulcerated fistulae:

It is officinal under the name fungus muscarius. Only the lower portion of the stalk is chosen, the fly agaric in powder form (For which it must be dried as quickly as possible without destroying it), is administered internally (with care) in small doses (10-30 grains) Against falling sickness, et cetera, and is sprinkled externally onto malignant tumors, gangrene, et cetera. Meinhard gives a tincture to treat favus and other persistent eruptions.

In homeopathy, the preparation Agaricus muscarius is an "agent to treat complaints of the entire nervous system". Depending on the symptom picture, it is used in homeopathic dilutions for problems associated with menopause, overexcitablilty, and bladder and intestinal cramps. One physician who frequently utilizes the mother tincture in his practice reported:

One portion (15-20%) of the patients I have treated with Agaricus Muscarius had altered dreams during of after their therapy. Especially: Dreams of flying with postitve contents, dreams reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, and other pleasant dream experiences. In no case did nightmares occur, although one must consider the that the majority of dosages used in therapy are small. Even with higher doseages, on the following day the patients were normally found to be well and to exhibit a strong eagerness to work, without negative side effects or symptoms of a hangover, Following the prescription of Fly Agaric almost all of the patients exhibited increased motivation, improved mood and improved mental and physical well-being. Here again it is the doseage that determines that something is not a poison!