THERE IS A RANGE of means that witches use to fly. Broomsticks are of course by far their most famous form of transport, and are the way most witches travel in fiction; but real witches more usually fly by leaving their bodies in a form of astral travelling. Or else they enter into, or take the shape of, birds. Some can apparently do this spontaneously but more often they employ potent herbs like henbane, aconite, hemlock or belladonna (Deadly Nightshade).
Henbane is the main ingredient of some of the most potent flying potions, mixed with oil and applied as an ointment to sensitive areas of skin.
As few as four leaves or a dozen seeds can, however, be fatal or send the user into a permanent coma.