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{ontents
1 From the Cauldron to the Kitchen
2 Potion Preparations
3 Magical Uses of Plants
4 Tempting Teas
5 Indispensable Infusions
6 Oodles of Oils
7 Tantalizing Tinctures
8 Luscious Lotions
9 Beguiling Beverages and Brews
Appendixes
A Glossary
B Color Correspondences
C Potion-Making Resources
Index
1
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51
69
87
107
121
143
163
167
]69
175
Introduction
Potions have gotten a bad rap in the past, but the
age-old art is making a tremendous comeback.
That's because more and more people are recogniz­
ing the magical and medicinal properties of herbs
and other natural ingredients. Combine such mix­
tures with a specific intent, such as to increase
energy, achieve success, heal, or even find love, and
you have a potent brew.
You have probably already used potions hundreds or
thousands of times without even realizing it. For
instance, ever had one of those neon-colored energy
drinks after a race or during an intensive workout?
Most of these contain a blend of guarana and gin­
seng, herbs that are known to increase energy.
These specialty drinks are essentially potions, it's
just that they are manufactured in mass quantities
and marketed to a specific audience.
Or open your bathroom cabinet, pick out a couple
of bottles, and look at their list of ingredients. Most
shampoos, conditioners, lotions, and liquid soaps
contain herbal extracts, and so are all potions
designed to benefit the user in some way.
Although we don't usually call energy drinks, sham­
poos, teas, and other natural mixtures potions, that's
what they are: a potion is simply a combination of
natural ingredients that contain medicinal or magi­
cal properties. (Don't worry, I'll talk about what it
means for something to have magical properties in
Chapter
PocKet Idiot's Guide to
This book will teach you everything you need to
know to get started on using and making your own
potions. I cover everything from the history of
potion making, to their modern-day uses, and along
the way I introduce you to dozens of common and
not-so-common ingredients and their magical
properties. Although I provide you with the tools
you need to create your own recipes, I also give you
several recipes that are known to be effective for
achieving specific aims.
ABit of Magic
If you are new to magic, you may be wondering just
what exactly it is. Magic is a form of energy. It
resides in'iide of you, inside of me, inside of animals,
and inside of plants. As a matter of fact, every single
organism has magical energy inside of them.
Some people learn how to harness this energy and
use it, while others deny its existence and never get
to experience their own glorious magical abilities.
Since you are reading this book, you obviously want
to know more about harnessing your magical energy
to improve your
Magic can take a number of different forms. Let's
take a look at a few of the more common magical
practices.
Sprlls
A spell is similar to a prayer. It is a request sent out
to the universe, including any deities-Gods,
Goddesses, High Powers-you work witll. vVhen
Introduction vii
casting a spell, you build up the magical energy
inside of you by focusing on your intention, and
release the energy into the universe. The use
of herbs, oils, incense, and potions are all ways to
increase this enerh'Y and to help you focus on your
intention.
Spells may be elaborate and contain the use of tools
magical ingredients along with spoken words,
or they may be as simple as wishing upon a star.
Divination
Divination is the practice of finding answers to
questions through magical meanings. There are
many forms of divination, including tarot card
readings, runes, pendulums, scrying, and using a
crystal balL The type of divination you use dictates
how the practice is performed. For instance, you
interpret tarot cards' meanings by studying the pic­
tures on the cards and/or relying on standard inter­
pretations, whereas divining using scrying and
balls involves focusing intently on the ques­
tion and watching for an answer to appear.
Rituals
Rituals are usually performed for one of two rea­
sons: either to celebrate an event or experience
(usually in a form of giving thanks), or to ask your
deities for a specific blessing. I include a brief
blessing ritual in Chapter 2.
PocKet Idiot's Guide to
This book will teach you everything you need to
know to get started on using and making your own
potions. I cover everything from the history of
potion making, to their modern-day uses, and along
the way I introduce you to dozens of common and
not-so-common ingredients and their magical
properties. Although I provide you with the tools
you need to create your own recipes, I also give you
several recipes that are known to be effective for
achieving specific aims.
ABit of Magic
If you are new to magic, you may be wondering just
what exactly it is. Magic is a form of energy. It
resides in'iide of you, inside of me, inside of animals,
and inside of plants. As a matter of fact, every single
organism has magical energy inside of them.
Some people learn how to harness this energy and
use it, while others deny its existence and never get
to experience their own glorious magical abilities.
Since you are reading this book, you obviously want
to know more about harnessing your magical energy
to improve your
Magic can take a number of different forms. Let's
take a look at a few of the more common magical
practices.
Sprlls
A spell is similar to a prayer. It is a request sent out
to the universe, including any deities-Gods,
Goddesses, High Powers-you work witll. vVhen
Introduction vii
casting a spell, you build up the magical energy
inside of you by focusing on your intention, and
release the energy into the universe. The use
of herbs, oils, incense, and potions are all ways to
increase this enerh'Y and to help you focus on your
intention.
Spells may be elaborate and contain the use of tools
magical ingredients along with spoken words,
or they may be as simple as wishing upon a star.
Divination
Divination is the practice of finding answers to
questions through magical meanings. There are
many forms of divination, including tarot card
readings, runes, pendulums, scrying, and using a
crystal balL The type of divination you use dictates
how the practice is performed. For instance, you
interpret tarot cards' meanings by studying the pic­
tures on the cards and/or relying on standard inter­
pretations, whereas divining using scrying and
balls involves focusing intently on the ques­
tion and watching for an answer to appear.
Rituals
Rituals are usually performed for one of two rea­
sons: either to celebrate an event or experience
(usually in a form of giving thanks), or to ask your
deities for a specific blessing. I include a brief
blessing ritual in Chapter 2.
viii T ~ e Po{ket Guide to Potions
Ixtras
As you read through the following chapters,
encounter the following sidebars, little extras
are intended to help you perfect your potion prac­
tices.
~ . Toil and Trouble
, ..... These boxes contain important
and precautions to take while preparing
~
and usina your potions. Following these
will keep you and anyone
out of harm's
way.
8 Concoction Clues ----------,
. . you'll find tips, and
cuts to help prepare and use your
potions as as
Enchanting Explanations
or
at
~
ix
~ Magical Definitions _____~ .
like any specialized area, art of
potion making and magic has its own
lingo, I define any terms that might new
and other
glossary.
yourr. R.ady to 6.t Start.d!
With this book, you are equipped to make and use
potions to your advantage, while enhancing your
magical abilities and spiritual connections.
Tradrmarks
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be or are suspected of being trademarks or service
marks have been appropriately capitalized. Alpha
Books and Penguin Group (USA) Inc. cannot
attest to the accuracy of this information. Use of a
term in this book should not be regarded as affect­
ing the validity of any trademark or service mark.
viii T ~ e Po{ket Guide to Potions
Ixtras
As you read through the following chapters,
encounter the following sidebars, little extras
are intended to help you perfect your potion prac­
tices.
~ . Toil and Trouble
, ..... These boxes contain important
and precautions to take while preparing
~
and usina your potions. Following these
will keep you and anyone
out of harm's
way.
8 Concoction Clues ----------,
. . you'll find tips, and
cuts to help prepare and use your
potions as as
Enchanting Explanations
or
at
~
ix
~ Magical Definitions _____~ .
like any specialized area, art of
potion making and magic has its own
lingo, I define any terms that might new
and other
glossary.
yourr. R.ady to 6.t Start.d!
With this book, you are equipped to make and use
potions to your advantage, while enhancing your
magical abilities and spiritual connections.
Tradrmarks
All tenns mentioned in this book that are known to
be or are suspected of being trademarks or service
marks have been appropriately capitalized. Alpha
Books and Penguin Group (USA) Inc. cannot
attest to the accuracy of this information. Use of a
term in this book should not be regarded as affect­
ing the validity of any trademark or service mark.
Chapt.r
From th. Cauldron
to th. Kit(h.n
In This (haptef
• Demystifying potions
• Taking a brief look at the history of potion
making
" Understanding why potions have a bad rap
in some circles
.. Using potions today
To really understand what potions are and how they
are used today, we must turn back the pages of his­
tory to the era before the rise of the Catholic
church, when Paganism was the mainstream form
of religious practice. We must explore how and why
potions went out of fashion, and then take a look at
their revival in recent years.
This brief history will provide a rich background
for the rest of the book, where you will learn the
correct ways to prepare and use potions for your
own purposes.
z POckft to Potions
Potions of th. Past
Potions have been subject to widely shifting
tural attitudes. During Pagan times, potions were
primary means of healing and were well
respected. With the spread of Christianity, how­
ever, church leaders discouraged the use of the
magical elixirs, caHin!! them the work of the devil.
Magical Definitions 0"
A potion is a combination or mixture
ingredients that contain medicinal or
magical properties. Although a potion is
mainly made up of liquids, some
might
Thf Potions
The origin of potion making is lost in the mists of
time. Basic concoctions involving herbs and other
natural such as bark and nuts, probably
date back to the beginning of human existence,
those earliest efforts involving a lot of trial
and error to determine which combinations of
ingredients were effective. When the potion maker
struck upon a successful elixir, he or she would pass
the recipe on to subsequent generations, first orally
and later, with the development of written lan­
guage, in written form.
(au """ " )
as today, potions were used for just about
anything-from maladies to magical spells. Potions
were used for everything from soothing a raspy
cough to easing pain to bringing good luck,
fortune, or love to the user.

Enchanting Explanations ­
art of potion
gone out of
ferent names.
makes deSigned to attract
attention to the wearer!
PaCJan Practicfs
Many Pagan traditions believe that the knowledge
of potion making was given to humans by fairies or
the Gods and Goddesses as a reward for good
Although there is no way to confirm this
story, we do know the use of potions was an impor­
tant part of Pagan practiees in the pre-Christian
world.
Mfdicinf or MaCJic?
A cup of chamomile tea will soothe an upset stom­
ach. Lavender oil in bath water will help relieve
stress and enable you to relax. Are these concoc­
tions magic or medicine ... or both? Such distinc­
tions didn't exist in Pagan times, when potions
were a comhination of magic and medicine.
z POckft to Potions
Potions of th. Past
Potions have been subject to widely shifting
tural attitudes. During Pagan times, potions were
primary means of healing and were well
respected. With the spread of Christianity, how­
ever, church leaders discouraged the use of the
magical elixirs, caHin!! them the work of the devil.
Magical Definitions 0"
A potion is a combination or mixture
ingredients that contain medicinal or
magical properties. Although a potion is
mainly made up of liquids, some
might
Thf Potions
The origin of potion making is lost in the mists of
time. Basic concoctions involving herbs and other
natural such as bark and nuts, probably
date back to the beginning of human existence,
those earliest efforts involving a lot of trial
and error to determine which combinations of
ingredients were effective. When the potion maker
struck upon a successful elixir, he or she would pass
the recipe on to subsequent generations, first orally
and later, with the development of written lan­
guage, in written form.
(au """ " )
as today, potions were used for just about
anything-from maladies to magical spells. Potions
were used for everything from soothing a raspy
cough to easing pain to bringing good luck,
fortune, or love to the user.

Enchanting Explanations ­
art of potion
gone out of
ferent names.
makes deSigned to attract
attention to the wearer!
PaCJan Practicfs
Many Pagan traditions believe that the knowledge
of potion making was given to humans by fairies or
the Gods and Goddesses as a reward for good
Although there is no way to confirm this
story, we do know the use of potions was an impor­
tant part of Pagan practiees in the pre-Christian
world.
Mfdicinf or MaCJic?
A cup of chamomile tea will soothe an upset stom­
ach. Lavender oil in bath water will help relieve
stress and enable you to relax. Are these concoc­
tions magic or medicine ... or both? Such distinc­
tions didn't exist in Pagan times, when potions
were a comhination of magic and medicine.
4
5
Pocktt Idiot's
to Potions
Enchanting Explanations ----,
Pagan blending of magic and
cine into a single concept is evident in

the term witchdoctor, a person who uses
magic ta cure illnesses.
Not all potions were meant to be beneficial to the
user, however. Indeed, some were meant to be
harmful, and it is this darker side of potion making
that in part contributed to the practice's negative
reputation. Even some potions that were meant to
be helpful might have had unintended negative
effects on the user.
In ancient societies, the task of potion making usu­
fell to women, often older women, who served
as healers. A healer could spend her entire life
learning, practicing, and teaching others how to
use the magic from the earth to help others. These
older women were seen as "wise women" who
passed their craft down to their daughters or others
so the practice could be carried on.
Healers collected and grew the necessary herbs and
created potions and other items to bestow good
health and good fortune on their patients.
Healers prescribed potions to cure illness, to attract
prosperity, to help crops grow, to make a woman
conceive, to protect children, or to banish an
unwanted person from one's

Paganism (om,s Und,r
Paganism began to decline with the advent of
Christianity. In particular, the Catholic church had
a profound impact on Pagan practices. Originally
known as Gentiles, by the end of the fourth cen­
tury, the term Paganus was used instead to describe
the country dwellers who continued to use magical
practices.
Magical Definitions ____
Paganus is a Latin word meaning
; it now refers to people
a polytheistic religion, which J'
many of the country dwellers did, .
In the fourth century, Constantine was appointed
Emperor of Spain and issued the Edict of
Toleration, which gave Christianity equal status
with Paganism. He eventually prohibited the prac­
tices of divination and magic (this included the
making and use of potions) under penalty of death.
Constantine's son and successor, Constantius,
furthered his father's work by ordering all Pagan
temples closed and declaring that anyone found
guilty of offering sacrifices would be put to death.
In 364, Valentini an I became emperor, and he
issued four edicts prohibiting the practice of magic,
making even the study of magic punishable by
death.
4
5
Pocktt Idiot's
to Potions
Enchanting Explanations ----,
Pagan blending of magic and
cine into a single concept is evident in

the term witchdoctor, a person who uses
magic ta cure illnesses.
Not all potions were meant to be beneficial to the
user, however. Indeed, some were meant to be
harmful, and it is this darker side of potion making
that in part contributed to the practice's negative
reputation. Even some potions that were meant to
be helpful might have had unintended negative
effects on the user.
In ancient societies, the task of potion making usu­
fell to women, often older women, who served
as healers. A healer could spend her entire life
learning, practicing, and teaching others how to
use the magic from the earth to help others. These
older women were seen as "wise women" who
passed their craft down to their daughters or others
so the practice could be carried on.
Healers collected and grew the necessary herbs and
created potions and other items to bestow good
health and good fortune on their patients.
Healers prescribed potions to cure illness, to attract
prosperity, to help crops grow, to make a woman
conceive, to protect children, or to banish an
unwanted person from one's

Paganism (om,s Und,r
Paganism began to decline with the advent of
Christianity. In particular, the Catholic church had
a profound impact on Pagan practices. Originally
known as Gentiles, by the end of the fourth cen­
tury, the term Paganus was used instead to describe
the country dwellers who continued to use magical
practices.
Magical Definitions ____
Paganus is a Latin word meaning
; it now refers to people
a polytheistic religion, which J'
many of the country dwellers did, .
In the fourth century, Constantine was appointed
Emperor of Spain and issued the Edict of
Toleration, which gave Christianity equal status
with Paganism. He eventually prohibited the prac­
tices of divination and magic (this included the
making and use of potions) under penalty of death.
Constantine's son and successor, Constantius,
furthered his father's work by ordering all Pagan
temples closed and declaring that anyone found
guilty of offering sacrifices would be put to death.
In 364, Valentini an I became emperor, and he
issued four edicts prohibiting the practice of magic,
making even the study of magic punishable by
death.
6 The PockPt

Enchanting Explanations ____--,
is important to remember
written by the "winners." The vast
of accounts we have about Paganism in
ancient times come from writings of
worked to defeat Paganism
while promoting the Church. We should
expect some of
a bias favoring the of
since it was the Church that for the most
II 1/
won.
Over the years, more laws were issued against
Pagan practices. Temples were destroyed instead of
closed, and any Pagan practice was declared a penal
offense.
Th. Ris. of th. (hurch
In the sixth century, Martin of Tours argued that
Paganism was the result of ignorance, and he spent
his life trying to "educate" the people. He con­
demned all Pagan practices along with any other
type of magical workings, including, of course, the
craft of making potion".
By the eleventh century, Catholicism was the
dominant religion in Western Europe. However,
Paganism wouldn't just go away. Instead, it went
underground, into hiding.
_._._.._...___ Kitchen

Toil and Trouble
\ .... ' Just as many Pagans do not want to
iudged by the actions of their ancestors
(such as animal or human sacrificesL it
is not fair to judge Christians based on
actions of their forebears.
Th. Burnin, Tim.s
1
By the time of the Spanish Inquisition, often called
The Burning Times, in the thirteenth century, any­
one even suspected of using herbal folklore for
cures (or curses!) was considered to be a witch (a
type of Pagan) and therefore a devil worshipper.
Strangely, though, the vast majority of people,
mainly women, who were executed during that
time were not Pagans at all, nor were they guilty of
the acts of which they were accused. Explanations
for why so many women were falsely accused of
Paganism include the growing distinction between
magic and medicine. Doctors (who were men) saw
their practice as a science and therefore more safe
and "real" than the so-called superstitious practices
of herbal remedies, which were usually practiced by
women.
The divide between magic and medicine that started
to emerge around the time of the Spanish Inquisi­
tion became more distinct as the centuries went by,
in large part due to the rise of academically trained
6 The PockPt

Enchanting Explanations ____--,
is important to remember
written by the "winners." The vast
of accounts we have about Paganism in
ancient times come from writings of
worked to defeat Paganism
while promoting the Church. We should
expect some of
a bias favoring the of
since it was the Church that for the most
II 1/
won.
Over the years, more laws were issued against
Pagan practices. Temples were destroyed instead of
closed, and any Pagan practice was declared a penal
offense.
Th. Ris. of th. (hurch
In the sixth century, Martin of Tours argued that
Paganism was the result of ignorance, and he spent
his life trying to "educate" the people. He con­
demned all Pagan practices along with any other
type of magical workings, including, of course, the
craft of making potion".
By the eleventh century, Catholicism was the
dominant religion in Western Europe. However,
Paganism wouldn't just go away. Instead, it went
underground, into hiding.
_._._.._...___ Kitchen

Toil and Trouble
\ .... ' Just as many Pagans do not want to
iudged by the actions of their ancestors
(such as animal or human sacrificesL it
is not fair to judge Christians based on
actions of their forebears.
Th. Burnin, Tim.s
1
By the time of the Spanish Inquisition, often called
The Burning Times, in the thirteenth century, any­
one even suspected of using herbal folklore for
cures (or curses!) was considered to be a witch (a
type of Pagan) and therefore a devil worshipper.
Strangely, though, the vast majority of people,
mainly women, who were executed during that
time were not Pagans at all, nor were they guilty of
the acts of which they were accused. Explanations
for why so many women were falsely accused of
Paganism include the growing distinction between
magic and medicine. Doctors (who were men) saw
their practice as a science and therefore more safe
and "real" than the so-called superstitious practices
of herbal remedies, which were usually practiced by
women.
The divide between magic and medicine that started
to emerge around the time of the Spanish Inquisi­
tion became more distinct as the centuries went by,
in large part due to the rise of academically trained
8
scientists and physicians. Eventually, the divide
became so wide that magical potions and medicine
were considered to be part of separate ideologies.

Enchanting Explanations
Many innocent people were
The Burning Times. Estimates IU";j'" II VII I
the conservative 1 00,000 to the liberal 9
most of the accused
were women, men and children were also
accused and executed.
By no means is this a complete history. It is simply
intended to give you an idea of the battle to eradi­
cate Paganism and magical practices. Many attempts
over the centuries were made to convert Pagans to
Catholicism. Those who didn't convert were pun­
ished in other ways, including seizure of property,
prison, and even death.
The Pagan Revival
Over the past 50 years, Paganism has heen on the
rise in the \Vestern world.
A quick search of the Internet will turn up hundreds
of Pagan groups, stores, booh, and magazines. And
although many Pagans still hide their beliefs and are
"in the closet," many more are open about their
beliefs. The study of herbs, oils, and aromatherapy
(all of which are Pagan topics) are all on the rise, too.
__ the (auldroR to the Kitchen

Enchanting Explanations
Due to the nature of
difficult to count the
ers; and many in the we
never know for sure just how many
are. Some estimates claim there Ole
over 3 million Pagan practitioners
wide. Paganism has been as
the fastest growing religion in the Western
part of the world.
9
As Paganism grows, so does the need for people
to reconnect with nature and natural healing
processes. Making your own potions is a large part
of this reconnection process. Throughout this
book, you will learn how to make an assortment of
potions to help you. You will begin to bridge the
gap between magic and medicine and understand
potions as our ancestors did.
Modern-Day Brews
Modern potions can be used for either magical or
medicinal purposes. Some will easily fall into either
category, as they have properties of each. Some
brews are made for external use only (such as for
poultices); others (such as teas) are safe for con­
sumption.
8
scientists and physicians. Eventually, the divide
became so wide that magical potions and medicine
were considered to be part of separate ideologies.

Enchanting Explanations
Many innocent people were
The Burning Times. Estimates IU";j'" II VII I
the conservative 1 00,000 to the liberal 9
most of the accused
were women, men and children were also
accused and executed.
By no means is this a complete history. It is simply
intended to give you an idea of the battle to eradi­
cate Paganism and magical practices. Many attempts
over the centuries were made to convert Pagans to
Catholicism. Those who didn't convert were pun­
ished in other ways, including seizure of property,
prison, and even death.
The Pagan Revival
Over the past 50 years, Paganism has heen on the
rise in the \Vestern world.
A quick search of the Internet will turn up hundreds
of Pagan groups, stores, booh, and magazines. And
although many Pagans still hide their beliefs and are
"in the closet," many more are open about their
beliefs. The study of herbs, oils, and aromatherapy
(all of which are Pagan topics) are all on the rise, too.
__ the (auldroR to the Kitchen

Enchanting Explanations
Due to the nature of
difficult to count the
ers; and many in the we
never know for sure just how many
are. Some estimates claim there Ole
over 3 million Pagan practitioners
wide. Paganism has been as
the fastest growing religion in the Western
part of the world.
9
As Paganism grows, so does the need for people
to reconnect with nature and natural healing
processes. Making your own potions is a large part
of this reconnection process. Throughout this
book, you will learn how to make an assortment of
potions to help you. You will begin to bridge the
gap between magic and medicine and understand
potions as our ancestors did.
Modern-Day Brews
Modern potions can be used for either magical or
medicinal purposes. Some will easily fall into either
category, as they have properties of each. Some
brews are made for external use only (such as for
poultices); others (such as teas) are safe for con­
sumption.
10
Medicinal Potions
Medicinal potions are for physical ailments, such as
headaches, indigestion, fatigue, nervousness, and
arthritis. Chamomile tea, known to have a calming
effect, can be a medical potion to relieve anxiety.
~
~ . Toil and Trouble
, "'"' It is important to note that in
States, the Food and Drug Administra­
tion (FDA) has not evaluated
MaC)ical Potions
Magical potions deal with nonphysical problems
such as emotional, spiritual, and financial difficul­
ties. Potions may also he used to aid in building
relationships, though it should go without saying
that a potion should never he given to someone
without their knowledge of what the potion is made
from and what its intent is. Some examples of magi­
cal potions include the lotion you rub onto your
to draw money toward you, or the dab of per­
fume you use behind your ear to entice your mate.
Yi:)U can, however, use potions to make you more
appealing to others, help you lose weight, or
increase self-esteem.
~
~ . Toil and Trouble
\ ,,'t' It is highly advisable to have an aliergy
test before becoming too involved
in potion making, don't want to
I handle you are to!
Potion Versatility
Many potions have both medicinal and magical
properties. For example, a potion to help you lose
weight can fall under both categories as it helps to
create a physical change, yet at the same time
into the magical category because as you lose
weight you will feel better about yourself.
The Importance of Intent
The most important element in any potion­
medical or magical-is your intent. Intent is not
only what you want the potion to do for you; it is
you want the potion to have the given effect.
Seemingly harmless potions can have disastrous
results if the intent is hidden, not clear, or used to
harm through deceit.
II
Magic should only be used for good, positive
results. To ensure that this is the case, you must sit
down and clearly think about your wishes before
going on to perform any magical work at all. Your
energy will be going into your potion, so you need
to make sure you know exactly what kind of energy
you want going into it!
10
Medicinal Potions
Medicinal potions are for physical ailments, such as
headaches, indigestion, fatigue, nervousness, and
arthritis. Chamomile tea, known to have a calming
effect, can be a medical potion to relieve anxiety.
~
~ . Toil and Trouble
, "'"' It is important to note that in
States, the Food and Drug Administra­
tion (FDA) has not evaluated
MaC)ical Potions
Magical potions deal with nonphysical problems
such as emotional, spiritual, and financial difficul­
ties. Potions may also he used to aid in building
relationships, though it should go without saying
that a potion should never he given to someone
without their knowledge of what the potion is made
from and what its intent is. Some examples of magi­
cal potions include the lotion you rub onto your
to draw money toward you, or the dab of per­
fume you use behind your ear to entice your mate.
Yi:)U can, however, use potions to make you more
appealing to others, help you lose weight, or
increase self-esteem.
~
~ . Toil and Trouble
\ ,,'t' It is highly advisable to have an aliergy
test before becoming too involved
in potion making, don't want to
I handle you are to!
Potion Versatility
Many potions have both medicinal and magical
properties. For example, a potion to help you lose
weight can fall under both categories as it helps to
create a physical change, yet at the same time
into the magical category because as you lose
weight you will feel better about yourself.
The Importance of Intent
The most important element in any potion­
medical or magical-is your intent. Intent is not
only what you want the potion to do for you; it is
you want the potion to have the given effect.
Seemingly harmless potions can have disastrous
results if the intent is hidden, not clear, or used to
harm through deceit.
II
Magic should only be used for good, positive
results. To ensure that this is the case, you must sit
down and clearly think about your wishes before
going on to perform any magical work at all. Your
energy will be going into your potion, so you need
to make sure you know exactly what kind of energy
you want going into it!
lZ T ~ e to Potions
~ Magical Definitions _____---,
Intent is the main ingredient in your
potions. You must know why you are
the potion and what it is you wont it to
do. Do not make any potions with the
This book focuses on potions for magical purposes.
However, because there is an overlap in some kinds
of potions, a few of the discussed potions will also
have medicinal properties.
In the next chapter, we begin to learn the basics of
preparing potions for use, including the tools you
need and what precautions you need to know about
ahead of time.
The Least You N"d to Know
• A potion is a mixture in liquid form that can
have medicinal and/or magical properties.
• Potions have a long history and have taken
on many different fonns over the years.
II The intent of the potion is its most impor­
tant ingredient.
• Never give anyone a potion without his or
her consent.
• If you do give a potion to someone else, you
must disclose its ingredients and intent.
(ha
Potion Preparations
In This Chapter
11 Distinguishing between internal and exter­
nal potions
11 Identifying and using the right tools
Harnessing the power of the moon
Taking necessary precautions
Understanding the importance of intent
Just as it's very difficult to bake a pie without
a rolling pin and a pie tin, it's difficult to make a
potion without certain pieces of equipment-what
1 like to call my potion-making tools. Potion mak­
ers use an assortment of tools-some essential,
others less so-to prepare their concoctions. In
chapter, I introduce you to the essential items in
any potion maker's tool chest.
One of the most important elements for success-
preparing potions isn't a tool at all. Instead, it
involves your mindset, or your intention. I delve
into this issue, as well as several potion-making
precautions, later in this chapter.
lZ T ~ e to Potions
~ Magical Definitions _____---,
Intent is the main ingredient in your
potions. You must know why you are
the potion and what it is you wont it to
do. Do not make any potions with the
This book focuses on potions for magical purposes.
However, because there is an overlap in some kinds
of potions, a few of the discussed potions will also
have medicinal properties.
In the next chapter, we begin to learn the basics of
preparing potions for use, including the tools you
need and what precautions you need to know about
ahead of time.
The Least You N"d to Know
• A potion is a mixture in liquid form that can
have medicinal and/or magical properties.
• Potions have a long history and have taken
on many different fonns over the years.
II The intent of the potion is its most impor­
tant ingredient.
• Never give anyone a potion without his or
her consent.
• If you do give a potion to someone else, you
must disclose its ingredients and intent.
(ha
Potion Preparations
In This Chapter
11 Distinguishing between internal and exter­
nal potions
11 Identifying and using the right tools
Harnessing the power of the moon
Taking necessary precautions
Understanding the importance of intent
Just as it's very difficult to bake a pie without
a rolling pin and a pie tin, it's difficult to make a
potion without certain pieces of equipment-what
1 like to call my potion-making tools. Potion mak­
ers use an assortment of tools-some essential,
others less so-to prepare their concoctions. In
chapter, I introduce you to the essential items in
any potion maker's tool chest.
One of the most important elements for success-
preparing potions isn't a tool at all. Instead, it
involves your mindset, or your intention. I delve
into this issue, as well as several potion-making
precautions, later in this chapter.
14
The
But first, let's take a look at the two most basic cat­
egories of potions: those that are safe for human
consumption and those that are not.
An Assortment of Potions
As stated earlier, a potion is a mixture of items in a
liquid form that contains magical and/or medicinal
properties. Some potions are safe for human con­
sumption. These are called potable potions.

Toil and Trouble
\ ,., Alw.ays make sure you know the nature
of every ingredient in your
inri, whether it is
If you harvest herbs
sure you know exactly
want to acciden­
<nmQfhinro that is
Some potions are not meant for consumption, but
instead are used in baths, soaks, poultices, cleansers,
or lotions. 'fhese are called nonpotable potions.
Drink M.! Potabl. Potions
Potable potions are any potions that may be taken
internally. These include teas, infusions, tinctures,
and other beverages or "palatable potions." A fruit
smoothie, jam-packed with natural ingredients, is
definitely a type of palatable potion!
__ .. ___ 15
It should go without saying-but I'll say it anyway,
just to be on the safe side-that if you're planning
to imbibe your magical brew, then you must make
sure that all your ingredients are safe for human
consumption. If you aren't sure if it is safe to ingest
a certain plant, either find out or, better yet, use
another one instead.
Knowing whether or not a plant is edible isn't quite
enough, though. You also need to know whether or
not you are allergic to it. Some allergies are mild
and only cause a runny nose, but other allergies can
cause anaphylactic shock, which can be deadly.
Nonpotabl. Potions
Nonpotable potions are meant to be used exter­
nally. These include bath teas, foot or body soaks,
lotions, potions applied to a cloth to use as a poul­
tice, perfumes, liquid air fresheners, household
cleaners, and much more.
Concoction Clues _____
You should always label
potions, indicating their purpose
all ingredients. You can go one
by developing a system to tell
at a glance whether a potion is potc
or not. For example, use a smiley face
edible mixtures and a frown for
nonedible potions.
14
The
But first, let's take a look at the two most basic cat­
egories of potions: those that are safe for human
consumption and those that are not.
An Assortment of Potions
As stated earlier, a potion is a mixture of items in a
liquid form that contains magical and/or medicinal
properties. Some potions are safe for human con­
sumption. These are called potable potions.

Toil and Trouble
\ ,., Alw.ays make sure you know the nature
of every ingredient in your
inri, whether it is
If you harvest herbs
sure you know exactly
want to acciden­
<nmQfhinro that is
Some potions are not meant for consumption, but
instead are used in baths, soaks, poultices, cleansers,
or lotions. 'fhese are called nonpotable potions.
Drink M.! Potabl. Potions
Potable potions are any potions that may be taken
internally. These include teas, infusions, tinctures,
and other beverages or "palatable potions." A fruit
smoothie, jam-packed with natural ingredients, is
definitely a type of palatable potion!
__ .. ___ 15
It should go without saying-but I'll say it anyway,
just to be on the safe side-that if you're planning
to imbibe your magical brew, then you must make
sure that all your ingredients are safe for human
consumption. If you aren't sure if it is safe to ingest
a certain plant, either find out or, better yet, use
another one instead.
Knowing whether or not a plant is edible isn't quite
enough, though. You also need to know whether or
not you are allergic to it. Some allergies are mild
and only cause a runny nose, but other allergies can
cause anaphylactic shock, which can be deadly.
Nonpotabl. Potions
Nonpotable potions are meant to be used exter­
nally. These include bath teas, foot or body soaks,
lotions, potions applied to a cloth to use as a poul­
tice, perfumes, liquid air fresheners, household
cleaners, and much more.
Concoction Clues _____
You should always label
potions, indicating their purpose
all ingredients. You can go one
by developing a system to tell
at a glance whether a potion is potc
or not. For example, use a smiley face
edible mixtures and a frown for
nonedible potions.
As -with potable potions, you must make sure your
ingredients are safe to use. -
you aren't familiar with_ and /)pw"rp
to it!
you
Tools of the Trade
As you learned in Chapter 1, the tradition of mak­
ing potions goes back to the beginning of human
history. Certain tools have long been associated
with potion making, and people who want to feel
close to that tradition sometimes use those ancient
devices. Others prefer to use more modem imple­
ments, including electric appliances, to save time
and effort.
No matter whether you use traditional or modern
tools, r highly recommended you use them only for
making potions. Because potion making is a magi­
cal process, you don't want to dilute the magical
properties of your tools by using them for mun­
dane, everyday purposes. You can buy a chest to
keep them all in and store them safely.
Knins and Bolints: SlicinCJ and DicinCJ
You need a blade for cutting herbs.
Traditionally a boline, a knife with a curved blade, is
used for harvesting and cutting herbs. The curved
blade cuts herbs better than a standard straight­
edge knife. Bolines come in a variety of styles,
though traditionally they have a white handle.
___________ ____ _____ 11
Magical Definitions
A boline is a knife
blade used to harvest and cut
the boline has a white
If you buy your herbs instead of growing and har­
vesting them yourself, you probably do not need to
invest the money in a boline, as you won't have
much use for it.
A boline
hnrvextinfl herbs.
16
As with potable potions, you must make sure your
ingredients are safe to use. Don't use ingredients
you aren't familiar with, and beware of allergens.
Soaking in a lavender bath won't relax you if you
are allergic to it!
Tools of th, Trad,
As you learned in Chapter 1, the tradition of mak­
ing potions goes back to the beginning of human
history. Certain tools have long been associated
with potion making, and people who want to feel
close to that tradition sometimes use those ancient
devices. Others prefer to use more modern imple­
ments, including electric appliances, to save time
and effort.
No matter whether you use traditional or modern
tools, I highly recommended you use them only for
making potions. Because potion making is a magi­
cal process, you don't want to dilute the magical
properties of your tools by using them for mun­
dane, everyday purposes. You can buy a chest to
keep thcm all in and store them safely.
Knives and Bolines: SlidnCJ and DidnCJ
You need a blade for cutting herbs.
lraditionally a boline, a knife with a curved blade, is
used for harvesting and cutting herbs. The curved
blade cuts herbs better than a standard straight­
edge knife. Bolines come in a variety of styles,
though traditionally thcy have a white handle.
n
.....
Magical Definitions
A boline (bow-LEENI is a knife with
to harvest and cut
boline has a
If you buy your herbs instead of growing and har­
vesting them yourself, you probably do not need to
invest the money in a boline, as you won't have
much use for it.
A boline used for harvesting herbs.
18
Even if you do grow and harvest your Own herbs,
you don't need a boline. Any type of knife that is
capable of cutting your plants will do. The impor­
tant thing is that whatever tool you choose for cut­
ting, you use it exclusively for potion making.
Obviously, some plants have thicker so a
stronger, larger knife might be necessary, but other
plants with slim stems might even be clipped with
SCIssors.
Nortar and P,stl,: 6rinding and Nixing
A mortar and pestle are actually two tools that are
lIsed together to crush, grind, and mix ingredients.
A mortar is a very hard, thick bowl with a large
mouth and a smooth bottom. A pestle is a
rod with a slightly rounded end that is made out of
the same material as the mortar. The pestle is used
for crushing or grinding the ingredients against the
inside of the mortar.
The mortar and pestle is used for grinding herbs into a powder.
J9
Most mortars and pestles are made from marble or
another hard rock. You can also find them made of
wood, although these are not as widely available. If
you are adventurous you can try making your own.
Otherwise, you should be able to find sets at your
local metaphysical store, or at any of the hundreds
of online stores specializing in Pagan products.
Although many people find it extremely satisfying
to use a mortar and pestle to grind ingredient." the
process can be time consuming, and it also involves
some elbow grease. A few modern-day equivalents
to the mortar and pestle can make your work
easier and save a lot of time:
A small grinder/chopper can be used to cre­
ate fine powders.
" A coffee bean grinder set on espresso
give you a very fine powder. I love my
grinder and use it for making incenses, too.
lt works well if you have anything really
hard to grind such as cinnamon sticks or, of
course, coffee beans!
18
Even if you do grow and harvest your Own herbs,
you don't need a boline. Any type of knife that is
capable of cutting your plants will do. The impor­
tant thing is that whatever tool you choose for cut­
ting, you use it exclusively for potion making.
Obviously, some plants have thicker so a
stronger, larger knife might be necessary, but other
plants with slim stems might even be clipped with
SCIssors.
Nortar and P,stl,: 6rinding and Nixing
A mortar and pestle are actually two tools that are
lIsed together to crush, grind, and mix ingredients.
A mortar is a very hard, thick bowl with a large
mouth and a smooth bottom. A pestle is a
rod with a slightly rounded end that is made out of
the same material as the mortar. The pestle is used
for crushing or grinding the ingredients against the
inside of the mortar.
The mortar and pestle is used for grinding herbs into a powder.
J9
Most mortars and pestles are made from marble or
another hard rock. You can also find them made of
wood, although these are not as widely available. If
you are adventurous you can try making your own.
Otherwise, you should be able to find sets at your
local metaphysical store, or at any of the hundreds
of online stores specializing in Pagan products.
Although many people find it extremely satisfying
to use a mortar and pestle to grind ingredient." the
process can be time consuming, and it also involves
some elbow grease. A few modern-day equivalents
to the mortar and pestle can make your work
easier and save a lot of time:
A small grinder/chopper can be used to cre­
ate fine powders.
" A coffee bean grinder set on espresso
give you a very fine powder. I love my
grinder and use it for making incenses, too.
lt works well if you have anything really
hard to grind such as cinnamon sticks or, of
course, coffee beans!
21
20
• A food processor is also good for chopping
up herbs, especially dried herbs, as well as
and vegetables. A food processor
doesn't give you as fine a grind as a coffee
bean grinder.
• A blender is ideal for making potions that
need to be either pureed or well blended.
Blenders work best with soft foods, such as
bananas, tomatoes, and any food that has
been softened by being cooked first.
Ifyou plan on making potions using a lot
of juice, you should invest in a juicer. An
electric juicer extract'! the maximum amount
of juice from fruits and vegetables, and the
juice is much fresher than any juice you will
find in a store, with no preservatives or
other additives.
Even if you use a juicer, you still need to use
a blender when combining different juices
to make sure they are mixed together very
well.
8 Clues ..---'
that jUice obtained through
a IUlcer does not contain additives.
need to refrigerated and will not have
a very shelf life unless you freeze it.
2:

As with all your tools, these appliances should only
be used for your magical workings. Using magical
tools for mundane purposes weakens their energy,
and allows for easy contamination with negative
thoughts and feelings. Although this might sound
expensive, most of these items can be picked up at
your local discount department store for about $10
each.
Cauldrons and Censrrs: Cooking and Burning
A cauldron is simply a large round pot, usually
made out of cast iron. Many have three legs, so the
can stand on it" own, and a handle for hanhring
over a fire. Cauldrons are used for boiling water
and heating potions.
Cauld1'ons are aVflilfible ill 7H1my different sizes.
21
20
• A food processor is also good for chopping
up herbs, especially dried herbs, as well as
and vegetables. A food processor
doesn't give you as fine a grind as a coffee
bean grinder.
• A blender is ideal for making potions that
need to be either pureed or well blended.
Blenders work best with soft foods, such as
bananas, tomatoes, and any food that has
been softened by being cooked first.
Ifyou plan on making potions using a lot
of juice, you should invest in a juicer. An
electric juicer extract'! the maximum amount
of juice from fruits and vegetables, and the
juice is much fresher than any juice you will
find in a store, with no preservatives or
other additives.
Even if you use a juicer, you still need to use
a blender when combining different juices
to make sure they are mixed together very
well.
8 Clues ..---'
that jUice obtained through
a IUlcer does not contain additives.
need to refrigerated and will not have
a very shelf life unless you freeze it.
2:
As with all your tools, these appliances should only
be used for your magical workings. Using magical
tools for mundane purposes weakens their energy,
and allows for easy contamination with negative
thoughts and feelings. Although this might sound
expensive, most of these items can be picked up at
your local discount department store for about $10
each.
Cauldrons and Censrrs: Cooking and Burning
A cauldron is simply a large round pot, usually
made out of cast iron. Many have three legs, so the
can stand on it" own, and a handle for hanhring
over a fire. Cauldrons are used for boiling water
and heating potions.
Cauld1'ons are aVflilfible ill 7H1my different sizes.
zz
Obviously for most people, it isn't very practical to
hang a cauldron over an open fire or in a fireplace,
but if you have access to either sources of heat, go
for it! Not only is it fun, but it gives you a sense of
being connected to our ancient ancestors.
You can find large cauldrons, along with hanging
stands, on the Internet and at many camping sup-
stores. If you order one and have it shipped, be
prepared for a hefty shipping fee, as the larger ones
are quite heavy.
Instead of a cauldron, you can use any pot that is
large enough to serve your purpose. If you just
need hot water, you can also use a teakettle.
Whereas a cauldron is generally used during the
process of making your potion, a censer is used with
the final product to release its magic into the air.
Magical Definitions _____-----,
A censer is a nonflammable container
used for burning incense or a charcoal
tablet. A potion might be sprinkled onto
lit tablet to the Dotion into the
air through smoke.
A censer is a nonflammable dish, plate, or bowl
made of metal or heat-resistant glass. Some censers
have lids with holes for the smoke to flow through.
You can also find censers with chains for hanging.
...____ __
Censers come in a variety ofshapes and sizes. Here, a metal
gravy dish from a thrift store is shown as an ine:tpensive
option.
When using a censer with your potions, you will
need to use charcoal tablets. There are many dif­
ferent brands on the market that light very easily,
and they can be found just about anywhere that
sells powdered incense.
When using a censer, place a charcoal tablet on
it, and light it with a long match. You might find it
easier to hold the tablet with tongs as you light
it and then place it in the censer when it begins to
spark. In about 10 seconds the sparking will stop
and the tablet will begin to glow, meaning that it is
If only half of the tab glows, use a pair of tongs
to pick it up and then try lighting the unlit side.
zz
Obviously for most people, it isn't very practical to
hang a cauldron over an open fire or in a fireplace,
but if you have access to either sources of heat, go
for it! Not only is it fun, but it gives you a sense of
being connected to our ancient ancestors.
You can find large cauldrons, along with hanging
stands, on the Internet and at many camping sup-
stores. If you order one and have it shipped, be
prepared for a hefty shipping fee, as the larger ones
are quite heavy.
Instead of a cauldron, you can use any pot that is
large enough to serve your purpose. If you just
need hot water, you can also use a teakettle.
Whereas a cauldron is generally used during the
process of making your potion, a censer is used with
the final product to release its magic into the air.
Magical Definitions _____-----,
A censer is a nonflammable container
used for burning incense or a charcoal
tablet. A potion might be sprinkled onto
lit tablet to the Dotion into the
air through smoke.
A censer is a nonflammable dish, plate, or bowl
made of metal or heat-resistant glass. Some censers
have lids with holes for the smoke to flow through.
You can also find censers with chains for hanging.
...____ __
Censers come in a variety ofshapes and sizes. Here, a metal
gravy dish from a thrift store is shown as an ine:tpensive
option.
When using a censer with your potions, you will
need to use charcoal tablets. There are many dif­
ferent brands on the market that light very easily,
and they can be found just about anywhere that
sells powdered incense.
When using a censer, place a charcoal tablet on
it, and light it with a long match. You might find it
easier to hold the tablet with tongs as you light
it and then place it in the censer when it begins to
spark. In about 10 seconds the sparking will stop
and the tablet will begin to glow, meaning that it is
If only half of the tab glows, use a pair of tongs
to pick it up and then try lighting the unlit side.
21,
The

Toil and Trouble
, .... ' If your charcoal is getting old, it
take several tries before you get If com­
pletely lit. This is a sign you need to
I buy some new charcoal!
After the charcoal is completely lit, sprinkle what­
ever it is you want to burn on it. A censer is gener­
ally used for powdered incense or dried herbs, but
you can also use a very small amount of a nonalco­
holic potion, or a potion made with a mixture of
essential oils.
Be prepared for steam or smoke and be sure to only
usc a small amount at a time so you do not burn
yourself or extinguish the charcoal. I highly recom­
mend using only small amounts of essential oils; do
not mix them with any carrier oils, as you will not
like the smell the carrier oils give off. (for more on
oils-including the difference between essential and
carrier oils-see "The Essence of Essential Oils,"
later in this chapter.) When dripping essential
onto a charcoal tab, a little goes a long way!
Although it won't siz71e for long, the scent will
linger for quite a while.
__
or your
ensure the potion
allover instead
Bottlts and Vials: Put aCork in It!
25
Bottles, jars, and vials for storing your potions are
available in all sorts of colors, designs, and shapes.
\Vhen deciding what kind of container to use, first
consider what is in your potion.
With some of the potions, you won't make tlle
complete potion all at once. For example, when
you prepare a tea, you first make the dry ingredi­
ents and then add that mixture to hot water as
needed. When you add the dry ingredients to
water, you have finalized your potion. Until then,
you need to store the dry tea mixture in an airtight
container. Wide-mouth jars with screw-on lids are
perfect for tea. The wide mouth makes it easy for
you to spoon out the amount you need to use.
21,
The

Toil and Trouble
, .... ' If your charcoal is getting old, it
take several tries before you get If com­
pletely lit. This is a sign you need to
I buy some new charcoal!
After the charcoal is completely lit, sprinkle what­
ever it is you want to burn on it. A censer is gener­
ally used for powdered incense or dried herbs, but
you can also use a very small amount of a nonalco­
holic potion, or a potion made with a mixture of
essential oils.
Be prepared for steam or smoke and be sure to only
usc a small amount at a time so you do not burn
yourself or extinguish the charcoal. I highly recom­
mend using only small amounts of essential oils; do
not mix them with any carrier oils, as you will not
like the smell the carrier oils give off. (for more on
oils-including the difference between essential and
carrier oils-see "The Essence of Essential Oils,"
later in this chapter.) When dripping essential
onto a charcoal tab, a little goes a long way!
Although it won't siz71e for long, the scent will
linger for quite a while.
__
or your
ensure the potion
allover instead
Bottlts and Vials: Put aCork in It!
25
Bottles, jars, and vials for storing your potions are
available in all sorts of colors, designs, and shapes.
\Vhen deciding what kind of container to use, first
consider what is in your potion.
With some of the potions, you won't make tlle
complete potion all at once. For example, when
you prepare a tea, you first make the dry ingredi­
ents and then add that mixture to hot water as
needed. When you add the dry ingredients to
water, you have finalized your potion. Until then,
you need to store the dry tea mixture in an airtight
container. Wide-mouth jars with screw-on lids are
perfect for tea. The wide mouth makes it easy for
you to spoon out the amount you need to use.
26
Thf
Bottles and vials to store your potions in are available in all
shapes and sizes.
VVhen you complete your potion, you can pour it
into a bottle with either a screw-on cap or cork.
Brewed teas and other potable potions should be
used within a few days of making. Your other
potions can also be stored in this same manner.
Bottles, jars, and vials are easy to come by. The eas­
iest and least expensive option is to reuse bottles
that contained other products. I have found most of
my bottles this way; some of them used to contain
some sort of alcohol, such as brandy or liqueur, and
so they already had cork stoppers, and many have
._.._.____.__ ___ .21
interesting shapes and colors. Used jelly or jam jars
work well for smaller amounts, and pickle or may­
onnaise jars work for larger quantities.
If you want to buy brand new bottles and jars, check
the Internet, kitchen supply stores, or craft stores.
For years, I found beautiful colored bottles with
cork stoppers on clearance after Christmas sales.
No matter what kind of bottle or jar you use, make
sure you wash it well and sterilize it-you don't
want your potion mixture that you store in an old
pickle jar to smell like pickles! For used jars, I also
paint the lids to hide what the original product was
and to make it more decorative. You can add any
other embellishments you like. After that, you will
need to bless or consecrate the container with a rit­
ual. After this is done, the container should only be
used for your magical workings.
BlfssinCJ Your Tools
All of your tools and the chest in which you store
them should be blessed, magically purified, and
consecrated to their use in making your potions.
After tlley are blessed, you should use them exclu­
sively for your magical practices.
The ritual you use may be as elaborate or as simple
as you like. A simple ritual could involve asking
your patron deity or deities to bless the tools while
running them through sage smoke.
26 Thf
Bottles and vials to store your potions in are available in all
shapes and sizes.
VVhen you complete your potion, you can pour it
into a bottle with either a screw-on cap or cork.
Brewed teas and other potable potions should be
used within a few days of making. Your other
potions can also be stored in this same manner.
Bottles, jars, and vials are easy to come by. The eas­
iest and least expensive option is to reuse bottles
that contained other products. I have found most of
my bottles this way; some of them used to contain
some sort of alcohol, such as brandy or liqueur, and
so they already had cork stoppers, and many have
._.._.____.__ ___ .21
interesting shapes and colors. Used jelly or jam jars
work well for smaller amounts, and pickle or may­
onnaise jars work for larger quantities.
If you want to buy brand new bottles and jars, check
the Internet, kitchen supply stores, or craft stores.
For years, I found beautiful colored bottles with
cork stoppers on clearance after Christmas sales.
No matter what kind of bottle or jar you use, make
sure you wash it well and sterilize it-you don't
want your potion mixture that you store in an old
pickle jar to smell like pickles! For used jars, I also
paint the lids to hide what the original product was
and to make it more decorative. You can add any
other embellishments you like. After that, you will
need to bless or consecrate the container with a rit­
ual. After this is done, the container should only be
used for your magical workings.
BlfssinCJ Your Tools
All of your tools and the chest in which you store
them should be blessed, magically purified, and
consecrated to their use in making your potions.
After tlley are blessed, you should use them exclu­
sively for your magical practices.
The ritual you use may be as elaborate or as simple
as you like. A simple ritual could involve asking
your patron deity or deities to bless the tools while
running them through sage smoke.
l8
Po(ket Idiot's Guide to Potions

Enchanting Explanations
In addition to purifying and ulesslng your
tools, you should purify yourself. A pre­
rih ,,-,1 r;leansing bath is used to purify
body, and soul. Use this time to
get about everything Turn off the
phone, lock the door, play some soothing
music. This is a time to relax and to
focusing on your ritual ahead. All
thoughts should set aside. To help
achieve your aims, add to the water a
magical ingredient, or component, that
corresponds with your intentions. We go
over the correspondences to some com­
mon components in Chapter 3.
Here is a brief and easy sample ritual tor consecrat­
ing a magic tool. In this example, we use a mortar
and pestle.
Light a sage smudge stick and set it into a fire proof
dish or cauldron. Hold your mortar and pestle in
the sage smoke and say, "Great Goddess and Great
God (substitute the names of the deities you work
with if you would like), I come to you to ask for
your blessing upon this tool. This mortar
pestle, which will be used to grind herbs for my
magical workings, is an extension of myself. I con­
secrate this mortar and pestle to the workings of
my magic."
...
Moon Water
Full moon water is a preferred ingredient in many
potions because it is charged with the natural pow­
ers of the moon. You can make full moon water by
placing tap or spring water outside (in a sealed,
clear container) with the full moon shining down
upon it. You can reserve this specially-charged
water for washing your tools, herbs, or other ingre­
dient'>, or you can use it in the potions themselves.
For example, I use full moon water in my tea to
give it extra power. Full moon water is best used in
potions designed to aid in perfecting ideas, work­
ing on positive aspects, increasing psychic and
physical energy, and enhancing creativity.
New moon water is ideal for potions relating to
healing and resting. It is made in the same way as
moon water, but instead of a full moon, you let
the light of a new moon shine on it.

Toil and Trouble .
\ .. ",' Make sure any water you use is
and pollutant free. You can often I
water tested for free or for a small fee
at your local health department. Some
townships, or other city government offices,
do testing. In
are available at hardware
stores.
l8
Po(ket Idiot's Guide to Potions

Enchanting Explanations
In addition to purifying and ulesslng your
tools, you should purify yourself. A pre­
rih ,,-,1 r;leansing bath is used to purify
body, and soul. Use this time to
get about everything Turn off the
phone, lock the door, play some soothing
music. This is a time to relax and to
focusing on your ritual ahead. All
thoughts should set aside. To help
achieve your aims, add to the water a
magical ingredient, or component, that
corresponds with your intentions. We go
over the correspondences to some com­
mon components in Chapter 3.
Here is a brief and easy sample ritual tor consecrat­
ing a magic tool. In this example, we use a mortar
and pestle.
Light a sage smudge stick and set it into a fire proof
dish or cauldron. Hold your mortar and pestle in
the sage smoke and say, "Great Goddess and Great
God (substitute the names of the deities you work
with if you would like), I come to you to ask for
your blessing upon this tool. This mortar
pestle, which will be used to grind herbs for my
magical workings, is an extension of myself. I con­
secrate this mortar and pestle to the workings of
my magic."
...
Moon Water
Full moon water is a preferred ingredient in many
potions because it is charged with the natural pow­
ers of the moon. You can make full moon water by
placing tap or spring water outside (in a sealed,
clear container) with the full moon shining down
upon it. You can reserve this specially-charged
water for washing your tools, herbs, or other ingre­
dient'>, or you can use it in the potions themselves.
For example, I use full moon water in my tea to
give it extra power. Full moon water is best used in
potions designed to aid in perfecting ideas, work­
ing on positive aspects, increasing psychic and
physical energy, and enhancing creativity.
New moon water is ideal for potions relating to
healing and resting. It is made in the same way as
moon water, but instead of a full moon, you let
the light of a new moon shine on it.

Toil and Trouble .
\ .. ",' Make sure any water you use is
and pollutant free. You can often I
water tested for free or for a small fee
at your local health department. Some
townships, or other city government offices,
do testing. In
are available at hardware
stores.
30
Guidr to Potions
If you have the collecting and storing capacity, you
can save rainwater for your cleansing and potion
needs. Before using collected rainwater, though,
you might want to have it tested to make sure it
hasn't picked up any kind of contaminants.
Potion Preeautions
When preparing and using a potion, you need to
take certain precautions. Following the same pre­
cautions and procedures every time you make a
potion will also ensure that it works in the same
manner time and time again. Some of the follow­
ing precautions are quite obvious, while others you
might not have considered before. All are equally
important.

Toil and Trouble
, .. -t' As a practitioner of magic, it is your
responsibility to know exactly what it is
you are working with. If you ever have
"roblem with your potion, such as an
or allerair reaction, you must take
. problem. "I
know" is not a valid excuse.

Thflntfnsity of Inttnt
I touched briefly on the concept of intent in Chap­
ter 1. Intent is the most important ingredient in
every potion you make. Intent is the reason why
you are making the potion in the first place. Do
you want to increase your self-esteem? Are you
looking to relieve tension? Do you need money?
Are you in need of a kick-start to your creativity?
You must have a positive intent when preparing
your potions, as you will incorporate those inten­
tions into your potion making.
Which Way Is Your (ntrCJY
While preparing any potion, you need to pour
your own energy into your creation. This means
having a clear and conscious mind while perform­
ing these magical workings. You transfer energy
into the potion whether you want to or not, so
make sure your energy is positive!
Because your energy flows into your potions when
you make them, you shouldn't make potions when
you are angry or upset. Your negative energy will
transfer into the potion and it will not have the
effects you wanted. I suggest keeping a calming
potion such as a tea or an infusion (see Chapters 4
and 5 for recipes) on hand at all times. This way, if
you do find yourself wanting to make a potion
when you are upset, you can use the calming
potion and give yourself a chance to mellow and
rethink your position.
30
Guidr to Potions
If you have the collecting and storing capacity, you
can save rainwater for your cleansing and potion
needs. Before using collected rainwater, though,
you might want to have it tested to make sure it
hasn't picked up any kind of contaminants.
Potion Preeautions
When preparing and using a potion, you need to
take certain precautions. Following the same pre­
cautions and procedures every time you make a
potion will also ensure that it works in the same
manner time and time again. Some of the follow­
ing precautions are quite obvious, while others you
might not have considered before. All are equally
important.

Toil and Trouble
, .. -t' As a practitioner of magic, it is your
responsibility to know exactly what it is
you are working with. If you ever have
"roblem with your potion, such as an
or allerair reaction, you must take
. problem. "I
know" is not a valid excuse.

Thflntfnsity of Inttnt
I touched briefly on the concept of intent in Chap­
ter 1. Intent is the most important ingredient in
every potion you make. Intent is the reason why
you are making the potion in the first place. Do
you want to increase your self-esteem? Are you
looking to relieve tension? Do you need money?
Are you in need of a kick-start to your creativity?
You must have a positive intent when preparing
your potions, as you will incorporate those inten­
tions into your potion making.
Which Way Is Your (ntrCJY
While preparing any potion, you need to pour
your own energy into your creation. This means
having a clear and conscious mind while perform­
ing these magical workings. You transfer energy
into the potion whether you want to or not, so
make sure your energy is positive!
Because your energy flows into your potions when
you make them, you shouldn't make potions when
you are angry or upset. Your negative energy will
transfer into the potion and it will not have the
effects you wanted. I suggest keeping a calming
potion such as a tea or an infusion (see Chapters 4
and 5 for recipes) on hand at all times. This way, if
you do find yourself wanting to make a potion
when you are upset, you can use the calming
potion and give yourself a chance to mellow and
rethink your position.
12
·.n Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions
after making a potion, you realize that your
intent was not clear, or your ener&'Y was negative,
throw it out. Don't use it, and don't give it to any­
one else. Just toss it and start over when you have
positive intent and emotions.

Enchanting Explanations ____--.
be a
Snftzy, Wheezy, and Other Nedical Problems
It is very important that you make sure you do not
have any allergies to any of the ingredients you use.
Always make sure to mark your jars, bottles, or
other containers with a list of ingredients so you
know what is in them.
Although many herbs are safe for consumption,
some of these same herbs might not be safe with
some preexisting medical conditions, including
heart defect'l, liver problems, pregnancy, or breast­
feeding. Always check with a doctor to make sure
any herbal product you plan to take is safe for you
to consume.
.. ......._ .... __ 33
(Ieansing Inside and Out
Make sure everything you use is clean, both physi­
cally and magically. This means that all tools
should be washed widl soap and water and then
blessed through ritual.
Concoction Clues ______
Although it might be convenient to
herbs in bulk-and by this I mean
you go into the store and
scoop out the amount you want-it
not be very sanitary. You
has been sticking or
into the same containers! If
herbs, I recommend buying
aged or fresh so that you can
All herbs, fruits, and vegetables should also be
washed, just as you would when preparing any
other food. Similarly, all ingredients should also be
blessed. An easy way to do this is to ask your patron
deity or deities to bless them while you are soaking
or rinsing them in water.
The 'ssence of 'ssential Oils
When working widl essential oils, there are two
main rules to keep in mind.
12
·.n Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions
after making a potion, you realize that your
intent was not clear, or your ener&'Y was negative,
throw it out. Don't use it, and don't give it to any­
one else. Just toss it and start over when you have
positive intent and emotions.

Enchanting Explanations ____--.
be a
Snftzy, Wheezy, and Other Nedical Problems
It is very important that you make sure you do not
have any allergies to any of the ingredients you use.
Always make sure to mark your jars, bottles, or
other containers with a list of ingredients so you
know what is in them.
Although many herbs are safe for consumption,
some of these same herbs might not be safe with
some preexisting medical conditions, including
heart defect'l, liver problems, pregnancy, or breast­
feeding. Always check with a doctor to make sure
any herbal product you plan to take is safe for you
to consume.
.. ......._ .... __ 33
(Ieansing Inside and Out
Make sure everything you use is clean, both physi­
cally and magically. This means that all tools
should be washed widl soap and water and then
blessed through ritual.
Concoction Clues ______
Although it might be convenient to
herbs in bulk-and by this I mean
you go into the store and
scoop out the amount you want-it
not be very sanitary. You
has been sticking or
into the same containers! If
herbs, I recommend buying
aged or fresh so that you can
All herbs, fruits, and vegetables should also be
washed, just as you would when preparing any
other food. Similarly, all ingredients should also be
blessed. An easy way to do this is to ask your patron
deity or deities to bless them while you are soaking
or rinsing them in water.
The 'ssence of 'ssential Oils
When working widl essential oils, there are two
main rules to keep in mind.
34
Tne Pocket Idiot's to Potions
First, do not ingest essential oils-they are
extremely potent, and you could do permanent
damage to your body if you ingest them. Essential
oils are the pure volatile oil removed from plant
material.
Second, because of their extreme potency, pure
essential oils should never be applied directly to
the skin without being diluted first. Tlus can be
done with water or by adding a few drops to a non­
toxic carrier oil such as grape seed oil, almond oil,
or olive oil, just to name a few. Carrier oils are veg­
etable type oils that do not contain volatile oils.
When using essential oils on a censer, only place a
few drops of oil on it at a time to avoid steam
burns. Never put your face into the smoke or
steam-not only will it be hot, but the fumes might
be overpowering.
Th, Ltast You Nud to Know
• Magical tools can either be traditional or
modern. No matter what kind you use,
make sure they are physically and magically
clean before use.
e In order to help keep their energy positive,
your tools should only be used for magical
and not mundane purposes.
II Always make sure you know your ingredi­
ents are safe for use.
e Precautions should always be taken when
preparing potions to ensure the safety of the
preparer and the user.
(hapt.f
MaCJi(al US'S of Plants
In This Chapt,r
Adding plants to your potions
Discovering the magical properties of plants
Plants have been used for their magical properties
for centuries. No one knows for sure how plants
were given these powers or even how humans dis­
covered their uses. One theory claims the knowl­
edge was passed on to exceptional humans chosen
by faeries or even the Gods themselves. These
humans were not only taught what plants to use for
different types of ailments or wishes, but also which
part of the plant to use. No matter how they were
first discovered, practitioners over the centuries
have relied heavily on the magical abilities-also
known as correspondences--each plant has. Today,
plants can be used in potions to harness their God­
given powers.
The ingredients listed in this chapter are only some
of the plant products you can use while experi­
menting with your potions. You will find them cat­
egorized by different plant parts believed to hold
34
Tne Pocket Idiot's to Potions
First, do not ingest essential oils-they are
extremely potent, and you could do permanent
damage to your body if you ingest them. Essential
oils are the pure volatile oil removed from plant
material.
Second, because of their extreme potency, pure
essential oils should never be applied directly to
the skin without being diluted first. Tlus can be
done with water or by adding a few drops to a non­
toxic carrier oil such as grape seed oil, almond oil,
or olive oil, just to name a few. Carrier oils are veg­
etable type oils that do not contain volatile oils.
When using essential oils on a censer, only place a
few drops of oil on it at a time to avoid steam
burns. Never put your face into the smoke or
steam-not only will it be hot, but the fumes might
be overpowering.
Th, Ltast You Nud to Know
• Magical tools can either be traditional or
modern. No matter what kind you use,
make sure they are physically and magically
clean before use.
e In order to help keep their energy positive,
your tools should only be used for magical
and not mundane purposes.
II Always make sure you know your ingredi­
ents are safe for use.
e Precautions should always be taken when
preparing potions to ensure the safety of the
preparer and the user.
(hapt.f
MaCJi(al US'S of Plants
In This Chapt,r
Adding plants to your potions
Discovering the magical properties of plants
Plants have been used for their magical properties
for centuries. No one knows for sure how plants
were given these powers or even how humans dis­
covered their uses. One theory claims the knowl­
edge was passed on to exceptional humans chosen
by faeries or even the Gods themselves. These
humans were not only taught what plants to use for
different types of ailments or wishes, but also which
part of the plant to use. No matter how they were
first discovered, practitioners over the centuries
have relied heavily on the magical abilities-also
known as correspondences--each plant has. Today,
plants can be used in potions to harness their God­
given powers.
The ingredients listed in this chapter are only some
of the plant products you can use while experi­
menting with your potions. You will find them cat­
egorized by different plant parts believed to hold
36
The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions

the greatest concentration of the particular magical
ability. Unless you have an allergy or certain med­
ical conditions, these ingredients are generally
considered edible and can be used in your potable
potions. There are many more you can use in your
nonpotable potions! Entire book<; can be found
which detail the magical properties of plants, and
as your practice grows you will want to add some
of these books to your library.
Use this chapter as your reference guide. You can
come back to it whenever you need to plan a
potion and its ingredients.
Bewit(hing Petals
Many flowers are edible, although some do have a
bitter or strong taste. Flowers can either be dried or
used fresh in your potions. You may use the actual
petal chopped into small pieces and blended into
your potion or you can make teas and other potions
by the methods covered later in this chapter.
Concoction Clues ______
Always write down the ingredients you l
I use in your potions. Not only is this neces- I
sary for safety reasons, but you need to
know your ingredients if you want to make I
the potion againl If you don't like the way
the potion worked out, you know ,J'
not to do again.
Flower Magical Benefits
Bee Balm
Borage
Calendula
Chamomile
Chervil
Clove
(flower buds)
Clover
Coltsfoot
Heather
Jasmine
Lavender
Linden
Mullein
Pansy
Primrose
Rose
Violets
_
31
Following is a list of some flowers you can use
along with their magical correspondence.
Induces sleep, love, success, and
healing
Courage and psychic powers
Comfort, health, and psychic dreams
Love, money, purification, and sleep
Symbolizes new life and new ber,ryn­
nings
Protection, exorcism, love, and
money
Protection, money, love, fidelity,
exorcism, and success
Love and visions
Protection, rain making, and luck
Love, money, and prophetic dreams
Love, protection, sleep, chastity,
longevity, purification, happiness,
and peace
Protection, immortality, luck, love,
and sleep
Courage, protection, health, love,
divination, and exorcism
Love, rain magic, and divination
Protection and love
Love, psychic powers, healing,
divination, luck and protection
Protection, luck, love, wishes,
peace and healing
crmtinues
36
The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions

the greatest concentration of the particular magical
ability. Unless you have an allergy or certain med­
ical conditions, these ingredients are generally
considered edible and can be used in your potable
potions. There are many more you can use in your
nonpotable potions! Entire book<; can be found
which detail the magical properties of plants, and
as your practice grows you will want to add some
of these books to your library.
Use this chapter as your reference guide. You can
come back to it whenever you need to plan a
potion and its ingredients.
Bewit(hing Petals
Many flowers are edible, although some do have a
bitter or strong taste. Flowers can either be dried or
used fresh in your potions. You may use the actual
petal chopped into small pieces and blended into
your potion or you can make teas and other potions
by the methods covered later in this chapter.
Concoction Clues ______
Always write down the ingredients you l
I use in your potions. Not only is this neces- I
sary for safety reasons, but you need to
know your ingredients if you want to make I
the potion againl If you don't like the way
the potion worked out, you know ,J'
not to do again.
Flower Magical Benefits
Bee Balm
Borage
Calendula
Chamomile
Chervil
Clove
(flower buds)
Clover
Coltsfoot
Heather
Jasmine
Lavender
Linden
Mullein
Pansy
Primrose
Rose
Violets
_
31
Following is a list of some flowers you can use
along with their magical correspondence.
Induces sleep, love, success, and
healing
Courage and psychic powers
Comfort, health, and psychic dreams
Love, money, purification, and sleep
Symbolizes new life and new ber,ryn­
nings
Protection, exorcism, love, and
money
Protection, money, love, fidelity,
exorcism, and success
Love and visions
Protection, rain making, and luck
Love, money, and prophetic dreams
Love, protection, sleep, chastity,
longevity, purification, happiness,
and peace
Protection, immortality, luck, love,
and sleep
Courage, protection, health, love,
divination, and exorcism
Love, rain magic, and divination
Protection and love
Love, psychic powers, healing,
divination, luck and protection
Protection, luck, love, wishes,
peace and healing
crmtinues
38
Thr Po(krt
to Potions
continued
Flower
Yarrow

Magical Benefits
Courage, love, psychic powers, and
exorcism
Ylang-Ylang
Love, lust, sex, and peace

Toil and Trouble
, .. ... Chamomile is port the ragweed
family, a common group
If you ore allergic to ragweed, you
be allergic to chamomile as
Too much DanS\! can cause skin problems.
Sp.llhindin91.av.s
The leaves of herbs and plants have a wide variety
of tastes, many of which you are probably already
familiar with. Leaves can either be dried or used
fresh in your potions. You may use the actual leaf
chopped into small pieces and blended into your
potion or you can make teas and other potions by
the methods covered later on in this chapter.
Don't be afraid to combine different leaves and
herbs to give your potions a unique flavor.
Experiment to fino tastes and scents that you like.
__ __ ! __

Toil and Trouble
, .... ' Many herbs can be found in essen­
tial oil form, but you should never use
them in your potable potions. However!
a few drops of essential to
potions gives them a
scent and adds desired
magical correspondences.
39
Following is a list of some leaves you can use along
with their magical correspondence.
Leaf Magical Benefits
-----------------­
Alfalfa Prosperity, anti-hunger, and money
Aloe (peel leaves Protection and luck
for internal use)
Amaranth
Basil
Bedstraw
Birch (must be
fresh young
leaves)
Blackberry
Bone Set
Borage
Burdock
Cabbage
Healing, protection, and
exorcism, wealth, and
protection
Love
Protection, exorcism, and purifi­
cation
Healing, money, and protection
Protection and exorcism
Courage and psychic powers
Protection and healing
Luck
continues
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Thr Po(krt
to Potions
continued
Flower
Yarrow

Magical Benefits
Courage, love, psychic powers, and
exorcism
Ylang-Ylang
Love, lust, sex, and peace

Toil and Trouble
, .. ... Chamomile is port the ragweed
family, a common group
If you ore allergic to ragweed, you
be allergic to chamomile as
Too much DanS\! can cause skin problems.
Sp.llhindin91.av.s
The leaves of herbs and plants have a wide variety
of tastes, many of which you are probably already
familiar with. Leaves can either be dried or used
fresh in your potions. You may use the actual leaf
chopped into small pieces and blended into your
potion or you can make teas and other potions by
the methods covered later on in this chapter.
Don't be afraid to combine different leaves and
herbs to give your potions a unique flavor.
Experiment to fino tastes and scents that you like.
__ __ ! __

Toil and Trouble
, .... ' Many herbs can be found in essen­
tial oil form, but you should never use
them in your potable potions. However!
a few drops of essential to
potions gives them a
scent and adds desired
magical correspondences.
39
Following is a list of some leaves you can use along
with their magical correspondence.
Leaf Magical Benefits
-----------------­
Alfalfa Prosperity, anti-hunger, and money
Aloe (peel leaves Protection and luck
for internal use)
Amaranth
Basil
Bedstraw
Birch (must be
fresh young
leaves)
Blackberry
Bone Set
Borage
Burdock
Cabbage
Healing, protection, and
exorcism, wealth, and
protection
Love
Protection, exorcism, and purifi­
cation
Healing, money, and protection
Protection and exorcism
Courage and psychic powers
Protection and healing
Luck
continues
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cominued
of

.._.. __ .. __ ...-.. - .. ..... .
Magical Benefits
Leaf
Leaf
Calendula
Catnip
Celandine
Coltsfoot
Columbine
Dill
Endive
Eucalyptus
Feverfew
Goldenrod
Henna
Holly (berries
are poisonous)
Houseleek
Hyssop*
Irish Moss
Lady's Mantle
Larch (needles)
Lavender
Lemon Balm
Lettuce
Loosestrife
Marjoram
Magical Benefits
Comfort, dreams, and psychic
dreams
Cat magic (for use with jomiliars),
love, beauty, and happiness
Protection, escape, happiness, and
legal matters
Love and visions
Courage and love
Protection, money, lust, and luck
Lust and love
Healing and protection
Protection
Money and divination
Healing
Protection, anti-lightning, luck. and
dream magic
Luck, protection, and love
Purification and protection
Money, luck, and protection
Love
Protection and anti-theft
Love, protection, sleep, chastity,
longevity, purification, happiness,
and peace
Love, success, and healing
Chastity, protection, love, divination,
and sleep
Peace and protection
Protection, love, happiness, health,
and money
Meadowsweet
Mint
Mugwort*
Mullein
Parsley
Pennyroyal
Periwinkle
Plantain
Raspberry
Sage*
St. John's Wort
Savory
Senna
Scullcap
Thyme
Wintergrecn
Witch Grass
Yerba Santa
Love, divination, peacc, and happi­
ness
Money, love, lust, healing, exorcism,
travel, and protection
Strength, psychic powers, protec­
tion, prophetic dreams, healing, and
astral projection
Courage, protection, health, love,
divination, and exorcism
Love, protection, and puriflCation
Strength, protection, and peace
Love, lust, mental powers, money,
and protection
Healing, protection, strength, and
snake repelling
Protec1:ion and love
Immortality, longevity, wisdom, pro­
tection, and wishes
Health, power, protection, strength,
love, divination, and happiness
Mental powers
Love
Love, fidelity, and peace
healing, sleep, psychic pow­
ers, love, purification, and courage
Protection, healing, and hex break­
ing
Happiness, love, lust, and exorcism
Beauty, healing, psychic powers, and
protection
extended period or time
'Do not use excessively or
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of

.._.. __ .. __ ...-.. - .. ..... .
Magical Benefits
Leaf
Leaf
Calendula
Catnip
Celandine
Coltsfoot
Columbine
Dill
Endive
Eucalyptus
Feverfew
Goldenrod
Henna
Holly (berries
are poisonous)
Houseleek
Hyssop*
Irish Moss
Lady's Mantle
Larch (needles)
Lavender
Lemon Balm
Lettuce
Loosestrife
Marjoram
Magical Benefits
Comfort, dreams, and psychic
dreams
Cat magic (for use with jomiliars),
love, beauty, and happiness
Protection, escape, happiness, and
legal matters
Love and visions
Courage and love
Protection, money, lust, and luck
Lust and love
Healing and protection
Protection
Money and divination
Healing
Protection, anti-lightning, luck. and
dream magic
Luck, protection, and love
Purification and protection
Money, luck, and protection
Love
Protection and anti-theft
Love, protection, sleep, chastity,
longevity, purification, happiness,
and peace
Love, success, and healing
Chastity, protection, love, divination,
and sleep
Peace and protection
Protection, love, happiness, health,
and money
Meadowsweet
Mint
Mugwort*
Mullein
Parsley
Pennyroyal
Periwinkle
Plantain
Raspberry
Sage*
St. John's Wort
Savory
Senna
Scullcap
Thyme
Wintergrecn
Witch Grass
Yerba Santa
Love, divination, peacc, and happi­
ness
Money, love, lust, healing, exorcism,
travel, and protection
Strength, psychic powers, protec­
tion, prophetic dreams, healing, and
astral projection
Courage, protection, health, love,
divination, and exorcism
Love, protection, and puriflCation
Strength, protection, and peace
Love, lust, mental powers, money,
and protection
Healing, protection, strength, and
snake repelling
Protec1:ion and love
Immortality, longevity, wisdom, pro­
tection, and wishes
Health, power, protection, strength,
love, divination, and happiness
Mental powers
Love
Love, fidelity, and peace
healing, sleep, psychic pow­
ers, love, purification, and courage
Protection, healing, and hex break­
ing
Happiness, love, lust, and exorcism
Beauty, healing, psychic powers, and
protection
extended period or time
'Do not use excessively or
42 The Idiot's Guide to Potions
.. ...
Concoction Clues _____
its protective
type
Many potions are made with herbs, which can be
quite expensive if purchased from the store. You
can save money by growing your own. Most herbs
are very easy to grow, and they don't have to take
up a lot of room. Even a small apartment has room
for a few planters on a windowsill.
Mystical Roots, Rootstock, and Bulhs
\Vhen using most roots and rootstock in your
potions, you must first boil them, and then add the
infused water to your potions. Bulbs can generally
be cut into pieces, cooked, and mashed and then
added to your potions. Some roots, such as carrots,
can be prepared the same way as bulbs.
Magical Definitions

J
- name for a
A rootstock IS d tem of a plant
the undergroun s
roots grow,
Following is a list of some common roots (identi­
fied by an R), rootstock (RS), and bulbs (B) you can
lise, along with their magical correspondence.
____ "_" , ____ 3: __ ___
Root, Root­
stock, Bulb Magical Benefits
Angelica (R, RS)
Beet (B)
Blue .Flag (RS)
Burdock (R)
Carrot (R)
Chicory (RS)
Comfrey (RS)
Cyclamen (RS)
Echinacea (RS)
Elecampane (RS)
Galangal (RS)
Garlic (B)
Ginger (RS)
Ginseng (R)
Leek (B)
Licorice (RS)
Lovage (RS)
Onion (B)
Orris Root (RS)
Radish (B)
Exorcism, protection, healing, and
visions
Love
Money
Protection and healing
Fertility and lust
Removing obstacles, invisibility, and
favors
Safety during travel and money
Fertility, protection, happiness, and
lust
Strengthening spells
Love, protection, and psychic
powers
Protection, lust, health, money,
psychic powers, and hex breaking
Prote(:tion, healing, lust, anti-theft,
and exorcism
Love, money, success, and power
Love, wishes, healing, beauty,
protection, and lust
Love, protection, and exorcism
Love, lust, and fidelity
Love
Protection, exorcism, healing,
money, prophetic and lust
Love, protection, and divination
Protection and lust
continues
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.. ...
Concoction Clues _____
its protective
type
Many potions are made with herbs, which can be
quite expensive if purchased from the store. You
can save money by growing your own. Most herbs
are very easy to grow, and they don't have to take
up a lot of room. Even a small apartment has room
for a few planters on a windowsill.
Mystical Roots, Rootstock, and Bulhs
\Vhen using most roots and rootstock in your
potions, you must first boil them, and then add the
infused water to your potions. Bulbs can generally
be cut into pieces, cooked, and mashed and then
added to your potions. Some roots, such as carrots,
can be prepared the same way as bulbs.
Magical Definitions

J
- name for a
A rootstock IS d tem of a plant
the undergroun s
roots grow,
Following is a list of some common roots (identi­
fied by an R), rootstock (RS), and bulbs (B) you can
lise, along with their magical correspondence.
____ "_" , ____ 3: __ ___
Root, Root­
stock, Bulb Magical Benefits
Angelica (R, RS)
Beet (B)
Blue .Flag (RS)
Burdock (R)
Carrot (R)
Chicory (RS)
Comfrey (RS)
Cyclamen (RS)
Echinacea (RS)
Elecampane (RS)
Galangal (RS)
Garlic (B)
Ginger (RS)
Ginseng (R)
Leek (B)
Licorice (RS)
Lovage (RS)
Onion (B)
Orris Root (RS)
Radish (B)
Exorcism, protection, healing, and
visions
Love
Money
Protection and healing
Fertility and lust
Removing obstacles, invisibility, and
favors
Safety during travel and money
Fertility, protection, happiness, and
lust
Strengthening spells
Love, protection, and psychic
powers
Protection, lust, health, money,
psychic powers, and hex breaking
Prote(:tion, healing, lust, anti-theft,
and exorcism
Love, money, success, and power
Love, wishes, healing, beauty,
protection, and lust
Love, protection, and exorcism
Love, lust, and fidelity
Love
Protection, exorcism, healing,
money, prophetic and lust
Love, protection, and divination
Protection and lust
continues
Tbe Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions
continued
Root, Root­
stock, Bulb Magical Benefits
Sarsaparilla (RS) Love and money
Solomon's Protection and exorcism
Seal (RS)
Spikenard Love
(RS, R)
lbmip (B) Protection and ending relationships
NfsmfrizinCJ Wood, Stfms, and Bark
When using wood and bark, you must boil the
wood or bark and then use the infused water for
your potions. Stems can generally be put through
a juicer or cut into pieces, cooked, and mashed and
then added directly to your potions.
Following is a list of some wood (W), stems (5),
and bark (B) you can use, along with their magical
correspondence.
Wood, Stem,
Bark Magical Properties
Birch (B) Protection, exorcism, and purifi­
cation
Celery (S) Mental powers, and psychic
powers
Dogwood WIshes and protection
(dried hark)
Elm (hark of Love
young hranches)
Uses..._of .. ..'.. '

Wood,Stem,
Magical Properties
Bark
Larch (B)
Magnolia (B)
Myrrh (Resin)
Oak (B)
Poplar (B)
Rhubarb (S)
Sandalwood (W)
Sassafras (B)
Willow (B)
Protection and anti-theft
Fidelity
Protection, exorcism, healing, and
spirituality
Protection, health, money, healing,
potency, fertility, and luck
Money
Protection and fidelity
Protection, healing, exorcism, and
spirituality
Health and money
Love, divination, protection, and
healing
Magical Definitions
Resins are the hard semi-hard) \1
by plant sop. Resins are
\
not water soluble, and should be used in
. tinctures.
\
Sffds. Grains,
and Nuts
When adding most seeds, grains, and nuts to your
potions, you need to grind them before use.
Afterward, you can either add the powder to your
potions, hoil it in water to thin it, or mix it with
Tbe Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions
continued
Root, Root­
stock, Bulb Magical Benefits
Sarsaparilla (RS) Love and money
Solomon's Protection and exorcism
Seal (RS)
Spikenard Love
(RS, R)
lbmip (B) Protection and ending relationships
NfsmfrizinCJ Wood, Stfms, and Bark
When using wood and bark, you must boil the
wood or bark and then use the infused water for
your potions. Stems can generally be put through
a juicer or cut into pieces, cooked, and mashed and
then added directly to your potions.
Following is a list of some wood (W), stems (5),
and bark (B) you can use, along with their magical
correspondence.
Wood, Stem,
Bark Magical Properties
Birch (B) Protection, exorcism, and purifi­
cation
Celery (S) Mental powers, and psychic
powers
Dogwood WIshes and protection
(dried hark)
Elm (hark of Love
young hranches)
Uses..._of .. ..'.. '

Wood,Stem,
Magical Properties
Bark
Larch (B)
Magnolia (B)
Myrrh (Resin)
Oak (B)
Poplar (B)
Rhubarb (S)
Sandalwood (W)
Sassafras (B)
Willow (B)
Protection and anti-theft
Fidelity
Protection, exorcism, healing, and
spirituality
Protection, health, money, healing,
potency, fertility, and luck
Money
Protection and fidelity
Protection, healing, exorcism, and
spirituality
Health and money
Love, divination, protection, and
healing
Magical Definitions
Resins are the hard semi-hard) \1
by plant sop. Resins are
\
not water soluble, and should be used in
. tinctures.
\
Sffds. Grains,
and Nuts
When adding most seeds, grains, and nuts to your
potions, you need to grind them before use.
Afterward, you can either add the powder to your
potions, hoil it in water to thin it, or mix it with
1"
Tne PO(Ket Idiot's Guide to Potions
herbs to use as a tea. Fruits can either be thrown
into a food processor to liquefy them (be sure to
remove the pulp), or processed in a juicer.
Following is a list of seeds (S), grains (G), fruits
(F), and nuts (N) you might consider using in your
potions, along with their magical correspondence.

Toil and Trouble
\ .... , Nuts are a very common
can cause anaphylactic
neither you nor anyone uSing your
potions made with nuts has any nut
allergies. You should also use separate
tools (such as a ..
so as to not pass on trace
to anyone with an allergy to them.
Seeds, Grain,
Fruit, or Nut
Allspice (dried
berry of the
pimento) (F)
Almonds (1\1)
Angelica (S)
Anise (S)
Apple (F)
Apricot (F)
Avocado
MagicaJ Benefits
Money, luck, and healing
Money, prosperity, and wisdom
Exorcism, protection, healing, and
visions
Youth, protection, and purification
Love, healing, garden magic, and
immortality
Love
Love, lust, and beauty
__ .. "1
Seeds, Grain,
Fruit, or Nut
Barley (G)
Banana (F)
Blackberry (F)
Blueberry (F)
Brazil Nut (N)
Burdock (5)
Caraway (5)
Carob (F)
Cardamom (S)
Cashew (N)
Cherry (F)
Chestnut (N)
Coconut (F)
Coriander (5)
Com (5)
Cubeb (unripe
berries) (F)
Cucumber (F)
Dill (S)
Elder Berries
(cooked)
Fennel (5)
Fenugreek (S)
Fig (F)
Flax (5)
Magical Benefits
Love, healing, and protection
Fertility, potency, and prosperity
Healing, money, and protection
Protection
Love
Protection and healing
Protection, lust, health, anti-theft,
and mental powers
Protection and health
Lust and love
Money
Love and divination
Love
Purification, protection, and chastity
Love, health, and healing
Protection, luck, and divination
Love
Chastity, healing, and fertility
Protection, money, lust, and luck
Protection, healing, prosperity, and
sleep
Protection, healing, and purification
Money
Divination, fertility, and love
Money, protection, beauty, psychic
powers, and healing
continues
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herbs to use as a tea. Fruits can either be thrown
into a food processor to liquefy them (be sure to
remove the pulp), or processed in a juicer.
Following is a list of seeds (S), grains (G), fruits
(F), and nuts (N) you might consider using in your
potions, along with their magical correspondence.

Toil and Trouble
\ .... , Nuts are a very common
can cause anaphylactic
neither you nor anyone uSing your
potions made with nuts has any nut
allergies. You should also use separate
tools (such as a ..
so as to not pass on trace
to anyone with an allergy to them.
Seeds, Grain,
Fruit, or Nut
Allspice (dried
berry of the
pimento) (F)
Almonds (1\1)
Angelica (S)
Anise (S)
Apple (F)
Apricot (F)
Avocado
MagicaJ Benefits
Money, luck, and healing
Money, prosperity, and wisdom
Exorcism, protection, healing, and
visions
Youth, protection, and purification
Love, healing, garden magic, and
immortality
Love
Love, lust, and beauty
__ .. "1
Seeds, Grain,
Fruit, or Nut
Barley (G)
Banana (F)
Blackberry (F)
Blueberry (F)
Brazil Nut (N)
Burdock (5)
Caraway (5)
Carob (F)
Cardamom (S)
Cashew (N)
Cherry (F)
Chestnut (N)
Coconut (F)
Coriander (5)
Com (5)
Cubeb (unripe
berries) (F)
Cucumber (F)
Dill (S)
Elder Berries
(cooked)
Fennel (5)
Fenugreek (S)
Fig (F)
Flax (5)
Magical Benefits
Love, healing, and protection
Fertility, potency, and prosperity
Healing, money, and protection
Protection
Love
Protection and healing
Protection, lust, health, anti-theft,
and mental powers
Protection and health
Lust and love
Money
Love and divination
Love
Purification, protection, and chastity
Love, health, and healing
Protection, luck, and divination
Love
Chastity, healing, and fertility
Protection, money, lust, and luck
Protection, healing, prosperity, and
sleep
Protection, healing, and purification
Money
Divination, fertility, and love
Money, protection, beauty, psychic
powers, and healing
continues
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.. 49
continued
Seeds, Grain,
Fruit, or Nut
Grape (F)
Hops
Juniper
Berries (F)
Lemon (F)
Mulberry (I:<)
Mustard (S)
Oats (G)
Olive (F)
Orange
Papaya (I:<)
Pea (S)
Peach (F)
Pear (F)
Pecan (N)
Pineapple (F)
Pistachio (N)
Plum
Pomegranate
Pumpkin
Raspberry
Magical Benefits
Fertility, garden magic, mental
powers, and money
Healing and sleep
Protection, anti-theft, love, exorcism,
and health
Longevity, purification, love and
friendship
Seeds, Grain,
Fruit, or Nut Magical Benefits
Rowan (F) Psychic powers, healing, protection,
power, and success
Strawberry (F) Love and luck
Sunflower (S) Fertility, wishes, health, and wisdom
Walnut (S) Health, mental powers, inferdlity,
and wishes
Protection and strength Concoction Clues ______
protection, and mental
powers
Money
Healing, peace, fertility, potency,
protection, and lust
Love, divination, luck, and money
Love and protection
Money and love
Love, exorcism, longevity, fertility,
and wishes
Lust and love
Money and employment
Luck, money, and chastity
Breaking love spells
Healing
Divination, luck, wishes, wealth, and
fcrdlity
Prosperity and abundance
Protection and love
For a clean and happy home, make a
cleansing potion by adding 1 cup Vinegar
and 1 cup lemon iuice to 2 gallons of
water. Use on floors, counters, windows,
and appliances to rid your house of any
Never cast a love spell on a particular person, as
this interferes with his or her free will. Instead,
love spells should be designed to bring a person
who has the qualities you are looking for into your
life. Keep in mind, of course, that there is always
the chance that you are looking for the wrong
qualities.
lh, L,ast You Nffd to Know
• Although we don't know where the knowl­
edge of plant magic originally came from,
for centuries people all over the world have
agreed on their powers.
48
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.. 49
continued
Seeds, Grain,
Fruit, or Nut
Grape (F)
Hops
Juniper
Berries (F)
Lemon (F)
Mulberry (I:<)
Mustard (S)
Oats (G)
Olive (F)
Orange
Papaya (I:<)
Pea (S)
Peach (F)
Pear (F)
Pecan (N)
Pineapple (F)
Pistachio (N)
Plum
Pomegranate
Pumpkin
Raspberry
Magical Benefits
Fertility, garden magic, mental
powers, and money
Healing and sleep
Protection, anti-theft, love, exorcism,
and health
Longevity, purification, love and
friendship
Seeds, Grain,
Fruit, or Nut Magical Benefits
Rowan (F) Psychic powers, healing, protection,
power, and success
Strawberry (F) Love and luck
Sunflower (S) Fertility, wishes, health, and wisdom
Walnut (S) Health, mental powers, inferdlity,
and wishes
Protection and strength Concoction Clues ______
protection, and mental
powers
Money
Healing, peace, fertility, potency,
protection, and lust
Love, divination, luck, and money
Love and protection
Money and love
Love, exorcism, longevity, fertility,
and wishes
Lust and love
Money and employment
Luck, money, and chastity
Breaking love spells
Healing
Divination, luck, wishes, wealth, and
fcrdlity
Prosperity and abundance
Protection and love
For a clean and happy home, make a
cleansing potion by adding 1 cup Vinegar
and 1 cup lemon iuice to 2 gallons of
water. Use on floors, counters, windows,
and appliances to rid your house of any
Never cast a love spell on a particular person, as
this interferes with his or her free will. Instead,
love spells should be designed to bring a person
who has the qualities you are looking for into your
life. Keep in mind, of course, that there is always
the chance that you are looking for the wrong
qualities.
lh, L,ast You Nffd to Know
• Although we don't know where the knowl­
edge of plant magic originally came from,
for centuries people all over the world have
agreed on their powers.
50 ne Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions
-- ..- - ~ . ~ ~ ..-.....~ - .
• Different plants have different magical
attributes. By using these plants in your
potions you bring these attributes into your
life.
II Each plant has a specific part that holds the
essence of the attribute stronger than the
other parts.
• It's extremely important to know what you
are allergic to before you begin working
with any plant material.
l.mptioCJ l.as
In This Chapter
III Using tea potions
II Choosing and preparing ingredients
" Storing your tea mixtures
II Getting started with some recipes
Teas are great potions for beginners; not only are
they one of the easiest potions to make, you can
really let your creative juices flow when putting
them together. Depending on the recipe, the prep
work can be time consuming, but in just a short
time you'll be making all kinds of new magical and
flavorful elixirs.
An (asy (lixir
Teas have been around for thousands of years, and
they have never gone out of style. The simple
process of making and drinking teas is an enjoyable
experience.
50 ne Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions
-- ..- - ~ . ~ ~ ..-.....~ - .
• Different plants have different magical
attributes. By using these plants in your
potions you bring these attributes into your
life.
II Each plant has a specific part that holds the
essence of the attribute stronger than the
other parts.
• It's extremely important to know what you
are allergic to before you begin working
with any plant material.
l.mptioCJ l.as
In This Chapter
III Using tea potions
II Choosing and preparing ingredients
" Storing your tea mixtures
II Getting started with some recipes
Teas are great potions for beginners; not only are
they one of the easiest potions to make, you can
really let your creative juices flow when putting
them together. Depending on the recipe, the prep
work can be time consuming, but in just a short
time you'll be making all kinds of new magical and
flavorful elixirs.
An (asy (lixir
Teas have been around for thousands of years, and
they have never gone out of style. The simple
process of making and drinking teas is an enjoyable
experience.
52
Mix, St••p, and (xp.ri.nc.
steep, and experience-this is the easiest way
to understand the process of making and using
teas. You simply combine the ingredients, let them
steep in hot water, and then experience the potion
as it radiates throughout your body and performs
its magic.
Magical Defini60ns _____
The process of turning dried
a tea is called steeping. When you
you soak the plant material in
liqUid to move the plant's essence from
plant into the liquid.
But Why T.a?
Teas work in two main ways. First of all, wnen you
tea, with every swallow you imbibe whatever
magical qualities are in the brew. Because the base
of tea is water, it moves very quickly through your
body and is easily absorbed into your You
become one with the tea, one with the magic. The
magic becomes a part of you. Tea also has aro­
matherapy qualities. As you sit to drink your tea,
take the time to savor its aroma. Breathe in the
scent and feel it becoming a part of you.
Add aLittl. Atmosph.r.
Before sitting down with your tea, create an atmos­
phere appropriate to you tea's meaning. Light
.
colored candles with corresponding qualities (see
Appendix B). Use symbols or pictures to represent
what you are wishing for. You might even want to
music that relates to the magical work you are
performing or that puts you in a meditative mood.
The atmosphere helps to get you into the right
frame of mind and deepens your focus to the task
at hand.
Toil and Trouble
\ .. ' Make sure your atmosphere reflects
qualities you are looking for is
For example, if you just need to
a candle is fine, but if you
on going to (or think you could acci­
dentally fall asleep!), pass on lighting a
candle, just to be on the safe side.
Take your time when drinking your tea-this isn't
something to be rushed. Turn off the TV, unplug
the phone, put the dog in another room, and try to
avoid any other distractions.
So Many H.rbs. So Littl. Tim.
Probably the hardest part about making a tea is
deciding what to put in it, because there are dozens
of herbs and plants you can choose from.
52
Mix, St••p, and (xp.ri.nc.
steep, and experience-this is the easiest way
to understand the process of making and using
teas. You simply combine the ingredients, let them
steep in hot water, and then experience the potion
as it radiates throughout your body and performs
its magic.
Magical Defini60ns _____
The process of turning dried
a tea is called steeping. When you
you soak the plant material in
liqUid to move the plant's essence from
plant into the liquid.
But Why T.a?
Teas work in two main ways. First of all, wnen you
tea, with every swallow you imbibe whatever
magical qualities are in the brew. Because the base
of tea is water, it moves very quickly through your
body and is easily absorbed into your You
become one with the tea, one with the magic. The
magic becomes a part of you. Tea also has aro­
matherapy qualities. As you sit to drink your tea,
take the time to savor its aroma. Breathe in the
scent and feel it becoming a part of you.
Add aLittl. Atmosph.r.
Before sitting down with your tea, create an atmos­
phere appropriate to you tea's meaning. Light
.
colored candles with corresponding qualities (see
Appendix B). Use symbols or pictures to represent
what you are wishing for. You might even want to
music that relates to the magical work you are
performing or that puts you in a meditative mood.
The atmosphere helps to get you into the right
frame of mind and deepens your focus to the task
at hand.
Toil and Trouble
\ .. ' Make sure your atmosphere reflects
qualities you are looking for is
For example, if you just need to
a candle is fine, but if you
on going to (or think you could acci­
dentally fall asleep!), pass on lighting a
candle, just to be on the safe side.
Take your time when drinking your tea-this isn't
something to be rushed. Turn off the TV, unplug
the phone, put the dog in another room, and try to
avoid any other distractions.
So Many H.rbs. So Littl. Tim.
Probably the hardest part about making a tea is
deciding what to put in it, because there are dozens
of herbs and plants you can choose from.
s"
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findinq Your focus
Begin by focusing on your intent and then narrow­
ing down the field of available plants and herbs to
those that correspond with your intent.
Use the list in Chapter 3 to find different herbs and
plants you can use that fit with your focus. This
will eliminate a Jot of herbs, but you might still be
left with a number to choose from.
What Do Your Tastt Buds Han to Say?
You can eliminate more choices by getting rid of
anything with a scent or taste you are not terribly
fond of. I recommend taking a day and taste testing
different herbs. Because this can be a big undertak­
ing, spend one day just working on whether or not
you like the taste or smell. If you don't like the
taste of something, you probably aren't going to
want to use it in any of your potable potions! Keep
a list of herbs that you like and don't like so you
have an easy guide to refer to.
S C ~ n c o c t i o n Clues ______-----,
of your teas will taste
some will be bitter or strong.
mean they are any less pow­
erful, iusl different. Try adding sweeteners
such as honey 10 help improve the taste.
.__Ch_Ip,--t.r ,,: Tempting Teas 55
After you've sorted herbs into "yummy" and "yuck"
categories, you can begin working on blending
them to come up with flavor combinations. Be pre­
pared for some trial and error. But don't worry-if
you don't feel like experimenting on your own, you
can try some of the basic recipes at the end of this
chapter.
Savor tht flavor
If you haven't made your own teas before, I suggest
starting with just two or three different herbs. As
you become more practiced and familiar with the
tastes of the herbs and how they complement one
another, you can experiment by combining more
kinds together.
Not only do you need to experiment with the types
of herbs you use, but also the amounts. In a calming
tea you might want to use lavender and bergamot.
You can mix equal amounts of these two herbs, or
try one part lavender to two parts bergamot, or vice
versa. If you like the flavor of one herb more than
another, add a little more of it to your mixture.
Remember that it's your potion, and you get to
make the rules!
Always make sure you measure out your ammmts
and write everything down. If you end up loving a
particular blend, you'll want to know how you made
it! Keep a journal of the combinations you have
tried with a note on whether you liked it or not.
s"
PocKet Idiot's Guide to Potions
findinq Your focus
Begin by focusing on your intent and then narrow­
ing down the field of available plants and herbs to
those that correspond with your intent.
Use the list in Chapter 3 to find different herbs and
plants you can use that fit with your focus. This
will eliminate a Jot of herbs, but you might still be
left with a number to choose from.
What Do Your Tastt Buds Han to Say?
You can eliminate more choices by getting rid of
anything with a scent or taste you are not terribly
fond of. I recommend taking a day and taste testing
different herbs. Because this can be a big undertak­
ing, spend one day just working on whether or not
you like the taste or smell. If you don't like the
taste of something, you probably aren't going to
want to use it in any of your potable potions! Keep
a list of herbs that you like and don't like so you
have an easy guide to refer to.
S C ~ n c o c t i o n Clues ______-----,
of your teas will taste
some will be bitter or strong.
mean they are any less pow­
erful, iusl different. Try adding sweeteners
such as honey 10 help improve the taste.
.__Ch_Ip,--t.r ,,: Tempting Teas 55
After you've sorted herbs into "yummy" and "yuck"
categories, you can begin working on blending
them to come up with flavor combinations. Be pre­
pared for some trial and error. But don't worry-if
you don't feel like experimenting on your own, you
can try some of the basic recipes at the end of this
chapter.
Savor tht flavor
If you haven't made your own teas before, I suggest
starting with just two or three different herbs. As
you become more practiced and familiar with the
tastes of the herbs and how they complement one
another, you can experiment by combining more
kinds together.
Not only do you need to experiment with the types
of herbs you use, but also the amounts. In a calming
tea you might want to use lavender and bergamot.
You can mix equal amounts of these two herbs, or
try one part lavender to two parts bergamot, or vice
versa. If you like the flavor of one herb more than
another, add a little more of it to your mixture.
Remember that it's your potion, and you get to
make the rules!
Always make sure you measure out your ammmts
and write everything down. If you end up loving a
particular blend, you'll want to know how you made
it! Keep a journal of the combinations you have
tried with a note on whether you liked it or not.
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Guide to Potions
This is just as important for teas you don't care for
as it is for teas you do. If you make a tea and don't
like it, you don't want to make the same one again
by mistake!
Concoction Clues ______
When you are first trying a tea,
make a small amount-use measuring
spoons instead of cups as your "parts." If
you don't like tea or were not satisfied
with the results, very little will
if you are happy with it
to make more in a larger
Nix It Up
first step in the physical preparation of your
teas is to combine dried plant material to create
the mixture you want. You can do this ahead of
time so you always have some on hand.
Actually, I recommend setting aside a day when
you are in the mood to do some magical work and
making up a variety of tea mixtures to store for
later use. Make teas you know you will use often,
such as those for sleep, calmness, and relaxation;
maintaining good health; and healing.
You should only lL5e dried herbs in your teas, not
fresh. If you grow herbs yourself, you will need to
dry them and crush them just a little bit, but not
too finely, before adding them to your preparations.
...___._. __.. ___J!
If you use an electric grinder, you will only need to
pulse it a couple of times to get the desired effect.
Measure each ingredient into a bowl large enough
to hold your tea mixture. Mix the ingredients very
thoroughly, and then store with one of the methods
we will go over a little later in this chapter.
No Boiling Required
The water you use should be hot, but not boiling.
(Boiling water makes bitter tea.) Let boiling water
cool off for a few minutes before pouring it over
tea leaves.
Allow the tea to steep in hot water for three to five
minutes. You can use a tea ball to hold the ingredi­
ents or make actual bags for your teas. Personally,
I find tea balls work just as well as tea bags, and
they are a lot less time consuming.
Although I don't like to do this, I know some peo­
ple who simply throw the dried ingredients into a
cup and pour water over it, letting the herbs float
around loose.
Concoction Clues ______--,
you want to use a sweetener­
sweeteners, sugar, or honey­
after the tea has steeped. I recom­
honey, especially if you can buy it
as it keeps with the natural nature
your tea.
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Guide to Potions
This is just as important for teas you don't care for
as it is for teas you do. If you make a tea and don't
like it, you don't want to make the same one again
by mistake!
Concoction Clues ______
When you are first trying a tea,
make a small amount-use measuring
spoons instead of cups as your "parts." If
you don't like tea or were not satisfied
with the results, very little will
if you are happy with it
to make more in a larger
Nix It Up
first step in the physical preparation of your
teas is to combine dried plant material to create
the mixture you want. You can do this ahead of
time so you always have some on hand.
Actually, I recommend setting aside a day when
you are in the mood to do some magical work and
making up a variety of tea mixtures to store for
later use. Make teas you know you will use often,
such as those for sleep, calmness, and relaxation;
maintaining good health; and healing.
You should only lL5e dried herbs in your teas, not
fresh. If you grow herbs yourself, you will need to
dry them and crush them just a little bit, but not
too finely, before adding them to your preparations.
...___._. __.. ___J!
If you use an electric grinder, you will only need to
pulse it a couple of times to get the desired effect.
Measure each ingredient into a bowl large enough
to hold your tea mixture. Mix the ingredients very
thoroughly, and then store with one of the methods
we will go over a little later in this chapter.
No Boiling Required
The water you use should be hot, but not boiling.
(Boiling water makes bitter tea.) Let boiling water
cool off for a few minutes before pouring it over
tea leaves.
Allow the tea to steep in hot water for three to five
minutes. You can use a tea ball to hold the ingredi­
ents or make actual bags for your teas. Personally,
I find tea balls work just as well as tea bags, and
they are a lot less time consuming.
Although I don't like to do this, I know some peo­
ple who simply throw the dried ingredients into a
cup and pour water over it, letting the herbs float
around loose.
Concoction Clues ______--,
you want to use a sweetener­
sweeteners, sugar, or honey­
after the tea has steeped. I recom­
honey, especially if you can buy it
as it keeps with the natural nature
your tea.
58
8 Concoction Clues --------,
Take advantage of the power
sun by making sun teo. Simply place some
tea mixture (in bags, tea balls, or loose I
into a clear jar or pitcher with a lid, add
seal the lid, and let
sun for several hours. You can
refrigerate the container for iced tea on
days.
(xperien(f the
Finally, you get to the hest part! Sit hack, relax, and
sip your tea. \Vhile drinking, meditate on what it is
you want the tea to do for you. Notice the feel of
the tea on your taste huds and in your mouth.

Concoction Clues ______--,
you are new to visualizing or
can make yourself an audiotape
to ploy and walk yourself through the
process you are ready. Tell
how you want to feel and what
to pay attention to. Make a
you want to make sure you don't miss
meditating. Hoving audio prompts
meditating for easier than breaking
trying to read instructions.
__ ._____ ___
In your mind, follow the tea down your esophagus
and into your stomach. Feel the tea branching
throughout your body as it releases its magic into
your system. you meditate, visualize yourself
acquiring the desired quality or action the tea was
made to enhance. Imagine yourself already in the
condition the tea is made to bring about. Concen­
trating on the desired effect as you drink your tea
potion adds a great deal of positive energy to your
magical workings and significantly increases the
power to make your wishes and dreams come true.
Where to Put It All
Now that you have defined your intent, chosen
your herbs, mixed them all up, and have them sit­
ting in a bowl on your kitchen counter, it's time to
decide how to store your tea blends for later use.
Ba"in, It
You can purchase tea bag paper (you can find it
either in sheets or prefolded) and fill your own
bags. Unless you purchased sealable bags, you will
need a stapler to hold the bags shut. Measure
enough of the dry mixture and pour it into a bag,
fold it closed and staple shut. I use about a table­
spoon of dried mix per cup; use less for a weaker
tea, more for a stronger tea.
You can even add a string attached to a small piece
of paper to identify the type of tea it is-just like
store-bought tea bags. You should always label
58
8 Concoction Clues --------,
Take advantage of the power
sun by making sun teo. Simply place some
tea mixture (in bags, tea balls, or loose I
into a clear jar or pitcher with a lid, add
seal the lid, and let
sun for several hours. You can
refrigerate the container for iced tea on
days.
(xperien(f the
Finally, you get to the hest part! Sit hack, relax, and
sip your tea. \Vhile drinking, meditate on what it is
you want the tea to do for you. Notice the feel of
the tea on your taste huds and in your mouth.

Concoction Clues ______--,
you are new to visualizing or
can make yourself an audiotape
to ploy and walk yourself through the
process you are ready. Tell
how you want to feel and what
to pay attention to. Make a
you want to make sure you don't miss
meditating. Hoving audio prompts
meditating for easier than breaking
trying to read instructions.
__ ._____ ___
In your mind, follow the tea down your esophagus
and into your stomach. Feel the tea branching
throughout your body as it releases its magic into
your system. you meditate, visualize yourself
acquiring the desired quality or action the tea was
made to enhance. Imagine yourself already in the
condition the tea is made to bring about. Concen­
trating on the desired effect as you drink your tea
potion adds a great deal of positive energy to your
magical workings and significantly increases the
power to make your wishes and dreams come true.
Where to Put It All
Now that you have defined your intent, chosen
your herbs, mixed them all up, and have them sit­
ting in a bowl on your kitchen counter, it's time to
decide how to store your tea blends for later use.
Ba"in, It
You can purchase tea bag paper (you can find it
either in sheets or prefolded) and fill your own
bags. Unless you purchased sealable bags, you will
need a stapler to hold the bags shut. Measure
enough of the dry mixture and pour it into a bag,
fold it closed and staple shut. I use about a table­
spoon of dried mix per cup; use less for a weaker
tea, more for a stronger tea.
You can even add a string attached to a small piece
of paper to identify the type of tea it is-just like
store-bought tea bags. You should always label
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to Potions
your tea before you give it (or sell it) to someone
else, although if you will be the only one using the
teas, labeling it isn't necessary.
S Concoction Clues ­ _____---,
Storing filled tea bags in a resealable
storage bag will keep your tea
No matter how you store
teas, try to keep as much air out of
as possible. If you use jars,
some cheesecloth or wax paper inside of
jar to toke up air space.
Jar It Up
Canning type jars, or other jars with screw-on lids,
work just as well as tea bags for storing your blends.
Mark each jar with the type of tea and ingredients.
Get creative and give them descriptive, yet interest­
ing, names.
1ea blends should be stored in a dark and coolloca­
tion to help keep the herbs fresh and full of flavor.
Zip It Up
Food storage bags, especially those with zip-lock
seals, are also excellent for storing your mixtures.
The benefit of the bags is you can squeeze air out
after each use, before you reseal the bag. The less
contact the dry mixture has with air, the longer the
herbs will stay fresh and flavorful.
... ...... ....
Bags of any kind should also be stored in a dark,
cool location.
Keep RefriCJfrated
Teas that have already been prepared with water
can be stored in the refrigerator to keep them
fresh. With no preservatives, however, don't keep
brewed teas for more than a week.
Concoction Clues
----­
tea,
water to
to melt. You can microwave a
cup of ice cubes for a hot teo.
L.t's 6.t Start.d
Here are come recipes to get you started on your
tea brewing practices. Feel free to experiment with
these teas by altering the amounts of each ingredi­
ent you use.
True Love Tea
Use this tea to help you find your true love. When
preparing and drinking the tea, you should focus
on the qualities you want your true love to have,
not a specific person. You can also focus on the
attributes you want others to notice in you.
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to Potions
your tea before you give it (or sell it) to someone
else, although if you will be the only one using the
teas, labeling it isn't necessary.
S Concoction Clues ­ _____---,
Storing filled tea bags in a resealable
storage bag will keep your tea
No matter how you store
teas, try to keep as much air out of
as possible. If you use jars,
some cheesecloth or wax paper inside of
jar to toke up air space.
Jar It Up
Canning type jars, or other jars with screw-on lids,
work just as well as tea bags for storing your blends.
Mark each jar with the type of tea and ingredients.
Get creative and give them descriptive, yet interest­
ing, names.
1ea blends should be stored in a dark and coolloca­
tion to help keep the herbs fresh and full of flavor.
Zip It Up
Food storage bags, especially those with zip-lock
seals, are also excellent for storing your mixtures.
The benefit of the bags is you can squeeze air out
after each use, before you reseal the bag. The less
contact the dry mixture has with air, the longer the
herbs will stay fresh and flavorful.
... ...... ....
Bags of any kind should also be stored in a dark,
cool location.
Keep RefriCJfrated
Teas that have already been prepared with water
can be stored in the refrigerator to keep them
fresh. With no preservatives, however, don't keep
brewed teas for more than a week.
Concoction Clues
----­
tea,
water to
to melt. You can microwave a
cup of ice cubes for a hot teo.
L.t's 6.t Start.d
Here are come recipes to get you started on your
tea brewing practices. Feel free to experiment with
these teas by altering the amounts of each ingredi­
ent you use.
True Love Tea
Use this tea to help you find your true love. When
preparing and drinking the tea, you should focus
on the qualities you want your true love to have,
not a specific person. You can also focus on the
attributes you want others to notice in you.
6Z
The
to Potions
2 parts lemon balm leaves
2 parts mint leaves
1 part catnip leaves
1 part chamomile flowers
1 part clover flowers
1 part yarrow flowers
Keep N.II.althy T.a
Prepare this tea when you are already in good
health and want to maintain it. As you drink it,
visualize yourself in the days to come as healthy,
happy, and active.
4 parts calendula flowers
1 part mullein leaves or flowers
1 part marjoram leaves
1 part St. John's Wort
lI.al N. T.a
Although your potions should never replace a trip
to the doctor when you are ill, this tea can give you
a magical boost to speed your healing. Focus on
ridding your body of whatever ails you. If you are
running a fever, add 1 part of feverfew.
4 parts rose petals
3 parts violet petals
2 parts dried apples
1 part dried blackberries
___ ____ _______ ______ Teas ___
1 part eucalyptus leaves
1 part ginseng root
Sip for SU((.ss T.a
While sipping this tea, envision yourself succeeding
at a current project you are undertaking. Use tangi­
ble images such as seeing the project complete.
Feel yourself doing your job successfully. This tea
works best when working with specific projects
or situations. Don't just imagine yourself being
what success means to you.
4 parts clover flowers
2 parts lemon balm leaves
1 part ginger root
Keep N. Safe Prot.ction T.a
This tea is to protect you from psychic attacks
from others. As you drink this tea, imagine yourself
surrounded by a giant protective bubble of white
light. Think of the bubble as a protective shield
that keeps anything out that can harm you and lets
only love and light through. Feel the strength in
knowing you are safe and protected.
4 parts thyme leaves
2 parts sage leaves
1 part basil leaves
1 part clover flowers
a pinch of mugwort
6Z
The
to Potions
2 parts lemon balm leaves
2 parts mint leaves
1 part catnip leaves
1 part chamomile flowers
1 part clover flowers
1 part yarrow flowers
Keep N.II.althy T.a
Prepare this tea when you are already in good
health and want to maintain it. As you drink it,
visualize yourself in the days to come as healthy,
happy, and active.
4 parts calendula flowers
1 part mullein leaves or flowers
1 part marjoram leaves
1 part St. John's Wort
lI.al N. T.a
Although your potions should never replace a trip
to the doctor when you are ill, this tea can give you
a magical boost to speed your healing. Focus on
ridding your body of whatever ails you. If you are
running a fever, add 1 part of feverfew.
4 parts rose petals
3 parts violet petals
2 parts dried apples
1 part dried blackberries
___ ____ _______ ______ Teas ___
1 part eucalyptus leaves
1 part ginseng root
Sip for SU((.ss T.a
While sipping this tea, envision yourself succeeding
at a current project you are undertaking. Use tangi­
ble images such as seeing the project complete.
Feel yourself doing your job successfully. This tea
works best when working with specific projects
or situations. Don't just imagine yourself being
what success means to you.
4 parts clover flowers
2 parts lemon balm leaves
1 part ginger root
Keep N. Safe Prot.ction T.a
This tea is to protect you from psychic attacks
from others. As you drink this tea, imagine yourself
surrounded by a giant protective bubble of white
light. Think of the bubble as a protective shield
that keeps anything out that can harm you and lets
only love and light through. Feel the strength in
knowing you are safe and protected.
4 parts thyme leaves
2 parts sage leaves
1 part basil leaves
1 part clover flowers
a pinch of mugwort
6,.
Idiot's to Potions
lIomf Protfction Tfa
Slowly sip this tea as you walk throughout your
home, both inside and outside if possible. Walk
along each wall and your property line as you out­
line your living area. The aroma will surround
your home with protection while the tea flows
through your body and radiates into the environ­
ment around you.
3 parts mint leaves
2 parts raspberry leaves
1 part eucalypms leaves
1 part rose petals
1 part lavender flowers
a pinch of irish moss
Psychic Kick Tfa
This tea is to help you increase your psychic
abilities; sip it slowly while meditating before
performing any type of psychic task such as dream
interpretations, scrying (a form of divination where
the reader looks into a reflective surface such as
water), or readings. Note that this tea is not meant
to be used on a daily basis, just when the need
arises.
3 parts thyme leaves
3 part'> rose petals
3 parts yarrow flowers
a pinch of St. John's Wort
a pinch of mugwort
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(oura4jf and Strfngth Tfa
Use this tea when you need an extra boost of
strength and courage. Visualize yourself as being
the strong and courageous person you will need to
be in order to overcome the simation. Imagine
your problems shrinking in size until you tower
over them and see them as small and insignificant.
3 parts pennyroyal leaves
1 part thyme leaves
1 part columbine leaves
1 part borage flowers (or leaves)
1 part mullein flowers
(almin4j Pfaef Tfa
This tea is for when you are completely stressed out
and need desperately to unwind, calm down, and
relax. Try sipping it sitting under the shade of a tree
or in a warm, relaxing bubble bath. Visualize your­
self at complete ease. While sipping this tea, use
other relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing,
to help it work to its fullest potential. Be careful
though, this tea tends to make the m;er very sleepy.
4 parts lavender flowers
3 parts violet flowers
2 parts calendula flowers
1 part pennyroyal leaves
1 part meadowsweet leaves
a pinch of skull cap leaves
6,.
Idiot's to Potions
lIomf Protfction Tfa
Slowly sip this tea as you walk throughout your
home, both inside and outside if possible. Walk
along each wall and your property line as you out­
line your living area. The aroma will surround
your home with protection while the tea flows
through your body and radiates into the environ­
ment around you.
3 parts mint leaves
2 parts raspberry leaves
1 part eucalypms leaves
1 part rose petals
1 part lavender flowers
a pinch of irish moss
Psychic Kick Tfa
This tea is to help you increase your psychic
abilities; sip it slowly while meditating before
performing any type of psychic task such as dream
interpretations, scrying (a form of divination where
the reader looks into a reflective surface such as
water), or readings. Note that this tea is not meant
to be used on a daily basis, just when the need
arises.
3 parts thyme leaves
3 part'> rose petals
3 parts yarrow flowers
a pinch of St. John's Wort
a pinch of mugwort
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(oura4jf and Strfngth Tfa
Use this tea when you need an extra boost of
strength and courage. Visualize yourself as being
the strong and courageous person you will need to
be in order to overcome the simation. Imagine
your problems shrinking in size until you tower
over them and see them as small and insignificant.
3 parts pennyroyal leaves
1 part thyme leaves
1 part columbine leaves
1 part borage flowers (or leaves)
1 part mullein flowers
(almin4j Pfaef Tfa
This tea is for when you are completely stressed out
and need desperately to unwind, calm down, and
relax. Try sipping it sitting under the shade of a tree
or in a warm, relaxing bubble bath. Visualize your­
self at complete ease. While sipping this tea, use
other relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing,
to help it work to its fullest potential. Be careful
though, this tea tends to make the m;er very sleepy.
4 parts lavender flowers
3 parts violet flowers
2 parts calendula flowers
1 part pennyroyal leaves
1 part meadowsweet leaves
a pinch of skull cap leaves
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Show M, th, Mon" T,a
This tea is designed to help you attract money.
Don't expect money to simply fall into your lap
after drinking this tea; however, it will increase
your chances of having monetary opportunities
present themselves. If you feel a strong desire to
buy a lottery ticket after drinking this tea, by all
means do so.
4 parts mint leaves
3 parts alfalfa leaves
1 part irish moss
1 part clover flowers
1 part chamomile flowers
AGood Might's SI"p T,a
Drink this tea up to an hour before going to bed
for a great night of peaceful sleep. You will awaken
in the morning feeling renewed and refreshed.
4 parts chamomile flowers
3 parts lavender flowers
liz part thyme leaves
Hip Hip HUllah T,a
This tea is for when you are down and out and
need a bit of cheering up. Designed to lift your
mood and spirits, sip this tea while remembering
""" __
a happy occasion in your life. Imagine yourself
back at that moment and bring that feeling back to
the present with you.
4 parts marjoram leaves
3 parts catnip leaves
2 parts St. John's Wort leaves
1 part violet flowers
1 part lavender flowers
1 part witch grass
Th, L,ast You Mud to Know
• Prepare your teas ahead of time so they are
ready when needed.
• When you drink a tea potion, your body
absorbs the potion's magic, making it radiate
from you.
Always use dried (rather than fresh) plant
material to make your tea.
• Storing dried tea blends is easy and conven­
ient; however, remember to keep tea in a
cool, dark place with as little air contact as
possible.
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Show M, th, Mon" T,a
This tea is designed to help you attract money.
Don't expect money to simply fall into your lap
after drinking this tea; however, it will increase
your chances of having monetary opportunities
present themselves. If you feel a strong desire to
buy a lottery ticket after drinking this tea, by all
means do so.
4 parts mint leaves
3 parts alfalfa leaves
1 part irish moss
1 part clover flowers
1 part chamomile flowers
AGood Might's SI"p T,a
Drink this tea up to an hour before going to bed
for a great night of peaceful sleep. You will awaken
in the morning feeling renewed and refreshed.
4 parts chamomile flowers
3 parts lavender flowers
liz part thyme leaves
Hip Hip HUllah T,a
This tea is for when you are down and out and
need a bit of cheering up. Designed to lift your
mood and spirits, sip this tea while remembering
""" __
a happy occasion in your life. Imagine yourself
back at that moment and bring that feeling back to
the present with you.
4 parts marjoram leaves
3 parts catnip leaves
2 parts St. John's Wort leaves
1 part violet flowers
1 part lavender flowers
1 part witch grass
Th, L,ast You Mud to Know
• Prepare your teas ahead of time so they are
ready when needed.
• When you drink a tea potion, your body
absorbs the potion's magic, making it radiate
from you.
Always use dried (rather than fresh) plant
material to make your tea.
• Storing dried tea blends is easy and conven­
ient; however, remember to keep tea in a
cool, dark place with as little air contact as
possible.
Indisp.nsabl. Infusions
In This Chapt.r
Using infusions
Choosing and preparing ingredients
Storing your infusions
Getting started some recipes
Infusions can be made with water or various kinds
of oils. In this chapter, I limit my discussion to
water-based infusions. Chapter 6 delves into infu­
sions made with oil.
Infusion Insights
The preparation for infusions is very similar to teas,
with one major difference: whereas teas
never he boiled, infusions require boiling water.
You can think of an infusion as similar to a highly
concentrated tea. Infusions are more potent than
teas because more of the plants' essences are trans­
ferred to the water through the boiling process.
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Their potency makes infusions more suited for
external use rather than for internal use, although
water-based infusions can be drunk as long as they
are made with ingredients that are safe for human
consumption.
Magical Definitions --,
A magical infusion is the liqUid extract
results from boiling herbs to release
magical
Soak It In
Infusions are excellent for use in baths, foot soaks,
hand soaks, body splashes, or poultices.
An infusion is jammed-packed with the essence and
magic from the materials you use to make it. As you
use the infusion, that magic and essence radiates
into your skin and the air around you, wrapping
you in a magical cocoon.
Concoction Clues ______---,
When using an infusion as a foot soak,
add 1 cup of the infusion to each quart
water. For baths, pour 1 f:Jallon into a
full '
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Soaking infusions also have an aromatherapy qual­
ity. As you soak, take deep breaths and inhale the
scents from the infusion, bringing the magic
deeper into yourself.
Infusions can also be used like liquid cleansers.
Soaking or rinsing items in the infusion transfers
the magical properties from the infusion to the
item.
You can use infusions to wipe down walls and
counters, clean mirrors, and mop floors to fill a
room with the desired energy.

Toil and Trouble
, ..... Before using any infusion on
or walls, test a small area
any ingredients in
a stain. You can weaken the coloring
agents by adding more water to your in-
S.tth. Mood
No matter how you use your infusion, you should
take care to set a mood that matches your intent.
Let your environment reflect the magic you want
to create. Light candles, play music, and now that
you know how to create your own teas (see Chap­
ter 4), why not have a cup that corresponds with
your magical workings?
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Their potency makes infusions more suited for
external use rather than for internal use, although
water-based infusions can be drunk as long as they
are made with ingredients that are safe for human
consumption.
Magical Definitions --,
A magical infusion is the liqUid extract
results from boiling herbs to release
magical
Soak It In
Infusions are excellent for use in baths, foot soaks,
hand soaks, body splashes, or poultices.
An infusion is jammed-packed with the essence and
magic from the materials you use to make it. As you
use the infusion, that magic and essence radiates
into your skin and the air around you, wrapping
you in a magical cocoon.
Concoction Clues ______---,
When using an infusion as a foot soak,
add 1 cup of the infusion to each quart
water. For baths, pour 1 f:Jallon into a
full '
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Soaking infusions also have an aromatherapy qual­
ity. As you soak, take deep breaths and inhale the
scents from the infusion, bringing the magic
deeper into yourself.
Infusions can also be used like liquid cleansers.
Soaking or rinsing items in the infusion transfers
the magical properties from the infusion to the
item.
You can use infusions to wipe down walls and
counters, clean mirrors, and mop floors to fill a
room with the desired energy.

Toil and Trouble
, ..... Before using any infusion on
or walls, test a small area
any ingredients in
a stain. You can weaken the coloring
agents by adding more water to your in-
S.tth. Mood
No matter how you use your infusion, you should
take care to set a mood that matches your intent.
Let your environment reflect the magic you want
to create. Light candles, play music, and now that
you know how to create your own teas (see Chap­
ter 4), why not have a cup that corresponds with
your magical workings?
........."'."'1.L_- Concoction Clues
-----­
your energy and focus,
bring your wishes into reality.
"\Nhile using your infusions, meditate on the task
at hand, bringing your wishes and hopes into sharp
foms. If you've prepared a meditation how-to
audiotape (refer to Chapter 4), use it with your
infusion to help you concentrate and center.
Infusion Pr.paration
The first steps of preparing an infusion are very
similar to those Of preparing a tea. 'Il1e differences
begin with the actual cooking or heating of the
infusion.
Infuse Your Infusions
Begin your infusion preparation by establishing
your intent. When making infusions you can use
any safe plant material, whether fresh or dried,
including roots, herbs, fDlits, bark, and resins. If
you plan on drinking your infusion, however, make
sure that your ingredients are safe for consumption.
... n
Refer to Chapter 3 for a list of potential ingredi­
ents. Narrow down your list by removing any
allergens or items with a scent you just plain don't
like. If you don't plan on drinking your infusion,
you won't have to worry about taste, but can
instead concern yourself with the fragrances you
create by combining different herbs together.
"\Nhen taste isn't a factor, you have a lot more
options for the infusions you create.
Blend Your Bounty
As with teas, you can mix up ingredients to use for
your infusions ahead of time so they are handy
when you need them. Again, take a day when you
are in a particularly magical mood and have the
supplies to make up batches of dried ingredients.
Mix batches of infusions you know you will use
frequently.
Concoction Clues ______
Food processors come in
large batches of dried
insure proper
on a chopping setting, break
down larger ingredients to a more man­
ageable size, giving you more room for
water in your pot or cauldron.
........."'."'1.L_- Concoction Clues
-----­
your energy and focus,
bring your wishes into reality.
"\Nhile using your infusions, meditate on the task
at hand, bringing your wishes and hopes into sharp
foms. If you've prepared a meditation how-to
audiotape (refer to Chapter 4), use it with your
infusion to help you concentrate and center.
Infusion Pr.paration
The first steps of preparing an infusion are very
similar to those Of preparing a tea. 'Il1e differences
begin with the actual cooking or heating of the
infusion.
Infuse Your Infusions
Begin your infusion preparation by establishing
your intent. When making infusions you can use
any safe plant material, whether fresh or dried,
including roots, herbs, fDlits, bark, and resins. If
you plan on drinking your infusion, however, make
sure that your ingredients are safe for consumption.
... n
Refer to Chapter 3 for a list of potential ingredi­
ents. Narrow down your list by removing any
allergens or items with a scent you just plain don't
like. If you don't plan on drinking your infusion,
you won't have to worry about taste, but can
instead concern yourself with the fragrances you
create by combining different herbs together.
"\Nhen taste isn't a factor, you have a lot more
options for the infusions you create.
Blend Your Bounty
As with teas, you can mix up ingredients to use for
your infusions ahead of time so they are handy
when you need them. Again, take a day when you
are in a particularly magical mood and have the
supplies to make up batches of dried ingredients.
Mix batches of infusions you know you will use
frequently.
Concoction Clues ______
Food processors come in
large batches of dried
insure proper
on a chopping setting, break
down larger ingredients to a more man­
ageable size, giving you more room for
water in your pot or cauldron.
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Turn Up tht Htat
When you are ready to prepare the actual infusion,
put the dried material in a pot of water. (If possible,
use full moon water for extra energy.) You can
either tie up the ingredients in some cheesecloth or
just let them float loose. The more ingredients you
use, the more potent your infusion will be. Allow
for plenty of water, as you will be boiling your
infusion for a while and some of the water will
evaporate.
Set your pot on the stove and turn it on high. Let
the mixture come to a full rolling boil and then
let simmer for a half an hour. Remove the pot from
heat and let the infusion sit for a while to cool off.
If you have placed the herbs in cheesecloth, after
the water has cooled enough, wring out the cheese­
cloth over the infusion. If the mix is floating
loosely, use a screen strainer to remove it from the
water. Your infusion is now ready to be used or
stored.
Pack It Up
How you store your infusions depends in large part
on whether you are storing dry ingredients or the
actual infusion.
IttpinCJ It Dry
The dry ingredients for infusions can be stored in
much the same was as the ingredients for teas (see
Chapter 4). You can store them in food storage
..... ........ ...._.15
bags, screw-top jars, or any other airtight contain­
ers. Keep in mind, though, that infusions use larger
amounts of ingredients than teas do, so you will
need large containers to store dry ingredients.
I occasionally buy some foods in bulk and have
saved gallon-size pickle jars and giant plastic pret­
zel barrels. Their large mouths make them easy to
fill and scoop out herbs. Best of all, they don't cost
extra. Large plastic ice cream tubs are also ideal, or
pick up some inexpensive plastic storage bins. You
can usually find these really cheap after holidays.

Toil and Trouble
\ .... ' Occasionally, you might tind thaI some
of your herbs have molded
t
an espe­
rinllv common problem in areas of
Do not use
any magical potion
t
as mold is a
allergen. You can compost any
have gone bad, or Simply bury
Wrap It Up
You can store your mixtures loose, or tie them up
with twine in cheesecloth, muslin, or some other
soft, porous material so all you have to do is drop it
into the pot of water when you're ready to make an
infusion. Cheesecloth or other material bags
should also be stored in some kind of sealed con­
tainer, such as a zip-lock plastic bag, to help keep
the ingredients fresh.
14 The Pocket
Turn Up tht Htat
When you are ready to prepare the actual infusion,
put the dried material in a pot of water. (If possible,
use full moon water for extra energy.) You can
either tie up the ingredients in some cheesecloth or
just let them float loose. The more ingredients you
use, the more potent your infusion will be. Allow
for plenty of water, as you will be boiling your
infusion for a while and some of the water will
evaporate.
Set your pot on the stove and turn it on high. Let
the mixture come to a full rolling boil and then
let simmer for a half an hour. Remove the pot from
heat and let the infusion sit for a while to cool off.
If you have placed the herbs in cheesecloth, after
the water has cooled enough, wring out the cheese­
cloth over the infusion. If the mix is floating
loosely, use a screen strainer to remove it from the
water. Your infusion is now ready to be used or
stored.
Pack It Up
How you store your infusions depends in large part
on whether you are storing dry ingredients or the
actual infusion.
IttpinCJ It Dry
The dry ingredients for infusions can be stored in
much the same was as the ingredients for teas (see
Chapter 4). You can store them in food storage
..... ........ ...._.15
bags, screw-top jars, or any other airtight contain­
ers. Keep in mind, though, that infusions use larger
amounts of ingredients than teas do, so you will
need large containers to store dry ingredients.
I occasionally buy some foods in bulk and have
saved gallon-size pickle jars and giant plastic pret­
zel barrels. Their large mouths make them easy to
fill and scoop out herbs. Best of all, they don't cost
extra. Large plastic ice cream tubs are also ideal, or
pick up some inexpensive plastic storage bins. You
can usually find these really cheap after holidays.

Toil and Trouble
\ .... ' Occasionally, you might tind thaI some
of your herbs have molded
t
an espe­
rinllv common problem in areas of
Do not use
any magical potion
t
as mold is a
allergen. You can compost any
have gone bad, or Simply bury
Wrap It Up
You can store your mixtures loose, or tie them up
with twine in cheesecloth, muslin, or some other
soft, porous material so all you have to do is drop it
into the pot of water when you're ready to make an
infusion. Cheesecloth or other material bags
should also be stored in some kind of sealed con­
tainer, such as a zip-lock plastic bag, to help keep
the ingredients fresh.
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(hill Out
The final liquid infusion can be refrigerated in jars
or pitchers. Save old milk or juice cartons (be sure
to wash them out thoroughly) to store large
amounts of infusions.
Potable infusions should only be stored for a few
days in the fridge. If you aren't planning to drink
your infusion, you can keep it refrigerated for quite
a while longer. If you notice it getting too cloudy
or moldy however, pour it out on the ground out­
side. Magical concoctions should go back to the
earth and not down a manmade drain unless they
are being used in the bathtub. The earth will know
what to do with it!
8 Concoction Clues ­ _____
If you use a clear bottle to store
you can tell at a glance
infusion is getting cloudy or moldy.
an infusion goes bad, mold will begin
on the top of the .
Infusion-sid.s
Infusions can also be frozen either in ice cube trays
or other freezer-proof plastic containers. Make
sure you don't fill containers all the way to the top
so the water has room to expand as it freezes. If
you have a large freezer, this is an ideal way to
store your infusions.

When you are ready to use the infusion, simply
melt it and warm it up in a microwave, on your
stove top, or set it outside on a warm day.
You can even throw infusion ice cubes into a hot
bath. A" they melt, they will release their proper­
ties into the water.
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Concoction Clues ______---,
Freezing prepared infusions is
smartest and safest way to store your in­
fusions. infusions do not mold or
go bad and can be stored for long
ods time.
Let's 6et Started
Try these recipes to get yourself started in your
infusion creating practices. Experiment with them,
making changes where you see fit. These recipes
are quite powerful and potent, as well as rather
elaborate. You can eliminate some of the ingredi­
ents to make them easier to create, which will also
slightly reduce the infusion's potency. When it
comes to infusions, anything goes!
Monday Morning Motivating Splash
Use this body splash on Monday morning, or any
other time you need an extra bit of motivation.
Simply splash it on after your bath or shower and
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(hill Out
The final liquid infusion can be refrigerated in jars
or pitchers. Save old milk or juice cartons (be sure
to wash them out thoroughly) to store large
amounts of infusions.
Potable infusions should only be stored for a few
days in the fridge. If you aren't planning to drink
your infusion, you can keep it refrigerated for quite
a while longer. If you notice it getting too cloudy
or moldy however, pour it out on the ground out­
side. Magical concoctions should go back to the
earth and not down a manmade drain unless they
are being used in the bathtub. The earth will know
what to do with it!
8 Concoction Clues ­ _____
If you use a clear bottle to store
you can tell at a glance
infusion is getting cloudy or moldy.
an infusion goes bad, mold will begin
on the top of the .
Infusion-sid.s
Infusions can also be frozen either in ice cube trays
or other freezer-proof plastic containers. Make
sure you don't fill containers all the way to the top
so the water has room to expand as it freezes. If
you have a large freezer, this is an ideal way to
store your infusions.

When you are ready to use the infusion, simply
melt it and warm it up in a microwave, on your
stove top, or set it outside on a warm day.
You can even throw infusion ice cubes into a hot
bath. A" they melt, they will release their proper­
ties into the water.
11
Concoction Clues ______---,
Freezing prepared infusions is
smartest and safest way to store your in­
fusions. infusions do not mold or
go bad and can be stored for long
ods time.
Let's 6et Started
Try these recipes to get yourself started in your
infusion creating practices. Experiment with them,
making changes where you see fit. These recipes
are quite powerful and potent, as well as rather
elaborate. You can eliminate some of the ingredi­
ents to make them easier to create, which will also
slightly reduce the infusion's potency. When it
comes to infusions, anything goes!
Monday Morning Motivating Splash
Use this body splash on Monday morning, or any
other time you need an extra bit of motivation.
Simply splash it on after your bath or shower and
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let it air dry. Meditate on having the motivation to
make it through the day or to get through any kind
of problem you are having.
1 cup yarrow flowers
1 cup heather flowers
1 cup rose flowers
1 cup bergamot leaves
Y4 cup chicory root
Y
4
cup lemon peel
lf4 cup lime peel
lf4 cup orange peel
Y
4
cup peppermint leaves
4 cloves
Nusele Relaxer Soak
Add this soak to your bath when your muscles are
tense and you need to wind down. Visualize each
muscle in your body relaxing. Use deep breathing
relaxation techniques to help unwind.
3 cups cedar bark
3 cups lavender flowers
1 cup lemongrass
Purification Soak
This infusion should be added to your cleansing
bath when preparing for a ritual. Meditate on puri­
fYing your thoughts and opening your mind to pre­
pare for your ritual.
__".._"__ ...._J9
You can also use this infusion for cleaning or puri­
fYing rooms or objects. Simply set the items in the
infusion or use a sponge soaked in the infusion to
wipe areas do\\<'l1.
2 cups chamomile flowers
1 cup clover flowers
lf4 cup pansy flowers
2 cups lavender flowers
Y4 cup hyssop leaves
lf4 cup thyme leaves
1 tsp anise
Y+ cup lemon peel
Business Success Infusion
Use this infusion either as a soak added to your
bath, or soak a washcloth with it and lay it across
your forehead while you meditate on being suc­
cessful in your work life. liy to focus on a specific
event or project instead of on a general feeling.
If possible, use this infusion at your work. Try wip­
ing down your desk with it, sprinkle droplets on
the floor, or water plants in your work area with
it-as they grow they will release the magic into
the air.
1 cup magnolia blossoms
1 cup chamomile blossoms
YI cup Balm of Gilead
1 cup bergamot leaves
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Pockft Idiot's Guidf to Potions
let it air dry. Meditate on having the motivation to
make it through the day or to get through any kind
of problem you are having.
1 cup yarrow flowers
1 cup heather flowers
1 cup rose flowers
1 cup bergamot leaves
Y4 cup chicory root
Y
4
cup lemon peel
lf4 cup lime peel
lf4 cup orange peel
Y
4
cup peppermint leaves
4 cloves
Nusele Relaxer Soak
Add this soak to your bath when your muscles are
tense and you need to wind down. Visualize each
muscle in your body relaxing. Use deep breathing
relaxation techniques to help unwind.
3 cups cedar bark
3 cups lavender flowers
1 cup lemongrass
Purification Soak
This infusion should be added to your cleansing
bath when preparing for a ritual. Meditate on puri­
fYing your thoughts and opening your mind to pre­
pare for your ritual.
__".._"__ ...._J9
You can also use this infusion for cleaning or puri­
fYing rooms or objects. Simply set the items in the
infusion or use a sponge soaked in the infusion to
wipe areas do\\<'l1.
2 cups chamomile flowers
1 cup clover flowers
lf4 cup pansy flowers
2 cups lavender flowers
Y4 cup hyssop leaves
lf4 cup thyme leaves
1 tsp anise
Y+ cup lemon peel
Business Success Infusion
Use this infusion either as a soak added to your
bath, or soak a washcloth with it and lay it across
your forehead while you meditate on being suc­
cessful in your work life. liy to focus on a specific
event or project instead of on a general feeling.
If possible, use this infusion at your work. Try wip­
ing down your desk with it, sprinkle droplets on
the floor, or water plants in your work area with
it-as they grow they will release the magic into
the air.
1 cup magnolia blossoms
1 cup chamomile blossoms
YI cup Balm of Gilead
1 cup bergamot leaves
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Y2 cup tangerine peel
Y2 cup sage leaves
1;4 cup peeled ginger root
3 cinnamon sticks
Y2 cup basil leaves
1 TB. juniper berries
Love Attraction Infusion
This infusion is designed to help you find your
true love. While using this infusion, meditate on
the qualities you want your true love to have. Do
not visualize a specific person, as this interferes
with his or her free will.
Y2 cup chamomile t10wers
Y2 cup clover t10wers
Y2 cup lavender t10wers
Y2 cup jasmine t10wers
Y2 cup primrose flowers
112 cup red rose petals
Y2 cup violet flowers
3 fresh basil leaves
1 TB. mint leaves
1 TB. raspberry leaves
1 inch peeled ginger root
1 small apple, peeled, cored, and sliced
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Woney Attraction Infusion
This infusion will help open your eyes to money­
making opportunities. Men using this infusion,
visualize yourself receiving the money you need­
but don't be greedy, and remember that needs
wants are two different things.
You can use this infusion in a bath or place a few
drops at a time onto a lit charcoal tablet. The
steam will release your magic into the world.
Y2 cup crushed pineapple chunks
1 pear peeled and sliced
1;2 cup oats
Y2 cup sassafras bark
1 inch ginger, peeled and sliced
1;2 cup t1ax seeds
Y2 cup cashews
1 chunk (about Y4 cup size) of oak bark
Healing Juice Soak
Add this infusion to a warm bath when you need
some extra healing energy. Visualize whatever ails
you leaving your body. Imagine your illness is
being pulled out of you and into the water. Watch
as you pull the plug and see your illness go down
the drain.
If you are up to it, use this infusion to wipe down
counters, toilets, sinks, doorknobs, and other places
where germs congregate.
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Y2 cup tangerine peel
Y2 cup sage leaves
1;4 cup peeled ginger root
3 cinnamon sticks
Y2 cup basil leaves
1 TB. juniper berries
Love Attraction Infusion
This infusion is designed to help you find your
true love. While using this infusion, meditate on
the qualities you want your true love to have. Do
not visualize a specific person, as this interferes
with his or her free will.
Y2 cup chamomile t10wers
Y2 cup clover t10wers
Y2 cup lavender t10wers
Y2 cup jasmine t10wers
Y2 cup primrose flowers
112 cup red rose petals
Y2 cup violet flowers
3 fresh basil leaves
1 TB. mint leaves
1 TB. raspberry leaves
1 inch peeled ginger root
1 small apple, peeled, cored, and sliced
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Woney Attraction Infusion
This infusion will help open your eyes to money­
making opportunities. Men using this infusion,
visualize yourself receiving the money you need­
but don't be greedy, and remember that needs
wants are two different things.
You can use this infusion in a bath or place a few
drops at a time onto a lit charcoal tablet. The
steam will release your magic into the world.
Y2 cup crushed pineapple chunks
1 pear peeled and sliced
1;2 cup oats
Y2 cup sassafras bark
1 inch ginger, peeled and sliced
1;2 cup t1ax seeds
Y2 cup cashews
1 chunk (about Y4 cup size) of oak bark
Healing Juice Soak
Add this infusion to a warm bath when you need
some extra healing energy. Visualize whatever ails
you leaving your body. Imagine your illness is
being pulled out of you and into the water. Watch
as you pull the plug and see your illness go down
the drain.
If you are up to it, use this infusion to wipe down
counters, toilets, sinks, doorknobs, and other places
where germs congregate.
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V4 cup rowan berries
V4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup elder berries
1 TB. fennel seeds
6 green olives
1 TB. coriander seeds
1 fresh cucumber, peeled and sliced
1 chunk willow bark
1 TB. angelica seeds
2 large fresh apples, peeled and sliced
5 chunks myrrh resin
IS" Divination Infusion
Use this infusion either in your bath or soak a
washcloth with it and lay it across your forehead
before you begin any divination workings. Relax
and focus on opening your mind to receive mes­
sages from the other side or your higher self.
While doing your divination work, drop a couple
drops at a time on a lit charcoal tablet, releasing
the infusion into the air.
lh cup borage flowers
V2 cup calendula flowers
5 cloves
V4 cup coltsfoot leaves or flowers
V4 cup jasmine flowers
1/4 cup mullein flowers
"_"
1;4 cup pansy flowers
1/2 cup rose petals
V4 cup yarrow flowers
V4 cup goldenrod leaves
lh cup shredded lettuce
Prot.ction Infusion
Use this infusion to protect you from psychic
attacks from others. As you soak in this protection
infusion, imagine yourself surrounded by a giant
protective bubble of white light. The bubble keeps
anything out that can harm you and lets only love
and light through. Feel the strength in knowing
you are safe and protected.
To protect your home, fill a gallon pitcher with this
infusion and walk around the outside of your home,
pouring a line of the liquid all the way around the
house.
1;4 cup raspberries
1;4 cup rowan berries
V4 cup mulberries
1 papaya, peeled and diced
1 cup coconut flakes
1 chunk dogwood bark
3 chunks of myrrh resin
1 tsp. burdock root, chopped
1 tsp. ginseng root, chopped
1 tsp. St. John's Wort
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V4 cup rowan berries
V4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup elder berries
1 TB. fennel seeds
6 green olives
1 TB. coriander seeds
1 fresh cucumber, peeled and sliced
1 chunk willow bark
1 TB. angelica seeds
2 large fresh apples, peeled and sliced
5 chunks myrrh resin
IS" Divination Infusion
Use this infusion either in your bath or soak a
washcloth with it and lay it across your forehead
before you begin any divination workings. Relax
and focus on opening your mind to receive mes­
sages from the other side or your higher self.
While doing your divination work, drop a couple
drops at a time on a lit charcoal tablet, releasing
the infusion into the air.
lh cup borage flowers
V2 cup calendula flowers
5 cloves
V4 cup coltsfoot leaves or flowers
V4 cup jasmine flowers
1/4 cup mullein flowers
"_"
1;4 cup pansy flowers
1/2 cup rose petals
V4 cup yarrow flowers
V4 cup goldenrod leaves
lh cup shredded lettuce
Prot.ction Infusion
Use this infusion to protect you from psychic
attacks from others. As you soak in this protection
infusion, imagine yourself surrounded by a giant
protective bubble of white light. The bubble keeps
anything out that can harm you and lets only love
and light through. Feel the strength in knowing
you are safe and protected.
To protect your home, fill a gallon pitcher with this
infusion and walk around the outside of your home,
pouring a line of the liquid all the way around the
house.
1;4 cup raspberries
1;4 cup rowan berries
V4 cup mulberries
1 papaya, peeled and diced
1 cup coconut flakes
1 chunk dogwood bark
3 chunks of myrrh resin
1 tsp. burdock root, chopped
1 tsp. ginseng root, chopped
1 tsp. St. John's Wort
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Pocket Idiot's Guide to
Gft aJob Infusion
This infusion is designed to help you find the per­
fect job. Use it in your bath to boost your success
level, courage, and creativity.
cup bee balm flowers
Y4 cup borage flowers
Y4 cup clover flowers
cup mullein flowers
Y4 cup yarrow flowers
cup shredded cabbage
YJ cup colmnbine leaves
cup sage
I small chunk (about Yz inch by Yz inch) ginger,
peeled and sliced
1 tsp. celery
1 chunk oak bark
Yz cup pecans
Gardfn WaeJic Infusion
Use this infusion to water your house plants or walk
the boundaries of your garden, sprinkling the infu­
sion all around the garden boundaries. Visualize
your plants growing tall and green and producing
beautiful vegetables and flowers. Use the infusion
to water fruit trees while envisioning the juicy fruits
you want them to grow.
'"''
1 cup heather flowers
Yz cup pansy flowers
Y2 cup alfalfa sprouts
Yz cup pennyroyal leaves
Yz cup sliced carrots
Yz cup cyclamen root
1 chunk oak bark
2 large apples, sliced
1 banana, sliced
1 cucumber, sliced
Yz cup figs
1 cup cut grapes
1 tsp. mustard seeds
cup black olives
1 pomegranate, quartered
lIomf BlfssineJlnfusion
Use this infusion to clean your house. Fill a gallon­
size bottle with the infusion and walk around the
outside of your house, pouring a path as you go.
4 oranges, sliced but not peeled
3 lemons, sliced but not peeled
4 chunks myrrh resin
4 chunk<; frankincense resin
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Pocket Idiot's Guide to
Gft aJob Infusion
This infusion is designed to help you find the per­
fect job. Use it in your bath to boost your success
level, courage, and creativity.
cup bee balm flowers
Y4 cup borage flowers
Y4 cup clover flowers
cup mullein flowers
Y4 cup yarrow flowers
cup shredded cabbage
YJ cup colmnbine leaves
cup sage
I small chunk (about Yz inch by Yz inch) ginger,
peeled and sliced
1 tsp. celery
1 chunk oak bark
Yz cup pecans
Gardfn WaeJic Infusion
Use this infusion to water your house plants or walk
the boundaries of your garden, sprinkling the infu­
sion all around the garden boundaries. Visualize
your plants growing tall and green and producing
beautiful vegetables and flowers. Use the infusion
to water fruit trees while envisioning the juicy fruits
you want them to grow.
'"''
1 cup heather flowers
Yz cup pansy flowers
Y2 cup alfalfa sprouts
Yz cup pennyroyal leaves
Yz cup sliced carrots
Yz cup cyclamen root
1 chunk oak bark
2 large apples, sliced
1 banana, sliced
1 cucumber, sliced
Yz cup figs
1 cup cut grapes
1 tsp. mustard seeds
cup black olives
1 pomegranate, quartered
lIomf BlfssineJlnfusion
Use this infusion to clean your house. Fill a gallon­
size bottle with the infusion and walk around the
outside of your house, pouring a path as you go.
4 oranges, sliced but not peeled
3 lemons, sliced but not peeled
4 chunks myrrh resin
4 chunk<; frankincense resin
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T ~ e
Guide to Potions
- - - - - - - - - - . ~ ~ - - - - ~ - - - - -
Th, L,ast You Nffd to Know
• Infusions are the liquid resulting from boil­
ing herbs to release their magical qualities.
These potions can be prepared ahead of
time, making them readily available when
needed.
• VVhen you use an infusion, your body
absorbs the potion's magic, making it radi­
ate from you.
• Infusions can be made with just about any
kind of plant material, fresh or dried.
• Storing dried infusion blends is easy and
convenient; however, remember to keep
blends in a cool, dark place with as little air
in it as possible.
• Infusions can be stored in the refrigerator
or frozen to be ready for use at any time.
(ha
Oodl,s of Oils
In This (hapt.r
• Using oil-based potions
• Choosing and preparing ingredients
• Storing your oils
• Getting started with some recipes
Oils are my favorite potion ingredients to work
with. One can use oils to create an endless variety
of scents with surprising ease.
Oil Obs,ssions
If you are like me, you might find yourself becom­
ing slightly obsessed with working with
They're so fun, in part, because they come in a
variety of different fonns, including essential oils,
diluted oils, and infused oils.
The intended use of your potion dictates the type
of oil potion you should make. I use essential oils,
86 T ~ e
Guide to Potions
- - - - - - - - - - . ~ ~ - - - - ~ - - - - -
Th, L,ast You Nffd to Know
• Infusions are the liquid resulting from boil­
ing herbs to release their magical qualities.
These potions can be prepared ahead of
time, making them readily available when
needed.
• VVhen you use an infusion, your body
absorbs the potion's magic, making it radi­
ate from you.
• Infusions can be made with just about any
kind of plant material, fresh or dried.
• Storing dried infusion blends is easy and
convenient; however, remember to keep
blends in a cool, dark place with as little air
in it as possible.
• Infusions can be stored in the refrigerator
or frozen to be ready for use at any time.
(ha
Oodl,s of Oils
In This (hapt.r
• Using oil-based potions
• Choosing and preparing ingredients
• Storing your oils
• Getting started with some recipes
Oils are my favorite potion ingredients to work
with. One can use oils to create an endless variety
of scents with surprising ease.
Oil Obs,ssions
If you are like me, you might find yourself becom­
ing slightly obsessed with working with
They're so fun, in part, because they come in a
variety of different fonns, including essential oils,
diluted oils, and infused oils.
The intended use of your potion dictates the type
of oil potion you should make. I use essential oils,
89
diluted oils, and infused oils all frequently. Oil
potions make up an extremely large part of my
practice.
(ffortless (ssential Oils
Essential oils are produced by removing the volatile
oil from the plant material.
Magical Definitions ____
A volatile oil is an oil that contains
characteristics of the flavor and scent of
plant
Because large quantities of herb material are
required and specialized equipment is needed to
extract essential oils, it ju.<;t isn't practical for you to
attempt to do this on your own. It's perfec1:1y rea­
sonable and acceptable to buy your essential oils.
Unfortunately, some essential oils are extremely
expensive. However, pure essential oils have a very
long shelf life, and they will last for years if you are
only using a very small amount at a time.
The best part of working with essential oils is the
ease in using them. Most essential oils are sold
either with an eyedropper fit into the bottle top, or
with a nozzle that only allows a drop out at a time.
And because you need only a tiny amount, if you
1
1
1
§
t

l

,
l
II
, ____.___" ___
don't like the way something smells, you don't
waste much of the oil.

Enchanting Explanations --­
it takes approximately 30 rose buds to
make 1 drop of essential oil. The price of
rose oil runs about $35 per milliliter. Pure
iasmine oil runs $45 for half an ounce,
sandalwood at about $35 for half on
ounce.
I always recommend combining the essential oils
before adding them to the carrier oil, so you have
an idea of how the final product will smelL There's
no sense in adding the essential oil mixture to
carrier oil and wasting the carrier oil if you don't
like how it smells.
You can mix essential oils with one another and
with carrier or infused oils to make your own per­
fect combinations. You can then use the mixtures
in bath oil potions or perfume potions. Mixtures
that don't contain carrier oils can be used in your
diffuser or on the charcoal tablets.
No matter what you are mixing oils for, be sure to
keep them in a bottle with a good, tight sealing lid
to keep them fresh.
You can also find many of them already diluted
with carrier oils.
89
diluted oils, and infused oils all frequently. Oil
potions make up an extremely large part of my
practice.
(ffortless (ssential Oils
Essential oils are produced by removing the volatile
oil from the plant material.
Magical Definitions ____
A volatile oil is an oil that contains
characteristics of the flavor and scent of
plant
Because large quantities of herb material are
required and specialized equipment is needed to
extract essential oils, it ju.<;t isn't practical for you to
attempt to do this on your own. It's perfec1:1y rea­
sonable and acceptable to buy your essential oils.
Unfortunately, some essential oils are extremely
expensive. However, pure essential oils have a very
long shelf life, and they will last for years if you are
only using a very small amount at a time.
The best part of working with essential oils is the
ease in using them. Most essential oils are sold
either with an eyedropper fit into the bottle top, or
with a nozzle that only allows a drop out at a time.
And because you need only a tiny amount, if you
1
1
1
§
t

l

,
l
II
, ____.___" ___
don't like the way something smells, you don't
waste much of the oil.

Enchanting Explanations --­
it takes approximately 30 rose buds to
make 1 drop of essential oil. The price of
rose oil runs about $35 per milliliter. Pure
iasmine oil runs $45 for half an ounce,
sandalwood at about $35 for half on
ounce.
I always recommend combining the essential oils
before adding them to the carrier oil, so you have
an idea of how the final product will smelL There's
no sense in adding the essential oil mixture to
carrier oil and wasting the carrier oil if you don't
like how it smells.
You can mix essential oils with one another and
with carrier or infused oils to make your own per­
fect combinations. You can then use the mixtures
in bath oil potions or perfume potions. Mixtures
that don't contain carrier oils can be used in your
diffuser or on the charcoal tablets.
No matter what you are mixing oils for, be sure to
keep them in a bottle with a good, tight sealing lid
to keep them fresh.
You can also find many of them already diluted
with carrier oils.
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Guide to Potions
Car.fr•• Carri.r Oils
Carrier oils include sweet almond oil, apricot ker­
nel oil, grape seed oil, evening primrose oil, jojoba
oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, rose hip
seed oil, coconut oil, hazelnut oil, safflower oil,
peach kernel oil, and olive oil. These are non­
volatile oils. It is not generally recommended to
use vegetable or corn oil, because of the smell, the
thickness of the oil, and because they tend to go
rancid quicker than the others.
D.IiCjhtful Dilut.d Oils
Diluted oils are pure essential oils that have been
added to a carrier oil. Diluted oils can either be
made or bought. As stated earlier, pure essential
oils that would be extremely expensive can be
found in a diluted form. You can make your own
diluted oils by adding a few drops of an essential
oil to a carrier oil.
The label on a bottle of diluted oil should tell you
the percentage of actual pure essential oil in the
mix. For example, most rose oil mixes contain 5
percent essential rose oil, with the other 95 percent
being the carrier oiL Just remember that if you add
a diluted oil to a diffuser or lit charcoal tablet, you
will be able to smell the carrier oil in addition to
the essential
Bath. and Glow
There aren't too many things I like better in this
world than settling into a warm bath laced with
6: Oodles of Oils
magical oils. Oils in your bath serve two purposes:
the scent the oils give off is released into the air,
calling the magic to you; and, as the oil covers your
skin, it also calls the magic into you. Basically, oils
in your tub totally surround you with the magic
you seek.
\\!hen adding oils to your bath, you can use any of
the three types of oils-pure essential oils, diluted
oils, or infused oils.
H you are using pure essential oils, a few drops will
scent an entire bathtub. And keep in mind that
essential oils are extremely potent, so always check
for any allergens before adding them to your bath.
Some oils carry a warning saying they might cause
skin irritations; avoid adding these to your bath, or
at the very least heavily dilute them with a carrier
oiL
' . Toil and Trouble
\ ~ .. ' Using oils in your bathtub can
floor and sides of the tub dangerously
~
slippery. When using oils in your both,
take extra caution when getting in and
out of the tub, and use a cleaner that cuts
oil after
Because diluted oils also contain essential oils, you
won't need much of these, either-about a table­
spoon will do the trick.
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Guide to Potions
Car.fr•• Carri.r Oils
Carrier oils include sweet almond oil, apricot ker­
nel oil, grape seed oil, evening primrose oil, jojoba
oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil, peanut oil, rose hip
seed oil, coconut oil, hazelnut oil, safflower oil,
peach kernel oil, and olive oil. These are non­
volatile oils. It is not generally recommended to
use vegetable or corn oil, because of the smell, the
thickness of the oil, and because they tend to go
rancid quicker than the others.
D.IiCjhtful Dilut.d Oils
Diluted oils are pure essential oils that have been
added to a carrier oil. Diluted oils can either be
made or bought. As stated earlier, pure essential
oils that would be extremely expensive can be
found in a diluted form. You can make your own
diluted oils by adding a few drops of an essential
oil to a carrier oil.
The label on a bottle of diluted oil should tell you
the percentage of actual pure essential oil in the
mix. For example, most rose oil mixes contain 5
percent essential rose oil, with the other 95 percent
being the carrier oiL Just remember that if you add
a diluted oil to a diffuser or lit charcoal tablet, you
will be able to smell the carrier oil in addition to
the essential
Bath. and Glow
There aren't too many things I like better in this
world than settling into a warm bath laced with
6: Oodles of Oils
magical oils. Oils in your bath serve two purposes:
the scent the oils give off is released into the air,
calling the magic to you; and, as the oil covers your
skin, it also calls the magic into you. Basically, oils
in your tub totally surround you with the magic
you seek.
\\!hen adding oils to your bath, you can use any of
the three types of oils-pure essential oils, diluted
oils, or infused oils.
H you are using pure essential oils, a few drops will
scent an entire bathtub. And keep in mind that
essential oils are extremely potent, so always check
for any allergens before adding them to your bath.
Some oils carry a warning saying they might cause
skin irritations; avoid adding these to your bath, or
at the very least heavily dilute them with a carrier
oiL
' . Toil and Trouble
\ ~ .. ' Using oils in your bathtub can
floor and sides of the tub dangerously
~
slippery. When using oils in your both,
take extra caution when getting in and
out of the tub, and use a cleaner that cuts
oil after
Because diluted oils also contain essential oils, you
won't need much of these, either-about a table­
spoon will do the trick.
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Pockeildiol's Guide to Potions
Infused oils have the weakest scent of the bunch, so
you can use more of this kind of oil in your water,
but you don't want to use so much that you feel
too greasy after your bath. Two tablespoons of
infused oils should be plenty.
Simm.r and Sizzl.
Another of my favorite ways to use oils is to heat
the oil and let the scent diffuse into the air. As the
scent disperses around the room, it releases the
magic into the air around you.
You can use an oil diffuser, or you can simply place
a couple of drops onto a lit charcoal tablet in a
censer. \Vhen using oils in either of these ways, use
essential oils. Most carrier oils do not smell very
good when they are heated or burned.
Some oil diffusers use electricity to warm the oil
and others rely on the heat from a candle. Obvi­
ously, you need to take safety precautions with
both.
Using an oil diffuser is easy. Place a few drops of
the oil into the reservoir. If you're using an electric
diffuser, the next step is simple: all you need to do
is turn it on. If you're using a candle diffuser, place
a lit tea light candle underneath the reservoir.
Make sure the wick of the candle is trimmed so
that the flame stays fairly low to avoid overheating
the oil.
To diffuse your oils using a charcoal tablet, use an
eyedropper to place a few drops of oil onto a lit

charcoal tablet. Make sure to keep your face back,
as the oil will produce a sudden burst of smoky
steam. The scent is extremely potent--don't inhale
it. As the steam and smoke rises, the magic is
released into the air.
P.rforminCJ P.rfum.s
You can make your own magical perfume oil blends
mixing essential oils and adding them to a car­
rier oil.
Perfume potions release magic into the air through
their scent and draw the magic into the wearer.
\Vhen you wear a perfume potion you create a sort
of magical bubble that follows you around wher­
ever you go.
Enchanting Explanatians
History tells us the Egyptians were
people to incorporate the use of perfumes

into their daily lives as as the
B.C.E.
Because carrier oils can go rancid after a while, you
might want to mix perfumes in small quantities,
depending on how often you plan to use the potion.
Make sure you use a bottle or vial with a tight seal­
ing lid; this will help keep the perfume fresh longer.
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Infused oils have the weakest scent of the bunch, so
you can use more of this kind of oil in your water,
but you don't want to use so much that you feel
too greasy after your bath. Two tablespoons of
infused oils should be plenty.
Simm.r and Sizzl.
Another of my favorite ways to use oils is to heat
the oil and let the scent diffuse into the air. As the
scent disperses around the room, it releases the
magic into the air around you.
You can use an oil diffuser, or you can simply place
a couple of drops onto a lit charcoal tablet in a
censer. \Vhen using oils in either of these ways, use
essential oils. Most carrier oils do not smell very
good when they are heated or burned.
Some oil diffusers use electricity to warm the oil
and others rely on the heat from a candle. Obvi­
ously, you need to take safety precautions with
both.
Using an oil diffuser is easy. Place a few drops of
the oil into the reservoir. If you're using an electric
diffuser, the next step is simple: all you need to do
is turn it on. If you're using a candle diffuser, place
a lit tea light candle underneath the reservoir.
Make sure the wick of the candle is trimmed so
that the flame stays fairly low to avoid overheating
the oil.
To diffuse your oils using a charcoal tablet, use an
eyedropper to place a few drops of oil onto a lit

charcoal tablet. Make sure to keep your face back,
as the oil will produce a sudden burst of smoky
steam. The scent is extremely potent--don't inhale
it. As the steam and smoke rises, the magic is
released into the air.
P.rforminCJ P.rfum.s
You can make your own magical perfume oil blends
mixing essential oils and adding them to a car­
rier oil.
Perfume potions release magic into the air through
their scent and draw the magic into the wearer.
\Vhen you wear a perfume potion you create a sort
of magical bubble that follows you around wher­
ever you go.
Enchanting Explanatians
History tells us the Egyptians were
people to incorporate the use of perfumes

into their daily lives as as the
B.C.E.
Because carrier oils can go rancid after a while, you
might want to mix perfumes in small quantities,
depending on how often you plan to use the potion.
Make sure you use a bottle or vial with a tight seal­
ing lid; this will help keep the perfume fresh longer.
'"
to Potions

Oil Infusions
An oil infusion is an oil that has been saturated
with the magical properties of a specific plant by
allowing that plant to soak in the oil.
Oil infusions can be taken internally (as long as the
individual ingredients are safe for human consump­
tion) or used externally.

• • Toil and Trouble
, .... ' Although oil infusions can be taken inter­
nally, pure essential oils should never be
swallowed. They are extremely potent,
I and therefore dangerous.
you aren't going to want to
type of potion. Chil­
dren taking oil infusions should be given a teaspoon
full, while adults can take a tablespoon.
Preparing infused oils is a relatively simple process,
but it can require large quantities of ingredients,
depending on how much of the infusions you want
to prepare.
For your infusion preparations you will need fresh
or dried herbs .
cheesecloth, a carrier oil, and a cool, dark place to
store the canning jars for seven days. After the
infusions are ready, you will need a wire mesh
strainer, a bulb baster, and dark colored bottles
with tight sealing lids.
_...____ .. of
Fashion Your Formulas
Infusions should be made with just one type of
herb for each jar. You can create infusion combina­
tions from individual infusions, but you need to
start with a pure infusion.
Experiment with different carrier oils. You might
prefer some for internal use and others for external
use. Price might also be a factor when considering
what type of oil to use.
Concoction Clues ______
You can also mix carrier oils to create
the perfect blend for yourself.
can have different WAiohts and consisten­
to
Infuse Your (arriers
Begin with clean canning jars (the type with the lid
and ring separate). If you have a dishwasher, run
the jars through the dishwasher to make sure they
are clean; otherwise, wash them in hot bleach
water and rinse them well. Label the
ing the kind of herb the oil will contain.
It really is best to use fresh herbs when making
infusions, but if you don't have access to them and
have to use dried herbs, make sure they have
retained their color and scent for better results.
'"
to Potions

Oil Infusions
An oil infusion is an oil that has been saturated
with the magical properties of a specific plant by
allowing that plant to soak in the oil.
Oil infusions can be taken internally (as long as the
individual ingredients are safe for human consump­
tion) or used externally.

• • Toil and Trouble
, .... ' Although oil infusions can be taken inter­
nally, pure essential oils should never be
swallowed. They are extremely potent,
I and therefore dangerous.
you aren't going to want to
type of potion. Chil­
dren taking oil infusions should be given a teaspoon
full, while adults can take a tablespoon.
Preparing infused oils is a relatively simple process,
but it can require large quantities of ingredients,
depending on how much of the infusions you want
to prepare.
For your infusion preparations you will need fresh
or dried herbs .
cheesecloth, a carrier oil, and a cool, dark place to
store the canning jars for seven days. After the
infusions are ready, you will need a wire mesh
strainer, a bulb baster, and dark colored bottles
with tight sealing lids.
_...____ .. of
Fashion Your Formulas
Infusions should be made with just one type of
herb for each jar. You can create infusion combina­
tions from individual infusions, but you need to
start with a pure infusion.
Experiment with different carrier oils. You might
prefer some for internal use and others for external
use. Price might also be a factor when considering
what type of oil to use.
Concoction Clues ______
You can also mix carrier oils to create
the perfect blend for yourself.
can have different WAiohts and consisten­
to
Infuse Your (arriers
Begin with clean canning jars (the type with the lid
and ring separate). If you have a dishwasher, run
the jars through the dishwasher to make sure they
are clean; otherwise, wash them in hot bleach
water and rinse them well. Label the
ing the kind of herb the oil will contain.
It really is best to use fresh herbs when making
infusions, but if you don't have access to them and
have to use dried herbs, make sure they have
retained their color and scent for better results.
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Prepare your infusions as follows:
L Fill the jar three-quarters of the way full
with the herb. Do not fill the jar all the way
to the top and do not pack the herbs in
tightly. Leave enough room in the jar so the
oil can move freely around the
2. Pour oil over the
way to the
3.
the
to hold It down tightly and secure it in place.
Herbs sometimes off gases, and the
cheesecloth allows the infusion to breathe.
4. Store the jars in a cool, dark location for a
week.
If you have the time, take a few minutes every day
to replace the cheesecloth with the metal lid and
gently shake the jar to mix up the herbs and oil.
After shaking the jar, replace the metal lid with the
folded cheesecloth. This helps to ensure all parts of
the herbs are soaked in the oil.
lIarvtst Your Bouqutt
After your infusions have set for a week, once again
replace the cheesecloth with the metal lid and
shake one more time.
Set a wire mesh strainer into a large bowl and
empty the contents into the strainer. Use a spatula
or even your pestle to squeeze any excess
the herbs into the bowl.
__ __(c
Simply discard the used
ready to bottle up your
Toil and Trouble
2- - .c_ ,-,,-,-- -'---«
I have to
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Bottlt It Up
Using the baster, remove the oil from the bowl and
squirt it into dark-colored bottles. These bottles
should have tight sealing lids-either screw-on caps
or tight-fitting corks-to help keep the oils fresh.
After your oil is bottled, label the bottles and store
them in a cool, dark location. Infusions generally
have a shelf life of about six months, but if you
notice any changes in color or scent, discard the
infusion and make another batch.
Blending Basics
Although an infusion can be used on its own-and
make sure to . .
you
to
state-you can
infusions to combine
magical potency,
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Prepare your infusions as follows:
L Fill the jar three-quarters of the way full
with the herb. Do not fill the jar all the way
to the top and do not pack the herbs in
tightly. Leave enough room in the jar so the
oil can move freely around the
2. Pour oil over the
way to the
3.
the
to hold It down tightly and secure it in place.
Herbs sometimes off gases, and the
cheesecloth allows the infusion to breathe.
4. Store the jars in a cool, dark location for a
week.
If you have the time, take a few minutes every day
to replace the cheesecloth with the metal lid and
gently shake the jar to mix up the herbs and oil.
After shaking the jar, replace the metal lid with the
folded cheesecloth. This helps to ensure all parts of
the herbs are soaked in the oil.
lIarvtst Your Bouqutt
After your infusions have set for a week, once again
replace the cheesecloth with the metal lid and
shake one more time.
Set a wire mesh strainer into a large bowl and
empty the contents into the strainer. Use a spatula
or even your pestle to squeeze any excess
the herbs into the bowl.
__ __(c
Simply discard the used
ready to bottle up your
Toil and Trouble
2- - .c_ ,-,,-,-- -'---«
I have to
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I start allover again,!
Bottlt It Up
Using the baster, remove the oil from the bowl and
squirt it into dark-colored bottles. These bottles
should have tight sealing lids-either screw-on caps
or tight-fitting corks-to help keep the oils fresh.
After your oil is bottled, label the bottles and store
them in a cool, dark location. Infusions generally
have a shelf life of about six months, but if you
notice any changes in color or scent, discard the
infusion and make another batch.
Blending Basics
Although an infusion can be used on its own-and
make sure to . .
you
to
state-you can
infusions to combine
magical potency,
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Start Simpl.
iV"hen you begin taking infusions internally, you'll
want to use them in their pure unaltered state to
get used to them. Some people have difficulty swal­
lowing a teaspoon of oil-it's all a matter of taste.
Concoction Clues ______
-..-u.-­
infuSions exter­
taste,
Combine
want and make your nose
When you're ready to start blending your infu­
sions, try mixing just two or three infusions
together at first. And don't mix entire bottles, but
just the amount you need at the time. You don't
have to mix them in equal proportions, either. Try
different combinations to discover what flavors you
enjoy and provide the magical effect'> you seek.
Advanc.d Compounds
Advanced compounds involve combining four or
more different infusions. As with simpler mixtures,
make these in small doses so you can sample your
concoctions without wasting a lot of infusions if it
doesn't turn out as you had hoped.
After you find a taste you like, you can go ahead
and mix up a larger amount of it, label it, and store
it the way you store your other infusions.
_____ ____ Oodles of Oils 99
If you don't plan to use your concoctions on a daily
or weekly basis, I don't recommend mixing them
up ahead of time. Instead, simply make them when
you need them. And be sure to write down your
exact ingredients so you can create the same potion
time after time.
Lft's 6ft Startfd
The following combinations will help you get
started on your oil-making practices. For external
potions, use essential oils; for internal potions, use
infusions. Feel free to experiment and alter the
recipes to suit your tastes and needs. Use your
favorite carrier oils to make your infusions, and
then combine the infusions as suggested in each of
the following recipes.
Use as little or as much of each ingredient as you
like to alter the taste or smell. Eliminate those
ingredients you don't like.
iV"hen using these recipes in spell work, feel free to
combine the different aspects. For example, before
your spell work, take a bath in the appropriate oil,
then sprinkle some of the corresponding oil on a
charcoal tablet, and take a teaspoon or two of an
appropriate infusion during your spell work.
Los. th. W.iCJht Oil
I wish I could tell you that this magical potion
sheds the pounds without any additional effort on
your part, but unfortunately, as with any kind of
,
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Start Simpl.
iV"hen you begin taking infusions internally, you'll
want to use them in their pure unaltered state to
get used to them. Some people have difficulty swal­
lowing a teaspoon of oil-it's all a matter of taste.
Concoction Clues ______
-..-u.-­
infuSions exter­
taste,
Combine
want and make your nose
When you're ready to start blending your infu­
sions, try mixing just two or three infusions
together at first. And don't mix entire bottles, but
just the amount you need at the time. You don't
have to mix them in equal proportions, either. Try
different combinations to discover what flavors you
enjoy and provide the magical effect'> you seek.
Advanc.d Compounds
Advanced compounds involve combining four or
more different infusions. As with simpler mixtures,
make these in small doses so you can sample your
concoctions without wasting a lot of infusions if it
doesn't turn out as you had hoped.
After you find a taste you like, you can go ahead
and mix up a larger amount of it, label it, and store
it the way you store your other infusions.
_____ ____ Oodles of Oils 99
If you don't plan to use your concoctions on a daily
or weekly basis, I don't recommend mixing them
up ahead of time. Instead, simply make them when
you need them. And be sure to write down your
exact ingredients so you can create the same potion
time after time.
Lft's 6ft Startfd
The following combinations will help you get
started on your oil-making practices. For external
potions, use essential oils; for internal potions, use
infusions. Feel free to experiment and alter the
recipes to suit your tastes and needs. Use your
favorite carrier oils to make your infusions, and
then combine the infusions as suggested in each of
the following recipes.
Use as little or as much of each ingredient as you
like to alter the taste or smell. Eliminate those
ingredients you don't like.
iV"hen using these recipes in spell work, feel free to
combine the different aspects. For example, before
your spell work, take a bath in the appropriate oil,
then sprinkle some of the corresponding oil on a
charcoal tablet, and take a teaspoon or two of an
appropriate infusion during your spell work.
Los. th. W.iCJht Oil
I wish I could tell you that this magical potion
sheds the pounds without any additional effort on
your part, but unfortunately, as with any kind of
,
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magic, we must live our mundane lives in accor­
dance with Our magical practices in order for them
to work properly.
Clover
Pennyroyal
Ginger
Violet
Honeysuckle
Yarrow
Lemon balm
Passion Ptrfumt
Use these oils in different combinations to bring
passion into your life.
Cardamom
Patchouli
Clove
Rose
Ginger
Sandalwood
Jasmine
Ylang-ylang
Lemongrass
NtCJativity Bt 60nt Oil
Use combinations of these oils to disperse negativ­
ity in your life or a negative cloud that seems to be
hanging around.
Basil
Bone set
Bergamot
Clove
Birch (young
Clover
leaves)
Dragon's blood
Blessed thistle
Elderberry
__
Frankincense
Witch grass
Mint
Yarrow
Mullein
Wish Swish
Combine and use oils from this list to help make
your wishes come true.
Allspice
Sandalwood
Bluebell
Star anise
Daffodil
Tonka bean
Dandelion
Violet
Ginseng
IntrCJY BoostinCJ Oil
Use any of these oils or infusions to give you an
energy boost.
Black pepper
Nutmeg
Camphor
Orange
Caraway
Patchouli
Carnation
Pennyroyal
Cinnamon
Peppermint
Garlic
Pine
Ginger
Saffron
Lemon
Vanilla
Lime
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magic, we must live our mundane lives in accor­
dance with Our magical practices in order for them
to work properly.
Clover
Pennyroyal
Ginger
Violet
Honeysuckle
Yarrow
Lemon balm
Passion Ptrfumt
Use these oils in different combinations to bring
passion into your life.
Cardamom
Patchouli
Clove
Rose
Ginger
Sandalwood
Jasmine
Ylang-ylang
Lemongrass
NtCJativity Bt 60nt Oil
Use combinations of these oils to disperse negativ­
ity in your life or a negative cloud that seems to be
hanging around.
Basil
Bone set
Bergamot
Clove
Birch (young
Clover
leaves)
Dragon's blood
Blessed thistle
Elderberry
__
Frankincense
Witch grass
Mint
Yarrow
Mullein
Wish Swish
Combine and use oils from this list to help make
your wishes come true.
Allspice
Sandalwood
Bluebell
Star anise
Daffodil
Tonka bean
Dandelion
Violet
Ginseng
IntrCJY BoostinCJ Oil
Use any of these oils or infusions to give you an
energy boost.
Black pepper
Nutmeg
Camphor
Orange
Caraway
Patchouli
Carnation
Pennyroyal
Cinnamon
Peppermint
Garlic
Pine
Ginger
Saffron
Lemon
Vanilla
Lime
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600d Luck Oil
Need a little extra luck? Try combining any of the
oils or infusions from this list.
Allspice Mistletoe
Bayberry Nutmeg
Bluebell Orange
Catnip Strawberry
Ginseng Vetiver
Irish moss Violet
Brok,n H,art N,nd,r Oil
"\Then you need a little help getting over a broken
heart, use any of these oils or infusions in a broken­
heart-mender mixture.
Balm of Gilead Cypress
Bayberry I Iyacinth
Calendula Lily
Carnation Rue
Columbine Witch hazel
Costmary
Oil
Have a fight with a friend? Combine these oils or
infusions to help set things right.
....
Juniper
Amber
Passionflower
Apple blossom
Rue
Balm of Gilead
Slippery elm
Basil
Sweet pea
Bayberry
S,lf-lstffm Lift,r Oil
When life is getting you down, combine these
ingredients to help give your self-esteem a boost.
Honeysuckle
Amber
Hyacinth
Bayberry
Lime
Cinnamon
Orange
Ginseng
Passionflower
Grapefruit
If Adv,ntur, Had aHam, Oil
Need a little adventure in your life? Or the courage
to be a bit more adventurous? Mix these ingredi­
ents up to give yourself a boost.
Ginger
Black pepper
Mullein
Carnation
Musk
Cedar
Onion
Cinnamon
Peppermint
Clove
Sweet pea
Columbine
Thyme
Fennel
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600d Luck Oil
Need a little extra luck? Try combining any of the
oils or infusions from this list.
Allspice Mistletoe
Bayberry Nutmeg
Bluebell Orange
Catnip Strawberry
Ginseng Vetiver
Irish moss Violet
Brok,n H,art N,nd,r Oil
"\Then you need a little help getting over a broken
heart, use any of these oils or infusions in a broken­
heart-mender mixture.
Balm of Gilead Cypress
Bayberry I Iyacinth
Calendula Lily
Carnation Rue
Columbine Witch hazel
Costmary
Oil
Have a fight with a friend? Combine these oils or
infusions to help set things right.
....
Juniper
Amber
Passionflower
Apple blossom
Rue
Balm of Gilead
Slippery elm
Basil
Sweet pea
Bayberry
S,lf-lstffm Lift,r Oil
When life is getting you down, combine these
ingredients to help give your self-esteem a boost.
Honeysuckle
Amber
Hyacinth
Bayberry
Lime
Cinnamon
Orange
Ginseng
Passionflower
Grapefruit
If Adv,ntur, Had aHam, Oil
Need a little adventure in your life? Or the courage
to be a bit more adventurous? Mix these ingredi­
ents up to give yourself a boost.
Ginger
Black pepper
Mullein
Carnation
Musk
Cedar
Onion
Cinnamon
Peppermint
Clove
Sweet pea
Columbine
Thyme
Fennel
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Op.n Communication Oil
Use a combination of these oils or infusions if you
are having a communication problem with some­
one and you need to clear it up.
Caraway
Garlic
Cedar
Hyssop
Coffee
Lavender
Costmary
Lemon
Dill
Slippery elm
Visions Oil
Use these oils or infusions in any combination to
experience magical visions.
Acacia
Lemon grass
Alder
Lilac
Angelica
Mace
Apple (wood)
Marigold
Bay leaves
Mugwon
Calendula
Nutmeg
Camphor
Oak (wood)
Carnation
Orange
Celery seed
Orris
Cherry
Patchouli
Cinnamon
Peppermint
Coltsfoot
Pine
Ginger
Poplar (wood)
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105
Rose Vanilla
Saffron
Willow
Star anise Yarrow
Tangerine
Yerba santa
Th. L.ast You N"d to Know
• Oils are used in three basic forms: essential,
diluted, and infused.
• Essential and diluted oils are not safe for
internal consumption.
.. Perfumes, bath oils, and simmered oils
release magic into the air, surrounding you
in a magical bubble.
• Infusions can be taken internally, helping
you draw the magic into you.
j
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Op.n Communication Oil
Use a combination of these oils or infusions if you
are having a communication problem with some­
one and you need to clear it up.
Caraway
Garlic
Cedar
Hyssop
Coffee
Lavender
Costmary
Lemon
Dill
Slippery elm
Visions Oil
Use these oils or infusions in any combination to
experience magical visions.
Acacia
Lemon grass
Alder
Lilac
Angelica
Mace
Apple (wood)
Marigold
Bay leaves
Mugwon
Calendula
Nutmeg
Camphor
Oak (wood)
Carnation
Orange
Celery seed
Orris
Cherry
Patchouli
Cinnamon
Peppermint
Coltsfoot
Pine
Ginger
Poplar (wood)
.. ____ ___.,, ___.__ of Oils
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Rose Vanilla
Saffron Willow
Star anise Yarrow
Tangerine
Yerba santa
Th. L.ast You N"d to Know
• Oils are used in three basic forms: essential,
diluted, and infused.
• Essential and diluted oils are not safe for
internal consumption.
.. Perfumes, bath oils, and simmered oils
release magic into the air, surrounding you
in a magical bubble.
• Infusions can be taken internally, helping
you draw the magic into you.
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(hapter
TantalizinCJ Tincturfs
In This Chapt.r
• Using tincture potions
It Choosing and preparing ingredients
It Storing your tinctures
It Getting started with some recipes
Tinctures are yet another way of extracting the
magical essence from herbs or flowers. A tincture
is a mixture made from soaking plant material in
or vinegar to absorb the plant's essence.
If you aren't big on oils, then you should defini­
tively give tinctures a try. When the tincture is
complete, you can either drink it (in a small dose),
or dab it on your body or on an object, such as a
magical tool, to anoint it.
Tindur. Tadics
Tinctures are made by soaking herbs, flowers, or
other plant material in a low-odor alcohol-such as
vodka-or vinegar to extract the magical essence
from the plant.
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People differ in their approach to preparing tinc­
tures-some prefer to measure ingredients pre­
cisely, while others believe one's own instincts serve
them best. Either way, the final result will give you
a true herbal tincture. It's a matter of personal taste
as to how strong you want your tincture to be and
what method you are more comfortable working
with.

Enchanting Explanations ____--,
as
tinctures might have been used
as 900 B_C.E. in China, it
was the
Paracelsus
Swiss
as a solvent to
Tinctures are relatively inexpensive to make, espe­
cially if you grow your own herbs. They are far less
expensive than many essential oils and, depending
on the type of alcohol you use, might rival the cost
of infusions. Alcohol tinctures also have a long
shelf life, so they will stay fresh far longer than any
other potion you make. (Pure, undiluted essential
oils also have a very long shelf life.)
Y(m can buy premade tinctures at most pharmacies
or health food stores, but you can make your own
tinctures at a fraction of the cost.
Because tinctures are so potent, you only need
to use a small amount-anywhere from a couple
of drops from an eye dropper to a teaspoon,
"_ ___
depending on what feels comfortable to you. If you
find the taste too strong, you can dilute your tinc­
ture by adding it to a cup of tea or a glass of water.
Tincturf Prfparations
Tinctures are easy to make, and the process is very
similar to that of making oil infusions. You will
need canning jars, a solvent (either alcohol or vine­
gar), herbs, and cheesecloth. You might also want
to use a blender. You will also need a dark, cool
location to store your tinctures while they set,
along with dark colored bottles for storing them.
Open the Bar
Vodka is most often used when making tinctures,
although you can use any type of alcohol that is at
least 80 proof, such as rum or cognac, both of
which help mask the taste of bitter herbs. It comes
down to personal preference of taste and price.
different flavored vodkas are on -I
these days. can enhance
taste of your tinctures, or change the
together. You can experiment
size bottles to
what you like best.
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""""""-----­
People differ in their approach to preparing tinc­
tures-some prefer to measure ingredients pre­
cisely, while others believe one's own instincts serve
them best. Either way, the final result will give you
a true herbal tincture. It's a matter of personal taste
as to how strong you want your tincture to be and
what method you are more comfortable working
with.

Enchanting Explanations ____--,
as
tinctures might have been used
as 900 B_C.E. in China, it
was the
Paracelsus
Swiss
as a solvent to
Tinctures are relatively inexpensive to make, espe­
cially if you grow your own herbs. They are far less
expensive than many essential oils and, depending
on the type of alcohol you use, might rival the cost
of infusions. Alcohol tinctures also have a long
shelf life, so they will stay fresh far longer than any
other potion you make. (Pure, undiluted essential
oils also have a very long shelf life.)
Y(m can buy premade tinctures at most pharmacies
or health food stores, but you can make your own
tinctures at a fraction of the cost.
Because tinctures are so potent, you only need
to use a small amount-anywhere from a couple
of drops from an eye dropper to a teaspoon,
"_ ___
depending on what feels comfortable to you. If you
find the taste too strong, you can dilute your tinc­
ture by adding it to a cup of tea or a glass of water.
Tincturf Prfparations
Tinctures are easy to make, and the process is very
similar to that of making oil infusions. You will
need canning jars, a solvent (either alcohol or vine­
gar), herbs, and cheesecloth. You might also want
to use a blender. You will also need a dark, cool
location to store your tinctures while they set,
along with dark colored bottles for storing them.
Open the Bar
Vodka is most often used when making tinctures,
although you can use any type of alcohol that is at
least 80 proof, such as rum or cognac, both of
which help mask the taste of bitter herbs. It comes
down to personal preference of taste and price.
different flavored vodkas are on -I
these days. can enhance
taste of your tinctures, or change the
together. You can experiment
size bottles to
what you like best.
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.....•....•...• ..... ...... .... ......•.........
Vinf9ar Rfnditions
If you don't want to use alcohol in your tinctures,
you can use vinegar instead. I highly recommend
using plain white vinegar unless you really happen
to prefer the flavor of a different vinegar. \\'hite
vinegar is dear, making it easier to keep an eye on
what is going on with your tincture while it is set­
ting. WIth dark or cloudy vinegars, it's difficult to
see whether the tincture develops any impurities as
it sets.
Shakf and Stup
\Vhen making your tinctures, you will need to
decide whether or not to use exact measurements.
WIth exact measurement'>, you will need 200 grams
of dried chopped herbs for each liter of alcohol
vinegar) or 300 grams of fresh chopped herbs per
liter of alcohol (or vinegar).
If you aren't going to measure, use an amount you
feel comfonable with. The more herbs you use, the
more potent your tincture will be. Be careful not to
pack the jar too tightly with herbs; you want the
alcohol to be able to flow around the herbs.
If you have a blender available (preferably one that
you use only for your magical workings), pour the
herbs into the blender, followed by the alcohol.
Make sure the herbs are totally covered in the alco­
hol, and then blend with the lid on for 60 seconds.
Only use the blend setting-you don't want to
puree the herbs or grind them into such small
pieces that you can't strain them.

Pour the mixture into canning jars and top them
off with more alcohol if needed. Seal the jars
tightly and label with the contents and the date.
Store the jars in a cool, dark location. You will
need to have access to them on a daily basis, so
pick a convenient spot.
At least once a day, shake the jars. The more fre­
quently you can shake them, the better, with four
times a day being optimal.
Concoction Clues ___
You can make your tincture
tions even more magical
the oower of the moon. You
moon.
Depending on how strong you prefer your tinc­
ture, leave it set for anywhere from 2 weeks (this
makes a weaker tincture) to a full 30 days.
Drain and Squfflf
After your mixtures have set for as long as you
want them to, it's time to drain the alcohol off­
this is your actual tincture.
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.....•....•...• ..... ...... .... ......•.........
Vinf9ar Rfnditions
If you don't want to use alcohol in your tinctures,
you can use vinegar instead. I highly recommend
using plain white vinegar unless you really happen
to prefer the flavor of a different vinegar. \\'hite
vinegar is dear, making it easier to keep an eye on
what is going on with your tincture while it is set­
ting. WIth dark or cloudy vinegars, it's difficult to
see whether the tincture develops any impurities as
it sets.
Shakf and Stup
\Vhen making your tinctures, you will need to
decide whether or not to use exact measurements.
WIth exact measurement'>, you will need 200 grams
of dried chopped herbs for each liter of alcohol
vinegar) or 300 grams of fresh chopped herbs per
liter of alcohol (or vinegar).
If you aren't going to measure, use an amount you
feel comfonable with. The more herbs you use, the
more potent your tincture will be. Be careful not to
pack the jar too tightly with herbs; you want the
alcohol to be able to flow around the herbs.
If you have a blender available (preferably one that
you use only for your magical workings), pour the
herbs into the blender, followed by the alcohol.
Make sure the herbs are totally covered in the alco­
hol, and then blend with the lid on for 60 seconds.
Only use the blend setting-you don't want to
puree the herbs or grind them into such small
pieces that you can't strain them.

Pour the mixture into canning jars and top them
off with more alcohol if needed. Seal the jars
tightly and label with the contents and the date.
Store the jars in a cool, dark location. You will
need to have access to them on a daily basis, so
pick a convenient spot.
At least once a day, shake the jars. The more fre­
quently you can shake them, the better, with four
times a day being optimal.
Concoction Clues ___
You can make your tincture
tions even more magical
the oower of the moon. You
moon.
Depending on how strong you prefer your tinc­
ture, leave it set for anywhere from 2 weeks (this
makes a weaker tincture) to a full 30 days.
Drain and Squfflf
After your mixtures have set for as long as you
want them to, it's time to drain the alcohol off­
this is your actual tincture.
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Remove the lid from the canning jar and replace it
with cheesecloth, using a rubber band to help hold
the cheesecloth in place. Pour the liquid into a
large bowl to reduce spills. When the jar is empty,
hold it upside do"",'l1 and remove the cheesecloth,
being careful to keep all of the herbs inside of the
cloth. Hold the loose ends of the cheesecloth
closed and squeeze the remaining alcohol from the
herbs. Continue to squeeze until you can't remove
any more liquid from the herbs. Discard the
cheesecloth and herbs.
If you have one handy, you can use a crank style
hand press, such as a wine press, to help remove as
much of the alcohol or vinegar as possible.
Botti. It Up
Tinctures, like many of your other potions, should
be stored in a dark colored bottle with a tight seal­
ing cap or cork.
Using a baster, remove the tincture from the bowl
and squirt it into the bottles.
Toil and Trouble
l Because tinctures ore made with alco­ 'l'
hol, they can flammable. Do not

store them heat source
__ _______ '13
Label your bottles, being sure to include the type
of tincture and the date it was made. Store them in
a cool, dark location. Tinctures will last a long
time, up to two years, if stored correctly.
Blending Basics
Tinctures can be blended together as you see fit.
You can make special combinations customized to
your needs, or combine different herbs or tinctures
to make your magical potion even more powerful.
(asy Do.s It
You can either add small amounts from different
tinctures together, or you can mix up different com­
binations of the herbs to soak in the alcohol. If you
mix different tinctures together, it is helpful if they
are made with the same type of alcohol. If they are
made with different types of alcohol, only mix up a
small amount at a time.
When you first bebrin mixing herbs or tinctures,
begin with combinations of only two or three, and
bebrin increasing the ingredients as you discover
what combinations are pleasing to your taste buds.
Advanc.d Concoctions
After you are familiar with different herbs and their
flavor, feel free to experiment with more elaborate
combinations to further specialize your practice.
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Remove the lid from the canning jar and replace it
with cheesecloth, using a rubber band to help hold
the cheesecloth in place. Pour the liquid into a
large bowl to reduce spills. When the jar is empty,
hold it upside do"",'l1 and remove the cheesecloth,
being careful to keep all of the herbs inside of the
cloth. Hold the loose ends of the cheesecloth
closed and squeeze the remaining alcohol from the
herbs. Continue to squeeze until you can't remove
any more liquid from the herbs. Discard the
cheesecloth and herbs.
If you have one handy, you can use a crank style
hand press, such as a wine press, to help remove as
much of the alcohol or vinegar as possible.
Botti. It Up
Tinctures, like many of your other potions, should
be stored in a dark colored bottle with a tight seal­
ing cap or cork.
Using a baster, remove the tincture from the bowl
and squirt it into the bottles.
Toil and Trouble
l Because tinctures ore made with alco­ 'l'
hol, they can flammable. Do not

store them heat source
__ _______ '13
Label your bottles, being sure to include the type
of tincture and the date it was made. Store them in
a cool, dark location. Tinctures will last a long
time, up to two years, if stored correctly.
Blending Basics
Tinctures can be blended together as you see fit.
You can make special combinations customized to
your needs, or combine different herbs or tinctures
to make your magical potion even more powerful.
(asy Do.s It
You can either add small amounts from different
tinctures together, or you can mix up different com­
binations of the herbs to soak in the alcohol. If you
mix different tinctures together, it is helpful if they
are made with the same type of alcohol. If they are
made with different types of alcohol, only mix up a
small amount at a time.
When you first bebrin mixing herbs or tinctures,
begin with combinations of only two or three, and
bebrin increasing the ingredients as you discover
what combinations are pleasing to your taste buds.
Advanc.d Concoctions
After you are familiar with different herbs and their
flavor, feel free to experiment with more elaborate
combinations to further specialize your practice.
II"
You should still be careful on how many different
types of alcohol you mix together, but feel free to
experiment with different herbs. Keep track of
your recipes as you go, and save those you like.
Make sure you also keep track of combinations you
don't like so you know not to make them again.
Lft's 6ft Startfd
The one problem with tinctures is the amount of
time you have to wait before getting your final
results. There's no avoiding it, however, so it's best
to started right away. Use the amounts and
ingredients you are comfortable with in any combi­
or mix tinctJlrf''' made from single ingredi­
ents.
Th, 6rffO tv' of tovv
Ifyou are having a problem with jealousy or envy,
use this tincture on yourself. If you have a posses­
sion that you would like to protect from the envy
of someone else, dab a little of this tincture on the
item to protect it from the green eye of envy.
Angelica
Cedar
Bayberry
Clove
Bergamot
Columbine
Blessed thistle
Costmary
Burdock
Cowslip
Camphor
Cypress
___
Dill
Fennel
Hawthorn
ShV No Mor,
Although some people might be shy and enjoy
their privacy, others want to break out of their
shells. This mixture is designed to help get you out
into the world.
Bee balm Mullein
Borage St. John's wort
Chervil Thyme
Chickory Yarrow
Columbine
6,t Your Cr,atiVf Juie,s JlowioCJ
Sometimes you just need a jump-start to get your
in gear. Use these herbs in any combina
tion to get your brain storming.
Angelica Periwinkle
Borage Rose
Chicory Sage
Coltsfoot Savory
Elecampane Thyme
Galangal Yarrow
Mullein Yerba santa
Pansy
II"
You should still be careful on how many different
types of alcohol you mix together, but feel free to
experiment with different herbs. Keep track of
your recipes as you go, and save those you like.
Make sure you also keep track of combinations you
don't like so you know not to make them again.
Lft's 6ft Startfd
The one problem with tinctures is the amount of
time you have to wait before getting your final
results. There's no avoiding it, however, so it's best
to started right away. Use the amounts and
ingredients you are comfortable with in any combi­
or mix tinctJlrf''' made from single ingredi­
ents.
Th, 6rffO tv' of tovv
Ifyou are having a problem with jealousy or envy,
use this tincture on yourself. If you have a posses­
sion that you would like to protect from the envy
of someone else, dab a little of this tincture on the
item to protect it from the green eye of envy.
Angelica
Cedar
Bayberry
Clove
Bergamot
Columbine
Blessed thistle
Costmary
Burdock
Cowslip
Camphor
Cypress
___
Dill
Fennel
Hawthorn
ShV No Mor,
Although some people might be shy and enjoy
their privacy, others want to break out of their
shells. This mixture is designed to help get you out
into the world.
Bee balm Mullein
Borage St. John's wort
Chervil Thyme
Chickory Yarrow
Columbine
6,t Your Cr,atiVf Juie,s JlowioCJ
Sometimes you just need a jump-start to get your
in gear. Use these herbs in any combina
tion to get your brain storming.
Angelica Periwinkle
Borage Rose
Chicory Sage
Coltsfoot Savory
Elecampane Thyme
Galangal Yarrow
Mullein Yerba santa
Pansy
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Trani Nappy
Prepare this tincture before going on a trip, and
take it with you, stored in a spill-proof bottle.
Carrying the potion with you helps to keep you
safe from harm. If you are driving, sprinkle some
of the tincture on the tires before you leave.
Amaranth
Eucalyptus
Basil
Feverfew
Blackberry
Hyssop
Burdock
Lavender
Linden
Clove
Comfrey
Mint
Dill
Primrose
Brightfst Blfssings
This tincture is designed to be used before per-
a rituaL It can also be used to consecrate
magical
Anise
Echinacea
Apple (either the
Fennel
bark, wood, or
Lavender
fruit)
Lemon
Chamomile
Parsley
Rose
Clover
Coconut
Spirituality
Use this tincture before or during rituals or spell
work to increase your spirituality through connec­
tion with the Gods andlor Goddesses.
Cinnamon
Apple (either the Coltsfoot
bark, wood, or
Daffodil
fruit)
Dandelion
Bay
Gardenia
Camphor
Ginger
Carnation
Mullein
Cedar
Yarrow
Celery seeds
Tranquil Momfnts
Use this tincture to release your mind from stress
and worries to help you relax. You can add a couple
of drops to bath water or use a corresponding oil
mixture for best results:
Basil
Bee balm Lavender
Bergamot Lemon balm
Calendula Marjoram
Chamomile Meadowsweet
Coltsfoot Passionflower
Freesia Rose
Gardenia
Hyacinth Ylang-ylang
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Trani Nappy
Prepare this tincture before going on a trip, and
take it with you, stored in a spill-proof bottle.
Carrying the potion with you helps to keep you
safe from harm. If you are driving, sprinkle some
of the tincture on the tires before you leave.
Amaranth
Eucalyptus
Basil
Feverfew
Blackberry
Hyssop
Burdock
Lavender
Linden
Clove
Comfrey
Mint
Dill
Primrose
Brightfst Blfssings
This tincture is designed to be used before per-
a rituaL It can also be used to consecrate
magical
Anise
Echinacea
Apple (either the
Fennel
bark, wood, or
Lavender
fruit)
Lemon
Chamomile
Parsley
Rose
Clover
Coconut
Spirituality
Use this tincture before or during rituals or spell
work to increase your spirituality through connec­
tion with the Gods andlor Goddesses.
Cinnamon
Apple (either the Coltsfoot
bark, wood, or
Daffodil
fruit)
Dandelion
Bay
Gardenia
Camphor
Ginger
Carnation
Mullein
Cedar
Yarrow
Celery seeds
Tranquil Momfnts
Use this tincture to release your mind from stress
and worries to help you relax. You can add a couple
of drops to bath water or use a corresponding oil
mixture for best results:
Basil
Bee balm Lavender
Bergamot Lemon balm
Calendula Marjoram
Chamomile Meadowsweet
Coltsfoot Passionflower
Freesia Rose
Gardenia
Hyacinth Ylang-ylang
liB Idiot's Guide to ........

F,arFador
Fear is something we all deal with at some time or
another. This tincture is designed to help you cope
with your fears while you work at getting over
them.
Angelica Mullein
Borage Pennyroyal
Calendula Savory
Chervil St. John'S wort
Chicory Thyme
Clover Yarrow
Columbine
Lift S,lf-Doubt
This tincture is for when you just aren't sure if you
can trust your own instincts. It's for occasional situ­
ations when you might doubt yourself.
Borage Onion
Calendula Pennyroyal
Celery Rose
Coltsfoot
St. John's wort
Jasmine Thyme
Lettuce Yarrow
Mullein
Tinctures 119
Obstacl, R,moVfr
Use this tincture when you encounter one of life's
many hurdles and you need a little help getting
over it.
Amaranth
Dill
Angelica
Blackberry
Celandine
Heather
Irish moss
Linden
Chicory
Clove
Loosestrife
Marjoram
Columbine
H,gativity Ban
Use this tincture to keep the negativity of other
people from crowding into your space. Dab a little
on your pulse points.
Angelica
Elderberry
Aspen
F rankin cense
Bee balm
Hawthorn
Bergamot
Holly (leaves)
Birch (wood)
Horehound
Cedar
Juniper
Clove
Nettle
Clover
Pine
Dragon's blood
liB Idiot's Guide to ........

F,arFador
Fear is something we all deal with at some time or
another. This tincture is designed to help you cope
with your fears while you work at getting over
them.
Angelica Mullein
Borage Pennyroyal
Calendula Savory
Chervil St. John'S wort
Chicory Thyme
Clover Yarrow
Columbine
Lift S,lf-Doubt
This tincture is for when you just aren't sure if you
can trust your own instincts. It's for occasional situ­
ations when you might doubt yourself.
Borage Onion
Calendula Pennyroyal
Celery Rose
Coltsfoot St. John's wort
Jasmine Thyme
Lettuce Yarrow
Mullein
Tinctures 119
Obstacl, R,moVfr
Use this tincture when you encounter one of life's
many hurdles and you need a little help getting
over it.
Amaranth
Dill
Angelica
Blackberry
Celandine
Heather
Irish moss
Linden
Chicory
Clove
Loosestrife
Marjoram
Columbine
H,gativity Ban
Use this tincture to keep the negativity of other
people from crowding into your space. Dab a little
on your pulse points.
Angelica
Elderberry
Aspen
F rankin cense
Bee balm
Hawthorn
Bergamot
Holly (leaves)
Birch (wood)
Horehound
Cedar
Juniper
Clove
Nettle
Clover
Pine
Dragon's blood
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LOVf in the Air
Use this tincture to help bring love into your life.
Dab a little bit on your pulse points.
Bee balm Lavender
Chamomile Pansy
Clover Periwinkle
Coltsfoot Primrose
Ginger Rose
Heather Ylang-ylang
Jasmine
The Least You Need to Know
• A tincture is made by allowing herbs or
other plant material to steep in alcohol for
a minimum of two weeks.
• You may substitute the alcohol with vinegar
for a nonalcoholic tincture.
• Tinctures are safe to consume as long as all
of the ingredients used to make it are safe to
consume.
• Tinctures are extremely potent and can last
up to two years.
'Tinctures are taken in small doses-from a
few drops up to a teaspoon.
(ha
Lus(ious Lotions
In This Chapter
It Using lotion potions
.. Choosing and preparing ingredients
II Storing your lotions
\I Getting started with some recipes
Making your own lotion potions enables you to
customize the lotion to smell the way you want and,
of course, have the magical properties you desire.
Tht Stnsuality of Lotions
Lotions, through their effect on your senses of
touch and smell, can help you create a particular
mood. The scent of a lotion can put you into differ­
ent states of mind through aroma therapy. Lotions
also help you enter a state of consciousness simply
through the feel of the lotion on your skin, espe­
cially if you work intimately with a magical partner.
Rubbing lotion onto each other's skin creates a
whole new sensation.
120 The P o ( ~ e t IdIot's to Potions
LOVf in the Air
Use this tincture to help bring love into your life.
Dab a little bit on your pulse points.
Bee balm Lavender
Chamomile Pansy
Clover Periwinkle
Coltsfoot Primrose
Ginger Rose
Heather Ylang-ylang
Jasmine
The Least You Need to Know
• A tincture is made by allowing herbs or
other plant material to steep in alcohol for
a minimum of two weeks.
• You may substitute the alcohol with vinegar
for a nonalcoholic tincture.
• Tinctures are safe to consume as long as all
of the ingredients used to make it are safe to
consume.
• Tinctures are extremely potent and can last
up to two years.
'Tinctures are taken in small doses-from a
few drops up to a teaspoon.
(ha
Lus(ious Lotions
In This Chapter
It Using lotion potions
.. Choosing and preparing ingredients
II Storing your lotions
\I Getting started with some recipes
Making your own lotion potions enables you to
customize the lotion to smell the way you want and,
of course, have the magical properties you desire.
Tht Stnsuality of Lotions
Lotions, through their effect on your senses of
touch and smell, can help you create a particular
mood. The scent of a lotion can put you into differ­
ent states of mind through aroma therapy. Lotions
also help you enter a state of consciousness simply
through the feel of the lotion on your skin, espe­
cially if you work intimately with a magical partner.
Rubbing lotion onto each other's skin creates a
whole new sensation.
III Pocket
Lotion Applications
Applying lotion can be an utterly sensual experi­
ence. If you use a magical lotion, you are drawing
the potion's magic into your body and releasing it
into the air around you. And, of course, lotions
also moisturize your skin.

Enchanting Explanations
There are many ways to make your own
lotions, ranging from incredibly simple to
somewhat complicated. Personal prefer­
ence for ingredients and
time and work you want to
dictate what mernOd you use.
You can increase the power of a potion by applying
it after taking a bath suited for the same need. For
example, if your goal is to draw money to you, soak
in bath oils designed to attract money and follow it
up by applying a lotion designed to attract money.
By using many different potions at the same time
or in succession, you increase the magic several
times over, making it extremely powerful.
Special (ffeds
Have some fun and personalize your lotions using
special ingredients. For example, give yourself
a shimmery look by adding some glitter to your
lotion. Pick a color that matches the lotion's magi­
cal intent. Combine glitter of different sizes and
.. III
colors to create more complex lotions and add to
their magical properties.
By adding corresponding colors (see Appendix B),
you incorporate more magical elements into your
potion. You might also want to pick up some little
bags of metal confetti from a party supply store.
When added to your lotion, the tiny confetti will
stick to you (for a while) when you apply the lotion.
Look for confetti that goes along with your intent.
8 Concoction Clues ----------,
Check at your local craft store to
I
a large assortment of glitter. Glitter is avail­
. able in hundreds of different colors,
sizes ranging from very fine powder to
larger chunks.
Instead of-or in addition to-adding colored ele­
ments such as glitter and confetti to your lotion,
you might want to consider coloring the lotion
itself. Many local craft stores sell coloring that can
be used when making soaps or lotions. This color­
ing is safe and will not stain or discolor your skin.
Pick a color that corresponds with your intent.
Lotion Production
By far the quickest and easiest way to make magical
lotions is to begin with a bottle of premade lotion
III Pocket
Lotion Applications
Applying lotion can be an utterly sensual experi­
ence. If you use a magical lotion, you are drawing
the potion's magic into your body and releasing it
into the air around you. And, of course, lotions
also moisturize your skin.

Enchanting Explanations
There are many ways to make your own
lotions, ranging from incredibly simple to
somewhat complicated. Personal prefer­
ence for ingredients and
time and work you want to
dictate what mernOd you use.
You can increase the power of a potion by applying
it after taking a bath suited for the same need. For
example, if your goal is to draw money to you, soak
in bath oils designed to attract money and follow it
up by applying a lotion designed to attract money.
By using many different potions at the same time
or in succession, you increase the magic several
times over, making it extremely powerful.
Special (ffeds
Have some fun and personalize your lotions using
special ingredients. For example, give yourself
a shimmery look by adding some glitter to your
lotion. Pick a color that matches the lotion's magi­
cal intent. Combine glitter of different sizes and
.. III
colors to create more complex lotions and add to
their magical properties.
By adding corresponding colors (see Appendix B),
you incorporate more magical elements into your
potion. You might also want to pick up some little
bags of metal confetti from a party supply store.
When added to your lotion, the tiny confetti will
stick to you (for a while) when you apply the lotion.
Look for confetti that goes along with your intent.
8 Concoction Clues ----------,
Check at your local craft store to
I
a large assortment of glitter. Glitter is avail­
. able in hundreds of different colors,
sizes ranging from very fine powder to
larger chunks.
Instead of-or in addition to-adding colored ele­
ments such as glitter and confetti to your lotion,
you might want to consider coloring the lotion
itself. Many local craft stores sell coloring that can
be used when making soaps or lotions. This color­
ing is safe and will not stain or discolor your skin.
Pick a color that corresponds with your intent.
Lotion Production
By far the quickest and easiest way to make magical
lotions is to begin with a bottle of premade lotion
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and modify it to suit your needs. A large bottle of
unscented cocoa butter lotion is a great place to
start.
Divide the lotion into several small bowls to be
bottled up as separate lotions later. Personalize
each bowl of lotion for a different need by adding
essential oils to infuse your lotion with the magical
properties you want it to contain. If you can't find
an essential oil that corresponds with your need,
you can use an oil infusion or tincture. You can
then add corresponding coloring, glitter, and/or
confetti if you wish. Pour each bowl into its own
bottle and label it. How's that for simple!
6ath'r Toq,th,r
If you'd prefer to make your lotions from scratch,
you have a number of choices. The recipe you use
will dictate the ingredients you use, but you'll need
a few basic ingredients and supplies for most
recipes.
For starters, you need some sort of heat source to
melt ingredients together. You can use either a
microwave with microwaveable dishes or a stove
with a double boiler. If you don't have a double
boiler, a pot filled with water and an empty metal
coffee can make a handy substitute.
You will also need wooden spoons, a blender or
wire whisk, a funnel, a candy thermometer, and
bottles for storing your lotions.
._.__ ___ ._.____.____ ____
Your basic ingredients will include distilled water,
a carrier oil, an emulsifier, (some stores carry their
own brand of emulsifier, or you can use borax) and
essential oils (or infused oils or tinctures). For car­
rier oils, consider using grape seed oil, coconut oil,
olive oil, or almond oil. You might also want to buy
chunks of cocoa butter, shea butter, and beeswax.
You can also add vitamin E oil or food grade aloe
vera gel to your lotions.
Magical Definitions ---­
An emulsifier is a substance that keeps
water and oil from separating when mixed
together.
Other ingredients your recipes might call for
include vegetable glycerin, borax, candelilla wa.x,
carnauba wax, liquid lecithin, palm wax, palm oil,
or palm kernel oil. These items can be found at
your local grocery or health food store.
M,lt th' Solids
If you decide to use cocoa butter, shea butter, or
beeswax, (or any other waxes), you must first melt
them on the stove or in the microwave. You then
add your choice of oil and gently heat the mixture
to allow the ingredients to blend together.
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and modify it to suit your needs. A large bottle of
unscented cocoa butter lotion is a great place to
start.
Divide the lotion into several small bowls to be
bottled up as separate lotions later. Personalize
each bowl of lotion for a different need by adding
essential oils to infuse your lotion with the magical
properties you want it to contain. If you can't find
an essential oil that corresponds with your need,
you can use an oil infusion or tincture. You can
then add corresponding coloring, glitter, and/or
confetti if you wish. Pour each bowl into its own
bottle and label it. How's that for simple!
6ath'r Toq,th,r
If you'd prefer to make your lotions from scratch,
you have a number of choices. The recipe you use
will dictate the ingredients you use, but you'll need
a few basic ingredients and supplies for most
recipes.
For starters, you need some sort of heat source to
melt ingredients together. You can use either a
microwave with microwaveable dishes or a stove
with a double boiler. If you don't have a double
boiler, a pot filled with water and an empty metal
coffee can make a handy substitute.
You will also need wooden spoons, a blender or
wire whisk, a funnel, a candy thermometer, and
bottles for storing your lotions.
._.__ ___ ._.____.____ ____
Your basic ingredients will include distilled water,
a carrier oil, an emulsifier, (some stores carry their
own brand of emulsifier, or you can use borax) and
essential oils (or infused oils or tinctures). For car­
rier oils, consider using grape seed oil, coconut oil,
olive oil, or almond oil. You might also want to buy
chunks of cocoa butter, shea butter, and beeswax.
You can also add vitamin E oil or food grade aloe
vera gel to your lotions.
Magical Definitions ---­
An emulsifier is a substance that keeps
water and oil from separating when mixed
together.
Other ingredients your recipes might call for
include vegetable glycerin, borax, candelilla wa.x,
carnauba wax, liquid lecithin, palm wax, palm oil,
or palm kernel oil. These items can be found at
your local grocery or health food store.
M,lt th' Solids
If you decide to use cocoa butter, shea butter, or
beeswax, (or any other waxes), you must first melt
them on the stove or in the microwave. You then
add your choice of oil and gently heat the mixture
to allow the ingredients to blend together.
IZ6
ne Pocket Idiot's
to Potions
~
~ . Toil and Trouble
, ..... Never allow any these ingredients to
too hot; keep them from splattering
and possibly burning you. It is possible
some of these ingredients to
so never leave them unattended
being heated. When using the stove,
always the flame on low.
When melting ingredients, start with beeswax
because it will take the longest to melt. If using the
microwave, only run the microwave for a couple of
minutes at a time and stir the wax before restarting
the microwave. As the beeswax begins melting more
(or if you are using only a small amount) cut the
time down to 30-second intervals and stir between
each run. Never allow waxes or butters to boil.
Cool Down
}{m will need to let your mixture cool slightly (5
minutes or so) before adding it to the ingredients
in your blender. After it has cooled slightly, pour it
slowly into the blender. If you have to use a wire
whisk, it will take you much longer to complete
your lotion, and you will probably want to allow
your mixture to cool a bit more for safety reasons.
Brinq on the Blender
While your butters or waxes are melting, prepare
your other ingredients. First, add the water; if you
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are using aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil, borax, or
vegetable glycerin, add those now, and blend at the
highest speed for about 30 seconds.
Pour in the wax or butters and blend on a low
speed for about a minute to allow some of the heat
to escape. Turn the blender up to the highest speed
and blend for 5 minutes. If the mixture starts to get
too thick, stop.
Add the essential oils, infused oils, or tinctures you
want to use. If you want to add any colorings, glit­
ter, or confetti, add these now and continue blend­
ing on high for another minute, scraping the sides
as needed.
The mixture will begin to thicken, and you will be
able to tell by looking at it when the mixture is
ready.
If you are mixing by hand, add the water (aloe vera
gel, vitamin E oil, borax, or vegetable glycerin if
needed) to a bowl and start whipping as you
the other ingredients. It would be helpful if you
had someone pour ingredients while you do the
whipping.
Pour and Store
To finish up, all you need to do is pour your
lotions into labeled bottles. In order to do this with
the least amount of mess, use a funnel that fits into
your bottles. You can also try using a baster to
squirt lotion into bottles.
If your lotions don't have a preservative, such as
citric acid, they will last about two months. Do not
IZ6
ne Pocket Idiot's
to Potions
~
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, ..... Never allow any these ingredients to
too hot; keep them from splattering
and possibly burning you. It is possible
some of these ingredients to
so never leave them unattended
being heated. When using the stove,
always the flame on low.
When melting ingredients, start with beeswax
because it will take the longest to melt. If using the
microwave, only run the microwave for a couple of
minutes at a time and stir the wax before restarting
the microwave. As the beeswax begins melting more
(or if you are using only a small amount) cut the
time down to 30-second intervals and stir between
each run. Never allow waxes or butters to boil.
Cool Down
}{m will need to let your mixture cool slightly (5
minutes or so) before adding it to the ingredients
in your blender. After it has cooled slightly, pour it
slowly into the blender. If you have to use a wire
whisk, it will take you much longer to complete
your lotion, and you will probably want to allow
your mixture to cool a bit more for safety reasons.
Brinq on the Blender
While your butters or waxes are melting, prepare
your other ingredients. First, add the water; if you
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are using aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil, borax, or
vegetable glycerin, add those now, and blend at the
highest speed for about 30 seconds.
Pour in the wax or butters and blend on a low
speed for about a minute to allow some of the heat
to escape. Turn the blender up to the highest speed
and blend for 5 minutes. If the mixture starts to get
too thick, stop.
Add the essential oils, infused oils, or tinctures you
want to use. If you want to add any colorings, glit­
ter, or confetti, add these now and continue blend­
ing on high for another minute, scraping the sides
as needed.
The mixture will begin to thicken, and you will be
able to tell by looking at it when the mixture is
ready.
If you are mixing by hand, add the water (aloe vera
gel, vitamin E oil, borax, or vegetable glycerin if
needed) to a bowl and start whipping as you
the other ingredients. It would be helpful if you
had someone pour ingredients while you do the
whipping.
Pour and Store
To finish up, all you need to do is pour your
lotions into labeled bottles. In order to do this with
the least amount of mess, use a funnel that fits into
your bottles. You can also try using a baster to
squirt lotion into bottles.
If your lotions don't have a preservative, such as
citric acid, they will last about two months. Do not
Il8
store lotions in the refrigerator; they should be
kept at room temperature so none of the ingredi­
ents harden and leave you with a chunky mess.

Toil and Trouble
, .... ' You'll know your lotions are going bod
when they begin to smell rancid. Eventu·
nlk, they will either get really runny or
depending on the ingredients,
Let's 6et Started
r;,ssennal oils give lotions their magical nronprt;p<:
and you can personalize any of the
in this section just by changing tne essen­
tial oils that the recipe calls for. You can also add
essential oils to premade lotion to create magical
lotion potions.

Enchanting Explanations
After practiced with a few recipes
in this chapter, you might be ready to
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Letal Maneuvers
Use this lotion whenever you have a court appear­
ance or are dealing with any type of legal matters,
such as making a will or signing mortgage papers.
Start with an 8-ounce bottle of premade cocoa but­
ter lotion with no scent added.
1. Pour all of the lotion into a bowl.
2. Add two drops of each of the following oils,
infusions, or tinctures:
Buckthorn oil
Cascara sagrada oil
Celandine oil
Marigold oil
Brown coloring tOpHunal
3. Stir the mixture and pour it into
bottle.
Astral Projedion
This lotion should be used before undertaking an
astral projection session to help get you into the
proper mindset and to ensure a safe and productive
trip.
Magical Definitions
Astral projection is
Il8
store lotions in the refrigerator; they should be
kept at room temperature so none of the ingredi­
ents harden and leave you with a chunky mess.

Toil and Trouble
, .... ' You'll know your lotions are going bod
when they begin to smell rancid. Eventu·
nlk, they will either get really runny or
depending on the ingredients,
Let's 6et Started
r;,ssennal oils give lotions their magical nronprt;p<:
and you can personalize any of the
in this section just by changing tne essen­
tial oils that the recipe calls for. You can also add
essential oils to premade lotion to create magical
lotion potions.

Enchanting Explanations
After practiced with a few recipes
in this chapter, you might be ready to
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Letal Maneuvers
Use this lotion whenever you have a court appear­
ance or are dealing with any type of legal matters,
such as making a will or signing mortgage papers.
Start with an 8-ounce bottle of premade cocoa but­
ter lotion with no scent added.
1. Pour all of the lotion into a bowl.
2. Add two drops of each of the following oils,
infusions, or tinctures:
Buckthorn oil
Cascara sagrada oil
Celandine oil
Marigold oil
Brown coloring tOpHunal
3. Stir the mixture and pour it into
bottle.
Astral Projedion
This lotion should be used before undertaking an
astral projection session to help get you into the
proper mindset and to ensure a safe and productive
trip.
Magical Definitions
Astral projection is
1)0 Pocket Idiot's
to Potions
A<;semble the following ingredients:
1 cup distilled water
1 cup almond oil
2 TB. liquid lecithin
1 drop angelica oil
5 drops basil oil
1 drop damiana oil
1 drop dittany of crete oil
2 drops mugwort oil
Indigo or blue coloring (optional)
Prepare the lotion:
Combine water, almond oil, and lecithin in a pot on
the stove over low heat until it is well blended and
warm. Remove from heat and allow to cool before
blending in the oil drops and coloring. Store in a
glass or plastic bottle.
N,mory (nhanCfr
Use this lotion whenever you need to give your
memory a boost. It can be particularly helpful
when studying for a test. Apply the lotion when
you're studying the material and again when taking
the test.
A<;semble the follOwing ingredients:
12 cup almond oil
12 cup grape seed oil
1 cup distilled water
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2 TB. liquid lecithin
1 drop caraway oil
1 drop eyebright oil
5 drops lily of the valley oil
3 drops rosemary oil
1 drop spearmint oil
Blue or yellow coloring (optional)
Prepare the lotion:
Over low heat, combine almond oil, grape seed oil,
distilled water, and liquid lecithin in a sauce pan.
Heat thoroughly. (You should see a slight steam
coming from the mixture.) Allow to cool to room
temperature and add essential oil drops and color­
ing. Mix well and pour into bottles.
Spiritual6roundinCJ
This lotion should be used before doing any spiri­
tual work such as meditations, spells, divinations,
or rituals. Ideally, this lotion should be applied
after taking a ritual or cleansing bath.
Assemble the following ingredients:
2 oz. cocoa butter
6 oz. grape seed oil
112 cups distilled water
5 drops frankincense oil
5 drops myrrh oil
Black, purple, or silver coloring (optional)
1)0 Pocket Idiot's
to Potions
A<;semble the following ingredients:
1 cup distilled water
1 cup almond oil
2 TB. liquid lecithin
1 drop angelica oil
5 drops basil oil
1 drop damiana oil
1 drop dittany of crete oil
2 drops mugwort oil
Indigo or blue coloring (optional)
Prepare the lotion:
Combine water, almond oil, and lecithin in a pot on
the stove over low heat until it is well blended and
warm. Remove from heat and allow to cool before
blending in the oil drops and coloring. Store in a
glass or plastic bottle.
N,mory (nhanCfr
Use this lotion whenever you need to give your
memory a boost. It can be particularly helpful
when studying for a test. Apply the lotion when
you're studying the material and again when taking
the test.
A<;semble the follOwing ingredients:
12 cup almond oil
12 cup grape seed oil
1 cup distilled water
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B1
2 TB. liquid lecithin
1 drop caraway oil
1 drop eyebright oil
5 drops lily of the valley oil
3 drops rosemary oil
1 drop spearmint oil
Blue or yellow coloring (optional)
Prepare the lotion:
Over low heat, combine almond oil, grape seed oil,
distilled water, and liquid lecithin in a sauce pan.
Heat thoroughly. (You should see a slight steam
coming from the mixture.) Allow to cool to room
temperature and add essential oil drops and color­
ing. Mix well and pour into bottles.
Spiritual6roundinCJ
This lotion should be used before doing any spiri­
tual work such as meditations, spells, divinations,
or rituals. Ideally, this lotion should be applied
after taking a ritual or cleansing bath.
Assemble the following ingredients:
2 oz. cocoa butter
6 oz. grape seed oil
112 cups distilled water
5 drops frankincense oil
5 drops myrrh oil
Black, purple, or silver coloring (optional)
HZ Thr
Prepare the lotion:
1. Melt the cocoa butter in microwave or dou­
boiler, stirring frequently.
2. Pour melted cocoa butter into a blender and
add grape seed oil and water. Blend ingredi­
ents together.
3. Add frankincense oil and myrrh oil and
blend until mixed.
lI.adach. (radicator
Use this lotion to help relieve headaches. You can
apply the lotion all over your body, but pay special
attention to massaging the lotion into your temples
and forehead.
A'lsemble the following ingredients:
1 oz. cocoa butter
1 oz. shea butter
6 oz. almond oil
1'l2 cups distilled water
2 drops amber oil
6 drops bergamot oil
1 drop chamomile oil
1 drop lemon oil
Grecn or white coloring (optional)
lotions In
Prepare the lotion:
1. Melt cocoa butter and shea buttcr in
microwave or double boiler, stirring fre­
quently.
2. Pour meltcd mixture into a blender and add
almond oil and distilled water. Blend ingre­
dients togetllcr.
3. Add remaining ingredients and blend until
mixed.
Str.nity lIann
Try this relaxing lotion for relieving stress and
easing your mind. It's particularly effective after
a relaxing bath.
Assemble the following ingredients:
1 oz. bccswax
4 oz. shea butter
8 oz. almond oil
I 'l2 cups distilled water
3 drops apple blossom oil
3 drops freesia oil
3 drops hyacinth
5 drops lavcnder oil
3 drops lily of the valley oil
3 drops narcissus oil
Blue, pink, or white coloring (optional)
HZ Thr
Prepare the lotion:
1. Melt the cocoa butter in microwave or dou­
boiler, stirring frequently.
2. Pour melted cocoa butter into a blender and
add grape seed oil and water. Blend ingredi­
ents together.
3. Add frankincense oil and myrrh oil and
blend until mixed.
lI.adach. (radicator
Use this lotion to help relieve headaches. You can
apply the lotion all over your body, but pay special
attention to massaging the lotion into your temples
and forehead.
A'lsemble the following ingredients:
1 oz. cocoa butter
1 oz. shea butter
6 oz. almond oil
1'l2 cups distilled water
2 drops amber oil
6 drops bergamot oil
1 drop chamomile oil
1 drop lemon oil
Grecn or white coloring (optional)
lotions In
Prepare the lotion:
1. Melt cocoa butter and shea buttcr in
microwave or double boiler, stirring fre­
quently.
2. Pour meltcd mixture into a blender and add
almond oil and distilled water. Blend ingre­
dients togetllcr.
3. Add remaining ingredients and blend until
mixed.
Str.nity lIann
Try this relaxing lotion for relieving stress and
easing your mind. It's particularly effective after
a relaxing bath.
Assemble the following ingredients:
1 oz. bccswax
4 oz. shea butter
8 oz. almond oil
I 'l2 cups distilled water
3 drops apple blossom oil
3 drops freesia oil
3 drops hyacinth
5 drops lavcnder oil
3 drops lily of the valley oil
3 drops narcissus oil
Blue, pink, or white coloring (optional)
Bit The Pocket Idiot's
to Potions
Prepare the lotion:
1. Melt beeswax and shea butter in microwave
or double boiler, stirring frequently.
2. Pour melted mixture into a blender and add
almond oil and distilled water. Blend ingre­
dients together.
3. Add remaining ingredients and blend until
mixed.
Bad Lu(k T.rminator
Suffering from a string of bad luck? Use the bad
luck terminator to help set things right again.
Assemble the following ingredients:
1 oz. beeswax
3 oz. cocoa butter
3 oz. shea butter
Yl cup olive oil
JA cup almond oil
JA cup grape seed oil
2 cups water
10 drops vitamin E oil
1 drop allspice oil
1 drop bayberry oil
1 drop bluebell oil
1 drop catnip oil
2 drops ginseng oil
2 drops Irish moss oil
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2 drops nutmeg oil
8 drops rose oil
Green coloring (optional)
Prepare the lotion:
1. Melt beeswax, cocoa butter, and shea butter
in microwave or double boiler, stirring fre­
quently.
2. Stir in olive, almond, and grape seed oils.
3. Pour water into blender. Add oil mixture
and vitamin E oil. Blend ingredients
together.
4. Add remaining ingredients and blend until
mixed.
PI.asant Dr.ams
Chase away nighttnares and other unpleasant
dreams with the pleasant dreams lotion. This lotion
will also help you remember your dreams when you
awake.
Assemble the following ingredients:
2 TB. beeswax
Y:! cup olive oil
Y:! cup almond oil
1;4 tsp. borax
Y:! cup distilled water
2 drops bergamot oil
2 drops calendula oil
Bit The Pocket Idiot's
to Potions
Prepare the lotion:
1. Melt beeswax and shea butter in microwave
or double boiler, stirring frequently.
2. Pour melted mixture into a blender and add
almond oil and distilled water. Blend ingre­
dients together.
3. Add remaining ingredients and blend until
mixed.
Bad Lu(k T.rminator
Suffering from a string of bad luck? Use the bad
luck terminator to help set things right again.
Assemble the following ingredients:
1 oz. beeswax
3 oz. cocoa butter
3 oz. shea butter
Yl cup olive oil
JA cup almond oil
JA cup grape seed oil
2 cups water
10 drops vitamin E oil
1 drop allspice oil
1 drop bayberry oil
1 drop bluebell oil
1 drop catnip oil
2 drops ginseng oil
2 drops Irish moss oil
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2 drops nutmeg oil
8 drops rose oil
Green coloring (optional)
Prepare the lotion:
1. Melt beeswax, cocoa butter, and shea butter
in microwave or double boiler, stirring fre­
quently.
2. Stir in olive, almond, and grape seed oils.
3. Pour water into blender. Add oil mixture
and vitamin E oil. Blend ingredients
together.
4. Add remaining ingredients and blend until
mixed.
PI.asant Dr.ams
Chase away nighttnares and other unpleasant
dreams with the pleasant dreams lotion. This lotion
will also help you remember your dreams when you
awake.
Assemble the following ingredients:
2 TB. beeswax
Y:! cup olive oil
Y:! cup almond oil
1;4 tsp. borax
Y:! cup distilled water
2 drops bergamot oil
2 drops calendula oil
10 drops jasmine oil
2 drops mugwort oil
Blue coloring (optional)
Prepare the lotion:
1. Melt beeswax in microwave or double
boiler, stirring frequently.
2. Stir in olive oil and almond oil.
3. Pour mixture into blender. Add borax and
distilled water. Blend ingredients together.
4. Add remaining ingredients and blend until
mixed.
6limmtr Glamour
Use tllis lotion when you want to feel glamorous.
Be sure to add some sparkly glitter to this one!
Assemble the following ingredients:
1 oz. Cocoa butter
1 oz. shea butter
1 oz. beeswax
1 oz. coconut oil
2 oz. jojoba oil
2 oz. vegetable glycerin
10 oz. distilled water
2 drops ginseng
6 drops lilac oil
2 drops orange blossom oil
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2 drops rose oil
Red coloring (optional)
Glitter (optional)
Prepare the lotion:
1. Melt cocoa butter, shea butter, and beeswax
in microwave or double boiler, stirring fre­
quently.
2. Stir in coconut oil, jojoba oil, and vegetable
glycerin.
3. Pour mixture into blender. Add distilled
water. Blend ingredients together.
4. Add remaining ingredients and blend until
mixed.
Psychic (nhanctr
Use this lotion before performing psychic workings,
such as divinations or readings.
Assemble the following ingredients:
3 TB. beeswax
liz cup olive
liz cup grape seed oil
liz cup almond oil
3 cups distilled water
1 tsp. borax
1 drop acacia oil
5 drops cinnamon oil
1 drop honeysuckle oil
10 drops jasmine oil
2 drops mugwort oil
Blue coloring (optional)
Prepare the lotion:
1. Melt beeswax in microwave or double
boiler, stirring frequently.
2. Stir in olive oil and almond oil.
3. Pour mixture into blender. Add borax and
distilled water. Blend ingredients together.
4. Add remaining ingredients and blend until
mixed.
6limmtr Glamour
Use tllis lotion when you want to feel glamorous.
Be sure to add some sparkly glitter to this one!
Assemble the following ingredients:
1 oz. Cocoa butter
1 oz. shea butter
1 oz. beeswax
1 oz. coconut oil
2 oz. jojoba oil
2 oz. vegetable glycerin
10 oz. distilled water
2 drops ginseng
6 drops lilac oil
2 drops orange blossom oil
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2 drops rose oil
Red coloring (optional)
Glitter (optional)
Prepare the lotion:
1. Melt cocoa butter, shea butter, and beeswax
in microwave or double boiler, stirring fre­
quently.
2. Stir in coconut oil, jojoba oil, and vegetable
glycerin.
3. Pour mixture into blender. Add distilled
water. Blend ingredients together.
4. Add remaining ingredients and blend until
mixed.
Psychic (nhanctr
Use this lotion before performing psychic workings,
such as divinations or readings.
Assemble the following ingredients:
3 TB. beeswax
liz cup olive
liz cup grape seed oil
liz cup almond oil
3 cups distilled water
1 tsp. borax
1 drop acacia oil
5 drops cinnamon oil
1 drop honeysuckle oil
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1 drop iris oil
1 drop lemongrass oil
2 drops mugwort oil
1 drop peppermint oil
1 drop rose oil
1 drop tangerine oil
2 drops wormwood oil
Purple coloring (optional)
Prepare the lotion:
1. Melt beeswax in microwave or double
boiler, stirring frequently.
2. Stir in olive, grape seed, and almond oils.
Set aside.
3. Pour distilled water and borax in blender
and blend together. Add oil mixture and
blend again.
4. Add remaining ingredients and blend until
mixed.
Divine Inspiration
Need a creative boost? This lotion will help you
find the inspiration you crave.
Assemble the following ingredients:
2 tsp. shea butter
2 tsp. candelilIa wax
1;4 cup evening primrose oil
1;4 sunflower oil
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Y4 cup avocado oil
Y4 cup olive oil
liz tsp. borax
2 tsp. vegetable glycerin
4 cups water
1 drop angelica oil
1 drop cowslip oil
3 drops daffodil oil
1 drop dandelion oil
3 drops gardenia oil
1 drop lotus oil
1 drop mullein oil
3 drops myrrh oil
1 drop primrose oil
1 drop violet oil
Yellow coloring (optional)
Prepare the lotion:
1. Melt shea butter and candelilla wax in
microwave or double boiler, stirring fre­
quently.
2. Stir in evening primrose oil, sunflower oil,
avocado oil, and olive oil.
3. Pour mixture into blender. Add borax, veg­
etable glycerin, and water. Blend ingredients
together.
4. Add remaining ingredients and blend until
mixed.
1)8 Thp Po{kpt Idiot's 6uidp to
1 drop iris oil
1 drop lemongrass oil
2 drops mugwort oil
1 drop peppermint oil
1 drop rose oil
1 drop tangerine oil
2 drops wormwood oil
Purple coloring (optional)
Prepare the lotion:
1. Melt beeswax in microwave or double
boiler, stirring frequently.
2. Stir in olive, grape seed, and almond oils.
Set aside.
3. Pour distilled water and borax in blender
and blend together. Add oil mixture and
blend again.
4. Add remaining ingredients and blend until
mixed.
Divine Inspiration
Need a creative boost? This lotion will help you
find the inspiration you crave.
Assemble the following ingredients:
2 tsp. shea butter
2 tsp. candelilIa wax
1;4 cup evening primrose oil
1;4 sunflower oil
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Y4 cup avocado oil
Y4 cup olive oil
liz tsp. borax
2 tsp. vegetable glycerin
4 cups water
1 drop angelica oil
1 drop cowslip oil
3 drops daffodil oil
1 drop dandelion oil
3 drops gardenia oil
1 drop lotus oil
1 drop mullein oil
3 drops myrrh oil
1 drop primrose oil
1 drop violet oil
Yellow coloring (optional)
Prepare the lotion:
1. Melt shea butter and candelilla wax in
microwave or double boiler, stirring fre­
quently.
2. Stir in evening primrose oil, sunflower oil,
avocado oil, and olive oil.
3. Pour mixture into blender. Add borax, veg­
etable glycerin, and water. Blend ingredients
together.
4. Add remaining ingredients and blend until
mixed.
1"0 Thr Pocket
Guide to Potions
(flfstial Protfction
The ultimate in protection lotions, use this potion
whenever you feel you need protection, such as
when doing magical workings, or if you feel threat­
ened in any way.
Assemble the following ingredients:
2 TB. beeswax
Y
4
cup shea butter
II, cup grape seed oil
Yl cup coconut oil
II, cup almond oil
II, cup aloe vera gel
"11 cup distilled water
10 drops vitamin E oil
1 drop blessed thistle oil
5 drops dragon's blood oil
5 drops frankincense oil
2 drops hyssop oil
4 drops myrrh oil
White coloring (optional)
Prepare the lotion:
l. Melt beeswax and shea butter in microwave
or double boiler, stirring frequently.
2. Stir in grape seed oil, coconut oil, and
almond oil. Set aside.
lotions 1"1
3. Pour aloe vera gel, distilled water, and vita­
min E oil into blender and blend together.
Add oil mixture and blend again.
4. Add the remaining ingredients and blend
until mixed.
Thf bast You N"d to Know
• Lotions surround you with a magical bubble
as they draw the magic into you.
$ When making magical lotions, you can start
with premade lotions and add magical
ingredients or you can start from scratch.
• Lotions can be used when working inti­
mately with a magical partner to increase the
power and energy, and therefore the magic.
• Homemade lotions without preservatives
have a shelf life of about two months.
1"0 Thr Pocket
Guide to Potions
(flfstial Protfction
The ultimate in protection lotions, use this potion
whenever you feel you need protection, such as
when doing magical workings, or if you feel threat­
ened in any way.
Assemble the following ingredients:
2 TB. beeswax
Y4 cup shea butter
II, cup grape seed oil
Yl cup coconut oil
II, cup almond oil
II, cup aloe vera gel
"11 cup distilled water
10 drops vitamin E oil
1 drop blessed thistle oil
5 drops dragon's blood oil
5 drops frankincense oil
2 drops hyssop oil
4 drops myrrh oil
White coloring (optional)
Prepare the lotion:
l. Melt beeswax and shea butter in microwave
or double boiler, stirring frequently.
2. Stir in grape seed oil, coconut oil, and
almond oil. Set aside.
lotions 1"1
3. Pour aloe vera gel, distilled water, and vita­
min E oil into blender and blend together.
Add oil mixture and blend again.
4. Add the remaining ingredients and blend
until mixed.
Thf bast You N"d to Know
• Lotions surround you with a magical bubble
as they draw the magic into you.
$ When making magical lotions, you can start
with premade lotions and add magical
ingredients or you can start from scratch.
• Lotions can be used when working inti­
mately with a magical partner to increase the
power and energy, and therefore the magic.
• Homemade lotions without preservatives
have a shelf life of about two months.
B'CJuilinCJ B.v.raCJ's
and Br.ws
In This Chapttr
., Using beverage potions
., Choosing and preparing ingredients
II Storing your beverages
., Getting started with some recipes
Although a (.'Up of tea can be relaxing, sometimes
you need something more potent, whether to cure
what ails you, overcome an obstacle, or simply
create a feeling of goodwill. Not only will the mag­
ical properties of the beverages and brews in this
chapter help you achieve many of your goals, they
taste great, too!
Raise aGlass!
You can drink these potable potions to fill a specific
magical need or simply to celebrate magical times
with friends. It all depends on the drink being pre­
pared and your intention as you prepare it.
144 Tne
ATast, S,nsation
The recipes in this chapter are sure to please your
taste buds as well as your senses! The first 10
recipes are intended to be mixed in small batches­
a glass or pitcher at a time-for your personal use.
These beverages have a very short shelf life-in
most cases just a matter of days, even when stored
in the refrigerator.

Concoction Clues ______--,
maximum magical potency, use the
h"",h""d ingredients you can
freshly squeezed
concentration of
canned, processed
The remaining I 0 recipes are drinks for magical
celebrations such as rituals or festivals. The recipes
will make enough of the beverage to serve a larger
number of people. Most of these recipes contain
alcoholic ingredients or are intended to be mixed
with alcohol. They should be used the same day
they are made.
Individual Instructions
Although each recipe has a distinct set of instruc­
tions, they all share one direction in common;
make them with a heart full of love for yourself
and for those you will be serving.
"--"'_.' ,,--, Brews 145

Enchanting Explanations
Home brewing is a
also save you a ton of money on alco­
holic beverages. A six gallon cask
mead will save you a minimum of $160
when compared 10 buying bottles of mead
at the store. With home brewing, you can
also create different flavor combinations
to find in stores,
interested in home brew­
books available on
down side to brew­
ing your own wines is
them to ferment!
L.t th. N.rrim.nt B'CJin
I recommend making these drinks strictly by the
instructions until you are familiar with them, espe­
cially the brews. After you've made a recipe a few
times, though, feel free to experiment.
Concoction Clues ______--,
Make the most out of your magical
experience by inviting your guests to help
you make the
can add a
a heartfelt of thanks or
requesting a
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The recipes in this chapter are sure to please your
taste buds as well as your senses! The first 10
recipes are intended to be mixed in small batches­
a glass or pitcher at a time-for your personal use.
These beverages have a very short shelf life-in
most cases just a matter of days, even when stored
in the refrigerator.

Concoction Clues ______--,
maximum magical potency, use the
h"",h""d ingredients you can
freshly squeezed
concentration of
canned, processed
The remaining I 0 recipes are drinks for magical
celebrations such as rituals or festivals. The recipes
will make enough of the beverage to serve a larger
number of people. Most of these recipes contain
alcoholic ingredients or are intended to be mixed
with alcohol. They should be used the same day
they are made.
Individual Instructions
Although each recipe has a distinct set of instruc­
tions, they all share one direction in common;
make them with a heart full of love for yourself
and for those you will be serving.
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Enchanting Explanations
Home brewing is a
also save you a ton of money on alco­
holic beverages. A six gallon cask
mead will save you a minimum of $160
when compared 10 buying bottles of mead
at the store. With home brewing, you can
also create different flavor combinations
to find in stores,
interested in home brew­
books available on
down side to brew­
ing your own wines is
them to ferment!
L.t th. N.rrim.nt B'CJin
I recommend making these drinks strictly by the
instructions until you are familiar with them, espe­
cially the brews. After you've made a recipe a few
times, though, feel free to experiment.
Concoction Clues ______--,
Make the most out of your magical
experience by inviting your guests to help
you make the
can add a
a heartfelt of thanks or
requesting a
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Dieter's Delight
Start your day off on the right foot with this tasty­
and healthy-concoction. It's packed with lots of
good stuff and will give you plenty of energy to
make it through the day. Use this drink in place of
your regular breakfast to help you lose weight.
Assemble the following ingredients:
12 banana sliced
Y4 cup orange pulp
Y4 cup sliced strawberries
V4 cup raspberries
1 cup apple juice
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
Put all ingredients in blender and puree until
smooth.
Ambrosia Aphrodisiac
This drink is designed for two people to share dur­
ing a night of romance.
Assemble the following ingredients:
12 cup papaya juice
12 cup pear nectar
12 cup pineapple juice
V4 cup cherry juice
12 cup sliced bananas
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12 cup chopped mango
12 cup chopped kiwi
1 cup crushed ice
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
Put all ingredients in blender and puree until
smooth. Pour into two wine glasses and top with
whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.
For a little extra kick, add two shots of vodka to
this drink before pouring it into glasses.
Stress Buster
When you just need to wind down and chill out,
mix this drink up, sit back, kick off your shoes, and
relax as you let the stress melt away.
Assemble the following ingredients:
3 cups brewed chamomile tea, slightly cooled
1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
4 fresh mint leaves
1 splash of vanilla
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
1. Using a food processor or mortar and pes­
tle, finely grind ginger and mint leaves.
2. Pour ground mixture into blender, and add
chamomile tea and a splash of vanilla.
3. Puree mixture until well blended.
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Dieter's Delight
Start your day off on the right foot with this tasty­
and healthy-concoction. It's packed with lots of
good stuff and will give you plenty of energy to
make it through the day. Use this drink in place of
your regular breakfast to help you lose weight.
Assemble the following ingredients:
12 banana sliced
Y4 cup orange pulp
Y4 cup sliced strawberries
V4 cup raspberries
1 cup apple juice
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
Put all ingredients in blender and puree until
smooth.
Ambrosia Aphrodisiac
This drink is designed for two people to share dur­
ing a night of romance.
Assemble the following ingredients:
12 cup papaya juice
12 cup pear nectar
12 cup pineapple juice
V4 cup cherry juice
12 cup sliced bananas
__....__
12 cup chopped mango
12 cup chopped kiwi
1 cup crushed ice
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
Put all ingredients in blender and puree until
smooth. Pour into two wine glasses and top with
whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.
For a little extra kick, add two shots of vodka to
this drink before pouring it into glasses.
Stress Buster
When you just need to wind down and chill out,
mix this drink up, sit back, kick off your shoes, and
relax as you let the stress melt away.
Assemble the following ingredients:
3 cups brewed chamomile tea, slightly cooled
1 tsp. freshly grated ginger
4 fresh mint leaves
1 splash of vanilla
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
1. Using a food processor or mortar and pes­
tle, finely grind ginger and mint leaves.
2. Pour ground mixture into blender, and add
chamomile tea and a splash of vanilla.
3. Puree mixture until well blended.
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Purifying JUiCf
This potion is meant to purify your body both
physically and spiritually. Drink it 24 hours before
performing a ritual, spell, or other magical working.
Assemble the following ingredients:
2 cups cranberry
liz cup prune juice
Juice from one freshly squeezed lemon
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
Mix ingredients together and sip throughout the
day. This one is tart, so it might make you pucker
up a bit!
Truth 8f Known (lixir
Although this drink sounds like something you
might want to sneak to someone to find out if they
are lying to you or not, that's not really its intent.
Instead, you should slip yourself some of this potion
to find the truth inside you. After drinking this
potion, find a quiet spot to sit and meditate.
A<;semble the following ingredients:
2 cups brewed sage tea
1 apple
1 TB. cherry juice
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
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1. While focusing on the question or problem
at hand, cut the apple into quarters and
place three of the quarters inside a large
glass.
2. Pour cherry juice over the apples, then add
sage tea.
3. Sip this drink as you meditate over
answer you are seeking.
Spiritual (cstasy
Use this drink before performing rituals, spell
work, divinations, or spiritual meditations. It is
desi!,'TIed to open your heart and mind spiritually.
Assemble the following ingredients:
\12 cup cherry juice
'l2 cup grape
cup orange juice
'is cup apple
'is cup papaya juice or nectar
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
You can either pour all the juices into a blender or
mix them together in a small pitcher by hand.
(reativf Shove
Ifyou are like me, you'll want to mix up a pitcher
of this potion. \Vhenever I need some creativity, I
always make it in large doses!
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Guide to Potions
Purifying JUiCf
This potion is meant to purify your body both
physically and spiritually. Drink it 24 hours before
performing a ritual, spell, or other magical working.
Assemble the following ingredients:
2 cups cranberry
liz cup prune juice
Juice from one freshly squeezed lemon
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
Mix ingredients together and sip throughout the
day. This one is tart, so it might make you pucker
up a bit!
Truth 8f Known (lixir
Although this drink sounds like something you
might want to sneak to someone to find out if they
are lying to you or not, that's not really its intent.
Instead, you should slip yourself some of this potion
to find the truth inside you. After drinking this
potion, find a quiet spot to sit and meditate.
A<;semble the following ingredients:
2 cups brewed sage tea
1 apple
1 TB. cherry juice
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
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1. While focusing on the question or problem
at hand, cut the apple into quarters and
place three of the quarters inside a large
glass.
2. Pour cherry juice over the apples, then add
sage tea.
3. Sip this drink as you meditate over
answer you are seeking.
Spiritual (cstasy
Use this drink before performing rituals, spell
work, divinations, or spiritual meditations. It is
desi!,'TIed to open your heart and mind spiritually.
Assemble the following ingredients:
\12 cup cherry juice
'l2 cup grape
cup orange juice
'is cup apple
'is cup papaya juice or nectar
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
You can either pour all the juices into a blender or
mix them together in a small pitcher by hand.
(reativf Shove
Ifyou are like me, you'll want to mix up a pitcher
of this potion. \Vhenever I need some creativity, I
always make it in large doses!
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Assemble the following ingredients:
4 cups papaya juice or nectar
1 cup crushed pineapple with juice
VI cup sliced bananas
Y4 cup raspberries
Y4 cup blackberries
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree
until smooth.
Lov. Jruit Jui(.
Prepare this juice when you are looking for love.
This juice will help draw love to you.
Assemble the following ingredients:
VI cup apple juice
VI cup chopped apricots
VI cup orange juice
VI cup papaya juice or nectar
VI cup pear juice
VI cup raspberries
VI cup strawberries
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
Blend all ingredients together. On a hot summer
day, add a cup of crushed ice.
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H.althy Hit
This healthy concoction is made using nuts. Grind
the nuts finely in a food processor before adding
them to the blender.
Assemble the following ingredients:
2 cups apple juice
Va tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. finely ground walnuts
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
Add ingredients to blender and mix thoroughly.
Drink immediately, as this beverage doesn't store
well.
Mon.y 8aCJs
Use this drink when you are looking for a bit of
cash to come your way. The almonds should be
ground finely before adding them to the rest of the
Assemble the following ingredients:
1 tsp. finely ground almonds
1 cup blackberries
1 tsp. ground cashews
VI cup crushed pineapple
2 cups apple juice
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Assemble the following ingredients:
4 cups papaya juice or nectar
1 cup crushed pineapple with juice
VI cup sliced bananas
Y4 cup raspberries
Y4 cup blackberries
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree
until smooth.
Lov. Jruit Jui(.
Prepare this juice when you are looking for love.
This juice will help draw love to you.
Assemble the following ingredients:
VI cup apple juice
VI cup chopped apricots
VI cup orange juice
VI cup papaya juice or nectar
VI cup pear juice
VI cup raspberries
VI cup strawberries
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
Blend all ingredients together. On a hot summer
day, add a cup of crushed ice.
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H.althy Hit
This healthy concoction is made using nuts. Grind
the nuts finely in a food processor before adding
them to the blender.
Assemble the following ingredients:
2 cups apple juice
Va tsp. ground allspice
1 tsp. finely ground walnuts
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
Add ingredients to blender and mix thoroughly.
Drink immediately, as this beverage doesn't store
well.
Mon.y 8aCJs
Use this drink when you are looking for a bit of
cash to come your way. The almonds should be
ground finely before adding them to the rest of the
Assemble the following ingredients:
1 tsp. finely ground almonds
1 cup blackberries
1 tsp. ground cashews
VI cup crushed pineapple
2 cups apple juice
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Prepare the ingredients as follows:
Add ingredients to blender and mix thoroughly.
Drink immediately, as this beverage doesn't store
well.
Midsummfr Winf
This is the perfect wine to accompany your Mid­
summer ritual feasts. When the faeries come out to
play, we all get a little magical feeling.
Use this easy recipe to flavor wine with lavender
flowers. For each bottle of white wine you will
need 1 cup of lavender flowers and some cheese­
cloth.
Pour the wine into a large pitcher. Pour the laven­
der flowers onto a piece of cheesecloth and bunch
it into a pouch. Tie some string around the cheese­
cloth to keep the lavender inside. Throw the
cheesecloth into the pitcher and let it set overnight
in the refrigerator. Serve chilled.
(qqnoq
Eggnog is a traditional drink for the winter holi­
days. Instead of buying it in the store, try making it
yourself this year.
Assemble the following ingredients:
6 eggs
12 TB. sugar
2 cups milk
1 cup brandy
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21;2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups heavy whipping cream
3 tsp. nutmeg
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
1. Separate eggs, storing the whites in the
refrigerator until needed later.
2. Beat the yolks while adding 6 tablespoons of
the sugar, until the mixture is thick and
creamy.
3. Add milk, brandy, vanilla, and salt, and mix
well.
4. Store the egg yolk mixture in the refrigera­
tor to chill.
5. Beat egg whites until peaks form, and then
add the sugar until you have stiff peaks.
6. Combine the egg whites with egg yolk mix­
ture and heavy whipping cream.
Serve immediately sprinkled with nutmeg. Because
this recipe contains raw eggs, make sure it doesn't
sit out for too long.
Samhain Rfmfmbran(f
This is the perfect drink to accompany your feast
following your Samhain ritual. Have different
guests add each ingredient as they share a memory
of a loved one who has gone on before them.
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Prepare the ingredients as follows:
Add ingredients to blender and mix thoroughly.
Drink immediately, as this beverage doesn't store
well.
Midsummfr Winf
This is the perfect wine to accompany your Mid­
summer ritual feasts. When the faeries come out to
play, we all get a little magical feeling.
Use this easy recipe to flavor wine with lavender
flowers. For each bottle of white wine you will
need 1 cup of lavender flowers and some cheese­
cloth.
Pour the wine into a large pitcher. Pour the laven­
der flowers onto a piece of cheesecloth and bunch
it into a pouch. Tie some string around the cheese­
cloth to keep the lavender inside. Throw the
cheesecloth into the pitcher and let it set overnight
in the refrigerator. Serve chilled.
(qqnoq
Eggnog is a traditional drink for the winter holi­
days. Instead of buying it in the store, try making it
yourself this year.
Assemble the following ingredients:
6 eggs
12 TB. sugar
2 cups milk
1 cup brandy
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21;2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups heavy whipping cream
3 tsp. nutmeg
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
1. Separate eggs, storing the whites in the
refrigerator until needed later.
2. Beat the yolks while adding 6 tablespoons of
the sugar, until the mixture is thick and
creamy.
3. Add milk, brandy, vanilla, and salt, and mix
well.
4. Store the egg yolk mixture in the refrigera­
tor to chill.
5. Beat egg whites until peaks form, and then
add the sugar until you have stiff peaks.
6. Combine the egg whites with egg yolk mix­
ture and heavy whipping cream.
Serve immediately sprinkled with nutmeg. Because
this recipe contains raw eggs, make sure it doesn't
sit out for too long.
Samhain Rfmfmbran(f
This is the perfect drink to accompany your feast
following your Samhain ritual. Have different
guests add each ingredient as they share a memory
of a loved one who has gone on before them.

You will need a large pot tor preparing this
If it is at all possible for you to make it in a cauldron
over an open fire, do it!
Assemble the following ingredients:
Small handful of cloves
Apples (without peeling them, slice the apples
so that the pentagram shape formed by the
seeds shows)
Oranges (without peeling them, slice the
orange and remove any seeds)
1 gallon apple cider
1 TB. grated ginger
4 cinnamon sticks
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
1. Insert a couple of cloves in each apple and
orange half.
2. Pour the apple cider into the pot on low
heat or in a cauldron over a small fire.
3. Add the ginger, cinnamon sticks, and fruit
slices. A'ik your guests to participate in
adding the orange and apple slices.
4. Heat the cider without bringing it to a boiL
It should be warm and steamy.
If possible, drink the cider while standing around a
bonfire.
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SprinCJ Win.
This is an easy recipe for flavoring a bottle of white
wine. The resulting fun and fruity wine is perfect
for your Beltane celebrations.
Assemble the following ingredients:
1 bottle of strawberry-banana juice
1 bottle of white wine
2 cans of pear nectar
1 Dint fresh sliced strawberries
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
L The night before, pour the strawberry­
banana juice into ice cube trays and freeze
it. Also, chill the pear nectar and white
wine.
2. Before your celebration, pour the white
wine into a punch bowl.
3. Add the pear nectar and the strawberry­
banana ice cubes.
4. Pour in the sliced strawberries and stir.
Chamomil. Win.
This is another simple but delightful recipe for
perking up a bottle of white wine. You will need a
large airtight container for steeping the mixture for
a week.

You will need a large pot tor preparing this
If it is at all possible for you to make it in a cauldron
over an open fire, do it!
Assemble the following ingredients:
Small handful of cloves
Apples (without peeling them, slice the apples
so that the pentagram shape formed by the
seeds shows)
Oranges (without peeling them, slice the
orange and remove any seeds)
1 gallon apple cider
1 TB. grated ginger
4 cinnamon sticks
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
1. Insert a couple of cloves in each apple and
orange half.
2. Pour the apple cider into the pot on low
heat or in a cauldron over a small fire.
3. Add the ginger, cinnamon sticks, and fruit
slices. A'ik your guests to participate in
adding the orange and apple slices.
4. Heat the cider without bringing it to a boiL
It should be warm and steamy.
If possible, drink the cider while standing around a
bonfire.
""_____"_ Beguiling __
SprinCJ Win.
This is an easy recipe for flavoring a bottle of white
wine. The resulting fun and fruity wine is perfect
for your Beltane celebrations.
Assemble the following ingredients:
1 bottle of strawberry-banana juice
1 bottle of white wine
2 cans of pear nectar
1 Dint fresh sliced strawberries
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
L The night before, pour the strawberry­
banana juice into ice cube trays and freeze
it. Also, chill the pear nectar and white
wine.
2. Before your celebration, pour the white
wine into a punch bowl.
3. Add the pear nectar and the strawberry­
banana ice cubes.
4. Pour in the sliced strawberries and stir.
Chamomil. Win.
This is another simple but delightful recipe for
perking up a bottle of white wine. You will need a
large airtight container for steeping the mixture for
a week.
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Assemble the following ingredients:
1 bottle of white wine
1 cup dried chamomile flowers, or 6
chamomile tea bags
2 TB. lemon zest
3 TB. honey
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
Mix all ingredients together in a large airtight con­
tainer. Seal the container and store in a cool, dark
location for a week. Strain the chamomile and zest
from the wine with cheeseclotll and serve.
Honty Mtad
Honey mead has got to be my favorite drink in
world. After preparing this recipe, I think
understand why! For this recipe, you will need a
cask.
Assemble the following ingredients:
4 gallons water
8 cups honey
1 <-'Up lemon juice
1 tsp. nutmeg
4 packages brewer's yeast
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
Heat the water, honey, lemon juice and nutmeg in
a large pot on the stove, stirring occasionally to
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mix all ingredients together and dissolve the honey.
Stir in the brewer's yeast, then pour the mead into
a cask.
Let the mead ferment in a cool, dark location for
6 months. You will also need to "burp" the mead
daily to allow any built up gases to escape. How do
you burp the mead? The cask you buy will come
with instructions on just how to do tllis. Some cask."
have a stopper you pull out to allow the gases to
escape, others you may have to remove the entire
lid. If you don't burp your mead, you run the risk of
having your cask explode.
Blackbtrry Wint
Blackberries can be expensive, but if you grow your
own, this is an excellent recipe to try. You will need
a cask for this recipe.
Assemble the following ingredients:
5 pounds blackberries
2 gallons water
10 cups sugar
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
1. Put the berries in a large bowl and cover it
with cheesecloth. The berries need to sit at
room temperature and rot for four weeks.
Make sure you stir them up every couple of
days. You might notice they begin to mold,
but this is okay.
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Assemble the following ingredients:
1 bottle of white wine
1 cup dried chamomile flowers, or 6
chamomile tea bags
2 TB. lemon zest
3 TB. honey
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
Mix all ingredients together in a large airtight con­
tainer. Seal the container and store in a cool, dark
location for a week. Strain the chamomile and zest
from the wine with cheeseclotll and serve.
Honty Mtad
Honey mead has got to be my favorite drink in
world. After preparing this recipe, I think
understand why! For this recipe, you will need a
cask.
Assemble the following ingredients:
4 gallons water
8 cups honey
1 <-'Up lemon juice
1 tsp. nutmeg
4 packages brewer's yeast
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
Heat the water, honey, lemon juice and nutmeg in
a large pot on the stove, stirring occasionally to
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mix all ingredients together and dissolve the honey.
Stir in the brewer's yeast, then pour the mead into
a cask.
Let the mead ferment in a cool, dark location for
6 months. You will also need to "burp" the mead
daily to allow any built up gases to escape. How do
you burp the mead? The cask you buy will come
with instructions on just how to do tllis. Some cask."
have a stopper you pull out to allow the gases to
escape, others you may have to remove the entire
lid. If you don't burp your mead, you run the risk of
having your cask explode.
Blackbtrry Wint
Blackberries can be expensive, but if you grow your
own, this is an excellent recipe to try. You will need
a cask for this recipe.
Assemble the following ingredients:
5 pounds blackberries
2 gallons water
10 cups sugar
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
1. Put the berries in a large bowl and cover it
with cheesecloth. The berries need to sit at
room temperature and rot for four weeks.
Make sure you stir them up every couple of
days. You might notice they begin to mold,
but this is okay.
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2. After four weeks have passed, put the berries
into a blender and puree until they are liq­
uefied.
3. Bring the water to a boil and, while stirring,
add the sugar, making sure it dissolves thor­
oughly.
4. Add the blackberries to the boiling water
and blend thoroughly.
5. Pour the wine into a cask and let it ferment
for 10 to 12 months. You will need to burp
the cask every day to allow the built up
gases to escape.
Dand.lion Win.
This wine doesn't need to ferment nearly as long as
some of the other homemade wines in this chapter.
This is a quick recipe that doesn't take long to
make and enjoy.
Assemble the following ingredients:
Y2 gallon dandelion flowers
2 gallons water
8 pounds sugar
7 lemons, peeled, seeded, and cut in half
1 package brewer's yeast
1 slice of toast
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
1. Boil the dandelion flowers for a half an hour
and strain them, reserving the water.
Discard the flowers.
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2. Add sugar to the strained hot water and stir
until thoroughly dissolved.
3. Put the lemon halves into the cask and pour
sugar water over them.
4. When the water has cooled to 92 degrees
(use a thermometer to check), pour the
yeast onto the toast and set it on top of the
water mixture.
s. Let the mixture set for 2 to 3 days. Remove
the toast and skim off any yeast on top of
the wine. Pour wine into a punch bowl and
serve.
lIot Butt.r.d Rum
Hot buttered rum is a wonderful drink for cold­
weather parties, as it will warm you all the way to
your toes. It's easy to make and is perfect for a
crowd.
Assemble the following ingredients:
4 cups water
2 cups unsalted butter (do not use margarine)
2Y2 cups brown sugar
1\14 cup powdered sugar
3 tsp. nutmeg
3 tsp. cinnamon
1h gallon vanilla ice cream
1 750 ml bottle of rum
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
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2. After four weeks have passed, put the berries
into a blender and puree until they are liq­
uefied.
3. Bring the water to a boil and, while stirring,
add the sugar, making sure it dissolves thor­
oughly.
4. Add the blackberries to the boiling water
and blend thoroughly.
5. Pour the wine into a cask and let it ferment
for 10 to 12 months. You will need to burp
the cask every day to allow the built up
gases to escape.
Dand.lion Win.
This wine doesn't need to ferment nearly as long as
some of the other homemade wines in this chapter.
This is a quick recipe that doesn't take long to
make and enjoy.
Assemble the following ingredients:
Y2 gallon dandelion flowers
2 gallons water
8 pounds sugar
7 lemons, peeled, seeded, and cut in half
1 package brewer's yeast
1 slice of toast
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
1. Boil the dandelion flowers for a half an hour
and strain them, reserving the water.
Discard the flowers.
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2. Add sugar to the strained hot water and stir
until thoroughly dissolved.
3. Put the lemon halves into the cask and pour
sugar water over them.
4. When the water has cooled to 92 degrees
(use a thermometer to check), pour the
yeast onto the toast and set it on top of the
water mixture.
s. Let the mixture set for 2 to 3 days. Remove
the toast and skim off any yeast on top of
the wine. Pour wine into a punch bowl and
serve.
lIot Butt.r.d Rum
Hot buttered rum is a wonderful drink for cold­
weather parties, as it will warm you all the way to
your toes. It's easy to make and is perfect for a
crowd.
Assemble the following ingredients:
4 cups water
2 cups unsalted butter (do not use margarine)
2Y2 cups brown sugar
1\14 cup powdered sugar
3 tsp. nutmeg
3 tsp. cinnamon
1h gallon vanilla ice cream
1 750 ml bottle of rum
Prepare the ingredients as follows:
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1. Heat the water to boiling and add the butter.
2. On low heat, allow the butter to melt com­
then add the brown sugar, stirring
until it is
3. Add the powdered sugar, nutmeg, anCl ClD­
namon, stirring until dissolved.
4. Turn off the stove and remove the pan from
the heat.
S. Quickly scoop the entire Yz gallon of ice
cream into the pot and pour the rum over
the top. Stir quickly to mix.
6.
pour into mugs and top with
Wassail
This is the perfect drink for your Yule celebrations.
Again, this is meant to serve a large crowd.
Assemble the following ingredients:
1 gallon ale
2 TB. HUlll11::g
2 TB.
2 TB. cinnamon
1 TB. grated lemon peel
12 eggs
2 cups powdered sugar
1 gallon brandy
Prepare
ingredients as
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1. Add nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and lemon
peel to ale and warm the mixture without
bringing it to a boil.
2. While the ale is heating, beat eggs with
powdered sugar.
3. Add eggs to ale and stir
4. Add brandy and serve.
The Least You Need to Know
" You can make all different kinds of bever­
ages with a magical intent. You need only
know the magical properties of the ingredi­
ents you are using.
• You can add to your magical experiences by
having a group of people help prepare the
magical drink. Each person contributes a
part of themselves and a part of their own
magic to the final product.
• Home brewing saves you money and gives
you the opportunity to create beverages you
wouldn't be able to find elsewhere.
• Remember to burp wines that require it to
prevent casks from exploding. Always follow
your recipe and the instructions your
cask.
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1. Heat the water to boiling and add the butter.
2. On low heat, allow the butter to melt com­
then add the brown sugar, stirring
until it is
3. Add the powdered sugar, nutmeg, anCl ClD­
namon, stirring until dissolved.
4. Turn off the stove and remove the pan from
the heat.
S. Quickly scoop the entire Yz gallon of ice
cream into the pot and pour the rum over
the top. Stir quickly to mix.
6.
pour into mugs and top with
Wassail
This is the perfect drink for your Yule celebrations.
Again, this is meant to serve a large crowd.
Assemble the following ingredients:
1 gallon ale
2 TB. HUlll11::g
2 TB.
2 TB. cinnamon
1 TB. grated lemon peel
12 eggs
2 cups powdered sugar
1 gallon brandy
Prepare
ingredients as
161
1. Add nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and lemon
peel to ale and warm the mixture without
bringing it to a boil.
2. While the ale is heating, beat eggs with
powdered sugar.
3. Add eggs to ale and stir
4. Add brandy and serve.
The Least You Need to Know
" You can make all different kinds of bever­
ages with a magical intent. You need only
know the magical properties of the ingredi­
ents you are using.
• You can add to your magical experiences by
having a group of people help prepare the
magical drink. Each person contributes a
part of themselves and a part of their own
magic to the final product.
• Home brewing saves you money and gives
you the opportunity to create beverages you
wouldn't be able to find elsewhere.
• Remember to burp wines that require it to
prevent casks from exploding. Always follow
your recipe and the instructions your
cask.
610ssary
amulet An object worn or carried to ward off negative
energies. An amulet may be blessed with a potion during
a ritual to give it extra power.
anoint To bless an item with a consecrated liquid.
asperger A bunch of fresh herbs used to sprinkle a
maf,ricalliquid during a ritual or spell. The herbs are sat­
urated with the liquid and then shook to dispel the
around a given area.
astral projection The practice of entering into a
trancelike state in order to project your 50irit to other
locations.
boline A knife with a curved blade used
to harvest and cut herbs.
book of shadows A book in which you track of
all of your magical workings including spells, rituals, and
recipes. You will want to keep a copy of your potion
recipes in your book of shadows.
carrier oil A carrier oil is also known as a base oil or
vegetable oil that does not contain a strong fragrance.
They are called carrier oils because they "carry" essential
oils.
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censer A nonflammable container used for burning
incense or a charcoal tablet.
charging The process of infusing an object, item, or
potion with personal power.
cleansing Removing negative energies from an object,
person, or place.
components The supplies used in magical workings
that need to be replenished, such as herbs, oils. and
incense.
consecration Blessing, cleansing, and positively charg­
ing an item for magical use.
diluted oils Oils that are made by adding a few drops
of an essential oil to a carrier oiL
emulsifier A substance that makes water and oil mix
together without separating.
esbats Rituals held at the new and full moons.
essential oil The pure volatile oils removed from a
plant.
familiar A spirit who takes the form of an animal and
helps the witch or magician in their magical practices.
incense Powdered herhs and resins combined for their
magical properties. Incense can be in the form of a pow­
der, cone, or stick and is burned to release the magic into
the air.
infusion The liquid extract that results from boiling
herbs to release their magical qualities.
intent The main ingredient in your potions. You must
know why you are making the potion and what it is you
want it to do.
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Neo-Pagan The term used to describe modern-day
people who practice a religion similar to the Pagans of
the past; literally means "new Pagan."
oil infusion An oil that has been infused with the
magical properties of a specific plant by allowing that
plant to soak in the oil.
Pagan The Latin word meaning "country dweller," it
now refers to one who practices a polytheistic religion,
which many of the country dwellers did.
potion A combination or mixture of components
which contain either medicinal or magical properties.
pulse points The places on your body where you can
feel your pulse through your skin such as on your neck
or wrist below the palm of your hane!.
J
purification To cleanse something or someone spiritu­
i
I:,
removing any and all negative energies.
I
resin The hard (or semi-hard) deposit left by plant sap.
ritual A ceremony of celebration. Rituals can be per­
formed ti)r sabbats, esbats, or other special occasions. A
common element to rituals is that of giving thanks.
rootstock Another name for a rhizome.
sabbats The eight Pagan holy days. These include
Yule, Imbolg, Ostara, Beltane, Midsummer, Lughnasadh,
Mabon, and Samhain.
scrying A divination process in which the person
(scryer), stares into a reflective surface seeking images
and visions. Some potions can be poured into a dark col­
ored bowl and used to scry in.
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censer A nonflammable container used for burning
incense or a charcoal tablet.
charging The process of infusing an object, item, or
potion with personal power.
cleansing Removing negative energies from an object,
person, or place.
components The supplies used in magical workings
that need to be replenished, such as herbs, oils. and
incense.
consecration Blessing, cleansing, and positively charg­
ing an item for magical use.
diluted oils Oils that are made by adding a few drops
of an essential oil to a carrier oiL
emulsifier A substance that makes water and oil mix
together without separating.
esbats Rituals held at the new and full moons.
essential oil The pure volatile oils removed from a
plant.
familiar A spirit who takes the form of an animal and
helps the witch or magician in their magical practices.
incense Powdered herhs and resins combined for their
magical properties. Incense can be in the form of a pow­
der, cone, or stick and is burned to release the magic into
the air.
infusion The liquid extract that results from boiling
herbs to release their magical qualities.
intent The main ingredient in your potions. You must
know why you are making the potion and what it is you
want it to do.
._. 165
Neo-Pagan The term used to describe modern-day
people who practice a religion similar to the Pagans of
the past; literally means "new Pagan."
oil infusion An oil that has been infused with the
magical properties of a specific plant by allowing that
plant to soak in the oil.
Pagan The Latin word meaning "country dweller," it
now refers to one who practices a polytheistic religion,
which many of the country dwellers did.
potion A combination or mixture of components
which contain either medicinal or magical properties.
pulse points The places on your body where you can
feel your pulse through your skin such as on your neck
or wrist below the palm of your hane!.
J
purification To cleanse something or someone spiritu­
i
I:,
removing any and all negative energies.
I
resin The hard (or semi-hard) deposit left by plant sap.
ritual A ceremony of celebration. Rituals can be per­
formed ti)r sabbats, esbats, or other special occasions. A
common element to rituals is that of giving thanks.
rootstock Another name for a rhizome.
sabbats The eight Pagan holy days. These include
Yule, Imbolg, Ostara, Beltane, Midsummer, Lughnasadh,
Mabon, and Samhain.
scrying A divination process in which the person
(scryer), stares into a reflective surface seeking images
and visions. Some potions can be poured into a dark col­
ored bowl and used to scry in.
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sigil A magical symbol similar to a logo; you can create
your own sigil and add it to your potion labels.
spell Similar to the Christian version of prayer. A spell
combines many different elements and correspondences
that are directly related to the request being made.
steep To soak plant material in a liquid to move the
plant's essence from the plant into the liquid.
talisman A magically charged object that is designed
to bring about certain energies. A talisman can be
charged with a potion during a ritual.
tincture A mixture made from soaking plant material
in alcohol or vinegar to absorb the plant's essence.
volatile oil An oil that contains characteristics
of the flavor and scent of the plant from which it came.
witchdoctor A person who uses magic to cure ill­
nesses.
Append
(olor (orrfspondfnCfS
Often in this book, I suggest that you use coloring that
corresponds with your magical intent to help increase
the power of your potion. Here is a list of colors with
their magical correspondences:
black absorbs negative energies, banishes, binds, eases
confusion, defines bOlmdaries, divination, protection,
and minimizes loss.
blue (dark) astral projection, change, hope, honor,
healing, fidelity, protection, truth, tranquility, psychic
abilities, sleep, peace, dreams, unity, wisdom, knowledge,
and represents the virgin Goddesses.
blue (light) calmness, tranquility, good health,
patience, and understanding.
brown earth, stability, neutrality, balancing, concentra­
tion, grounding, strength, decision making, pets, family
issues, justice, integrity, sensuality, endurance, and grace.
gold represents the God, strength, success, courage,
action, vitality, solar Goddesses, summer, wealth, the
sun, power, daylight, employment, and masculinity.
grey neutrality, absorbs negative energy, visions, anger,
envy, and greed.
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sigil A magical symbol similar to a logo; you can create
your own sigil and add it to your potion labels.
spell Similar to the Christian version of prayer. A spell
combines many different elements and correspondences
that are directly related to the request being made.
steep To soak plant material in a liquid to move the
plant's essence from the plant into the liquid.
talisman A magically charged object that is designed
to bring about certain energies. A talisman can be
charged with a potion during a ritual.
tincture A mixture made from soaking plant material
in alcohol or vinegar to absorb the plant's essence.
volatile oil An oil that contains characteristics
of the flavor and scent of the plant from which it came.
witchdoctor A person who uses magic to cure ill­
nesses.
Append
(olor (orrfspondfnCfS
Often in this book, I suggest that you use coloring that
corresponds with your magical intent to help increase
the power of your potion. Here is a list of colors with
their magical correspondences:
black absorbs negative energies, banishes, binds, eases
confusion, defines bOlmdaries, divination, protection,
and minimizes loss.
blue (dark) astral projection, change, hope, honor,
healing, fidelity, protection, truth, tranquility, psychic
abilities, sleep, peace, dreams, unity, wisdom, knowledge,
and represents the virgin Goddesses.
blue (light) calmness, tranquility, good health,
patience, and understanding.
brown earth, stability, neutrality, balancing, concentra­
tion, grounding, strength, decision making, pets, family
issues, justice, integrity, sensuality, endurance, and grace.
gold represents the God, strength, success, courage,
action, vitality, solar Goddesses, summer, wealth, the
sun, power, daylight, employment, and masculinity.
grey neutrality, absorbs negative energy, visions, anger,
envy, and greed.
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green abundance, money, growth, prosperity, healing,
fertility, employment, luck, jealousy, appearance, neutral­
izing, calming, financial matters, career, and security.
indigo changes, flexibility, visions, psychic abilities,
and insight.
orange pride, ambition, courage, enthusiasm, energy,
adaptability, the sun, attraction, will power, imagination,
success, friendship, communication, and opportunities.
pink love, romance, affection, tenderness, harmony,
eompassion, spiritual healing, spring, peace, honor,
morality, virtue, contentment and success.
purple insight, inner strength, inspiration, spirituality,
growth, self-esteem, psychic abilities, power, ambition,
success in business and physical fitness.
red lust, passion, sexual love, fire, \vill power, courage,
energy, strength, anger, life cycles, desires and blood.
silver truth, the Goddess, intuition, inner self,
femininity, moon power, night, balance, srability, and
receptivity.
turquoise honor, idealism, discipline, self-knowledge,
and creativity.
violet healing, deep sleep, intuition, self-improvement,
spiritual awareness, and success.
white purification, innocence, childhood, truth, divina­
tion, protection, peace, cleansing, tranquility and heal­
ing.
yellow vitality, happiness, persuasion, study, mind
power, for exams and tests, psychic abilities, charm, cre­
ativity, intelligence, communications, and attraction.
App
Potion-MakinCJ Resources
If you don't live near a metaphysical or health food store,
it may be difficult to come by some of the ingredients
and equipment you need to make your potions. The fol­
lowing is a list of companies you can either find on the
Internet or call for a catalog.
AB Container
21 Manning Road
Enfield, CT 06082
1-800-229-2914
www.abcontainer.co
m
AB Container sells bottles and jars in an assortment of
sizes for potion storage.
Avalon Apothecary
wVlw.avalon.cc
Avalon Apothecary specializes in bulk herbs, tinctures,
oils, and teas.
Bramble Berry, Inc.
2138 Humboldt Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
360-734-8278
www.brambleberry.com
168 to Potions
green abundance, money, growth, prosperity, healing,
fertility, employment, luck, jealousy, appearance, neutral­
izing, calming, financial matters, career, and security.
indigo changes, flexibility, visions, psychic abilities,
and insight.
orange pride, ambition, courage, enthusiasm, energy,
adaptability, the sun, attraction, will power, imagination,
success, friendship, communication, and opportunities.
pink love, romance, affection, tenderness, harmony,
eompassion, spiritual healing, spring, peace, honor,
morality, virtue, contentment and success.
purple insight, inner strength, inspiration, spirituality,
growth, self-esteem, psychic abilities, power, ambition,
success in business and physical fitness.
red lust, passion, sexual love, fire, \vill power, courage,
energy, strength, anger, life cycles, desires and blood.
silver truth, the Goddess, intuition, inner self,
femininity, moon power, night, balance, srability, and
receptivity.
turquoise honor, idealism, discipline, self-knowledge,
and creativity.
violet healing, deep sleep, intuition, self-improvement,
spiritual awareness, and success.
white purification, innocence, childhood, truth, divina­
tion, protection, peace, cleansing, tranquility and heal­
ing.
yellow vitality, happiness, persuasion, study, mind
power, for exams and tests, psychic abilities, charm, cre­
ativity, intelligence, communications, and attraction.
App
Potion-MakinCJ Resources
If you don't live near a metaphysical or health food store,
it may be difficult to come by some of the ingredients
and equipment you need to make your potions. The fol­
lowing is a list of companies you can either find on the
Internet or call for a catalog.
AB Container
21 Manning Road
Enfield, CT 06082
1-800-229-2914
www.abcontainer.co
m
AB Container sells bottles and jars in an assortment of
sizes for potion storage.
Avalon Apothecary
wVlw.avalon.cc
Avalon Apothecary specializes in bulk herbs, tinctures,
oils, and teas.
Bramble Berry, Inc.
2138 Humboldt Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
360-734-8278
www.brambleberry.com
110 The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions
Bramble Berry is a supplier of essential oils, fragrance
oils, and lotion-making ingredients.
Cat's Lair
www.lairofthecat.com
Cat's Lair is a source for different premixed oil blends.
eBottles.com
1764 Litchfield Turnpike
Woodbridge, CT 06525
1-888-215-0023
www.ebottles.com
eBotties is another source for bottles or jars to store your
potions in.
The Enchanted Attic
23 E. Columbia Ave.
Battle Creek, M149015
269-963-3125
www.the-enchanted-attic.com
The Enchanted Attic sells an assortment of items includ­
ing herbs, essential oils, and premixed fragrance oils.
Herbs and Arts
2015 E. Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80206-1303
303-388-2544
Herbs and Arts sells a large assortment of bulk herbs.
Isis Books and Gifts
5701 E. Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220
1-800-808-0867
www.isisbooks.com
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Isis books carries herbs, herbal guides, essential oils, car­
rier oils, and an assortment of books on aroma therapy.
Kamala
1-877 -424-1963
www.kamala.com
Kamala specializes in premixed fragrance oils hut also
carries some essential oils. tea blends, and hulk herbs.
Majestic Mountain Sage
918 West 700 North Suite 104
Logan, UT 84321
435-755-0863
www.thesage.com
Majestic Mountain Sage carries a ton of products related
to lotion making, from oils and additives to glitter.
Mission Peak Soap
PO Box 2086
Fremont, CA 94536
510-795-1326
www.missionpeaksoap.com
Mission Peak Soap Products carries lotion-making sup­
plies and carrier oils.
Mother Nature's Emporium
3023 N.£. Adams
Peoria, IL 61603
www.mothernaturesemporium.com
Mother Nature's Emporium is a virtual online mall. Here
you will find several different stores carrying herbs, essen­
tial oils, carrier oils, and several other potion-making
ingredients.
110 The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions
Bramble Berry is a supplier of essential oils, fragrance
oils, and lotion-making ingredients.
Cat's Lair
www.lairofthecat.com
Cat's Lair is a source for different premixed oil blends.
eBottles.com
1764 Litchfield Turnpike
Woodbridge, CT 06525
1-888-215-0023
www.ebottles.com
eBotties is another source for bottles or jars to store your
potions in.
The Enchanted Attic
23 E. Columbia Ave.
Battle Creek, M149015
269-963-3125
www.the-enchanted-attic.com
The Enchanted Attic sells an assortment of items includ­
ing herbs, essential oils, and premixed fragrance oils.
Herbs and Arts
2015 E. Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80206-1303
303-388-2544
Herbs and Arts sells a large assortment of bulk herbs.
Isis Books and Gifts
5701 E. Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80220
1-800-808-0867
www.isisbooks.com
____ 111
Isis books carries herbs, herbal guides, essential oils, car­
rier oils, and an assortment of books on aroma therapy.
Kamala
1-877 -424-1963
www.kamala.com
Kamala specializes in premixed fragrance oils hut also
carries some essential oils. tea blends, and hulk herbs.
Majestic Mountain Sage
918 West 700 North Suite 104
Logan, UT 84321
435-755-0863
www.thesage.com
Majestic Mountain Sage carries a ton of products related
to lotion making, from oils and additives to glitter.
Mission Peak Soap
PO Box 2086
Fremont, CA 94536
510-795-1326
www.missionpeaksoap.com
Mission Peak Soap Products carries lotion-making sup­
plies and carrier oils.
Mother Nature's Emporium
3023 N.£. Adams
Peoria, IL 61603
www.mothernaturesemporium.com
Mother Nature's Emporium is a virtual online mall. Here
you will find several different stores carrying herbs, essen­
tial oils, carrier oils, and several other potion-making
ingredients.
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to Potions
Mountain Rose Herbs
PO Box 50220
Eugene, OR 97405
1-800-879-3337
www.mountainroseherbs.com
Mountain Rose Herbs carries a large variety of herbs and
carrier oils.
Nemat International, Inc.
27365 Industrial Blvd, Suite K
Hayward, CA 94545
1-800-936-3628
www.bestbottles.com
Nemat International is another source for bottles and jars.
Nyvens Destiny
954-557-0462
www.nyvensdestiny.com
Nyvens Destiny carries a large variety of essential and
blended fragrance oils.
Otherworld Apothecary
www.otherworldapothecary.com
Otherworld Apothecary sells an assortment of herbs,
resins, teas, and oil blends.
Pine Meadows
860N.1430W
Orem, UT 84057
801-221-0483
www.pinemeadows.net
Pine Meadows sells fragrance oils, essential
and
lotion-making supplies.
__
Savoure
www.savoure.com
Savoure carries tea blends, tea bags, and tea brewing
equipment.
Scent Sanctuary
519-874-4048
w>vw.scentsanctuary.ca
Scent Sanctury carries herbs, essential oils, carrier oils,
bottles and jars, fragrance oils, lotion-making supplies,
and tons of other supplies and equipment you can use in
your potion-making practices.
Shop Wicca
PO Box 2180
White City, OR 97503
www.shopwicca.com
Shop Wicca carries oil blends and herbs.
Specialty Bottle LLC
5215 Fifth Avenue S.
Seattle, WA 98108
206-340-0459
www.specialtybottle.com
Specialty Bottle LLC offers a huge assorttnent of bottles.
Spray Bottles
407-891-8624

Spray Bottles carries an assortment of spray bottles ideal
for body sprays or cleaning potions.
*
112
The Pocket
to Potions
Mountain Rose Herbs
PO Box 50220
Eugene, OR 97405
1-800-879-3337
www.mountainroseherbs.com
Mountain Rose Herbs carries a large variety of herbs and
carrier oils.
Nemat International, Inc.
27365 Industrial Blvd, Suite K
Hayward, CA 94545
1-800-936-3628
www.bestbottles.com
Nemat International is another source for bottles and jars.
Nyvens Destiny
954-557-0462
www.nyvensdestiny.com
Nyvens Destiny carries a large variety of essential and
blended fragrance oils.
Otherworld Apothecary
www.otherworldapothecary.com
Otherworld Apothecary sells an assortment of herbs,
resins, teas, and oil blends.
Pine Meadows
860N.1430W
Orem, UT 84057
801-221-0483
www.pinemeadows.net
Pine Meadows sells fragrance oils, essential
and
lotion-making supplies.
__
Savoure
www.savoure.com
Savoure carries tea blends, tea bags, and tea brewing
equipment.
Scent Sanctuary
519-874-4048
w>vw.scentsanctuary.ca
Scent Sanctury carries herbs, essential oils, carrier oils,
bottles and jars, fragrance oils, lotion-making supplies,
and tons of other supplies and equipment you can use in
your potion-making practices.
Shop Wicca
PO Box 2180
White City, OR 97503
www.shopwicca.com
Shop Wicca carries oil blends and herbs.
Specialty Bottle LLC
5215 Fifth Avenue S.
Seattle, WA 98108
206-340-0459
www.specialtybottle.com
Specialty Bottle LLC offers a huge assorttnent of bottles.
Spray Bottles
407-891-8624

Spray Bottles carries an assortment of spray bottles ideal
for body sprays or cleaning potions.
*
Index
A
advanced compounds, 98-99
adventure, oil recipes, 103
alcohol tinctures, 109
alfalfa, 39
allergies, 32, 38
almonds, 46
aloe, 39
amaranth, 39
angelica, 43. 46
anise, 46
aphrodisiacs, drink recipes,
146-147
apples, 46
apricots, 46
astral projection, lotion
recipes, 129-130
attract money, tea recipes,
66
attraction infusions, 80
avocados, 46
B
bad luck, lotion recipes,
134-135
bananas, 47
47
basil, 39
bedstraw, 39
bee balms. 37
beets, 43
beverages
aphrodisiacs, 146-147
Blackberry wines,
157-158
Chamomile wines,
155-156
creativity, 149-150
Dandelion wines,
158-159
diet, 146
eggnog, 152-153
health, 151
mead,156-157
hot buttered rum,
159-160
love, 150
Midsummer Faery
wines, 152
money, 151-152
purification, 148
Samhain ritual, 153-154
spirituality, 149
Spring wines, 155
stress, 147
148-149
wassail, 160-161
birch, 39,44
blackberries, 39,47
Blackberry '.vines, drink
recipes, 157-158
blue flags, 43
116
ne Pocket Idiot's
infusion
bone set, 39
borage, 37-39
brazil nuts, 47
broken heart mending, oil
recipes, 102
burdock, 39,43,47
burning, censers, 21-25
Burning Times, 7-8
business success, infusion
79-80
(
cabbages, 39
calendula, 40
teas, 65
caraway, 47
cardamom, 47
carobs, 47
carrier oils, 90
carrots, 43
cashews, 47
40
celandine, 40
celery, 44
chamomile, 37-38, 155-156
charcoal, censers, 22
cherries, 47
chervil, 37
ehesmuts, 47
chicory, 43
cleansing potions, 49
cloves, 37
clovers, 37
to Potions
coconuts, 47
coltsfoot, 37, 40
columbine, 40
comfrey, 43
communication, oil recipes,
04
corianders, 47
corn, 47
courage and strength, tea
recipes, 65
creativity
drink recipes, 149-150
lotion recipes, 13 8-13 9
tincture recipes, 115
cubeb, 47
cucumbers, 47
cyclamen, 43
D
Dandelion wine, drink
recipes, 158-159
drink recipes, 146
40,47
divination, infusion recipes,
82-83
dogwood, 44
tinctures, 111-112
dreams, lotion
135-136
drinks. See beverages
,
echinacea,43
Edict of Toleration, 5
J
eggnog, drink recipes,
152-153
elder berries, 47
elecampane, 43
elixirs
content selection, 54-58
creating atmosphere,
52-53
experience mixture,
58-59
process of making, 52
reasons to drink. 52
recipes, 61-67
storing blends, 59-61
elm, 44
emulsifiers, 125
endive, 40
energy, 31-32, 101
envy, tincture recipes,
114-115
equipment, 16
blessing, 27 -28
boline, 16-18
bottles, 25-27
cauldrons, 21-25
censers, 21-25
full moon water, 29-30
mortar and pestle, 18-21
vials, 25-27
essential oils, 33-34, 88-89
eucalyptus, 40
~
tincture recipes, 118
fennel, 47
fenugreek, 47
feverfew, 40
.47
Index 111
find true love, tea recipes,
61-62
47
foot infusion recipes,
70
friendships, mending oil
recipes, 102-103
full moon water, 29-30
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galangal,43
garden, infusion recipes,
84-85
garlic, 43
ginger, 43
ginseng, 43
glamour, lotion recipes,
136-137
goldenrod, 40
good luck boosting, oil
recipes, 102
grapes, 48
H
hand soak, infusion recipes,
70
headache eradicator, lotion
recipes, 132-133
heal me, tea recipes, 62-63
healing juice soak, infusion
recipes, 81-82
116
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infusion
bone set, 39
borage, 37-39
brazil nuts, 47
broken heart mending, oil
recipes, 102
burdock, 39,43,47
burning, censers, 21-25
Burning Times, 7-8
business success, infusion
79-80
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cabbages, 39
calendula, 40
teas, 65
caraway, 47
cardamom, 47
carobs, 47
carrier oils, 90
carrots, 43
cashews, 47
40
celandine, 40
celery, 44
chamomile, 37-38, 155-156
charcoal, censers, 22
cherries, 47
chervil, 37
ehesmuts, 47
chicory, 43
cleansing potions, 49
cloves, 37
clovers, 37
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coconuts, 47
coltsfoot, 37, 40
columbine, 40
comfrey, 43
communication, oil recipes,
04
corianders, 47
corn, 47
courage and strength, tea
recipes, 65
creativity
drink recipes, 149-150
lotion recipes, 13 8-13 9
tincture recipes, 115
cubeb, 47
cucumbers, 47
cyclamen, 43
D
Dandelion wine, drink
recipes, 158-159
drink recipes, 146
40,47
divination, infusion recipes,
82-83
dogwood, 44
tinctures, 111-112
dreams, lotion
135-136
drinks. See beverages
,
echinacea,43
Edict of Toleration, 5
J
eggnog, drink recipes,
152-153
elder berries, 47
elecampane, 43
elixirs
content selection, 54-58
creating atmosphere,
52-53
experience mixture,
58-59
process of making, 52
reasons to drink. 52
recipes, 61-67
storing blends, 59-61
elm, 44
emulsifiers, 125
endive, 40
energy, 31-32, 101
envy, tincture recipes,
114-115
equipment, 16
blessing, 27 -28
boline, 16-18
bottles, 25-27
cauldrons, 21-25
censers, 21-25
full moon water, 29-30
mortar and pestle, 18-21
vials, 25-27
essential oils, 33-34, 88-89
eucalyptus, 40
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tincture recipes, 118
fennel, 47
fenugreek, 47
feverfew, 40
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Index 111
find true love, tea recipes,
61-62
47
foot infusion recipes,
70
friendships, mending oil
recipes, 102-103
full moon water, 29-30
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galangal,43
garden, infusion recipes,
84-85
garlic, 43
ginger, 43
ginseng, 43
glamour, lotion recipes,
136-137
goldenrod, 40
good luck boosting, oil
recipes, 102
grapes, 48
H
hand soak, infusion recipes,
70
headache eradicator, lotion
recipes, 132-133
heal me, tea recipes, 62-63
healing juice soak, infusion
recipes, 81-82
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heather, 37
henna, 40
herbs
19
growing your own, 42
38-42
molding, 75
holly, 40
honey in tea, 57
honey mead, drink recipes,
156-157
48
hot buttered rum, drink
recipes, 159-160
house leek, 40
40
infusions, 69-70
70-71
malcrnng mood and
intent, 71-72
94-105
preparation, 72-74
recipes
splash, 77-78
business success,
79-80
divination, 82 -83
finding B4
garden, 84-B5
juice
8I-B2
home blessing, 85
love attraction, 80
money attraction, Bl
protection, 83
purification, 78-79
relaxer, 78
storage, 74-77
intent
I1lruslons, 71-73
potions, 11-12
precautions, 31
tea content selection, 54
Irish moss, 40
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jasmine, 37
jasmine oils, 89
job finding, infusion
K-L
keep me healthy, tea
recipes, 62
mantle, 40
larch, 40, 45
lavender, 37,40
leeks, 43
matters, lotion
recipes, 129
lemon, 48
lemon balms, 40
lettuce, 40
43
.37
loosestrife, 40
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lotions, 121
appncanon, 122-123
preparation, 123-128
recipes, 128
astral projection,
129-130
CreatIVlty, 13 B-13 9
dreams, 135-136
glamour, 136-13 7
headache eradicator,
132-133
matters, 129
memory enhancer,
130-131
protection, 140-141
psychic
137-138
serenity, 133-134
spirituality, 131-13 2
terminating bad
luck, 134-135
lovage, 43
love
attraction infusions, 80
drink recipes, 150
find true love, tea
recipes, 61-62
tincture recipes, 120
luck recipes, 102, 134-135
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modern potions, 10
history, 3-4
tools, 27-28
magnolias, 45
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marjoram, 40
meadowsweet, 41
119
memory
lotion
130-131
mint, 41
mood infusions, 71-72
mugwort,41
mulberries, 48
mullein, 37, 41
48
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egativlty alleviating
recipes, 100-10 1, 119
nuts, 45-49
oak,45
oats, 48
obstacle remover, tincture
recipes, 119
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bath,90-92
blending basics, 98-99
carrier, 90
90
essential, 88-89
heating, 92-93
infusions, 94-97
perfume blends, 93
precautions, 33
99
adventure, 103
broken heart
102
communication, 104
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heather, 37
henna, 40
herbs
19
growing your own, 42
38-42
molding, 75
holly, 40
honey in tea, 57
honey mead, drink recipes,
156-157
48
hot buttered rum, drink
recipes, 159-160
house leek, 40
40
infusions, 69-70
70-71
malcrnng mood and
intent, 71-72
94-105
preparation, 72-74
recipes
splash, 77-78
business success,
79-80
divination, 82 -83
finding B4
garden, 84-B5
juice
8I-B2
home blessing, 85
love attraction, 80
money attraction, Bl
protection, 83
purification, 78-79
relaxer, 78
storage, 74-77
intent
I1lruslons, 71-73
potions, 11-12
precautions, 31
tea content selection, 54
Irish moss, 40
J
jasmine, 37
jasmine oils, 89
job finding, infusion
K-L
keep me healthy, tea
recipes, 62
mantle, 40
larch, 40, 45
lavender, 37,40
leeks, 43
matters, lotion
recipes, 129
lemon, 48
lemon balms, 40
lettuce, 40
43
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loosestrife, 40
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appncanon, 122-123
preparation, 123-128
recipes, 128
astral projection,
129-130
CreatIVlty, 13 B-13 9
dreams, 135-136
glamour, 136-13 7
headache eradicator,
132-133
matters, 129
memory enhancer,
130-131
protection, 140-141
psychic
137-138
serenity, 133-134
spirituality, 131-13 2
terminating bad
luck, 134-135
lovage, 43
love
attraction infusions, 80
drink recipes, 150
find true love, tea
recipes, 61-62
tincture recipes, 120
luck recipes, 102, 134-135
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modern potions, 10
history, 3-4
tools, 27-28
magnolias, 45
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marjoram, 40
meadowsweet, 41
119
memory
lotion
130-131
mint, 41
mood infusions, 71-72
mugwort,41
mulberries, 48
mullein, 37, 41
48
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recipes, 100-10 1, 119
nuts, 45-49
oak,45
oats, 48
obstacle remover, tincture
recipes, 119
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bath,90-92
blending basics, 98-99
carrier, 90
90
essential, 88-89
heating, 92-93
infusions, 94-97
perfume blends, 93
precautions, 33
99
adventure, 103
broken heart
102
communication, 104
180
lose weight
99-100
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102-103
negativity removal,
100-101
passion
100
self-esteem
103
vision, 104-105
wishes, 101
olive, 48
onion, 43
orange, 48
orris root, 43
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Pagans, 3-9
pansies, 37
papayas, 48
41
oil recipes, 100
peas, 48
pea ce, tea 65
sleep, tea recipes,
66
peaches, 48
pears, 48
pecans, 48
41
periwinkle, 41
pineapples, 48
pistachios, 48
41
48
pomegranates, 48
poplars, 45
poultices, infusions, 70
37
protection recipes, 83,
140-141
protection, tea recipes, 63
enhancer, lotion
recipes, 137-138
psychic kick, tea recipes, 64
pumpkins, 48
recipes, 78-79,
148
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radishes, 43
ragweed, chamomile, 38
raspberries, 41, 48
relaxing, infusion recipes,
78
resins, 45
rhubarb, 45
romance, drink recipes,
146-147
roses, 37
rose oils, 89
rowan, 49
sage, 41
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Samhain ritual, drink
recipes, 153-154
sandalwood, 45
sarsa parilla, 44
sassatras, 45
savory, 41
seulleap,41
seeds, 45-49
self-doubt. tincture recipes,
118
self-esteem lifting, oil
recipes, 103
senna, 41
lotion recipes,
133-134
shyness, tincture recipes,
115
tea recipes, 66
Solomon's seal, 44
spikenard, 44
spirit
66-67
tea recipes,
spirituality recipes, 117,
131-132,149
Spring wine, drink recipes,
155
St. John's wort, 41
strawberries, 49
strength, tea recipes, 65
stress, drink recipes, 147
success, tea recipes, 63
sun, tea recipes, 58
sunflowers, 49
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content selection, 54-58
creating atmosphere,
52-53
Index 181
experiencing mixture,
58-59
process of making, 52
reasons to drink, 52
recipes
attract money, 66
65
courage and
strength, 65
find true love, 61-62
heal me, 62-63
home protection, 64
keep me healthy, 62
sleep, 66
protection, 63
psychic kick, 64
spirit lifting, 66-67
success, 63
blends, 59-61
41
tinctures, 107-109
blending, 113 -114
nanning
119
109-113
116
creativity, 115
envy, 114-115
118
love, 120
obstacle remover,
119
self-doubt, 118
115
spirituality, 117
180
lose weight
99-100
.101
102-103
negativity removal,
100-101
passion
100
self-esteem
103
vision, 104-105
wishes, 101
olive, 48
onion, 43
orange, 48
orris root, 43
P-Q
Pagans, 3-9
pansies, 37
papayas, 48
41
oil recipes, 100
peas, 48
pea ce, tea 65
sleep, tea recipes,
66
peaches, 48
pears, 48
pecans, 48
41
periwinkle, 41
pineapples, 48
pistachios, 48
41
48
pomegranates, 48
poplars, 45
poultices, infusions, 70
37
protection recipes, 83,
140-141
protection, tea recipes, 63
enhancer, lotion
recipes, 137-138
psychic kick, tea recipes, 64
pumpkins, 48
recipes, 78-79,
148
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radishes, 43
ragweed, chamomile, 38
raspberries, 41, 48
relaxing, infusion recipes,
78
resins, 45
rhubarb, 45
romance, drink recipes,
146-147
roses, 37
rose oils, 89
rowan, 49
sage, 41
s
Samhain ritual, drink
recipes, 153-154
sandalwood, 45
sarsa parilla, 44
sassatras, 45
savory, 41
seulleap,41
seeds, 45-49
self-doubt. tincture recipes,
118
self-esteem lifting, oil
recipes, 103
senna, 41
lotion recipes,
133-134
shyness, tincture recipes,
115
tea recipes, 66
Solomon's seal, 44
spikenard, 44
spirit
66-67
tea recipes,
spirituality recipes, 117,
131-132,149
Spring wine, drink recipes,
155
St. John's wort, 41
strawberries, 49
strength, tea recipes, 65
stress, drink recipes, 147
success, tea recipes, 63
sun, tea recipes, 58
sunflowers, 49
T-U
teas
content selection, 54-58
creating atmosphere,
52-53
Index 181
experiencing mixture,
58-59
process of making, 52
reasons to drink, 52
recipes
attract money, 66
65
courage and
strength, 65
find true love, 61-62
heal me, 62-63
home protection, 64
keep me healthy, 62
sleep, 66
protection, 63
psychic kick, 64
spirit lifting, 66-67
success, 63
blends, 59-61
41
tinctures, 107-109
blending, 113 -114
nanning
119
109-113
116
creativity, 115
envy, 114-115
118
love, 120
obstacle remover,
119
self-doubt, 118
115
spirituality, 117
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traveling, 116
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blessing, 27-28
bolines, 16-18
bottles, 25-27
21-25
censers, 21-25
full moon water, 29-30
mortars and pestles,
18-21
vials, 25-27
tranquility, tincture recipes,
117
tincture
116
drink recipes,
148-149
turnip, 44
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tinctures, 110
violets, 37
vision, oil recipes, 104-105
vodka, tincture recipes, 109
volatile oils. 88
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walnuts, 49
wassail, drink recipes,
160-161
water
full moon water, 29-30
tea content, 57-58
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wines
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Chamomile, 155-156
Dandelion, 158-159
Midsummer 152
Spring, 155
wintergreen, 41
wish, oil 10 1
witch grass, 41
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sham­ poos. (Don't worry. herbs that are known to increase energy. These specialty drinks are essentially potions. it's just that they are manufactured in mass quantities and marketed to a specific audience. and look at their list of ingredients. For instance. conditioners. and you have a potent brew. or even find love. pick out a couple of bottles. and other natural mixtures potions. Most shampoos. You have probably already used potions hundreds or thousands of times without even realizing it. and liquid soaps contain herbal extracts. lotions. Combine such mix­ tures with a specific intent. but the age-old art is making a tremendous comeback. such as to increase energy. and so are all potions designed to benefit the user in some way. teas. Although we don't usually call energy drinks. ever had one of those neon-colored energy drinks after a race or during an intensive workout? Most of these contain a blend of guarana and gin­ seng. That's because more and more people are recogniz­ ing the magical and medicinal properties of herbs and other natural ingredients. I'll talk about what it means for something to have magical properties in Chapter . that's what they are: a potion is simply a combination of natural ingredients that contain medicinal or magi­ cal properties. achieve success. Or open your bathroom cabinet. heal.Introduction Potions have gotten a bad rap in the past.

to their modern-day uses. you may be wondering just what exactly it is. inside of me. Since you are reading this book. every single organism has magical energy inside of them. Let's take a look at a few of the more common magical practices. Sprlls A spell is similar to a prayer. As a matter of fact. High Powers-you work witll.PocKet Idiot's Guide to This book will teach you everything you need to know to get started on using and making your own potions. inside of animals. and inside of plants. ABit of Magic If you are new to magic. while others deny its existence and never get to experience their own glorious magical abilities. Goddesses. Although I provide you with the tools you need to create your own recipes. I cover everything from the history of potion making. I also give you several recipes that are known to be effective for achieving specific aims. including any deities-Gods. Some people learn how to harness this energy and use it. It resides in'iide of you. Magic is a form of energy. and along the way I introduce you to dozens of common and not-so-common ingredients and their magical properties. vVhen . you obviously want to know more about harnessing your magical energy to improve your Magic can take a number of different forms. It is a request sent out to the universe.

whereas divining using scrying and balls involves focusing intently on the ques­ tion and watching for an answer to appear. Divination Divination is the practice of finding answers to questions through magical meanings. pendulums. and release the energy into the universe. you build up the magical energy inside of you by focusing on your intention. and using a crystal balL The type of divination you use dictates how the practice is performed. oils. runes. incense. For instance. or they may be as simple as wishing upon a star. Rituals Rituals are usually performed for one of two rea­ sons: either to celebrate an event or experience (usually in a form of giving thanks). I include a brief blessing ritual in Chapter 2. The use of herbs. scrying. and potions are all ways to increase this enerh'Y and to help you focus on your intention. or to ask your deities for a specific blessing. There are many forms of divination. you interpret tarot cards' meanings by studying the pic­ tures on the cards and/or relying on standard inter­ pretations. . Spells may be elaborate and contain the use of tools magical ingredients along with spoken words. including tarot card readings.Introduction vii casting a spell.

viii T~e Po{ket Guide to Potions Ixtras As you read through the following chapters.. Toil and Trouble These boxes contain important and precautions to take while preparing and usina your potions. little extras are intended to help you perfect your potion prac­ tices. encounter the following sidebars... .... ... ~ ~.. Following these will keep you and anyone out of harm's way... ..... 8 Concoction Clues . and cuts to help prepare and use your potions as as ~ or at Enchanting Explanations . you'll find tips.

ix ~ Magical Definitions _ _ _ _ _~. Tradrmarks All tenns mentioned in this book that are known to be or are suspected of being trademarks or service marks have been appropriately capitalized. you are equipped to make and use potions to your advantage.t Start. cannot attest to the accuracy of this information. yourr. while enhancing your magical abilities and spiritual connections. I define any terms that might new and other glossary. Alpha Books and Penguin Group (USA) Inc. art of potion making and magic has its own lingo.ady to 6. Use of a term in this book should not be regarded as affect­ ing the validity of any trademark or service mark. R.d! With this book. . like any specialized area.

Using potions today To really understand what potions are and how they are used today.Chapt. . Cauldron to th. This brief history will provide a rich background for the rest of the book. We must explore how and why potions went out of fashion.. Kit(h.n In This (haptef • Demystifying potions • Taking a brief look at the history of potion making " Understanding why potions have a bad rap in some circles . and then take a look at their revival in recent years.r From th. when Paganism was the mainstream form of religious practice. we must turn back the pages of his­ tory to the era before the rise of the Catholic church. where you will learn the correct ways to prepare and use potions for your own purposes.

caHin!! them the work of the devil. church leaders discouraged the use of the magical elixirs. During Pagan times. probably date back to the beginning of human existence. Basic concoctions involving herbs and other natural ingredient~.z T~f POckft to Potions Potions of th. When the potion maker struck upon a successful elixir. such as bark and nuts. some might Thf ~irst Potions The origin of potion making is lost in the mists of time. first orally and later. in written form. how­ ever. . potions were primary means of healing and were well respected. with the development of written lan­ guage. those earliest efforts involving a lot of trial and error to determine which combinations of ingredients were effective. Although a potion is mainly made up of liquids. Past Potions have been subject to widely shifting tural attitudes. ~ Magical Definitions 0" A potion is a combination or mixture ingredients that contain medicinal or magical properties. With the spread of Christianity. he or she would pass the recipe on to subsequent generations.

Lavender oil in bath water will help relieve stress and enable you to relax. ~ Enchanting Explanations ­ art of potion gone out of ferent names. makes deSigned to attract attention to the wearer! PaCJan Practicfs Many Pagan traditions believe that the knowledge of potion making was given to humans by fairies or the Gods and Goddesses as a reward for good Although there is no way to confirm this story. fortune. Mfdicinf or MaCJic? A cup of chamomile tea will soothe an upset stom­ ach.. potions were used for just about anything-from maladies to magical spells. . when potions were a comhination of magic and medicine. or love to the user.. we do know the use of potions was an impor­ tant part of Pagan practiees in the pre-Christian world. or both? Such distinc­ tions didn't exist in Pagan times. Potions were used for everything from soothing a raspy cough to easing pain to bringing good luck.~ O~~__"~~~ptf!J_~tr~~_t~~(au l~o_~"1~f Kitc~~" " "O"~" " ) as today. Are these concoc­ tions magic or medicine .

to protect children. to attract prosperity. Even some potions that were meant to be helpful might have had unintended negative effects on the user.4 T~f Pocktt Idiot's to Potions ~ Enchanting Explanations ----. however. Healers prescribed potions to cure illness. to help crops grow. the task of potion making usu­ fell to women. These older women were seen as "wise women" who passed their craft down to their daughters or others so the practice could be carried on. Indeed. Healers collected and grew the necessary herbs and created potions and other items to bestow good health and good fortune on their patients. practicing. to make a woman conceive. A healer could spend her entire life learning. often older women. and it is this darker side of potion making that in part contributed to the practice's negative reputation. or to banish an unwanted person from one's . Not all potions were meant to be beneficial to the user. and teaching others how to use the magic from the earth to help others. some were meant to be harmful. In ancient societies. Pagan blending of magic and cine into a single concept is evident in the term witchdoctor. a person who uses magic ta cure illnesses. who served as healers.

~ Magical Definitions _ _ __ Paganus is a Latin word meaning .s Und. In particular. Valentini an I became emperor. the term Paganus was used instead to describe the country dwellers who continued to use magical practices. it now refers to people a polytheistic religion. In 364. Constantine was appointed Emperor of Spain and issued the Edict of Toleration. He eventually prohibited the prac­ tices of divination and magic (this included the making and use of potions) under penalty of death. furthered his father's work by ordering all Pagan temples closed and declaring that anyone found guilty of offering sacrifices would be put to death. . Constantius. . the Catholic church had a profound impact on Pagan practices. which gave Christianity equal status with Paganism. In the fourth century.. which J' many of the country dwellers did. and he issued four edicts prohibiting the practice of magic. by the end of the fourth cen­ tury. Originally known as Gentiles.~~~p!!~J:Jrom t~f 5 Paganism (om.r ~ir' Paganism began to decline with the advent of Christianity. making even the study of magic punishable by death. Constantine's son and successor.

Paganism wouldn't just go away. including.6 The PockPt ~ Enchanting Explanations _ _ _ _--. However. Instead. By the eleventh century. We should expect some of a bias favoring the of since it was the Church that for the most won. into hiding. and he spent his life trying to "educate" the people. . more laws were issued against Pagan practices. Martin of Tours argued that Paganism was the result of ignorance. the craft of making potion". Th. II 1/ Over the years. of th. Catholicism was the dominant religion in Western Europe. (hurch In the sixth century." The vast of accounts we have about Paganism in ancient times come from writings of worked to defeat Paganism while promoting the Church. of course. it went underground. and any Pagan practice was declared a penal offense. He con­ demned all Pagan practices along with any other type of magical workings. Temples were destroyed instead of closed. Ris. is important to remember written by the "winners.

_._.. which were usually practiced by women. Strangely. though._. who were executed during that time were not Pagans at all. nor were they guilty of the acts of which they were accused. Th._. Explanations for why so many women were falsely accused of Paganism include the growing distinction between magic and medicine. Tim.. The divide between magic and medicine that started to emerge around the time of the Spanish Inquisi­ tion became more distinct as the centuries went by. any­ one even suspected of using herbal folklore for cures (or curses!) was considered to be a witch (a type of Pagan) and therefore a devil worshipper. ___~(~ap~!!!:l~~th~~"ldron t~_the Kitchen 1 ~ \ . often called The Burning Times. Burnin. the vast majority of people... Doctors (who were men) saw their practice as a science and therefore more safe and "real" than the so-called superstitious practices of herbal remedies.s By the time of the Spanish Inquisition. ' ~. mainly women. in large part due to the rise of academically trained .. Toil and Trouble Just as many Pagans do not want to iudged by the actions of their ancestors (such as animal or human sacrificesL it is not fair to judge Christians based on l~n'-''''''r1n actions of their forebears. in the thirteenth century.

" many more are open about their beliefs. Those who didn't convert were pun­ ished in other ways. prison. the divide became so wide that magical potions and medicine were considered to be part of separate ideologies.000 to the liberal 9 most of the accused were women. Estimates I U " . . men and children were also accused and executed. j ' " II VII I the conservative 100. and aromatherapy (all of which are Pagan topics) are all on the rise. A quick search of the Internet will turn up hundreds of Pagan groups. ~ Enchanting Explanations Many innocent people were The Burning Times. and even death. The study of herbs. By no means is this a complete history. Eventually. Paganism has heen on the rise in the \Vestern world.8 scientists and physicians. stores. oils. The Pagan Revival Over the past 50 years. and magazines. too. including seizure of property. It is simply intended to give you an idea of the battle to eradi­ cate Paganism and magical practices. booh. And although many Pagans still hide their beliefs and are "in the closet. Many attempts over the centuries were made to convert Pagans to Catholicism.

and many in the we never know for sure just how many are. You will begin to bridge the gap between magic and medicine and understand potions as our ancestors did.t!!I:rr~m the (auldroR to the Kitchen 9 ~ Enchanting Explanations Due to the nature of difficult to count the ers. Some will easily fall into either category. Some estimates claim there Ole over 3 million Pagan practitioners as wide. so does the need for people to reconnect with nature and natural healing processes. Some brews are made for external use only (such as for poultices). As Paganism grows. Paganism has been the fastest growing religion in the Western part of the world. you will learn how to make an assortment of potions to help you. Modern-Day Brews Modern potions can be used for either magical or medicinal purposes. others (such as teas) are safe for con­ sumption. as they have properties of each. . Making your own potions is a large part of this reconnection process. Throughout this book.~" __"_"~~~.

Toil and Trouble It is important to note that in States. known to have a calming effect. Potions may also he used to aid in building relationships. nervousness. such as headaches. can be a medical potion to relieve anxiety. or the dab of per­ fume you use behind your ear to entice your mate. . help you lose weight.10 Medicinal Potions Medicinal potions are for physical ailments. "'"' ~. spiritual. ~ . Chamomile tea. Yi:)U can. though it should go without saying that a potion should never he given to someone without their knowledge of what the potion is made from and what its intent is. use potions to make you more appealing to others. and arthritis. indigestion. the Food and Drug Administra­ tion (FDA) has not evaluated MaC)ical Potions Magical potions deal with nonphysical problems such as emotional. or increase self-esteem. however. Some examples of magi­ cal potions include the lotion you rub onto your to draw money toward you. fatigue. and financial difficul­ ties.

. or used to harm through deceit. don't want to handle you are to! I Potion Versatility Many potions have both medicinal and magical properties. Magic should only be used for good. To ensure that this is the case. a potion to help you lose weight can fall under both categories as it helps to create a physical change. it is you want the potion to have the given effect. you must sit down and clearly think about your wishes before going on to perform any magical work at all. not clear. yet at the same time into the magical category because as you lose weight you will feel better about yourself. The Importance of Intent The most important element in any potion­ medical or magical-is your intent.II ~ ~. so you need to make sure you know exactly what kind of energy you want going into it! . Intent is not only what you want the potion to do for you. For example.'t' Toil and Trouble It is highly advisable to have an aliergy test before becoming too involved in potion making. Seemingly harmless potions can have disastrous results if the intent is hidden. positive results. \ . Your energy will be going into your potion.

You must know why you are the potion and what it is you wont it to do. you must disclose its ingredients and intent. • Never give anyone a potion without his or her consent. The Least You N"d to Know • A potion is a mixture in liquid form that can have medicinal and/or magical properties. In the next chapter. because there is an overlap in some kinds of potions. • Potions have a long history and have taken on many different fonns over the years. Do not make any potions with the This book focuses on potions for magical purposes. we begin to learn the basics of preparing potions for use. a few of the discussed potions will also have medicinal properties. • If you do give a potion to someone else. II The intent of the potion is its most impor ­ tant ingredient. However. ~ Intent is the main ingredient in your potions. including the tools you need and what precautions you need to know about ahead of time.lZ T~e to Potions Magical Definitions _____---. .

I introduce you to the essential items in any potion maker's tool chest. or your intention. Instead. . In chapter. Potion mak­ ers use an assortment of tools-some essential. others less so-to prepare their concoctions. it involves your mindset. it's difficult to make a potion without certain pieces of equipment-what 1 like to call my potion-making tools. later in this chapter. I delve into this issue. as well as several potion-making precautions.(ha Potion Preparations In This Chapter 11 11 Distinguishing between internal and exter­ nal potions Identifying and using the right tools Harnessing the power of the moon Taking necessary precautions Understanding the importance of intent Just as it's very difficult to bake a pie without a rolling pin and a pie tin. One of the most important elements for successpreparing potions isn't a tool at all.

Drink M.. but instead are used in baths.. An Assortment of Potions As stated earlier. is definitely a type of palatable potion! . jam-packed with natural ingredients. and other beverages or "palatable potions.! Potabl. Some potions are safe for human con­ sumption. ~ \ ~ . poultices.ays make sure you know the nature of every ingredient in your inri." A fruit smoothie.14 The But first. soaks.. cleansers. ~.j. tinctures. infusions.. Toil and Trouble Alw. let's take a look at the two most basic cat­ egories of potions: those that are safe for human consumption and those that are not. or lotions. . Potions Potable potions are any potions that may be taken internally. These are called potable potions. These include teas. a potion is a mixture of items in a liquid form that contains magical and/or medicinal properties.n~ whether it is If you harvest herbs sure you know exactly want to acciden­ <nmQfhinro that is Some potions are not meant for consumption. 'fhese are called nonpotable potions..

These include bath teas. If you aren't sure if it is safe to ingest a certain plant. indicating their purpose all ingredients. Nonpotabl. use another one instead. For example. though. Some allergies are mild and only cause a runny nose. lotions. liquid air fresheners. but other allergies can cause anaphylactic shock. Potions Nonpotable potions are meant to be used exter­ nally. ~ Concoction Clues _____ You should always label potions. ___.__~_~_. You can go one by developing a system to tell at a glance whether a potion is potc or not. household cleaners. use a smiley face edible mixtures and a frown for nonedible potions. which can be deadly. perfumes. better yet. potions applied to a cloth to use as a poul­ tice._~~~e~~. then you must make sure that all your ingredients are safe for human consumption. You also need to know whether or not you are allergic to it. Knowing whether or not a plant is edible isn't quite enough. just to be on the safe side-that if you're planning to imbibe your magical brew. . and much more.r !:~oQ~~~~~d!!O~__ 15 It should go without saying-but I'll say it anyway. either find out or. foot or body soaks.

Traditionally a boline.As -with potable potions. Because potion making is a magi­ cal process. though traditionally they have a white handle. to save time and effort. . the tradition of mak­ ing potions goes back to the beginning of human history. you don't want to dilute the magical properties of your tools by using them for mun­ dane. r highly recommended you use them only for making potions. Knins and Bolints: SlicinCJ and DicinCJ You need a blade for cutting herbs. Certain tools have long been associated with potion making. you must make sure your ingredients are safe to use. Others prefer to use more modem imple­ ments. No matter whether you use traditional or modern tools. everyday purposes. is used for harvesting and cutting herbs. The curved blade cuts herbs better than a standard straight­ edge knife. you aren't familiar with_ and /)pw"rp to it! you Tools of the Trade As you learned in Chapter 1. Bolines come in a variety of styles. including electric appliances. You can buy a chest to keep them all in and store them safely. and people who want to feel close to that tradition sometimes use those ancient devices. a knife with a curved blade.

you probably do not need to invest the money in a boline. as you won't have much use for it.~h. A boline used for harvesting herbs. n ~ ~ A boline (bow-LEENI is a knife with to harvest and cut boline has a Magical Definitions If you buy your herbs instead of growing and har­ vesting them yourself.!'-~!!1:~~~~~~rrfp~!~~~~~. . . .

Any type of knife that is capable of cutting your plants will do. larger knife might be necessary. Nortar and P. Obviously. you don't need a boline.: 6rinding and Nixing A mortar and pestle are actually two tools that are lIsed together to crush. some plants have thicker so a stronger. The mortar and pestle is used for grinding herbs into a powder. thick bowl with a large mouth and a smooth bottom. A pestle is a rod with a slightly rounded end that is made out of the same material as the mortar. A mortar is a very hard. The pestle is used for crushing or grinding the ingredients against the inside of the mortar. grind.18 Even if you do grow and harvest your Own herbs.stl. The impor­ tant thing is that whatever tool you choose for cut­ ting. and mix ingredients. you use it exclusively for potion making. . but other plants with slim stems might even be clipped with SCIssors.

and it also involves some elbow grease. I love my grinder and use it for making incenses. Although many people find it extremely satisfying to use a mortar and pestle to grind ingredient. or at any of the hundreds of online stores specializing in Pagan products. lt works well if you have anything really hard to grind such as cinnamon sticks or. A few modern-day equivalents to the mortar and pestle can make your work easier and save a lot of time: A small grinder/chopper can be used to cre­ ate fine powders. " A coffee bean grinder set on espresso give you a very fine powder.J9 Most mortars and pestles are made from marble or another hard rock. Otherwise. although these are not as widely available. too. of course. You can also find them made of wood. you should be able to find sets at your local metaphysical store. If you are adventurous you can try making your own. coffee beans! ." the process can be time consuming.

such as bananas. you should invest in a juicer. An electric juicer extract'! the maximum amount of juice from fruits and vegetables. If you plan on making potions using a lot of juice. 8 ~oncoction Clues . and any food that has been softened by being cooked first. and the juice is much fresher than any juice you will find in a store. Even if you use a juicer.20 • A food processor is also good for chopping up herbs. • A blender is ideal for making potions that need to be either pureed or well blended. . you still need to use a blender when combining different juices to make sure they are mixed together very well. A food processor doesn't give you as fine a grind as a coffee bean grinder. with no preservatives or other additives. Blenders work best with soft foods.---' that jUice obtained through a IUlcer does not contain additives. tomatoes. need to refrigerated and will not have a very shelf life unless you freeze it.. especially dried herbs. as well as fruit~ and vegetables.

Cauldrons and Censrrs: Cooking and Burning A cauldron is simply a large round pot. usually made out of cast iron. Using magical tools for mundane purposes weakens their energy.(~~ptfr 2: Prep'~r~o~s 21 As with all your tools. these appliances should only be used for your magical workings. and a handle for hanhring over a fire. most of these items can be picked up at your local discount department store for about $10 each. Cauld1'ons are aVflilfible ill 7H1my different sizes. Although this might sound expensive. . so the can stand on it" own. Cauldrons are used for boiling water and heating potions. and allows for easy contamination with negative thoughts and feelings. Many have three legs.

A censer is a nonflammable dish. A potion might be sprinkled onto lit tablet to the Dotion into the air through smoke. Some censers have lids with holes for the smoke to flow through. . but it gives you a sense of being connected to our ancient ancestors. go for it! Not only is it fun. but if you have access to either sources of heat. you can use any pot that is large enough to serve your purpose. on the Internet and at many camping supstores. You can find large cauldrons. a censer is used with the final product to release its magic into the air. along with hanging stands. Instead of a cauldron. it isn't very practical to hang a cauldron over an open fire or in a fireplace. ~ Magical Definitions _____-----. You can also find censers with chains for hanging. or bowl made of metal or heat-resistant glass. If you just need hot water. Whereas a cauldron is generally used during the process of making your potion. be prepared for a hefty shipping fee. plate. If you order one and have it shipped. as the larger ones are quite heavy. A censer is a nonflammable container used for burning incense or a charcoal tablet.zz Obviously for most people. you can also use a teakettle.

ti~~__ ~! Censers come in a variety ofshapes and sizes. and light it with a long match.~~alt!r Z:P~~n_rrepara. There are many dif­ ferent brands on the market that light very easily._~. . When using a censer with your potions. You might find it easier to hold the tablet with tongs as you light it and then place it in the censer when it begins to spark. meaning that it is If only half of the tab glows. In about 10 seconds the sparking will stop and the tablet will begin to glow. When using a censer.. use a pair of tongs to pick it up and then try lighting the unlit side. and they can be found just about anywhere that sells powdered incense. you will need to use charcoal tablets.. a metal gravy dish from a thrift store is shown as an ine:tpensive option.. Here. place a charcoal tablet on it.____.~_.

) When dripping essential onto a charcoal tab. it take several tries before you get If com­ pletely lit. sprinkle what­ ever it is you want to burn on it. This is a sign you need to buy some new charcoal! After the charcoal is completely lit. (for more on oils-including the difference between essential and carrier oils-see "The Essence of Essential Oils. A censer is gener­ ally used for powdered incense or dried herbs. ' '." later in this chapter.. The ~ I . Toil and Trouble If your charcoal is getting old. a little goes a long way! Although it won't siz71e for long.. the scent will linger for quite a while. do not mix them with any carrier oils. Be prepared for steam or smoke and be sure to only usc a small amount at a time so you do not burn yourself or extinguish the charcoal. but you can also use a very small amount of a nonalco­ holic potion. . . as you will not like the smell the carrier oils give off..21. or a potion made with a mixture of essential oils. I highly recom­ mend using only small amounts of essential oils.

first consider what is in your potion. jars. and vials for storing your potions are available in all sorts of colors.._~_. . Until then. and shapes. when you prepare a tea. 25 or your ensure the potion allover instead Bottlts and Vials: Put aCork in It! Bottles. \Vhen deciding what kind of container to use. The wide mouth makes it easy for you to spoon out the amount you need to use. you need to store the dry tea mixture in an airtight container. you won't make tlle complete potion all at once. For example. With some of the potions. designs. When you add the dry ingredients to water. Wide-mouth jars with screw-on lids are perfect for tea.__ J!~~fL~:. you have finalized your potion. you first make the dry ingredi­ ents and then add that mixture to hot water as needed.

you can pour it into a bottle with either a screw-on cap or cork.26 Thf Bottles and vials to store your potions in are available in all shapes and sizes. and vials are easy to come by. Brewed teas and other potable potions should be used within a few days of making. I have found most of my bottles this way. VVhen you complete your potion. and so they already had cork stoppers. and many have . The eas­ iest and least expensive option is to reuse bottles that contained other products. such as brandy or liqueur. some of them used to contain some sort of alcohol. Your other potions can also be stored in this same manner. jars. Bottles.

and consecrated to their use in making your potions. No matter what kind of bottle or jar you use. kitchen supply stores. If you want to buy brand new bottles and jars._.~~'_ter 2:J~tion Prep~~Jions___ .____.. you will need to bless or consecrate the container with a rit­ ual. magically purified.21 interesting shapes and colors.__ . or craft stores. For years. After that. Used jelly or jam jars work well for smaller amounts. I also paint the lids to hide what the original product was and to make it more decorative. A simple ritual could involve asking your patron deity or deities to bless the tools while running them through sage smoke.. After this is done. check the Internet. make sure you wash it well and sterilize it-you don't want your potion mixture that you store in an old pickle jar to smell like pickles! For used jars. . the container should only be used for your magical workings. You can add any other embellishments you like. The ritual you use may be as elaborate or as simple as you like. you should use them exclu­ sively for your magical practices. BlfssinCJ Your Tools All of your tools and the chest in which you store them should be blessed. I found beautiful colored bottles with cork stoppers on clearance after Christmas sales. After tlley are blessed. and pickle or may­ onnaise jars work for larger quantities._.

you should purify yourself. All thoughts should set aside.leansing bath is used to purify body. and soul. lock the door. Hold your mortar and pestle in the sage smoke and say. we use a mortar and pestle. This is a time to relax and to focusing on your ritual ahead.l8 Po(ket Idiot's Guide to Potions ~ Enchanting Explanations In addition to purifying and ulesslng your tools. play some soothing music. Use this time to get about everything Turn off the phone. add to the water a magical ingredient. Light a sage smudge stick and set it into a fire proof dish or cauldron. I come to you to ask for your blessing upon this tool. This mortar pestle. is an extension of myself. We go over the correspondences to some com­ mon components in Chapter 3. which will be used to grind herbs for my magical workings. Here is a brief and easy sample ritual tor consecrat­ ing a magic tool. I con­ secrate this mortar and pestle to the workings of my magic. that corresponds with your intentions." . or component.-. In this example.1 r. To help achieve your aims. A pre­ rih .. "Great Goddess and Great God (substitute the names of the deities you work with if you would like).

. increasing psychic and physical energy. do testing. ".. It is made in the same way as moon water. you let the light of a new moon shine on it. but instead of a full moon. and enhancing creativity. herbs.~:.. I use full moon water in my tea to give it extra power. sa~ . work­ ing on positive aspects. or you can use it in the potions themselves.' ~. clear container) with the full moon shining down upon it._J~~P~!!. Some townships. I . For example. ~ \ . or other city government offices._ Moon Water Full moon water is a preferred ingredient in many potions because it is charged with the natural pow­ ers of the moon. or other ingre­ dient'>. You can make full moon water by placing tap or spring water outside (in a sealed. New moon water is ideal for potions relating to healing and resting. In are available at hardware stores. Full moon water is best used in potions designed to aid in perfecting ideas.. You can reserve this specially-charged water for washing your tools. You can often g~~ water tested for free or for a small fee at your local health department. Toil and Trouble Make sure any water you use is and pollutant free.

you need to take certain precautions. Before using collected rainwater. -t' Toil and Trouble As a practitioner of magic. though.. If you ever have "roblem with your potion. . ~ . problem.. Potion Preeautions When preparing and using a potion. you might want to have it tested to make sure it hasn't picked up any kind of contaminants.. "I know" is not a valid excuse. . you can save rainwater for your cleansing and potion needs. All are equally important. while others you might not have considered before. such as an or allerair reaction. . Following the same pre­ cautions and procedures every time you make a potion will also ensure that it works in the same manner time and time again. Some of the follow­ ing precautions are quite obvious. it is your responsibility to know exactly what it is you are working with. you must take .30 Guidr to Potions If you have the collecting and storing capacity.

This means having a clear and conscious mind while perform­ ing these magical workings. you shouldn't make potions when you are angry or upset. Do you want to increase your self-esteem? Are you looking to relieve tension? Do you need money? Are you in need of a kick-start to your creativity? You must have a positive intent when preparing your potions. if you do find yourself wanting to make a potion when you are upset.ons~~~_31 Thflntfnsity of Inttnt I touched briefly on the concept of intent in Chap­ ter 1. as you will incorporate those inten­ tions into your potion making. Intent is the most important ingredient in every potion you make. you can use the calming potion and give yourself a chance to mellow and rethink your position. .~~~~~'~z.~~. I suggest keeping a calming potion such as a tea or an infusion (see Chapters 4 and 5 for recipes) on hand at all times. so make sure your energy is positive! Because your energy flows into your potions when you make them. Intent is the reason why you are making the potion in the first place. Your negative energy will transfer into the potion and it will not have the effects you wanted. You transfer energy into the potion whether you want to or not. This way._.ot~~lr~~ar~ti. Which Way Is Your (ntrCJY ~lowinCJ? While preparing any potion. you need to pour your own energy into your creation.

Although many herbs are safe for consumption. and don't give it to any­ one else. liver problems.12 ·. and Other Nedical Problems It is very important that you make sure you do not have any allergies to any of the ingredients you use. Wheezy. some of these same herbs might not be safe with some preexisting medical conditions. be a Snftzy. bottles. Always check with a doctor to make sure any herbal product you plan to take is safe for you to consume. including heart defect'l. or other containers with a list of ingredients so you know what is in them. Always make sure to mark your jars. . you realize that your intent was not clear. or breast­ feeding. ~ Enchanting Explanations _ _ _ _--. pregnancy. throw it out. Just toss it and start over when you have positive intent and emotions.n Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions after making a potion. or your ener&'Y was negative. Don't use it.

. .. ~. .J~. . and vegetables should also be washed. The 'ssence of 'ssential Oils When working widl essential oils. You has been sticking or into the same containers! If herbs. just as you would when preparing any other food.. both physi­ cally and magically. Similarly.~. 33 (Ieansing Inside and Out Make sure everything you use is clean. all ingredients should also be blessed.ap.. This means that all tools should be washed widl soap and water and then blessed through ritual.. fruits. there are two main rules to keep in mind.. I recommend buying aged or fresh so that you can All herbs...ot~~l!e~~rdti~n~ __.. ~ Concoction Clues _ _ _ _ __ Although it might be convenient to herbs in bulk-and by this I mean you go into the store and scoop out the amount you want-it not be very sanitary. An easy way to do this is to ask your patron deity or deities to bless them while you are soaking or rinsing them in water.t'~!~_!._ .

Never put your face into the smoke or steam-not only will it be hot. II Always make sure you know your ingredi­ ents are safe for use. When using essential oils on a censer. e In order to help keep their energy positive. or olive oil. Tlus can be done with water or by adding a few drops to a non ­ toxic carrier oil such as grape seed oil. Ltast You Nud to Know • Magical tools can either be traditional or modern. make sure they are physically and magically clean before use. Essential oils are the pure volatile oil removed from plant material. Th. pure essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin without being diluted first. only place a few drops of oil on it at a time to avoid steam burns. No matter what kind you use. e Precautions should always be taken when preparing potions to ensure the safety of the preparer and the user. but the fumes might be overpowering.34 Tne Pocket Idiot's to Potions First. Second. your tools should only be used for magical and not mundane purposes. do not ingest essential oils-they are extremely potent. almond oil. because of their extreme potency. and you could do permanent damage to your body if you ingest them. . just to name a few. Carrier oils are veg­ etable type oils that do not contain volatile oils.

r Adding plants to your potions Discovering the magical properties of plants Plants have been used for their magical properties for centuries. plants can be used in potions to harness their God­ given powers.f MaCJi(al US'S of Plants In This Chapt. You will find them cat­ egorized by different plant parts believed to hold . Today. No one knows for sure how plants were given these powers or even how humans dis­ covered their uses. These humans were not only taught what plants to use for different types of ailments or wishes. One theory claims the knowl­ edge was passed on to exceptional humans chosen by faeries or even the Gods themselves. practitioners over the centuries have relied heavily on the magical abilities-also known as correspondences--each plant has. but also which part of the plant to use.(hapt. No matter how they were first discovered. The ingredients listed in this chapter are only some of the plant products you can use while experi­ menting with your potions.

Unless you have an allergy or certain med­ ical conditions. but you need to know your ingredients if you want to make the potion againl If you don't like the way know l I I the potion worked out. Bewit(hing Petals Many flowers are edible. Use this chapter as your reference guide. You may use the actual petal chopped into small pieces and blended into your potion or you can make teas and other potions by the methods covered later in this chapter. Not only is this necessary for safety reasons. There are many more you can use in your nonpotable potions! Entire book<. you not to do again.J' . . although some do have a bitter or strong taste.36 The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions -----~---~-~-----~--"-----~-- the greatest concentration of the particular magical ability. can be found which detail the magical properties of plants. these ingredients are generally considered edible and can be used in your potable potions. You can come back to it whenever you need to plan a potion and its ingredients. ~ Concoction Clues ______ I use Always write down the ingredients you in your potions. and as your practice grows you will want to add some of these books to your library. Flowers can either be dried or used fresh in your potions.

~~9j~~~s~sJlfyla~~_ Following is a list of some flowers you can use along with their magical correspondence. and healing Courage and psychic powers Comfort. and psychic dreams Love. protection. success. protection. love. exorcism. fidelity. money. love. and prophetic dreams Love. divination. luck._J!a~_p~f. health. and peace Protection. rain magic. money. longevity. sleep. peace and healing wishes. healing. and exorcism Love. love. exorcism. rain making. and money Protection. and success Love and visions Protection. money. chastity. psychic powers. and divination Protection and love Love. happiness. and luck Love. love. love. Flower Bee Balm Borage Calendula Chamomile Chervil Clove (flower buds) Clover Coltsfoot Heather Jasmine Lavender 31 Magical Benefits Induces sleep. purification. and sleep Symbolizes new life and new ber. immortality. purification. divination. and sleep Courage. health. Linden Mullein Pansy Primrose Rose Violets crmtinues .ryn­ nings Protection. love. luck and protection Protection.~}. luck.

and exorcism Love. love. Experiment to fino tastes and scents that you like. psychic powers. . sex. you be allergic to chamomile as Too much DanS\! can cause skin problems.---. many of which you are probably already familiar with.--------~-~-. Toil and Trouble Chamomile is port the ragweed family. Don't be afraid to combine different leaves and herbs to give your potions a unique flavor.llhindin91.. . . a common group If you ore allergic to ragweed.s The leaves of herbs and plants have a wide variety of tastes. and peace ~ ~.av. lust.. You may use the actual leaf chopped into small pieces and blended into your potion or you can make teas and other potions by the methods covered later on in this chapter.----~ continued Flower Yarrow Ylang-Ylang Magical Benefits Courage. Sp..38 Thr Po(krt to Potions ---------. Leaves can either be dried or used fresh in your potions. .

However! a few drops of essential to potions gives them a scent and adds desired magical correspondences. wealth. protection. and purifi­ cation Healing..__Jhap~~_~:__ Ma~(~IQ~rs! __ 39 ~ ~. and protection Protection and exorcism Courage and psychic powers Protection and healing Luck -----------------­ continues . money. ' Toil and Trouble Many herbs can be found in essen­ tial oil form.. .. but you should never use them in your potable potions. and money Aloe (peel leaves Protection and luck for internal use) Amaranth Basil Bedstraw Birch (must be fresh young leaves) Blackberry Bone Set Borage Burdock Cabbage Healing. anti-hunger. . and exorcism. Leaf Magical Benefits Alfalfa Prosperity. exorcism. and protection Love Protection. Following is a list of some leaves you can use along with their magical correspondence.

and legal matters Love and visions Courage and love Protection. lust. anti-lightning. love. protection. happiness. longevity. happiness. divination. happiness. protection.Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions cominued Leaf Magical Benefits Calendula Catnip Celandine Coltsfoot Columbine Dill Endive Eucalyptus Feverfew Goldenrod Henna Holly (berries are poisonous) Houseleek Hyssop* Irish Moss Lady's Mantle Larch (needles) Lavender Comfort. escape. chastity. and healing Chastity. protection. and dream magic Luck. luck. luck. and love Purification and protection Money. sleep. beauty. love. and protection Love Protection and anti-theft Love. health. dreams. and luck Lust and love Healing and protection Protection Money and divination Healing Protection. and psychic dreams Cat magic (for use with jomiliars). and sleep Peace and protection Protection. and money Lemon Balm Lettuce Loosestrife Marjoram . love. and peace Love. and happiness Protection. purification. success. money.

. ..-. and exorcism Love.. power. and snake repelling Protec1:ion and love Immortality. fidelity. love. and puriflCation Strength. and peace Love. and happi­ ness Money. protection. purification. pro­ tection. peacc. and happiness Mental powers Love Love.~_~~i~~! .. and astral projection Courage. protection. Leaf Magical Benefits ~1 Meadowsweet Mint Mugwort* Mullein Parsley Pennyroyal Periwinkle Plantain Raspberry Sage* St. divination. and hex break­ ing Happiness.. money. and exorcism Beauty. protection. healing. healing. lust. John's Wort Savory Senna Scullcap Thyme Wintergrecn Witch Grass Yerba Santa Love. protection. and protection extended period 'Do not use excessively or or time . . protec­ tion. health. prophetic dreams. longevity. psychic powers. exorcism. sleep. psychic pow­ ers. love. love. and wishes Health. strength. divination.--(~~~.~!!. and courage Protection. protection. and protection Healing. divination. lust. _ __ . travel. and protection Strength. of .. ~ __ . mental powers. love. strength... psychic powers. love. healing. and peace healing. lust. healing. wisdom.

name for a d tem of a plant s J Following is a list of some common roots (identi­ fied by an R).. ~ Magical Definitions A rootstock IS the undergroun roots grow. which can be quite expensive if purchased from the store. such as carrots. Mystical Roots._ its protective type Many potions are made with herbs. and bulbs (B) you can lise.42 The Po(~et Idiot's Guide to Potions ~~~~- . ~" . and mashed and then added to your potions. rootstock (RS). Rootstock. You can save money by growing your own. . and then add the infused water to your potions.. cooked. you must first boil them. along with their magical correspondence. Most herbs are very easy to grow. can be prepared the same way as bulbs.. and Bulhs \Vhen using most roots and rootstock in your potions. and they don't have to take up a lot of room. -~-~-~ Concoction Clues _____~~. Bulbs can generally be cut into pieces. Some roots. Even a small apartment has room for a few planters on a windowsill.

and visions Beet (B) Love Blue . and lust Strengthening spells Elecampane (RS) Love. health. and power Ginseng (R) Leek (B) Licorice (RS) Lovage (RS) Onion (B) Love. happiness.____ "_" ". and fidelity Love Protection.~" . healing. prophetic dream~. healing. RS) Exorcism. and lust Love. and hex breaking Prote(:tion. wishes. healing. lust. protection. Root­ stock. and exorcism Love. Galangal (RS) psychic powers. exorcism. money. protection. ____ J~~P!~~ 3: l!iI]i~~. Bulb Magical Benefits Angelica (R. healing. anti-theft. beauty. money. money. and lust Orris Root (RS) Love. invisibility. protection. lust.Flag (RS) Money Burdock (R) Carrot (R) Chicory (RS) Comfrey (RS) Cyclamen (RS) Echinacea (RS) Protection and healing Fertility and lust Removing obstacles. protection. and favors Safety during travel and money Fertility. and divination Radish (B) Protection and lust continues .~e~_~tPlants__ ~___~~ Root. and psychic powers Protection. protection. Garlic (B) and exorcism Ginger (RS) Love. protection. lust. success.

~~ Tbe Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions continued Root. you must boil the wood or bark and then use the infused water for your potions. Stem. powers and psychic WIshes and protection Love . Bulb Solomon's Seal (RS) Spikenard (RS. stems (5). and bark (B) you can use. and mashed and then added directly to your potions. Root­ stock. Bark Birch (B) Celery (S) Dogwood (dried hark) Elm (hark of young hranches) Magical Properties Protection. and purifi­ cation Mental powers. Wood. exorcism. cooked. Following is a list of some wood (W). and Bark When using wood and bark. Stems can generally be put through a juicer or cut into pieces. Stfms. R) lbmip (B) Magical Benefits Protection and exorcism Love Protection and ending relationships Sarsaparilla (RS) Love and money NfsmfrizinCJ Wood. along with their magical correspondence.

you need to grind them before use. ~ruitsr and Nuts When adding most seeds. Bark Larch (B) Magnolia (B) Myrrh (Resin) Oak (B) Poplar (B) Rhubarb (S) Magical Properties Protection and anti-theft Fidelity Protection.Stem. Afterward.. and spirituality Protection.'. tinctures. Grains. and should be used in . healing.' ~5 Wood. money. fertility. Resins are \ not water soluble._of.(~!pt'r}:~~qi~~1 Uses. health.. grains.. exorcism. protection.. you can either add the powder to your potions. healing. and Willow (B) healing ~ Magical Definitions -----~ semi-hard) by plant sop.~. potency. \ Resins are the hard \1 ~n(hantinCJ Sffds.'. hoil it in water to thin it. and nuts to your potions. and Sandalwood (W) spirituality Health and money Sassafras (B) Love. healing. or mix it with . divination. and luck Money Protection and fidelity Protection. exorcism.

You should also use separate .1" Tne PO(Ket Idiot's Guide to Potions herbs to use as a tea. ~ \ .. garden magic. and healing Money.. luck. and beauty . Fruits can either be thrown into a food processor to liquefy them (be sure to remove the pulp). Following is a list of seeds (S). grains (G). lust. or processed in a juicer. and wisdom Exorcism. prosperity. Toil and Trouble Nuts are a very common can cause anaphylactic uSing your neither you nor anyone potions made with nuts has any nut allergies. . healing. ~. or Nut Allspice (dried berry of the pimento) (F) Almonds (1\1) Angelica (S) Anise (S) Apple (F) Apricot (F) Avocado MagicaJ Benefits Money. Fruit. protection. and immortality Love Love.. fruits (F). and visions Youth. and purification Love. healing. and nuts (N) you might consider using in your potions.. Seeds. protection. tools (such as a ~ so as to not pass on trace to anyone with an allergy to them. Grain. along with their magical correspondence.

beauty.~9Jl. healing. psychic powers.~~S. healing. and luck Protection. potency.~ "1 Seeds. and divination Love Chastity. money. and protection Protection Love Protection and healing Protection. health. money. and protection Fertility. and chastity Love. healing. and prosperity Healing.__~. and love Money. lust. and healing Protection.~~~~~. prosperity.JI!!P~~!: . or Nut Barley (G) Banana (F) Blackberry (F) Blueberry (F) Magical Benefits Love.M. and purification Money Divination. health. protection. and mental powers Protection and health Lust and love Money Love and divination Love Purification. and healing continues Brazil Nut (N) Burdock (5) Caraway (5) Carob (F) Cardamom (S) Cashew (N) Cherry (F) Chestnut (N) Coconut (F) Coriander (5) Com (5) Cubeb (unripe berries) (F) Cucumber (F) Dill (S) Elder Berries (cooked) Fennel (5) Fenugreek (S) Fig (F) Flax (5) . Grain. and sleep Protection. Fruit. protection. anti-theft. lust. fertility. and fertility Protection. healing.. luck.

exorcism. and mental powers Money Healing. anti-theft. and money Healing and sleep Protection. luck. luck. Fruit. or Nut Grape (F) Hops Juniper Berries (F) Lemon (F) Mulberry (I:<) Mustard (S) Oats (G) Olive (F) Orange Papaya (I:<) Pea (S) Peach (F) Pear (F) Pecan (N) Pineapple (F) Pistachio (N) Plum Pomegranate Pumpkin Raspberry Magical Benefits Fertility. Grain. and chastity Breaking love spells Healing Divination. purification. love. love and friendship Protection and strength protection. fertility. and lust Love. wealth. divination. and health Longevity. potency. and wishes Lust and love Money and employment Luck. longevity. money.48 The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions continued Seeds. fertility. protection. and money Love and protection Money and love Love. exorcism. peace. garden magic. wishes. mental powers. and fcrdlity Prosperity and abundance Protection and love .

and success Love and luck Fertility. power. lh. and appliances to rid your house of any Never cast a love spell on a particular person. make a cleansing potion by adding 1 cup Vinegar and 1 cup lemon iuice to 2 gallons of water. wishes. Keep in mind. windows. and wishes 1WW~ Concoction Clues ______ For a clean and happy home. or Nut Rowan (F) Strawberry (F) Sunflower (S) Walnut (S) 49 Magical Benefits Psychic powers. ~____________~~~~p!!r_!:~ ~~qJ(~I~~~~_~l~I~~~_ Seeds.~ . health. counters. inferdlity. that there is always the chance that you are looking for the wrong qualities. Instead. healing. . and wisdom Health. of course. Grain.ast You Nffd to Know • Although we don't know where the knowl­ edge of plant magic originally came from. Use on floors. mental powers. Fruit. love spells should be designed to bring a person who has the qualities you are looking for into your life. protection. for centuries people all over the world have agreed on their powers. L. as this interferes with his or her free will.

.~~ ... - ~-..... II Each plant has a specific part that holds the essence of the attribute stronger than the other parts. --~. • It's extremely important to know what you are allergic to before you begin working with any plant material.. By using these plants in your potions you bring these attributes into your life. • Different plants have different magical attributes.50 ne Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions -. .

Depending on the recipe.l. you can really let your creative juices flow when putting them together. not only are they one of the easiest potions to make. An (asy (lixir Teas have been around for thousands of years. and they have never gone out of style.mptioCJ l. . The simple process of making and drinking teas is an enjoyable experience.as In This Chapter III II Using tea potions Choosing and preparing ingredients " Storing your tea mixtures II Getting started with some recipes Teas are great potions for beginners. but in just a short time you'll be making all kinds of new magical and flavorful elixirs. the prep work can be time consuming.

But Why T. Breathe in the scent and feel it becoming a part of you. Tea also has aro­ matherapy qualities. Light . it moves very quickly through your body and is easily absorbed into your ~)'stem. You become one with the tea. with every swallow you imbibe whatever magical qualities are in the brew. As you sit to drink your tea. When you you soak the plant material in liqUid to move the plant's essence from plant into the liquid.52 Mix. St••p. Before sitting down with your tea. First of all. Add aLittl. Because the base of tea is water. create an atmos­ phere appropriate to you tea's meaning.nc. take the time to savor its aroma.ri. and then experience the potion as it radiates throughout your body and performs its magic.a? Teas work in two main ways.r. wnen you tea. one with the magic. let them steep in hot water. The magic becomes a part of you. steep. and (xp. and experience-this is the easiest way to understand the process of making and using teas. ~ Magical Defini60ns _ _ _ __ The process of turning dried a tea is called steeping. You simply combine the ingredients. Atmosph.

. pass on lighting a candle. So Many H.. You might even want to music that relates to the magical work you are performing or that puts you in a meditative mood. .. Use symbols or pictures to represent what you are wishing for.rbs. So Littl. if you just need to a candle is fine. Take your time when drinking your tea-this isn't something to be rushed. put the dog in another room. because there are dozens of herbs and plants you can choose from. Probably the hardest part about making a tea is deciding what to put in it. The atmosphere helps to get you into the right frame of mind and deepens your focus to the task at hand. but if you on going to (or think you could acci­ dentally fall asleep!). ~ \ ~ .-!!!~~I~.~~a. and try to avoid any other distractions. unplug the phone. Tim. just to be on the safe side.m~~i~~Je~s~J) colored candles with corresponding qualities (see Appendix B). Turn off the TV. ' Toil and Trouble Make sure your atmosphere reflects qualities you are looking for is ~ For example.__.

Try adding sweeteners such as honey 10 help improve the taste. I recommend taking a day and taste testing different herbs. S C~ncoction Clues ______-----. of your teas will taste some will be bitter or strong. Because this can be a big undertak­ ing. If you don't like the taste of something. This will eliminate a Jot of herbs. spend one day just working on whether or not you like the taste or smell. you probably aren't going to want to use it in any of your potable potions! Keep a list of herbs that you like and don't like so you have an easy guide to refer to. but you might still be left with a number to choose from. mean they are any less pow­ erful.s" PocKet Idiot's Guide to Potions findinq Your focus Begin by focusing on your intent and then narrow­ ing down the field of available plants and herbs to those that correspond with your intent. What Do Your Tastt Buds Han to Say? You can eliminate more choices by getting rid of anything with a scent or taste you are not terribly fond of. iusl different. . Use the list in Chapter 3 to find different herbs and plants you can use that fit with your focus.

. you can begin working on blending them to come up with flavor combinations. Not only do you need to experiment with the types of herbs you use. Savor tht flavor If you haven't made your own teas before. I suggest starting with just two or three different herbs. In a calming tea you might want to use lavender and bergamot. you'll want to know how you made it! Keep a journal of the combinations you have tried with a note on whether you liked it or not. You can mix equal amounts of these two herbs. Be pre­ pared for some trial and error._ _ Ch_Ip.r . As you become more practiced and familiar with the tastes of the herbs and how they complement one another. . If you like the flavor of one herb more than another.: Tempting Teas 55 After you've sorted herbs into "yummy" and "yuck" categories.. If you end up loving a particular blend. or try one part lavender to two parts bergamot. add a little more of it to your mixture. but also the amounts. and you get to make the rules! Always make sure you measure out your ammmts and write everything down. Remember that it's your potion. you can try some of the basic recipes at the end of this chapter. or vice versa. you can experiment by combining more kinds together. But don't worry-if you don't feel like experimenting on your own.--t.

56 Pocket Guide to Potions This is just as important for teas you don't care for as it is for teas you do. and healing. you don't want to make the same one again by mistake! ~ Concoction Clues _ _ _ _ __ When you are first trying a tea. not fresh. before adding them to your preparations. I recommend setting aside a day when you are in the mood to do some magical work and making up a variety of tea mixtures to store for later use." If you don't like tea or were not satisfied with the results. You should only lL5e dried herbs in your teas. and relaxation. calmness. Actually. maintaining good health. you will need to dry them and crush them just a little bit. such as those for sleep. make a small amount-use measuring spoons instead of cups as your "parts. very little will if you are happy with it to make more in a larger Nix It Up first step in the physical preparation of your teas is to combine dried plant material to create the mixture you want. Make teas you know you will use often. but not too finely. If you grow herbs yourself. . You can do this ahead of time so you always have some on hand. If you make a tea and don't like it.

Allow the tea to steep in hot water for three to five minutes. you will only need to pulse it a couple of times to get the desired effect. or honey­ after the tea has steeped.___.~~q~fr ~:J~~F!~n9Ieds ___J! If you use an electric grinder. I know some peo­ ple who simply throw the dried ingredients into a cup and pour water over it. especially if you can buy it as it keeps with the natural nature your tea. I find tea balls work just as well as tea bags. and then store with one of the methods we will go over a little later in this chapter. Measure each ingredient into a bowl large enough to hold your tea mixture. Concoction Clues ______--. I recom­ honey. but not boiling. you want to use a sweetener­ sweeteners. __... sugar. You can use a tea ball to hold the ingredi­ ents or make actual bags for your teas. No Boiling Required The water you use should be hot.. Personally. letting the herbs float around loose. and they are a lot less time consuming. .. Although I don't like to do this. Mix the ingredients very thoroughly._. (Boiling water makes bitter tea.) Let boiling water cool off for a few minutes before pouring it over tea leaves.

Finally. Hoving audio prompts meditating for easier than breaking trying to read instructions. Take advantage of the power sun by making sun teo.. add seal the lid. relax. and let sun for several hours.58 8 Concoction Clues . Tell how you want to feel and what to pay attention to. tea balls... Make a you want to make sure you don't miss meditating. \Vhile drinking. ... ~/'-" you are new to visualizing or can make yourself an audiotape to ploy and walk yourself through the process you are ready... you get to the hest part! Sit hack. Notice the feel of the tea on your taste huds and in your mouth. or loose I into a clear jar or pitcher with a lid. meditate on what it is you want the tea to do for you.. Concoction Clues ______--. Simply place some tea mixture (in bags. (xperien(f the ~fflin. You can refrigerate the container for iced tea on days. and sip your tea.

follow the tea down your esophagus and into your stomach. You can even add a string attached to a small piece of paper to identify the type of tea it is-just like store-bought tea bags. I use about a table­ spoon of dried mix per cup. You should always label . Ba"in. chosen your herbs. Measure enough of the dry mixture and pour it into a bag. you will need a stapler to hold the bags shut. visualize yourself acquiring the desired quality or action the tea was made to enhance. it's time to decide how to store your tea blends for later use._____~. and have them sit­ ting in a bowl on your kitchen counter. It You can purchase tea bag paper (you can find it either in sheets or prefolded) and fill your own bags. Feel the tea branching throughout your body as it releases its magic into your system.. mixed them all up. ___. more for a stronger tea.. fold it closed and staple shut.__ . Where to Put It All Now that you have defined your intent. use less for a weaker tea.~_. Concen­ trating on the desired effect as you drink your tea potion adds a great deal of positive energy to your magical workings and significantly increases the power to make your wishes and dreams come true. Imagine yourself already in the condition the tea is made to bring about._~~~lttr ~: TemptinqI~ds_~~? In your mind. Unless you purchased sealable bags. A~ you meditate.

. some cheesecloth or wax paper inside of jar to toke up air space. especially those with zip-lock seals. The benefit of the bags is you can squeeze air out after each use.60 T~e Pocket to Potions your tea before you give it (or sell it) to someone else. names. labeling it isn't necessary. If you use jars. 1ea blends should be stored in a dark and coolloca­ tion to help keep the herbs fresh and full of flavor. Mark each jar with the type of tea and ingredients. before you reseal the bag. Get creative and give them descriptive. try to keep as much air out of as possible. yet interest­ ing. The less contact the dry mixture has with air. are also excellent for storing your mixtures. although if you will be the only one using the teas. S Concoction Clues ­ _____---. work just as well as tea bags for storing your blends. Jar It Up Canning type jars. Zip It Up Food storage bags. Storing filled tea bags in a resealable storage bag will keep your tea No matter how you store teas. the longer the herbs will stay fresh and flavorful. or other jars with screw-on lids.

.. Keep RefriCJfrated Teas that have already been prepared with water can be stored in the refrigerator to keep them fresh. You can microwave a cup of ice cubes for a hot teo.~~~ . With no preservatives... When preparing and drinking the tea... ~1 Bags of any kind should also be stored in a dark. ~ind True Love Tea Use this tea to help you find your true love... . Feel free to experiment with these teas by altering the amounts of each ingredi­ ent you use. cool location. don't keep brewed teas for more than a week. You can also focus on the attributes you want others to notice in you.­ tea. J~~l»tf!~:.t's 6.d Here are come recipes to get you started on your tea brewing practices.t Start. you should focus on the qualities you want your true love to have. however. ~. not a specific person.. L..T~~e!in~le~ . water to to melt. ~9j) Concoction Clues .....

II. visualize yourself in the days to come as healthy. John's Wort lI.6Z The Po(~et to Potions 2 parts lemon balm leaves 2 parts mint leaves 1 part catnip leaves 1 part chamomile flowers 1 part clover flowers 1 part yarrow flowers Keep N. add 1 part of feverfew. this tea can give you a magical boost to speed your healing. happy. and active. Focus on ridding your body of whatever ails you.a Although your potions should never replace a trip to the doctor when you are ill. If you are running a fever.al N. 4 parts calendula flowers 1 part mullein leaves or flowers 1 part marjoram leaves 1 part St. T. As you drink it. 4 parts rose petals 3 parts violet petals 2 parts dried apples 1 part dried blackberries .a Prepare this tea when you are already in good health and want to maintain it.althy T.

Use tangi­ ble images such as seeing the project complete.~ Teas ___~~ 1 part eucalyptus leaves 1 part ginseng root Sip for SU((. Don't just imagine yourself being successful~efine what success means to you. Safe Prot. 4 parts thyme leaves 2 parts sage leaves 1 part basil leaves 1 part clover flowers a pinch of mugwort .___ ~ ____~ _______ ~ ______ (h~pttr "_:J~_~p~i_n.ction T. This tea works best when working with specific projects or situations. Think of the bubble as a protective shield that keeps anything out that can harm you and lets only love and light through. envision yourself succeeding at a current project you are undertaking. imagine yourself surrounded by a giant protective bubble of white light.ss T. As you drink this tea.a While sipping this tea.a This tea is to protect you from psychic attacks from others. 4 parts clover flowers 2 parts lemon balm leaves 1 part ginger root Keep N. Feel yourself doing your job successfully. Feel the strength in knowing you are safe and protected.

or readings. The aroma will surround your home with protection while the tea flows through your body and radiates into the environ­ ment around you. John's Wort a pinch of mugwort . Idiot's Guid~ to Potions lIomf Protfction Tfa Slowly sip this tea as you walk throughout your home. 3 parts thyme leaves 3 part'> rose petals 3 parts yarrow flowers a pinch of St. sip it slowly while meditating before performing any type of psychic task such as dream interpretations. 3 parts mint leaves 2 parts raspberry leaves 1 part eucalypms leaves 1 part rose petals 1 part lavender flowers a pinch of irish moss Psychic Kick Tfa This tea is to help you increase your psychic abilities.6.. Note that this tea is not meant to be used on a daily basis. scrying (a form of divination where the reader looks into a reflective surface such as water). both inside and outside if possible. Walk along each wall and your property line as you out­ line your living area. just when the need arises.

to help it work to its fullest potential. Try sipping it sitting under the shade of a tree or in a warm. 3 parts pennyroyal leaves 1 part thyme leaves 1 part columbine leaves 1 part borage flowers (or leaves) 1 part mullein flowers (almin4j Pfaef Tfa This tea is for when you are completely stressed out and need desperately to unwind. calm down. Imagine your problems shrinking in size until you tower over them and see them as small and insignificant.~k~p~ini!~~~_ 65 (oura4jf and Strfngth Tfa Use this tea when you need an extra boost of strength and courage. relaxing bubble bath. Be careful though. such as deep breathing... this tea tends to make the m. use other relaxation techniques. While sipping this tea..~ .. Visualize your­ self at complete ease. 4 parts lavender flowers 3 parts violet flowers 2 parts calendula flowers 1 part pennyroyal leaves 1 part meadowsweet leaves a pinch of skull cap leaves .~~~~~..._.. Visualize yourself as being the strong and courageous person you will need to be in order to overcome the simation._J~~j»ttr ".er very sleepy. and relax..

it will increase your chances of having monetary opportunities present themselves. 4 parts chamomile flowers 3 parts lavender flowers liz part thyme leaves Hip Hip HUllah T.a This tea is for when you are down and out and need a bit of cheering up. If you feel a strong desire to buy a lottery ticket after drinking this tea.a This tea is designed to help you attract money. however. You will awaken in the morning feeling renewed and refreshed.66 Show M. by all means do so. Don't expect money to simply fall into your lap after drinking this tea. Mon" T. sip this tea while remembering . Designed to lift your mood and spirits.a Drink this tea up to an hour before going to bed for a great night of peaceful sleep. th. 4 parts mint leaves 3 parts alfalfa leaves 1 part irish moss 1 part clover flowers 1 part chamomile flowers AGood Might's SI"p T.

. your body absorbs the potion's magic. • Storing dried tea blends is easy and conven­ ient. • When you drink a tea potion. John's Wort leaves 1 part violet flowers 1 part lavender flowers 1 part witch grass Th. L. Imagine yourself back at that moment and bring that feeling back to the present with you. dark place with as little air contact as possible.ast You Mud to Know • Prepare your teas ahead of time so they are ready when needed. remember to keep tea in a cool. however. Always use dried (rather than fresh) plant material to make your tea.<_(~!p!!r~~~ Tempti"n<~I~a~ """ __ "~! a happy occasion in your life. making it radiate from you. 4 parts marjoram leaves 3 parts catnip leaves 2 parts St.

In this chapter. with one major difference: whereas teas never he boiled. Infusions In This Chapt. You can think of an infusion as similar to a highly concentrated tea. Chapter 6 delves into infu­ sions made with oil. Infusions are more potent than teas because more of the plants' essences are trans­ ferred to the water through the boiling process.r Using infusions Choosing and preparing ingredients Storing your infusions Getting started some recipes Infusions can be made with water or various kinds of oils. Infusion Insights The preparation for infusions is very similar to teas. infusions require boiling water.nsabl. I limit my discussion to water-based infusions. .Indisp.

although water-based infusions can be drunk as long as they are made with ingredients that are safe for human consumption. hand soaks. add 1 cup of the infusion to each quart water. As you use the infusion. A magical infusion is the liqUid extract results from boiling herbs to release magical Soak It In Infusions are excellent for use in baths.. or poultices. ~ Concoction Clues ______---. pour 1 f:Jallon into a full ' . For baths. An infusion is jammed-packed with the essence and magic from the materials you use to make it." Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions Their potency makes infusions more suited for external use rather than for internal use.70 . wrapping you in a magical cocoon. When using an infusion as a foot soak. ~ Magical Definitions --. that magic and essence radiates into your skin and the air around you. foot soaks. body splashes.

take deep breaths and inhale the scents from the infusion.__. Soaking or rinsing items in the infusion transfers the magical properties from the infusion to the item. ~ ~. As you soak. and mop floors to fill a room with the desired energy. You can use infusions to wipe down walls and counters. You can weaken the coloring agents by adding more water to your in- S. Infusions can also be used like liquid cleansers. clean mirrors.tth. . you should take care to set a mood that matches your intent. test a small area any ingredients in a stain._____________ (ha'"~_!!J~ndispensable I~fu!io_~__ 11 Soaking infusions also have an aromatherapy qual­ ity. and now that you know how to create your own teas (see Chap­ ter 4).. why not have a cup that corresponds with your magical workings? .. Let your environment reflect the magic you want to create.. . Toil and Trouble Before using any infusion on or walls. play music. Light candles.. Mood No matter how you use your infusion. bringing the magic deeper into yourself..

paration The first steps of preparing an infusion are very similar to those Of preparing a tea."'1. meditate on the task at hand. bring your wishes into reality. When making infusions you can use any safe plant material.... ... bringing your wishes and hopes into sharp foms. If you plan on drinking your infusion.. If you've prepared a meditation how-to audiotape (refer to Chapter 4).. Infuse Your Infusions Begin your infusion preparation by establishing your intent. "\Nhile using your infusions. Infusion Pr. make sure that your ingredients are safe for consumption.. including roots. herbs. fDlits. bark. use it with your infusion to help you concentrate and center. 'Il1e differences begin with the actual cooking or heating of the infusion. however."'.. whether fresh or dried. and resins.L_- Concoction Clues -----­ your energy and focus.

~ Concoction Clues ______ Food processors come in large batches of dried insure proper on a chopping setting. Mix batches of infusions you know you will use frequently. break down larger ingredients to a more man­ ageable size. you can mix up ingredients to use for your infusions ahead of time so they are handy when you need them.___. Again. you won't have to worry about taste... If you don't plan on drinking your infusion. "\Nhen taste isn't a factor. . take a day when you are in a particularly magical mood and have the supplies to make up batches of dried ingredients.J~~l~!r~. Narrow down your list by removing any allergens or items with a scent you just plain don't like...._. you have a lot more options for the infusions you create.:I~disp~~Sd~I~J~f~sions n Refer to Chapter 3 for a list of potential ingredi­ ents. giving you more room for water in your pot or cauldron.. _~. Blend Your Bounty As with teas. but can instead concern yourself with the fragrances you create by combining different herbs together.

the more potent your infusion will be. Let the mixture come to a full rolling boil and then let simmer for a half an hour. put the dried material in a pot of water. Your infusion is now ready to be used or stored. You can store them in food storage . as you will be boiling your infusion for a while and some of the water will evaporate. Remove the pot from heat and let the infusion sit for a while to cool off. Set your pot on the stove and turn it on high. Allow for plenty of water. use a screen strainer to remove it from the water. (If possible. If you have placed the herbs in cheesecloth. IttpinCJ It Dry The dry ingredients for infusions can be stored in much the same was as the ingredients for teas (see Chapter 4).14 The Pocket Turn Up tht Htat When you are ready to prepare the actual infusion. use full moon water for extra energy. The more ingredients you use. If the mix is floating loosely. after the water has cooled enough.) You can either tie up the ingredients in some cheesecloth or just let them float loose. wring out the cheese­ cloth over the infusion. Pack It Up How you store your infusions depends in large part on whether you are storing dry ingredients or the actual infusion.

You can compost any have gone bad.. to help keep the ingredients fresh.. I occasionally buy some foods in bulk and have saved gallon-size pickle jars and giant plastic pret­ zel barrels... you might tind thaI some of your herbs have molded t an espe­ rinllv common problem in areas of Do not use any magical potion t as mold is a allergen.. You can usually find these really cheap after holidays... Large plastic ice cream tubs are also ideal. so you will need large containers to store dry ingredients. screw-top jars. \ . that infusions use larger amounts of ingredients than teas do.~..I~di~Y~RS~bl~I~~!i~~!. ~.~~~. ~ ....._. Keep in mind..15 bags.. or pick up some inexpensive plastic storage bins. they don't cost extra.. or tie them up with twine in cheesecloth. muslin. or Simply bury Wrap It Up You can store your mixtures loose.. though... Best of all. Their large mouths make them easy to fill and scoop out herbs.. such as a zip-lock plastic bag..-~!~. porous material so all you have to do is drop it into the pot of water when you're ready to make an infusion.. or some other soft. Cheesecloth or other material bags should also be stored in some kind of sealed con­ tainer. . or any other airtight contain­ ers. ' Toil and Trouble Occasionally.

an infusion goes bad.16 T~e Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions (hill Out The final liquid infusion can be refrigerated in jars or pitchers. . this is an ideal way to store your infusions.s Infusions can also be frozen either in ice cube trays or other freezer-proof plastic containers. Make sure you don't fill containers all the way to the top so the water has room to expand as it freezes. Magical concoctions should go back to the earth and not down a manmade drain unless they are being used in the bathtub. mold will begin on the top of the . The earth will know what to do with it! 8 Concoction Clues ­ _ _ _ __ If you use a clear bottle to store you can tell at a glance infusion is getting cloudy or moldy. pour it out on the ground out­ side. If you have a large freezer. you can keep it refrigerated for quite a while longer. If you notice it getting too cloudy or moldy however. Save old milk or juice cartons (be sure to wash them out thoroughly) to store large amounts of infusions. Infusion-sid. If you aren't planning to drink your infusion. Potable infusions should only be stored for a few days in the fridge.

or set it outside on a warm day. as well as rather elaborate. When it comes to infusions. You can even throw infusion ice cubes into a hot bath. which will also slightly reduce the infusion's potency. These recipes are quite powerful and potent.5: When you are ready to use the infusion. Experiment with them.'"1 Concoction Clues _ _ _ _ _ _---. Let's 6et Started Try these recipes to get yourself started in your infusion creating practices._~~a. Simply splash it on after your bath or shower and . 11 ~. anything goes! Monday Morning Motivating Splash Use this body splash on Monday morning. on your stove top. simply melt it and warm it up in a microwave. You can eliminate some of the ingredi­ ents to make them easier to create. A" they melt. or any other time you need an extra bit of motivation. Freezing prepared infusions is smartest and safest way to store your in­ fusions. making changes where you see fit. they will release their proper­ ties into the water.p~~r. infusions do not mold or go bad and can be stored for long ods time.

Meditate on puri­ fYing your thoughts and opening your mind to pre­ pare for your ritual. Meditate on having the motivation to make it through the day or to get through any kind of problem you are having. 3 cups cedar bark 3 cups lavender flowers 1 cup lemongrass Purification Soak This infusion should be added to your cleansing bath when preparing for a ritual. . Use deep breathing relaxation techniques to help unwind. 1 cup yarrow flowers 1 cup heather flowers 1 cup rose flowers 1 cup bergamot leaves Y4 cup chicory root Y4 cup lemon peel lf4 cup lime peel lf4 cup orange peel Y4 cup peppermint leaves 4 cloves Nusele Relaxer Soak Add this soak to your bath when your muscles are tense and you need to wind down. Visualize each muscle in your body relaxing.18 Pockft Idiot's Guidf to Potions let it air dry.

liy to focus on a specific event or project instead of on a general feeling. or soak a washcloth with it and lay it across your forehead while you meditate on being suc­ cessful in your work life.._"__ (~aptf~~~~ispfnsa"b!!~sjons.. use this infusion at your work. If possible.~__" . 2 cups chamomile flowers 1 cup clover flowers lf4 cup pansy flowers 2 cups lavender flowers Y4 cup hyssop leaves lf4 cup thyme leaves 1 tsp anise Y+ cup lemon peel Business Success Infusion Use this infusion either as a soak added to your bath.. sprinkle droplets on the floor. or water plants in your work area with it-as they grow they will release the magic into the air.. Try wip ­ ing down your desk with it. Simply set the items in the infusion or use a sponge soaked in the infusion to wipe areas do\\<'l1._J9 You can also use this infusion for cleaning or puri­ fYing rooms or objects.. 1 cup magnolia blossoms 1 cup chamomile blossoms YI cup Balm of Gilead 1 cup bergamot leaves .

juniper berries Love Attraction Infusion This infusion is designed to help you find your true love. meditate on the qualities you want your true love to have.4 cup peeled ginger root 3 cinnamon sticks Y2 cup basil leaves 1 TB. Do not visualize a specific person. and sliced . raspberry leaves 1 inch peeled ginger root 1 small apple. as this interferes with his or her free will. peeled. cored. Y2 cup chamomile t10wers Y2 cup clover t10wers Y2 cup lavender t10wers Y2 cup jasmine t10wers Y2 cup primrose flowers 112 cup red rose petals Y2 cup violet flowers 3 fresh basil leaves 1 TB. mint leaves 1 TB. While using this infusion.80 Y2 cup tangerine peel Y2 cup sage leaves 1.

. Y2 cup crushed pineapple chunks 1 pear peeled and sliced 1.2 cup oats Y2 cup sassafras bark 1 inch ginger.~~~~able Infu~io~_s_ . and remember that needs wants are two different things. toilets. visualize yourself receiving the money you need ­ but don't be greedy.2 cup t1ax seeds Y2 cup cashews 1 chunk (about Y4 cup size) of oak bark Healing Juice Soak Add this infusion to a warm bath when you need some extra healing energy. peeled and sliced 1.. Imagine your illness is being pulled out of you and into the water. and other places where germs congregate.. Men using this infusion. sinks. Visualize whatever ails you leaving your body.~. Watch as you pull the plug and see your illness go down the drain._.~ __ J~~P~!!~~~J!.. If you are up to it. doorknobs. You can use this infusion in a bath or place a few drops at a time onto a lit charcoal tablet.~.__~. . use this infusion to wipe down counters.. The steam will release your magic into the world. 81 Woney Attraction Infusion This infusion will help open your eyes to money­ making opportunities..

fennel seeds 6 green olives 1 TB. While doing your divination work. peeled and sliced 1 chunk willow bark 1 TB. drop a couple drops at a time on a lit charcoal tablet. angelica seeds 2 large fresh apples.82 The Pocket V4 cup rowan berries V4 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup elder berries 1 TB. peeled and sliced 5 chunks myrrh resin IS" Divination Infusion Use this infusion either in your bath or soak a washcloth with it and lay it across your forehead before you begin any divination workings. coriander seeds 1 fresh cucumber. lh cup borage flowers V2 cup calendula flowers 5 cloves V4 cup coltsfoot leaves or flowers V4 cup jasmine flowers 1/4 cup mullein flowers . releasing the infusion into the air. Relax and focus on opening your mind to receive mes­ sages from the other side or your higher self.

fill a gallon pitcher with this infusion and walk around the outside of your home. As you soak in this protection infusion. peeled and diced 1 cup coconut flakes 1 chunk dogwood bark 3 chunks of myrrh resin 1 tsp.4 V4 cup mulberries 1 papaya. 1. To protect your home.4 1/2 83 cup pansy flowers cup rose petals V4 cup yarrow flowers V4 cup goldenrod leaves lh cup shredded lettuce Prot. chopped 1 tsp. ginseng root. John's Wort . Feel the strength in knowing you are safe and protected. burdock root."_" ""~"~!~~!!5~"J~~~~~~sdblelnfusions 1. St.4 cup raspberries cup rowan berries 1. The bubble keeps anything out that can harm you and lets only love and light through. imagine yourself surrounded by a giant protective bubble of white light. pouring a line of the liquid all the way around the house. chopped 1 tsp.ction Infusion Use this infusion to protect you from psychic attacks from others.

celery 1 chunk oak bark Yz cup pecans Gardfn WaeJic Infusion Use this infusion to water your house plants or walk the boundaries of your garden. Use it in your bath to boost your success level. peeled and sliced 1 tsp. Use the infusion to water fruit trees while envisioning the juicy fruits you want them to grow.8~ T~e Pocket Idiot's Guide to ~otions Gft aJob Infusion This infusion is designed to help you find the per­ fect job. ~ cup bee balm flowers Y4 cup borage flowers Y4 cup clover flowers ~ cup mullein flowers Y4 cup yarrow flowers ~ cup shredded cabbage YJ cup colmnbine leaves ~ cup sage I small chunk (about Yz inch by Yz inch) ginger. and creativity. sprinkling the infu­ sion all around the garden boundaries. Visualize your plants growing tall and green and producing beautiful vegetables and flowers. courage. .

sliced but not peeled 4 chunks myrrh resin 4 chunk<.n. quartered lIomf BlfssineJlnfusion Use this infusion to clean your house.". Fill a gallon­ size bottle with the infusion and walk around the outside of your house. frankincense resin ."'_"'"'""""''''~".~~sions 1 cup heather flowers 85 Yz Y2 Yz Yz Yz cup pansy flowers cup alfalfa sprouts cup pennyroyal leaves cup sliced carrots cup cyclamen root 1 chunk oak bark 2 large apples.'"''''_"'"'"'"'"''''' '"' ~. mustard seeds ~ cup black olives 1 pomegranate. pouring a path as you go. sliced Yz cup figs 1 cup cut grapes 1 tsp. 4 oranges. sliced but not peeled 3 lemons. sliced 1 cucumber.~e!~:""I~qis~e~~~le"I.".~~~~. sliced 1 banana.

• Infusions can be stored in the refrigerator or frozen to be ready for use at any time. however. making them readily available when needed. .ast You Nffd to Know • Infusions are the liquid resulting from boil­ ing herbs to release their magical qualities. dark place with as little air in it as possible. making it radi­ ate from you. • VVhen you use an infusion.~~----~----- Th. fresh or dried. remember to keep blends in a cool. These potions can be prepared ahead of time. • Infusions can be made with just about any kind of plant material.86 T~e Guide to Potions ----------. • Storing dried infusion blends is easy and convenient. your body absorbs the potion's magic. L.

Oil Obs. because they come in a variety of different fonns. The intended use of your potion dictates the type of oil potion you should make. diluted oils. and infused oils. One can use oils to create an endless variety of scents with surprising ease.s of Oils In This (hapt.r • Using oil-based potions • Choosing and preparing ingredients • Storing your oils • Getting started with some recipes Oils are my favorite potion ingredients to work with. .(ha Oodl.ssions If you are like me. you might find yourself becom­ ing slightly obsessed with working with They're so fun. in part. I use essential oils. including essential oils.

if you . The best part of working with essential oils is the ease in using them. And because you need only a tiny amount. some essential oils are extremely expensive. Most essential oils are sold either with an eyedropper fit into the bottle top. Unfortunately. It's perfec1:1y rea­ sonable and acceptable to buy your essential oils. Oil potions make up an extremely large part of my practice.<.t isn't practical for you to attempt to do this on your own.diluted oils. and they will last for years if you are only using a very small amount at a time. ~ Magical Definitions _ _ __ A volatile oil is an oil that contains characteristics of the flavor and scent of plant Because large quantities of herb material are required and specialized equipment is needed to extract essential oils. However. and infused oils all frequently. (ffortless (ssential Oils Essential oils are produced by removing the volatile oil from the plant material. it ju. pure essential oils have a very long shelf life. or with a nozzle that only allows a drop out at a time.

!~. You can mix essential oils with one another and with carrier or infused oils to make your own per­ fect combinations. You can then use the mixtures in bath oil potions or perfume potions. be sure to keep them in a bottle with a good.Q~I~. The price of rose oil runs about $ 35 per milliliter. Pure iasmine oil runs $45 for half an ounce.!~t!!.­ it takes approximately 30 rose buds to make 1 drop of essential oil. You can also find many of them already diluted with carrier oils. so you have an idea of how the final product will smelL There's no sense in adding the essential oil mixture to carrier oil and wasting the carrier oil if you don't like how it smells. tight sealing lid to keep them fresh._ __" ___ ~h.. sandalwood at about $35 for half on ounce. l . don't like the way something smells._"~____. No matter what you are mixing oils for. 1 1 § t l. you don't waste much of the oil. ~ ~ I always recommend combining the essential oils before adding them to the carrier oil.. Mixtures that don't contain carrier oils can be used in your diffuser or on the charcoal tablets. 89 ~ Enchanting Explanations .

peach kernel oil. D. coconut oil. with the other 95 percent being the carrier oiL Just remember that if you add a diluted oil to a diffuser or lit charcoal tablet. For example. hazelnut oil. and because they tend to go rancid quicker than the others. sesame oil. and Glow There aren't too many things I like better in this world than settling into a warm bath laced with .90 The Pocket Guide to Potions Car. sunflower oil. you will be able to smell the carrier oil in addition to the essential Bath. most rose oil mixes contain 5 percent essential rose oil.r Oils Carrier oils include sweet almond oil. evening primrose oil. rose hip seed oil. because of the smell.IiCjhtful Dilut. pure essential oils that would be extremely expensive can be found in a diluted form. peanut oil.d Oils Diluted oils are pure essential oils that have been added to a carrier oil. These are non­ volatile oils. As stated earlier. You can make your own diluted oils by adding a few drops of an essential oil to a carrier oil. It is not generally recommended to use vegetable or corn oil. Diluted oils can either be made or bought.fr•• Carri. jojoba oil. safflower oil. the thickness of the oil. and olive oil. grape seed oil. apricot ker­ nel oil. The label on a bottle of diluted oil should tell you the percentage of actual pure essential oil in the mix.

diluted oils.. you won't need much of these. And keep in mind that essential oils are extremely potent. oils in your tub totally surround you with the magic you seek. or infused oils. a few drops will scent an entire bathtub. it also calls the magic into you. Toil and Trouble Using oils in your bathtub can floor and sides of the tub dangerously slippery. When using oils in your both. calling the magic to you. \\!hen adding oils to your bath. you can use any of the three types of oils-pure essential oils. H you are using pure essential oils.6: Oodles of Oils 91 magical oils. ' '. either-about a table­ spoon will do the trick. Oils in your bath serve two purposes: the scent the oils give off is released into the air. take extra caution when getting in and out of the tub. Basically. so always check for any allergens before adding them to your bath. and. and use a cleaner that cuts oil after Because diluted oils also contain essential oils. Some oils carry a warning saying they might cause skin irritations. as the oil covers your skin. or at the very least heavily dilute them with a carrier oiL ~ \ ~ . . avoid adding these to your bath.

Place a few drops of the oil into the reservoir. use an eyedropper to place a few drops of oil onto a lit .r and Sizzl. place a lit tea light candle underneath the reservoir. or you can simply place a couple of drops onto a lit charcoal tablet in a censer. so you can use more of this kind of oil in your water. Using an oil diffuser is easy.92 Pockeildiol's Guide to Potions Infused oils have the weakest scent of the bunch. Simm. If you're using a candle diffuser. Some oil diffusers use electricity to warm the oil and others rely on the heat from a candle. As the scent disperses around the room. you need to take safety precautions with both. Most carrier oils do not smell very good when they are heated or burned. Two tablespoons of infused oils should be plenty. You can use an oil diffuser. Another of my favorite ways to use oils is to heat the oil and let the scent diffuse into the air. Make sure the wick of the candle is trimmed so that the flame stays fairly low to avoid overheating the oil. If you're using an electric diffuser. \Vhen using oils in either of these ways. use essential oils. it releases the magic into the air around you. but you don't want to use so much that you feel too greasy after your bath. To diffuse your oils using a charcoal tablet. Obvi­ ously. the next step is simple: all you need to do is turn it on.

the magic is released into the air. .~~~P~!~"~~Q~~!~ of~9i1s 93 charcoal tablet. as the oil will produce a sudden burst of smoky steam. \Vhen you wear a perfume potion you create a sort of magical bubble that follows you around wher­ ever you go.C. Because carrier oils can go rancid after a while.s You can make your own magical perfume oil blends mixing essential oils and adding them to a car­ rier oil. Make sure you use a bottle or vial with a tight seal­ ing lid. depending on how often you plan to use the potion. The scent is extremely potent--don't inhale it.rfum. ~ Enchanting Explanatians History tells us the Egyptians were people to incorporate the use of perfumes into their daily lives as as the B.E. As the steam and smoke rises. Make sure to keep your face back. P. this will help keep the perfume fresh longer. you might want to mix perfumes in small quantities.rforminCJ P. Perfume potions release magic into the air through their scent and draw the magic into the wearer.

depending on how much of the infusions you want to prepare.. dark place to store the canning jars for seven days. while adults can take a tablespoon. you will need a wire mesh strainer. a bulb baster. or dried herbs cheesecloth. For your infusion preparations you will need fresh . and dark colored bottles with tight sealing lids.. Chil­ dren taking oil infusions should be given a teaspoon full. After the infusions are ready..'" Oil Infusions to Potions ~~-~------- An oil infusion is an oil that has been saturated with the magical properties of a specific plant by allowing that plant to soak in the oil. . pure essential oils should never be swallowed. and a cool. I you aren't going to want to type of potion. a carrier oil. Preparing infused oils is a relatively simple process. Oil infusions can be taken internally (as long as the individual ingredients are safe for human consump­ tion) or used externally. ' •• Toil and Trouble Although oil infusions can be taken inter­ nally. . They are extremely potent. but it can require large quantities of ingredients. and therefore dangerous. ~ .

If you have a dishwasher. Dt:!\. Label the ing the kind of herb the oil will contain. but if you don't have access to them and have to use dried herbs.____(~~p. You can create infusion combina­ tions from individual infusions. run the jars through the dishwasher to make sure they are clean. otherwise.t:! can have different WAiohts and consisten­ to Infuse Your (arriers Begin with clean canning jars (the type with the lid and ring separate). wash them in hot bleach water and rinse them well._. Fashion Your Formulas Infusions should be made with just one type of herb for each jar. but you need to start with a pure infusion. You might prefer some for internal use and others for external use. .~UU:.!t!_~. Jl~~es of 911_--?~ . what type of ~ Concoction Clues ______~ You can also mix carrier oils to create the perfect blend for yourself.. Experiment with different carrier oils. make sure they have retained their color and scent for better results. Price might also be a factor when considering oil to use. It really is best to use fresh herbs when making infusions.

Set a wire mesh strainer into a large bowl and empty the contents into the strainer. Use a spatula or even your pestle to squeeze any excess the herbs into the bowl. to hold It down tightly and secure it in place. Leave enough room in the jar so the oil can move freely around the 2. lIarvtst Your Bouqutt After your infusions have set for a week. 4. replace the metal lid with the folded cheesecloth. If you have the time. Herbs sometimes off gases. dark location for a week. Store the jars in a cool.96 The Po(~et Idiot's Guide to Potions Prepare your infusions as follows: L Fill the jar three-quarters of the way full with the herb. Pour oil over the the way to the 3. and the cheesecloth allows the infusion to breathe. once again replace the cheesecloth with the metal lid and shake one more time. take a few minutes every day to replace the cheesecloth with the metal lid and gently shake the jar to mix up the herbs and oil. This helps to ensure all parts of the herbs are soaked in the oil. . Do not fill the jar all the way to the top and do not pack the herbs in tightly. After shaking the jar.

._ Simply discard the used ready to bottle up your .~pte~c~c:.cc_cc~_c __ccc~cc__(c h.--'---« have to start allover a g a i n .A"''' 91 ~ I 2. Blending Basics Although an infusion can be used on its own-and make sure to ..~h'V. After your oil is bottled. but if you notice any changes in color or scent. Infusions generally have a shelf life of about six months.-. These bottles should have tight sealing lids-either screw-on caps or tight-fitting corks-to help keep the oils fresh. you state-you can to infusions to combine lUa~lI_al magical potency. ! Bottlt It Up Using the baster. .-.. dark location. label the bottles and store them in a cool. discard the infusion and make another batch.~oy I Toil and Trouble .c_ . remove the oil from the bowl and squirt it into dark-colored bottles.

iV"hen you begin taking infusions internally. but just the amount you need at the time. you'll want to use them in their pure unaltered state to get used to them. As with simpler mixtures.-­ Concoction Clues ______ infuSions exter­ taste. and store it the way you store your other infusions. Some people have difficulty swal­ lowing a teaspoon of oil-it's all a matter of taste.98 T~e Po(~et Idiot's Guide to Potions Start Simpl.d Compounds Advanced compounds involve combining four or more different infusions. you can go ahead and mix up a larger amount of it. After you find a taste you like. Try different combinations to discover what flavors you enjoy and provide the magical effect'> you seek. try mixing just two or three infusions together at first. Combine want and make your nose When you're ready to start blending your infu­ sions.. label it. . . either. You don't have to mix them in equal proportions. And don't mix entire bottles. Advanc. -.-u. make these in small doses so you can sample your concoctions without wasting a lot of infusions if it doesn't turn out as you had hoped.

then sprinkle some of the corresponding oil on a charcoal tablet. simply make them when you need them. but unfortunately. as with any kind of . feel free to combine the different aspects._. iV"hen using these recipes in spell work.~._____ . I don't recommend mixing them up ahead of time. And be sure to write down your exact ingredients so you can create the same potion time after time. th. Use your favorite carrier oils to make your infusions. For external potions.iCJht Oil I wish I could tell you that this magical potion sheds the pounds without any additional effort on your part.~ ____.~~_ap~!r6: Oodles of Oils 99 If you don't plan to use your concoctions on a daily or weekly basis. . before your spell work. take a bath in the appropriate oil. Instead. For example. Los. use infusions. Lft's 6ft Startfd The following combinations will help you get started on your oil-making practices. for internal potions. Use as little or as much of each ingredient as you like to alter the taste or smell. Feel free to experiment and alter the recipes to suit your tastes and needs. and then combine the infusions as suggested in each of the following recipes. use essential oils. and take a teaspoon or two of an appropriate infusion during your spell work. Eliminate those ingredients you don't like._. W.

we must live our mundane lives in accor­ dance with Our magical practices in order for them to work properly. Basil Bergamot Birch (young leaves) Blessed thistle Bone set Clove Clover Dragon's blood Elderberry . Clover Ginger Honeysuckle Lemon balm Pennyroyal Violet Yarrow Passion Ptrfumt Use these oils in different combinations to bring passion into your life. Cardamom Clove Ginger Jasmine Lemongrass Patchouli Rose Sandalwood Ylang-ylang NtCJativity Bt 60nt Oil Use combinations of these oils to disperse negativ­ ity in your life or a negative cloud that seems to be hanging around.100 The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions magic.

Black pepper Camphor Caraway Carnation Cinnamon Garlic Ginger Lemon Lime Nutmeg Orange Patchouli Pennyroyal Peppermint Pine Saffron Vanilla .s~_"_"""~""_ _ Frankincense Mint Mullein Witch grass Yarrow Wish Swish Combine and use oils from this list to help make your wishes come true. Allspice Bluebell Daffodil Dandelion Ginseng Sandalwood Star anise Tonka bean Violet IntrCJY BoostinCJ Oil Use any of these oils or infusions to give you an energy boost..101 _~~"~__~__~~~_~~!~tO~dles""o~f"Oil:.

Balm of Gilead Bayberry Calendula Carnation Columbine Costmary Cypress I Iyacinth Lily Rue Witch hazel ~rifndship ~iXfr Oil Have a fight with a friend? Combine these oils or infusions to help set things right.n H.r Oil "\Then you need a little help getting over a broken heart.nd.art N.IOZ Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions """---~-~--"--~-----"~---" 600d Luck Oil Need a little extra luck? Try combining any of the oils or infusions from this list. Allspice Bayberry Bluebell Catnip Ginseng Irish moss Mistletoe Nutmeg Orange Strawberry Vetiver Violet Brok. . use any of these oils or infusions in a broken­ heart-mender mixture.

J~~ Amber Apple blossom Balm of Gilead Basil Bayberry Juniper Passionflower Rue Slippery elm Sweet pea S.. Black pepper Carnation Cedar Cinnamon Clove Columbine Fennel Ginger Mullein Musk Onion Peppermint Sweet pea Thyme ..ntur. Oil Need a little adventure in your life? Or the courage to be a bit more adventurous? Mix these ingredi­ ents up to give yourself a boost._.r Oil When life is getting you down. Had aHam.lf-lstffm Lift.LOils._~~~ptfr~":_9odl~~_o. combine these ingredients to help give your self-esteem a boost. Amber Bayberry Cinnamon Ginseng Grapefruit Honeysuckle Hyacinth Lime Orange Passionflower If Adv..

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Op.n Communication Oil
Use a combination of these oils or infusions if you are having a communication problem with some­ one and you need to clear it up. Caraway Cedar
Coffee
Costmary Garlic
Hyssop
Lavender Lemon Slippery elm

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Visions Oil
Use these oils or infusions in any combination to experience magical visions. Acacia Alder Angelica
Apple (wood)
Bay leaves
Calendula
Camphor
Carnation
Celery seed
Cherry
Cinnamon
Coltsfoot
Ginger
Lemon grass Lilac
Mace
Marigold
Mugwon
Nutmeg
Oak (wood)
Orange
Orris
Patchouli
Peppermint
Pine
Poplar (wood)

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• Oils are used in three basic forms: essential, diluted, and infused. • Essential and diluted oils are not safe for internal consumption. .. Perfumes, bath oils, and simmered oils release magic into the air, surrounding you in a magical bubble. • Infusions can be taken internally, helping you draw the magic into you.

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TantalizinCJ Tincturfs
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• Using tincture potions
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Choosing and preparing ingredients Storing your tinctures Getting started with some recipes

Tinctures are yet another way of extracting the magical essence from herbs or flowers. A tincture is a mixture made from soaking plant material in or vinegar to absorb the plant's essence.

If you aren't big on oils, then you should defini­ tively give tinctures a try. When the tincture is complete, you can either drink it (in a small dose), or dab it on your body or on an object, such as a magical tool, to anoint it.

Tindur. Tadics
Tinctures are made by soaking herbs, flowers, or other plant material in a low-odor alcohol-such as vodka-or vinegar to extract the magical essence from the plant.

the final result will give you a true herbal tincture.E. Because tinctures are so potent. undiluted essential oils also have a very long shelf life. They are far less expensive than many essential oils and. but you can make your own tinctures at a fraction of the cost.) Y(m can buy premade tinctures at most pharmacies or health food stores. might rival the cost of infusions. it was the Swiss Paracelsus as a solvent to Tinctures are relatively inexpensive to make. tinctures might have been used as as 900 B_C. so they will stay fresh far longer than any other potion you make. Either way. depending on the type of alcohol you use. (Pure. while others believe one's own instincts serve them best. in China.108 _ _to Potions """"""-----­ People differ in their approach to preparing tinc­ tures-some prefer to measure ingredients pre­ cisely. Alcohol tinctures also have a long shelf life. ~ Enchanting Explanations _ _ _ _--. . It's a matter of personal taste as to how strong you want your tincture to be and what method you are more comfortable working with. espe­ cially if you grow your own herbs. you only need to use a small amount-anywhere from a couple of drops from an eye dropper to a teaspoon.

cool location to store your tinctures while they set. If you find the taste too strong. Open the Bar Vodka is most often used when making tinctures. both of which help mask the taste of bitter herbs. You will need canning jars. and the process is very similar to that of making oil infusions. along with dark colored bottles for storing them. can enhance taste of your tinctures. different flavored vodkas are on these days. herbs."_ __fh~"~f!J:J~ntalilin9Ti~(t~~e~ ___ J~~ depending on what feels comfortable to you. You might also want to use a blender. You will also need a dark. Tincturf Prfparations Tinctures are easy to make. -I . and cheesecloth. a solvent (either alcohol or vine­ gar). or change the together. you can dilute your tinc­ ture by adding it to a cup of tea or a glass of water. You can experiment size bottles to what you like best. such as rum or cognac. It comes down to personal preference of taste and price. although you can use any type of alcohol that is at least 80 proof.

..•... WIth dark or cloudy vinegars..-~~ .. Be careful not to pack the jar too tightly with herbs... ~- .. Make sure the herbs are totally covered in the alco­ hol.. and then blend with the lid on for 60 seconds..•... WIth exact measurement'>. you can use vinegar instead. pour the herbs into the blender... \\'hite vinegar is dear. you will need to decide whether or not to use exact measurements. I highly recommend using plain white vinegar unless you really happen to prefer the flavor of a different vinegar.. . ~. use an amount you feel comfonable with.... you will need 200 grams of dried chopped herbs for each liter of alcohol vinegar) or 300 grams of fresh chopped herbs per liter of alcohol (or vinegar).... you want the alcohol to be able to flow around the herbs. the more potent your tincture will be.. making it easier to keep an eye on what is going on with your tincture while it is set­ ting..•.. Shakf and Stup \Vhen making your tinctures...110 Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions . If you aren't going to measure... Vinf9ar Rfnditions If you don't want to use alcohol in your tinctures.• ~ -. If you have a blender available (preferably one that you use only for your magical workings). followed by the alcohol.. The more herbs you use. Only use the blend setting-you don't want to puree the herbs or grind them into such small pieces that you can't strain them...-~ .. .. it's difficult to see whether the tincture develops any impurities as it sets.

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Pour the mixture into canning jars and top them off with more alcohol if needed. Seal the jars tightly and label with the contents and the date. Store the jars in a cool, dark location. You will need to have access to them on a daily basis, so pick a convenient spot. At least once a day, shake the jars. The more fre­ quently you can shake them, the better, with four times a day being optimal.
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Depending on how strong you prefer your tinc­ ture, leave it set for anywhere from 2 weeks (this makes a weaker tincture) to a full 30 days.

Drain and Squfflf
After your mixtures have set for as long as you want them to, it's time to drain the alcohol off­ this is your actual tincture.

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Remove the lid from the canning jar and replace it with cheesecloth, using a rubber band to help hold the cheesecloth in place. Pour the liquid into a large bowl to reduce spills. When the jar is empty, hold it upside do"",'l1 and remove the cheesecloth, being careful to keep all of the herbs inside of the cloth. Hold the loose ends of the cheesecloth closed and squeeze the remaining alcohol from the herbs. Continue to squeeze until you can't remove any more liquid from the herbs. Discard the cheesecloth and herbs.

If you have one handy, you can use a crank style hand press, such as a wine press, to help remove as much of the alcohol or vinegar as possible.

Botti. It Up
Tinctures, like many of your other potions, should be stored in a dark colored bottle with a tight seal­ ing cap or cork. Using a baster, remove the tincture from the bowl and squirt it into the bottles.

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Label your bottles, being sure to include the type of tincture and the date it was made. Store them in a cool, dark location. Tinctures will last a long time, up to two years, if stored correctly.

Blending Basics
Tinctures can be blended together as you see fit. You can make special combinations customized to your needs, or combine different herbs or tinctures to make your magical potion even more powerful.

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You can either add small amounts from different tinctures together, or you can mix up different com­ binations of the herbs to soak in the alcohol. If you mix different tinctures together, it is helpful if they are made with the same type of alcohol. If they are made with different types of alcohol, only mix up a small amount at a time. When you first bebrin mixing herbs or tinctures, begin with combinations of only two or three, and bebrin increasing the ingredients as you discover what combinations are pleasing to your taste buds.

Advanc.d Concoctions
After you are familiar with different herbs and their flavor, feel free to experiment with more elaborate combinations to further specialize your practice.

Make sure you also keep track of combinations you don't like so you know not to make them again. but feel free to experiment with different herbs. Th. Lft's 6ft Startfd The one problem with tinctures is the amount of time you have to wait before getting your final results. Angelica Bayberry Bergamot Blessed thistle Burdock Camphor Cedar Clove Columbine Costmary Cowslip Cypress . 6rffO tv' of tovv If you are having a problem with jealousy or envy. Keep track of your recipes as you go. however. If you have a posses­ sion that you would like to protect from the envy of someone else. and save those you like. Use the amounts and ingredients you are comfortable with in any combi­ or mix tinctJlrf''' made from single ingredi­ ents. dab a little of this tincture on the item to protect it from the green eye of envy. use this tincture on yourself. There's no avoiding it. so it's best to started right away.II" You should still be careful on how many different types of alcohol you mix together.

". John's wort Thyme Yarrow 6. Use these herbs in any combina tion to get your brain storming. Although some people might be shy and enjoy their privacy. others want to break out of their shells. Bee balm Borage Chervil Chickory Columbine Mullein St.s JlowioCJ Sometimes you just need a jump-start to get your in gear. This mixture is designed to help get you out into the world.~___~~~~!~!:_~~~i~~B~(~u~e~~"J!! Dill Fennel Hawthorn ShV No Mor.t Your Cr.atiVf Juie. Angelica Borage Chicory Coltsfoot Elecampane Galangal Mullein Pansy Periwinkle Rose Sage Savory Thyme Yarrow Yerba santa .

or fruit) Chamomile Clover Coconut Echinacea Fennel Lavender Lemon Parsley Rose . sprinkle some of the tincture on the tires before you leave. wood. stored in a spill-proof bottle. If you are driving. and take it with you. Amaranth Basil Blackberry Burdock Clove Comfrey Dill Mint Primrose Eucalyptus Feverfew Hyssop Lavender Linden Brightfst Blfssings This tincture is designed to be used before pera rituaL It can also be used to consecrate magical Anise Apple (either the bark.116 ---------------- rO(~et Idiot's Guide to rotions ---------~---~------- Trani Nappy Prepare this tincture before going on a trip. Carrying the potion with you helps to keep you safe from harm.

You can add a couple of drops to bath water or use a corresponding oil mixture for best results: Basil Bee balm Bergamot Calendula Chamomile Coltsfoot Freesia Gardenia Hyacinth Ylang-ylang Lavender Lemon balm Marjoram Meadowsweet Passionflower Rose . or fruit) Bay Camphor Carnation Cedar Celery seeds Coltsfoot Daffodil Dandelion Gardenia Ginger Mullein Yarrow Tranquil Momfnts Use this tincture to release your mind from stress and worries to help you relax.111 Spirituality Use this tincture before or during rituals or spell work to increase your spirituality through connec­ tion with the Gods andlor Goddesses. Cinnamon Apple (either the bark. wood.

It's for occasional situ­ ations when you might doubt yourself. Angelica Borage Calendula Chervil Chicory Clover Columbine Mullein Pennyroyal Savory St. John'S wort Thyme Yarrow Lift S.lf-Doubt This tincture is for when you just aren't sure if you can trust your own instincts... Borage Calendula Celery Coltsfoot Jasmine Lettuce Mullein Onion Pennyroyal Rose St.... This tincture is designed to help you cope with your fears while you work at getting over them. John's wort Thyme Yarrow .liB -~. F..arFador Fear is something we all deal with at some time or another..--.~~~--- Po{~et Idiot's Guide to .

Dab a little on your pulse points. Angelica Aspen Bee balm Bergamot Birch (wood) Cedar Clove Clover Dragon's blood Elderberry F rankin cense Hawthorn Holly (leaves) Horehound Juniper Nettle Pine . Amaranth Angelica Blackberry Celandine Chicory Clove Columbine Dill Heather Irish moss Linden Loosestrife Marjoram H.moVfr Use this tincture when you encounter one of life's many hurdles and you need a little help getting over it.gativity Ban Use this tincture to keep the negativity of other people from crowding into your space.r!!Iantaliling Tinctures 119 Obstacl.~~~_~____~~!!apt. R.

Dab a little bit on your pulse points. • You may substitute the alcohol with vinegar for a nonalcoholic tincture. • Tinctures are extremely potent and can last up to two years. . • Tinctures are safe to consume as long as all of the ingredients used to make it are safe to consume. Bee balm Chamomile Clover Coltsfoot Ginger Heather Jasmine The Least You Need to Know • A tincture is made by allowing herbs or other plant material to steep in alcohol for a minimum of two weeks. 'Tinctures are taken in small doses-from a few drops up to a teaspoon.120 The Po(~et IdIot's to Potions LOVf in the Air Lavender Pansy Periwinkle Primrose Rose Ylang-ylang Use this tincture to help bring love into your life.

Lotions also help you enter a state of consciousness simply through the feel of the lotion on your skin.(ha Lus(ious Lotions In This Chapter It Using lotion potions . Choosing and preparing ingredients II Storing your lotions \I Getting started with some recipes Making your own lotion potions enables you to customize the lotion to smell the way you want and. espe­ cially if you work intimately with a magical partner. Tht Stnsuality of Lotions Lotions. of course. have the magical properties you desire. Rubbing lotion onto each other's skin creates a whole new sensation. The scent of a lotion can put you into differ­ ent states of mind through aroma therapy. . through their effect on your senses of touch and smell.. can help you create a particular mood.

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Lotion Applications
Applying lotion can be an utterly sensual experi­ ence. If you use a magical lotion, you are drawing the potion's magic into your body and releasing it into the air around you. And, of course, lotions also moisturize your skin.

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There are many ways to make your own lotions, ranging from incredibly simple to somewhat complicated. Personal prefer­ ence for ingredients and time and work you want to dictate what mernOd you use.

You can increase the power of a potion by applying it after taking a bath suited for the same need. For example, if your goal is to draw money to you, soak in bath oils designed to attract money and follow it up by applying a lotion designed to attract money. By using many different potions at the same time or in succession, you increase the magic several times over, making it extremely powerful.

Special (ffeds
Have some fun and personalize your lotions using special ingredients. For example, give yourself a shimmery look by adding some glitter to your lotion. Pick a color that matches the lotion's magi­ cal intent. Combine glitter of different sizes and

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colors to create more complex lotions and add to their magical properties. By adding corresponding colors (see Appendix B), you incorporate more magical elements into your potion. You might also want to pick up some little bags of metal confetti from a party supply store. When added to your lotion, the tiny confetti will stick to you (for a while) when you apply the lotion. Look for confetti that goes along with your intent.

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Check at your local craft store to a large assortment of glitter. Glitter is avail­ . able in hundreds of different colors, sizes ranging from very fine powder to larger chunks.

Instead of-or in addition to-adding colored ele­ ments such as glitter and confetti to your lotion, you might want to consider coloring the lotion itself. Many local craft stores sell coloring that can be used when making soaps or lotions. This color­ ing is safe and will not stain or discolor your skin. Pick a color that corresponds with your intent.

Lotion Production
By far the quickest and easiest way to make magical lotions is to begin with a bottle of premade lotion

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and modify it to suit your needs. A large bottle of unscented cocoa butter lotion is a great place to start. Divide the lotion into several small bowls to be bottled up as separate lotions later. Personalize each bowl of lotion for a different need by adding essential oils to infuse your lotion with the magical properties you want it to contain. If you can't find an essential oil that corresponds with your need, you can use an oil infusion or tincture. You can then add corresponding coloring, glitter, and/or confetti if you wish. Pour each bowl into its own bottle and label it. How's that for simple!

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If you'd prefer to make your lotions from scratch, you have a number of choices. The recipe you use will dictate the ingredients you use, but you'll need a few basic ingredients and supplies for most recipes.

For starters, you need some sort of heat source to melt ingredients together. You can use either a microwave with microwaveable dishes or a stove with a double boiler. If you don't have a double boiler, a pot filled with water and an empty metal coffee can make a handy substitute. You will also need wooden spoons, a blender or wire whisk, a funnel, a candy thermometer, and bottles for storing your lotions.

an emulsifier.. or beeswax._. ~ Magical Definitions ---­ An emulsifier is a substance that keeps water and oil from separating when mixed together. shea butter.____ ____~h_~p!.!_~:_tu~~~~u~~~!ions 125 Your basic ingredients will include distilled water. You might also want to buy chunks of cocoa butter. borax. palm wax. You then add your choice of oil and gently heat the mixture to allow the ingredients to blend together.x. (some stores carry their own brand of emulsifier._.____. (or any other waxes).lt th' Solids If you decide to use cocoa butter. shea butter. These items can be found at your local grocery or health food store. olive oil. or you can use borax) and essential oils (or infused oils or tinctures). or palm kernel oil. candelilla wa.__~ ___ . you must first melt them on the stove or in the microwave. coconut oil. and beeswax. You can also add vitamin E oil or food grade aloe vera gel to your lotions. or almond oil. liquid lecithin. Other ingredients your recipes might call for include vegetable glycerin. a carrier oil. M. carnauba wax. consider using grape seed oil. . For car­ rier oils. palm oil.

If you have to use a wire whisk. Never allow waxes or butters to boil. if you .. Brinq on the Blender While your butters or waxes are melting. As the beeswax begins melting more (or if you are using only a small amount) cut the time down to 30-second intervals and stir between each run. keep them from splattering and possibly burning you.. After it has cooled slightly. pour it slowly into the blender.. Toil and Trouble Never allow any these ingredients to too hot. only run the microwave for a couple of minutes at a time and stir the wax before restarting the microwave. prepare your other ingredients. start with beeswax because it will take the longest to melt. Cool Down }{m will need to let your mixture cool slightly (5 minutes or so) before adding it to the ingredients in your blender. It is possible some of these ingredients to so never leave them unattended being heated. When using the stove. add the water. If using the microwave. it will take you much longer to complete your lotion. . to Potions ~ . First. always the flame on low. and you will probably want to allow your mixture to cool a bit more for safety reasons. When melting ingredients.IZ6 ne Pocket Idiot's ~..

Turn the blender up to the highest speed and blend for 5 minutes. If you are mixing by hand. add the water (aloe vera gel. Add the essential oils...~. If you want to add any colorings. glit­ ter. borax. vitamin E oil. add those now..__. add these now and continue blend­ ing on high for another minute. or vegetable glycerin. ~~p. stop. and you will be able to tell by looking at it when the mixture is ready. all you need to do is pour your lotions into labeled bottles. and blend at the highest speed for about 30 seconds. scraping the sides as needed. If the mixture starts to get too thick. or vegetable glycerin if needed) to a bowl and start whipping as you the other ingredients. or confetti.~ . or tinctures you want to use. vitamin E oil. The mixture will begin to thicken. such as citric acid. they will last about two months. borax.ter 8: luscious lotions IZl are using aloe vera gel. It would be helpful if you had someone pour ingredients while you do the whipping. Pour in the wax or butters and blend on a low speed for about a minute to allow some of the heat to escape. Do not . If your lotions don't have a preservative. infused oils. Pour and Store To finish up. use a funnel that fits into your bottles._~~". You can also try using a baster to squirt lotion into bottles. In order to do this with the least amount of mess.

..." Don't jr'\/'"'i . .ssennal oils give lotions their magical nronprt.. You can also add essential oils to premade lotion to create magical lotion potions..t. Eventu· nlk..... ~ . .. they should be kept at room temperature so none of the ingredi­ ents harden and leave you with a chunky mess... ' ~.. they will either get really runny or depending on the ingredients... you might be ready to AVnr1nrl \Jf""'Illr Ir.. Let's 6et Started r.Il8 store lotions in the refrigerator... Toil and Trouble You'll know your lotions are going bod when they begin to smell rancid.p<: and you can personalize any of the in this section just by changing tne essen­ tial oils that the recipe calls for....tir\n_rri'-' ~ i""'\r. ..... ~ Enchanting Explanations After practiced with a few recipes in this chapter.

~!~~I!!rJ:l~s~. ~ ._ . Stir the mixture and pour it into bottle. Add two drops of each of the following oils. Start with an 8-ounce bottle of premade cocoa but­ ter lotion with no scent added. or tinctures: Buckthorn oil Cascara sagrada oil Celandine oil Marigold oil Brown coloring tOpHunal 3. _.. 1. such as making a will or signing mortgage papers. Astral Projedion This lotion should be used before undertaking an astral projection session to help get you into the proper mindset and to ensure a safe and productive trip._~____ .~ ___~~~__. Pour all of the lotion into a bowl..o~s1pE~II5.~ Astral projection is Magical Definitions . 2. Il9 Letal Maneuvers Use this lotion whenever you have a court appear­ ance or are dealing with any type of legal matters. infusions.

It can be particularly helpful when studying for a test.1)0 Th~ Pocket Idiot's to Potions A<.mory (nhanCfr Use this lotion whenever you need to give your memory a boost. almond oil. N. Store in a glass or plastic bottle.semble the follOwing ingredients: 12 cup almond oil 12 cup grape seed oil 1 cup distilled water . Remove from heat and allow to cool before blending in the oil drops and coloring. liquid lecithin 1 drop angelica oil 5 drops basil oil 1 drop damiana oil 1 drop dittany of crete oil 2 drops mugwort oil Indigo or blue coloring (optional) Prepare the lotion: Combine water.semble the following ingredients: 1 cup distilled water 1 cup almond oil 2 TB. and lecithin in a pot on the stove over low heat until it is well blended and warm. Apply the lotion when you're studying the material and again when taking the test. A<.

Mix well and pour into bottles.Juscious lotions 2 TB. combine almond oil. Heat thoroughly.._. or rituals. distilled water. divinations.) Allow to cool to room temperature and add essential oil drops and color­ ing. cocoa butter 6 oz.. Assemble the following ingredients: 2 oz. (You should see a slight steam coming from the mixture. spells. this lotion should be applied after taking a ritual or cleansing bath.g.~lttr 8. liquid lecithin 1 drop caraway oil 1 drop eyebright oil 5 drops lily of the valley oil 3 drops rosemary oil 1 drop spearmint oil Blue or yellow coloring (optional) Prepare the lotion: B1 Over low heat.. Ideally. Spiritual6roundinCJ This lotion should be used before doing any spiri­ tual work such as meditations.~_ . grape seed oil 112 cups distilled water 5 drops frankincense oil 5 drops myrrh oil Black. or silver coloring (optional) .~_. purple. grape seed oil. and liquid lecithin in a sauce pan.

adach. shea butter 6 oz. 2. 3. lI. Pour melted cocoa butter into a blender and add grape seed oil and water. almond oil 1'l2 cups distilled water 2 drops amber oil 6 drops bergamot oil 1 drop chamomile oil 1 drop lemon oil Grecn or white coloring (optional) . Add frankincense oil and myrrh oil and blend until mixed. (radicator Use this lotion to help relieve headaches. Melt the cocoa butter in microwave or dou­ boiler. cocoa butter 1 oz. but pay special attention to massaging the lotion into your temples and forehead.HZ Thr Prepare the lotion: 1. You can apply the lotion all over your body. A'lsemble the following ingredients: 1 oz. Blend ingredi­ ents together. stirring frequently.

!. stirring fre­ quently. or white coloring (optional) . Pour meltcd mixture into a blender and add almond oil and distilled water. It's particularly effective after a relaxing bath. almond oil I 'l2 cups distilled water 3 drops apple blossom oil 3 drops freesia oil 3 drops hyacinth 5 drops lavcnder oil 3 drops lily of the valley oil 3 drops narcissus oil Blue. pink.~~!p!'!~~:. Assemble the following ingredients: 1 oz. In 2. Melt cocoa butter and shea buttcr in microwave or double boiler. Str. Add remaining ingredients and blend until mixed. shea butter 8 oz. 3. Blend ingre­ dients togetllcr.u.nity lIann Try this relaxing lotion for relieving stress and easing your mind. bccswax 4 oz.scious lotions Prepare the lotion: 1.

stirring frequently. Add remaining ingredients and blend until mixed. Assemble the following ingredients: 1 oz. Blend ingre­ dients together. Bad Lu(k T. beeswax 3 oz.Bit The Pocket Idiot's to Potions Prepare the lotion: 1. cocoa butter 3 oz. 3. shea butter Yl cup olive oil JA cup almond oil JA cup grape seed oil 2 cups water 10 drops vitamin E oil 1 drop allspice oil 1 drop bayberry oil 1 drop bluebell oil 1 drop catnip oil 2 drops ginseng oil 2 drops Irish moss oil . 2. Pour melted mixture into a blender and add almond oil and distilled water.rminator Suffering from a string of bad luck? Use the bad luck terminator to help set things right again. Melt beeswax and shea butter in microwave or double boiler.

ams Chase away nighttnares and other unpleasant dreams with the pleasant dreams lotion. cocoa butter. stirring fre­ quently. and grape seed oils. 3.4 tsp. and shea butter in microwave or double boiler. Assemble the following ingredients: 2 TB. Add remaining ingredients and blend until mixed. 4. Pour water into blender. Add oil mixture and vitamin E oil. almond. beeswax Y:! cup olive oil Y:! cup almond oil 1. PI._~____ ~_______~__~~_~~. Stir in olive. borax Y:! cup distilled water 2 drops bergamot oil 2 drops calendula oil . 2.asant Dr. Blend ingredients together. Melt beeswax. This lotion will also help you remember your dreams when you awake.tfr~8: Luscious Lotions 135 2 drops nutmeg oil 8 drops rose oil Green coloring (optional) Prepare the lotion: 1.

3. distilled water 2 drops ginseng 6 drops lilac oil 2 drops orange blossom oil . Add borax and distilled water.10 drops jasmine oil 2 drops mugwort oil Blue coloring (optional) Prepare the lotion: 1. shea butter 1 oz. Add remaining ingredients and blend until mixed. Blend ingredients together. 6limmtr Glamour Use tllis lotion when you want to feel glamorous. Stir in olive oil and almond oil. 2. Be sure to add some sparkly glitter to this one! Assemble the following ingredients: 1 oz. vegetable glycerin 10 oz. Cocoa butter 1 oz. Pour mixture into blender. beeswax 1 oz. coconut oil 2 oz. stirring frequently. Melt beeswax in microwave or double boiler. jojoba oil 2 oz. 4.

3._~~~~__.J~~p~!r ~~J~sQ~~~~o®. Add distilled water. and beeswax in microwave or double boiler. 2. jojoba oil. Melt cocoa butter. beeswax liz cup olive liz cup grape seed oil liz cup almond oil 3 cups distilled water 1 tsp. borax 1 drop acacia oil 5 drops cinnamon oil 1 drop honeysuckle oil . and vegetable glycerin. Stir in coconut oil. 4. Pour mixture into blender. stirring fre­ quently. Psychic (nhanctr Use this lotion before performing psychic workings.. Add remaining ingredients and blend until mixed.~s 2 drops rose oil Red coloring (optional) Glitter (optional) Prepare the lotion: 131 1. shea butter.~_. Blend ingredients together. Assemble the following ingredients: 3 TB. such as divinations or readings.

4 sunflower oil 1. Assemble the following ingredients: 2 tsp. grape seed. 4. candelilIa wax cup evening primrose oil 1. Divine Inspiration Need a creative boost? This lotion will help you find the inspiration you crave. Pour distilled water and borax in blender and blend together. Add oil mixture and blend again. 3. shea butter 2 tsp. 2. Set aside.1)8 Thp Po{kpt Idiot's 6uidp to 1 drop iris oil 1 drop lemongrass oil 2 drops mugwort oil 1 drop peppermint oil 1 drop rose oil 1 drop tangerine oil 2 drops wormwood oil Purple coloring (optional) Prepare the lotion: 1. Stir in olive. and almond oils.4 . Add remaining ingredients and blend until mixed. Melt beeswax in microwave or double boiler. stirring frequently.

borax 2 tsp. stirring fre­ quently. Blend ingredients together. . Add remaining ingredients and blend until mixed. ____ . Add borax. avocado oil. veg­ etable glycerin. and olive oil. Pour mixture into blender. Stir in evening primrose oil. sunflower oil. Melt shea butter and candelilla wax in microwave or double boiler._. __________C. 2.!J9 __•.__h '"~r~~1us5!o_u~_~Qt~'!!!!__ ._.. 3. vegetable glycerin 4 cups water 1 drop angelica oil 1 drop cowslip oil 3 drops daffodil oil 1 drop dandelion oil 3 drops gardenia oil 1 drop lotus oil 1 drop mullein oil 3 drops myrrh oil 1 drop primrose oil 1 drop violet oil Yellow coloring (optional) Prepare the lotion: 1._________. 4. Y4 cup avocado oil Y4 cup olive oil liz tsp. and water.

Stir in grape seed oil.1"0 Thr Pocket Guide to Potions (flfstial Protfction The ultimate in protection lotions. Set aside. or if you feel threat ­ ened in any way. such as when doing magical workings. Assemble the following ingredients: 2 TB. cup almond oil II. stirring frequently. . and almond oil. 2. use this potion whenever you feel you need protection. Melt beeswax and shea butter in microwave or double boiler. coconut oil. cup grape seed oil Yl cup coconut oil II. cup aloe vera gel "11 cup distilled water 10 drops vitamin E oil 1 drop blessed thistle oil 5 drops dragon's blood oil 5 drops frankincense oil 2 drops hyssop oil 4 drops myrrh oil White coloring (optional) Prepare the lotion: l. beeswax Y4 cup shea butter II.

Pour aloe vera gel. $ When making magical lotions. . Thf bast You N"d to Know • Lotions surround you with a magical bubble as they draw the magic into you. you can start with premade lotions and add magical ingredients or you can start from scratch. and therefore the magic. • Lotions can be used when working inti­ mately with a magical partner to increase the power and energy. • Homemade lotions without preservatives have a shelf life of about two months. 4.~~~~J~!P~t~~:luscious lotions 1"1 3. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until mixed. Add oil mixture and blend again. and vita­ min E oil into blender and blend together. distilled water.

ws In This Chapttr . Using beverage potions . Not only will the mag­ ical properties of the beverages and brews in this chapter help you achieve many of your goals... too! Raise aGlass! You can drink these potable potions to fill a specific magical need or simply to celebrate magical times with friends. they taste great. whether to cure what ails you.raCJ's and Br. Choosing and preparing ingredients II Storing your beverages .B'CJuilinCJ B. . sometimes you need something more potent. It all depends on the drink being pre­ pared and your intention as you prepare it.. Getting started with some recipes Although a (.'Up of tea can be relaxing.v. overcome an obstacle. or simply create a feeling of goodwill.

even when stored in the refrigerator. use the ingredients you can freshly squeezed concentration of canned. They should be used the same day they are made. .144 Tne ATast. they all share one direction in common.nsation The recipes in this chapter are sure to please your taste buds as well as your senses! The first 10 recipes are intended to be mixed in small batches­ a glass or pitcher at a time-for your personal use. maximum magical potency. These beverages have a very short shelf life-in most cases just a matter of days. Individual Instructions Although each recipe has a distinct set of instruc­ tions. ~/- Concoction Clues ______--. Most of these recipes contain alcoholic ingredients or are intended to be mixed with alcohol. processed h"". The recipes will make enough of the beverage to serve a larger number of people. S.h""d The remaining I 0 recipes are drinks for magical celebrations such as rituals or festivals. make them with a heart full of love for yourself and for those you will be serving.

rrim. feel free to experiment. With home brewing. Make the most out of your magical experience by inviting your guests to help you make the can add a a heartfelt staleme~t of thanks or requesting a ._"J:~. . A six gallon cask mead will save you a minimum of $160 when compared 10 buying bottles of mead at the store. N."--"'_. interested in home brew­ books available on down side to brew­ ing your own wines is them to ferment! L. After you've made a recipe a few times.ap~_~. ~ Concoction Clues ______--. espe­ cially the brews.nt B'CJin I recommend making these drinks strictly by the instructions until you are familiar with them.es an~ Brews _~ 145 ~ Enchanting Explanations Home brewing is a also save you a ton of money on alco­ holic beverages. you can also create different flavor combinations to find in stores.~9"uiUn9~~~a9.--.t th. though..'.

6 ne Idiot's Guide to Potions Dieter's Delight Start your day off on the right foot with this tasty ­ and healthy-concoction. It's packed with lots of good stuff and will give you plenty of energy to make it through the day. Ambrosia Aphrodisiac This drink is designed for two people to share dur­ ing a night of romance. Use this drink in place of your regular breakfast to help you lose weight. Assemble the following ingredients: 12 cup papaya juice 12 cup pear nectar 12 cup pineapple juice V4 cup cherry juice 12 cup sliced bananas .1 .. Assemble the following ingredients: 12 banana sliced Y4 cup orange pulp Y4 cup sliced strawberries V4 cup raspberries 1 cup apple juice Prepare the ingredients as follows: Put all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth.

Assemble the following ingredients: 3 cups brewed chamomile tea.~e~~ilinq~ever~g_esdn{~r~w~ __.__!~ 12 cup chopped mango 12 cup chopped kiwi 1 cup crushed ice Prepare the ingredients as follows: Put all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth.(halt!~J:. add two shots of vodka to this drink before pouring it into glasses. Puree mixture until well blended. freshly grated ginger 4 fresh mint leaves 1 splash of vanilla Prepare the ingredients as follows: 1. 2. sit back. Pour ground mixture into blender. and add chamomile tea and a splash of vanilla. Stress Buster When you just need to wind down and chill out. kick off your shoes. .. . mix this drink up. 3. Pour into two wine glasses and top with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. For a little extra kick. Using a food processor or mortar and pes­ tle. and relax as you let the stress melt away. finely grind ginger and mint leaves. slightly cooled 1 tsp.

Assemble the following ingredients: 2 cups cranberry liz cup prune juice Juice from one freshly squeezed lemon Prepare the ingredients as follows: Mix ingredients together and sip throughout the day. cherry juice Prepare the ingredients as follows: . so it might make you pucker up a bit! Truth 8f Known (lixir Although this drink sounds like something you might want to sneak to someone to find out if they are lying to you or not. After drinking this potion.semble the following ingredients: 2 cups brewed sage tea 1 apple 1 TB. Drink it 24 hours before performing a ritual. find a quiet spot to sit and meditate. or other magical working. spell. This one is tart. A<.'48 The Po(~et Guide to Potions i Purifying JUiCf This potion is meant to purify your body both physically and spiritually. Instead. that's not really its intent. you should slip yourself some of this potion to find the truth inside you.

cut the apple into quarters and place three of the quarters inside a large glass. or spiritual meditations. Assemble the following ingredients: \12 cup cherry juice 'l2 cup grape cup orange juice 'is cup apple 'is cup papaya juice or nectar Prepare the ingredients as follows: You can either pour all the juices into a blender or mix them together in a small pitcher by hand.. I always make it in large doses! . While focusing on the question or problem at hand. ~~~P~!~?:J~~uilin. then add sage tea. divinations.9B~ev~~g~~~~~~~Vls~_.. spell work. Pour cherry juice over the apples. (reativf Shove If you are like me. Sip this drink as you meditate over answer you are seeking. \Vhenever I need some creativity. It is desi!. you'll want to mix up a pitcher of this potion..'TIed to open your heart and mind spiritually.. 3. 2.__ ~~____~_. _ '49 1. Spiritual (cstasy Use this drink before performing rituals.

. add a cup of crushed ice. Prepare this juice when you are looking for love.150 The Pocket to Potions Assemble the following ingredients: 4 cups papaya juice or nectar 1 cup crushed pineapple with juice VI cup sliced bananas Y4 cup raspberries 4 Y cup blackberries Prepare the ingredients as follows: Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Jruit Jui(. On a hot summer day. Assemble the following ingredients: VI cup apple juice VI cup chopped apricots VI cup orange juice VI cup papaya juice or nectar VI cup pear juice VI cup raspberries VI cup strawberries Prepare the ingredients as follows: Blend all ingredients together. Lov. This juice will help draw love to you.

The almonds should be ground finely before adding them to the rest of the Assemble the following ingredients: 1 tsp. finely ground almonds 1 cup blackberries 1 tsp. Assemble the following ingredients: 2 cups apple juice Va tsp.althy Hit This healthy concoction is made using nuts. Grind the nuts finely in a food processor before adding them to the blender. Drink immediately. ground allspice 1 tsp.y 8aCJs Use this drink when you are looking for a bit of cash to come your way. finely ground walnuts Prepare the ingredients as follows: Add ingredients to blender and mix thoroughly. ground cashews VI cup crushed pineapple 2 cups apple juice .(hap!~1~ Beguilin9Jl_e\l~a~~Brews 151 H. as this beverage doesn't store well. Mon.

Serve chilled. as this beverage doesn't store well. When the faeries come out to play. (qqnoq Eggnog is a traditional drink for the winter holi­ days. Assemble the following ingredients: 6 eggs 12 TB. Instead of buying it in the store. Midsummfr ~atry Winf This is the perfect wine to accompany your Mid­ summer ritual feasts. Drink immediately. Pour the laven­ der flowers onto a piece of cheesecloth and bunch it into a pouch. Use this easy recipe to flavor wine with lavender flowers. try making it yourself this year. Tie some string around the cheese­ cloth to keep the lavender inside.152 T~e Po(~et Idiot's Guide to Potions Prepare the ingredients as follows: Add ingredients to blender and mix thoroughly. we all get a little magical feeling. sugar 2 cups milk 1 cup brandy . For each bottle of white wine you will need 1 cup of lavender flowers and some cheese­ cloth. Pour the wine into a large pitcher. Throw the cheesecloth into the pitcher and let it set overnight in the refrigerator.

6. and salt. Separate eggs. Add milk. until the mixture is thick and creamy. and then add the sugar until you have stiff peaks. Because this recipe contains raw eggs. Have different guests add each ingredient as they share a memory of a loved one who has gone on before them. vanilla.2 tsp. Store the egg yolk mixture in the refrigera­ tor to chill. 2. 4. . nutmeg Prepare the ingredients as follows: 1. Combine the egg whites with egg yolk mix­ ture and heavy whipping cream. 5. 3._~ ____ ~~~. brandy. Samhain Rfmfmbran(f This is the perfect drink to accompany your feast following your Samhain ritual.-~!r~:Jeguiling Beverages and Bre!¥~____151 21. salt 2 cups heavy whipping cream 3 tsp. and mix well. make sure it doesn't sit out for too long. Serve immediately sprinkled with nutmeg. vanilla 1/4 tsp. Beat the yolks while adding 6 tablespoons of the sugar. Beat egg whites until peaks form. storing the whites in the refrigerator until needed later.

slice the apples so that the pentagram shape formed by the seeds shows) Oranges (without peeling them. 4. . 2. If possible. Heat the cider without bringing it to a boiL It should be warm and steamy. slice the orange and remove any seeds) 1 gallon apple cider 1 TB. cinnamon sticks. grated ginger 4 cinnamon sticks Prepare the ingredients as follows: 1.15~ You will need a large pot tor preparing this If it is at all possible for you to make it in a cauldron over an open fire. and fruit slices. drink the cider while standing around a bonfire. A'ik your guests to participate in adding the orange and apple slices. Pour the apple cider into the pot on low heat or in a cauldron over a small fire. 3. Add the ginger. do it! Assemble the following ingredients: Small handful of cloves Apples (without peeling them. Insert a couple of cloves in each apple and orange half.

pour the white wine into a punch bowl. 3. 4. Assemble the following ingredients: 1 bottle of strawberry-banana juice 1 bottle of white wine 2 cans of pear nectar 1 Dint fresh sliced strawberries Prepare the ingredients as follows: L The night before. Add the pear nectar and the strawberry­ banana ice cubes. 2. This is an easy recipe for flavoring a bottle of white wine. This is another simple but delightful recipe for perking up a bottle of white wine. The resulting fun and fruity wine is perfect for your Beltane celebrations. Also. Chamomil. You will need a large airtight container for steeping the mixture for a week. Pour in the sliced strawberries and stir. chill the pear nectar and white wine." _____"_(hapt!"~_~: Beguiling Bever~9iS_a~E. Win. Before your celebration."Bre~__1~ SprinCJ Win. pour the strawberry­ banana juice into ice cube trays and freeze it. .

156 Guide to Potions Assemble the following ingredients: 1 bottle of white wine 1 cup dried chamomile flowers. honey. Strain the chamomile and zest from the wine with cheeseclotll and serve. Seal the container and store in a cool. or 6 chamomile tea bags 2 TB. Assemble the following ingredients: 4 gallons water 8 cups honey 1 <-'Up lemon juice 1 tsp. stirring occasionally to . I think understand why! For this recipe. Honty Mtad Honey mead has got to be my favorite drink in world. lemon juice and nutmeg in a large pot on the stove. After preparing this recipe. lemon zest 3 TB. dark location for a week. nutmeg 4 packages brewer's yeast Prepare the ingredients as follows: Heat the water. honey Prepare the ingredients as follows: Mix all ingredients together in a large airtight con­ tainer. you will need a cask.

Some cask. others you may have to remove the entire lid. . dark location for 6 months. Put the berries in a large bowl and cover it with cheesecloth. but this is okay. Make sure you stir them up every couple of days. Blackbtrry Wint Blackberries can be expensive. The berries need to sit at room temperature and rot for four weeks. this is an excellent recipe to try." have a stopper you pull out to allow the gases to escape. Assemble the following ingredients: 5 pounds blackberries 2 gallons water 10 cups sugar Prepare the ingredients as follows: 1. but if you grow your own. you run the risk of having your cask explode. If you don't burp your mead. Let the mead ferment in a cool. Stir in the brewer's yeast.i~n9 Be!era~es_ Brews a~d 151 mix all ingredients together and dissolve the honey. You will need a cask for this recipe.!~~P~!!?:_~e9u. You might notice they begin to mold. You will also need to "burp" the mead daily to allow any built up gases to escape. then pour the mead into a cask. How do you burp the mead? The cask you buy will come with instructions on just how to do tllis.

Dand. Boil the dandelion flowers for a half an hour and strain them. Assemble the following ingredients: Y2 gallon dandelion flowers 2 gallons water 8 pounds sugar 7 lemons. Discard the flowers. peeled. and cut in half 1 package brewer's yeast 1 slice of toast Prepare the ingredients as follows: 1. This is a quick recipe that doesn't take long to make and enjoy. After four weeks have passed. put the berries into a blender and puree until they are liq­ uefied.158 ne Po(~et Idiot's Guide to Potions 2. reserving the water. Pour the wine into a cask and let it ferment for 10 to 12 months. This wine doesn't need to ferment nearly as long as some of the other homemade wines in this chapter. making sure it dissolves thor­ oughly. Bring the water to a boil and. .lion Win. add the sugar. while stirring. 3. You will need to burp the cask every day to allow the built up gases to escape. 4. Add the blackberries to the boiling water and blend thoroughly. 5. seeded.

. . Let the mixture set for 2 to 3 days. . as it will warm you all the way to your toes. 4. It's easy to make and is perfect for a crowd. cinnamon 1h gallon vanilla ice cream 1 750 ml bottle of rum Prepare the ingredients as follows: . lIot Butt. s. pour the yeast onto the toast and set it on top of the water mixture. nutmeg 3 tsp. Add sugar to the strained hot water and stir until thoroughly dissolved. When the water has cooled to 92 degrees (use a thermometer to check). . Assemble the following ingredients: 4 cups water 2 cups unsalted butter (do not use margarine) 2Y2 cups brown sugar 1\14 cup powdered sugar 3 tsp. 3.d Rum Hot buttered rum is a wonderful drink for cold­ weather parties. Remove the toast and skim off any yeast on top of the wine.r. Pour wine into a punch bowl and serve._ . ~~~~~aptfr 9: J~9~ling Bevera9~~~~~d Brews 159 2. Put the lemon halves into the cask and pour sugar water over them.

Again. ClD­ 4. Assemble the following ingredients: 1 gallon ale 2 TB. nutmeg. allow the butter to melt com­ then add the brown sugar. Turn off the stove and remove the pan from S. 2 TB. this is meant to serve a large crowd. Add the powdered sugar. Stir quickly to mix.160 Th~ rO(~~t Idiot's Guide to rotions 1. HUlll11::g 2 TB. pour into mugs and top with Wassail This is the perfect drink for your Yule celebrations. Quickly scoop the entire Yz gallon of ice cream into the pot and pour the rum over the top. On low heat. the heat. grated lemon peel 12 eggs 2 cups powdered sugar 1 gallon brandy Prepare ingredients as . stirring until it is 3. stirring until dissolved. 6. 2. Heat the water to boiling and add the butter. anCl namon. cinnamon 1 TB.

161 1. ginger. The Least You Need to Know " You can make all different kinds of bever­ ages with a magical intent. Always follow your recipe and the instructions your cask. cinnamon. Add eggs to ale and stir 4. • You can add to your magical experiences by having a group of people help prepare the magical drink. Add nutmeg. beat eggs with powdered sugar. While the ale is heating. • Home brewing saves you money and gives you the opportunity to create beverages you wouldn't be able to find elsewhere. and lemon peel to ale and warm the mixture without bringing it to a boil. Each person contributes a part of themselves and a part of their own magic to the final product. 3. 2. You need only know the magical properties of the ingredi­ ents you are using. . • Remember to burp wines that require it to prevent casks from exploding. Add brandy and serve.

ricalliquid during a ritual or spell. . You will want to keep a copy of your potion recipes in your book of shadows. The herbs are sat­ urated with the liquid and then shook to dispel the around a given area. book of shadows A book in which you track of all of your magical workings including spells. They are called carrier oils because they "carry" essential oils. anoint asperger A bunch of fresh herbs used to sprinkle a maf. rituals. and recipes. boline (bow-LEE~') A knife with a curved blade used to harvest and cut herbs. carrier oil A carrier oil is also known as a base oil or vegetable oil that does not contain a strong fragrance. To bless an item with a consecrated liquid.610ssary amulet An object worn or carried to ward off negative energies. astral projection The practice of entering into a trancelike state in order to project your 50irit to other locations. An amulet may be blessed with a potion during a ritual to give it extra power.

Pockrt Idiot's Guide to Potions censer A nonflammable container used for burning incense or a charcoal tablet. familiar A spirit who takes the form of an animal and helps the witch or magician in their magical practices. intent The main ingredient in your potions. item. or stick and is burned to release the magic into the air. or place. components The supplies used in magical workings that need to be replenished. cone. and incense. cleansing. and positively charg­ ing an item for magical use. You must know why you are making the potion and what it is you want it to do. diluted oils Oils that are made by adding a few drops of an essential oil to a carrier oiL emulsifier A substance that makes water and oil mix together without separating. person. charging The process of infusing an object. incense Powdered herhs and resins combined for their magical properties. The pure volatile oils removed from a essential oil plant. such as herbs. oils. esbats Rituals held at the new and full moons. infusion The liquid extract that results from boiling herbs to release their magical qualities. or potion with personal power. Incense can be in the form of a pow­ der. . cleansing Removing negative energies from an object. consecration Blessing.

Beltane. Midsummer. purification To cleanse something or someone spiritu­ removing any and all negative energies. Rituals can be per­ formed ti)r sabbats. Some potions can be poured into a dark col­ ored bowl and used to scry in. These include Yule. A common element to rituals is that of giving thanks.§lo~s!fY . J ritual A ceremony of celebration. pulse points The places on your body where you can feel your pulse through your skin such as on your neck or wrist below the palm of your hane!. Imbolg. or other special occasions. scrying A divination process in which the person (scryer). sabbats The eight Pagan holy days. 165 Neo-Pagan The term used to describe modern-day people who practice a religion similar to the Pagans of the past.~!~~." it now refers to one who practices a polytheistic religion._. resin The hard (or semi-hard) deposit left by plant sap. stares into a reflective surface seeking images and visions. rootstock Another name for a rhizome. literally means "new Pagan.!~d. . Mabon. potion A combination or mixture of components which contain either medicinal or magical properties.JpP. esbats. which many of the country dwellers did." oil infusion An oil that has been infused with the magical properties of a specific plant by allowing that plant to soak in the oil. and Samhain. Ostara. Pagan The Latin word meaning "country dweller. Lughnasadh.

volatile oil An oil that contains characteristics of the flavor and scent of the plant from which it came. A spell combines many different elements and correspondences that are directly related to the request being made. steep To soak plant material in a liquid to move the plant's essence from the plant into the liquid.166 Thp PO(kPt Idiot's Guide to Potions sigil A magical symbol similar to a logo. spell Similar to the Christian version of prayer. talisman A magically charged object that is designed to bring about certain energies. A talisman can be charged with a potion during a ritual. tincture A mixture made from soaking plant material in alcohol or vinegar to absorb the plant's essence. you can create your own sigil and add it to your potion labels. witchdoctor nesses. A person who uses magic to cure ill­ .

change. power. unity. endurance. truth. decision making. grounding. absorbs negative energy. wealth. psychic abilities. banishes. and greed. sleep. the sun. integrity. . anger. brown earth. tranquility. courage. divination. family issues. pets. and understanding. wisdom. patience. visions. dreams. hope. and minimizes loss. peace. grey neutrality. I suggest that you use coloring that corresponds with your magical intent to help increase the power of your potion. and grace. gold represents the God. binds. action. protection. solar Goddesses. knowledge. honor. protection. Here is a list of colors with their magical correspondences: black absorbs negative energies. fidelity. strength. good health. healing. and represents the virgin Goddesses. blue (light) calmness. justice. employment. balancing. vitality. concentra­ tion. daylight. stability. envy.Append (olor (orrfspondfnCfS Often in this book. success. blue (dark) astral projection. sensuality. neutrality. strength. and masculinity. defines bOlmdaries. eases confusion. summer. tranquility.

financial matters. deep sleep. indigo changes. calming. \vill power. persuasion. peace. morality. spring.168 Th~ PO(~~t Guid~ to Potions green abundance. energy. growth. . passion. contentment and success. srability. strength. the sun. self-improvement. ambition. divina­ tion. career. imagination. fire. intelligence. psychic abilities. charm. psychic abilities. courage. ambition. honor. the Goddess. moon power. pink love. purple insight. violet healing. spirituality. sexual love. intuition. turquoise honor. and insight. spiritual healing. fertility. inner strength. life cycles. and receptivity. anger. orange pride. spiritual awareness. cleansing. peace. femininity. happiness. flexibility. courage. neutral­ izing. romance. inspiration. desires and blood. discipline. friendship. and success. success. psychic abilities. self-esteem. childhood. innocence. luck. affection. growth. idealism. healing. enthusiasm. harmony. appearance. and attraction. energy. tenderness. mind power. eompassion. cre­ ativity. money. communication. communications. night. jealousy. silver truth. power. balance. success in business and physical fitness. and opportunities. and security. red lust. for exams and tests. virtue. prosperity. employment. truth. visions. adaptability. inner self. white purification. yellow vitality. and creativity. intuition. protection. study. self-knowledge. will power. tranquility and heal­ ing. attraction.

tinctures. Bramble Berry.brambleberry. AB Container 21 Manning Road Enfield. and teas.abcontainer. Inc. CT 06082 1-800-229-2914 www. it may be difficult to come by some of the ingredients and equipment you need to make your potions.co m AB Container sells bottles and jars in an assortment of sizes for potion storage. WA 98225 360-734-8278 www. Avalon Apothecary wVlw. oils.com . 2138 Humboldt Street Bellingham. The fol­ lowing is a list of companies you can either find on the Internet or call for a catalog.cc Avalon Apothecary specializes in bulk herbs.App Potion-MakinCJ Resources If you don't live near a metaphysical or health food store.avalon.

Cat's Lair www. essential oils.com eBotties is another source for bottles or jars to store your potions in.isisbooks.com 1764 Litchfield Turnpike Woodbridge.com The Enchanted Attic sells an assortment of items includ­ ing herbs. Columbia Ave. fragrance oils. CT 06525 1-888-215-0023 www. and lotion-making ingredients.lairofthecat. Isis Books and Gifts 5701 E.com Cat's Lair is a source for different premixed oil blends. CO 80220 1-800-808-0867 www.ebottles.the-enchanted-attic.110 The Pocket Idiot's Guide to Potions Bramble Berry is a supplier of essential oils. and premixed fragrance oils. Colfax Avenue Denver. The Enchanted Attic 23 E. CO 80206-1303 303-388-2544 Herbs and Arts sells a large assortment of bulk herbs. Herbs and Arts 2015 E. Battle Creek. eBottles. M149015 269-963-3125 www. Colfax Avenue Denver.com .

com Kamala specializes in premixed fragrance oils hut also carries some essential oils.£. UT 84321 435-755-0863 www. . Kamala 1-877 -424-1963 www.com Mission Peak Soap Products carries lotion-making sup­ plies and carrier oils. from oils and additives to glitter. Majestic Mountain Sage 918 West 700 North Suite 104 Logan. herbal guides. car­ rier oils. essen­ tial oils.missionpeaksoap. essential oils. Mother Nature's Emporium 3023 N. tea blends. Adams Peoria. carrier oils. IL 61603 www. CA 94536 510-795-1326 www.~!e~~ur(es~~_ 111 Isis books carries herbs. and several other potion-making ingredients. and an assortment of books on aroma therapy. Here you will find several different stores carrying herbs._!ppf~~i~J~_Poti~~~a.thesage.com Mother Nature's Emporium is a virtual online mall.mothernaturesemporium.com Majestic Mountain Sage carries a ton of products related to lotion making.~_~~_~ ____ .ki~.kamala. and hulk herbs. Mission Peak Soap Product~ PO Box 2086 Fremont.

net Pine Meadows sells fragrance oils.mountainroseherbs.com Nyvens Destiny carries a large variety of essential and blended fragrance oils.nyvensdestiny. Pine Meadows 860N.1430W Orem. essential lotion-making supplies. Nyvens Destiny 954-557-0462 www. 27365 Industrial Blvd. CA 94545 1-800-936-3628 www. OR 97405 1-800-879-3337 www.pinemeadows. UT 84057 801-221-0483 www. resins.com Mountain Rose Herbs carries a large variety of herbs and carrier oils. and oil blends.otherworldapothecary. Inc. Otherworld Apothecary www.com Nemat International is another source for bottles and jars. Nemat International. and . Suite K Hayward. teas.bestbottles.112 The Pocket to Potions Mountain Rose Herbs PO Box 50220 Eugene.com Otherworld Apothecary sells an assortment of herbs.

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Index

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advanced compounds, 98-99
adventure, oil recipes, 103
alcohol tinctures, 109
alfalfa, 39
allergies, 32, 38
almonds, 46
aloe, 39
amaranth, 39
angelica, 43. 46
anise, 46
aphrodisiacs, drink recipes,
146-147
apples, 46
apricots, 46
astral projection, lotion
recipes, 129-130
attract money, tea recipes,
66
attraction infusions, 80
avocados, 46
beets, 43
beverages
aphrodisiacs, 146-147
Blackberry wines,
157-158
Chamomile wines,
155-156
creativity, 149-150
Dandelion wines,
158-159
diet, 146
eggnog, 152-153
health, 151
mead,156-157 hot buttered rum, 159-160
love, 150
Midsummer Faery
wines, 152
money, 151-152
purification, 148
Samhain ritual, 153-154
spirituality, 149
Spring wines, 155
stress, 147
148-149
wassail, 160-161
birch, 39,44
blackberries, 39,47
Blackberry '.vines, drink
recipes, 157-158
blue flags, 43

B
bad luck, lotion recipes,
134-135
bananas, 47
47
basil, 39
bedstraw, 39
bee balms. 37

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coconuts, 47 coltsfoot, 37, 40 columbine, 40 comfrey, 43 communication, oil recipes, 04 corianders, 47 corn, 47 courage and strength, tea recipes, 65 creativity drink recipes, 149-150 lotion recipes, 13 8-13 9 tincture recipes, 115 cubeb, 47 cucumbers, 47 cyclamen, 43

bone set, 39 borage, 37-39 brazil nuts, 47 broken heart mending, oil recipes, 102 burdock, 39,43,47 burning, censers, 21-25 Burning Times, 7-8 business success, infusion 79-80

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cabbages, 39 calendula, 40 teas, 65 caraway, 47 cardamom, 47 carobs, 47 carrier oils, 90 carrots, 43 cashews, 47 40 celandine, 40 celery, 44 chamomile, 37-38, 155-156 charcoal, censers, 22 cherries, 47 chervil, 37 ehesmuts, 47 chicory, 43 cleansing potions, 49 cloves, 37 clovers, 37

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Dandelion wine, drink recipes, 158-159 drink recipes, 146 40,47 divination, infusion recipes, 82-83 dogwood, 44 tinctures, 111-112 dreams, lotion 135-136 drinks. See beverages

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echinacea,43 Edict of Toleration, 5

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40 111 fenugreek. 102-103 full moon water. 52 reasons to drink. 132-133 heal me.47 find true love. 101 envy. 114-115 equipment. 27 -28 boline. 70 friendships. 43 ginseng. 43 ginger. 52-53 experience mixture. 84-85 garlic. 152-153 elder berries. drink recipes. 52 recipes. 58-59 process of making. 40 . 102 grapes. 118 fennel. 61-62 47 foot infusion recipes. 136-137 goldenrod.43 garden. 16-18 bottles.Index eggnog. lotion recipes. 59-61 elm. 47 elecampane. oil recipes. infusion recipes. 54-58 creating atmosphere. infusion recipes. 40 good luck boosting. tincture recipes. tea recipes. 21-25 censers. 81-82 ~ tincture recipes. 33-34. 88-89 eucalyptus. 62-63 healing juice soak. 29-30 mortar and pestle. 43 glamour. 70 headache eradicator. 18-21 vials. 25-27 cauldrons. 43 elixirs content selection. 31-32. 125 endive. 47 feverfew. 48 H hand soak. 29-30 (j galangal. 44 emulsifiers. 40 energy. 47 J . infusion recipes. 25-27 essential oils. tea recipes. lotion recipes. 61-67 storing blends. mending oil recipes. 21-25 full moon water. 16 blessing.

37. 40 I . drink recipes. 71-73 potions.40 leeks. 71-72 94-105 preparation. 40 43 . 74-77 intent I1lruslons. 40 heather. 48 lemon balms. 156-157 48 hot buttered rum. lotion recipes. 79-80 divination. tea recipes. 78 storage. infusion infusions. 69-70 70-71 malcrnng mood and intent. 37 henna. Bl protection.118 The Pocket Idiot's Guide to . 80 K-L keep me healthy. 78-79 relaxer.. 40. 31 tea content selection. 84-B5 juice 8I-B2 home blessing... 159-160 house leek. 62 mantle.. 77-78 business success.. 40 larch.. 54 Irish moss. 43 matters. 37 jasmine oils._ money attraction. 42 38-42 molding. 40 lettuce. drink recipes. 82 -83 finding B4 garden. 72-74 recipes splash. 40 40 J jasmine.37 loosestrife. 85 love attraction. 40 herbs 19 growing your own. 75 holly. 40 honey in tea. 129 lemon. 45 lavender. 11-12 precautions. 83 purification. 57 honey mead. 89 job finding.

130-131 protection. 71-72 mugwort. 150 find true love.90-92 blending basics. 92-93 infusions. 45-49 oak. 94-97 perfume blends. 121 appncanon. 41 48 N-O egativlty alleviating recipes. 37. 123-128 recipes. 48 obstacle remover. 132-133 matters. 93 precautions. 119 nuts. 40 meadowsweet. 100-10 1. 122-123 preparation. 103 broken heart 102 communication. 41 lotion memory 130-131 mint. 136-13 7 headache eradicator. 43 love attraction infusions. 120 luck recipes. 48 mullein. 33 N magic modern potions. 27-28 magnolias. 140-141 psychic 137-138 serenity. tincture recipes. 10 history. tea recipes. 87-88 bath. 61-62 tincture recipes. 13 B-13 9 dreams. 119 . 45 99 adventure. 135-136 glamour.45 oats.41 mulberries. 134-135 lovage. 102. 41 mood infusions. 129 memory enhancer. 104 I . 131-13 2 terminating bad luck. 129-130 CreatIVlty. 90 90 essential.Index lotions. 98-99 carrier. 88-89 heating. 3-4 tools. 80 drink recipes. 133-134 spirituality. 134-135 119 marjoram. 128 astral projection.

70 37 protection recipes. 37 rose oils. 146-147 roses. 43 48 pomegranates. 48 poplars. 43 ragweed. 48 orris root. 78 resins. 37 papayas. 48 41 s sage. 44 . 78-79. drink recipes. 45 sarsa parilla. 101 olive. 48 onion.180 . 104-105 wishes. drink recipes. tea 65 sleep.101 102-103 lose weight 99-100 negativity removal. 100-101 passion 100 self-esteem 103 vision. 148 R radishes. 48 41 oil recipes. 48 pecans. 48 pea ce. 43 orange. infusions. infusion recipes. 49 P-Q Pagans. chamomile. 48 pears. tea recipes. 41. 137-138 psychic kick. 140-141 protection. 41 Samhain ritual. 66 peaches. 48 pistachios. 38 raspberries. tea recipes. 3-9 pansies. 83. 64 pumpkins. lotion recipes. 63 enhancer. 48 41 periwinkle. 48 relaxing. tea recipes. 45 rhubarb. 100 peas. 153-154 sandalwood. 41 pineapples. 45 poultices. 48 recipes. 45 romance. 89 rowan.

41 seeds. 107-109 blending. tea recipes. 44 tea recipes. 115 envy. 62 sleep. drink recipes. 103 senna. 63 psychic kick. 66-67 success. 117. 52-53 love. 52 reasons to drink. 66 Solomon's seal. 119 self-doubt. 63 blends. tincture recipes. 117 . oil recipes. 65 find true love. 45 savory. 54-58 creating atmosphere. 45-49 self-doubt. 41 lotion recipes. drink recipes. John's wort. 64 spirit lifting.149 Spring wine. 59-61 41 tinctures. 118 115 spirituality. 66 protection. 115 tea recipes. spirit 66-67 spirituality recipes. 66 65 courage and strength. 64 keep me healthy. 120 obstacle remover.Index sassatras. 114-115 118 T-U teas content selection. 58-59 process of making. 49 strength. 147 success. tea recipes. 44 spikenard. 131-132. 155 St. 118 self-esteem lifting. 49 181 experiencing mixture. 41 strawberries. 65 stress. tincture recipes. 41 seulleap. 113 -114 109-113 nanning 119 116 creativity. 52 recipes attract money. tea recipes. 62-63 home protection. 133-134 shyness. 58 sunflowers. 63 sun. 61-62 heal me.

88 w walnuts. 38 v tinctures. 160-161 water full moon water. 157-158 Chamomile. 57-58 . oil 10 1 witch grass. 38 yerba santa. 158-159 Midsummer 152 Spring. tincture recipes. 18-21 vials. oil recipes. 29-30 mortars and pestles. 25-27 tranquility. drink recipes. 45 wines Blackberry. 110 violets. 37 vision. 155 wintergreen. 155-156 Dandelion. 16-18 bottles. 21-25 full moon water. 41 wish. 41 ylang-ylang. 41 X-Y-Z yarrow. 29-30 tea content. 44 willow. 117 traveling. 109 volatile oils. 104-105 vodka. tincture recipes. 49 wassail. 27-28 bolines. 25-27 21-25 censers.liZ The Pocket Guide to Potions ~~~~----~-~~-~-"-~~ tranquility. 117 tincture 116 drink recipes. 148-149 turnip. 116 16 blessing.

In this Pocket Idiot's Guide you get: N . You're a big believer in the power of potions to help make your wishes come true. and tinctures. Kerri also holds the Illinois state chair for the organization Pagans for Equality Association. • KERRI CONNOR. vials. But when you try to brew your own special concoctions.u. teas. is also the author of The Pocket Spell Creator: Magickal References at Your Fingertips (New Page). • • Practical techniques for making your own oils. of course. She has been published in several magazines and newsletters.com /Corbis Visit us onl ine at: www. She is the High Priestess of the Sisterhood of Les Feys D'Avalon. • Easy ways to harness your magical energy-and use it to improve your life.co m .idiotsguides. Tantalizing t ips on using cauldrons. and other tools of the trade.00 You're no idiot... Don't get all mixed up! Pick up The Pocket Idiot's Guide'" to Potions for a potent blend of advice and recipes . censers.99 CAN $ 14.95 UK £5 . $9. you're missing that magic touch . ALPHA A Cover images © Images. editor of Circle of Stones.s. lotions. An otherworldly overview of the properties of different plants and herbs.

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