Potions Ingredients

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Animal[edit]

  • Armadillo bile - this ingredient is known to be used in the Wit-Sharpening Potion.
  • Ashwinder egg - although they are commonly used in love potions (and as an antidote to ague), ashwinder eggs are a dangerous ingredient to store. They are extremely hot, and will often set anything nearby and flammable on fire. As a potions ingredient, ashwinder eggs are frequently used to amplify emotions, real or fabricated.
  • Beetle
    • Eye (Generic) - a popular potions ingredient, the exact properties of the beetle eye depends on the sort of beetle being used.
    • Scarab - scarab beetles are used in the Wit-Sharpening Potion and Skele-Gro. They have regenerative properties.
  • Bicorn horn - often used in potions to impart an essence of duality, bicorn horn is usually used in a powder form. It is one of the ingredients in the Polyjuice Potion.
  • Boomslang skin - the skin of a boomslang is used in potions that require a change to the outer self, or the regeneration of the inner self. It can be collected from either a male or a female boomslang and is typically used dried. This is an uncommon potions ingredient, and is used in the Polyjuice Potion.
  • Bouncing Spider juice - collected by straining the liquid from crushed bouncing spiders, bouncing spider juice is a common potion ingredient for imbuing potions with vitality.
  • Clabbert pustule - the pustule from the forehead of the Clabbert. This ingredient is often used in potions that create some sort of motion, particularly movement up and down. It also imbues potions with a faint, red glow.
  • Dog
    • Hair - a hair from a dog can be used as a reversing agent in potions. This is a common ingredient.
  • Dragon
    • Scale - dragon scales have fire-resistant and magic-resistant properties. They are an uncommon potions ingredient.
  • Flabberghasted leeches - these small animals are known for the the noise they make, which sounds like a gasp of surprise. They are a common potion ingredient and are typically used diced.
  • Frog
    • Toe - toe of frog is a common potion ingredient that is used for liveliness or movement.
  • Rat
    • Blood - rat blood is a thickener that also has mild restorative properties.
    • Spleen - a common ingredient, rat spleen is a low-grade purifier and is used in many potions including the Shrinking Solution. Too much rat spleen can cause a potion to be poisonous.
    • Tail - the Hair-Raising Potion is one of the potions that uses rat tail. It can be used to lower inhibitions and weaken boundaries.
  • Salamander
    • Blood - salamander blood has healing and rejuvenating properties and can be used to prepare strengthening potions, such as Strengthening Solution.
  • Sardine - when preserved in olive oil, sardines can be used in potions to improve the senses or speed up the time it takes for a potion to take effect. The highest quality sardines are imported from Portugal.
  • Shrake
    • Spine - shrake spines are highly excitable and care should be taken when incorporating them into a potion. They will cause any mixture to fizz and bubble, and at times, explode. They have destructive properties and although common, should not be used by inexperienced potioneers. They are used in the Boil-Cure Potion.
  • Tubeworm - a general group of worm-like aquatic creatures, tubeworms are a common potions ingredient that are frequently used in potions to imbue a sense of hardness or determination. Tubeworms can be specially cultivated to produce certain minerals, which can in turn be used in potions ingredients. Tubeworm-grown minerals are thought to have a special potency, although this has not been definitively proved.
  • Unicorn
    • Blood - a thick, silvery substance that can be used to prolong life, cure illness, and heal deadly wounds. The use of unicorn blood is banned in all forms.
    • Hair - unicorn hair is long, silvery, and stringy. Its use in potions varies, but it is often used as an amplifier. It can also be used to instill faithfulness in varying forms; it is often used in Love Potions.
    • Horn - a useful ingredient, unicorn horns are used to purify the body, soul, and mind. It is an ingredient in the Antidote to Common Poisons.
  • Wartcap powder - the powdered form of warts from a toad, this powder causes the skin of anyone who touches it to form into a thick crust. It is used in potions that harden or strengthen physical surfaces, such as the Fire Protection Potion.
  • Wolf
    • Tooth - wolves' teeth are used to imbue strength, quickness, and energy in potions. They are particularly useful for healing potions.

Plant[edit]

  • Agrimony - also known as yarrow, this herb is an astringent known to stop internal and external bleeding. The flowers or leaves from the plant may be used effectively. A strong solution is typically brewed and then added to a potion, although for a weaker effect adding the ingredient directly to a potion may be effective.
  • Alihotsy - a shrub with leaves that cause laughter, up to hysteria, when eaten. Used in potions that affect the mood.
  • Astragalous - this herb is commonly used in the Northern Hemisphere for the purposes of increasing energy, in potions, tinctures, or supplements. It is relatively easy to grow, and both the roots and flowers are known to have the appropriate properties for potion use.
  • Croakoa pods - the primary ingredient in Chocolate Frogs, the Croakoa plant is found primarily in Amazonian rainforests, where it serves as the majority part of the diet of Cantatious Frogs. The pods of a Croakoa plant can be used directly as a common potion ingredient; the digested remains of croakoa pods that can be found in the waste of Cantatious Frogs are a more highly prized ingredient used in speciality potions. It is rumoured that the pods of the Croakoa plant are responsible for the repetitive melodies of the Cantatious Frogs, and are often used in potions to establish repetition or cause the drinker to make some sort of noise.
  • Dill seeds - the seeds from this common plant have calmative and relaxing properties that are often extracted using spirit vinegar or aqua vitae before use.
  • Flitterbloom root - often used diced or thinly sliced, flitterbloom root is an ingredient that can be used to temper the effects of other ingredients. Frequently used in potions intending to be administered to the elderly or to young children.
  • Polygonatum - this flowering plant that restores mental vitality. It also has various curative properties, both spiritual and physical. The use of polygonatum has been known to increase magical perception and can provide users with enhanced intuition.
  • Shrivelfig - the skin and flower of the Shrivelfig are both used in potions-making. They are often used in potions that reduce or eliminate effects from other potions or symptoms of illness. The Shrinking Solution makes use of Shrivelfigs.
  • Spirit vinegar - derived from the cane root, spirit vinegar is one of the strongest tools to use for extraction of magical properties from plants. It is frequently used in distillation and creation of essences.
  • Wartizome - wartizome is the pickled rhizome of the Moly plant. It repels and counteracts Dark magic and can be used in potions that strengthen and protect, particularly anything to do with mental strength.
  • Wiggenweld bark - from the Wiggenweld, even dried bark retains some of its qualities that repel Dark creatures and offer some degree of protection from Dark magic in general. It can be useful in enhancing mental acuity and is also used in the Wiggenweld Potion.
  • Willowbark - the bark from the willow tree is frequently used to treat inflammation and fevers. It can have the negative side effect of stomach bleeding or, in children, can cause Reyes Syndrome.
  • Wormwood - the very bitter leaves from this plant are a common potions ingredient. They can induce somnolence and have hallucinogenic properties; wormwood is often used for potions that affect perception and vision.

Mineral[edit]

  • Aquamarine crystal - these crystals are used to produce clarity and purification in potions. They are typically the last ingredient added and typically used in powder form, although for some particularly dangerous potions they are the first ingredient added and are added in their entireity in order to provide a more powerful source to enhance the purpose of the potion.