Writing is one of my several hobbies, and lists like the one below help me with writer's block every now and again.
A List of Potion and Spell Ingredients for Writers Using Magic in Their Story
The list of potion ingredients found below is a "loose" collection inspired by books, games and mother nature itself. It's meant to be used by writers whose stories involve magic, witchcraft, voodoo, or alchemy. It's not meant to be 100% factual (though I have spent a good amount of time researching it), but many of the spell ingredients found below are used by witches and other people involved in such activities.
I made this list of spell ingredients because I wanted my stories to stand out from others by not using terms such as "oil of boil" and "dead man's toes." While it's perfectly fine to use such magical ingredients, I wanted more of a selection to choose from. I hope that other writers find the suggestions below as useful as I did when researching them for my stories. Thank you for giving it a chance.
Ingredients For Magic Spells and Potions
Dead Sea Salt
Grains of Paradise
Areca (or Betel nut)
Water Buffalo Tooth
Hatched Eggshell Pieces
Bone (broken and whole)
Potion Making Can Yield All Kinds of Results
To me, it seems that the people who created the magic books above purposely left out certain things so young wizards and witches would learn from their mistakes. I'm sure that any field involving mixing ingredients can be a bit hit or miss and experience only comes by experimenting. With that being said, it's probably best to experiment with spells with less severe consequences rather than with potions called "Draught of Living Death". Can you imagine the witch or wizard who originally came up with this spell; can you imagine why they came up with it?
Items For Casting Magical Spells
St. John's Wort
Cruel Man of the Woods
Lily of the Valley
Red Cushion Hypoxylon
Hen of the Woods
Black Widow Legs
100 Year Old Paper
Dead People Shoes
The Voodoo Doll Is All About Intent
Copal Tree Resin
Blue Jay egg
Stonecat (a small fish)
Magic Spells Can Be Intense
This scene does a good job at relaying the intensity you can go through when casting certain magics. For people who have never experienced making contact with otherworldly powers, it can be quite a shock at how your emotions can breakdown so quickly (fear being the major one in most cases). The Craft still holds up fairly well even today and should be watched by everyone who has an interest in magic or horror movies in general.
Magical Ingredients To Put Down In Your Spell Book
Tears of Sadness
Queen of the Meadow
Black Cat Bone
Wasp Abdomens (with stingers)
Brazilian Wandering Spider's Leg
Candles (for candle magic)
Black Cat Hair
Another Batch of Potion Ingredients Used by Wizards, Witches, and Voodoo Loyalists
Rose of Jericho
Century Old Bricks
Magic Spells Can Often Go Very Wrong (Especially Love Spells)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2, Episode 16 (Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered) is but one of the many great episodes where we see magical incantations gone wrong. Xander casts a love spell on Cordelia, only to find that every woman in Sunnydale has a thing for him. Hilarious!
I've often wondered how far love spells like these can reach. I mean, did women hundreds miles away suddenly feel the need to make their way towards Sunnydale? It's also probably a good thing that the spell only worked on humans or human-like creatures (like vampires); can you imagine if female animals also influenced by such a spell?
Even More Magical Herbs, Objects and Supplies to Make Strange Brews and Concoctions
Sliver of Mirror
Fur of Bat
Wisp of Smoke
Dead Tree Bark
Scale of Dragon
© 2019 Don
Do you know any cool ingredients that could be used in spells, witchcraft, or wizardry?
Don (author) from Tennessee on February 02, 2020:
I actually researched witchcraft a few years ago, and I can tell you that a lot of the more useful information about the craft cannot be found online. You're going to have to turn to books and actual practitioners.
Ginny on February 01, 2020:
I am interested in becoming a witch, but before I start casting spells I want something to go off of, so that I do it safely. But I can't seem to find anything that tells me what different ingredients represent.
Sapphirezzz on December 22, 2019:
You could use a fox's tail (covered with mint liquid spray), a pinch of sapphire(zzz, hence my name), a nature fairy's phlegm (wait that's kinda weird but you get it from when she/he sneezes. Don't worry, it doesn't carry diseases to humans), a bit of rust from a very young witch's spoon for mixing brew, and a teaspoon of water from a dragon's fountain for a prosperity spell.
Priya Barua on June 30, 2019:
This is an interesting article that I stumbled upon. Thanks for writing about it.