A Writer's Guide to Potion and Spell Ingredients Used in Magic

Updated on November 10, 2019
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A List of Potion and Spell Ingredients for Writers Using Magic in Their Story

The list of spell and potion ingredients found below is a "loose" collection brought together to be used by writers whose stories involve magic, witchcraft, voodoo, or alchemy. It is not meant to be 100% factual, though I have spent a good amount of time researching it, and many of the spell ingredients used by witches and people involved in such activities can be found below.

I made the list because I wanted my stories to stand out from others by not using terms such as "oil of boil" and "dead man's toes." I hope that other writers may find this list as useful as I did when researching it for my stories. Thank you for giving it a chance.

Magick or Magic?

The word "magick" is used quite often by practitioners as a way to differentiate the occult from ordinary stage magic. This spelling became more and more common after the English occultist and ceremonial magician Aleister Crowley began to use it while practicing the Thelema spiritual philosophy, which places "will" as one of the highest powers available to humans.

Potion Ingredients

 
 
 
Adder's Tongue
Dandelion Leaf
Thyme
Dandelion Root
Cactus
Laurel
Rose Petals
Nettle
Eyelashes
Black Sand
Gum Arabic
Anemone
Sparrow Entrails
Graveyard Dirt
Lemon
Coffin Nails
Coltsfoot
Lemon Balm
Hibiscus
Goldenseal
Lemon Zest
Oregano
Scullcap
Four-leaf Clover
Solomon's Seal
Amethyst
Dead Sea Salt
Grains of Paradise
Mercury
Feverfew
Lavender
Tumbleweed
Railroad Spike
Turtle Shell
Hangman's Rope
Skull
Areca (or Betel nut)
Fingernails
Toenails
Cow's Tongue
Water Buffalo Tooth
Peppermint
Campfire Ash
Rose Geranium
Truffle
Opah Fish
Tadpoles
Bamboo
Blackthorn
Jack-O-Lantern
Spearmint
Wishbone
Chanterelle
Beech
Hatched Eggshell Pieces
Small Bell
Bone (broken and whole)
Clay
Moss
Honey

Have you ever not followed recipes or directions when making something just to see what would happen?

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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".

Spell Ingredients

Honeycomb
Lily of the Valley
Echinacea
Osha Root
Agrimony
Glass Eye
Sandalwood
Crocodile Tears
Hemlock
Lime
Carnation
Dead Flesh
Bachelor's Button
Hickory
Murder Weapon
Gold Dust
Epsom Salt
Vampire Dust
Comfrey
Venus Flytrap
Bile
Lilac
Allspice Berries
High John
Orris Root
St. John's Wort
Human Seed
Clear Quartz
Aconite
White Sage
Hawk Beak
Mint
Hyssop
Blueberry
Fairy Wings
Cocoon
Cruel Man of the Woods
Caterpillar Heads
Rue
Angelica
Boomslang Fang
Apple
Dry Rot
Red Cushion Hypoxylon
Hen of the Woods
Yellow Tang
Jellyfish Venom
Firefly
Pumpkin Seeds
Aspen
Black Trumpet
Bitterling
Arnica
Chrysalis
Copper Wire
Silver Pins
Hummingbird Feather
Sumac Leaf
Black Widow Legs
 

Adder Stone

A type of stone with a naturally occurring hole through it; it's actually quite rare. Also known as a Hag Stone, Odin Stone, and Witch Stone.

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Alchemy Ingredients

 
 
 
Basil
Cashew
Salamander Feet
Myrrh
Lotus
Salamander Eyes
Wolfsbane
Frankincense
Alder
Cedar
Copal Tree Resin
Valerian
Maple Leaf
Demon Flesh
Marigold
Peony
Eucalyptus
Cypress
Holly
Willow
Fennel Seed
Hollyhock
Willow Bark
Birch Bark
Marjoram
Sage
Buckeye
Silver dust
Alum
Patchouli
Deer Antlers
Heather
Witch's Burr
Slippery Elm
Rose Hips
Coltsfoot
Jezebel Root
Pennyroyal
Sesame Seed
Blue Jay egg
Primrose
Coriander
Darkness
Hawthorn Branch
Trembling Merulius
Cicada Husk
Luna Moth
Oleander
Alligator Foot
Perrywinkle
Catfish Spine
Snake Skin
Angel Flesh
Pine Cone
Stonecat (a small fish)
 
 

Baculum

This is a penis bone that can be found animals such as rodents, bats, raccoons, and some primates.

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

 
 
 
Aloe
Jujube thorns
Wheat
Tansy
Chewing John
Devil's Shoestring
Mandrake
Figwort
Tears of Sadness
Anise
Dying Breath
Irish Moss
Belladonna
Lobelia
Orange Peel
Lacewing Flies
Arrowroot
Queen of the Meadow
Benzoin
White Snakeroot
Cleaver's Herb
Pansy
Starfish
Black Cat Bone
Rose Buds
Blackberry leaf
Passion Flower
Elderberry
Meadowsweet
Morning Dew
Crow's Feet
Crow Feathers
Brick Dust
Hyacinth
Baby Teeth
Candles (for candle magic)
Butterfly wings
Pine Needles
Horehound
Crab Claw
Chicken Feet
Black Salt
Rosewood
Cherry
Phoenix Feather
Werewolf Fur
Death's-head Moth
Red Clay
Monkey's Paw
Elder Flower
Diamond Dust
Poison Ivy
Poison Oak
Poison Sumac
Iron Filings
 
 

Dark Heart

From someone who is evil and done many evil acts; not just a single act that can be viewed as bad or good (a big difference). For example, killing someone to save a life is very different from killing someone for petty reasons or no reason at all. The more evil acts done, the less regret felt, the darker the heart.

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Another Batch of Ingredients Used by Wizards, Witches, and Practitioners of Voodoo

 
 
 
Ectoplasm
Cherry Bark
Foxglove
Marshmallow Root
Agueweed
Unicorn Blood
Alfalfa
Bladderwrack
Unicorn Horn
Gardenia
Bay Leaf
Quartz Cluster
Holy Water
Bayberry
Monkshood
Rosemary
Saffron
Daffodil
Honeysuckle
Yarrow
Bloodroot
Coconuts
Vervain
Morning Glory
Poppy Seeds
Calamus Root
Knotweed
Lemon Verbena
Poke Weed
Brimstone (Sulphur)
Wormwood
Rose of Jericho
Blood
Lodestone
Burdock Root
Living Flesh
Absinthe
Asafoetida
Mustard Seed
Fennel Leaf
Scorpion Tail
Black Pepper
Walnut
Dogwood Twigs
Mahogany
Bird's Nest
Unicorn Hair
Bezoar
Parsnip
Poppy Seeds
Citronella
Ladybug
Meal Worms
Snail Shells
Parchment
 
 

Thieves Oil

An essential oil blend consisting of clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, rosemary, and lemon. This blend is inspired by the legend of a group of 15th Century thieves that were consistently robbing bubonic plague victims without contracting it themselves.

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 really reach. I mean, did women hundreds miles away suddenly feel the need to make their way towards Sunnydale?

Even More Supplies to Make Those Brews and Concoctions

 
 
 
Chili Pepper
Wasp Abdomens (with stingers)
Ginger
Giant's Toe
Jasmine
Myrtle
Mullein
Yew
Almond Oil
Beeswax
Porcupine Quill
Juniper
Clove
Bergamot
Ginseng
Sea Salt
Cinnamon
Snapdragon
Daisy
Pearl
Mistletoe
Mugwort
Ivy
Camphor
Yucca
Nutmeg
Salt Peter
Calendula
Cockle Shells
Acorn
Amber
Chicory
Dragon Blood
Licorice Root
Bear Claws
Catnip
Magnolia
Hydrangea
Xanthan Gum
Pomegranate
Garlic
Chrysanthemum
Elm
Pear
Archerfish
Sheet Moss
Beehive Husk
Brazilian Wandering Spider's Leg
Chives
Poppy
Chamomile
Hellgrammite
Rib Bone
Bloody Rags
Sliver of Mirror
Fur of Bat
Wisp of Smoke
Wisher's Coin
 
 

Glass Jars and Bottles

While not technically an ingredient, you will need many of them in many different shapes and sizes. If you don't have lids, cork can always be shaped to improvise a lid, while hand drawn labels can create an interesting finished product.

© 2019 Don

Do you know any cool ingredients that could be used in spells, witchcraft, or wizardry?

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      Priya Barua 

      5 months ago

      This is an interesting article that I stumbled upon. Thanks for writing about it.

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