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

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I have many interests and an inability to make up my mind about which one to focus on. That's how I came up with my name: ControlledChaos1.

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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 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 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.

Ingredients For Magic Spells and Potions

 

 

 

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

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

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

100 Year Old Paper

Gold Coin

Copper Penny

 

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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)

Chalk

Horseshoe

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

 

 

 

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

Black Cat Hair

Volcano Ash

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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

Crossroads Dirt

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 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

Dead Tree Bark

 

Owl Pellets

© 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.