Five Basic Witchcraft Potions for Beginners

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file6251273536247Potions are basically water and/or alcohol based liquids used in magick.  This is a selection of a few of my potions that are good for beginners.  I try to keep the ingredients fairly accessible in that you can find most of these at the grocery, pharmacy, or health foods store.

If you can find one, you should purchase an iron cauldron that has three or four legs that are high enough to put three tealight candles under it.  It takes about that much to get any liquid in it hot or boiling in a reasonable amount of time.

Remember that these potions should be consecrated and blessed for their corresponding deities.  Traditions vary in this, and you should follow whichever one you’re practicing.  It is recommended that you be reasonably observant to your deities before attempting to make potions and the like.

Beauty Potion

This will improve your looks and keep you looking young for as long as your genes will allow and beyond.  It combines a bit of old herbal medicine, and a bit of new nutritional science.  Drink this twice a week.  Set a reminder for Tuesday and Saturday, for example.


  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 egg yolks (bless your eggs with your fertility Goddess)
  • 1 gram dried Roman chamomile if you are under 25 or 1 gram dried helichrysum arenarum if you are over 25


  1. Make a tea (preferably in your cauldron) from the water and chamomile by heating the water until it is just boiling, adding the chamomile, and removing it from the heat.  Let this settle and cool.
  2. Put your egg yolks in the bottom of a pretty wine glass, and beat them well.
  3. Mix in the honey, and then the orange juice, and the liquid of your tea.
  4. Drink up.  This does not keep for long.

Simple Love Potion

This will not force someone to love you, but it will ease the way to their expressing it if love is there.  This is based on an old, well known recipe.


  • 1 cup of milk
  • 3 drops of vanilla extract
  • 1 drop of rose or orange flavoring
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 2 teaspoons honey


  1. Put your milk and honey in the cauldron, pot, or warmer.
  2. Give your intent to the coriander.  It helps to hold it in your hand for a moment and speak to it.
  3. Add the vanilla and flavoring with intent.
  4. Stir and heat until hot, but not boiling.
  5. Serve this to your lover.  It’s very nice to serve this in a drinking bowl or wide cup with a few fresh rose petals floating in it.

Meditation Potion

This potion is helpful to achieve a reasonably relaxed and open state that is good for meditation and trance.  It uses old standard ingredients that are known to work well for this purpose.  Some may wish to add a little vodka or another clear liquor, while others may wish to avoid this.


  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 heaping teaspoon blue lotus
  • 1 heaping teaspoon hibiscus
  • 1/2 teaspoon lavender
  • honey or stevia to taste


Boil the herbs for 20 minutes, and then sweeten with honey or stevia to your taste.

Cooling Potion

Sometimes in the summer or when they have a fever, people have a loss of appetite and upset stomach, or general discomfort from being too hot.  This helps to cool them off and make their insides feel more comfortable.  Be aware that it can make loose bowels worse, so don’t give it to someone who already has a problem with that.  This is based on some well used Indian recipes.  Start this the day before you want to serve it.


  • 1 teaspoon edible almond gum (badam pisin) powder
  • 2 cups of water
  • a few leaves of fresh mint
  • a half a lemon, sliced
  • honey or stevia herb to taste
  • an additional 2 cups of water, or well crushed ice


  1. Mix the almond gum powder with 2 cups of water in a container, cover it and let it set for 24 hours.
  2. Put the lemon and mint in a large jar.
  3. Pour over enough boiling water to cover the lemon.
  4. Add enough honey or stevia to make it sweet enough.
  5. Let it cool.
  6. Strain the liquid into a tall glass.
  7. Get your almond gum and strain out the excess liquid.
  8. Add this to the lemonade, and stir.
  9. Refrigerate or add some crushed ice, and then serve it with your love.

Now we get to a potion that is more recognizable as a potion…

Healing Potion

This is a general healing potion that basically boosts the immune system and helps the body to heal or recover from illness faster.  This is very old fashioned, but very effective.


  • a liter of vinegar
  • 1 entire head of garlic with the root end sliced off
  • a handful of dried helichrysum arenarum
  • a handful of non toxic pine needles


  1. Put the herbs in a jar.
  2. Bring the vinegar to a rolling boil then turn it off and let it cool until it is warm but not cold-cold.
  3. Pour the vinegar over the herbs and cover it loosely while it cools completely.
  4. Tighten the cap and let it set in a cool, dark place for at least 6 weeks.

When you want to use it, strain some of it into a smaller bottle.  The person should take one or two teaspoons every day until they are better.

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  1. Thank you !!

  2. Hello for a love potion is there one where your crush will not need to drink

    • I think usually love potions and spells are used to attract love. It wont put someone “under a spell” like in Harry Potter. Don’t try and force affection ๐Ÿ™‚ But i think you would be looking for more of a love spell than a potion if you don’t want it to be drank

  3. I’m going to try these and if they don’t work I will look elsewhere. Also hoping to learn spells somewhere along the line. Want to learn a potion or spell to give me wolf ears and a wolf tail.
    If you can help please do ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Shapeshifting and transformation spells are very advanced, and under the heading of “be careful what you wish for”. The deities are not going to break Nature for our vanity. Even when something is within the natural realm of possibilities, there is no transformation of the body without changes in gene expression. If you are extremely and consistently observant, the deities may reward you well, but once you go there, then there is no turning back.

      If you just want the physical appearance, I’d recommend consulting a surgeon who is comfortable with extreme body modifications. Skin grafts and implants are less traumatic and painful than becoming more wolf-y.

    • OMG I want wolf ears and a tail too!!!

    • That would be cool but I really only found out about this stuff from my mom friend who refuses to teach me

  4. I want to try some of these except part of me doesn’t believe these are real. But I’ve always been sort of interested in this stuff and hopes for it to actually be real. One of the problems are I don’t have some of these ingredients and it would be weird asking someone to go somewhere and get them for me..

  5. What if we need the healing potion in 3 days and can not wait for 6 weeks? Is there any way of speeding things up?

    • No, there isn’t a way of speeding up this healing potion. There are probably others out there that are faster, but I don’t know of any that will do what this one does against the flu, and similar maladies. This is one reason why most witches make this in advance. If you start between now and September, you will have a batch ready before cold and flu season starts.

  6. How would you get your crush to drink the love potion if you’re at school? He doesn’t trust me

    • Ah youth…Well, then you have to find another way, or figure out how to gain his trust. Drinkable potions are generally a consensual thing that works with a combination of persuasion or suggestion, and the chemistry and magical qualities of the potion itself. A mistake that many young witches make is to think that the potion will or should do all the work.

      In the spirit of honesty, it is not difficult to gain a man’s trust. Men fall for horrid women all the time, so if you are actually a decent young lady, you already have an advantage. The trick is in understanding how Nature works, which in this case means understanding how men are wired.

      Gender is not black and white. It is a spectrum, but not only that; a multidimensional spectrum, not just a gradient. Men and women and androgynes each have their own measure of masculinity, femininity, and androgynity. The more classically masculine a man is, the more vulnerable he is to classic femininity and to the easy familiarity of comfort combined with the softness of classic androgynity. If he is not super macho, then he is going to be more critical and mistrustful of classic feminine traits. So if trust is the issue, but you have been decent and not done anything to break trust, the issue may be that he is mistrustful of certain elements of the darker side of femininity, such as over-emotionality or a destructive or selfish level of pragmatism. Perhaps he has had bad experiences. These are not your fault, but if this is the case, you should be mindful of this information.

      So instead of pursuing him romantically, put him in the friend zone. This will reassure him that you have better things to do than chase a man who doesn’t want you. Don’t give an explanation. Just do it. If he asks why, then laugh at him about it a little, but don’t tease him too much. Just act like it was a flight of fancy, or that your crush on him was a phase that passed. He’ll be drinking things you prepared eventually.

      The big thing to understand with love work is that most of these workings were designed a very long time ago when things weren’t so complicated, and long before Disney brought the idea of romantic love that was happily ever after to the masses. A better goal for a witch is to be real about love and that the sort that lasts is either familial or friendship. Men will have sex with both. They don’t mind. So if it’s sex you want from someone, pursue that, but if it’s love then pursue a family type connection with strong friendship…but be warned that wanting and having are different things. No love work will change a man’s core personality. If he is flaky and untrustworthy or unmanly, then the best you will get is someone with an overcooked noodle will in love with you, who will constantly fail you because he has no integrity.

      Be very careful who you allow into your heart. Very careful.

  7. Omg thanks!

  8. Is the potion forever or just gos on a time limit?????

    • Potions are usually strongest within the first day to a week of their ingestion. Different people have different limits depending on their closest deities, level of observance, and other factors. Also, some potions are meant to be fast-acting and wear off quickly, while others are meant to work slowly. It all depends. The potions in this article are mostly working for a day. The healing potion, though, helps with a progression, so it should be taken once a day until the person is better. Sometimes it fixes people’s cold or flu within 24-48 hours though…the symptoms anyway. They may still be a carrier but just not be feeling bad.

  9. Hi Sheloya
    May I please ask how much a reading would be
    Many thanks

  10. How do I bless eggs with fertility goddess? Can I use chamomile tea leaves from local tea stores as substitute if I could not find any Roman chamomile? Does the orange juice have to be freshly squeezed or I can just buy some in local supermarkets? Does the honey have to be organic? Can I use tap water or I have to buy spring water? Sorry for being annoying and thank you!

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