Potions & Magical Brews - Introduction

Is there anything more quintessentially witchy than the image of a couple of witches standing over a bubbling cauldron, brewing up a potion to achieve their magical aim? While this image has been used to stir up fear of powerful witches for centuries, there’s still something that just feels witchy about the idea of brewing our own potions as modern witches. From midwives to town healers, to herbalists and brewsters as far back as ancient Mesopotamia, this is one of our oldest forms of magic and its high time we give it the spotlight!

Potions are magical liquids that you can use to cast spells. Other words for potions include brew, draught, philter, or elixir. Over the centuries, the line between magic and medicine was often blurry or nonexistent, and many of the practices used in potion making are drawn from herbalism and folk medicine. In this course, we’re going to focus on the magical aspects only but for those who are interested, I highly recommend pursuing further education in medicinal herbalism to enhance your practice.

When we think of potions we typically think of them as something to be drunk, but you can also cast spells by using potions for ritual baths, perfumes, as balms, for diffusing into the air, anointing tools, or to use as a cleansing spray or floor wash. Sometimes, potions are meant to be discarded immediately after mixing them because the spell came from the act of creating the potion itself. Other times, you might be called to pour the potion into the earth to complete your magic. There are so many ways to utilize potions in your craft so let’s dive right in!