You might not need all of these tools to make a potion depending on what you choose to brew, but knowing what tools you may need is important for any recipe! While some witches have a separate set of kitchen tools for magical purposes, others simply use what they have in their kitchens already. There’s nothing saying that you can’t use your food processor to chop herbs for a tincture.
The one rule that I will insist upon with potion making tools is that you only use food making tools on food grade ingredients. If you can’t eat it, it shouldn’t touch anything that you use to make food! For those wishing to use ingredients that are not food safe, get a separate set of tools. Large pots, knives, cutting boards, etc. can all be had quite cheaply at thrift stores and yard sales.
This is the traditional tool that witches use to grind herbs, resins, and other plant matter into a fine powder. It can also be useful for creating pastes.
If your potion calls for chopped fresh herbs, you can use a kitchen knife for that. Knives can also be used for breaking off pieces of wax, cocoa butter, or other solid bases.
If you’re making a lot of infusions or tinctures, you’ll want to get a fine strainer or cheesecloth. These tools will allow you to separate your potion from your herbs without having to spend half an hour fishing around in your potion with a spoon.
There are many different tools that can suffice here from a spoon out of your flatware set to a wooden spoon to an athame. The athame is a traditional magical tool used by witches to direct energy and stir their potions. It’s a knife that is used solely for spells and rituals. Many times these knives have a double-edged blade and have decorative handles. You can pick one up a thrift store, an antique store, a metaphysical shop, or online. If you aren’t interested in using an athame, my personal favorite potion making tool is a wooden spoon that has had magical symbols carved or burned into it.
If you’re pouring your potion into the narrow opening of a jar or bottle, a funnel will help you keep from spilling.
This is important if you’re using highly concentrated potions and ingredients such as tinctures or essential oils. An eyedropper will let you add one drop at a time for more precise potion-making. You can also buy bottles that have eyedroppers attached to the lid. These are great for storing your tinctures or blended oils.
You probably think immediately of big, cast iron cauldrons when you hear the phrase “potion-making”, but you can mix your magical potions in any kind of bowl, pot, or container that supports whatever medium you’re using. Cauldrons are optional! Keep the material in mind when choosing a container, copper reacts with water and acidic bases can eat the seasoning off a cast iron pan.
Use an actual flame as a heat source from a tea light, candle, or ritual fire may help set the “mood” for your potion-making but if that’s not going to work for your particular potion or potion-making space, use any heat source. An electric stove, a hot plate, or any other cooking surface can serve as your heat source. Just keep it safe and avoid risking setting anything on fire.
This is where you can get creative with your potion-making. Feel free to use ANY and ALL magical tools to add power and intention to your potion. Placing these miscellaneous magical objects around your potion-making space can bring more energy to your potion, and focus that energy on a specific goal.
Crystals - Set up crystals near your potion container or submerge the crystals in your potion to add power. Some potions call for tiny bits of crystal to go in the potion itself.
Make sure that you’re only using crystals that are safe to place in liquid and keep in mind that extreme temperatures can cause crystals to crack. If you’re using crystals that are unsafe in liquids, you can use a crystal grid to direct the crystals properties into your potion.
Tarot Cards, Oracle Cards, or Runes - Magical cards or runes can charge the space around a potion. You can also cut up a tarot card into tiny pieces and add it to your potion, or use a rune from your rune set to go right in the potion.
Wands - Use a wand to stir your potion or direct energy towards (or away from) the potion.
Candles - You can add a drop or two of melted candle wax in a color of your choice to your potion if the base is oil or wax. You can also set up candles around your potion to infuse that potion with a specific energy.
Paper or Journal Pages - Write out your intention or any message on a piece of paper and submerge it in the liquid. You can set the paper underneath the potion container or near the potion container to charge the liquid with a specific energy.
Sigils - Draw a sigil on a rock and set it to steep in your potion. Alternatively, you can draw the sigil with your athame or spoon to charge the liquid with the meaning of the sigil.
Personal Objects or Photographs - Placing these trinkets in or around your potion can add meaning and power to your magic.
Altar Cloth - Lay out an altar cloth to create a sacred space for potion-making. You can also use an old altar cloth to strain the herbs out of your potion rather than using a traditional cheesecloth.
Charcoal and Incense - Use incense smoke to cleanse or charge your ingredients before you add them to your potion. You can also use incense to cleanse your space prior to your potion-making.