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Magic Potions: Crafting Magick Teas, Oils, Elixirs, and Brews

Magic potions are real, and they are easy to make. That ease comes with time and practice. True mages select herbs, crystals and artifacts combined with their own powers to create true potions. Yes, they are easy to make but you will find the process difficult to begin with. Your abilities will improve with experience.

If you’re looking for a WitchTok Sprite and Mentos potion–go away and don’t waste my writing time. If you want to understand the how-to’s and principles of making a real potion, then you’ve come to the right article.

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What is a Potion

A potion is a liquid crafted from a combination of ingredients. First, you start with water, oil, wine, or liquor as the chief ingredient. Next, you add herbs to the liquid. You use other items around the production area to add their energies. These include symbols, crystals, strings, tarot cards, runes, etc. Obviously, you add your own time and energies. The final product is a potion that is drunk, applied or otherwise used to produce a desired effect.

Potentially, you or someone will drink or apply this potion. If you are not responsible with the steps and ingredients, your potion can become a poison. Never go further than your experience; start simple and grow.

What do you need to know to craft a potion?

How To Make an Infusion

A potion is an infusion; you’re infusing the liquid with the magick of the herbs. Can you include more than herbs? Yes, but only with knowledge and experience. Infusions are easy to make. The challenges come later as you decide what to include in the potion.

How to make a magick tea

A magic tea is the easiest potion to make. We place herbs in a glass, pour hot water over them. Steep or let this set for 15-60 minutes. Filter the herb from the water or drink it with the herbs in it. Use a magick tea within 24 hours.

How to make a magick oil, or elixir

The process to make a magic oil or elixir is the same, only the liquid medium, or menstruum, is different.

  • Oil- Use any food grade oil like olive oil, apricot seed oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, or vegetable oil.
  • Elixir- Wine is the liquid used for an elixir. This may be a white wine, red wine, or mead.

First place herbs in a jar that has an air-tight lid. Second, pour the liquid over the herbs, then seal the jar. We place the sealed jar in a dark cool corner and allow it to steep for 7-14 days. You may choose to filter the herbs from the menstruum. Store the potion in a clean air-tight jar.

How to make a magick brew

A brewed magic potion can be difficult because you apply a controlled heat the whole time. Brews require water or oil. Do not use alcohol in brews as the alcohol evaporates.

It is best to use a glass double boiler for brewing. You may make brews in iron cauldrons; you must be diligent to not burn your brew with the direct flame.

We place herbs in the double boiler and cover with water or oil. You do not want the oil temperature to go above 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Water temperature should remain below 170 degrees. Simmer for 20-60 minutes. 

You do not need to filter a brew. If you filter, allow to cool to 90 degrees before filtering.

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How Much Herb do I Use

Magickal potions do not require a lot of material to be powerful. More herb placed in a magickal infusion do not increase its magickal potency. A little herb represents the whole. You don’t grow an Oak tree at your altar but an Oak tree is present if you have some oak acorns, bark, and leaves. The part manifests or represents the whole.

Use a teaspoon of herb per cup of liquid. If you are using multiple herbs, use a teaspoon of the herb mixture. A portion of the herb may be ground and the rest used whole. Use fresh herbs or dried herbs. Growing your own herbs is best but purchased herbs are just as well.

Ingredients for Magic Potions

Herbs and crystals are the most common ingredients of magic potions. Some medieval grimoires list ingredients that appear uncommon and supernatural. These recipes are often allegorical or used to create imitations. Eye of newt and wing of bat are quite fantastic for the imagination but what’s the use of a magic potion if you can’t make it?

How to choose the right ingredients

You select ingredients based on their constituents. Constituent is a professional term meaning the parts or elements of something. Elements make up who you are and include the physical elements of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Elements also include your tastes, personality, associations, and skills.

Magickal constituents include the associations of gender: masculine or feminine, element: Air, Fire, Water, Earth, and astrology: planet and zodiac. Properties are also a constituent which defines the gifts or skills an item has. Examples of properties include love, psychic powers, banishing, protection, and money.

Making Magic Potions

  • What are the desired outcomes or intent? You can find details of intent in our article Setting Intention.
  • Make a list of the ingredients you need associated with your intent.
  • Write a spell, mantra, or prayer you will recite while crafting your potion.

The intent, for this example, will be luck at a poker game.

A magic potion for luck would include those items that have the constituent of luck. Luck herbs and essential oils include Allspice, Gingko, Orange peel, and Star Anise. Crystals that aid in luck are Aventurine, Jet, Opal, and Tigers Eye. Four-leaf clover and horse shoe represent luck. This list is not all-inclusive. What items do you think represent luck and would you include those in your ingredients?

The spell or mantra looks something like this:
The Cards will fall where they may
Let this be my lucky day
Golden Coins so Bright and Sunny
May my pockets bulge with Money

Putting It All Together - An Example

Our example is a magic potion made with gin you can sip at the card table. We’ll use the ingredients above. You will also need a 16-ounce glass container with a lid.

If your tradition requires you to clear a space before working, this is where you would perform that task.

Chant or repeat in your mind your spell while preparing your ingredients.

Place the jar in the middle of the horseshoe. We set the crystals around the jar so they touch the side of the jar and the horseshoe. In the container, place three crushed All Spice fruits, a pinch of Gingko, and some Star Anise pods (individual pods, not the whole star.) The four-leaf clover goes in the container. Last, you pour 16 ounces of gin over the herbs and seal the lid.

We place the mixture in a sunny window for 7 days. Shake the jar daily, repeating the spell. At the end of 7 days, filter the herbs out of the gin and your magic potion is ready to aid you with luck in the poker game.

Using Crystals in Potions

You may choose to put crystals in magic potions, however I would suggest doing this only with expert research. As consuming some herbs is harmful, the same is true for crystals. Some crystals, like Malachite, breakdown in liquids producing poisons.

There are safe ways to use crystals in your potion. Place crystals in the dry cup or jar you will use for a time before using the jar. You remove crystals before adding the herbs and liquid. An alternative is to place crystals around or on top of containers you are using but not in the menstruum.


Magic potions are easy. Potions require no special training. You may easily grow or purchase your ingredients. By learning the magickal constituents of herbs and crystals you add depth to your magick. Experience making a potion will teach you more than reading about them. It’s time to craft your own magick.

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Rev. Lloyd, along with his husband Joe, owns and operates Hermits' Cupboard. He holds a Masters of Divinity, Bachelors of Metaphysical Science and is a Journeyman Herbalist having studied under the late Master Herbalist Rev. Paul Beyerl. He practices a solitary Druid-Craft based on his Scots-Irish heritage. Rev. Lloyd is actively working on his PhD. which addresses meeting the spiritual and social needs of restored Pagan's who are reentering society after incarceration.

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