Potions Ingredients

Aconite Aconitum lycoctonum - Extremely poisonous plant (hence its other name of wolfsbane). It is also called monkshood because the shape of the flowers somewhat resembles a monk's cowl. Scott Cunningham's Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs informs us that a folk name for the highly poisonous Wolf's Bane is "Dumbledore's Delight". Ellis Peters' medieval mystery Monk's Hood is recommended as both a very good story in its own right and as featuring both the positive and dangerous aspects of this plant. In the story the herbalist Brother Cadfael used the plant as part of an oil used to massage aching joints, but if swallowed or absorbed directly through any break in the skin, the oil could be deadly.

Armadillo bile - has the appearance and consistency of dark, watery baby spit-up, complete with the occasional chunk of ant.

Ashwinder Eggs (frozen) - pomegranate sized black shells with the tell-tale layer of frost over the outside

Asphodel Asphodelus ramosus (blossoms) - white, six tepals (combination of inner and outer petals) with each one bearing a central brown streak. Mild but distinctive odor.

Asphodel Asphodelus ramosus (fruit) - small, round, dark brown kernals. Strong odor same as the blossoms.

Asphodel Asphodelus ramosus (root, powdered) - fine, grey-ish tan powder with a scent that is mostly soil-like with just a hint of the blossom smell.

Asphodel (root, whole) - thin brown stalks with slightly bulbous ends from which sprout tiny hairs, same scent as the powder, only stronger.

Belladonna Atropa belladonna (essence of) - highly watery liquid tinted a very transluscent greenish-blueish-violet-black. Smells like water.

Bezoar - small, round stone from the belly of a goat. Has a characteristic scent of spicy grass - presumably from a mixture of the goat's primary nutritional source and stomach acid.

Bicorn Horn (powdered) - rough powder with a deep red color, large granules and an almost nauseatingly sweet scent

Billywig Stingers (dried) - small needles brittle to the touch and bright blue in color

Boomslang Skin Dispholidus typus - dry, flaky, sheer paperlike substance, no odor but a slight green or brown tinge

Bubotuber (pus) - thick yellowish slime that smells like petrol

Bundimun (secretion) - thick transluscent green oil like substance that has no smell but emanates warmth.

Cockroach Eyes - small, black, round, hard but brittle, no scent

Crocodile Tongue - It's a tongue. Long, thin, white, pointed end.

Daisy Bellis perennis (roots) - skinny shafts with bulbous ends that look wildly out of place, the long roots are green while the bulbs are brown bordering on violet.

Doxy Eggs - black, round, slimy - looks like high-end caviar.

Dragon's Blood - thick, greyish green, kept chilled under a cooling charm

Flobberworm Mucus - cloudy slime-like substance with suspicious chunks of thicker … things that look oddly like bogies

Fluxweed Isanthus brachiatus - small violet puffballs that have a scent rather like minty lavender.

Frog Brains - small, slimy smooth grey orb-like organs

Ginger root (dry) - small, round, brown, brittle, 'dusty', potent scent and flavor.

Ginger root (fresh) - small, round, lighter pinkish-brown, soft, moist, mild scent and flavor.

Fresh ginger can be substituted for ground ginger at a ratio of 6 to 1

Graphorn Horn (powdered) - soft, chalky pale purple powder

Hellebore Helleborus niger (leaves) - Long, wide, thick green leaves meant to be pressed for their extract.

Jobberknoll feathers - small, fluffy blue feathers with faint white specks

Knotgrass Polygonum coccineum (blossom) - small, fat, puffy pink shapes that look like caterpillars and smell like wet roses.

Lacewing Flies (wings, dried) - tiny sheer insect wings, brittle, easily broken, dry, rainbow-oil-sheen.

Lionfish spines Pterois antennata - small, thin 'rods' of banded orange and white. No smell, but covered in tiny spines that can abrade and even open small wounds in the skin.

Lovage Levisticum officinale (blossoms) - small, round, fat yellowish-green, short pale petals and a relatively large center, smell like carrots

Lovage Levisticum officinale (leaves) - look very much like a paler form of poison ivy, smell strongly of carrots

Moonstone (powdered) - pale, soft, chalky powder, very fine, unique in that it never seems to hold one color but instead shifts across the spectrum as if a prism were being moved over its light source.

Moonstone (whole) - round, smooth, shiny stones of pale grey or white color with an iridescent sheen.

Nettles Urtica dioica (leaves) - pale green heart-shaped leaves that appear fuzzy. In fact are coated with tiny needles which - if touched - inject a mild irritant into the skin.

Peppermint Mentha × piperita or Mentha balsamea (leaves) - thin grey-green leaves with a distinctive minty scent, meant to be pressed for their oils or steeped for an extract.

Pomegranate (juice) - thin, sweet-smelling liquid, bright reddish-pink in color

Porcupine Quills - thin, pointed rods of brown with a band of white near the tip. Smooth and hard.

Pufferfish Eyes (whole) - wet, squishy looking spheres of black with a thin band of gold wrapping around them near the top.

Re'em Blood - Thick, golden, shiny fluid (looks very like unicorn blood, save for gold and not silver) that must be kept heated to prevent clotting.

Runespoor Eggs - Oval-ish and leathery-squishy, cream with orange and black specks.

Scarabs Scarabaeus sacer (crushed) - rough black powder with large, leathery granules and the occasional miniscule red 'toothpick' shape.

Scarabs Scarabaeus sacer (whole) - large, shiny black beetles with red limbs and relatively large, serrated pincers.

Scurvy grass - Any of one of several sea-coast plants with four-petalled cross-shaped white flowers

Sneezewort Achillea ptarmica (powdered) - fine, dusty, pollen-like powder, pale yellow in color, rough to the touch

Sopophorous (beans) - small, cream colored, hard and smooth, look like light-colored coffee beans

Tubeworm Riftia pachyptila (whole) - long, fat white worms, segmented so that they look almost like human intestines.

Unicorn (hair) - fine, silvery-white strands that are incredibly strong and hard to break

Unicorn (horn, powdered) - soft, pale pink, talcum-like dry powder

Unicorn (horn, shaved) - thin, bendable, iridescent 'petals'

Valerian root Valeriana officinalis (powdered) - very similar to the consistency of brown sugar, sweet-scented

Valerian root Valeriana officinalis (whole) - small, thin brown rods with a slightly bark-ish feel to them, sweet-scented.

Wormwood Artemisia absinthium (cuttings of) - stems are straight, grooved, branched, and silvery-green. The leaves are spirally arranged, greenish-grey above and white below, covered with silky silvery-white trichomes, and bearing minute oil-producing glands

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