Lightning Slashes the stormy sky. Three haggard figures on a
hill lean over a huge cauldron. They throw noisome ingredients
the boiling water - poisonous herbs, noxious reptiles, snake
- and cackle as steam rises and the wind howls like tortured
goes the standard brew-making scene, thanks in large to authors
as William Shakespeare. They vividly capture and firmly,
such powerful but absurd images in our minds. Brews (also
as potions) may be as prosaic as herb tea, or as mystical as
stem from early magical, ritual and medicinal preparations, and
as effective today as they were thousands of years ago. In herb
brews are little more than herbal infusions or teas. They
be prepared over an open fire in a forest clearing, your own
or backyard will do nicely.
are so many different kind of brews, some are drunk, some are
to the bath and others prepared to release fragrant steam into
air, infusing the area with the sum total of the herb's
type of water used in brewing is of some importance. Well, spring
distilled waters are preferred over that which pours from the
You can buy these bottled or collect them from the source, so
as it's unpolluted and free running. Rain water is ideal for use
when gathered in smoggy areas. Tap water can be used as a last
but consider purchasing the bottles variety in the future.
water and mineral water aren't recommended due to their high
Heating: Fire, gas flame or stove coils will do for the heat
I suppose you could prepare a brew in a microwave oven, but
isn't the best idea. If nothing else, it reduce some of the
of the process. If you're the old-fashioned kind, try making a
in a fireplace or outdoors over a blaze.
best if the water and herbs don't come into direct contact with
while brewing. There are few exceptions to this in herbalism.
is cauldron brewing, which is little-practiced today. Herb-pots.
in general, avoid metal. Clear glass jars work well for Solar
Simply place the water and herbs into the jar and set this
direct sunlight, preferably outdoors. Leave it there for most of
day. Some brews ask for specific colored glass jars.
every brew in this section is made in the following manner. Use
instructions where given.
grind & mix the herbs. For brews to be drunk, use specific
mortar & pestle for grinding, not the one used for heavy-
the herbs with your magickal goal.
about 2 cups water to boiling. Place about one handful of mixed,
herbs in a teapot or some other heat-proof, non-metallic
Pour the water over the herbs. Cover with an equally
steam tight lid. let the herbs brew for about 13
through cheesecloth or a bamboo strainer & use.
should be used as quickly as possible. If necessary, they can
stored in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. After this time, return
to the earth & create a new brew.
note regarding "love" potions. There are no drinks that will
enslave another person to you, no brews that will cause
However, some brews have long been celebrated for relaxing
and mellowing the emotions. Also, a few have been used to
over difficulties during long-term relationships and
(from 'The complete Book of incense, oils & Brews' by
A Passion Drink
tsp. Black Tea
fresh Mint leaves (or 1/2 tsp. dried)
fresh Rosebud petals (or 1 tsp. dried)
fresh Lemon tree leaves (1 tsp. dried lemon peel)
pieces Orange peel
all ingredients into teapot. Boil three cups or so of water &
to the pot. Sweeten with honey, if desired. Serve hot.
Parts Rose petals
Part Each: Clove, Nutmeg, Lavender, Ginger
in the usual way, preferably in an earthen pot. Add this mixture
tea, or serve alone to increase the passions.
Parts Rose petals
Part Each: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Bay, Mugwort
in a teapot, fill with boiling water, let steep, covered, for a
minutes. Remove cover, sniff steam - (not so that you burn your
for a few moments, visualize the mystic scent opening your
awareness, then lie down & prophesize. If you wish, drink a
of the brew as well, & let the steam continue to rise as you
your psychic awareness.
OF CERRIDWEN BREW
part each - Bay, tobacco, Damiana, Mormon Tea & Broom (Non-toxic)
parts each: Acorns, Barley, Honey, Ivy, Hellebore, Bay
- DO NOT DRINK!
water in a cauldron over an open fire. Place all ingredients in
cauldron. Sit before it & entrance yourself by watching the
Smell its mystic scent & receive wisdom.
parts Rose Wheat
part Each: Mugwort, Peppermint, Jasmine flowers, Cinnamon
add one tsp to a cup. Pour boiling water over this & let steep,
for a few minutes. Drink before going to bed to promote
add one tsp mixture to a cup, pour boiling water over the herbs
let steep for 9 minutes, covered. Drink a few teaspoons a day, or
to the bath.
by Gerina Dunwich
potions used for healing
be brewed with sincere feeling.
the herbs that work the best,
let Nature do the rest.
you need an incantation,
the words with exclamation:
intent the potions bubbles
good riddance of health troubles!"
of the Witch's Brew --
Gerina Dunwich's Book "Magick Potions"
a Witch's brew continues to boil after it has been
from the fire, it is said to be a sign that
Witch will live to be a ripe old age!
omen originated in Europe in the Middle Ages.
quarrel with a friend or family member is portended
a Witch's brew should accidentally be spilled on
carpet. However, it is said to be a sign of good
to accidentally spill some upon yourself.
is bad luck to brew philtres (love potions) when the
is in a waning phase or during the time know as
dark of the moon. The ideal time is during a
moon, especially on Valentine's Day.
two Witches stir the same brew, they will be
up strife, according to an old superstitious
they both drink it from the same cup, it will bring
bad luck unless they are married or hand fasted to
is said to be extremely unlucky for any Witch to
his or her own brews and potions in a tea kettle
cauldron belonging to another. (To avoid this, a
rule of thumb is to always use your own magickal
a lady and a gentleman pour out a cup of brew from
same pot, this is an omen that a child will be
two women pour, one of them will give birth to a
set of twins within the year.
is an invitation to poverty and misfortune should
throw away herbs that are leftover from potions
good fortune to smile upon you, always dispose of
herbs by casting them into a fire.
stranger will soon be arriving on your doorstep if
accidentally leave the lid of the tea kettle or
off while preparing a magickal brew. This
belief hails from Victorian-era England.
is said to be unlucky to stir a Witch's brew in a
direction. To do so creates bad
and attracts negative influences. Always
in a clockwise direction.
your left eye itches while you are brewing a
this is an omen that sorrow shall soon find
way into your life.
itching of your right eye indicates precisely the
How and where these originated is a mystery.
ago I read Sibyl Leek's book "The Complete Art of Witchcraft".
that was the book that started my daily herbal brews. She drank
clover tea every day as a body/energy strengthener. I tried that,
later switched to instant ginseng tea for convenience and as a
ritual. This is the most recent development, and a recipe that
can't get enough of, I've even sold/traded it occasionally.
proportions are rather intuitive and dependent on what's on hand,
basically mix all of the following and use about a teaspoon of it
6-8 ounces of very hot water, let steep for 5 minutes. I'll add
names and attributes of each ingredient as soon as I can.
you don't have all the ingredients, no problem, make it without
This makes 2 of my friends VERY SLEEPY, so use at night if that
to you too. Personally I feel energized by it.
1 handful lemon verbena
1 handful lemon catnip or regular catmint
1 handful red raspberry leaves
1 handful red clover blossoms
1 handful spearmint leaves
1/2 handful peppermint leaves
1 large handful chamomile flowers
1/2 handful chickweed
1/2 handful dried nettles
1 handful lemon balm
you live in a country where it is legal, and have glaucoma, are
chemotherapy treatments, or for Sabbats, 1/2 handful of
(sativa preferably, or indica if desired or for severe
leaves, NOT flowering tops can be added. Otherwise this
may not be wise for a daily brew!