Notions and potions, and things to brew! Below you will find a few of the different types:
Poultice/Cataplasm: often heated and medicated. It can consist of chopped plant material and infused with other potions. Usually to treat aching, inflamed or painful parts of the body. Also, great for cuts and bruises.
Tincture: Only good for about a year and would need to be refreshed/re-made. Alcohol based and highly concentrated. Can be volatile in the fact of alcohol being used. Plant or animal material can be used and preparation does take some time. Dilution is recommended. Store away from direct heat and sunlight.
Elixir: Alcohol based in nature but very pure and usually taken orally. A true elixir will have at least one ingredient in it to take orally. Needs to be stored in a tightly closed container away from direct heat and sunlight.
Infusion: Usually oil or water based with material being allowed to steep for extended time. Materials typically are botanical in nature such as herbs, berries, and flowers. Unless the infusion is consumed immediately, it will need to be bottled and refrigerated for later use.
Tisane: Another name for herbal tea. Herbs and spices are typically used in a hot water base. Great to warm the body or help internally. Some teas are said to induce visions, cure colds, or alleviate headaches.
Philtre: Typically water based and meant to secure another’s affection or someone’s favor. Magick is usually used to infuse or empower the potion/ingredients
Decoction: use of boiling to extract from herbs or plant material. Results are achieved best if material is mashed before boiling and potion is best, if consumed immediately