By: Mimi Sinclair
Essence of Dittany has to be one of my favorite potions! It is a rare, fast acting, extremely useful healing potion. This potion can heal dangerous open wounds in the skin within mere seconds. Often times, Essence of Dittany can be applied to witches or wizards who have been splinched, cut open by a wild beast, or even hurt by certain spells like Sectum Sempra. This potion causes wounds to heal at an extremely increased rate, so that in seconds, the wound will look several days old even if it is new. Essence of Dittany is best used in cases of emergency, as wounds that have been treated with this potion still need time to heal.
Essance of Dittany uses three ingredients, the most important of them is Dittany extract which of course the potion is primarily named after. Copper and pickled shrake spines are also used.
Blended Dittany extract must be made before attempting this potion. This is an extremely rare substance and is created from white and Cretan Dittany sprigs. Most potioneers make this themselves, due to the rarity of it.
Dittany also goes by the name ‘Burning Bush’ because it may sometimes emit flammable vapors while in plant form. It can also be eaten, in raw form to heal shallow wounds, while bigger wounds require the potion. This is a very powerful plant used in many potions such as the Wiggenweld potion( when shredded) and when mixed with silver, it can cure werewolf bites.
Copper is a chemical element that aids and speeds up the healing process. It is a soft and malleable metal that is reddish-gold in color.
Shrake spines are obtained from Shrake which are aquatic creatures that dwell in the ocean. They can be bought in regular and pickled form from your local apothecary. The spines have a tendency to get ‘overexcited’ and bounce out of a potion if it is stirred excessively so make sure not to stir any potion using shrake spines more then necessary.
To make the blended Dittany extract, you need six sprigs of white Dittany and another six sprigs of Cretan Dittany per ounce of extract. Using a mortar and pestle, crush the springs for ten minutes to create a smooth liquid oil. Then filter this to separate the solids from the liquid. Discard the solids, as you only need the oil
Also, before making Essence of Dittany, the cauldron must be extremely clean before attempting this potion.
Remember not to stir more then necessary because the Shrake spines may become ‘over excited’ and jump out of the cauldron!
Essence of Dittany
3 oz. Blended Extract of White and Cretan Dittany
4 Pickled Shrake Spine
- Add copper to the mortar.
- Crush into a fine-thin powder using the pestle.
- Add 6 pinches of the ground powder to your cauldron.
- Add 4 pickled shrake spines to your cauldron.
- Heat on a high temp for 20 seconds.
- Stir gently 7 times , anti-clockwise.
- Add 3oz of Blended Dittany Extract to your cauldron.
- Heat on a low temp for 10 seconds.
- Stir gently 3 times, clockwise.
- Leave to brew for 40 minutes.
The potion should be a a brown liquid when finished. Remember to always properly label your potions with the name of the potions, the date, time, and the name of the brewer.