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Potion

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Any medicinal drink may be referred to as a potion. Witches, as the wise people of the villages, were very knowledgeable about the use of herbs and brewed potions as medicines to administer to the sick. The term can also be used for a drink of poison. Many herbal teas are termed potions; though, in fact, they are more specifically decoctions or infusions. In the past, and especially in literature, the use of potions is associated with love (or lust) magic.

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Having warbled his thanks and put the potions in his boots, Hugo departed, and Hagar informed the audience that as he had killed a few of her friends in times past, she had cursed him, and intends to thwart his plans, and be revenged on him.
She hears him coming and hides, sees him put the potions into two cups of wine and bid the the timid little servant, "Bear them to the captives in their cells, and tell them I shall come anon." The servant takes Hugo aside to tell him something, and Hagar changes the cups for two others which are harmless.
Hugo demanded a potion to make Zara adore him, and one destroy Roderigo.
The first act of the Witch was to make the boy drink a potion which quickly sent him into a deep and dreamless sleep.
I slept about eight hours, as I was afterwards assured; and it was no wonder, for the physicians, by the emperor's order, had mingled a sleepy potion in the hogsheads of wine.
-- No, madame, no; the scaffold awaits the poisoner, whoever she may be, unless, as I just said, the poisoner has taken the precaution of keeping for herself a few drops of her deadliest potion." Madame de Villefort uttered a wild cry, and a hideous and uncontrollable terror spread over her distorted features.
The lulling cadence of the rise and fall, the invariable gentleness of this irresistible force, the great charm of the deep waters, warmed my breast deliciously, like the subtle poison of a love- potion. But all this lasted only a few soothing seconds before I jumped up too, making the boat roll like the veriest landlubber.
American Talley Sjoberg Varney takes us into her 'potions room' to explain why aromatherapy matters.
Kerry Katona stunned fans this morning, as she revealed her trashed bathroom, after her daughter "made potions."
Some people resort to the use of love potions in the hope of finding true love.
Melvin Castro, the former executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, said love that is freely given is better than a love received out of gayuma (love potions).
There's a potions master on hand to help, and this one won't hit you with a book if you don't pay attention.