Potion

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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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If a clever scientist could bottle the monotonous nature of his voice and combine it with the lack of interest contained in anything he utters, it would surely be the most powerful sleeping potion ever developed.
In fact, Pisanio believes he is giving Imogen a precious medicine not a sleeping potion, and it was Cornelius who earlier, unbeknownst to either Pisanio or the Queen, substituted the sleeping potion for the poison the Queen had requested.
She's offered big bucks to take a sleeping potion and submit her body to the men's every desire.
The indisposition of Forbes Masson was a potential blow but proved not to be as our own Peter Peverley stood in for him as sleeping potion provider Friar Laurence.