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Philtre(religion, spiritualism, and occult)
A magic potion. Philtres were often, though not always, used for love or sexual purposes. Supposedly, when drunk, the philtre would cause the recipient to fall madly in love with the first person he or she saw. As described in literature of the Middle Ages, many were made up of obnoxious ingredients and administered in strong wine, to disguise their foul taste. Mandrake root was a common ingredient, as were vervain, briony, human or animal blood, and the red gum known as dragon's blood.
As Rosemary Guiley points out, in Wicca the forcing of love upon another is forbidden—one must never interfere with another's free will—so today philtres would only be used to enhance love that already exists.