Mama Val's Quick Remedies

This book was first penned in 1973 by Valencia "Mama Val" Curtis, an employee of St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries from 1946 until her death in 1979. She was a well-beloved nurse and then healer who was known for her enthusiasm and the great care she took with her patients. This recipe book has been reprinted three times by the publisher Mervin's Medicinal Ministrations, LLC. The latest edition was printed in 2003, and included updated recipes and corrections.

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Migraine Managing Serum

Chapter 2


Migraine Management Serum



Estimated Brewing Time:
Pewter cauldron: 45 minutes
Brass cauldron: 41 minutes
Copper cauldron: 38 minutes


Ingredients:
Seven hundred and fifty (750) ml water
Forty five (45) ml lavender oil1
Three (3) bat spleens2
Two (2) frozen ashwinder eggs1
Four (4) dried rose petals2
Two (2) Shrake spines2
Thirty (30) ml vanilla extract3
Thirty (30) ml Flobberworm mucus3


Instructions:



Part One:




  1. Bring 500 ml of water to 363 Kelvin (90°C/194°F).

  2. Add thirty ml of lavender oil to the cauldron.

  3. Add three bat spleens to the cauldron.

  4. Stir twice counter-clockwise.

  5. Bring the heat up to 383 Kelvin (110°C/230°F) for 15 seconds, and then reduce heat again to 363 Kelvin (90°C/194°F).

  6. Add one whole frozen Ashwinder egg to the cauldron.

  7. Add four dried rose petals and two Shrake spines to your mortar and crush it finely with the pestle.

  8. Add two tablespoons of the finely crushed mixture to the cauldron.

  9. Stir once clockwise.

  10. Leave potion to brew in your pewter cauldron for 15 minutes (this would be 13 minutes in a brass cauldron and 12 minutes in a copper cauldron).


At this point, the potion should appear navy blue and emit a slightly greenish-tinged smoke.


Part Two:




  1. After returning to your cauldron, add remaining 250 ml of water.

  2. Add one whole frozen Ashwinder egg to the cauldron.

  3. Add remaining 15 ml of lavender oil to the cauldron.

  4. Bring the heat up to 383 Kelvin (110°C/230°F) for 45 seconds, and then reduce heat again to 363 Kelvin (90°C/194°F).

  5. Add thirty ml of vanilla extract to the cauldron.

  6. Leave potion to brew in your pewter cauldron for twenty minutes (this would be 18 minutes in a brass cauldron and 16 minutes in a copper cauldron).

  7. After brewing has finished, remove the cauldron from the heat entirely and allow it to cool for five minutes.

  8. Add thirty ml of Flobberworm mucus to the concoction and stir it with a wooden spoon or non-magical implement until it is smooth in texture. After the mucus has been added, the potion can be siphoned into a phial.


The potion should be a deep orange in color at the end. It has a slightly sweet-smoky taste similar to burnt cinnamon, and smells a bit like shortbread.



To Store:



The Migraine Management Serum can be stored for up to three years at room temperature or slightly warmer climate. It does well sitting on a sunny ledge or elsewhere that provides it with direct sunlight. However, the serum can be carried in the pocket or in a bag during the day for those who are frequent sufferers of migraines to have them on hand.


After three years, the serum should be discarded using proper safety precautions.


To Use:



Five to seven droplets should be taken in the early stages before the onset of a migraine. The potion can be taken directly on the tongue, or it can be added to a beverage such as tea, juice, or water.


Effects:



During the prodromal and aura stages of a migraine, the Migraine Management Serum can be taken to manage and mitigate the onset of the migraine. The potion is largely ineffective once the attack stage of the migraine has begun, but it has been known to alleviate some of the symptoms even during this stage.


There are few side effects of the Migraine Management Serum, but in rare instances there have been reports of drowsiness, irregular heart rhythms, and a slight swelling of the tongue. There have been one or two cases of the tongue growing a light fur after ingesting the potion, but that is thought to have been an allergic reaction. Allergic reactions to the potion are also rare, but can also include itching and low fever.


Caution:



There are few serious consequences of overdosing on the Migraine Management Serum. However, in the event that one does ingest too much of the potion, they can expect to feel extreme drowsiness, and will most likely fall asleep. There can also be odd emotional reactions and feelings of attachment to the objects around oneself. In the event that a witch or wizard suspects that he or she had a mild overdose of the serum, it is best to find a quiet place to lie down while the fatigue passes. It is recommended that brooms and other magical machinery not be operated within two hours of taking the Migraine Management Serum. The serum has been tested and proven safe for children five and older as well as pregnant women.


While the Migraine Management Serum can help prevent and mitigate migraines, if one suffers from fairly regular attacks, they should consult with a healer to determine the cause of the migraine, as it could be an indication of a more serious neurological problem.

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