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.
Estimated Brewing Time:
Pewter cauldron: 72 minutes
Brass cauldron: 66 minutes
Copper cauldron: 62 minutes
One (1) liter of water
Four (4) dried Billywig stings2
One (1) Mandrake root1
Three (3) tablespoons of eucalyptus oil2
Two (2) tablespoons of honey3
Six (6) fairy wings1
Three (3) eel eyes2
Optional: Two (2) tablespoons of Flobberworm mucus3
- Add one liter of water and bring the heat to 363 Kelvin (90°C/194°F).
- Add three fairy wings and four dried Billywig stings to your mortar and crush them into a fine and even powder.
- Add two tablespoons of this powder to the cauldron.
- Add one tablespoon of eucalyptus oil.
- Stir once clockwise.
- Add two tablespoons of honey.
- Bring the heat up to 383 Kelvin (110°C/230°F) for 35 seconds, and then reduce heat again to 363 Kelvin (90°C/194°F).
- Add the three remaining, unground fairy wings to the cauldron.
- Stir four times counter-clockwise.
- Leave potion to brew in your pewter cauldron for thirty minutes (this would be 27 minutes in a brass cauldron and 25 minutes in a copper cauldron.
At this point, the potion should be a deep navy blue, and the steam itgives off should not be any particular discernible color.
While the potion is brewing, please take your Mandrake root and slice it crosswise Your pieces should be approximately 8mm or one-third of an inchin width.
- Add one sliced mandrake rootto the cauldron.
- Add three eel eyes to the cauldron.
- 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).
- Stir once counter-clockwise.
- Add two tablespoons of eucalyptus oil.
- Stir three times clockwise.
- Leave potion to brew in your pewter cauldron for 25 minutes (this would be 22 minutes in a brass cauldron and twenty minutes in a copper cauldron.)
If brewed correctly, the potion should now be a reddish-orange color that emits a pale green steam. It will have a slightly mentholated smell to it.
Remove the cauldron and allow the contents to cool for five minutes. At this point, you may either add two tablespoons of Flobberworm mucus and mix in with a wooden spoon for even consistency, or you may decide not to include mucus in this recipe, as you choose: it’s up to the individual to choose how thick he or she wants the consistency.
This particular allergy recipe stores best in a tinted vial, if possible, and should be stored in a dark, cool place. The recipe is only good for up to five months before it starts losing its efficacy, so be sure to check the
dates on your vials regular to make sure the potion has not expired before consumption.
To use, add about a tablespoon of the elixir either to be ingested straight or to be added to tea or another beverage. When consumed independently, this elixir has a bit of a musty grass and peppermint flavor, so it isn’t dreadful to consume on its own. This potion is not terribly effective on rashes or other external allergic reactions, so other allergy creams and ointments should be used in the case of such a reaction.
Those with more severe allergies may carry a very small, sealed vial of the elixir on them in case of exposure to the allergen. They will often inform friends and family of the allergy as well as proper administration procedure should they become incapacitated by the allergic reaction.
Within five to ten minutes after consuming the Allergy Elixir, the taker should begin to feel drastic signs of relief from allergic reaction. The potion usually lasts a little over one day, and it can be taken daily to alleviate symptoms. It can also be taken either before or right after exposure to briefer, more severe allergic reactions, such as if stung by a bee or another insect bite to which the user is allergic.
This recipe is relatively harmless, and has been approved even for the very young, the very old, and those who are pregnant. However, over-consumption of the elixir in a twenty-four hour period may cause dizziness, lightheadedness, pounding heart, and jitteriness, so be cautious when consuming. These may also be present in much milder forms as standard side effects to this elixir, so be careful when operating a broom or other magical devices after consumption. In very rare cases, an allergic reaction in the form of a blue or green rash will appear on the skin, particularly the face and the neck. If this occurs, it should not be of extreme concern, but it is wise to consult with a healer and weigh options of alternative elixirs and potions that will not cause similar aesthetically displeasing reactions.