Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Week 6 Homework... Potions!

My Originality Marker

Part 1:
Bleeding Heart aka Dicentra spectabilis
This plant had uses in revenge potions. When the flowers (bleeding hearts) are stewed for a fortnight and combined with essence of aconite and the root of nightshade, one has procured a potion that when slipped into an enemy's food will render them ill. Consecutive lacings can render an enemy to become deceased, and they will die of a slow bleeding heart.
Chives aka Allium schoenosprasum 
Chives are one of my favorite flavoring herb for culinary concoctions. I love chives in tons of  food for extra flavoring. A medicinal use of chives is to slowly boil the plant in water over an open flame. Once they reach a boil, one can drain excess water and use the chives to help with sun burns and rashes.

Sedum aka Sedum glaucophyllum
The leaves of the sedum plant are used in Fred and George's WWW Stomach Malade bars. The leaves of the seedum plant are known to cause cramping and stomach pain. Of course this can be reversed with another one of their products so that you can go on your merry way once you have gotten out of class/ detention/ or any other thing you don't want to do.

Pygmy Pansies aka Viola tricolor hortensis
The pansy plant has had a well known history, from appearing in painted artwork to literary works. However the pansy's flowers can be used, once picked and washed in the water from a wild stream, when applied as a mask to the face to help clear up light to moderate skin blemishes and acne.

Lily of the Valley aka Convallaria majalis
This plant has a light fragrant smell and is has become a common addition to some soaps and salves. A property of this plant is that it sharpens one's wit and memory. It is this property that makes it a powerful addition to many memory draughts and potions as well as ones that may be used before divination to be able to pick up the subtle hints at a quicker pace.

Part 2:

1. Sneezewort, scurvy grass, and lovage are used to make what?
A: Allergen Solution
B:Confusing Draught
C: Babbling Befuddlement
D: Wandering Agent

2. Porcupine quills are to be added when to a Boil Cure Potion?
A: It is the second ingredient you add
B: Before it is removed from the fire
C: You don't add them, they aren't part of the potion
D: After it is removed from the fire

3. What potion, if brewed correctly, should change color numerous times throughout brewing including deep purple, lilac, and finishing clear?
A: The Draught of Living Death
B: Amortentia
C: Calming Draft
D: Elixir to Induce Euphoria

4. This ingredient in the Draught of Peace, would likely bring you permanent peace since it is poisonous, what is it?
A: Murlap
B: Belladonna
C: Mugwort
D: Hellebore

5. Chopped daisy roots, skinned shrivel-fig, sliced caterpillar, one rat spleen, dash of leech juice are all ingredients to what?
A: Swelling Solution
B: Deflating Draught
C: Shrinking Solution
D: Sleeping Draught

Part 3:
After the week that I have had (and sadly it is only Wednesday) I decided to make myself a screwdriver. I don't really measure anything out... (sometime more vodka in the ratio is needed)
Smirnoff vodka (my favorite, yup it's cheap)
Orange juice (I prefer Tropicana - most true orangey taste)
Lemon juice (optional, but I like lemon juice and it adds a nice bite) use to taste

Later tonight I might end up making a Slytherin colored concoction ;)

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