Double, double, toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.

Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the cauldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt and toe of frog,
Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

The above comes from William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth and forms part of the infamous speech that will I’m certain forever be associated with witches standing round their cauldrons. But have you ever wonder what those nasty ingredients really were and if they exist in the ‘real’ spellcasters world?

Adders Tongue : Plantain

Bats Wing : Holly Leaf

Bats Wool : Moss

Blood : Elder Sap

Bloody Fingers: Foxglove

Blue Jay : Bay Laurel

Brains : Gum from a Cherry tree

Bulls Blood : Horehound

Cat: Catnip

Dog : Couchgrass

Dragons Scales : Bistort Leaves

Ear of an Ass : Comfrey

Ears of a Goat : St Johns Wort

Eyes : Daisy

Fairy Cups : Primrose

Fingers : Cinquefoil

Frog : Cinquefoil

Graveyard Dust : Patchouli

Hair: The Unexpanded frond from a male fern

Hawk : Hawkweed

Heart : Walnut

Lamb : Lettuce

Lions Tooth : Dandelion

Lizard : Calamint

Nightingale : Hop

Rat : Valerian

Skin of Man : Fern

Skull : Skullcap Mushroom

Snake : Bistort

Teeth : Pine Cones

Toad : Sage

Tongue of Dog : Hounds Tongue

Urine : Dandelion (I hope!)

Weasel : Rue

Woodpecker : Peony

Worms : Thin Roots

Body Parts

Eye : Inner part of a blossom

Genitals : Seed

Guts : Roots and stalks

Hair : Dried stringy herbs

Head : Flower

Heart : A bud or seed

Paw, Foot, Leg, Wing or Toe : Leaves

Tail : Stem

Tongue : Petal

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