WELCOME TO FIRST YEAR POTIONS
What do you think of when you hear the word, "Potions"? Do you think of a dark, dank dungeon where spiders scuttle across the damp floors and weird smells fill the air? Does the word recall the image of a certain sullen Potions Master with greasy hair, whom shall remain nameless? Potions can be the art of brewing oddly named and weirdly smelling liquids for the amusement of very odd wizard types. But it can also be the salvation of many a sick or ailing creature from a newborn kitten struggling for breath to an elderly great grandmother with painful knees.
In this class you will learn not only what you can brew but also why and when. For there is a time and a place for every formula and a certain time and place to apply it. Without understanding this, a potion is nothing more than a glorified placebo used to mask pain, neutralize symptoms and pacify irritable clients. A potion must be more than that; even more than a cure because nothing cures except the body, the soul, the spirit and the Creator who put it all together in the packages that we call living beings.
You will also learn the ethics and code of Healing to support the hands on skills you will be trained in as Potion Makers for irresponsible brewing and irresponsible uses of what we make have caused many a tragedy in the lives of those who trust us to make the medicines that will speed recovery and soothe suffering.
That is why this class is called "The Art of the Possible" It is possible to overcome disease, the ravages of aging and the burden of mortality-IF we are determined enough to uphold the forces of Life and Light in the face of decay and despair. It is what you and your clients believe to be possible that makes Potion Making an art unlike any other.
By the way, I want students to love brewing, not dread it. Too many students fail this elementary subject because of poor teachers, not poor students. I intend to remedy that as soon as possible. When you leave this class, you WIll be able to brew with the best of them.
So, with that introduction, let me outline the syllabus, set out the book list and give the times and dates for testing in this class. Once we are all settled in, I will also be assigning lab partners. Each Lesson will have a practical application with it that will both teach and test potion making skills.
1) A Brief History and Over View of Potion and Potions Making
HOW TO CLASSIFY POTION ITEMS
2) Kitchen "Witchery"
EFFECTIVE BREWING FROM YOUR CUPBOARD
3) Backyard Magic-how to identify and brew wild herbs and other items
NATURE'S BOUNTY IN YOUR CAULDRON
4) The Basics of Brewing
BREWING/STEWING/COLD AND HOT EXTRACTION/OILS/CREAMS/TEAS AND INFUSIONS
5) Potion Types-For Pain
BREWING NATURE'S PAIN KILLERS
6) Potion Types-For Sleep
SAFE AND NATURAL DREAMLESS SLEEP
7) Potion Types-for Healing
Semester Review and Test
Thank you and attention. We will begin class soon. I look forward to meeting you all!