Peregrin Tugwood's Guide To Looking Great (and Feeling Fine)

Peregrin Tugwood was the great nephew of Sacharissa Tugwood, who pioneered cosmetic and beautifying potions in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. While following his great aunt's approach to beauty, Peregrin was known to take a more holistic approach to the concept, also concentrating on muscle definition, stress-free demeanor, quick wit, and memory. Tugwood's Guide to Looking Great! (And Feeling Fine) was first published in 1965, but quickly had multiple re-printings. It appears here in its most recent publication from 1993, and includes any corrections or additions to the original recipes.

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Girding Potion

Chapter 5
Girding Potion

Estimated Brewing Time:
1607 minutes (One day, two hours, 47 minutes)

Total Brewing Time:
Four days, two hours, 47 minutes

Ingredients:
One and a half (1.5) L of water
Sixty (60) ml of salamander blood1
Thirty (30) ml of eucalyptus oil1
Five (5) flying seahorses2
Three (3) peppermint leaves2
Two (2) fairy wings2
Three (3) pufferfish spines1
Four (4) dragonfly thoraxes2
Six (6) Doxy eggs1
Fifteen (15) ml of vanilla extract3
Fifteen (15) grams dried Gillyweed2

Instructions:

Part One:

1. Add 500 ml of water to your cauldron and bring the heat to 363 Kelvin (90°C/194°F).
2. Add thirty ml of salamander blood and thirty ml of eucalyptus oil to a small bowl.
3. Stir the contents of this small bowl with your wand once counterclockwise and put the bowl aside.
4. Add three whole flying seahorses to your cauldron.
5. Within three seconds of adding the flying seahorses, add 15 ml of the eucalyptus oil and salamander blood concoction. (Note:If more than three seconds elapse, the potion will be useless, and you must start the potion again.)
6. Stir the cauldron twice counterclockwise with your wand.
7. Add three peppermint leaves and two fairy wings to your mortar, and crush them to a fine, even consistency.
8. Add the combined mixture of peppermint and fairy wings to your cauldron.
9. Stir twice clockwise with your wand.
10. Allow the potion to brew in your pewter cauldron for 32 minutes (this would be 29 minutes in a brass cauldron and 26 minutes in a copper cauldron).

Deep turquoise; yellow steam; rotting meat

Part Two:

1. Bring your heat up to 393 Kelvin (120°C/248°F).
2. Within ten seconds of bringing the heat up, add three pufferfish spines to the cauldron. Please be careful not to get splashed during this, as it will cause some nasty burns and rashes!
3. Wait until 15 seconds after the spines have been added, and then reduce heat again to 363 Kelvin (90°C/194°F).
4. Add 15 ml of the salamander blood and eucalyptus oil blend to the cauldron.
5. .Stir twice clockwise.
6. Remove your potion from the heat source entirely for 60 minutes (for any cauldron type) and allow it to sit.

Pale orange-pink; light purple-pink; mint and cumin

Part Three:

1. Just before resuming, stir the 30 ml of remaining salamander blood and eucalyptus oil in a separate bowl once more counterclockwise with your wand.
2. Add your cauldron to the heat again, ensuring it’s brought to 363 Kelvin (90°C/194°F).
3. Stir twice counterclockwise.
4. Add two dragonfly thoraxes and four Doxy eggs to the cauldron.
5. Add 250 ml of water to the cauldron.
6. Bring your heat up to 393 Kelvin (120°C/248°F) for 45 seconds. Then reduce heat again to 363 Kelvin (90°C/194°F).
7. Add the remaining thirty ml of salamander blood and eucalyptus oil to the cauldron.
8. Stir once clockwise.
9. Allow the 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).

Navy blue; pale green steam; dry grass

Part Four:

1. Stir the cauldron twice counterclockwise and once clockwise before resuming.
2. Add 500 ml of water to the cauldron.
3. Add two Doxy eggs to the cauldron.
4. Add two flying seahorses and two dragonfly thoraxes to your mortar and crush them into an even consistency with your pestle.
5. Add the contents of the mortar to your cauldron.
6. Bring your heat up to 393 Kelvin (120°C/248°F) for thirty seconds. Then reduce heat again to 363 Kelvin (90°C/194°F).
7. Allow the 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).

Deep red; light orange steam; pine needles

Part Five:

1. After this next sequence of brewing, remove the potion from the heat entirely and leave it to sit in the cauldron for exactly 24 hours, regardless of cauldron used.

Part Six:

1. Re-add your cauldron to the heat source, and bring your heat up to 393 Kelvin (120°C/248°F).
2. Add 250 ml of water to the cauldron.
3. Add 15 ml of vanilla extract and 15 grams of dried Gillyweed to the cauldron.
4. Stir twice clockwise.
5. Allow the potion to brew in your pewter cauldron for eight minutes (this would be six minutes in a brass cauldron and five minutes in a copper cauldron).
6. Remove the potion from the heat and allow it to cool for 15 minutes before siphoning it into a vial.
7. The potion must mature for 72 hours before consumption.

Greenish-gold; clear; sweetgrass

To Store:

The Girding Potion should be stored in a sunny, light-filled place that is maintained at a temperature of at least 28
degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit). It can be kept for up to three months after brewing, after which point it should be safely discarded.


To Use:

Fifteen to thirty ml of the Girding Potion may be taken every day right before exercising. On days when you are not working out, there is no need to take the potion. However, if you do not exercise at least four times each week, little
change will be seen in maintained endurance, as the potion interacts with an active and energetic lifestyle. The best effects occur when exercise, including walking, is utilized every day.

Effects:

Much like the Strengthening Solution, the Girding Potion works to help build muscles more efficiently. However, other ingredients in the potion target efficiency in other factors that promote endurance. This includes strengthening the heart, improving lung capacity, and also adding an underlying element of improved concentration.

Although this potion is slightly more complicated to brew, its effects are relatively innocuous, and it is hard to “overdose” on the potion. Rather, over-consumption will simply lead to the body expelling the extraneous potion through regular bodily functions.

Side effects of the potion include tingling in the extremities (fingers and toes). Occasionally, the user may begin to burp light pink bubbles. This is normal, and should not be hazardous. If the burping turns into the hiccups, however, and it becomes bothersome, please consult with a healer to inquire about remedies or alternative options.

Caution:

The Girding Potion should not be taken by witches or wizards with chronic heart or lung problems, including history of heart murmurs or asthma. The potion itself should not cause any adverse effects, but it can sometimes mask the symptoms of real heart or lung problems, causing additional complications.

It is recommended that those under the age of eighteen not take the Girding Potion, as it can negatively impact their natural lung and heart development.

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