The term potion derives from the Latin word potassium, in turn from potāre (which translates as "to drink" ). The first meaning of the concept mentioned in the dictionary of Royal Spanish Academy (RAE ) refers to drinkable liquid .
The notion, however, is usually used specifically to name the liquid consisting of several substances or components , especially if it is a compound from medicinal use .
The idea Potion was used in ancient times to name preparations that were provided in scoops to individuals with various physical conditions. Thus there were the stimulating potions and the antispasmodic potions , among many others.
In addition there were potions, also known as potions , which were developed by alchemists . In the field of fiction and of the popular legends On the other hand, potions created by sorcerers and sorcerers appear.
When mixing various ingredients, in this framework, the characters with supernatural powers they create potions that can range from guaranteeing eternal life to propitiating the crush between two people. Potions appear in different classics of universal literature.
In "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" , for example, Lewis Carroll imagined a potion that allows him to Alicia shrink to a few centimeters tall. Other example of potion appears in "The strange case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" , the famous book of Robert Luis Stevenson , where he Dr. Henry Jekyll He drinks a potion that transforms him into the criminal Edward Hyde . There are also potions in sagas like "Harry Potter" and "The Lord of the rings" .