Skyrim is one of the few video games whose popularity has lasted 10 years. Even after a decade, gamers still return to combat hungry wolves, mischievous demigods, and a slight case of civil war. As the Dragonborn, players will have a much easier time surviving the harsh environment if they know the Restore Health potion recipe.

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Players have a myriad of options for regaining Health, from potions and food, to items and spells. From the onset, all Dragonborns can cast Healing; however, this can be slow, endanger the player, and comes at the expense of the player’s available Magicka. Instead, many players find it beneficial to know the recipe for crafting Restore Health potions – one of the best Alchemy recipes in Skyrim – and which ingredients work best.


Updated November 14th, 2021 by Hodey Johns: After all this time, potions remain one of the best ways to heal in Skyrim. Factoring in all of the new spells and abilities, getting invested in Alchemy is something that can help every build, while Restoration magic is usually inadvisable, even for casters. It's best to level up as little as possible, so Alchemy becomes a single skill that can cover many skills. After reviewing this guide, there were some great basics, but players generally want to know how to make the best of the best. Therefore, sections have been added about the best health potions in the game and "health" potions that turn into poisons.

Alchemy 101: How To Craft A Restore Health Potion

Skyrim Hooded Player Performing Alchemy

Newcomers to Skyrim may be at a loss at first when it comes to Alchemy. Luckily, the game actually includes a built-in tutorial that walks the player through the Alchemy process. It just so happens that the first potion the game tasks the player with brewing is Restore Health. Talking to these NPCs will start the tutorial process:

  • Arcadia, the proprietor of Arcadia's Cauldron in Whiterun
  • Orgnar, the innkeeper of the Sleeping Giant Inn in Riverwood
  • Zaria, the owner of Grave Concoctions in Falkreath

Talking to these individuals and inquiring about the use of their Alchemy Lab will trigger the tutorial. Players will receive their first Restore Health recipe, which is composed of Blisterwort and Wheat. The Dragonborn can purchase these items in the shop, or find them out in the wild. With the ingredients in hand, activate the Alchemy Lab and combine them. It's that simple!

These will come into use, especially for those trying to stay alive in survival mode. The ideal is to heal all of this damage by resting, but that plan falls apart when monsters don't leave the Dovakhiin alone.

How To Find The Restore Health Effect

Player Entering Arcadia's Cauldron From The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim

In Skyrim, potions and poisons are produced by combining two or more ingredients at an Alchemy Lab. There are four effects for each ingredient, which can be discovered through experimentation (successfully combining at least two, compatible elements reveals the common effect), and through consumption.

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Eating an ingredient reveals its primary effect. Players should take caution, as this includes damage and other negative status effects; players should also note that only the first effect is revealed through consumption unless they have chosen the “Experimenter” Perk(s). In that case, they can glean knowledge of multiple effects through eating an ingredient.

Complex systems like this are what make Skyrim arguably the best game of the decade.

The Ingredients Of A Restore Health Potion

Skyrim Logo And Alchemy Lab With Daedra Heart And Wheat

Two ingredients that share an effect can be combined into a mixture. Those with Restore Health include:

  • Wheat
  • Blue Mountain Flower
  • Blisterwort
  • Butterfly Wing
  • Blue Dartwing
  • Imp Stool
  • Charred Skeever Hide
  • Rock Warbler Egg
  • Swamp Fungal Pod
  • Eye of Sabre Cat
  • Daedra Heart
  • Ash Hopper Jelly
  • Felsaad Tern Feathers

RELATED: Skyrim: How To Get The Bow Of ShadowsKeep an eye out for these whole going on a fishing expedition in Skyrim. Many of these ingredients are found near lakes and rivers.

Additional Creation Club Content Ingredients

It's worth noting that certain Creation Club content adds additional ingredients to the base game. These optional ingredients can also be utilized when crafting a Restore Health Potion if their respective content pack (Rare Curios & Saints and Seducers) is installed:

  • Ambrosia
  • Corkbulb Root
  • Flame Stalk
  • Heart of Order
  • Marshmerrow
  • Saltrice
  • Void Essence

Combining any of the listed ingredients at an Alchemy Lab will result in a Restore Health potion. The Dragonborn can consume it to immediately regain several health points, dependent upon the strength of the mixture. However, because it’s possible to craft Restore Health potions that also cause damage to the player, it’s advisable for players to take note of any additional effects that may be shared between ingredients.

Players can mix more potent potions by increasing their Alchemy Skill level, selecting Alchemy Perks, and equipping items with the Fortify Alchemy enchantment. Ingredients and Labs are ubiquitous throughout the game, so becoming a master of Alchemy in Skyrim is simple, practical, and highly recommended.

For gathering, don't hesitate to join the Farming Creation Club. Many of these vital ingredients can be plucked right out of the earth at predictable places.

The Best Possible Potions

Skyrim Harvesting Wheat In A Field
Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Ingredient 3 Benefit 1 Benefit 2
Wheat Blue Mountain Flower Lavender Fortify Health Fortify Conjuration
Wheat Charred Skeever Hide Bear Claws Fortify Health Restore Stamina
Ash Hopper Jelly Felsaad Torn Feathers Tundra Cotton Resist Magic Fortify Light Armor

An ingenious YouTuber has figured out how to get three effects out of a few select combinations. Keep in mind that these benefits are in addition to the healing effect and not in place of it. Of all of these, the Wheat, Charred Skeever Hide, and Bear Claws combination is the most useful for any class, though a conjurer will love the first and any light armor user can make could use of the last one.

Combinations To Avoid

Skyrim Buying A Daedra Heart From A Vendor
Ingredient 1 Ingredient 2 Poison Effect
Daedra Heart Wheat Damage Stamina Regeneration
Daedra Heart Blue Dartwing Fear
Daedra Heart Butterfly Wing Damage Magicka
Daedra Heart Eye Of Sabre Cat Damage Magicka
Butterfly Wing Eye Of Sabre Cat Damage Magicka
Rock Warbler Egg Blisterwort Damage Stamina
Swamp Fungal Pod Imp Stool Paralysis
Swamp Fungal Pod Wheat Lingering Damage Magicka

The good news is that all of these combinations are labeled as poisons, so it's not like the player will accidentally consume them. The bad news is that, as a poison, these combinations will still retain the heal effect. That means that while the effect of the poison will work, like fear or damage Magicka, the weapon it is applied to will also heal the enemy.

Obviously, that's a serious problem. Depending on the weapon in use and the strength of the Alchemy skill, this can easily make it so that opponents are healed more than they take damage with each strike. So go ahead and avoid making these poisons.

It is also recommended to avoid mixing Imp Stool and Blisterwort. It is a restore health potion without any negative consequences, but the resulting potion is weaker than a normal potion. While gathering ingredients, take in all the beautiful music, but don't get distracted and accidentally make an inferior potion.

Useful Perks For Better Health Potions

Alchemy Perk Tree From The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim

Skyrim is full of perks that help players better hone their craft. If the Dragonborn is serious about Alchemy, making doubly sure each potion is brewed to perfection is of tantamount importance. Alchemist players should grab these Perks at their earliest convenience.

  • Alchemist (5 Ranks) - Brewed potions and poisons become 20%, 40%, 60%, 80%, and finally Twice as strong with each successive rank
  • Physician - Brewed Restore Health, Stamina, and Magicka potions become 25% more powerful
  • Benefactor - Potions mixed with beneficial effects have an additional 25% greater magnitude
  • Experimenter (3 Ranks) - Each successive rank reveals an additional effect when an ingredient is consumed
  • Purity - All negative effects are removed from crafted potions

Certain jewelry and armor items can also come in handy when looking to brew Restore Health potions. Players can, of course, craft and enchant their own clothing items. However, these three ready-made Fortify Alchemy items are also useful for getting the job done at the brewing station:

  • Muiri's Ring
  • Ring of Pure Mixtures
  • Krosis

Skyrim was released on November 11, 2011, and is available on Nintendo Switch, PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Source: The Elder Scrolls Wiki

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