How to Make a Healing Potion (Instant Health) in Minecraft

Brew up some points on your health bar

One of the most important items you should know how to craft in Minecraft is a healing potion. There are two types of healing potions you can make: Instant Health and Instant Health II.

Instructions in this article apply to Minecraft for all platforms including Windows, PS4, and Xbox One.

What You Need to Make a Healing Potion

Here are the materials required to make a Potion of Healing (Instant Health) in Minecraft:

  • A Crafting Table (craft with 4 Wood Planks)
  • A Brewing Stand (craft with 1 Blaze Rod and 3 Cobblestones)
  • 1 Blaze Powder (craft with 1 Blaze Rod)
  • 1 Water Bottle
  • 1 Nether Wart
  • 1 Glistering Melon

To craft a Potion of Healing (Instant Health II), you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 Potion of Healing (Instant Health)
  • 1 Glowstone Dust

Witches sometimes drop Potions of Healing when defeated.

How to Make a Healing Potion (Instant Health) in Minecraft

Follow these steps to craft the Instant Health potion:

  1. Craft Blaze Powder using 1 Blaze Rod.

    Craft Blaze Powder using 1 Blaze Rod.
  2. Make a crafting table out of four wood planks. You can use any type of plank (Warped Planks, Crimson Planks, etc.).

    Make a crafting table out of four wood planks.
  3. Put your crafting table on the ground and interact with it to open the 3X3 crafting grid.

    Put your crafting table on the ground and interact with it to open the 3X3 crafting grid.
  4. Craft a Brewing Stand. Place a Blaze Rod in the middle of the top row and three Cobblestones in the second row.

    Craft a brewing stand with a Blaze Rod in the middle of the top row and three Cobblestones in the second row.
  5. Place the Brewing Stand on the ground and interact with it to access the brewing menu.

    Place the brewing stand on the ground and interact with it to access the brewing menu.
  6. Add the Blaze Powder to the far left box to activate the Brewing Stand.

    Add the Blaze Powder to the far left box to activate the brewing stand.
  7. Add the Water Bottle to one of the three boxes at the bottom of the brewing menu.

    Add the Water Bottle to one of the three boxes at the bottom of the Brewing Stand menu.

    You can create up to three potions at once by adding Water Bottles to the other bottom boxes.

  8. Add the Nether Wart to the box at the top of the brewing menu.

    Add the Nether Wart to the box at the top of the Brewing Stand menu.
  9. Wait for the progress bar to complete. When the process is done, your bottle will contain an Awkward Potion.

    When the brewing process is done, your bottle will contain an Awkward Potion.
  10. Add the Glistering Melon to the box at the top of the brewing menu.

    Add the Glistering Melon to the box at the top of the brewing menu.
  11. Wait for the progress bar to complete. When the process is done, your bottle will now contain a Potion of Healing (Instant Health).

    When the process is done, your bottle will now contain a Potion of Healing (Instant Health).

    Don't forget to drag the Potion of Healing down into your inventory.

How to Make Instant Health II in Minecraft

You can make an even stronger health potion by adding one ingredient to your Instant Health potion:

  1. Open the brewing menu and add your Potion of Healing (Instant Health 1) into one of the bottom boxes.

    Open the brewing menu and add your Potion of Healing (Instant Health 1) into one of the bottom boxes.
  2. Add the Glowstone Dust to the top box in the brewing menu.

    When the brewing process is done, your bottle will contain a Potion of Healing (Instant Health II).
  3. Wait for the progress bar to complete. When the process is done, your bottle will contain a Potion of Healing (Instant Health II).

    Add the Glowstone Dust to the top box in the brewing menu.

What Does The Potion of Healing Do?

Drinking the Potion of Healing (Instant Health) restores four hearts. The Potion of Healing (Instant Health II) restores eight hearts. The way to consume a potion that you're holding differs depending on your platform:

  • PC: Right-click and hold
  • Mobile: Tap and hold
  • Xbox: Press and hold LT
  • PlayStation: Press and hold L2
  • Nintendo: Press and hold ZL