The cordial was made from the juice of the Fire-Flowers that grew in the mountains of the Sun. A single drop would cure almost any illness or wound, even bringing people back from the brink of death. The bottle of the cordial was in what was said to be made of pure diamond. She also received a little pouch and bandolier, to carry the bottle around in, with it. The bottle contained a limited amount of the cordial, so it had to be used sparingly - therefore, during the time the Pevensies ruled Narnia, Lucy was ordered by Peter not to carry it commonly to war, but to save it for great extremities.
It is unknown how or if the bottle could be refilled once the whole cordial was used up.
Lucy received the cordial along with her dagger from Father Christmas in the year 1000, at the end of the Age of Winter. She carried it with her during the First Battle of Beruna, where she used it to heal many people, including her brother, Edmund, who was near death.
After she was crowned Queen Lucy the Valiant, she did not always carry the cordial with her, evidenced by her not having it during the Battle of Anvard.
When the dwarf Thornbut fell and sprained his ankle while brawling with prince Corin, Lucy said "If I had but my cordial with me, I could soon mend this. But the High King has so strictly charged me not to carry it commonly to the wars and to keep it only for great extremities!".
Lucy recovered the cordial from the royal treasure vault in Cair Paravel when the children returned to Narnia some thirteen centuries later to aid Caspian X. The bottle was still more than half full of the cordial. It saw use in the Second Battle of Beruna, specifically to heal Reepicheep's many battle wounds. She left it in Narnia again when the Pevensies returned home. Afterward, it was regarded by Caspian as a royal treasure.
Caspian took it with him on the voyage of the Dawn Treader, where he returned it to Lucy when she, Edmund, and Eustace strayed into Narnia via a magic picture. When the trio and Reepicheep traveled to the Utter East, she gave it back to Caspian, where it remained a Narnian treasure supposedly until the end of the world.
Uses in the Books
It was used on the following people: -
- Edmund Pevensie - Being close to death after First Battle of Beruna, completely healed afterwards (LWW)
- Many people after the First Battle of Beruna (LWW)
- Trumpkin the dwarf - Healed a small wound (PC)
- Reepicheep the mouse - Near-death from battle wounds after the Second Battle of Beruna. It could not restore Reepicheep's sliced tail, though, so Aslan magically gave him his tail back for the love of his people (PC)
- Eustace Scrubb - Used on two occasions (DT)
- Aboard the Dawn Treader, to heal sea-sickness.
- As a dragon, he had a gold ring stuck on one foreleg. Lucy used her cordial on it, easing the pain, but it could not change the fact the gold ring was still cutting into his flesh.
It is likely that the cordial saw use during her fifteen years as queen, although this is not explicitly stated in the books.
| Movie-based Information|
The cordial was used in the same manner as it was in the books, with the one exception that it was not used to heal the wound caused by the gold ring that Eustace had stuck on his leg when he was a dragon. Lucy was able to remove that ring without any help, and his leg was not hurt.
Also, Trumpkin's wound in the Prince Caspian (Disney movie) was a lot more severe than it was in the book, as he was near death.
Differences in the Films
In the films, the cordial's pouch is shown attached to the same belt that she wore her dagger on.
In the books, however, it is explicitly stated that the pouch had a strap, which slung over her shoulder, like a purse.