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Every ingredient for things you can make in Skyrim has 4 effects. The first one can be discovered by simply eating the ingredient.

I know that the first and second one together can also be found out if you have the right perk for it in the alchemy tree.

But how do I get to the other effects?

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Trial and error by brewing potions. If you match 2 ingredients that have an effect in common, you produce a potion/poison of that effect. There is also the Experimenter perk in the alchemy tree which lets you see more effects by just eating the ingredients.

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You can also get your hands on potion recipes, telling you about an effective combination without requiring trial and error. –  Joren Dec 16 '11 at 13:27
    
@Joren Unfortunately, I don't believe the recipes will update your character's knowledge base directly. –  Iszi Dec 25 '11 at 1:20
    
@Iszi: That is true, but it does tell you exactly what to do, which is the next best thing. –  Joren Dec 25 '11 at 6:51

This webapp will help you figure out available combinations based on the ingredients you have. this is an APP i use to figure out what ingrediants do what and what potion is worth more since leveling in alchemy is determined by this. i'm a new user just trying to share a resource since i haven't seen one like it listed on here...

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