Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing,—
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
If you could create a magic potion, what would that elixir do? Vanquish your enemies? Improve your love life?
Let’s go with the latter, enhance your love life. Curl up with Stephanie L. Tourles’s book Making Love Potions, 64 All-Natural Recipes for Irresistible Herbal Aphrodisiacs and learn love life elixirs.
Both playful and serious, Tourles applies science to selecting arousing aromas. She writes, “In clinical studies performed in the 1990s at the Chicago-based Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation, Dr. Alan R. Hirsch examined the degree to which various scents can trigger sexual arousal in men and women as measured by an increase in blood flow to the sexual organs.”
While individual history and experience can certainly skew results, the researchers found that women were most aroused by the aroma-combination of Good-and-Plenty candy and cucumber. Meanwhile, men preferred a lavender-pumpkin-pie blend. Don’t ask how they determined that or why those mixtures because Tourles doesn’t say. But, Thanksgiving dessert could make for an interesting nap.
Tourles used the research to formulate several recipes for body powder, including one scented with, yup, pumpkin spice and another with lavender. I’m thinking “lavender.”
The book continues with potions for aromatic baths, massage oils, herbal tonics and edible body butters. Get energized with a ginseng wine or a tingly mint body honey. Chapter 8, Aphrodite’s Apothecary is a helpful digest of herbs and ingredients.
With 64 recipes, there’s bound to be a magic potion for everyone.