Looking into love charms for my recent romance novel, Will He Be Mine?, book one of The Love Potion Chronicles, I discovered that our common kitchen herbs and spices have a second life hundreds of years old. As love inducers. So if you are are looking for that special someone, or feeling a little neglected, you can turn to your spice rack.
To attract the opposite sex, toss dill seeds and bay leaves into your bath. Fennel seeds, roots and leaves also awaken love. To speed the fire of love, you can burn cinnamon, basil or lavender to make a scented fire. If you fear your love may wander, be sure to slip caraway seeds into their pocket to keep them faithful.
To strengthen the bond between you and your mate, sprinkle coriander on the sheets for reconciliation and faithfulness. A good one for long married couples.
Or use crushed spearmint leaves to bring love, healing and wisdom. Spearmint used to be a nymph who attracted the attention of Pluto, lord of the underworld. Unfortunately Pluto’s ladylove, Persephone, found out and turned the nymph into a plant. Pluto kindly added the healing qualities. Compensation enough, one wonders, for a future as flora instead of fauna?
Want to send your love a message of joy and happiness to bind them to you? Feed them something laden with oregano, rosemary or thyme. You may have to add a short lecture if your dear one is not up to speed on flavour signals.
Saffron, vanilla and nutmeg are also said to be effective seducers. Cleopatra favoured saffron. She also liked to dissolve pearls in vinegar, shine her hair with bear grease and bathe in goats’ milk so she had all the bases covered. A love pillow filled with catnip induces tenderness and boosts attraction – providing you and your lover can fight off the cat.
If things get a little slow in the bedroom, try lovage which means “love’s ache”. The hot spices come into their own here. Ginger, hot chili peppers and paprika have all been used to generate more heat when the furnace is low.
So now you can cook up a great stew and great love all at the same time. Your innocent looking, dual purpose spice rack is waiting to help.