It’s time to feel the magic of love potions

It’s time to feel the magic of love potions
I took my troubles down to Madame Rue.

You know that gypsy with the gold-capped tooth,

She’s got a pad down on 34th and Vine, selling little bottles of Love Potion #9.

I told her that I was a flop with chicks. I’ve been disgraced since 1956. She looked at my palm and she made a magic sign. She said what you need is Love Potion #9.

— The Clovers

Who hasn’t heard this immortal song Love Potion #9? It has been sung by so many bands — from The Clovers, Searchers, The Beatles and even Neil Diamond. Love potion — the words themselves are so romantic. People are always searching for magic remedies to get the person they love to love them back!

Foods are known to imbue the eater with their qualities. The old adage: ‘you are what you eat’, stands true for everyone. Just as when you consume lots of chillies you feel hot, when you consume foods like vanilla, cinnamon, rose or jasmine, you feel relaxed. And when you are in love, that’s what you should aim to feel all the time — nice and relaxed, and enjoying yourself. This Valentine’s Day, search and consume only foods that will nourish your body and soul, foods that will leave you satiated yet are not heavy. Try out foods that use rose petals, saffron, are ayurvedic, or come from ancient Chinese times and feed them to your loved one. Try out cacao beans: they are called the food of the gods for a reason!

If you are looking for someone to fall in love with you, then there are many love potions, which are supposed to imbue the person who drinks them with feelings of love for the person who served them the drink. This love potion recipe below is from an ancient Druidic recipe book. Try it, you never know, it may just work.

Love potion #9

Ingredients: 9 oz. sweet red wine, 9 basil leaves, 9 red rose petals, 9 cloves, 9 apple seeds, 9 drops vanilla extract, 9 drops strawberry juice, 9 drops apple juice, 1 ginseng root, cut into 9 equal pieces

Method: By the light of 9 pink votive candles, put these nine ingredients into a cauldron on the ninth hour of the ninth day of the ninth month of the year. Stir the potion nine times with a wooden spoon, each time reciting: Let the one who drinks this wine; Shower me with love divine; Sweet love potion number nine; Make his/her love forever mine.

Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce the heat and let it simmer for nine minutes. Remove the cauldron from the heat and allow the potion to cool off. Blow nine times upon the potion, bless it in the names of nine love goddesses (Inanna, Ishtar, Astarte, Hathor, Nephthys, Aphrodite, Venus, Freya, Arianrhod) and then strain it through a cheesecloth into a clean container. Cover and refrigerate it until you are ready to serve it to the man or woman from whom you desire love and affection. (Do not allow anyone other than your beloved to look at, touch, or drink the love potion.)

(The writer is a vegan chef and author of The Vegan Kitchen: Bollywood Style!)

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