Love Potion #1

Love Potion #1

I am   this    close to making a genuine LOVE POTION!!!

At least, I think so, anyway.

We went to a class today to learn how to make herbal concoctions.  We went to Smithgall Woods State Park in Helen, Georgia. The classroom is located in a clearing in the woods next to a small pond.

Olivia is curious.  Could true love really only be a bottle away?


We began the class by making a cold water infusion – Mountain Mint Tea.  We chopped up mountain mint and placed it in cold water. It will flavor the water.


Then, we made a medicinal oil  We used plantain leaves.  Not the banana kind.  We used the roadside weed kind.  Who knew all the medicinal properties of plants growing under our feet!

We chopped…

…added grapeseed oil, vitamin E and lavender essential oil…


…and shook. In two weeks we will strain and then we can use the oil to make a salve by adding granulated beeswax.

No love potion yet.  Our next concoction was a salve made from previously infused calendula oil.  I don’t have pictures of that but I do have the yummy cucumber refresher water served in the back of the room.

Here is the supply table. You can see the little pond in the background.

My favorite of the day was the liniment we made from Indian tobacco, rosemary and goldenrod.

Another name for Indian tobacco is pukeweed.  I wonder how it got its name!

The goldenrod stem is at the top of the photo, next is the pukeweed and at the bottom is rosemary.

Chopping again…

This time we added rubbing alcohol to the herbs.  This is for external use only for aches and pains.  It will be ready in 4 to 6 weeks.

We also made ginger tea from gingerroot.  Ginger has a lot of digestive aid properties.

You can see our wonderful teacher cracking the whip getting these workers into shape.

Cut those lemons!!!


Peel that ginger!

We had a great day.   No love potion, but I’m going to work on it.  Let’s see…what should be the essential oil for the mix?  I’m thinking bacon grease.  It’s an oil and certainly a smell no man can seem to resist!



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One Response to Love Potion #1

  1. Gina July 29, 2012 at 1:13 pm #

    Better get crackin’ on that love potion! The tree at the tea plantation is calling your name and e clock is ticking. Better yet, maybe you have a point with the bacon grease. Just wear it instead of cologne and see if it does the trick!

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