love_potion (2005)

Magic Potion
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The magic love potion is made from what remains of an ancient recipe for nepenthe that reputedly drives away sorrow and melancholy, uplifts the spirits, and when shared with others nutures compassion and peace.

Nepenthe, is an herbal drink originating in Ancient Egypt and mentioned in Ancient Greek Literature and Mythology. It is a medicine for mourning, a 'drug of forgetfulness' so powerful that its power to ease grief and banish sorrow from the mind was described by Homer in The Odyssey.

Then Helen, daughter of Zeus, took other counsel.
Straightway she cast into the wine of which they were drinking a drug
to quiet all pain and strife, and bring forgetfulness of every ill.
Odyssey, Book 4, v. 219–221

Ancient warriors are believed to have drunk Nepenthe before going in to battle to ease their ability to forgive their enemies.

Nepenthe was 'an antidote to grief and rage inducing oblivion to all ills.


Chop two teaspoonfuls of fresh or dried borage.

Add a squeeze of lemon juice, a teaspoonful of sugar and the chopped borage to a glass of wine.

Let the borage mixture steep in the wineglass for two hours.

Strain and combine with the remaining wine. Share with friends.