Botanica Erotica: Aphrodisiac Love Potions

Benjamin Vierling “Sacred Heart” 2011

A Workshop with Herbalist Kate Temple-West
Date: Tuesday, February 4th
Time: 7-9pm
Admission: $40 (includes $10 materials fee.  Each participant will take home their own love potion.)
Presented by Phantasmaphile

***You must RSVP to phantasmaphile [at] if you’d like to attend, as space is limited

‘Tis the season of love and keeping each other warm.  Come prepare for Valentine’s Day (or the feral fest of Lupercalia, if you prefer) by learning about the hot magic that dwells in our gardens, parks, and pantries.

Herbal aphrodisiacs, nature’s sensual love letters, have the power and potency to send us into raptures, revitalize our bodies, nourish our sexual energy and open our hearts.

When stress squelches your sexual vitality, natural aphrodisiacs can help you to not only recover your zest, but to also reach new heights of sensual well-being and pleasure. These medicinal roots, fruits, flowers, leaves and seeds add spark to your step and increase overall energy and health.

In this workshop you’ll learn some of the secrets and science of these amazing plants while making your own potent aphrodisiacal honey or coconut crème to take home.

Before spring is in the air, it’s in the earth. While outside it’s as cold as ever, underneath us the roots are growing.  The days are beginning to feel markedly longer.

We’ll be connecting to this potent season of deep change as we make our potions.  We’ll also learn of other sensual herbal applications to try at home, such as foods and herbal baths to super-charge our capacity for delight.

Please bring a cushion or towel to sit on, as we will be working on the floor.


Through her teaching and clinical herbal practice, Kate’s helped hundreds of people get over heartbreak, nurture their bodies and spirits, and find grounded freedom through the help of the medicine plants. For the past 8 years Kate Temple-West has run herbal workshops and wild-crafting classes in Prospect, Central, and Inwoood Parks, at universities such as Pitzer College in California, Hunter College and NYU, P.S. 20 in NYC, Brooklyn’s Observatory, private yoga studios, and in community gardens.  She’s the director of the Children’s Magical Garden, an NYC non-profit and community garden dedicated to putting city children in touch with nature.

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