Spicy Love Oil

With the Valentine's Day upcoming, the witchysphere is full of love spells, potions to bring about the favour of The One, or ways of conjuring the best sex ever. Most of those hinge on something sweet. Usually it's chocolate, a known aphrodisiac, but other popular choices include cinnamonstar anise, cream and sugar in various combinations. Kitchen witchcraft for love seems to be reserved to desserts.
But what if you want something spicy? Something literally hot, or at least savoury? Maybe you're making a magic roast for that special carnivore in your life, or maybe you're trying to cut back on sugar, or maybe you just don't like chocolate? (I heard such people exist.)

Well don't worry, because Kitchen Witchcraft's here for you. This is my recipe for a spicy love oil that can give that extra zing to your hot dinner.
  • Carrier oil - olive or grapeseed
  • Chili/paprika - depending on how hot you want it, use more of the one or the other.
  • Fresh rosemary
  • Fresh thyme
  • Garlic or wild garlic if you can get your hands on it
  • Lovage
Normally, you'd just make an oil infusion out of all these, but since we're in a hurry, the process can be sped up. Combine all the ingredients in a non-stick frying pan, and heat up until you see small air bubbles form around the spices. You can then stir-fry them a little or just take them off the heat and leave to cool, but under no circumstances must they burn or even start to go brown. This will ruin the taste.
Once you're ready, just pour the oil into a bottle. Strain if you've fried the herbs to crispiness.
Using chili or "sweet" paprika or a combination of those will allow you to adjust the spiciness to a level you enjoy while ensuring that even the mildest version will have a nice gold-red colour that is part of the spell.
The herbs used here are considered aphrodisiacs in many cultures and have strong connotations with love bonds. The oil can therefore be used in all sorts of love spells - candle rituals, spell jars, talismans, you name it. However, the greatest asset of this oil is the fact that it's a good, savoury composition of tastes that can be used to season all sorts of meats, potatoes, soup bases, sauces and even spicier salads. Whatever your date prefers!

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