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A summer romance is a necessity, regardless if you have a partner or not. The act of self-love is nature’s ability to infinitely reproduce itself through the power of love. Venus is in retrograde through Leo this month, reminding us to be cautious with our hearts. Listen and know the difference between your heart and mind, and learn the delicate dance in infusing both energies back together.

Relationship karma comes full force, and we get to experience love from the past as teachings that we’ve yet to learn from. The choices you make now will dictate where and how you will experience love in the future.

The potion for this week consists of herbs that strengthen the right kind of love in our lives. No more leeches and sticky situations. Be brave enough to take the plunge and manifest the dream life.

Love Potion Recipe:

  • Herbs: Catuaba, maca, and rose petals
  • Fruits: Pomegranate and coconut water

Place 1 cup of whole pomegranate seeds (or use quality pomegranate juice) in a vessel, add 1 teaspoon of catuba bark, 1 teaspoon of maca, 1/4 cups of rose water (instructions on how to make it below), and 1/2 cup of coconut water. Feeling extra spicy? Add a pinch of Cayenne!

How to Make Rose Water:

Infuse 2-3 teaspoons of rose petals in 1/4 of a cup of boiling water. Strain, and you've got rose water!

What the Love Potion Does:

Spiritually: Opens your heart to the collective unconscious.

Emotionally: Breaks fear out of the heart and mind.

Physically: Nourishes your blood, helps circulation, and acts as an aphrodisiac.

From our website: Corpus Lucem

Adriana Ayales is a Founding Creator and botanist. When she's not writing for Vivala.com, you can find her at the apothecary Botica & Co. in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.