Love Potion Number 9? Watch ACS webinar on phytochemical romance

Cinnamon sticks and powder

Cinnamon (Cinnamomum verum) was considered by ancients as an aphrodisiac and was said to warm up the body.

“We know there is chemistry between man and woman, but how is it affected by the chemistry in red roses or the aroma of lavender?” – A Phytochemical Love Affair: Love Potion Plants

The American Chemical Society is sponsoring a webinar, A Phytochemical Love Affair: Love Potion Plants, on Valentine’s Day (Thursday, Feb. 14, 1:00-2:00 CT).  This webinar is open to anyone curious about the chemistry of plants (aka phytochemistry).  By watching this program you may learn about Native American love potions, aphrodisiacs sought by Appalachian herb hunters, and the real info on Ginseng (Panax sps) as a love potion.

For more information and to register for this event go to

If you don’t choose to sign up for the webinar, you can find materials in the Crerar Library collection and online on the history of plant-based potions.  A selection of books and articles are available, and can be found by searching in Lens or ArticlesPlus.

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