Love Potions 101

Join Melissa Madara for this fascinating look at the history, mystery and magic of the love potion!

As Valentine's Day approaches, join Catland’s co-owner and house botanist for an exciting look at the lore & legend of love potions and philtres. We will look to the past for curious examples of potions made from human bones, deadly broths for securing your beloved, and the strange and bizarre world of romantic magic from the ancient world to today.

In addition to this historical view, this lecture will also offer a rare look at love charms from Melissa’s own magical diaries, and provide some unique recipes & preparations for your own work at home. Join us as we fall in love with the folklore & magic of plants, and explore the power of these amorous herbs for ourselves.


Melissa Madara is a witch, chef, storyteller, botanist, and co-owner at Catland Books. Their work deals with the healing power of myth, divination, and immersion in the natural world. They are a teacher at Catland Books and numerous other metaphysical spaces in NYC, and are available for herbal consultations, tarot, and magical coaching by appointment. Find their interviews in the New York Times, Vice, Broadly, Teen Vogue, or Refinery 29, or see Melissa's published works in Fiddler's Green, Venefica Magazine, or their premiere book, The Witch's Feast. Follow Melissa's work and adventures on IG : @saint.jayne