French Broad Food Co+Op

Small bites: Bow Chicka Wow Wow

In recent years, herbalist Melissa Fryar has experienced an influx of people coming to her with the same problem: low libido. “It’s a normal part of life,” says the health and body care manager at French Broad Food Co-op. “We live in a stressful world.”

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Fryar plans to help individuals and couples alike reclaim their sexual desires with her latest apothecary skills workshop, Bow Chicka Wow Wow. The event takes place Thursday, Feb. 6, 6-8 p.m. Tickets are a suggested $10 donation.

The course will include an in-depth conversation about foods and herbs that nourish the loins. Participants will also make a damiana- and cacao-infused love butter and a chocolate rose love syrup. The former, says Fryar, can be used as a lubricant or nipple cream; the latter is an ideal aphrodisiac.

“I feel like a lot of people don’t really have a venue to talk about healthy sexuality,” says Fryar, noting that her upcoming class is an opportunity to do so. The event is also a chance for individuals to place intentional emphasis on their sexuality as part of their overall health care.

“We don’t spend a lot of time thinking about making booby balms to rub on our partners,” Fryar points out. “My hope is that it kind of becomes the normal self-care routine — inspiring love and juiciness.”

Bow Chicka Wow Wow runs 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at French Broad Food Co-op, 90 Biltmore Ave. Tickets are a suggested $10 donation. Preregistration is required. To sign up, visit

Small bites: Bow Chicka Wow Wow