We consulted books, brujas and even our own abuelas for the DIY spells that promise to bring the love. Here's what we collected, just in time for Valentine's Day.
1. Sweeten Them Up
My friend's abuela swears by this trick to bewitch someone. Cut the top off of an apple, dig out the pulp, write their name on brown paper and then on another piece of brown paper write your name. The slips of paper should be facing each other. Fill the apple with honey and rum, which will sweeten and intoxicate the object of your affection. After, place the apple top back on, then drizzle the fruit with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon. Put apples on a plate and place somewhere elevated, like the top of a fridge. Leave until it gets old and re-do if necessary.
2. Attractive Affirmations
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3. Protect Your Love
If you feel someone is trying to steal your partner, Abrev recommends this “stop in the name of love” ritual: Write the name of your loved on on a large piece of paper. Drop a teaspoon of witch hazel, and sprinkle a teaspoon of raw brown sugar on top of the name. Gather the edges of the paper to make a little package and tie with a red ribbon. When done, place it on the side of the bed where your loved one sleeps. This makes it difficult for anyone to take what’s yours and keeps your boo safe at home and in your sheets.
4. Tempting Crystals
Rose quartz is the crystal associated with romantic love, healing love and self-love. It opens the heart chakra and clears old energy, says acupuncturist and healer Margarita Alcantra. She recommends first cleaning your stone by waving white sage underneath it. You can also wash it in salt water and lay it out overnight on a windowsill to get infused with the moon's energy, or you can bury it in the earth to absorb its energy. Next, infuse the stone with your intention, like, “ I am ready for my right love partner” or “ I love myself exactly as I am.” You can then either wear the crystal in a pendant around your neck or sleep with it underneath your pillow.
5. Diosa Love Bath
The best love is self-love, so If you’re feeling blue or want to reconnect with yourself, try this “Diosa (goddess) love bath” from therapist and healer Christine Gutierrez (aka Cosmic Christine). Draw a warm bath and add lavender Epsom salt, pink or red rose petals (to invoke love), a few drops of organic lavender oil and a few drops of organic honey (for sweetness and joy). Next, light a candle (white or pink). Enjoy the water, breathe in the scents and give gratitude to yourself: your body, your spirit and your strength. This allows self-love to enhance, and helps you become a love magnet. As you feel more self-love within, it expands outward and others feel it as well.
6. Heal a Broken Heart
Curanderas call this ritual a “heart limpia,” as it “sweeps” out sad, stuck feelings and helps you move on from a past relationship. First, get a red or white long-stemmed rose—red for a romantic hurt and white for friends and family. Using your right hand, hold the rose at the center of your chest. Then sweep it up and around toward your shoulder and down your left arm. Do this sweeping motion 10 times reciting a mantra of your choice, for example: “I am healed from this pain. I am free from this relationship.”