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Agate Crystal Family

 

Picture Name Chakra Properties

 

  Agate 1, 3 Protection, grounding, stability, harmonizing Yin & Yang, physical strength, balance positive and negative, Working with universal forces
  Banded, Brown 1 Protection from psychic attacks, concentration, centering of the emotional body, memory, present moment awareness
  Banded, White 1, 7 Protection, strength, prevents bad dreams, reduces stress, helps against energy drain, purification, clears obstacles in one’s life
  Black 1 Grounding, protection, inner strength, helps in clear decision making, helps when doling out tough love, keeping peace in stressful households, muscle and joint pain, keeps body in balance, peace and calming
  Blue Lace 5 Peace and calming, speaking one’s truth, crop production, joy, grounding, centered, balanced mind body and spirit, communication with totems, and guides, blocks negative energy, blocks EMP stress
  Botswana, Apricot 2 Emotional balance, heals disorders in reproductive organs (especially women), ease discomfort from menstruation, help minimize problems during pregnancy, fertility, relieve constipation and stomach aches, instill lust for one’s partner, instinctive nurturing, relieves symptoms from cancer treatment
Botswana, Brown 4, 6, 7 Understanding others’ points of view, realizing inner gifts, reduces anxiety, communication, freedom from worry, speak from the heart
  Botswana, Pink 4 Softens rough personality, optimism, banish fears, gentleness, instinctive nurturing, compassion, fertility, friendships, overcome self-limiting beliefs
  Crazy Lace 1, 3 Protection, grounding, low vibrational stone, stability, strength, balancing emotional, physical and intellectual energies, harmonizes Yin and Yang, clear decision making, helps deal with emotional pain, brings laughter, stamina and energy
  Dendritic 1, 4 Connection with nature, communication with tree spirits, grounding, intuitive wisdom, personal growth, branching out to new pursuits, connection with nature spirits
 Natural
Crackled/
HeatTreated
Fire 1, 2, 3 Strength, connection to Fire element, vitality, reduces fevers, allows one to send bad energy back at those who send it out (like a mirror)
  Leopardskin 1, 2, 3 Communication with animals, helps one determine their animal totem, connection with one’s roots, courage
  Marble 6, 7 Communicating with angels, clarity, clear memory, intuition, clarifying difficult situations
  Medicine Bow 1, 3, 6, 7 Shamanic journeying, ritual or ceremony, connection with totems and guides, wisdom and insight from ancestors, healing on all levels
  Moss 1, 4 Connection to nature (especially plants), balance the chakras, spiritual growth, healing of the physical body, confidence, joy, relieves worries and stress, shamanic journeying, intuitive knowledge (especially herbalism)
  River 1 Reduces negativity, helps with one’s sense of humor, going with the flow, feminine power
  Shiva’s Eye 6 Connection with the energies of Lord Shiva, enhances the power of prayer, deepens meditation, spiritual ascension, karmic upliftment (by removing karmic obstacles and karmic debt), intuition, helps one develop psychic skills, balance and harmony
  Snakeskin 1, 3, 7 Provides energy when exerting large amounts, peace and calming, self-love and relationships, initiate rise of Kundalini, helps on camouflage themselves in crowds or situations, self-esteem, self-awareness, finding lost items, reduce stress and worry
  Tree 1, 4 Roots one to the earth to feel more grounded, deep appreciation for nature and all living things, allows one to channel from tree spirits, aids in all types of growth (physical, spiritual, and mental), encourages exploration, helps clear blockages in Heart Chakra
  Turritella 1, 2 Creativity, heals past emotional pain, sense of oneness with all beings, release unwanted energy, staying grounded during times of great spiritual shifts

The sun is in Aquarius. What does that mean for your sign?

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by Barry Kerr, evolutionary astrologer

Aquarius:  January 20 – February 20

While the Sun is in the sign of Aquarius, our egos become more sensitive to the human experiences of group energy. Friends, colleagues, comrades, and community draw our attention in ways that heighten our awareness of collective values, visions, goals and activities and how we fit into that. The desire to “belong” to a tribe of peers is universal. By aligning our personal energy with that of others, we can get a taste, here in the physical world, of the synergy and magic that reflects the spiritual oneness of all our souls in the divine dimension. Thus, our experiences with groups are opportunities for learning how to guide our soul-inspired egos toward soul-fulfilling expressions of divine love.

Look below for your birth sign (sun sign) to see what particular challenges/opportunities are being brought to your awareness this month. (These can also hold true if you have your Moon, Rising sign or a number of planets in the sign.)

Aries: As a natural leader, it’s important that you find a way to assert the strengths of your individuality and independence for the benefit of any groups you are in. It may be difficult for you to follow others, so consider leading, being the spokesperson or accepting independent assignments. Just be certain you have let yourself identify with the group’s cause or purpose so that you are not tempted to use the group for your own agenda.

Taurus: Your participation with groups can contribute an earthy, grounded stability and consistency to the team and build your own sense of self-worth. The problem can be that you become too attached to a particular idea or plan of action, your own or the group’s, and unable to muster the flexibility to adapt to the inevitable and unpredictable group process.  If you make sure the overall values and goals of the group align with your own, and don’t look to the group for validation of your individual self-worth, you will remain free to disagree, yet remain loyal.

Gemini: What could be more interesting for a Gemini than being in a group, right? But that rational and chatty curiosity can come across as cold and detached from feeling or empathic intuition, leading to unintended slights and alienation. Also, a too busy mind can create distractions from group focus. The key is to direct some of your curiosity to understanding the individual contributions of others, which creates energy of appreciation in you. This builds a love vibration that allows others to receive your objective and otherwise emotionally detached ideas.

Cancer: Your natural tendencies toward feelings, empathy and nurturing can make you a valued member of any group, especially when emotions are in play. Of course, this is only true if the group values and respects emotion. Otherwise, your greatest strengths become everyone’s frustration. So choose your groups wisely. Also, realize that groups are seldom organized around your own emotional needs. So don’t look for them to build your emotional security and self-worth. Rather, offer your own emotional strength to others in the group or to those whom the group may serve.

Leo: Your natural confidence in expressing your individual authenticity can inspire any team and could result in your leadership. However, if it’s about enhancing your own ego by appearing to be a cooperative team player, and receiving kudos for it, then it’s a disruptive suck. The challenge is to bring your magical child’s awareness to the magical child in your teammates, playfully inviting them to add their own unique gifts to yours and others in a dynamic synergy of creativity. This allows you to lead without leading and still honors your need to shine.

Virgo: Your dedication to being of service and getting things right can either keep a group focused, effective and moving forward or invoke judgment, fault-finding and splintering. The challenge is for you to soften your need for perfection and appreciate that not everyone holds your standards. By extending an empathetic appreciation for the feelings and unique contributions of each member and embracing the collective and expressed standards of the group, your critical observations are better received and valued.

Libra: Your tendency to highly value one-to-one connection can be a natural contribution to group harmony, but when aimed toward your own personal needs, can be disruptive and get in the way of your own need for connection. It’s best to use your relationship sensitivities toward helping everyone exercise a balanced, fair and egalitarian teamwork. Your warmth and objectivity in these matters will support everyone and keep the love flowing. Just keep the caretaking appropriate or you will lose yourself.  

Scorpio: For you, it’s about power and transformation. You may fear committing to groups, even those with lofty goals, because your keen insights into hidden group dynamics can reveal that which is out of alignment with the group’s expressed ideals.  But rather than fearing to be a provocative threat to the group, your challenge is to trust your gift of perceptions by sharing it with others within the context of the group purpose and trusting that though you may get temporary push-back, after time to digest, the others will discern what is true in your information and allow it to cause transformation as needed.  The key is for you to not be attached to your own sense of power or need to manipulate, knowing you are merely part of a collective process.

Sagittarius: Your good intention to seek truth can come across as arrogant and judgmental, even if you stay silent, and thus disrupt the effectiveness of the group and your connection to those in it. Make sure you choose groups already aligned with your truth so you aren’t trying to change their purpose. Also, recognize and express appreciation for the wisdom others bring to the table, directing your own insights to building a collaborative sense of vision and truth. After all, that is how the “magic” of synergy furthers us all.

Capricorn: You bring managerial authority and organizational skills to your collective experiences. Any group that has goals needs someone like you to help manifest them. Where you can get stuck is by aligning yourself with people and groups that keep you in a safe zone of conformity to the status quo.  In truth, your leadership skills are best applied to group ideals that move society forward. By committing to a collective vision of universal progress, you act as a cautious reality check that helps keep a successful pace toward group goals.

Aquarius: Your Uranian impulses for authenticity, freedom and change make you both an inspiring catalyst for the potential synergy of group creativity and a rebellious detractor that can bring that synergy to a halt.  The challenge is to first choose groups that align with your ideals and then make sure there is room in the group for your original, inventive, intuitive and eccentric contributions to be valued and applied. Otherwise, you will feel a need for freedom and leave.

Pisces: Your subliminal feelings of connection to the wholeness of divine unity bring an inspired idealism to your collective experiences. This can be a problem if you expect any group of peers to live up to your high ideals, in which case you will either not find any suitable groups or be constantly disappointed and fuel disention, confusion and alienation. The challenge is to let go of expectations, feel the flow of love, allow yourself to share your visionary perspectives, and trust that this will plant seeds of inspiration for others to channel similar visions that build the collective vision to new heights beyond your own.


Barry Kerr, a certified soul-based astrologer, has 35 years of experience with an international clientele, including many medical professionals and alternative healers. He and Kristine Gay, a licensed psychotherapist, are owners/practitioners at Inner Essence Center in Madison. Both have extensive training in soul-guided healing of mind, body, heart and spiritual systems. Barry offers astrology,  energy healing and transformational coaching by phone, Skype or in person in Madison, WI. Inquiries are welcome – free 15 minute consultation to explore if this is for you.  Visit ChooseConsciousLiving.com for more information or email Barry at [email protected]

the many varieties of quartz (rock crystal)

 

Picture Name Chakra Properties

 

Amphibole

(Rooster or Angelic)

6, 7 Harmony and serenity, confidence, overcoming obstacles, joy, abundance, love, empathy, integrity, amplifies energy, selfless light work, restful sleep, lucid dreaming, clear decision making
Blue 5, 6 Communication, detoxification, calms hyperactivity, helps with scatter-mindedness, helps focus, speaking one’s truth, communication between chakras, dream healing, harmony, mental clarity, eases fear
Cherry 4 (MANMADE STONE) Enhance divine energy, reduce pain & inflammation, helps one lose weight, general heart health, transformation (physical, mental and spiritual)
Chlorite 1, 4 Stimulate the metabolism, absorption of nutrients and antioxidants, general physical healing, rehabilitate strained or injured muscles, connection with nature and Mother Earth
  Clear All Most powerful and energizing crystals, powerful healer, purifier, cleansing of physical and ethereal bodies, amplifier of energy and intentions
Diamantina 7 Align the energy body, chakra balance, healing energy from the universe, project universal healing light
  Dream 6 Dream healing, astral travel, enhance lucid dreaming, helps ailing houseplants, calming vibrations to distraught Indigo children
Elestial 7, Soul Star Emotional healing, balance, wisdom, helps with adjusting to change, awareness of one’s immortality, confidence, manifestation, detoxify, connection to the Angelic realm, abundance, intuition, psychic abilities, clairvoyance, meditation
  Faden 2, 3, 6, 7 Psychic energy, spiritual insight, meditation, connection and communication with one’s inner and higher self
  Girasol 6, 7 Stay connected with inner-self during times of turmoil or great change, ascension, helps with deciphering clouded or unclear intuitive messages, connection to the Angelic realm, seeing hidden messages behind a situation, karmic upliftment, safely protect one with a white light, spiritual awakening, healing mind body and spirit, aids channeling
Golden 3, 7 Success, spirit cleansing, self-confidence, helps one see one’s spiritual purpose, focus, creativity, spiritual communication over long distances, enhances psychic abilities, meditation
  Golden Healer 3, 7 Enhance flow of energy during healing work, aids healer or energy worker to stay grounded while healing, opens healer to Universal source of energy for their client, inner strength, personal power
w/ Graphite 4, 6, 7 Strong energy conductor, sends healing energy to others, breaks unneeded or unwanted bonds, independance, relieves anger, channeled writing, connection to ethereal plane,
  Hematoid 1 Cleanse and purify the blood, vitality, protection, relieve pain associated to strained muscles or damaged ligaments or tendons, courage and bravery, guidance on one’s career path
  Herkimer Diamond 6, 7 Astral travel, lucid dreaming, helps one fully access the Dream consciousness while in the Waking State, balances and aligns the chakras, clarity of thought (Good companion stone for Moldavite. When used together they enhance the other’s qualities)
  Himalayan/

Tibetan

1 ,6, 7 Enhance connection to ancestors, increase esoteric knowledge and understanding of the occult, astral travel, protection while traveling, understanding of Tibetan Buddhist, spiritual beliefs and ritualistic practices, karmic release, divine connection, connection to Water for emotional healing, dissolve the ego, deeper states of meditation, conscious awareness
Lemurian, Clear 6, 7 Drawing Universal energy to the Earth plane, connection to the ancient civilization of Lemuria (aka Mu) and esoteric wisdom from them, communicate the idea of oneness and love to all other crystals on the planet
Lemurian, Pink 4, 7 Brings Universal healing energy to the physical and energetic bodies, opens chakras that have closed due to emotional trauma, brings peace and calming (Also look at Clear Lemurian for additional properties)
  Lithium 4, 6 Banish depression, balances the hemispheres of the brain, peace and tranquility, dispels anxiety, emotional healing (especially related to trauma or grief
  Milky 5, 7 Creativity, overcome intuitive blocks, shields the psychic body, inner peace and tranquility, deepens meditative state, keeps one grounded during astral travelling, prayer, worship
Nirvana, Pink 4, 6, 7 Opens heart chakra, protection for mothers and children, healing disorders of the heart, blood circulation, love and compassion, earth healing, reveals importance of eco-friendly practices, spiritual ascension, peace and harmony
  Nirvana, White 4, 6, 7 Raises energetic vibrations while healing or meditation, astral travel, enhance healing work, connection with knowledge of ancient peoples,  repair on a cellular level
Ouro Verde 1, 3, 7 Spiritual illumination, removes obstacles on the path to enlightenment, enhance inner knowing, self-confidence, reminder of karmic debts, astral travel for healing or gathering information
Red Wine 1, 2 Grounding, relaxation, internal organs, keeping steady during chaotic times, good for veterans
  Rose 4 Unconditional love, peace, compassion, self-love, attitude of Lovingkindness, tenderness, spark a romance, ease mid-life crisis, soothe a broken heart, emotional balance, friendship, trust, forgiveness, understanding, fertility, connection to Water element
Rutilated

(Gold, Green, Red, Silver)

3, 7 Vitality, transferring vibrational healing energies, balance, cleanse the aura, manifest spiritual abundance, scrying divination, channeling, removes barriers that interfere with spiritual growth, opens divine energy of the universe, protection from negative energy, forgiveness and compassion, remove depression, heals and repairs aura, spiritual ascension, increase fertility
  Shamanic Dream 1, 6 Shamanic journeying, conscious awareness, deepen meditative states, meaningful astral travel, heighten one’s intuition and psychic powers, protection during spiritual work, has the ability to stimulate amazing Shamanic Journeying, as well as pulling people back to the earth plane during Astral Travel
Smoky 1 Grounding, protection from negative energies, increase energy during meditation, relieves stress, reduce stress caused by electromagnetic frequencies, removes fear, enhance passion, dispel bad dreams, promotes insight during scrying, concentration, communication, stilling the mind for meditation, manifestation, relieve physical pain, headaches, helpful for those undergoing chemotherapy
Spirit
(sometimes known as Cactus Quartz)
3, 6, 7 Connection to Spirit Guides, Totem Animals or beings from the Fairy Realm, safety and security (especially after physical abuse), recovery from addiction, connection with one’s inner child, spiritual ascension, meditation, promotes psychic phenomena, accepting universal healing light
Strawberry 4 Seeing good in all things, take time for the sweet things in life and to appreciate them, generosity, connection with inner child
  Tangerine 2 Recovery after trauma, relieve symptoms of PTSD, past life healing, karmic release, emotional balance, enhance creativity, work through self-limiting beliefs, removes negative energies from aura, prosperity, abundance, receive accurate outcomes when practicing divination
  Tourmalinated
1, 7 Grounding, protection against negative energies (amplified protection), release stress, promotes peace and calming, balances mind body and spirit, physical healing

Everything you need to know to get started with essential oils

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Category: Aromatherapy

Introduction: Aromatherapy is a form of complementary medicine based on the therapeutic use of herbs — a practice that combines ancient roots with the fruits of modern research. The principal tool of aromatherapy is essential oils.These are not really “oils” at all, but rather highly concentrated plant essences distilled to maximize aromatic properties. Hundreds of pounds of plant material may go into a small bottle of essential oil.

While they are a natural product, these oils are very concentrated, and we need to take care when using them. This handout should give you all the information you need to use essential oils safely and effectively for yourself and your family in everyday use. If you use these oils as part of a professional practice — for example, as a massage practitioner or counsellor — please consider pursuing certification, if you have not already done so.

Safety notes: We would like to emphasize three important rules for using essential oils safely:

  1. Never use essential oils directly on the skin. Always dilute them with a carrier oil.
  2. Never use essential oils internally unless under the direction of a medical professional.
  3. Extra precautions need to be taken when using the oils with people who have certain medical conditions, pregnant or nursing women, and infants and young children.

Using the oils with a diffuser: A diffuser is a safe and effective tool designed for use with essential oils. It’s a quick way to distribute scent throughout your environment, which can be enjoyed by more than one person at a time. Following is a run-down of various types of diffusers and other delivery mechanisms. You don’t need to keep the diffuser running for a long period of time; ten minutes at a time is plenty.

Nebulizing diffusers and cold air mist diffusers: These high-end diffusers are the best choices for therapeutic use of oils. They’re somewhat expensive, but do the best job because they distribute scent throughout your space efficiently and without heating the oil. Heat can burn off some of the chemical constituents of the oil.

Mechanical diffusers come in many styles. The inexpensive ones we sell at Mimosa use electricity to heat up a small patch of felt, which you sprinkle with oil before turning the machine on. These little machines can distribute scent throughout a single room for a few hours, and are safe to leave on overnight. To conserve the felt patches, you can designate one for each oil you use, and keep it in a marked plastic baggie. Diffusers use heat to release scent into the air.

An oil burner uses a small candle (tealight) as its heat source. The candle heats an attached dish, in which a few drops of oil are diluted in water. When using a burner, it’s very important to make sure to add water to the dish as the contents evaporate; if the candle is left burning beneath a dry dish, the glass dish can crack. Also, as with any open flame, you should never leave the burner unattended while its candle is lit. Oil burners are great for scenting one room for a short time while, but a tealight can only burn for a few hours. When you leave the room, it’s fine to snuff the candle and relight it later. These are great for scenting a room, but are not the first choice for therapeutic use of oils.

Essential Oil Mists: In these, essential oils are diluted in water and sprayed into the air. While this is not a long-lasting way to use the oils, it’s a great way to purify your environment, or to blend several oils for a specific intention. We sell ready-mixed sprays at Mimosa which are formulated for particular intentions, and also as smudging and yoga mat cleansing sprays.

You can also make your own mists by diluting essential oils in water in a small mister bottle. Mimosa’s recipe consists of about 10-15 drops of essential oil, mixed into an ounce of water with a tablespoon of vodka as a preservative for the water.

If you live somewhere where you can’t burn sage or incense, or someone in the household is sensitive to smoke, this can be a great way to purify your home environment. Sprays are also great for the office, when you don’t want anyone to know what you’re up to!

Nasal Inhalers: These are small tools you can carry along when you want to take a little oil along with you, or for personal use. Despite the name, you should never insert the inhaler into your nostril; instead, use it under the nose.

Pendants: An essential oil pendant contains a small piece of cloth which you soak with essential oil before wearing. This is a great way to carry the scent with you. You can also put a little oil (preferably diluted) in a small bottle to carry or wear on a cord.

Other Fun and Safe Ways to Use Essential Oils:

  • Put a few drops into the bathtub.
  • Add a few drops into natural cleaning products. Grapefruit oil is great for this!
  • Add a few drops to unscented soap, lotion or hand cream. Be sure to mix thoroughly before applying to skin.
  • Soak a little oil into a piece of felt, and use it to scent a drawer or closet.
  • Use small amounts for candle-making or other crafts. (It’s fun to be creative — this year I misted my Christmas cards with a little peppermint!)
However you use essential oils, remember, “Less is best.” A tiny bit of these concentrated oils goes a very long way.


Using Essential Oils on Skin:
When using an essential oil on your body, you should first combine it with a carrier oil. Not only does promote safety and give better skin coverage, it actually helps the skin to absorb the essential oil. Thus carrier oils increase safety, effectiveness, and economy of use.

Many common oils make excellent carriers — from kitchen oils, such as olive, sunflower or grapeseed oil to the sweet almond oil often sold for this purpose. A good ratio for adults is about 15 to 30 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil. An ounce is an amount roughly equivalent to the size of a shot glass. (If you’re too young to know how big that is, you should be doing this under adult supervision anyway!) Test your blend on a small patch of skin, to test for sensitivity, before trying it on a larger area.

We need to dilute the oils more when using them with children; see the separate section below for more information.

Once you have blended your essential oil and the carrier oil, they can be stored in an amber glass bottle in the refrigerator for up to six months, and used as massage oil or personal scent. Essential oils can also be blended at this same approximate ratio into unscented soaps, lotions, etc. However, they should never be used in any product that will come in direct contact with the eyes.

Undiluted essential oils should never be used directly on the skin. There are several reasons for this:

  • Some undiluted essential oils can burn the skin, causing contact dermatitis, accelerating sunburn, and/or causing more serious reactions.
  • Undiluted essential oils can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.
  • They can be drying to the skin.
  • Placing undiluted essential oils directly on the skin is simply not an effective way to use them, since they will evaporate quite rapidly.
  • Essential oils can interact with medications, herbs, and homeopathics

Using oils internally: We do not recommend using any essential oil internally without the guidance of a medical professional. Without proper guidance, even essences derived from food plants are not safe. There are many reasons for this:

  • Highly concentrated plant essences may burn the mouth, throat or other parts of the digestive system.
  • They present a high risk of overdose.
  • Internal use of oils can cause nausea, vomiting, and/or liver damage.
  • Ingestion is not an effective way to use the oils. Food can interfere with absorption, and digestive chemicals can break down the oils before they have a chance to do any good.

Storing essential oils: Essential oils should be stored in tightly sealed containers, away from sunlight and heat. If possible keep them in the refrigerator. It’s best to use dark-colored glass containers to store oils or anything you make from them, to protect the contents from light. When stored properly, essential oils can retain their potency for up to five years. (Exceptions are citruses and tea tree, which should be used within two years.) As long as the oil still smells strong, it should be fine to use.

Using aromatherapy with infants and children: Essential oils can help children under age twelve in many ways, but we must take care when using them. All essential oils and mixtures made from them should be kept out of reach of small children, and used only with adult supervision.

It’s generally safe to use a diffuser in a room when children are present, as long as the diffuser is out of their reach and the smell doesn’t bother them. Obviously, we need to take special care when using tealights or scented candles.

For topical use with infants, safe oils are lavender, chamomile and rose. Use a ratio of one to two drops per ounce of carrier oil.

For topical use with children ages one through twelve, safe oils are lavender, chamomile, rose, neroli, orange and tea tree. Use a ratio of two to four drops per ounce of carrier oil.

Other oils may not be safe for use with young children. Please consult with a certified aromatherapist if you are interested in using other oils besides the ones mentioned above. One special caution: Never use eucalyptus or peppermint on infants.

Using aromatherapy during pregnancy: It’s best to avoid using essential oils during the first trimester of pregnancy. The body is very sensitive at that stage, sometimes in unpredictable ways. Besides, many women find any strong smell unpleasant during this time.

Oils that are safe to use during the second and third trimesters are cardamom, chamomile, frankincense, geranium, ginger, neroli, patchouli, petitgrain, rosewood, rose, and sandalwood.

After the baby is born, you may carefully re-include other oils, but be patient. Keep in mind that our senses of smell and taste are closely linked, so that even a scent on the air could cause a baby to sense something “off” about breastmilk or formula. Great caution must be used with topical application with infants. Neonatal skin does not mature until 3 months of age, so for beginning essential oils users, it would be best to wait to use oils topically until baby is at least 3 months old.

Avoid the following oils during any stage of pregnancy: aniseed, basil, birch, camphor, cinnamon, hyssop, mugwort, parsley seed and leaf, pennyroyal, sage, tansy, tarragon, thuja, wintergreen, and wormwood.


Using oils with people who have other conditions or sensitivities:
Special care should be taken using essential oils with people or pets who have serious health issues, including asthma, epilepsy, seizure disorders, high blood pressure, or certain mental disorders. If these conditions are present, or if you have any question about using oils with an individual experiencing any kind of health challenge, consult your physician.

Essential oils are a complementary therapy to be used in conjunction with regular medical care. Aromatherapy does not replace proper medical care. When in doubt, always seek the advice of your doctor.

We would like to thank Christina Wilke-Burbach, PhD, RMT for her help in preparing this article. Christina is a  offers in-depth aromatherapy courses at Mimosa and other venues. You can find out more about these courses on her website, mindsoulandself.com. While Christina was a great help in preparing this article  MImosa is solely responsible for all content.

 


Essential Oil Correspondences

Balsam Fir rejuvenate body & mind, respiratory, muscle aches, pain
Basil refreshing, restore mental alertness, fatigue, muscle aches
Bergamot uplifting, confidence, enhance mood, skin problems, balance, stress, depression, mental health, emotional control
Cedarwood relaxing, massage, oily skin
Clary Sage menopause, menstrual issues including PMS, relaxing, stress, depression
Clove stimulation, revitalizing, immune enhancement, pain relief
Copaiba recovering from injury or irritation, digestion, inflammation
Cypress security, stability, comfort during winter, skin problems, transitions
Dill revitalizing, balance
Eucalyptus cooling, refreshing, energizing, respiratory support, exercise, sore muscles, communication, assertiveness, standing up for oneself
Fennel circulation, glands, respiration, digestion, well-being during menstrual cycle, energy, vitality, balance
Frankincense meditation, elevating the mind, spiritual connection, centering, comfort, mental focus, overcoming despair, stress, aging skin
Geranium revitalizing, releasing negativity, nervous system support, balance
Grapefruit energy, uplifting, weight management, detoxification, reducing excess water retention
Jasmine relaxation, self-confidence, romance, balancing female energies, lunar connection, positive experience with the night, relationships, sexuality & sensuality. Jasmine is a potent aphrodisiac.
Juniper detox, cleansing, purification, urinary support
Lavender adaptogen (adapting to stress or imbalance), relaxation, sleep, energy, beauty, cuts & burns, healing, protection, purification, seeing the whole picture
Lemon purification, fasting, vitality, nervous system
Lemongrass stimulating, mental clarity, balance, rejuvenation
Melrose skin health, cuts, burns & rashes
Myrrh meditation, purification, uplifting, regulating emotions
Orange calming, peace, happiness
Oregano immune & respiratory support, electrical alignment of body
Palo Santo spiritual development, purification, cleansing, release of negative energy
Patchouli happy house, releasing negative emotions, general health, digestive system, connection to Mother Earth, trust, protection
Peppermint supports digestion, respiratory system & liver, concentration, mental sharpness, clarity, dieting
Pine energy, muscles & joints, exercise
Rosemary mental alertness, energy, memory
Sage strengthen senses, support metabolism, respiratory, reproductive & nervous systems, coping with despair, mental fatigue, cleanse & purify the home, release negativity
Spearmint open & release mental blockages, balance, well-being
Spruce relaxes mind & body
Tangerine uplift the spirit, security, occasional nervous irritability (moodiness), calming
Tarragon digestive support
Thyme immune system
Valerian calming, grounding, emotional balance, restoring nervous system
Vetiver grounding, recovering from emotional trauma, good behavior in children, calming, stability, stress
Wintergreen soothing, headaches, exercise, enhance children’s moods. (Caution, should never be used with anyone on a blood thinner or daily aspirin therapy.)
Ylang Ylang love & romance, releasing anger, relaxation, beauty, sensuality, balancing male & female (yin & yang), awakening kundalini

 

 

Root Chakra Aromatherapy Recipe

January 2017 Root Chakra Reading
By Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA
Mind, Soul, and Self LLC

New Year, new you, new plans, new resolutions! As someone who specializes in the Chakras, I believe they are the perfect blueprint for human growth and development.  The Chakras are the foundation of my entire business. I offer Chakra Wellness Retreats, Chakra Boot Camps, Chakra Intuitive Readings, Chakra Balancing, Chakra Aromatherapy, Chakra Products, Chakra Classes, Chakra Certification, and now Chakra Forecasts! Starting in 2017, I will write up one chakra a month, give an aromatherapy recipe to help bring balance to that Chakra, and give a forecast about what the Chakra energies hold for that month. Don’t worry, there are more than 7 chakras and enough information for the entire year! If you want to dive deeper into the Chakra themes of each month, I have a new Chakra Mini Series of 60-minute monthly chakra classes that includes a 30-minute chakra hypnosis session. I am also available for individual Chakra Intuitive Readings. So in January 2017, we will begin with our foundation, the Root Chakra.

Brief Overview of Chakras: The Chakras are the main energy centers in our subtle body. They are the openings for life energy to flow into and out of our aura or electromagnetic field. There are 8 main Chakras, minor, subpersonal, and transpersonal chakras. The Chakras’ function is to vitalize the physical body and to bring about the development of our self-consciousness. Each chakra is associated with certain physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual interactions. Each chakra has personal growth themes, functions, and purposes. The concept of the Chakras has been around for thousands of years.

The Root Chakra: The Root Chakra is the most physical and instinctual of all the chakras. It is located at the base of the spine/tailbone/genital area. Its themes include grounding, survival and basic needs, home, work, car, finances, career, food, nutrition, shelter, physical health, manifestation, trust, survival, security, and the right to be here. It is your foundation. It represents the element earth. This chakra brings health, prosperity, abundance, success, security, and dynamic presence. Lessons: right to be here, right to have, security, survival.

January 2017 Root Chakra Forecast: I have found through my work that many people, especially those on the spiritual path, struggle with the right to have, success, abundance and manifestation (functions of the Root Chakra). Why is this? Why do you believe you are not worthy? What is holding you back? Since the new year is traditionally a time to lay the groundwork for the upcoming year and make goals, collectively in our group consciousness, the energy is strong right now for manifestation work. If you have an idea, project, or a personal goal, focus your energy and awareness. Now is the time for you to set a solid plan of action to make this become a reality. Focus on what you desire, not what you fear.

Root Chakra Aromatherapy Recipe

  • 1 drop Patchouli
  • 2 drops Cedarwood
  • 1 drop Vetiver

Put drops on a cotton pad or tissue. Breathe in and state the following affirmation: “I am abundant and successful and deserve good things in my life.” Repeat as needed.


If you are interested in learning more about the ‘Root Chakra, Manifesting, and Abundance,’ please visit Christina’s Chakra Mini-Series page for monthly online chakra classes https://mindsoulandself.com/2017-chakra-mini-series/

Join us for the next ‘30 Day Chakra Boot Camp: Chakra Intuition,’ Starting January 31: https://mindsoulandself.com/chakra-intuitive-development

Join us for our ‘Spring Equinox Women’s Chakra Retreat’ in West Bend Wisconsin March 17 to 19: https://mindsoulandself.com/womens-wellness-retreats/

About: Christina Wilke-Burbach PhD, RMT, CA is a Holistic Health Psychologist, Certified Aromatherapist, Herbalist, and Reiki Master Teacher. Her business, Mind, Soul, and Self LLC is based out of Wisconsin. For more info on Dr. Christina and her upcoming Chakra Retreats, Chakra Classes, Chakra Bootcamps, Aromatherapy Classes/Certifications, or to schedule an individual reading or appointment, please visit mindsoulandself.com. Many Blessings and Be Well!

pyrite for confidence

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Pyrite is a metallic iron that naturally forms into geometric shapes like the cube shown above. Because its smooth surfaces are naturally shiny, pyrite has been used since ancient times for mirrors both mundane and magical. Along with obsidian, pyrite can be used as a natural scrying mirror — a way to stimulate psychic abilities by gazing at a slightly distorted reflection. But while the iron in pyrite makes it shine, it’s the other element in it — sulfur — that gives it another useful property. When you strike two pieces of pyrite together, or strike a piece with another stone, it makes a spark. This is very similar to the way a modern lighter works. Stone Age people could hit pyrite with a hammer close to some very dry kindling to get their fire started. In fact, the word “pyrite” means “fire stone.” Which sounds a bit more dignified than its nickname: Fool’s Gold! Still, because of its resemblance to gold, and because the two metals are often found close together, pyrite is often used to attract wealth. FeS2

Safety and care: Water can damage pyrite. Since it contains sulfur, it should not be used for preparing elixirs.

Pyrite Sun: These formations are found in only one location, and it’s not a very exotic one: Illinois coal mines, where they formed millions of years ago between layers of coal shale. Also known as pyrite dollars or miners’ dollars, these formations are found hundreds of feet beneath the Earth’s surface. Because the coal shale forms in sheets, pyrite (an iron-based mineral) caught between the layers has no room to expand into its usual angular shape. Instead, it fans out from the center into a round formation, which looks so much like a sand dollar that people originally thought they were fossils. Miners would carry specimens out in their lunchboxes as a curiosity to share with family and friends. The mines that produced these treasures are shutting down one by one, with the last scheduled to close soon. When this happens, these fool’s gold dollars may very well grow in value.

PYRITE: (Also known as Fool’s Gold, as Inca’s Gold, or as Inca’s Mirror) Use at the 3rd (Solar Plexus Chakra) for an increase in vitality, to conquer vices, to build confidence, for protection, to block electromagnetic pollution, to ward off infection, to aid in business endeavors, to promote group cooperation, to remove worries, to balance the conscious and unconscious minds, to banish depression, to increase vitality, to balance the ethereal body, for grounding, to encourage creativity, to aid in focus and concentration, to help manifest abundance and prosperity, and to treat infertility.

PYRITE SUN: (Also known as a Pyrite Sand-Dollar) Use at the 3rdChakra to bring the warmth and light of the sun into the etheric bodies, to radiate confidence and will-power to all aspects of the self, to promote joy and happiness, and to aid one in manifesting abundance. Since this stone is composed of Pyrite, the properties of this stone also apply. PYRITE: (Also known as Fool’s Gold) Use at the 3rd (Solar Plexus Chakra) for an increase in vitality, to conquer vices, to build confidence, for protection, to block electromagnetic pollution, to ward off infection, to aid in business endeavors, to promote group cooperation, to remove worries, to balance the conscious and unconscious minds, to banish depression, to increase vitality, to balance the ethereal body, for grounding, to encourage creativity, to aid in focus and concentration, to help manifest abundance and prosperity, and to treat infertility.

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green aventurine for wealth

The sparkles in green aventurine are perfectly natural, and come from the fuchsite mica that gives this form of quartz its green color. It’s a go-to stone for financial success, and luck of all kinds — so much so that it’s known as the “gambler’s stone.” Some people keep a piece of aventurine with them whenever they make a bet; this can mean either a literal trip a casino, or else simply the need to take on financial challenges: a job interview, a tax audit, or even just paying the bills. I’m afraid I was unable to find any miraculous firsthand reports about winners of megabucks lotteries who carried a chunk of aventurine in their pocket or bra; the closest thing was a seller of overpriced jewelry who claimed to have a friend who did better than break even at Vegas. But in magic and metaphysics, intention is everything, and carrying or wearing aventurine can help you remember your career and financial goals — and, in the process, do the things necessary to attain them.

AVENTURINE, GREEN: (Also known as Green Quartz, Love Stone, Indian Jade, Green Avanturine, or Green Adventurine) Use at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) for healing the physical body, to increase wealth and prosperity, to protect gardens and homes from electromagnetic pollution, to turn negative energy into positive energy, to encourage compassion, to stimulate will power and confidence, for use during past life regressions and ascensions, for balance of the mind, body, and soul, to stimulate creativity in artistic endeavors, to promote peace and calming, for protection, to aid in problems related to the nervous system, to help prevent heart-related conditions such as heart attack, for spiritual ascension, to enhance inner-strength, to relieve symptoms of allergies, to remove headache and migraine pain, and to diminish acne and other skin problems.

rainbow fluorite for balance & stress reduction

Fluorite, once called the “home of the rainbow,” is a stone of amazing variety. First, there are the colors: green, purple, blue, yellow, often found in beautiful banded formations. Only tourmaline shows more color variation. But fluorite also shows fluorescence (and yes, it is the source of that word) under ultraviolet light, and, in some forms, with heating. One form called chlorophane will even glow if you simply hold it in your hand! The name “fluorite” comes from the Latin word for “flow,” because fluorite melts at fairly low temperatures. And because it’s so easy to melt, it has long been shaped into figurines, drinking vessels, and other useful items. The Romans thought fluorite cups made their wine taste better — probably because of the resin melted in to make the cup hold its form. CaF2

FLUORITE, RAINBOW: (Also known as Rainbow Fluor Spar) Use at the 6th Chakra (Third Eye Chakra/Brow Chakra) or at the 7th Chakra (Crown Chakra) for protection, to block electromagnetic pollution, to reduce stress, to transform negative energy into positive energy, for maintaining balance in the physical body, to strengthen the intuition, to improve concentration, to promote confidence in oneself, to improve coordination, to dispel mental illness, to show the truth in any situation, to aid in objectivity and fair judgment, to balance the emotional body, to relieve symptoms of infection, to protect against viruses, to stimulate the intellect, to enhance clarity of mind and lucidity, to stimulate relief of stiff joints, to relieve arthritis pain, to cleanse the mind, body, and spirit, to help heal injuries of the spine, to reduce geopathic stress, to diminish pain related to the nervous system, to heal blemishes and other skin problems, to encourage accurate psychic readings, and to treat unhealthy bone marrow.

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obsidian for human growth

Obsidian is the most abundant form of naturally occurring glass, the result of volcanic lava cooling quickly. Technically obsidian may have any composition, but usually it’s a glass with inclusions of hematite and rhyolite. The iridescent form known as Rainbow Obsidian contains nanoparticles of magnetite, and Snowflake Obsidian contains tiny white clusters of cristobalite.

Because it’s easy to chip and forms a sharp point, it has been an invaluable material for toolmaking throughout history, thus contributing to the evolution of the human race’s evolution. Many cultures also used it to make mirrors and figurines. In fact, one way archaeologists can trace the development of trade is by testing the composition of obsidian objects found along trade routes to find out where it originated, and thus how far it had traveled. More recently, obsidian lore has made its way into popular culture as “dragon glass” in Game of Thrones, or as a “witch’s blade.”

Safety and care: Obsidian breaks easily and forms sharp edges, so be careful you don’t get cut, and keep this in mind if children will handle it. When buying obsidian, be careful of sellers promoting obsidian in various bright colors; this material is usually fake.

Apache tears: Apache tears are a natural form of volcanic glass — mainly obsidian, often with a dusting of perlite. The name “Apache tears” comes from a combination of history and legend. In the 1870s, a band of Apache warriors was hiding from the US Cavalry in the rugged mountains of Arizona. They believed their hiding spot was too remote for anyone to find, but the soldiers managed to track them, taking them by surprise with overpowering numbers. Fifty Apache men were killed in the ambush; the rest escaped only by running their horses off a cliff and falling to their deaths. For years afterward, people found their bones among the stones of the Pacacho Canyon. They also found the globules of dark, volcanic glass we now know as Apache tears. The legend arose that these were the tears of the Apache women, frozen into stone so their grief might never be forgotten. A later addition to this legend claims that anyone given an Apache tear as a gift will never have to cry again, because the Apache women shed enough tears to last forever, for all the people of the world. People carry them now as a reminder of the cleansing power of grief.

Black obsidian: Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) for protection, to reveal the truth in any situation, to expose areas of oneself that need growth and development, to facilitate past life ascension and regression, to block negative energies from entering one’s auric field, for grounding, to shield one from electromagnetic pollution, to banish negative energy, to bring peace and calming, to encourage living in a virtuous manner, to encourage personal growth, to increase courage, to facilitate compassion, to reduce arthritis pain, to detoxify the physical body, to maintain proper circulation, for use in scrying divination, to balance the mind, body, and spirit, to aid in acceptance of one’s weaknesses and to begin to heal and correct them, to address issues of control and power struggles, for use in shamanic ceremonies and rituals, and to remove negative thought patterns and conditioning.

Snowflake obsidian forms when, over time, the obsidian begins to crystalize. The “snow” in this obsidian is actually crystals of cristobalite, which is the same substance as quartz but with a distinctive crystal structure. As the obsidian continues to weather, it turns into something else, which is why you don’t find very ancient obsidian deposits. Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra) for protection, to reveal the truth in any situation, to expose areas of oneself that need growth and development, to facilitate past life ascension and regression, to block negative energies from entering one’s auric field, for grounding, to shield one from electromagnetic pollution, to banish negative energy, to bring peace and calming, to encourage living in a virtuous manner, to encourage personal growth, to instill determination, to facilitate communication with one’s guides and angels, to increase courage, to stimulate intuition, to facilitate compassion, to reduce arthritis pain, to detoxify the physical body, to maintain proper circulation, to balance mind, body, and spirit, to encourage independence, and to improve circulation.

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celestite for meditation and prayer

Celestite is an ore of strontium, the element used to produce brilliant red fireworks. But the mineral itself is a beautiful pale blue color, which is where it gets its “heavenly” name. It forms beautiful geodes, and in fact the largest known geode is a 35-foot celestite. While it’s too fragile to use in jewelry, it’s a wonderful stone to use for prayer and meditation. SrSO4

Care: Celestite is a brittle mineral and pieces of celestite geodes break off easily, so handle it carefully. It’s also best to keep it away from water and direct sunlight. And since it contains strontium, please don’t use it for making crystal elixirs.

CELESTITE, BLUE: (Also known as Blue Celestine) Use at the 5th Chakra (Throat Chakra) to enhance telepathy, to facilitate communication with one’s spirit guides and totem animals, to stimulate the intuition, to enhance feelings of peace and compassion, to stimulate hope, to overcome loss and conquer grief, to enhance group communication and aid in working toward a common goal, and to open the throat chakra to allow one to speak his or her inner-truth.

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chrysocolla for earth lovers

We love chrysocolla crystals! These beautiful stones are great to work with if you want to instill promote peace and compassion, deepen your connection to Earth, and support planetary healing. The name means “gold glue,” because the ancient Greeks used it in soldering that metal. It’s one of a group of brightly colored minerals — along with turquoise, malachite, azurite and a few others — that indicates the presence of copper veins.

Safety note: Since chrysocolla contains copper, please don’t use it to make elixirs.

CHRYSOCOLLA: (Also known as Chrysacolla, Gaia Stone, and as Venus Stone) Use at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) or 5th Chakra (Throat Chakra) to connect with Goddess energy, to link the energy of the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) with that of the 5th Chakra (Throat Chakra) to allow one to speak from the heart, to support a deep connection with nature, to instill compassion, and to provide inner strength during difficult times.

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emerald for peace & calming

If you need some peace and calming in your life, Emerald is the stone for you! These beauties are also excellent for all matters of heart healing, balance, cooperation, and for connecting with Earth energy. Like aquamarine, emerald is a form of beryl (Be3Al2(Si O3)6). Many people associate emerald mostly with jewelry, but to people in the middle ages it was a very mystical stone, useful for divination and scrying. One method was to inscribe the letters of the alphabet around the inner rim of a bowl, then fill the bowl with water, so that the water’s surface sat just below the bottoms of the letters. Then you would use an emerald pendulum (at the time this might simply be a stone tied to a string) to dowse for letters, spelling out the oracular message. Another method was to have a child hold an emerald, repeating a prayer with closed eyes. An angel would appear to the child and answer whatever question the child asked.

Safety note: Since emerald contains aluminum, please don’t use it for making elixirs.

EMERALD: (Also known as Green Beryl) Use at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) for bringing peace and calming, for inspiration, to bring loyalty to a relationship or to attract a loyal partner, to encourage friendship, to balance the mind, body, and spirit, to enhance love, to balance the mind, body, and spirit, to transform negative energy into positive energy, to enhance psychic powers, to stimulate empathy, for protection, to enhance memory, to aid in positive expression of the self, to stimulate group cooperation, to treat infection, to heal the eyes, to enhance a connection with the earth, to lessen to symptoms of diabetes, and to aid in relieving joint pain caused by arthritis.

Emerald lore: There’s a story from India about the origin of emeralds: Once there was a young woman who was troubled by dreams that kept her awake much of the night. When they woke her, she would walk outside long after midnight, trying to find peace. One night when the moon was full, she was awakened by a terrible nightmare, in which her family’s home burned to the ground with everyone inside. She woke up in a panic. Trying to forget this horrible dream, she went for a walk outside under the full moon. Fireflies swarmed all around her, their cool green lights flicking on and off. But as she watched them, she saw that one firefly was brighter than all the rest. This firefly’s light didn’t go dark after a few seconds, the way the others did; instead, its bright green light glowed steadily. Fascinated, she went closer to examine this special firefly. What she found turned out to be not an insect, but a brilliant green crystal. She had a ring made out of the gem, which she wore from then on. After that, nightmares never troubled her again.

aquamarine for tranquility

Aquamarine, like emerald, is a form of beryl (Be3Al2(Si O3)6). As you might guess from its name, aquamarine has always had a connection with the sea. In ancient times, sailors wore it for protection. The Romans also felt it promoted friendship, and a piece of aquamarine with a frog carved into it was a token of friendship. In fact, this was such a powerful talisman that giving an aquamarine frog to an enemy was supposed to turn that person into a friend. Aquamarine was also supposed to rejuvenate marriages, making old love new again. On a less lofty note, it also relieved belching and yawning (though come to think of it, that alone might save more than a few marriages.) Its protective side extends beyond sailing, defending warriors in battle, and helping innocent people stand up against malicious litigation. But at its heart, aquamarine will always be a sea-loving stone, and there are even stories of using it to attract mermaids.

Safety note: Since aquamarine contains aluminum, please don’t use it for making elixirs.

AQUAMARINE: (Also known as Blue Beryl) Use at the 5th Chakra (Throat Chakra) for promoting acceptance, to encourage calm energy and tranquility, to stimulate creativity, to relieve stress and anxiety, to balance your emotions, and to enhance group cooperation and communication.

 

hematite for grounding

The connection between hematite and human blood is strong and ancient. Hematite, in the form of either stone or powder, has been found in human burials dating back to the Neolithic, in places far apart as western Europe and China. Hematite is iron ore. Iron is, of course, an important part of our blood; it also constitutes 70% of hematite, which accounts for this stone’s metallic shine. The Egyptian Book of the Dead recommends burying a corpse with either a headrest of an amulet symbolizing one, and these were often made of hematite. The purpose of the headrest for the deceased was to ensure that his or her head would not be taken away. (In case sounds a little odd, tomb robbery was common in those days, and grave desecration was serious politics.) Even if you’re not dead, hematite can help you “keep your head” in the sense of grounding. It’s also still used to help heal blood disorders, a use that also goes back at least as far as ancient Egypt. But we probably wouldn’t want to use the poultice one papyrus for healing cuts and wounds: a mixture of goat fat, honey, powdered hematite, and cat feces.

Safety note: Since hematite is iron ore, it will rust in water, and should not be used for elixirs.

HEMATITE: (Also known as Kidney Ore or as Bloodstone) Use at the 1st Chakra (Root Chakra/Base Chakra) for grounding, to balance the mind, body, and spirit, for astral travel and shamanic journeying, to transform negative energy into positive energy, to bring peace and calming, to encourage confidence, to aid in removing addictions, to aid in acceptance of one’s life, to increase concentration, to stimulate memory, to encourage creativity, for inner-reflection, for protection, for pain relief, to aid in curbing materialism, to aid in studying, to maintain proper blood circulation, to help the body assimilate iron, to relieve insomnia, and to reduce fever. PLEASE NOTE: Hematite is only known as Kidney Ore when it appears in its botryoidal form.

Special note about “magnetic hematite”: “Magnetic hematite” is not pure hematite at all. It looks the same as polished hematite: a smooth, dark gray mineral with a metallic sheen. It also has the same basic chemical components: iron bound with oxygen. To make magnetic hematite jewelry, manufacturers mix ground-up hematite and magnetite into a matrix, usually glass, then heat and cool the mixture while being exposing it to a strong magnetic force. While pure hematite can be magnetized, the charge will be weak and temporary. Different manufacturers have varying processes and formulas for “magnetic hematite,” formulas which are closely-guarded trade secrets. Whatever its real makeup, any people feel a noticeable physical improvement when wearing jewelry made of magnetic hematite. One theory is that the magnet attracts heavy metals circulating through our bloodstream. This seems pretty unlikely, though, since most of these substances aren’t magnetic, whereas the natural iron in our blood is. A more likely theory is that magnets affect the electrical signals running through our nerves in such a way that people feel calmer and more energetically “put together.” Others say that magnetic jewelry works by giving iron in the blood a temporary magnetic charge, and that this in turn improves the blood’s ability to circulate oxygen and nutrients. One thing is certain: Different people have widely varying subjective reactions to this material — some positive, some negative, some neutral. It’s a good idea to experiment; if you’re interested in buying hematite jewelry, try wearing it  for a few minutes to see how it makes you feel.

 

jade for luck and prosperity

The term “Jade” can refer to several minerals, but its traditional properties correspond amazingly well. Chinese nephrite jade and ancient Mesoamerican jadeite were both held to be the most precious stones, and are associated with wealth and luck in life as well as good standing in the afterlife. In both cultures, burial practices included jade: in China, pieces of jade were pressed into the nine body openings of the deceased, while in Mesoamerica mourners placed a piece of jade on the deceased’s tongue to serve as his or her heart in the afterlife. It’s truly amazing to see this amount of correspondence between cultures who had no way of knowing about each other!

Some forms of jade (jadeite) contain aluminum and iron, and therefore should not be used to make elixirs.

JADE, GREEN: Use at the 4th Chakra (Heart Chakra) for gaining wisdom and insight through meditation, to bring love and compassion, for protection, to bring mind, body, and spirit into balance, to bring luck, to stimulate new friendships, to encourage independence, to stimulate creativity, to bring intuitive dreams, to bring peace and calming, to cleanse the physical body, to increase fertility, to aid in successful childbirth, for healing the physical body, to manifest wealth and prosperity, for personal growth, and to bring balance to the systems of the physical body.

Click here to see an article about the various types of jade.