Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Magic Of Carnelian

The Magic Of Carnelian

Carnelian takes its name from the Latin word "cornu", which means "horn". The stone is particularly associated by crystal healers with sexual energy and fertility.

Throughout history, carnelian has been believed to protect. Muslim called it the Mecca stone and used it as an amulet against the evil eye. They also engraved it with the name  of Allah to promote courage in the bearer.

Carnelian has long been seen as a symbol of joy and peace, used for promoting good cheer and banishing sorrow. In Buddhism, carnelian represented such qualities as faith, perseverance and wisdom.

Even in more modern times, the German literary figure Goethe connect powers of protection, luck, comfort and hope with carnelian.

Carnelian In The Book Of The Dead

The Egyptian Book of the Dead is a collection of scrolls that record in hieroglyphic text the wisdom of ancient priests and the soul's experiences in the afterlife.

Carnelian is mentioned a number of times in this book as it was thought by the Egyptians to be  protective. The stone was used in many amulets, particularly those placed on the mummies of the rich and powerful.

A "tet" amulet made of carnelian was often placed on a mummy's neck to protect the soul of the departed n the afterlife. According to legend, the goddess Isis shed tears of blood upon the death of her husband, Osiris. The tears turned into into carnelian , which she then shaped into a tet amulet. Isis placed the tet around the neck o Osiris to protect her husband as he journeyed to the underworld.

Some Ways To Use Your Carnelian

For Astral Travel~Carnelian has been used to help people to travel astrally since the days of ancient Egypt. This technique usually takes a lot of practice before you succeed, but perseverance is the key when trying to project astrally.
  • Hold a fairly translucent, flat piece of carnelian in front of a candle. Do this in a darkened room with no other light source.

  • Gaze into the candle flame through the crystal, and try to move your awareness through the carnelian as if it were a door to the flame on the other side.

Boosting Health~Carnelian has been used to treat a number of organs in the body and is especially associated with the sacral Chakra when treating digestive problems. Holding the stone against your back can also ease back pain. Wearing carnelian jewelry on an ongoing basis may help digestion.

Carnelian is an energizing stone. Carry a piece of it in your pocket and rub it regularly when you feel good. This will help build up a positive charge on whose energy you can draw when you need to focus.

Boost Sexual Energy~A smooth piece of carnelian may be used to gently massage the base Chakra at the base of the spine.

Slow, clockwise circular strokes with the carnelian at the base of the spine help release blockages the can cause sexual problems.

Carnelian is aid to encourage the kundalini (sexual energy) to be more active so can be considered an aphrodisiac.

Enhancing Fertility~Carnelian is an activating stone that can help you in realizing ideas ad making plans bear fruit. Because of this power it is also a good stone to wear if you are trying to get pregnant.

Bot partners should wear carnelian jewelry, When not wearing the jewelry, keep both sets together whenever possible to encourage the link between the crystals and yourselves.

Carnelian was also believed to protect from miscarriage during pregnancy. The medieval verse below indicates these qualities:

"Carnilian is a talisman
It brings good luck to child and man
If resting on an onyx ground
A sacred kiss imprint when found
It drives away all evil things
To thee and thine protection brings
The name of Allah, King of Kings
If graven on this stone, indeed
Will move to love and doughty deed
From such a gem a woman gains
Sweet hope and comfort in her pains

Overcoming Shyness~Carnelian set in jewelry can help overcome shyness or social inhibitions.

A pendant or necklace of carnelian around the neck can help energize the throat Chakra and give you the courage to speak your mind and act on your decisions.

Wear carnelian in this way if you are working on your voice or trying to overcome timidity.

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Power Of Flourite

The Power Of Flourite

Flourite is a beautiful stone that occurs in a wide range of colors; black, blue, brown, green, orange, pink, red, violet, yellow and even colorless varieties.

Flourite takes its name from the Latin word "fluere" meaning "to flow". Strangely, for such a beautiful stone, there are o recorded historical uses or mythical associations for it. Flourite was formerly known as fluorspar, and the green variety is sometimes called "African Emerald".

Flourite has a very unusual quality - it gives off light in darkness when exposed to a source of heat. The crystal is one of the main sources of flourine for making substances such as hydroflouric acid, which is highly corrosive and used to etch glass.Flourite is also used in making some forms of pottery , and it is only in recent years that is has been widely available as jewelry and a crystal for the public to buy with the exception of the world-famous Blue John variety.

The Legends Of Blue John

One of the few types of flourite  associated with folklore and legend is Blue John. This is a violet-blue and white or yellow-banded variety of flourite found only in Derbyshire, England. For this reason it is sometimes called Derbyshire Spar.

The crystal is used to make jewelry and vases, and it is also associated with local folklore.

Miner's Flower~The miners used to call Blue John "ore flowers", because they sometimes found it formed into flower-like shapes. Lower-quality Blue John was sometimes added the pottery kiln to form fine, beautiful chinaware.

Dragon's Stone~According to local folklore, a dragon moved into the Blue John mines in Derbyshire after the Christians built a church by hi old home and it is the dragon's breath that colors the blue John variety of flourite.

Some Ways To Use Your Flourite

For Clarity~A common use for flourite is to help bring more clarity into a person's life. Blue and purple flourite are particularly good for this purpose, but any color can be used.
  • Anoint your piece of smooth flourite with lavender oil and say "May I be blessed with clear vision, clarity and discrimination".

  • Gently rub the flourite in small, clockwise circles on the center of your brow, at the position of the Third-Eye Chakra, for two minutes.

  • You should notice that you can see a clearer path through your troubles and challenges after this ritual has been performed.

Meditation Assistance

If you have trouble focusing and concentrating when you meditate, try using flourite.
  • Sit cross-legged and hold your hands in front of your Stomach Chakra, one resting on the other with both palms turned upward.

  • Place the flourite in your upper hand and concentrate on meditating. Allow its calming energy to fill body and aura, stilling your restless mental chatter.

  • If you still struggle to concentrate, move your up and hold the flourite to your heart. feel its energies penetrate into your Heart Chakra, calming your heart and mind

Acquiring Balance

Flourite is a balancing stone an can help out at those times when you feel "out of sorts". It helps balance the physical, emotional and mental states to a harmonious condition.
  • Sit under a tree with your back positioned against the trunk and hold your flourite in your hands. feel the stability of the earth manifesting through the flourite and the tree.

  • You should feel yourself become more grounded again, bringing you focus, balance and harmony.

For A Boost Of Energy

Flourite absorbs energy very well and makes a good battery to use when you are at a low ebb., to give yourself a "jump start".
  • Consecrate the flourite with the four elements, asking for their blessings.

  • Place your flourite on a windowsill on a piece of silk, where it will be exposed to the Sun's energies.

  • Whenever you feel at a low eb, recharge by closing your eyes and holding the Sun-soaked stone.

Cure Insomnia

If you're having problems getting to sleep, or keep waking up at night, try using flourite to deal with this annoyance.
  • At the next full Moon, put a piece of flourite in a bowl of water and lace it on the windowsill. Allow it to soak up the Moon's rays overnight and the next morning place the flourite under your pillow and the water in a bottle.

  • Each morning, anoint the crystal with a few drops of the remedy water and return it to your pillow. You should find your sleep patterns improving with a week.

Wearing Flourite Jewelry~This stone is particularly good for absorbing negative energy (dry cleanse with salt to cleans the stone of all the negative energy it has collected) and balancing all aspects of your life.

The Power Of Amethyst

G'afternoon Every One!

I have decided to expand my "blogging", especially since I work with healing stones and crystals in the jewelry I make, I thought I would  share with you all the wonderful healing properties stones have....

Would love comments from you telling me if you like this new addition..

The Power Of Amethyst

Amethyst, the birthstone of Aquarius, in an extremely versatile crystal for use around the home, in jewelry, or in healing and meditation. It stimulates all the energy centers of your body, your mid and your spirit.

You can channel amethyst's power by carrying a small crystal in your pocket. Holding your crystal while you meditate enhances your mental clarity and improves your intuition and open-mindedness.

Amethyst's magical qualities have been been valued for centuries. It is mentioned in the Bible, and is today mounted in the Fisherman's Ring worn by the Pope. Spiritualists believe that the stone enables you to bring the divine into more mundane parts of your life, helping your should to feel grounded and comfortable in your physical body.

Ancient Powers Of Amethyst

Amethyst has been used since biblical times. It is mentioned in Exodus as one of the 12 sacred stones worn of the High Priest Aaron's breastplate.

Protective Powers~Ambassadors in Ancient Egypt carried amethyst scarabs (small carvings of beetles) with them when traveling abroad. They believed the scarabs could see through illusions and protect them from treachery.

Ancient Persians believed that amethyst had the power to keep away hail and locusts.

In crystal fortune-telling, amethyst foretells a change or transition, or suggests that such a change is the answer to a problem. The color purple as always been associated with divine connections and spiritual insight-mirrored in the vesments worn by priests today.

Some Ways To Use Your Amethyst

Prevent Drunkenness~Amethyst comes from the Greek "amethystos" meaning "not drunken." In Greek myth, amethyst was a pure young girl who refused to get drunk, thus incurring the wrath of Dionysus, the god of joviality. To protect her from his wrath, the goddess Diana turned her into quartz. Dionysus later regretted his actions and knocked over his wine goblet in despair, staining the quartz purple.

The Ancient Greeks believed that amethyst therefore offered protection from the effects of overindulgence in alcohol - allowing you to drink without becoming intoxicating - and also from falling victim to addiction.

They often drank form amethyst goblets, or dropped an amethyst into their wine glass for protection.

  • Ease yo head the morning after by soaking an amethyst in water. Slip the water while breathing in the soothing aroma of lavender.

Carry your amethyst in your pocket, or wear amethyst jewelry during a night on the town to protect you from drinking too much! You'll need to carry (or wear it) it with you for two weeks beforehand, however to attune it to your personal energies.

Raising Your Psychic Awareness And Intuition

Like all purple stones, amethyst is linked to your body's energy centers at the pituitary and pineal glands, located in the center of your forehead (known as the sixth or "Third-Eye" Chakra). This is the area that controls your higher intuition and spiritual awareness.

  • Placing an amethyst on your brow stimulates your pineal gland. Some traditions hold that this gland is the place where the soul enters and leaves the body. Stimulating it enables you to see through such likes and illusions as nightmares, groundless depression and the false happiness of addiction.

  • Your Third-Eye Chakra regulates the energy flow throughout your body, stimulating it helps to rebalance extremes, settling your moods and enhancing your general well-being.

  • Amethyst promotes spiritual development and aids divine connections and mental clarity. It encourages bravery and wisdom, and helps to initiate astral travel. Hold your amethyst loosely during meditation to improve divine connections.

  • Wear Amethyst in a pendant or bracelet to benefit form its stimulating effects all day long.

  • Hold your amethyst over your Third-Eye Chakra or massage the area lightly with your stone, to heighten your spiritual receptivity and open your mind to new ideas and experiences.

Amethyst As A Healing Stone

Amethyst is good for easing problems in the head area, such as migraines and depression. Ametrine, a natural mix of amethyst and the gold stone citrine, will help with stomach problems.

Amethyst is a good all-purpose healing stone, especially useful when you aren't sure of the cause of the problem . You can enhance your crystal's healing properties by rubbing with lavender oil, which also stimulates the Third-Eye.
  • On your bedside table or under your pillow, amethyst's soothing qualities will ease your worries and help you sleep.

  • Gently rub your forehead with an amethyst to banish tension headaches. Start with small circular movements in the center of the template and gradually work your way outward.

Well I hope you have enjoyed the first post!

What Are Bach Flower Remedies?

Merry Friday Everyone!

So we've learned a lot about herbs and  aromatherapy, now let's learn about another great natural healing  option, Bach Remedies.

Bach flower remedies can be taken in many ways to teat a variety of ailments and conditions. Use neat or mixed with a beverage of your choice....


What Are Bach Flower Remedies?

Bach remedies were created by Dr. Edward Back and accord with his philosophy that every symptom of the body, mind and spirit has a message that you may learn from. By attuning to his own mental states and becoming aware of what was required to enable healing, Dr. Bach was guided to each flower to create his remedies.

He found each negative mental state holds potential for positive transformation and that through the experience of healing you will be guided toward "wholeness". Each remedy is specifically chosen for the emotional conditions hat are currently being experienced.

Negative states re due to blocked energy and should be treated by the remedy that best describes it.

Specific Or General Remedies

Your mental and emotional states are complex, and any blockages within these can filter down to your physical body, causing negative symptoms and disease. Back flower remedies work through healing the patterns that have been set up, removing blockages and treating the physical problems that are linked to these.

When choosing  the right remedy, it is important to consider your predominate mental or emotional state and choose the flower whose pattern most closely matches what you are feeling at this time.

Sometimes a single remedy is enough; at other times you may need several remedies- for example, the Rescue Remedy incorporates five flowers and is used as a short-term therapy for shock and trauma.

How To Choose Your Remedies

There are many books available on Bah flower remedies, giving detailed interpretations of the mental, emotional and physical states associated with each treatment. Before choosing a remedy, you need to ascertain the exact nature of the problem and whether it is short or long-term. This will affect the remedy and course of treatment you choose.

A short-term ailment might be suffering a nervous attack before public speaking or an exam, while long-term problems such as anger ad resentment or an inability to concentrate might be due to a deep-rooted mental or emotional state.

Record Your Anxieties~Write down a list of what you are currently feeling and the problems that have risen through this. It may help you to look through a list Bach flower remedies, available in most stores that sell them and giving brief information on the symptoms. Then read an in-depth profile of the ones that seem to mirror your patter or problem.

Seeking Professional Help~The process of self-treatment - selecting your remedies through listening and paying attention to mental and emotional states - is key to the philosophy of Back.

Learning to focus on what you are experiencing  helps you to understand yourself more profoundly; this leads to the attainment of self-knowledge and inner harmony. If you feel confused by the choices available, however, it is best to consult a Bach practitioner to talk through your symptoms and help gauge your underlying feelings or mental states.

How Bach Remedies Work

The Bach remedies treat the causes of physical emotional and mental problems by removing the energy blocks that have initially created the issue. The remedies are subtle but effective and can work very swiftly depending on whether the problem is short-term or chronic.

Energy Range~The flowers used are attuned to particular energy wavelengths or frequencies, and taking  he essences helps redress the balance that has been lost through conflict in an area of your being. The popular Rescue Remedy, for example, is useful for any kind of shock or trauma and should be kept on hand to relieve the effects of a disturbing event.

It is also available as a cream. Mimulus is another useful remedy, which enables you to overcome nervousness or fear that has a known cause, such as an exam or job interview. You can use Back flower remedies or immediate help or to treat ling-standing problems.

Ok...hope you enjoy learning about Back Remedies...I will be doing more posts on this subject so keep watch.

Okay on my way to the Docs.....wish me luck!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

How To Use Oils From Flowers And Herbs

Ahhhhh.....I just love the smell of coffee...I wonder if anyone has ever made a "coffee La'Toilet" ? Gigglez

Today my faithful reads, I am going to share with you how to use carrier oils derived from flowers and herbs.

So settle in....grab your java (coffee) and enjoy...


How To Use Oils From Flowers And Herbs

Oils that are derived from flowers and herbs, such as St. John's Wort and borage, make up one of the main categories of carrier product. Floral and herbal carrier oils are particularly useful as massage oils, or as the base of oil blends for massage, due to their active ingredients such as essential fatty acids and vitamins. 

These can help you to treat chronic skin problems such as acne and eczema, as well as being beneficial for bruises, swellings, burns and scars.

These types of carrier oils are also excellent ingredients for general skin care products because they can help to keep skin elastic and well toned, and they even have an anti aging effect. To this end, they are often added to skin care products such as creams lotions and even face masks.

Common Active Ingredients

Carotene~This tones skin, aids elasticity and prevents premature aging.

Linolenic Acid~This rejuvenate moisturizes and regenerates skin and treats eczema, acne and itchiness.

Vitamin A~This antioxidant improves your skin's texture and prevents wrinkles from developing.

Vitamin C~This enhances the effect of vitamin A.

Vitamin E~This antioxidant tones skin and reduces wrinkles and stretch marks.

The Oils

Borage Oil~Borage oil is made by cold-pressing the seeds of the herb. It's pale yellow and smells like spicy cucumber. For massage, add borage oil to another carrier, such has almond oil. Borage oil contains the highest quantities of gamma linolienci acid found in any plant, which is vital for skin health.

Calendula Oil~This oil is made from the flowers of marigold and was used for skin care in Ancient Egypt. It is anti fungal, anti-inflammatory and astringent. It's ideal for treating dry, itchy, inflamed or sore skin and to treat burns, wounds, scars, eczema, diaper rash and cracked nipples.

Evening Primrose~This oil has a musty odor and a fine, smooth texture. The oil is yellow, like the seeds it is extracted from. It is an excellent moisturizer, used in beauty care to treat eczema. It can also reduce hyperactivity in children when used as a base oil for massage.

Hypericum Oil~This oil, extracted from St. John's Wort, is ruby red. It may be mixed with calendula to treat bruises, hemorrhoids, sunburn and wounds, it eases fibrositis and sciatica, but causes photsensitivity, so don't apply in bright or UV lights.

Using Your Flower And Herb Oils

Skin Problems Massage~With the wide range of possible uses of flower and herb oils to treat skin conditions, you can make a very beneficial oil to use for conditions such as acne and eczema:

1. Add 1 tbsp of borage carrier oil to 4 tbsp of sunflower oil

2. Pierce two 500mg evening primrose capsules, easily available in health shops and supermarkets, and add them to the base.

3. Add 10 drops each of chamomile oil and rosemary oil.

4. Use in massage all over the body, concentrating on areas with problem skin. Store the rest in dark glass jars in a cool place.

Skin Moisturizer~Floral and herbal carrier oils are widely used in popular commercial moisturizer and beauty treatments, because of their skin-toning qualities and their ability to combat premature aging.

For a massage blend that will also help to heal and soothe your skin, try the following:

1. Add 1 tbsp calendula carrier oil to 1 tbsp hypericum carrier oil

2. Dilute in 4 tbsp of olive oil.

3. Add 10 drops of lavender oil and geranium oil.

4. Store any of the blend you do not use in dark glass bottles, label and keep somewhere cool and dark.

Have a wonderful day and remember;
you always have enough time to stop and smell the flowers!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Global History Of Aromatherapy

G'morning everyone!
So since I started this blog, I have been sharing with you the logistics of working with herbs and oils etc...Today I thought it would be fun to just sit back and share with you the global history of aromatherapy, and how aromatherapy has had such a great influence on history....affecting such divers developments as trade routes, cultivation and religious beliefs. I hope you enjoy today's post!

Global History Of Aromatherapy


Essential Oils~Aloe vera, geranium, clove, citronella, cedarwood, clary sage, melissa, myrrh, rose, spearmint and thyme.
Aroma Types~Many African plants yield oils with pungent scents, such s heady geranium.

History & Use~In North Africa in particular, herbs are still widely used by the nomadic Berber tribes in natural medicine. They share many ingredients with Egypt, which influenced their culture.

The Americas

Essential Oils~Bergamot, cedarwood, lime, mandarin, peppermint, sage, avocado, citronella and bay.

Aroma Types~Traditionally, the popular aromatherapy herbs were aromatic woods and dried plants with fresh scents. In recent years, citrus fruits have become popular.

History & Use~Native Americans used oils in remedies and religious rituals long before the arrival of Western settlers, burning aromatic plants in rituals to honor their gods. Sweat lodges, similar to saunas, often use aromatic plants to cleanse and purify the body once the steam has opened the pores. The Aztec ruler Montezuma cultivated vast botanical gardens full of healing aromatic plants.


Essential Oils~Benzoin, cajeput, ginger, petigrain, cardamom, cinnamon, citronella, cypress, geranium, grapefruit, jasmine, lemongrass, mandarin, melissa, myrrh, neroli, peppermint and sandalwood.

Aroma Types~Asian oils favor sweet, gentle flower aromas, such as jasmine and neroli, as well as sharp cirtrus aromas, such as lemongrass and melissa (usually derived from grasses rather than citrus fruits). Spicy aromas such as cajeput and cardamom are also popular Aromas are generally middle to top note scents.

History & Use~Aromatherapy has been practiced in China for thousands of years. The Ancient Chinese Burned aromatic woods and incense in religious ceremonies and used the therapeutic qualities of essential oils in healing techniques such as massage and acupressure.


Essential Oils~Cajeput, eucalyptus, lime and tea tree.

Aroma Types~Strong, camphorous, antiseptic scents predominate in the plants in this part f the world. Many of the native plants are unique to Australia and have developed in isolation, thought some , such as the spicy cajeput, are shared with the Pacific Rim countries and the Indonesian Islands.

History & Use~Australian Aborigines have long incorporated essential oils into their healing techniques - including healing water infused with tea tree oil, it was one of the first "Western" cultures to formally acknowledge that aromatherapy had a place in conventional medicine: during WWI all Australian soldiers were issued with tea tree oil

Europe (Northern)

Essentail Oils~Basil, chamomile, clary sage, juniper, lavender, mandarin, melissa, rose, peppermint and thyme.

Aroma Types~Herbaceous plants such as lavender, sage and thyme dominate aromatherapy in Northern and Central Europe. Farther north, woody and cleansing aromas predominate.

History & Use~Aromatherapy spread across Europe with the Romans. In the Middle Ages, it was practiced in monasteries to prevent the spread of plague. Western doctors did not use aromatherapy until the 19th century, and it has only recently been recognized outside of cosmetics. Techniques currently used were developed by the French.

Europe (Mediterranean)

Essential Oils~Basil, fennel, bergamot, lemon, bay, marjoram, parsley rose, rosemary, sage and spearmint.

Aroma Types~Herbacious aromas such as basil, and sharp citrus scents such as lemon and bergamot. Middle to top notes predominate.

History & Uses~The Ancient Greeks used oils both medicinally and cosmetically more than 4,000 years ago. Many of their practices were adopted by the Romans, who enjoyed scented baths and massage with therapeutic oils. Many oils were imported from India and Arabia, opening up trade routes.


Essential Oils~Aloe vera, basil, geranium, frankincense and mint.

Aroma Types~Heady, floral and resinous base note oils, used in perfumes and incense.

History & Use~Aromatherapy is thought to originated in Ancient Egypt, and the use of essential oils is thought to date back more than 6,000 years; traces of cedarwood oil were even found Tutankhamen's tomb.


Essential Oils~Basil, lemongrass, black pepper, lemon, cardamom, cinnamon, patchouli, myrrh, palmarosa and sandalwood.

Aroma Types~Spicy oils, aromatic grasses, and earthy scents all originate from India

History & Use~Oils are an important part of Ayurveda, which has been practiced for more than 3,000 years. Oils and incense are also important for stimulating the seven Major Chakras of the body.


Essential Oils~Black pepper, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg (Spice Islands), patchouli and ylang ylang (Malaysia)

Aroma Types~Heady, aphrodisiac; base note scents predominate. Warming spice oils form cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg also appear.

History & Use~Javan envoys introduced oils and spices from Indonesia to the Han-Dynasty court of China as early as 200BC. Cloves were especially popular and spread to Europe in the Middle Ages; the Dutch eradicated clove cultivation in the 17th century on many Indonesian Islands in order to keep the price artificially inflated, but French smuggling broke the Dutch hold on clove trading. Cloves have become especially popular in the West as a Christmas spice.

Middle East

Essential Oils~Frankincense and myrrh.

Aroma Types~Relaxing, aphrodisiac base note oils that conjure images of Arabian nights are found in this area.

History & Use~Aromatherapy has a long history in the Middle East, where is was important in cosmetics and medicine. The study of oils reached its peak in the 10th century

Well there you have it...pretty interesting.

Have a wonderful day!