As many of you know, I work with quite a few different healing modalities, all of which I love to use together in my healing sessions. Reiki, crystals, crystal singing bowls, and essential oils all play an important part in helping to heal on a spiritual and an emotional level. Today's blog post is going to focus on using essential oils and crystals together to help support us on these levels.
So, I know that you are wondering how crystals and essential oils work together? First, both essential oils and crystals are naturally high vibrational. Many people use essential oils because they are naturally derived from the plants, flowers, bark, and seeds of nature. Although crystals are not plant derived, they are of natural origin as well because they form beneath the Earth's surface.
Let's first discuss crystals and essential oils briefly...
Benefits of using crystals in your own personal healing practice include:
What makes crystals so special? Well, they are often referred to as "wisdom keepers" because they are thought to hold thousands, or even millions of years of information pertaining to the Earth's history within them. We can naturally tap into that information when we "connect" with a crystal by meditation and intention setting. Did you ever find yourself being drawn to a specific crystal and didn't know why? This happens when that energetic connection is made between yourself and the crystal...often, the crystal wants to work with you because your body or spirit needs it on some sort of soul level for healing. Crystals can assist in bringing old emotional patterns to the surface so that we can work through them and release these old patterns for our highest good. Crystals also assist in balancing our energy centers by removing blockages and returning our bodies to a healthier state of entropy.
Intention setting is probably the most important aspect of using crystals as a source of healing. Setting an intention is a powerful way to manifest a goal or a vision. Think of it as like drawing a map of where you want to go. Crystals are traditionally used in holistic healing because they have properties that energetically magnify and focus intention. Crystals are highly programmable, which means that once you set your intention into one, they can begin to work for you on that high energetic plane. Be aware though, that this is not magic per se...in order for your desires to come to fruition, you still must be actionable in your desires. Hold yourself accountable to your goals, and take those steps towards achieving them and you will see that your goals will be met much easier and quicker. If you think that making a wish into your crystal is going to somehow magically make your desires appear out of thin air with no effort from you, then you will end up being disappointed.
Working with crystals is an energetic exchange, and should be treated as such. You can easily form relationships with your crystals. Sleep with one under your pillow at night, carry them in your purse, keep them in your car, grid your home with them for protection. You will soon find that you have a deeper connection to some crystals more than others. I have a special connection with rose quartz, selenite, amethyst, and moonstone. My home is covered in them, and I carry and wear them all the time!
Like crystals, different essential oils meet different needs on an emotional level. I only like to use pure certified therapeutic grade essential oils. In my case, I choose doTERRA essential oils because I trust in their lab testing, their quality, and how and where their oils are sourced. I always encourage everyone do their own research. You can read up more on doTERRA and their mission here.
"If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils. These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They can be both beautifully and powerfully fragrant. Essential oils give plants their distinctive smells, essential oils protect plants and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their intrinsic benefits to plants and their beautiful fragrance, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices." ~ doTERRA.com
Essential oils can be used aromatically, topically, and some can even be taken internally as long as you trust the source, have done your research, and they are pure certified therapeutic grade. Again, I only use doTERRA essential oils internally after conducting my own research into the safety of doing so. I also encourage using a carrier oil to dilute essential oils before using them topically for skin sensitivity. Carrier oils of choice may include fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil. This is personal preference, and again goes according to skin sensitivity and potential allergic reactions per individual.
Pictured below is doTERRA's own Emotional Aromatherapy Kit which highlights five distinct essential oil blends.
Now let's move on to HOW to use essential oils and crystals together for emotional support. There are some easy steps to take in the process, and is as follows:
1. Identify a need
2. Choose an essential oil that will help support this need
3. Choose a crystal that will help support this need
4. Use them together
How do you use them together? My preferred method is quite simply to apply essential oils topically to touch points on the body such as back of the neck, over the heart, wrists, down the spine, bottoms of feet, temples, and forehead. You can also diffuse one oil in a diffuser while placing another separate oil on your body. I recommend not using more than two oils at a time. Spend time in meditation laying down with your crystal(s) placed on your body. I place them on my chakra points according to which area I am focusing on at the time. For example, if I am working with rose quartz, I would place it on my heart chakra. If you prefer to be in a seated position, you can simply hold your crystal in the palm of your hand while you meditate.
Here is an example of pairing an essential oil with a crystal. Let's say I have a headache, my need is to alleviate it. A good crystal to use for headaches is amethyst. If laying down, place an amethyst tumbled stone onto your forehead, if seated, simply hold it in the palm of your hand or you can even tape the stone to your forehead if it's not too large. Next, choose a calming oil to use. You may choose between peppermint, lavender, frankincense, patchouli, or eucalyptus. You can place one in a diffuser, such as patchouli, and use 2-3 drops of diluted peppermint with a carrier oil on your neck, temples, and forehead. Don't forget to set your intention into your own personal healing session, both into the oils and into the crystal. This particular intention would be for healing a headache, and alleviating the pain associated with it.
Sometimes, I will anoint my crystal with the essential oils. This can be done as long as the crystal has a Mohs hardness of 5 or higher, due to softer crystals being more porous and there being a higher chance of them eroding faster from coming in contact with the oils. Quartz crystals are perfect to use and I use them 98% of the time in my healing work. They are among the safest crystals to use and have a Mohs hardness of 7. Some examples of quartz crystals are clear quartz, rose quartz, amethyst, smoky quartz, and citrine. Let me also state that there are some crystals that are safer than others due to the possibility of them containing toxic minerals such as aluminum, copper, nickel, lead, sulfur, mercury, and pyrite. Quartz crystals do not contain toxic minerals. You can read up more on the Mohs hardness scale here.
You can dive into crystals and essential oils as much as you want. Clearing, charging, chakra balancing, and other elements of using crystals I won't go into here. That is pretty much all that you need to know when it comes to using essential oils and crystals together for your own personal healing purposes. If you wish to learn more about doTERRA essential oils, I invite you to my Facebook group Essential Oils and Crystal Harmony where I post daily essential oil tips, recipes, and share valuable info on what's happening in the essential oil community. You can also like my Facebook page Body, Spirit, and Stone Therapy where I post daily Angel Oracle Card readings, affirmations, as well as share valuable info on crystals and reiki. I look forward to seeing you there!
For the past card, some may still be harnessing feelings of disappointment, regret, or a sense of lack from the year that we just left behind. I have heard SO MANY people complain about 2016! I will admit..the series of events that have culminated over the last 12 months have been upsetting, fear-based, and downright ugly at times. I can't remember there being such a year where so much unrest and anger was present. For this alone, I am happy to see the year of 2016 come to a close.
From my heart to yours this new year...try to send out as much love and light energy to the planet, and to others as you can! The message here is just that...KEEP GOING! Keep praying, keep helping those less fortunate, keep sending your positive love vibrations outward! This healing energy is what the planet NEEDS right now!
Being discouraged and disappointed at times is all a part of life's roller coaster. It's how we react to these emotions that paves the road which we choose to wander down. Ask yourself, will you choose to react with anger and hate...or will you choose to react with love and kindness?
This is not to say that one is not allowed to feel the emotions of hate or anger...certain life events can absolutely trigger these negative emotions! We are all human after all. It is important at these times of distress to go inward...tap into your higher self, and pray. Pray for those feelings to leave...and for your intuition to take charge and to guide you down more higher path of healing...both inner and outer. Call in your angels, God, or source...whichever you choose, to help you return to a more grounded state, where you can KEEP GOING. And keep going strong!
The present card is still talking about feelings of lack and disappointment weighing down on you. This is yet another reminder to try and stay positive and to focus your energies on a more heart centered approach to whatever is going on in your life right now.
There are also indications that you are closing yourself off from others in order to protect yourself from further anguish. Please know, that when you choose to put up blocks, that you are therefore not leaving yourself open to receiving all of the blessings that are waiting to come your way! OPEN YOUR HEART TO LOVE!
When you open your heart, people can sense and intuitively feel the loving energy coming from you! They will be magnetically drawn to it and all of the goodness that is the true you. You want to attract the right people who will give you the companionship and support that you need right now.
At this present time...go inward once again, and tap into the part of your being that is creative in nature. What is it that brings out the nurturing, more openly expressive side of you? There IS a creative side of you that yearns to be used to express itself to it's full potential, in order to release past pains and to heal naturally. Think of others who take part in music or art therapy. Exercise is another form of creative expression, such as yoga or dance. What speaks to you? Maybe journaling or writing is what speaks to you. My own favorite forms of creative expression for healing at the present time are writing, and yoga.
The future card is a significant sign of success! You are going to leave all that has been holding you down and move forward with determination and strength. All of the inner and outer work that you have doing has paid off, and you have noticed a more positive change in your own feelings as well as your surroundings.
Instead of holding tight to the invisible barriers that you had placed around yourself, you have willingly begun to break them down and have no intention of building them back up again in the near future.
Whatever steps you have taken to initiate a more positive change in your thinking and your actions are going to lead you to more success and will attract more blessings to you. You can safely say that your prayer has been answered!
Whatever you have prayed for may not have culminated in the way that you expected it to...but it never really does! God, source, Universe, has it's own divine way of delivering just what you need, exactly when you need it, in the right form, at the perfect time.
Continue to remain open minded for all types of success coming your way at this time..not just one form! Because you never know what other rewards are about to come to you!
~~I used the "Archangel Gabriel Oracle Cards" by Doreen Virtue~~
May you have a very Happy and Healthy New Year!!
I lost my father back in March of 2011. He lived a long life to the age of 98! I speak to my father every day, he is one of my guides. I can honestly say that he has helped me in ways since he has passed that never would have been possible before. Still, with his passing I miss the sound of his voice and his gentle nature. He was a true old soul and a gentleman. This past Father's Day, I lit a white candle and played my singing bowls for him while calling in the Angels for comfort and support. I pulled a card from the Doreen Virtue and James Van Praagh oracle card deck, "Talking to Heaven".
We are all given free will. The free will to make our own decisions in life that will carve out our paths. We also have the choice to choose love or to choose fear. When you let someone else's opinions of you define who you are then you are not living your true soul's purpose. Neither are you loving yourself, rather you are living in fear of not being accepted by others. What's even worse is adopting a fear of what others MIGHT think of you if you do follow your heart. What will they say? What will they think? The truth is...what does it matter? Who cares?? Stop living in fear of what other's may think.
Choose LOVE! You are worthy of love and to love yourself and all that you are put here on Earth to do. By making the right choices for YOURSELF, rather than by following others, you are choosing joy, happiness, and a life of abundance and fulfillment. Stay true to your nature and let the opinions of others fall away...they serve you no good. This is the message that I share for you, as it was truly meant for me this past Father's Day. This message was pointing to a very specific area of my life that has been weighing me down for some time now. And I needed my dad to step in and to help steer me back in the right direction. Because let's face it...we all fall off track from time to time. The choices we make in life are sometimes not the best ones, even if they seem right at that point in time. Wrong choices are still meant to teach us lessons and to help us to grow and to evolve.
Do you see the two hearts in the picture?? The big one is dad, and the little one is me...a sign that he is still with me, still guiding me, still nudging me along every day. I share this with you so that you may take this message and perhaps apply it to your own life. To remember to not settle in life, to not let fear get the best of you...to stay true to yourself and what you believe in. Sometimes we all need little reminders that there are others still watching out for us, even if it feels like we are all alone in a silent battle.
Namaste ~ With Love and Light ~
Here I am laying in the grass doing some grounding with Mother Earth!
So I thought I would tell you a story about a recent breakfast outing I had with an old friend of mine, and to just give you a brief history of how I got to where I am today! Jen and I have been friends for a good 20 years, had our ups and downs, were in each other’s wedding parties, went on couples vacations together, and have since had children and watched each other stress over life and marriage. We go through periods of not seeing one another for months at a time, and now the norm is Facebook-ing one another to make a date to catch up on our trials and tribulations over breakfast at the diner. Where have our 20’s gone?? Life was much simpler back then! Anyway…when I was getting certified to be a Crystal Healer, I asked her if she would be one of my practice clients, so naturally she said YES!! Thanks to her, and two other gracious practice clients, I graduated from the Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy and am now a Certified Crystal Healer! Woo-hoo!!! You can find my Alumni listing here in NY! No, really, you have NO idea how much I wanted this. I had my eyes on this course for well over a year, contemplating doing it. So, when enrollment came around again back in March 2014, I decided to go for it! And, I’m so happy that I did…this just feels right in so many ways. It is my calling, and my passion!
When I was around 4 years old, I remember that we had in our house a small crystal kit that my dad would keep stashed away in the closet. I would constantly ask him to let me play with the stones, not really understanding why I liked them so much. Back then I felt a connection, an attraction to them…I also remember going to the Museum of Natural History with my mom and how I could spend the whole time in the Hall of Gems and Minerals. I didn’t care about the dinosaur bones…I just wanted to stay around the pretty rocks! She would keep taking me on visits to the museum until I was in the 1st grade, at which point there would be school trips to the museum…but the trips never included the Hall of Gems and Minerals much to my disappointment. Not only that, but the crystal kit that we had in the house disappeared. To this day I have no idea where it went. That is around the time that I lost my initial relationship with the stones…every means I had of connecting with them was lost. The only thing that I had to connect me to them was perhaps a trip to the library to search for a book about them. Remember now, this is back in the 1970’s…no internet, no Google!
I didn’t re-connect with crystals until late 2013! At this time I was in the middle of a transition in life, and trying to figure out what my soul purpose was. I was going through a whole lot of soul searching after I left a failed marriage. This was a part of my life where I lost my identity…my life was not my own. Being able to leave that life behind was a HUGE accomplishment for me. It allowed me to re-connect with myself and to find the little things in life that brought me joy…besides my children, they are a whole different kind of joy! But before I even re-connected with crystals I found Doreen Virtue from Hay House. Angels were another long time interest of mine, so I first took one of her online courses and became a Certified Angel Card Reader in 2012. Connecting with the Angels saved me…and Archangel Michael is now an ever present protector for me. I call on him every day, and I thank him for being the one to help me through the hard periods in my life. Whenever I needed courage or a push, I just called on Michael. He’s never failed me. That’s the wonderful thing about Angels…if you need help, just call them and they’re there!
While enrolled in the Angel Card Reading course I would read all of Doreen Virtue’s books that I could. One of her books JUMPED out at me! Wouldn’t you know that she wrote a book on Crystal Healing?? Flashback!! I read that book and a whole new meaning took form for the crystals and stones that I had a passion for when I was so young. That was it! I needed to find a course to study more about crystals…I needed to find a course on Crystal Healing! But wait…was there such a thing?? Of course I had my doubts….I thought, who in the world actually makes a living as a Crystal Healer? That’s when I went on my Google search for Crystal Healing and that’s when I found the Hibiscus Moon Crystal Academy. A-ha!! I finally found what I was looking for! There IS a saying that goes around in the crystal healing community…you don’t really find crystals…the crystals find YOU. Well, it was my time now…they found me once again. I was ready! But it doesn’t stop there, because I went on to pursue yet another passion of mine…to learn the art of healing in Reiki! I am now also a certified Usui Reiki Master Teacher!!
Back to breakfast with my friend Jen! She began to talk about how she has this one friend who also does alternative healing therapies…calling her a wack-a-do…like me. LOL!! I was laughing….I actually loved her analogy! And I embrace it with LOVE! We all have a purpose in life. Many of us don’t find that purpose until we’ve been through something life changing…and then there are others that know there purpose from a very young age. It doesn’t really matter if your purpose seems ‘out there’, or ‘wack’…what matters is that it brings you JOY! And hey…just for the record…she may think that I’m ‘wack’, but she’s also now a BELIEVER!
I will finish off with this one important fact. This path that I’ve chosen is one of healing…not only healing for others, but for myself as well. That is the true nature of anyone who goes down this path. You see, healing begins within…the self. The healer is merely a channel. The true healing comes from a higher source, God, Universe…and the person receiving the healing must be open to it, and have faith that it is so. Once you begin your healing journey...you will grow in ways that you never thought that you could. Spiritually, emotionally...all for your highest good. If this resonates with you, then your healing has already begun...
If you haven’t already downloaded my FREE e-book on “Getting Started Working with Crystals” click here! And if you know someone else that would enjoy it…please pass it on! Enjoy!!
Namaste, with Love and in the Light!
I thought that this would be a really fun first blog post. I got the idea from Hibiscus Moon,
(my crystal therapy teacher). She was tagged first and invited others to participate, so I figured WHY NOT?! So thank you Hibiscus Moon, this is exactly what I was looking for, because this is actually a good way for those of you who don't know me to GET to know me. So here it goes...
1. Share your first paranormal experience that comes to mind...
I never experienced anything too freaky. As far as paranormal, the most notable experience was right after my father passed, he decided to let his presence be known to me when no one else was around in the house. I was in the kitchen alone washing dishes, and behind me the ice dispenser on the refrigerator loudly dispensed an ice cube onto the floor on it's own...or rather, not on it's own! I turned around and just stared at the ice cube on the kitchen floor...asking myself if that really happened? Then I just smiled to myself and acknowledged my father at that moment...I felt his presence and I knew that it was him saying hello. He continues to pay me visits by making his presence known in the form of a bird. He used to always feed the birds!
2. Have you ever had a premonition?
I remember one time I was on the highway driving to the doctor, and I was feeling very nervous and uneasy for no apparent reason. As I was driving, a fire truck decided to pass in front of me and for the rest of my trip that fire truck, with it's blaring sirens, was travelling the same exact path I was...right to the doctor's office. Turns out they were responding to an emergency with a car whose driver drove straight into a house around the corner from my doctor. There I was, staring at this car that drove right through the front door of this house. The whole thing was freaky! So I may not have actually SEEN a future event take place, but I have FELT it empathically. I also remember a good friend of mine suddenly popped up into my head one day, and I decided to text her at that moment and asked her if she was in the neighborhood. She actually lives about a half hour away from me. She texted me back and said that she was at her parent's house, in the same neighborhood as me...and she asked, "How did you know I was here?!" I love synchronicity!
3. When did you get your first tarot/oracle deck? And what deck was it?
I got my first deck around fifteen years ago. It was the Doreen Virtue "Healing with the Angels" oracle cards. That was the time when I first decided to delve into the idea of reading cards, but I had an affinity for the angels way before then...I just didn't know why. It was a nice easy deck of cards to begin with, as each card only has one word answers on it. Since then, I have acquired so many decks of oracle cards, some of my favorites include Healing with the Fairies, Messages from the Angels, Archangel Michael, Mermaids and Dolphins, the Energy Oracle, and the Angel Tarot.
4. What element do you connect with the most? Earth, water, fire, or air?
I love the Earth, always have. The flowers and the trees that bring beauty by coloring our landscapes, and the animals that inhabit the Earth. Half of my childhood was spent in upstate NY during the summer months, where most of my time was spent outdoors. I would go wandering through the woods by myself picking up leaves, looking under rocks for salamanders and frogs. We had small creeks that would run through our property that I would play by, gathering pretty river rocks (what a surprise)! As I grew older, I lost touch with this part of my life because my visits grew more sporadic and I now spend most of my time in the city. Now I tend to seek out the ocean whenever I can, because it's closer to where I live than travelling to the mountains. I love hearing the sound of the waves and the smell of the salt water, and the sand under my feet (earth again!).
5. Do you believe in fairies?
I've always LOVED the idea of fairies, but I tend to believe fairies as being a group of Angels that are given the job to oversee nature and the animals that inhabit the Earth. Humans are not the only living beings that are protected on this planet, so yes, I do believe that there are some type of elemental beings that serve this purpose.
6. Do you prefer the moon or the sun?
Definitely the sun! I love the warmth of it and just the feel good energy that you receive from it. Summer is my favorite time of the year, as living in the northeast our winters can be long and bitterly cold, which I DO NOT enjoy. I will eventually move to a more warmer part of the states. I do love the moon too, but my connection is stronger with the sun.
7. What is your favorite crystal or stone?
Amethyst! Always has been, and most likely always will be. Being an Aquarian, it is traditionally known as my birthstone. Besides it being my birthstone, there are so many other reasons that make it my favorite. It's an all around great stone which can be used for enhancing psychic ability and opening up the third eye chakra. It is a go-to stone for developing one's intuition. It's also known as a stone of protection and can assist in clearing negative energies and in sealing up holes in one's aura. It's also been known as the stone of sobriety, where it can help one in battling addictions and in releasing addictive relationships. It is also a great stress reliever. Whenever I have a headache, I grab my amethyst! A very close second favorite would be Selenite (pictured below). This beauty of a stone invokes angelic protection and is one of those perfect choices for dispelling negative energies in your home and the etheric body.
8. Can you see spirits and spiritual beings?
Do I get 'visits' from spiritual entities and such? No...but I HAVE had rare instances of catching SOMETHING appear in my peripheral vision. Then again, this is not part of my practice. I tend to focus on and work mainly with the angelic realm. I do think that having the gift of mediumship is quite extraordinary, yet that is not one of my gifts.
9. Would you like to be able to control fire, fly on a broomstick, breathe under water or make things grow fast?
I suppose being able to breathe under water would be pretty amazing right? That sounds like it could be really helpful too. You would never have to worry about drowning, or have to be hooked up to an oxygen tank if you were to go scuba diving! As for the others...flying on a broomstick is just an uncomfortable idea! If I wanted to fly I would want to be able to fly like a bird or Superman! I don't play with fire...and I think making things grow fast is a sad concept actually. Why rush things? Think about it...as a woman I certainly don't like the idea of aging, although I embrace it every step of the way, I certainly wouldn't want to put things in high gear!
10. What is the animal totem that you feel most connected to?
I would have to say the owl. They are one of those animals that blend into their surroundings, and when you see one of them it's an A-HA moment. And I also love how they can spin their heads around to see what's behind them! I find my personality to be like the owl...intuitive, observant, and quiet. If you would like to read more about the owl animal totem you can go here. You can also take a fun little personality quiz to find out your own animal totem!
11. Tell us about your first spirit guide?
I can say that I know that I have more than one, and that my father is one of them. Ever since the ice cube incident I knew that he would be with me always. There have been so many things happen in my life to help me move forward on my path since he has passed, and I know that he is guiding me along. I have also experienced another male guide which has passed on messages to me in the past through my dreams, and I have been told that my grandmother is also with me.
12. Do you feel more connected to the stars or the earth?
Since I have a passion for both the stars, the moon, and astrology AND the Earth with her beautiful gifts of the ocean, the animals, and of course...crystals, it's hard to choose. So, I will have to just go with the Earth, and this is because it just resonates with me since childhood.
13. What is your preferred method of blessing or cleansing?
I will say that my preferred method of blessing will always be prayer. Calling in God to bless anything and everything just works for me! For cleansing I usually will call in Archangel Michael to clear all negative energies, whether it's for me personally, for my crystals or my oracle cards, or for my own home. My second go-to method for this would be a sage smudge with the windows open wide, or diffusing some frankincense in my oil burner.
14. What color do you feel most spiritually connected to?
White is my top pick here. It's just an all around color symbolic of peace, purity, love, and spiritual connection. I love white! I wear it all the time. My next color pic would be turquoise blue like in my Larimar pendant I'm wearing above.
Now it's your turn! I would LOVE to get to know you! If you would like to participate, then just comment below with a link to your answers!
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Love, Light and Blessings!