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AGATE: Color: White to gray, light blue, orange to red, black, Multicolored in banded form. Sometimes iridescent. Colors are influenced by changes of pressure, temperature, and mineral content
What it does: Offers protection and strength, and enhances intellect & concentration. Useful for travelers, artists, & students. Believed to be third eye and to be a powerful healer.
AMAZONITE: Color: Light green to deep green, blue-green, mint-green. The source of the strong green color is believed to be a result of small amounts of lead and water within in the stone.
What it does: Associated with truthful communication. Can reduce stress and anxiety. Enhances intuition, psychic powers, creativity, & intellect.
AMBER: Color: Yellow to orange, golden. Yellow amber is fossilized tree resin (not sap).
What it does: A powerful healer, and cleanser of the body, mind & spirit. May help with depression and mental sluggishness. Encourages creativity, and soothing of the heart.
AMETYHST: Color: Light to dark purple, violet, light pink, sometimes banded with purple & white lines.
What it does: Meditative and calming. Increases intuition and psychic powers. Considered effective against addictions. Eases headaches, brings inner peace, and sobriety.
AMMOLITE: Color: Gray to brown, with primarily red to green iridescence. Opal- like in shades of green and red.
What it does: Special connection to earth energy. It may bring good luck, prosperity, and can make miracles happen. Associated with fertility & birth.
AQUAMARINE: Color: Greenish blue to blue.
What it does: Calming and soothing stone has been a good luck talisman since ancient times. Associated with safe travel, inspirational, and hopeful. Brings clarity and wisdom to thoughts and their expression in speech.
AVENTURINE: Color: Most commonly light to dark green. Also occurs in brown, orange, yellow, blue or gray
What it does: Prosperity, leadership qualities, and decisiveness. Promotes compassion and empathy. Calms anger and irritation. Protects against poor decision making. Encourages perseverance. Balances male/female energies.
AZURITE: Color: Blue to very dark blue. Doesn’t weather well and can lose its deep blue color when exposed to the elements.
What it does: Healing properties include liver stimulant, aid to detoxification, brain and nerve stimulation, thyroid gland support. Brings focus and clarity. Used to intensify medication, promotes mental alertness and memory. Good crystal for the elderly.
Color: Light green to emerald green, light to deep sky-blue, blue-green, yellow, pink, purple, red, orange, brown, colorless, white, gray.
What it does: Used for Asthma, eye problems, and liver health. Helps to balance eating disorders. For stress relief, depression, and stimulates creativity & mind function.
BLOODSTONE: Color: Base color usually solid green often with uneven lighter and darker green zones with red inclusions.
What it does: Intense healing. Known as “Stone of Courage”. Talisman for good health and longevity that brings good fortune, and prosperity. Protects against aggression and threats. Boosts energy levels and brings mental clarity.
BLACK ONYX: What it does: Absorbs negativity, protects from harm, encourages self-control, and all sorts of abstention.
BLACK STONE: What it does: Repeals negativity and encourages perseverance. One of the jaspers.
BLUE LACE AGATE: Color: Light blue bands in a lacy or wavy pattern.
What it does: Considered stone of peace, hope, ecology, truth, and noble ideals in general. Brings courage and determination. Healing stone against headaches and joint pains.
CALCITE: Color: Colorless, white, yellow, brown, orange, pink, red, purple, blue, and green, gray, black. Multicolored or banded.
What it does: An aid in memory and to enhance learning abilities. May increase good fortune and luck.
CARNELIAN: Color: Red, orange.
What it does: Known as a stabilizing stone that restores vitality, brings motivation and enhances creativity. Determination, success, and ruler ship. Treats lower back problems, rheumatism, arthritis, neuralgia, and depression and stimulates sexuality.
CHRYSOCOLLA: Color: Sky-blue to greenish blue and green, often streaked with black.
What it does: Gives confidence to voice and speech. Brings clarity to the decision to speak or remain silent. Provides soothing and calming energy to avoid harsh and angry words. Excellent talisman stone.
CHRYSOPRASE: Color: Many shades of green but more on the light side. When the green is darker the stone is Prase.
What it does: Enhances many positive notions such as hope, joy, compassion, understanding, success and happiness.
CITRINE: Color: Yellow to golden or orange. Non-natural citrine has a reddish tint.
What it does: Believed that it brings success, prosperity, and abundance, especially in business. Steadies the nerves, clearing thoughts, communication, warmth, cheer, and realizations of one’s higher self.
CORAL: Color: White, red, orange, pink, gray, black.
What it does: Traditional gift for expectant mother or a newborn as a protective amulet. Lives in the water element it is associated with feeling and emotion. Been used extensively worldwide for throat and lung ailments, protection from evil, and to help bring balance between the physical and emotional bodies.
DIAMOND: Color: Typically yellow, brown or gray to colorless. Less often blue, green, black, translucent white, pink, violet, orange, purple & red.
What it does: ‘The Stone of Love’ promotes creativity, ingenuity, and alternative solutions to problems. The stone helps to endure and sustain great efforts. It brings power and resolve to the self.
EMERALD: Color: Green to emerald-green to colorless.
What it does: ‘Stone of Good Luck and Beauty’ is associated with royalty. Encourages steady love, attracts prosperity, helps to calm and light emotions.
FLUORITE: Color: Colorless, white, purple, blue, red, pink, orange, yellow, brown, green, gray, and black. Multicolored and banded.
What it does: Imparts balance, symmetry, order and progress. Promotes intelligent choices & intuitive decisions. Useful in opening and healing the spirit. Aids learning, concentration, mediation.
GARNET: Color: Virtually all colors but blue is very rare. Occurring in deep reds to purple red.
What it does: Brings out the best qualities and makes an individual attractive to the opposite sex. Stimulates devotion and passion to friends and lovers. Works on the senses and heightens awareness, motivation, and confidence. Brings fidelity, passion, faith, strength, determination. Good for renewal.
HEMATITE: Color: Black, gray to silver gray, brown to reddish brown, red. Quite rusty and red inside when drilled.
What it does: Has magnetic properties which helps ground and stabilize by creating a string connection to the Earth. Assists in bringing fancy thoughts and wishes down to practical reality. Represents firmness, strength, sticking to your principles, dedication, attraction, and achievement.
HOWLITE: Color: White, colorless with gray markings. Sometimes dyed blue to use as an inexpensive turquoise substitute.
What it does: Helps to overcome stress, depression and sadness. Heightens perception, sharpens memory and concentration. Use this gem to overcome insomnia, physical pain, and tooth and bone problems.
JADEITE: “JADE” Color: Apple-green, emerald-green, bluish green, leek-green, greenish white, white; Red, lavender, black.
What it does: Different colors associate with specific meanings. Black- Protection and introspection. Blue- Calming, peace-bringing. Promotes visions and dreams. Lavender- Eases depression and emotional stress. Red- Brings courage, good for women’s health and physical stress. Green- Long life, true love, wisdom, serenity, practicality.
JASPER: Color: Brown, yellow, orange, red, green or blue. Usually multicolored or banded.
What it does: Balances yin-yang energies, harmonizes physical, intellectual and emotional energy, protects from disease. Is meant to have direct contact with skin. Red- Increases sensitivity to planet, strengthens stamina, regulates metabolism. Yellow- Balances and tonifies intestinal organs, stomach, digestive tract. Green- Increases positive attitude and feeling of well-being. Brown- Encourages stability, security.
LABRADORITE: Color: White, gray, light blue, light green, pale orange-red, black, usually with a strong multicolored display of purple, blue and green.
What it does: May magically clear away obstacles, protect and bring balance and clarity. Used to recall dreams and past lives. Also used to address eye problems and enhance digestion and metabolism. Encourages institution, inspiration, mental activities, opens consciousness.
LAPIS LAZULI: Color: Light to deep blue, greenish-blue, violet-blue. Mottled with white calcite and brassy pyrite.
What it does: Said to have magical properties improving awareness, wisdom, and creativity. Protects from physical and psychic dangers.
MAGNETITE: Color: Black, gray with brownish tint in reflected sun.
What it does: Symbolically the mysterious magnetic qualities of this gem attract friendship, love, prosperity, desire, and positive energy. Important stone for crystal healers because of its many uses.
MALACHITE: Color: Bright green, dark green, blackish green, commonly banded in masses; green to yellowish green in transmitted light.
What it does: Protects all travelers including those on astral and metaphysical paths. A good talisman stone for the protection of children. Some say that this stone has the ability to warn of imminent danger. Often used for carved objects. Stimulating for the mind and a good concentration stone to help fix one’s direction for success in practical material matters.
MOONSTONE: Color: White, peach, gray, and clear stones. Moon-like lights changes with movement and illumination.
What it does: Known as a soul stone, it’s considered to be excellent for expressing and attracting love & kindness.
ONYX: Color: Mostly black but can be white blue, gray, or yellow. Often layered.
What it does: Promotes self-control, steadfastness, and determination. Useful in times of confusion.
OPAL: Color: Colorless, white, yellow, orange, red, purple, blue, green, gray, brown, and black.
What it does: Enhances imagination and creativity. Connected to the element of water. Good dream enhancer.
PEARL: Color: White, blue, green, yellow, orange, brown, purple, multicolored.
What it does: In many folk healing systems. Connected to enhancing fertility. Bring happiness & good fortune.
PERIDOT: Color: Yellow to yellow-green, olive green to brownish, sometimes a lime-green to emerald.
What it does: Appreciated with a clear, calm mind. Can subtly break up mental blockages, fixed ideas, long-standing resentment & difficult obstacles in relationships.
QUARTZ: Color: Colorless, purple, rose, red, black, yellow, brown, green, blue.
What it does: Powerful healing stones. Absorbs, stores, reflects, amplifies, balance, and focus energy. Brings mental clarity & enhances the environment.
RUBY: Color: Near colorless through pink and all shades of red to a deep crimson.
What it does: Connected with strong emotions, love, passion, prosperity, and protection. Provides fresh energy, clarity of the mind, and a positive, adventurous attitude to life.
SAPPHIRE: Color: Blue, colorless, yellow, green, pink, gray, black.
What it does: Symbol of power and strength in the most positive and altruistic way, combing honesty and wisdom. Protects against negative influences, deceptions, and intrigues, and exposes lies.
TIGER’S EYE: Color: Yellow, brown, multicolored:
What it does: Provides confidence in one’s own ability to cope with life’s difficulties and struggles. Strengthens willpower and resolve while protecting the wearer and bringing luck.
TOPAZ: Color: Blue, brown, orange, gray, yellow, green, pink, and reddish pink.
What it does: Encourages deeper investigation and the determination to find the truth of a situation or relationship. Takes into account physical and psychic energy, removing emotional blockages.
TOURMALINE: Color: Commonly black, ranges from colorless, brown, violet, orange, blue, red, green, pink, or bi-colored.
What it does: Deflects negative energy on all levels, physical and psychological. Neutralizes fear, anxiety, stress, & anger. Helpful in chaotic and seemingly hopeless situations.
TURQUOISE: Color: Blue, blue-green, green.
What it does: Benefits to everybody by protecting, energizing, bringing clarity, and understanding to men and women, young and old.
HIMALAYAN SALT LAMPS
There are a few things in life as soothing and relaxing as the warm glow of a campfire, and a Himalayan salt lamp offers a similar ambiance at home. Salt lamps have exploded in popularity over the last few years, along with some amazing claims about their benefits.
What is a Himalayan Salt Lamp? They’re large pieces of pure Himalayan Salt with a small bulb inside. They can be solid pieces of salt or decorative baskets with large crystals of salt. They offer a nice warm glow when lit and may be beneficial for indoor air quality. True Himalayan Salt comes from the Western side of the Himalayan Mountains in the Punjab region of Pakistan.
Why is Himalayan Salt Pink? It contains about 98% sodium chloride, but also contains trace minerals like magnesium, potassium, and zinc; which gives the salt lamp their hue.
How does a Himalayan salt lamp work? Salt is naturally hygroscopic, which means it attracts water molecules to itself. The salt lamp attracts water molecules in the air. Since water in the air can also hold allergens, pollutants, and even bacteria, these substances get attracted to the lamp too. The heated salt lamp supposedly dries out the water vapor, leaving the particles attached to the salt. For this season, many sources recommend wiping down the salt lamp with a cloth a few times a week to clean it.
Do Salt lamps generate negative ions? Salt lamps are natural negative ions generators when used consistently over time, but not in large amounts. Negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; resulting in higher alertness, decreased drowsiness, and more mental energy. They also protect against germs in the air, resulting in less irritation due to inhaling particles that make you sneeze, cough, or have a sore throat. Negative ions occur more often in nature and they are often created by things like lightning storms, sunlight, waterfalls, and ocean waves. This is one of the reasons people often feel renewed or refreshed after a storm or after spending time at the beach.
The benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps:
- Great night light and low-light lamp
- Decreases air pollution/purifies the air.
- By attracting water vapor, the lamp also traps indoor air pollutants including allergens, mold and bacteria.
- Light and color therapy benefits; especially for those with seasonal affective disorder, which helps calm your mood and increases focus.
- Soothing for allergies
- Boosts your mood
- Promotes sleep
- Eases asthma and allergy symptoms
- Himalayan salt is used in inhalers.
Lava stone is formed when molten rock, called magma, at the Earth’s core erupts to the surface and becomes known as lava. When lava is quickly cooled it forms a rock called basalt, also known as lava stone. It bubbles as it cools, making the rocks filled with holes. This makes the stone ideal for jewelry because it is lightweight and easy to thread. They are usually treated with wax to make them less rough and more comfortable to wear. Lava stones naturally come in black, grey, and brown, but can be dyed almost any other color. Lava stones have many metaphysical properties. They are usually used as a grounding stone, great for courage, strength, calming and reducing anger. They are also used as fertility stones, symbolizing rebirth.
Due to the porous nature, lava stones make great essential oil diffusing jewelry. Diffuser jewelry is a wonderful alternative to regular diffusers. You get all of the benefits of essential oils for personal use instead of using an entire room diffuser. Lava stone diffusers also use much less oil than a traditional diffuser, making it a more financially responsible choice. Room diffusers are also not portable, whereas jewelry can be taken anywhere. Jewelry diffusers are a great alternative to perfumes. Most perfumes use harsh chemicals, organic essential oils are much safer to use and generally better for the environment. While you can apply most essential oils directly to your skin, it usually fades as the oil is absorbed. The scent lasts much longer on the stone, a couple of drops usually last an entire day. Lava stone jewelry is a great way to combine practicality and fashion.
To use, simply place a drop or two off essential oil on the stone and rub in to saturate.
Hemp comes from the Cannabis plant and is said to have over 25,000 uses including as a fuel, as paper, and as a fiber for clothing and jewelry. One of the leading uses of Hemp is actually for CBD. Hemp is often confused with marijuana because they both come from the Cannabis plant, however hemp contains less than 0.3% THC and is completely non-psychoactive, making it virtually impossible to get any sort of high. Hemp can be grown in most climates and requires very little maintenance, making it an ideal crop. Hemp is amazing for the environment and can be used as a substitute for many products, leading to smaller ecological footprint. It can be used for raw materials for wood and paper and its fast growing period makes it more ethical than trees and preserves forests. Hemp also helps reduce air pollution as it doesn’t require pesticides or herbicides and is very leafy, producing a high level of oxygen during its growth.
Hemp Jewelry is made from knotting hemp twine into many different types of jewelry, most commonly bracelets and necklaces. You can make hemp jewelry using almost any method, although half knot and full knot stiches are the most commonly used. Hemp twine can be found in many different colors and varieties of thickness. Most jewelry include various beads made of glass, wood, and stone. Some even have crystals or bone. Hemp jewelry is often stiff when first purchased, but will soften with proper care. Unless you are washing the jewelry, try not to get it wet. Water will lead to fuzz on the strand and weaken the fibers after continued exposure. If you do need to wash it, soak it in a mixture of water and a gentle soap for no longer than 30 minutes and lay it flat to dry.
Sage and Smudging
Smudging is an ancient ceremony, started by Native American tribes in ancient America, in which you burn sacred plants, like sage, to rid the air of negative energies. The smoke clears and blesses the air. These sacred plants include: sage, tobacco, cedar, sweet grass, juniper, pine needles, deers-tongue, cypress, pinion, desert sage, and sweet grass. Burning sage is widely known for dispelling unwanted spirits and negative energy.
How to smudge a space:
Clear the space of clutter. Open windows and curtains to allow for fresh air to enter the space. Light your sage with a lighter (this represents the element of fire) and wave out the flame to an ember. Wave smoke around with a feather (this represents the element of air). The sage bundle can also be set down while it burns in an abalone shell (representing the element of water). The ceremony is a "four direction" ceremony, where you face all four directions to bless the space. A small chant or prayer accompanies each direction:
- We start in the East where the sun rises and brings us the opportunity to begin again with each new day. Breath.
- We go to the South and honor our creativity, our children, the child in us, our playfulness, joy, and hope. Earth.
- We go to the West where the sun goes down, and the blackness of introspection begins when the day is done. Water.
- We go to the North where our rest awaits us. Knowledge, stamina, compassion, silence. Fire.
Clearing your body:
Smudging is not only for spaces; it’s also for clearing your body, mind, and spirit of any negativity, stagnation, or energetic disturbances within or surrounding you. Make sure to invite the sacred smoke around your body from head to toe and front to back before smudging your space. Here is a prayer to go along with it:
May your hands be cleansed, that they create beautiful things.
May your feet be cleansed, that they might take you where you most need to be.
May your heart be cleansed, that you might hear its messages clearly.
May your throat be cleansed, that you might speak rightly when words are needed.
May your eyes be cleansed, that you might see the signs and wonders of the world.
May this person and space be washed clean by the smoke of these fragrant plants.
And may that same smoke carry our prayers, spiraling, to the heavens.
*For those who are non-spiritual, burning sage and other plants actually has been scientifically proven to kill harmful bacteria in the air*
History of essential oils
Evidence and recorded history have shown that the Egyptians used aromatic oils as early as 4500 B.C.E. the Egyptians are renowned for their knowledge of using aromatic extracts for beauty care, culinary uses, spiritual and physical wellbeing. However, it is believed China and India were using essential oil-like extracts around the same time frame.
Some of us may wonder why we call them essential oils will wonder no more! The oil bears the name of the plant from which it is derived. For example, Eucalyptus oil or lemongrass oil. Oils were called essential because people believe they represent the very essence of odor and flavor.
Essential oil is a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile (defined as “the tendency of a substance to vaporize”) aroma compounds from plants. Other names for essential oils are volatile oils and ethereal oils. Typically, essential oils are extracted and created by distillation. There are five other processes to make essential oils. These processes are less commonly used yet equally if not more powerful then the process of distillation. The names for these five other processes are; expression, solvent extraction, absolute oil extraction, resin tapping, and cold pressing. Essential oils are mainly used for perfumes, household cleaning products, soaps, bubble baths, and other beauty products. However, the possibilities for essential oils is almost endless.
Process of creating oils
We get essential oils through a process called distillation. Distillation means, the action of purifying a liquid by a process of heating and cooling. the second definition is; the extraction of the essential meaning the most important aspect of something. Most pure essential oils are extracted from plants through steam distillation. During steam distillation freshly picked steams are passed through plant material and are suspended over boiling water. Due to the combination of heated steams and gentle pressure it causes the essential oils to be released from microscopic protective sacs. The vapor mixture then flows through a condenser and cools, the vapor mixture turns into a layer of oil and a layer of water. The essential oil eventually rises to the top and is separated from the floral water and collected. The temperature for steam distillation typically ranges between 140-212 degrees Fahrenheit. Since not all plants are the same some oils may require different pressures, times and temperatures, this particular method makes it easier to adjust the temperature-based on plant type, making this process an effective and precise way to create the purest oils. Due to its advantage of distilling volatile components at lower boiling temperatures of their individual constituents, making separation from condensed water easier, to this day distillation remains the most common process of extracting essential oils from plants.
Solvent expression is the method in which compounds separate themselves, based on their relative solubilities in two different immiscible liquids. The two immiscible liquids tend to be water and an organic solvent.
Absolute oil extraction is when extremely concentrated, highly aromatic, oily mixtures are extracted from plants.
Cold pressing: cold pressing is the process of pressing fruit, nuts, and seeds to extract oil without the use of heat to extract oils. The oils that are obtained through cold pressing, or cold extraction, tend to be more potent than oils obtained through refining processes. The reason behind that is the less heat used the more aroma you receive from the fruit, nuts and seeds being used. Oils produced from cold pressing are also known to be safer to use in skin/ beauty care products or beauty care routines.
Resin tapping: for this process resin is collected by causing minor damage to the tree by making a hole deep enough in the trunk to puncture the vacuoles, (“a space or vesicle found in the cytoplasm of a cell, enclosed by a membrane”) to let sap come out from the tree. After the vacuoles becomes punctured the tree begins to heal itself. The tree is able to repair itself by filling the wound with resin, the excess resin is then collected.
HELPFUL SKIN CARE TIPS
Whenever using essential oils for skin care it is so very important to make sure a carrier oil is always used to dilute the essential oil. If the essential oil is not diluted it can cause skin to become irritated some skin may begin to peal off due to the high concentration and acidity depending on which oil is being used at the time, it may also cause break outs or skin conditions to worsen if not diluted properly. The amount of carrier oil used is determined by which oil you have choose for your skin care routine. Here is a list of the top ten carrier oils used.
- Coconut oil: coconut oil is derived from the fruit of the coconut tree
- Olive oil: olive oil is extracted from fruits of the olive oil tree
- Jojoba oil: Jojoba is extracted from seeds from the jojoba tree
- Sweet almond oil: sweet almond comes from the dried fruits of the almond tree
- Aragon oil: Aragon oil comes from the fruit of the Moroccan Aragon tree
- Avocado oil: extracted from the fruit of the avocado tree
- Grapeseed oil: This oil is extracted from the seeds of grapes
- Moringa oil: Moringa is extracted from the seeds of the Moringa Oleifera (drumstick or horseradish) tree
- Apricot kernel oil: Obtained from apricot kernels or apricot seeds
- Castor oil: obtained from the seeds of the castor bean plant
These are the top twelve oils to use in skin care routines and why they are so good to use!
- Lavender heals skin irritation
- Geranium balances oil production
- Basil is ideal for sensitive skin
- Frankincense helps with pigmentation, as well as tone and tightens skin
- Ylang ylang treats oily or acne prone skin
- Lemongrass can be used as an astringent and skin toner
- Cypress shrinks swollen blood vessels
- Tea tree has antifungal and antibacterial properties making it helpful for fighting off acne
- Juniper helps aid in healing and helps prevents infections
- Chamomile treats eczema, inflammation sensitive skin and rosacea
- Clary sage fights the signs of aging and reduces puffiness
- Neroli treats devitalized mature, aging, and sensitive skin types
Sleepy time essential oils
Insomnia is habitual sleeplessness or the inability to fall or stay asleep. Anxiety, depression and stress are the top three mental conditions that prevent many people from getting the sleep they desperately need, ironically loss of sleep can cause anxiety, depression and stress to worsen making insomnia a constant battle. Lose of sleep can also be due to medical conditions such as asthma, arthritis, chronic pain and nasal or sinus allergies to name a few. If you find you struggle with sleep give these essential oils a try.
Top five essential oils for sleep
1) Rose and orange: Orange oil helps insomnia and reduces anxiety while rose oil has a sedative effect
2) Geranium: Improves sleep for people suffering from allergies
3) Frankincense: Calms the mind therefore it helps ease anxiety and depression, allowing for a better night’s rest
4) Lemon: Although lemon has an invigorating smell it has been proven to be sedative and have anti-anxiety benefits
5) Lavender: Is a well-known super oil when it comes to its natural remedy for mild insomnia, with no long-term side effects. Lavender decreases anxiety while increasing ones’ sleep quality
Migraines are when a recurring throbbing headache typically affects one side of the head. This pain is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision. A headache is when a continuous pain occurs. Carrying some of these essential oils may help decrease how often headaches and or migraines occur and the intensity of the pain. Try one of these five oils for a more natural migraine remedy.
- Peppermint: contains menthol, which helps muscles relax and ease pain. Dilute the oil with a carrier oil like coconut oil, and apply to temples or base of neck for best results
- Rosemary: Has powerful anti-inflammatory and pain killing properties. Rosemary has been used in folk medicine for centuries to reduce stress, pain relief, and improved circulation. It helps relax muscles which make sit good for migraines or headaches
- Lavender: Commonly used for stress relief and relaxation. Breathing in the smell of lavender oil helps management of migraines caused by headaches
- Chamomile: Chamomile is best used for tension headaches due to its ability to relax the body and soothe muscles. It may also help treat anxiety and insomnia, two common causes of migraines and headaches
- Eucalyptus: Eucalyptus oil is essential if your headaches are caused by sinus issues. This particular oil can help relieve sinus tension that causes headaches by; opening up the nasal passages and cleaning out the sinuses
10 benefits of essential oils
- Fight cold and flu symptoms
- Relax the body and soothe muscles
- Heal skin conditions
- Alleviate pain
- Balance hormones
- Improve digestion
- Reduce cellulite and wrinkles
- Clean your home
- Natural bug/ insect repellent
- Natural sleep-aid
Top 15 essential oils& health benefits
- Clove: Antioxidant protection
- Cypress: Improves circulation, reduces varicose veins
- Eucalyptus: Improves respiratory issues
- Frankincense: Reduces inflammation
- Ginger: Improves digestion and relieves nausea
- Grapefruit: Supports metabolism and cellulite reduction
- Lavender: Increases mood, heals burns and cuts
- Lemon: Great for homemade cleaning products
- Myrrh: Can prevent or reduce infections, balances hormones
- Oregano: Can kill fungus and helps get rid of colds
- Peppermint: Improves focus, boosts energy
- Rose: Great for reducing skin inflammation
- Rosemary: Improves brain function and memory
- Tea Tree: Natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Reduces bad odors
- Sandalwood: Aphrodisiac that can improve libido and increase energy
Top 5 essential oils that help pms
- Lavender: Cramps and muscle pains can be eased with lavender. Since it reduces pain it also helps aid in sleep. Inhaling lavender may help prevent headaches caused by menstruation
- Eucalyptus: Since it is anti-inflammatory it lessens the severity of cramps and other pain caused by pms
- Clove: Clove is great to use if you experience increased acne during your time of the month. Make sure to use a carrier oil or clove will irritate the skin
- Peppermint: Insomnia and fatigue go hand-in-hand. Peppermint will increase your mood thus creating more energy. Inhale for the best and most instant results
- Orange: Orange, as well as other citrus oils for menstrual cramps, have proven psychological effects. Citrus oils have the tendency to boost moods and create a more relaxed environment. Women often feel increased anxiety, depression or stress during their time of the month
Five best oils to use as bug repellent
- Lemongrass: Spray some lemongrass on windows and doors to get rid of fleas, fruit/regular flies and mosquitoes
- Peppermint: Use peppermint oil to rid of ants, beetles, fleas, flies, mice, mosquitoes and spiders
- Eucalyptus: The Eucalyptus tree is an evergreen tree native to Australia. Eucalyptus is the main source of food for Koala bears and many other wildlife found in Australia. However, it serves as a great repellent for sandflies, other insects like aphids, earwigs, mites and whiteflies are killed instantly upon contact of the Eucalyptus plant due to its powerful insecticides
- Tea Tree: This particular oil carries antiparasitic properties allowing it to suppress or destroy the growth of parasites such as fleas, leeches, lice and ticks. Tea tree also repels ants, mosquitoes, spiders and so much more!
- Lavender: Lavender has been used for centuries as bug repellent, often used to protect clothes or other linens from infestation of moths and other insects. It can also control the infestation of fleas, flies and black beetles. Lavender can also be used to repel mosquitoes and other critters known to bite. If a bug has already bite you, you can use this oil to calm down the inflammation and itching of the bite
Everything You Need to Know about HotRAGS Nag Champa
HotRAGS carries a wide array of Nag champa products that range from the original scent to a strain of many other scents that include, lavender, jasmine blossom, and rose. In addition to the many different scents of Nag champa that the store carries, there are strains of Nag champa incense that are crafted to specifically target stress more deeply. These incense aid in meditation, relaxation, stress relief, harmony, and more.
Towards the bottom of this article, you will find a product listing for all of the Nag champa products that HotRAGS sells; cones, candles, simmer oils, and all.
Before you stock up on our Nag champa products, you might be wondering what Nag champa is and where the heck it comes from. HotRAGS buys Nag champa from the Shrinivas Sugandhalaya company based all the way in India. This company has been manufacturing their SATYA incense since the late 70’s when Nag champa became extremely popular in America. They named their incense and champa products after a world-famous guru named Satya Sai Baba from India. It is this name that you will find on all or most HotRAGS champa products.
While the classic scent of Nag champa can simply be enjoyed in the comfort of your home, its primary use is meditation or creating a spiritual, sacred atmosphere. The spiritual and meditative effect of Nag champa is likely the reason why Shrinivas chose to use Satya’s name for their brand of champa. Monks have used Nag champa incense in their Buddhist and Hindu monasteries because it purifies any environment. Furthermore, the slow burning stick allows a lot of time for the mind and body to relax, reflect, and connect to an inner peacefulness. The ingredients of Nag champa, and champa incense specifically are what make its abilities as strong as they are.
Nag champa is made up of two main ingredients. These ingredients are sandalwood oil, and most importantly, Magnolia champaca. While the sandalwood oil adds to the woody scent of Nag champa, it is predominantly the fragrant yellow flower of the Magnolia champaca (champak in English) that gives Nag champa its aroma. The champak tree is grown in India, which is why champa originated there and why it continues to be made there. The Sandalwood oil can be paired with other saps and resins like pine and cedar to create the slow burn of the incense and candles. The hand rolled Nag champa Incense from HotRAGS can burn for up to 45 minutes to an hour while the traditional herbs in the champa backflow cone create a thicker smoke that waterfalls down the cone rather than drifting up the way other cones burn. The champak flower can be mixed with numerous other scents such as cinnamon, lavender, black pepper, or saffron to initiate its distinctive and alluring smell that is loved by so many. Sandalwood has the ability to exterminate toxic energy and cleanse its environment. Overall, Nag champa continues to be one of the most popular scents around because it promotes tranquility and a positive state of mind.
Now that you are educated on all that is Nag champa, you might feel compelled to create your own peaceful space where you can be free to relax and allow your mind to reflect. With Nag champa, you can create this sort of space in the comfort of your own home and HotRAGS has all the Nag champa products you will ever need to make this space a success!
The amethyst stone is not only one of the most popular stones sold at HotRAGS but it is also one of the most popular stones in the world, having been cherished by generations. The word amethyst originates from the Greek word amethystos which translates to sober. This translation carries out the notion that amethyst promotes a firm, sober mindset. This stone comes in shades and hues of purple, a color that symbolizes peace, purity, and calm. Amethyst is a member of the Quartz family, and it is the birth stone of February, making it the official stone for the Zodiac signs Aquarius and Pisces that fall within the February month.
Amethyst is known to be a stone of divinity that has abilities to connect one with a deeper sense of spirituality. The stone can ward off evil thoughts and natural amethysts are connected to the third eye and crown chakras. Some believe that the third eye acts as an energy center that dominates one's mind and one's psychic interrelation. The connection that amethyst obtains to the third eye and crown chakras might help stabilize the mind and the body while allowing you to get in touch with your intuition. Amethyst also has the ability to help you tap into a greater wisdom through a better sense of understanding. This can initiate better decision making in difficult situations.
Benefits and Abilities:
Amethyst is associated with grace, understanding, serenity, and trust. Along with these associations, this stone has healing properties that defend against the negative energies you face as well as the ones you might carry within yourself. Additionally, amethyst helps alleviate anxiety and acts as a natural sedative to eliminate rage while managing fears and anger. This stone eases sadness and grief and it can lead the mind to a peaceful place by assisting it with free-flowing thoughts. The amethyst is perfect for those who struggle with depression or anxiety because is diffuses negativity and purifies the body of any existing toxins.
It is always important to take proper care of your amethysts and make sure they are fully charged in order to get the best results out of them. Avoid leaving your amethyst in the water or sun for too long to keep them from getting damaged or faded. To recharge your stone, place it in a bowl of dry salt away from any nearby water. Let the stone sit in direct sunlight for anywhere between 30 minutes to four hours. The sunlight will help supercharge your stone. After you have completed this task, run your amethyst under cool, filtered water and let it air dry after setting it on a towel.
HotRAGS features an array of different amethysts that are all pure and natural.HotRAGS is currently selling amethysts as necklaces, in small stone packs, in sage bundles, with candles, and as plain stones. The largest amethyst carried by HotRAGS is a four-foot stone with a beautiful geode in the center. This stone is sure to bring forward its maximum clarifying and purifying benefits. Some ofHotRAGS smaller amethysts are about hand sized or slightly smaller. These glistening purple stones form into points or sit in large clusters to make for eye catching decor along with all of their spiritual and healing properties that go with them. Shop our Amethyst Collection!
A result of cold-pressing hemp seeds, Hemp Seed Oil, or often referred to as “hemp oil”, boasts several benefits when applied to skin, including excellent ability to moisturize and soothe. Additionally, hemp oil has anti-aging properties and is said to help reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Hemp Oil Body Lotion is no doubt a great addition to your daily self-care routine. Check out our SkinCare products!