January is here, and with it, as always, a brand new year: 2013. January is a time for looking back to see where we have been, but to also look forward to 12 new months full of plans, promises and resolutions for ourselves and our families. January is a good time to catch our breath, so to speak, and check ourselves out before we plunge ahead into the new year.
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This month, our articles focus on taking care of yourself and others. The first is an article by Reiki Master Healer and Crystal Expert Lourdes Lebron on sleep aids. Getting the right amount of sleep is an important part of staying healthy, and Lourdes reviews various crystals, candles and other techniques for improving the quality and quantity of your sleeping hours.
Our second article, Crystals for Caregivers, is written by Tara Mideaker who is also a Reiki Master Healer and Crystal Expert. When taking care of others, it is important to take care of oneself, and Tara recommends a number of excellent crystals to help caregivers stay healthy themselves.
You can also check out Tara and Lourdes together on YouTube where they discuss various crystals and their uses in a number of instructional videos.
All of us here at Healing Crystals thank you for all of your past support and we wish you and yours a safe and happy New Year.
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Crystal Sleep Aids
By Lourdes Lebron
Although many of us try to get the recommended amount of sleep, there are times it as elusive as a winning lottery ticket. Stress, electronics, the foods we eat, and even what we read and watch on TV or the computer can all affect the quality and quantity of our rest.
In this article I’d like to make suggestions that may enhance the quality of your sleep and bring you some much needed rest.
Many people don’t realize that the foods you eat can play a part on the quality of sleep you have. If you eat a heavy meal right before you go to sleep, your body will spend most of its time digesting food as opposed to helping you rest and restore your body. If you have to eat right before you sleep try something light like fruit, a glass of milk, or some non-sugary cereal. Drinking herbal teas with Lavender and Chamomile an hour or two before bedtime can evoke a more restorative state within the body.
Exercise before going to bed can also interfere with a good night’s sleep. The workout can rev up your body and you can become “wired.” Instead of an intense workout try a relaxing yin yoga practice and/or meditating since they can release built up stress from the day. Working on a soothing hobby like reading, beading, or crocheting may also let the mind release the problems and challenges being faced during the day allowing the body a chance to recover.
Electronics can obstruct your sleep. Many people who are sensitive to electromagnetic fields find it difficult to get a fitful rest at night; especially if there are electronics near their beds. One way to help is to keep electronics three feet from the bed. Another way is to place cork on the floor beneath the mattress to limit the emfs coming through the floor. Certain crystals like Black Tourmaline can aid in blocking this energy when placed on the floor under the bed and/or on a night table next to the bed.
To help get a good night’s rest, it is essential to have your space cleared of unwanted energies. An easy way to do this is to clean the room physically and then clean it energetically with sage and/or incense by spreading the smoke into the corners. Many people don’t realize that mattresses and linens can hold in unwanted energies. Saging the mattress and pillow (using fire proof containers), and washing the linens (adding a drop or two of sage essential oil to the rinse water) will help release the harmful vibrations. Some people find salt lamps also encourage a peaceful night’s sleep by balancing the ions in the air. This would be especially beneficial if the lamp is within 3 feet of the bed.
Once the room is cleared, a tranquil atmosphere can be induced by using a Lavender scented candle. The candle can be burned before bedtime and crystals like Lepidolite and Amethyst can be placed around it to absorb the peaceful vibrations.
Upon bedtime, the crystals can be placed underneath the pillow where the energies of the stones will work with the aura to release the stress of the day. Another way to use the crystal energy is to infuse crystals with the intention to get a peaceful night’s sleep and then gridding the room with these crystals. The stones can be placed in all of the corners and one in the center of the room. Selenite, Amethyst, and Blue Calcitewould work very well for this intention. If you don’t wish to grid a whole room you can place a grid under your bed.
Placing one hand on the heart and the other on the abdomen while breathing to a count of four can bring comfort to the spirit and soul. Some people find comfort in placing both hands an inch below the belly button. This soothes and calms many of the energy systems in your body encourages a peaceful rest cycle.
Finally, if you find that the sleep eludes you more often than not you may wish to check with your healthcare provider for other possible explanations. Hormone imbalances and/or herbal supplements may interfere with your rest. Combining these suggestions with Allopathic medicine can bring you the restful sleep you need to be your best.
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Crystals for Caregivers
By Tara Mideaker
One of the difficult times that any of us can experience is when illness strikes ourselves or a loved one. When that happens it is very easy for the quality of our lives to suffer as we become focused on that illness and the business of healing.
Fortunately, we often find someone who lightens those dark days by helping us and our families with the simple things. Someone who gets us groceries, picks up our prescriptions and makes sure that we take care of ourselves. Someone who takes us to our appointments and sits with us during our treatments. Someone who just gives us company and friendship and lets us know that, while things may not be OK, we are not alone.
These selfless individuals are caregivers and whether it is a family member, a friend, or a professional; they give so much of themselves to help others that it is very easy for them to become mentally and physically depleted. They are so focused on caring for their patients, their patient’s families and their own families that they often neglect taking care of themselves.
Crystals are an excellent resource for Caregivers when it's time to take care of themselves. Crystals and Caregivers really compliment each other and share many of the same qualities. They both offer positive energy, provide emotional, physical and spiritual support and, most importantly, they keep sparkling even through the dark times. Below are some of the most common ailments that affect Caregivers and the crystals that can offer support:
FRUSTRATION: Caregivers are typically taking care of so many people and situations at once that it is so easy for them to become completely overwhelmed and frustrated. Amethyst is a natural stress reliever and a wonderful tool for easing the tension caused by feeling as if you just cannot do it all. It has a very peaceful energy that transforms negative energy while reminding us how strong and capable we are. Blue Lace Agate is a very calming crystal that can ease frustration by stabilizing those feelings of being out of balance. Serpentine offers a unique healing vibration that helps to release those feelings that are harming us and replace them with abundance.
FATIGUE: Everyone has their physical limits and there comes a time when rest is absolutely necessary – but difficult to accomplish. For a Caregiver that cannot relax and/or fall sleep Howlite will calm an over-active mind and Hematite can help to let go – at least temporarily – of those things that are preventing restful sleep. When it is necessary to keep going a little longer, Garnet and Citrine are both vibrant crystals that can re-energize us long enough to do what we must. But make sure that you get the rest that you need!
DEPRESSION: Caregivers are constantly surrounded by stressful situations and negative energy. The side effect is often depression. If there is one crystal that would be the most beneficial for a Caregiver it is Lepidolite. Lepidolite can soothe the symptoms of depression and clear away negative energy. It promotes emotional balance and inner peace. It eases tension, supports transitions, and assists with physical and mental relaxation. Most importantly – much like a Caregiver – Lepidolite brings light and hope, and helps us to see the good in any situation.
HELP FOR THE HELPER: Caregivers are the ones that everyone turns to for help, and as a result they can often be hesitant to ask for help themselves. It is imperative for a Caregiver's own health and well being that they know when to give themselves a break, and when to look to others for support. Rose Quartz will remind them that they are also a priority, and that it is all right to need time for you. Aquamarine will encourage them to acknowledge their needs and find their own support system. Ametrine will remind them that they are not alone and by working together we all accomplish so much more.
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