We here at Healing Crystals are ready for a busy and abundant month with the first day of spring and Easter ahead of us. We have been preparing some special treats for you this month with holidays of renewal and fertility in mind. Since the vernal equinox occurs this week the color green is a natural focus for us this time of year.
When spring arrives our thoughts turn to sun filled days and time spent in nature. The earth seems to come alive and beckons us to rejoice in its rebirth. Since Aventurine personifies this energy we are offering both an article and a sale on Aventurine, the stone of luck and abundance, to reflect this joyous energy. Check out the article below by Brenda Durbin, a long time crystal healer, and then visit our On Sale Today page on our website for Aventurine products.
Our other article this month, Aroma Recipe: St Patrick's Day Blend, is from Stephanie Tingle, a Reiki and Chios healer and aromatherapist. Aromatherapy is a powerful and often overlooked tool in helping us achieve spiritual guidance and metaphysical balance. Stephanie's article includes a wonderful recipe for an aromatherapy spray that will help make your transition into spring more graceful and enjoyable. Use it year round to keep this energy a constant in your life.
Finally, our resident Easter Bunnies, Lourdes and Robin, have created a new contest for you this month. They have hidden a number of Easter Eggs around our website. Find as many Easter Eggs as you can on the product pages of HealingCrystals.com and send us a list of the pages where you found the eggs. The contest begins on March 26 and ends on Easter Sunday, so get out your virtual Easter baskets and start gathering those eggs!
From all of us here at Healing Crystals, enjoy a safe and responsible March.
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Aroma Recipe: St. Patrick’s Day Blend
By Stephanie Tingle
Have you ever walked into a space and felt instantly at peace or rejuvenated after a long day? Many times this is due to the use of specific scents to enhance the mood of that space. Restaurants, department stores, hospitals, and other businesses have long been aware of the ability of scent to influence behavior. You can reap the same benefits in your own space through the use of aromatherapy and essential oils. Aromatherapy is the practice of using scent to influence mental and physical well-being. An easy way to benefit from aromatherapy is by using essential oils, which are the pure essences of plants, flowers, or herbs. These pure oils are collected by various methods including steam extraction and pressing. Essential oils can greatly benefit your body and change your emotions through their natural scents. While they can smell pleasant, “fragrance oils” do contain synthetic ingredients and do not offer the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. So for the greatest benefit, be sure to use only pure, good quality essential oils and products that contain them. Unless specified otherwise, essential oils should not be ingested. Skin should always be tested for sensitivity prior to topical use.
St. Patrick’s Day is the perfect time to incorporate the use of aromatherapy and essential oils and I love to create a special aromatherapy spray just for this day. It’s fresh, minty, and perfect for celebrating the clearing out of old ideas and energy in order to make way for the new! Green crystals, such as Green Aventurine, Moss Agate, or Serpentine, are a fun way to add extra healing vibrations and make the spray even more effective. Adding any of these crystals will help balance the Heart Chakra to clear out negativity, infuse it with love, and facilitate healing. All three of these stones are also wonderful for bringing prosperity and a little “Luck o’ the Irish” into your life!
St. Patrick was actually born in Britain, not Ireland, around 390 A.D. to a Christian family. By most accounts, Christianity was not of much importance to him while he was growing up. As a teenager, he was kidnapped and taken to Ireland to work as a slave. According to folklore, after about seven years, a voice came to St. Patrick in a dream which told him to escape. He did so and found his way back to Britain on a pirate ship. The same voice visited him again in a dream and urged him to return to Ireland. By this time he was deeply religious and decided to become an ordained priest. He returned to Ireland where he spent the rest of his life trying to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. Mythology surrounding the story of St. Patrick says that he banished all the snakes from Ireland. However, it’s unlikely that there have ever been snakes in Ireland since the frigid water surrounding it would make it impossible for the cold-blooded creatures to get there. It’s likely that there is a more figurative explanation to this bit of lore. St. Patrick drove the antiquated, pagan customs out of Ireland and ushered in a new age of Christianity. It is said that St. Patrick used the three leaves of a shamrock to explain the Christian Holy trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, providing us with the popular symbolism that we continue to use today.
To make a four -ounce water-based aromatherapy spray in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll need:
One 4 ounce spray bottle
4 ounces distilled water
Essential oils as listed below; please make sure to use only pure essential oils.
Crystals as listed below (optional)
ST. PATRICK’S DAY BLEND
20 drops spearmint essential oil
10 drops vanilla essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
Green Aventurine, Moss Agate, or Serpentine
Add essential oils to the spray bottle.
Add water to fill the spray bottle and swirl gently to mix.
If you’d like, add small crystals or crystal chips to the bottle.
The crystals listed in the recipe are a recommendation; you may always use Clear Quartz or any other crystal that you are drawn to. Alternatively, the essential oils can also be mixed into 2 ounces of carrier oil, such as Jojoba or Sweet Almond oil, and applied externally to the body. This blend is a great way to usher in new energy as a way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!
May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night.
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Aventurine: A Multi-Faceted Stone
By Brenda Durbin
When considering a crystal for the Spring Equinox or St. Patrick’s Day, we often think of Green Aventurine. Many crystal lovers instantly recognize Aventurine in its most familiar color variety-Green. Aventurine is a variety of sparkling quartz with inclusions of various minerals which create the various hues, as well as an effect known as aventurescence. Aventurine grows in a variety of colors other than Green, including Red, Blue, White, Peach, Pink, Orange, Brown, Gray and Yellow. The Blue and Green varieties have inclusions of Fuchsite (Chromium Mica) giving them a cool, flashy sheen. Warmer colors are attributed to inclusions of Goethite (Iron Oxyhydroxide) and Hematite (Iron Oxide). Aventurine was named after a type of material created when Italian glassworkers accidentally spilled copper filings into a batch of molten glass. They named their discovery "a Ventura" meaning "by chance." The resulting decorative material was a very popular addition to jewelry. It is a product that we now call Goldstone, or sometimes, imitation Aventurine or Sunstone. The name Aventurine was later adopted as the name of the natural, sparkly stone that we are so familiar with today.
Aventurine connects us to the knowledge of the source of our greatest happiness, at the same time revealing the prickly irritants that stand in the way of our true bliss. Aventurine soothes our jangled nerves and instills a sense of patience, encouraging the kind of deep relaxation that leads to restful sleep. It helps us become more tolerant of those who choose to stand firmly on our last nerve and offers a level of acceptance that may help defray further damage to all involved.
Known as "the gambler's talisman" for its lucky attibutes, this stone has the abilitiy to dissolve negative feelings that pinch the flow of our natural abundance. Green Aventurine prompts us to finally “roll the dice” and take a chance. It is often used in abundance rituals along with a green candle, or placed in cash boxes or pocketbooks with Citrine and Amazonite to attract money. Holding or carrying Green Aventurine shifts us from a plodding mentality that may ensure survival ( but does not allow us to thrive), to one of glorious expansion of our true natural talents and abilities that creates space for new, leafy green abundance and personal growth. Placing a trio of Citrine, Green Aventurine and Rose Quartz crystals in the Southeast corner of your living room can help draw prosperity and stockpile abundance. It is the lucky stone of opportunity, said to open doors no matter what our need might be. It is a great stone to have on hand when playing the lottery, interviewing for a job or going to an audition. A Green Aventurine thumb stone is the perfect talisman to ease stress when sitting down in front of this month’s stack of bills to be paid. It can help us feel more stable in our financial situation and give us confidence when making important financial decisions.
Green Aventurine is the all-purpose healer and traditional Heart Chakra stone that many crystal healers carry in their first set of healing stones. Many healers choose the gentler Green Aventurine over Green Tourmaline for their female clients. It has an anti-inflammatory effect that can help relieve pain, boosting our own ability to regenerate and heal when we are in recovery mode. It can soothe skin irritations, improve allergies, heal skin eruptions and can help strengthen connective tissue. It calms nausea and can help reduce feelings of panic and anxiety. It is a great crystal to carry for comfort if you have a hard time fitting in. A tumbled Green Aventurine can be placed under the left arm to activate the Spleen Chakra, helping to instantly cut negative ties and dissolve hooks. Green Aventurine can be laid on the Heart Chakra to encourage needed release and to facilitate gentle clearing, activation and healing of the heart on both a physical and emotional level. Green Aventurine has traditionally been used in Medicine Wheel rituals to help connect with the love and guidance of guides and angels when held in ceremony at the level of the heart. It has been rumored to help one attract a helpful, loving partner later in life.
Green Aventurine encourages plant and garden growth and has been known to help connect one to the fairy folk, water elementals and nature devas who are ready and waiting to help us resolve earth’s environmental issues. It can help us adjust our natural selves to the idea of city living, at least for a little while. Green Aventurine can bring the solitude of the cool green meadows and wooded forests we seek into our living space, helping to create a visible reminder of our connection to the natural world. Blue Aventurine can keep the chakras in our feet clear and our base chakra open to allow for full flow of energy, especially while practicing “earthing,” or grounding while walking barefoot on the earth. Peach Aventurine is also another great choice for this practice as it helps to bring healing energy from the earth into the physical body. A Red Aventurine bracelet can be a valuable ally when you are ready to start a weight loss regimen, assisting with your goals and providing a visible reminder, and it can enhance libido and fertility as well. Excess energy can be effectively grounded by holding a piece of Red Aventurine while standing flat on the floor and visualizing a connection with the earth, allowing this energy to flow out through your feet and into the ground.
Green Adventurine, and indeed, all colors of Aventurine are beautifully supportive crystal allies, ready to blend with your energy to create balance and harmony in your life. Lean into the cool comfort, peace and abundance that Green Aventurine brings this Spring!
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