Dear Crystal Enthusiasts,
Autumn is a time of change and at Healing Crystals we are working on many new projects. The most exciting project that we are working on right now is opening a wholesale outlet at our warehouse. That's right! After many requests, we are finally opening up a crystal store at our warehouse in Sterling, Virginia. We plan to open by December 1st.
In our crystal store, you will be able to hand pick from thousands of crystals and have access to special deals and unique specimens. While you are here, you can also select and purchase any other crystal that is available on our website. We will be posting more announcements and special deals on our Facebook page. If you live close by or will be traveling through the DC area, we would enjoy meeting you!
If you have a busy schedule or if you are managing a lot of details, you will enjoy Lourdes' article on peace, relaxation and stress release. If you're feeling like you need a little support with a project or a particular issue read Sonia's article on medicine bags; perhaps you will be inspired to build one of your own.
As always, thanks for all of your support. If you have any suggestions for us, as always feel free to Contact Us.
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Crystals for Peace, Relaxation and Stress Release
By Lourdes Lebron
One of the most popular requests people have when searching for healing crystals is to find one that can bring peace, relax the mind, ease tension in the body, and soothe the soul. Fortunately, many crystals have vibrations that encourage tranquility and a more relaxed state of mind. This article lists crystals that aid in bringing about a more serene sense of being, followed by tips on how to use the crystals and other tools that can encourage a more peaceful state of mind.
Abalone – helps soothe nerves
Amethyst – works well to help release the tight knots at the base of the skull that result in tension headaches
Aventurine – enhances meditation and finding inner peace
Blue Lace Agate– aids in releasing tension in the body when feeling “highly strung”
Blue Calcite – works well to “calm” a racing heartbeat.
Blue Chalcedony – vibrations bring peace into the energetic bodies.
Dumortierite – relieves fears that may be at the root of nervousness
Imperial Topaz – great for those “butterflies” in your stomach before exams, giving speeches, or when doing anything new and/or unexpected
Larimar– great for alleviating moodiness or feelings of impending “doom”
Lepidolite – excellent for difficulty sleeping when thoughts keep going round and round in the head
Lithium Quartz- aids in the release of stress or anxiety
Magnesite – deals/disperses/deflects the energy of irritability that can come with extra sensitivity
Sugilite – helps release emotional fears that keep us tied up in stressful knots
Wearing crystal jewelry is an easy and effective way to receive the energy of these crystals. Using them as bracelets on your non dominant hand will let you receive the vibrations quickly. Necklaces, pendants and earrings will also aid in bringing continuous crystal vibes into your energy field.
Carrying the crystals in your pocket, purse, or briefcase allows the energy to flow into your aura when not wearing them as jewelry. Even placing these crystals in your car can bring a sense of “well being” to your commute.
At the work place, taping these crystals to the bottom of a chair is another way of letting the energy permeate your energy systems without displaying the crystals in public. If this is not possible, taping a picture of one these crystals is also helpful. For a more visible option, try placing them on a bowl on top of your work space.
Having a picture of one of the crystals or a group of them as a screen saver also promotes the flow of energy to you throughout the day.
Charging water with crystals and drinking it throughout the day can also bring a more peaceful sense consistently throughout the day.
At night, these crystals can be placed under your pillow so that the aura has a chance to recharge with crystal vibrations at night. If using them under your pillow isn’t possible, place them under your mattress or on a night stand.
Crystal grids are fantastic ways of sending crystal energy to a specific goal. You can cut out the image of the grid below and place crystals in the corresponding spots or just arrange crystals in that pattern (without the grid underneath). If you do not have the crystals available to you, cut out pictures of the crystals listed in the grid below, then place them on the grid. You will still get the energy even though the crystals aren’t physically there.
When trying to create a “zen” like atmosphere in the home, a grid can be set up using these crystals above. Here is a sample grid:
Use this grid in whatever space you spend the most time or feel the most anxious in. Even without the crystals this grid emits Reiki which will also help with releasing tension.
Besides crystals many scents like Lavender, Sandalwood, and Chamomile can encourage a tranquil atmosphere. These scents can be burned as candles, used in oil diffusers or in body lotions and creams. Drinking teas made with Rose petals, Lavender flowers, and Linden tea leaves may leave you relaxed and feeling serene. Yin yoga, meditation, gardening, walking, and exercising are all practices which help to release built up tension that may have accumulated throughout the day. Working with other healing modalities like Reiki, can bring much needed relief too. The best thing to do is to combine different therapies that build upon each other.
A final note: there may come a time when the stress has taken a hold of you and doesn’t want to let go even after trying everything above. When this happens, combining crystal work with allopathic medicine can bring the relief you need.
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What’s in Your Bag
(The Medicine Bag)
By Sonia Acone
Some call them medicine bags; others medicine pouches, charm bags, gri-gri, mojo bags or amulets. Whatever the name, these small (or not) pouches hold items the user finds symbolic in order to provide protection, prosperity, healing, love, etc.
For thousands of years, the medicine bag was worn or carried and contained any number of objects, from herbs, leaves, crystals, feathers, to fur and more. Native American shamans carried such bags to offer healing rituals to those in need. Others carried medicine bags that held items that meant something personal to the owner. A farmer might have a medicine bag filled with seeds, herbs and stones to increase his harvest. Warriors carried one to protect them in battle.
Some bags may only contain one item, such as in Morocco. Still others, such as a Brazilian patua, may contain roots in the shape of a hand, nestled in the leaves of rue, with garlic and cloves added. Africans may have their medicine bags made of metal, while others are constructed of animal skins, leather, or fabric.
Whatever the container, a medicine bag is essentially magic in a bag. Objects are collected, empowered and worn, carried or placed in the home for various reasons. And, since all things contain energy, it stands to reason that crystals be an important contribution to the medicine bag, as well as other natural items such as herbs, flowers and the like.
What crystals should you choose for your medicine bag? It depends on the desired outcome you wish to achieve. Of course, Clear Quartz crystal can be used since it is the ultimate, all-around wonder crystal. You could also use a birthstone if you wish. There are endless possibilities here.
What else goes into your medicine bag? Along with your chosen crystal(s), you may want to add some herbs, flowers or whatnot to go into your bag for that added little boost. Below is a list of common issues, their corresponding crystals and herbs to give you a bit of guidance. The listings are by no means exhaustive, and you can choose whichever stones, herbs or plants feel right to you.
Prosperity– Crystals: Citrine, Malachite, Green Aventurine, Jade, Tigers Eye, Peridot. Herbs, flowers: Mint, Cloves, Cinnamon stick, Cinquefoil, Bergamot, Oak leaves.
Healing– Crystals: Bloodstone, Amber, Agate, Amethyst, Hematite, Azurite, Jasper, Carnelian, Calcite, Diamond, Turquoise, Sunstone, Sodalite. Herbs, flowers: Chamomile, Sage, Feverfew, Yarrow.
Protection– Crystals: Apache Tear, Obsidian, Jet, Onyx, Black Tourmaline, Malachite, Topaz, Garnet, Turquoise. Herbs, flowers: Pansy, Thyme, Morning Glory, Ivy, Lobelia.
Love– Crystals: Rose Quartz, Ruby, Emerald, Pearl, Moonstone, Rhodocrosite, Pink Tourmaline. Herbs, flowers: Apple (seeds can be used), Rose petals, Violet, Feverfew.
Creativity – Crystals: Iolite, Agate, Green Aventurine, Amazonite, Lapis Lazuli, Blue Chalcedony, Pietersite. Herbs, flowers: Dill, Fennel, Fern, Lavender, Mint, Marjoram, Parsley.
Of course, you can make a medicine bag to suit whatever issue you like. It can be as simple or complex as you wish.
Making a medicine bag
A medicine bag can be bought, such as an organza bag used for wedding tokens, or a tarot card bag or any other little bag you wish. If you really want to get creative, you can make your own. A simple one can be made out of a square piece of fabric (size is up to you, but 4” x 4” is just enough to fit in a purse, pocket or hung around the neck), tied with a ribbon of your choosing. You could sew one by machine sewing two squares, right sides together and leaving the fourth side open. Turn right side out, insert your objects, and sew the opening shut. Sew on a piece of ribbon for hanging.
What do I do now?
Now that you have your medicine bag, you are ready to empower it. This is just simply sitting quietly and stating your intention while holding your bag. Place the bag in your home, where it may do its job, such as near your checkbook or purse for prosperity; near your computer for creativity (or kitchen for creative cooking), under your pillow for love, etc. A medicine bag may also be worn or carried with you. Place one in your car for protection if you travel often. Hang one on your front doorknob to keep your home protected. The medicine bag will lose its power after about a month, so if it is still needed, remove the crystals and cleanse them, as well as replacing any herbs or flowers. If the bag has done its job, remove the objects, cleanse the crystals and return the natural elements back to nature.
It all boils down to what feels right to you. A feather you pick up on a walk could be put in a medicine bag; a small pebble or stone; perhaps corresponding crystals of you and your spouse or partner may aid in a better relationship. Use your imagination, state your intention, and have fun with it!
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