• #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} A Bronzite Stone is a protective and grounding mineral that helps to restore harmony in your life. It strengthens your self-confidence and self-esteem, especially in situations where you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or powerless. Bronzite healing properties help to alleviate any feelings of doubt or indecisiveness. This particular bronzite meaning makes this a very beneficial stone to use when considering plans for the future.

Bronzite stones help you to take responsibility for your actions, while balancing, grounding and stabilizing your energy body in the process. Bronzite healing properties not only repel, but send back the negative energies to the sender. They instill the inner strength and courage to follow through with your actions to pave way for your dreams to come true.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} A Selenite wand (pictured) is the ideal energy tool for all types of energy cleansing. Everyone needs one in their home. It is one of the the very few minerals that has the ability to quickly unblock stagnant energy and remove negative energy. Place one on each of your windowsills to protect your space and raise its vibration. Selenite crystals also greatly magnify the energy of anything that is placed upon them. Place your tumbled stones on top of them to clear their energy. 💎
Selenite is one of our must-have crystals—it’s one that we both wear each and everyday. It is a mineral that holds a very, very high vibration, working on many different energetic levels to cleanse, purify and clear your body of any negativity or energy blockages. Selenite crystals dispel all negative energy from the body and mind, bringing calming energies, deep peace and mental clarity.
Unknown to many, Selenite also promotes fertility as well as unlocks any creative blocks. It is excellent for healers, light workers and people in the public to wear, as they act as an energetic shield surrounding your aura. Some even believe that its' natural ability to cleanse, purify and create energy flow throughout the entire energy system will help to restructure and regenerate cells. It is often used in holistic medicine treatments for physical healing, including cancer treatment and tumor reduction. 💎
Wearing a selenite necklace also shields and protects you from lower energy frequencies, especially energy vampires, spirits or ghosts. Selenite is a form of liquid light that infuses your aura and spirit with white light when worn or held.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} An Andalusite stone is very powerful for psychic protection, grounding and motivation. Carry it with you when you are feeling anxious, stressed or fearful to help you feel more secure and protected.

Since ancient times, Andalusite stones have been used for protection. They believed that the Andalusite meaning as a sign from God, as it has a very unique, natural black cross within it. Andalusite stones carry a very highly protective vibration, especially for psychic protection. In ancient times, it was used to ward off the evil eye and any negativity directed at them. An Andalusite Stone is a powerful healing stone for focus and grounding, helping to strengthen all of your chakras so that you feel more balanced. It increases your motivation and willpower, so that you are fully focused on your task or goal. The andalusite metaphysical properties include having a deep connection with the Earth. When you hold these stones in your hands, you will feel a spiritually grounding and comforting energy. It helps you to change any negative energy into positive, fostering harmony and peace. Andalusite stones are also wonderful stones to carry when you are feeling fearful, depressed, anxious or stressed, as it helps to relieve stress and leaves you feeling more secure. 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Peacock Ore’s (also called Chalcopyrite) rainbow color surrounds you with light to inspire positivity. It is a stone of creativity, innovation and blessings that helps to increase creative energies and stimulate new ideas. Hold it in your hands and say: Negative energy will not enter my space. I am surrounded by light and peace. This will amplify its properties for peace and protection.

Chalcopyrite is a wonderful meditation stone because it breaks up energy blockages to open up the crown chakra. It is also believed to be one of the strongest healing stones in the mineral kingdom, as it has the ability to align every chakra when placed upon it. Using it in body layouts causes a transformative experience that removes negative energy and replaces it with strong, positive energy. Meditating with them on a regular basis increases your intuition and helps you to become more in tune with the universe. It is also said to help us overcome the idea of “perfection,” encouraging us to embrace who we are and accept ourselves. 💎 
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Black Tourmaline is one the ultimate protection crystals. If you are looking to clear, cleanse and unlock any energy blockages in your home, place a piece of Black Tourmaline in each of the 4 corners of the room or at the 4 corners of your property. This creates a protective shield of energy to ensure that no negative and harmful energy permeates your space. The human body is constantly bombarded with positive and negative energies. When you come in contact with people everyday, you often pick up some of their energy. To maintain a balanced mind, body and spirit, you want to make sure that your energy is 100% your own, so knowing how to remove negative energy from your energy field is key. 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} One of the oldest stones on the planet, Shungite is a must-have for any crystal collection. All gemstones have healing qualities, but in the case of this super stone, the unique purifying and cleansing properties of shungite make it unlike any of the other protection crystals. Found only in Russia, shungite has been a source of healing since long before the discovery of fullerenes within the stone. The natural fullerenes within this carbon dense stone have the ability to reduce the concentration of free radicals. That's why we always recommend setting shungite protection properties on your desk, to shield against the free radicals cast off by your tech devices. It's also great to place shungite in a glass of water to create a healing elixir. The high-carbon content within shungite acts as a filter. Modern water filtration systems use active charcoal carbon for the same reason. In Karelia, Russia, where shungite is found, they've been using shungite in their water for centuries! 💎
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {Guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Black Onyx is one of the best crystals for protection because it facilitates better decision making. In connecting with a black onyx protection crystal, you can work to shield your energy from regressing into negative habits or patterns. It's ideal for releasing tension, and guides you to find grounding within. Use black onyx to find stability during times of turmoil in your relationships. The self-confidence this stone imbues you with comes from that sense of balance within. It will encourage you to pursue your dreams without fear. Wear it as protection crystal jewelry and always have a bodyguard to shield your inner spirit from unwanted intrusions. 💎 
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK {guest edited by Heather and Timmi at @energymuse} Energy is your most precious human resource. Your energy makes you, you. Your physical energy, emotional energy, mental energy and spiritual energy all contribute to how you feel and show up to your life on a day to day basis. 
Your mind, body and spirit are constantly bombarded with positive and negative energies. Even when you do your best to maintain a positive mindset, you are still susceptible to the energies of others and your surroundings. When your co-worker or loved one is stressed, you may pick up that energy and take it on as your own. If you walk into a room where an argument just occurred, your energy field picks up the energetic residue left in the space. This is why it’s of utmost importance to prioritize protecting your energy.

When you feel safe, secure and energized on all levels, you just feel good. You are grounded, calm and able to make better decisions. Your performance at work sky rockets. Your relationships become easier. And your home feels like a safe, harmonious haven.

So what can you do to protect your energy? That’s where crystal energy comes into play. Throughout this week on the @ecobeautyeditor feed, you’ll learn what crystals are best for protection of your space and your energy.
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  • #PROTECTIONCRYSTALSWEEK This week’s @ecobeautyeditor feed will be guest edited by Heather and Timmi from (my all-time favourite) crystal house, @energymuse The women are going to be talking about crystals for energy protection — one of the most overlooked health and wellness subjects on the planet IMO. We are actually first and foremost energetic beings, so it makes complete sense that we would need to put certain protocols in place to protect (and nourish) our energy reserves. If you’re a crystal lover like me, stay tuned to find out what ones Heather and Timmi recommend, and why.
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How to Grow Truly Healthy Hair (Part II)

April 14, 2018

To read part one of How to Grow Truly Healthy Hair, click here.

Best Foods for Healthy Hair

If you’re dedicated to achieving healthy strands, there are certain foods that are a must to include in your diet:

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Dark green vegetables: A great source of vitamins A and C, these help the body to produce sebum, which is the oil secreted by the hair follicles and your natural hair conditioner.

Lentils and beans: Legumes are a must for silkier locks. Besides all-important protein, which promotes hair growth, foods such as lentils and beans are brimming with biotin, zinc and iron. When deficient in these, hair becomes brittle.

Whole grains: Important hair nutrients including B vitamins, zinc and iron are found in whole grains. Try soaking instead of boiling to maximise the amount of goodness you get from each mouthful.

Carrots: Known to be perfect eye-food, carrots also promote a healthy scalp thanks to their Vitamin A content.

Bananas: Hair thinning is often attributed to lack of Vitamin B6, a nutrient found in the humble banana. This vitamin is essential as it enables the body to absorb nutrients from the other foods we eat, and also helps the production of red blood cells: a must to keep hair follicles healthy, which creates shine.

Nuts: Pecans, walnuts and cashews make great snacks if you want to achieve healthy hair. Their zinc content can slow thinning and hair loss. Walnuts are also a great source of selenium, important to ensure a healthy scalp, free of dandruff.

Avocado: Brimming with good fats, avocados also contain biotin which is essential for healthy hair growth. Besides eating this beauty superfood, apply it directly to the hair for a deep conditioning hair masque.

Tips from the Ancients

What you put in your body and on your hair may contribute to a head of healthy locks, but so does how often—and when—you decide to book in for that trim, says Rebecca Dettman, an Adelaide-based intuitive and former beauty editor. She says there are many who only cut, shave or wax according to the moon’s cycles, swearing by its ability to keep hair healthy and promote or slow growth.

“When the moon is waxing—growing bigger—hair is said to grow more profusely; when waning—growing smaller—hair growth slows,” Dettman says.

“To encourage longer, locks, trim the ends under a full or waxing moon in moon in Cancer, Scorpio, Capricorn, Pisces, and Taurus. For thicker hair, visit your hairdresser under a full moon in Leo. Sick of your hair growing too fast? Get it chopped under a waning moon in the ‘dry’ signs of Aries, Gemini, Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius.”

She says throughout history, hair—and particularly healthy hair—has always represented strength, power, rank prestige and even magic.

“The biblical Sampson lost his strength when cutting off his hair, which is perhaps why witches traditionally used peoples’ hair cuttings in their brews,” she says. “These days girls often crave new haircuts and colours when changing jobs or boyfriends—an ancient symbolic nod to the fact that hair holds a lot of emotional memory and ‘baggage’, and that chopping it off can be a freeing new beginning.”


Why Chemicals are a Hair Killer

Parabens, sulphates, phalates and petrochemicals are just some of the nasties that make up the ingredients of many modern-day hair products, each contributing to ill hair health that can only be truly reversed at the hands of a hairdresser with a sharp pair of scissors. Knowing what chemicals to avoid is the first step in fostering vibrant locks (and ultimately good health). Check your favourite product for one or a combination of the following ingredients to avoid:

  1. ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL: Found in hair colour rinses, this is a solvent and denaturant, meaning it changes other ingredients’ natural qualities. This poisonous, petroleum-derived chemical is also used in antifreeze. Applied to the hair, it will cause breakages and strands will become extremely dry. If that’s not enough to deter even the most committed of hair colour fan, consider that it’s also said to cause headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and mental depression.
  2. PETROLATUM: If your grandmother told stories of how Vaseline did wonders for her hair, chances are it didn’t (sorry grandma). This petroleum-based goop is used by industries to grease machinery, and has no place being near your hair or skin. It not only clogs the hair cuticles, but also infuses it with toxins that are not only bad for your hair, but also your scalp and entire body, as what goes on, goes within.
  3. POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL(PEG): Found in hair products and topical medications—and even lava lamps and oven cleaners—polyethylene glycol compromises the immune system and can be carcinogenic and may result in brain, liver and kidney abnormalities. In short, it’s toxic, won’t foster healthy hair and should have no place in the bathroom cabinet.
  4. SODIUM LAURYL SUFATE (SLS) & SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLES):Of all the bad chemicals in hair products, these two have to be the most publicised, and for good reason. Found in countless hair and beauty products, particularly shampoos, conditioners and toothpastes to make them foam up and give the impression they’re doing a good cleaning job. SLS and SLES are inexpensive, making them very attractive to beauty companies who want the biggest bang for their hair buck. Also used as detergents, these two nasties make up car wash soaps, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers. When tested on animals, they caused eye damage, depression, laboured breathing, diarrhea, severe skin irritation, corrosion and even death.
  5. CHLORINE:No need to check the label for this one. A major additive of water supplies around the world, chlorine will not only dry your hair out, causing breakage, it’s also proven to cause many ill health effects. Fit a quality filtration system to your showerhead to rid this chemical from your daily routine. Chlorine can cause asthma, hay fever, anemia, bronchitis, circulatory collapse, confusion, dizziness, eye irritations, nausea, high blood pressure, circulatory collapse, cancer and more.
  6. DEA (diethanolamine) MEA (momoethnanolamine) TEA (triethanolamine):Found in shampoos and other personal care products that foam these chemicals are said to increase the cause of liver and kidney cancers. This hormone-disrupting trio also come under the names of Cocamide DEA or MES and Lauramide DEA. Avoid at all costs.
  7. FD & C COLOUR PIGMENTS:Many colour pigments cause skin sensitivity and irritation. Absorption of certain colors can cause the body’s oxygen to deplete and even death according to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients. Made from coal tar, animal studies have shown almost all are carcinogenic.
  8. FRAGRANCE: While fragrance may appear harmless, it is in fact a concoction of thousands of toxic ingredients, most of which are synthetic. Also under the guise of “parfum”, it’s found in most shampoos and hair care products. While the smell may be sweet, the symptoms of fragrance application to the scalp can range from headaches, dizziness, rashes and skin discolouration to violent coughing, vomiting and allergic skin irritations. Studies have also found fragrance can affect the central nervous system, while causing hyperactivity, depression and irritability.
  9. IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA and DMDM HYDANTOIN:These two cosmetic preservatives found in most hair care products, release formaldehyde—a toxic chemical that irritates the respiratory system and can cause heart palpitations. Also said to bring about joint pain, allergies, headaches, ear infections, depression, Chronic Fatigue, formaldehyde is also known to contribute to cancer.

Sofia Basile, owner of Unico Hair Salons in Melbourne, says anything manmade that’s unnatural, synthetic and chemically-enhanced is not a good idea if you want to achieve optimally healthy hair.

“Silicone is being used in so many cheap shampoos,” she says. “It’s a cheap and quick result in getting ‘healthy-looking’ hair—this is a cheat approach to shine that gradually builds a plastic coating on the hair.”

She adds: “Silicone will stop conditioner and treatments from making the hair healthy from the inside out. If you think of your bathroom, we use silicone around the sink to make it watertight; this is doing exactly the same thing to your hair shaft! Keep your products natural. Your hair condition will improve and you will see great results.”

NEXT WEEK: (Part 3 – What Goes Within Matters + Colour by Nature)