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  • #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.
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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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Heal Your Skin by Looking Within

April 4, 2018
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Heal your skin of acne, dark circles, fine lines and pigmentation and you could benefit overall health, say many holistic health experts, who are using the face as a road map to help clients regain inner health and outer beauty.

Common skin complaints, from acne to pigmentation, could reveal secrets to our internal health by simply looking in the mirror.

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Modern health experts are turning to an ancient Chinese technique for diagnosing internal disturbances, giving them the ability to treat specific conditions according to where signs are showing up on particular areas of the face.

Combining dermatology and Chinese Medicine philosophy, Face Mapping is giving vital clues for those who are seeking more specific answers to their skincare woes.

“From seeing the face colour and condition of the face muscle, I can tell the blood circulation quality and how the digestive organs function—and how much nutrition the patient is able to absorb from their diets,” says Sydney-based Chinese Medicine practitioner Peter Chen, who commonly treats clients for skin conditions such as acne and eczema at his Logical Medicine clinic.

“If people have low kidney function problem, it will show as swelling around the eyes; if people suffer from liver or gallbladder issues, it may show as light yellow in the face and eyes; if the skin is very dry and without shine, it means the patient suffers very poor digestion and is unable to absorb enough nutrition; if the pupils of the eyes enlarge, it means pressure in the skull and they will suffer headache or migraine—this is caused by poor blood circulation and poor cardiovascular function.”

From seeing the face colour and condition of the face muscle, I can tell the blood circulation quality and how the digestive organs function—and how much nutrition the patient is able to absorb from their diets.

Fellow health practitioner Nalisha Patel knows well the discomfort of reoccurring acne, and says her own journey inspired her to help others, through her LookForever30 program, which uses Chinese face reading techniques to diagnose body imbalances and reduce fine lines and acne using nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes.

“I personally suffered from bad acne, even though I was a wellness professional!” she says. “I had to dig deeper into my habits to figure out why I was still breaking out, even though I was doing all the ‘right’ things. Now my face is clear and glows.”

How to Heal Your Skin: Signs and Symptoms

Dark circles under eyes: Lack of sleep, and a poorly functioning endocrine system, is said to be the leading cause of under eye darkness. However, some health practitioners say intolerances with foods such as wheat and dairy can also contribute to this common condition. Sufferers may also experience back pain, neck, shoulder and spinal core tension.

Horizontal lines on the forehead: Chinese Medicine relates premature wrinkles on the forehead to digestive issues.

Cracks at mouth corners: A Vitamin B deficiency, and in particular B2, has been identified as a contributing factor to the skin splitting at the sides of the mouth.

Dry skin or inflammation on the chin: Digestive issues can relate to excessive dry skin and redness in this area.

Pigmentation: Dark spots on the skin can be signs of detoxification, as the body pushes out toxins through the skin, resulting in pigmentation.

Dry lips: Slathering with lip balm won’t combat the condition that is said to be caused by lack of internal hydration, iron or B vitamin deficiency.

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The Purpose of Pimples

Dr Chen says those who suffer from acne usually have weak immune systems, as well as poor liver and gallbladder function.

“(The body) is unable to break down the oil well, so there is more oil in the skin that can block the sweat glands,” he explains. “The low immune system is then unable to kill the bacteria, so the bacteria will be able to stay in the little sweat glands and cause the acne.”

Some possible causes of acne on particular areas of the face could relate to the following:

Forehead: Liver and stomach congestion are often considered to be culprits, and can also be triggered by stress. Energy healers may also attribute pimples on the face to unresolved anger.

Above the eyebrows: A breakout here can signify it’s time to boost the immune system, and can often appear at the onset of cold or flu.

Between the eyebrows: Diets fuelled by dairy, sugar and alcohol are said to be causes, as are food allergies.

Cheeks: Smokers are more likely to suffer from breakouts here, as are those who live in cities with chronic pollution.

Chin: Hormones are often to blame for breakouts at the chin sides and can be particularly troublesome during ovulation.

Jaw line: A diet primarily of processed foods, including dairy, sugar, fried foods and soft drinks can result in adult acne, particularly along the jaw line.

The Gut-Face Connection

Greek physician Hippocrates once said, “All disease begins in the gut”, and as such, it’s also true that bad skin begins in the gut. But, it is possible to overcome common issues and heal your skin.

Meals of fast food that boast empty calories and unhealthy fats can cause the colon to clog and become home to a putrefying concoction of processed foods and meats.

With nowhere else to go, toxins are pushed out through the weakened colon wall into the bloodstream, and out through the body’s largest organ and hard-working elimination system, the skin.

“General skin health relates back to the functioning of the lungs, colon, kidneys and liver,” explains holistic skin a beauty therapist, Lydia Thomas, who treats clients from her Port Melbourne clinic, Apple Blossom Health and Beauty. “If all are in optimal health through a nutritious diet, regular exercise and emotional equilibrium, the skin will glow from the inside out.”

“General skin health relates back to the functioning of the lungs, colon, kidneys and liver.”

“Gut always plays a role,” she adds. “Stress-induced alterations to microbial flora such as anxiety, worry and depression could increase the likelihood of intestinal perme ability, which in turn sets the stage for systemic and local skin inflammation—so when treating the skin, you need to balance the gut flora by introducing probiotic strains such as bacillus acidophilus.”

Colon Cleansing Tips to Heal Your Skin

• Upon rising each morning, drink a glass of freshly squeezed lemon juice in warm water. Lemons work as a natural detergent, while also being anti-bacterial, anti-viral and immune boosting.

• Fast on pure spring or distilled water one day per week. According to leading health practitioner, Dr Joseph Mercola, distilled water should only be taken over short periods and only for the purpose of detoxification.

• Add cold pressed vegetable juices into your every day and undertake a three-day juice fast. Be sure to undertake any fasts under practitioner supervision if you have health issues.

• Naturopath Erica Lawrence recommends a herbal tea infusion of burdock, dandelion, echinacea, cleavers and nettle. “Echinacea is great for the immune system and also a primary lymphatic, which helps to detoxify your blood,” she says.

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The Great Healer

Beyond healthy foods, herbal teas and detox, there is a powerful skin and body regenerator that is greatly overlooked, thanks to the Western world’s work hard, play late attitude. Sleep, say many health coaches, wellbeing practitioners and holistic doctors, is a potent healer and remedy for many conditions which ail the skin.

Naturopath Tristian Kelly, who runs a sleep, wellbeing and anti-ageing clinic, Counting Seashells (www.countingseashells.com.au) at Sydney’s Bondi Beach, says the importance of sleep “cannot be underestimated”.

“The body needs sleep to repair cells and recover from the day—this can be easily seen from the benefits of sleep, which include healthier, younger skin, improved heart function, improved weight control, reduced chance of diabetes and improved mental clarity,” he says.

Dr Chen agrees: “Sleeping is the best medicine for your body… If you are unable to have good quality sleep, then your health condition will go down and your immune system will get worse. When you have a good sleep, your injured body or wound will heal four times faster than if you are unable to sleep properly.”

Good Sleeping Tips

• Don’t watch television or use a computer at least one hour before bed. Studies have shown that this can slow the production of sleep hormone, melatonin, which promotes sleep.

• Turn off all artificial light in your bedroom, including the alarm clock. According to The National Sleep Foundation (US), exposure to light stimulates a nerve pathway from the eye to areas of the brain, which control hormones, body temperature and other essential sleep functions. One study also found that exposure to unnatural light cycles could lead to depression.

• Drink a small glass of sleep-inducing chamomile or valerian tea.

• Take a warm bath infused with lavender oil.

(If you’re a sleep-deprived mama or papa reading this, take heart. Sleep will come. The key is to not stress about not getting enough if you can help it, and try to take power naps whenever a moment presents itself).

Beauty Vitamins and Minerals to Heal Your Skin

Once the colon is cleansed, the body has greater ability to absorb essential skin-essential nutrients, including beautifying vitamins and minerals.

Compounding pharmacist and creator of skincare line DNA Elements, Danielle Glover, says a beautiful, glowing, youthful complexion happens when its fed the right combination of minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants externally, but more importantly, internally.

“When looking after their skin, most people turn solely to mainstream topical creams, lotions, scrubs and toners, but forget that the health of our skin really is guided by what we eat,” she says. “Using the right combination of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants is essential for optimal skin health.”

According to Glover, the following nutrients are crucial for fostering healthy skin:

Vitamins C and E

Both have powerful anti-oxidant abilities that are highly effective at reducing free radical damage and the effects of prolonged sun exposure. Each may reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Foods boasting vitamins C and E include kale, broccoli, sunflower seeds and safflower oil.

Vitamin A

Known to maintain and promote the repair of skin tissue. The best way to top up on this nutrient is via foods such as carrots, apricots and kale, as excess consumption can be harmful.

Silica

Silica is known for strengthening the body’s connective tissues, and is imperative for all over skin health. Foods rich in silica include leeks, green beans and strawberries.

Selenium

Research has shown that selenium is responsible for tissue elasticity and pay help protect the skin from sun damage, resulting in fewer lines, wrinkles and age spots. Top up on brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, mushrooms and onions.

How Stress Affects the Skin

A hard day at work can quickly show up on the face, with stress contributing to the body’s inability to absorb nutrients. It also makes reaching for that end of day wine more tempting, leading to dehydration and disturbed sleep patterns.

Learning how to respond calmly to stressful situations requires mindfulness and this can take time to harness, making daily practices of meditation, yoga and walking highly beneficial.

Yet, there’s more going on in the body, and with the skin, when the stress response sets in says holistic nutritionist Samantha Ward of Melbourne’s Invora Health.

“Stress affects the skin in a number of ways: when we feel worried or stressed, our body releases a range of hormones, two of which are adrenaline and cortisol,” she says. “These two hormones were absolutely essential to our survival when stressed was caused by a tiger being two metres away from you… the adrenaline makes your heart beat faster, your lungs fill with more air, your muscles tense and you begin to sweat. You’re ready to run!”

She adds: “The issue arises when stress changed from a wild tiger to an inbox full of emails, a deadline, a disapproving boss or a visit from the in-laws. When our stress remains constant our body continues to produce these hormones and our level of cortisol rises causing a suppression of the immune system, reduced digestive function, blood sugar dis-regulation, obesity and of course, acne.”

Recipes for Relaxation

Being conscious of our response to stressful situations in an important first step in keeping calm, which can in turn heal your skin. However, there are regular beauty rituals that can keep you relaxed, while also feeding the face with beautifying vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and good fats.

Eco Beauty Mineralising Scrub

• Mix two parts aluminium-free baking soda to one part wild kelp powder. Wet the face and apply mixture gently in circular motions, working from the neck up to the forehead. Leave for two to three minutes before rinsing off. This also works wonders as an all over body scrub.

Apple Cider Toner

• Add one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with two cups of water. Apply to the face and neck using an organic cotton pad.

Bentonite Clay Mask

• Combine enough clay and water to make a paste. Apply over the face and neck and leave to dry, before rinsing off with warm water and patting dry. Bentonite clay is a wonderful detoxifier and feeds the skin with minerals.

Natural Moisture Infusion

• Organic rose hip oil is an effective and light skin moisturiser, which is packed with skin-loving antioxidant Vitamin C. It also does double duty as a toxin-free make-up remover.

Looking Within to Heal the Skin was originally published in Australia’s leading holistic lifestyle magazine, WellBeing.

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