• #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 I)

April 1, 2018
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Subjecting your locks to the latest dyes and dos can leave your hair looking less than lively. Add to that a nutrient-deficient diet and it’s little wonder our tresses can appear they belong to an aged rocker. Yet, there are steps you can take to reverse the damage and get a natural shine, no products necessary.

If you’ve ever been to a hairdresser, you’ll be well familiar with the end-of-session sales pitch of the latest product to hit the market—a little pot of hair miracle promising to shine and polish your locks to perfection.

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While immediate effects of chemically made products, including colour dyes, may take your tresses from unruly to tame with an enviable shine, in the long term, hair is being damaged, follicle-by-follicle, cuticle-by-cuticle. Couple this with daily use of heated styling tools: straighteners, dryers, curlers, crimpers; and you’re getting further away from achieving true healthy hair, which can only come from the roots up.

Laying down your favourite tools may not be an option, but there are steps you can take to bring back your silky locks of childhood, to a time when split ends were simply a band. However, it’s firstly important to understand how hair is formed and what essential nutrients make up each strand, from root to tip.

The Foundation of Healthy Hair

While hair is deemed “dead” once it leaves the scalp, it’s very much alive and dependent on good nutrition as it grows. The bulb and shaft make up each hair strand. It’s the bulb at the hair root where cells multiply due to minerals, oxygen and essential nutrients including magnesium, sulphur, zinc and silica, as well as Vitamin B6, biotin, inositol and folic acid. Beta-carotene, which is converted to Vitamin A, is also essential to maintain healthy skin, nails and hair.

As hair grows, its cells become rich in keratin, a protein-packed sulphurous amino acid, which forms the hair shaft. Under a microscope you would see three layers that make up the shaft, including the medulla at the centre, the cortex and the cuticle. The medulla has minimal pigment, while the cortex determines the hair’s strength and colour. The cuticle is what reflects light and shine. This flat outer layer protects the hair’s internal composition, working as a barrier to harsh environment conditions. It’s these cells that become damaged with over colouring and styling, leaving the hair dull, limp and often broken.

Working from the Inside Out

Before we began barraging our hair with chemical shampoos, conditioners, dyes, styling products and heated tools, hair naturally shone provided the person ate a diet rich in nutrients essential to healthy hair growth. Yet it’s not one vitamin or mineral that leads to better growth, says Mal Pace, who counsels clients to a healthier lifestyle from the inside out at his Pace Training and Health clinic in Sydney.

“We need about 100 different nutrients to survive and thrive—we need lots of vitamins and minerals. Not five, not 10 but 100,” he says.

“(Healthy hair depends on) a tonne of essential trace minerals, like manganese and copper, as well as fatty acids—most of us have heard the term ‘Essential Fatty Acids’, and as the name implies, there are absolutely necessary, not optional. These fatty acids are found mainly in non-animal foods, such as seeds, nuts and vegetables. Jeopardise your diet and your jeopardise your hair.”

Pace adds that while some mineral supplements can help to replace what has been lost, there is no substitute for eating real wholefoods when it’s optimally healthy hair you seek. Additionally, superfoods such barley grass, acai and goji berries, wheat grass, chlorella and a spirulina from a pure source as also a good idea due to their high concentration of hair-loving nutrients.

(Healthy hair depends on) a tonne of essential trace minerals, like manganese and copper, as well as fatty acids—most of us have heard the term ‘Essential Fatty Acids’, and as the name implies, there are absolutely necessary, not optional.

Iron, Vitamin D and Iodine are also essential hair nutrients, says Tony Pearce of National Trichology Services.

“These are the three most important nutrients for metabolic functioning,” he says. “Essentially, by virtue of their ‘femaleness’, women are more prone to be deficient in these nutrients than males. Hair is the first tissue to have these supports withdrawn when the body’s levels are becoming depleted.”

Pearce adds that thinning hair on a woman’s scalp is often the first symptom of an internal disturbance or deficiency.

“If you are noticing you are losing more hair than normal or suffering from Telogen Effluvium (a form of alopecia)—keeping in mind other factors such as post pregnancy, shock if you have been ill and required intravenous drugs—start with a simple blood test to determine your iodine, iron and Vitamin D.”

Essentially, by virtue of their ‘femaleness’, women are more prone to be deficient in these nutrients than males. Hair is the first tissue to have these supports withdrawn when the body’s levels are becoming depleted.

Dr S.K. Thomas, author of The Fertile Ground e-book, says health of the scalp is also imperative to healthy hair growth. Every cell in the body, he explains, is dependent on blood supply for nourishment and removing of each cell’s waste.

“If that acid waste is not removed, it will concentrate around the cells and burn them—this is physical stress, creating an acid condition. The skin cells of the scalp want to be happy like every other cell,” he says. “Vasoconstriction is when the body’s blood vessels contract to a smaller size, diameter.”

Substances such as nicotine and caffeine are just two of the culprits that trigger vasoconstriction, Dr Thomas adds. When this happens to any tissue, blood supply and nutrition decreases, as do elimination of cell waste, which directly affects hair health or lack thereof.

“Mental stress is also a problem because we contract our muscles chronically and prevent blood and nutrition from getting to the cells, restricting elimination, cell happiness and balance,” he says. “Bottom line, hair cannot grow if the cells are not kept happy.”

NEXT WEEK: (Part 2 – Best Foods for Healthy Hair + Chemicals to Avoid)

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