• #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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  • #NATURALMASCARAWEEK @w3llpeople claim their Expressionist Mascara is a “boundary-breaking formula that creates big, bold, fluffy lashes instantly”… and they’re absolutely spot on. I know a big frustration when trying natural formulas can be the lack of volume, the crumbling and the like—you don’t have to worry with this one. This botanical blend boasts pure mineral pigments, which deliver jet-black lashes, all the while the injection-moulded rubber brush helps to separate and define. 100 percent cruelty-free, petroleum-free, paraben free, gluten-free, coal tar-free, aluminum-free, fiber-free, and clump-free.

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Acai. Little Berry, Big Results

April 20, 2015

From the Amazon River Basin comes a potent berry that’s not only touted as a miracle superfood, but a skincare ingredient that’s said to rejuvenate and revitalise tired skin beyond measure. But just how real are the claims and is acai really the answer to many of our health and beauty concerns?

The Amazon’s acai is a little berry with a big reputation. Said to possess powerful antioxidants that boost metabolism, reduce weight and enhance athletic ability, it has also made a splash in the skincare industry, with promises of reducing signs of ageing while keeping skin supple.

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Found in clusters 25 feet above the ground in native palm trees that grow in the Amazon River basin, local tribes have long revered the acai (pronounced ah-cye-EE) berry, initially eating them for heightened energy before discovering their anti-bacterial properties that quickly reduced fevers, healed wounds and infections, while making those who ate them regularly, more resistant to sickness and disease.

Yet it wasn’t until the 1990s that this tiny antioxidant powerhouse made its way into the Western mainstream and into the kitchens of those seeking better health and longevity. More than 20 years on, the acai, which has low sugar content, continues to grow in popularity thanks to its impressive nutrient profile that has also caught the attention of health experts such as Dr Memet Oz who calls it “the world’s number one superfood.”

With a combination of all three essential fatty acids, omegas 3, 6 and 9, it’s also a storehouse of phytosterols, which inhibit the absorption of intestinal cholesterol, and vitamins B1, B2, B3, E as well as skin-loving Vitamin C, and important minerals such as calcium, potassium and phosphorus as well as essential amino acids.

However, it’s not just anecdotal evidence that has thrust the acai into the health food spotlight. In a 2005 study conducted by Dr Steve Talcott at the University of Florida, the fruit destroyed cultured human cancer cells, with the berries triggering “a self-destruct response in up to 86 percent of leukaemia cells tested.”

“We’re just beginning to understand the complexity of the acai berry and its health-promoting effects,” Dr Talcott says, who continues to study the fruit as a researcher at the Department of Nutrition and Food Science at Texas A&M University. “Compounds that show good activity against cancer cells in a model system are most likely to have beneficial effects in our bodies.”

Just two years after this study, Dr Talcott discovered a cold-press method to extract oil from the berries in a composition that is almost identical to the original acai, making its health benefits readily available as a food, dietary supplement and perfect for use in cosmetics. Yet, while eating the berry or its dark green oil is proving to be a wellness wonder, how effective is it when applied topically?

The acai, which has low sugar content, continues to grow in popularity thanks to its impressive nutrient profile that has also caught the attention of health experts such as Dr Memet Oz who calls it “the world’s number one superfood.”

According to popular health expert Dr Mercola, who has developed his own range of skincare featuring acai, the berry’s active ingredients are readily absorbed into the skin, helping to treat dry or cracked skin, while reducing the appearance of premature ageing.

“It’s an excellent emollient and an effective moisturiser and it absorbs into the skin quickly,” he says.

However, Dr Mercola adds that despite the fruit’s definite benefits, it has become the focus of a media-hyped fix-it-all, spawning inferior products that can’t live up to their labelled promises. This makes choosing the right acai products a challenge for the consumer who doesn’t know what to look for.

Skincare companies worldwide have jumped on the berry bandwagon, introducing lotions, balms, anti-ageing serums, after sun formulations, anti-wrinkle creams and other facial products infused with acai. Yet a close up look at many labels will reveal small amounts of acai alongside toxic parabens and other chemical skincare additives—making any promises of being a skin saviour, defunct.

Key Considerations

  • When selecting an acai oil, be sure to check that it has been extracted using a cold press method, which keeps much of the berry’s nutrients in tact.
  • Choose a natural product with a high percentage of organic ingredients. As the body’s largest organ, the skin readily absorbs whatever is applied to it. Feed it as you would feed your body.
  • Check the label thoroughly. If harmful ingredients such as mineral oil, fragrance, dioxane and parabens make up just some of the formula you have your eye on, steer clear.
  • Is the skincare company you’re buying from harvesting the acai berry ethically and does it give back to the Amazon?
  • Acai isn’t known to have any contraindications, but as with any food or skincare ingredient, monitor what works for you.

Start from Within

Regardless of how much acai you put on your skin, it will never embody a true healthy glow unless you start from the inside out. As Hippocrates said, “All diseases start in the gut.” With our skin a reflection of what’s happening inside, start adding beneficial nutrients to you diet, along with caring for your skin from the outside. Many health food stores sell high quality acai berry powders, elixirs and supplements. Find one that ticks all the “good quality” boxes and add it to a daily smoothie or green juice. Finding the fresh fruit is rare, as the berry is fragile and can rarely be shipped long distances.

Acai’s Antioxidants

While acai’s abundant antioxidant properties are well known, just what effect do these have on the body and skin? Include them in your diet if you want to foster good health, longevity and energy. While helping the immune system to function more efficiently, antioxidants help to fight of the effects of germs, viruses and bacteria, as well as exposure to pollution and chemicals.

Did You Know?

Acai’s antioxidant value is higher than prunes, pomegranates, cranberries and mangosteen, giving it the highest per unit value of antioxidant power of any edible fruit in the world. Meanwhile, its anthocyanin content is said to be 10 to 30 times higher than that of red wine.

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