• #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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  • #NATURALMASCARAWEEK Winner of the Green Bible Beauty Award, @lilylolousacanada ’s vegan mascara is formulated with organic botanicals, which work as an anti-bacterial—a super handy fact when it comes to mascara, where bacteria can quickly grow. Expect volumizing and defining, thrown in with a good dose of lengthening. Definitely a natural mascara must-have.

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Argan Oil Benefits + What to Know Before You Buy

May 24, 2018
Argan oil benefits numerous. However, you want to be sure what you're using is pure and ethically sourced.

It’s an oil most of us have heard about, but what are the true argan oil benefits? Read on to find out why it’s wise to understand the argan story before you buy, in order to reap its rewards.

The “return to nature” beauty trend is unearthing some potent beauty elixirs, revered by cultures for thousands of years, with Morocco’s argan oil a buzz in beauty must-buys. Yet, is it just hype or does argan deliver on its promise of an all-round skin, hair and nail saviour?

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In just over 10 years, Morocco’s ancient argan oil has experienced a resurgence of popularity, thanks to its reputation as a natural all-in-one miracle smoother and soother. Brimming with skin-loving fats and antioxidants such as Vitamin E, it’s a hair, nail and skin remedy that’s said to slow down ageing and effectively treat problems such as acne, psoriasis and eczema.

Rare and Revered

Produced from kernels of the endangered argan tree, the oil is so rare it commands upwards of $AU300 per litre, prompting the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to form a cooperative to ensure the drought-hardy trees are only harvested under controlled, ethical conditions.

Now, the Berber women of southwestern Morocco, who were once not allowed to work in their communities, are the only people permitted to pick the kernels and extract the oil, which is used for beauty, culinary and medicinal purposes.

Any profit raised from the oil sales goes directly back into the community, helping to educate the region’s children – and protect the trees, which act as a “foundation species” to 1,200 other plants and animal species.

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Protecting the Argan Tree

Yet despite the best intentions of UNESCO and the Moroccan community to protect the argan tree, researchers at Cornell University have found the global interest in the oil may have further depleted the rare plant population.

In an article entitled Booming Markets for Moroccan Argan Oil Appear to Benefit Some Rural Households while Threatening the Endemic Argan Forest, researchers explain that the rise in local income thanks to the oil’s cultivation has lead to an increase in goat herds: one of the tree’s major predators. The goats climb the argan trees, stripping it of its kernels and threatening its lifespan.

“Win-win claims of poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation now appear on virtually every argan product label and have been showcased by media outlets worldwide,” the report states. “The boom has predictably made households vigilant guardians of fruit on the tree, but it has not incited investments in longer term tree and forest health. Our analysis suggests that booming argan prices have not improved the forest and may have even induced degradation.”

Such findings make it increasingly important for beauty buffs and health enthusiasts to choose not only high-quality oil, but to also buy from ethical companies that go above and beyond to ensure the oil is harvested correctly, while playing an active part in protecting the argan tree’s future.

Oils Ain’t Oils

While many argan-specific products promise the skin saving benefits that Moroccan women have known about for centuries, it’s important to look beyond the label when seeking out your brand of choice to ensure what you’re promised is what’s delivered. The more pure the oil, the better the product and overall results.

Beware of products emblazoned with “Moroccan” and “Argan”, yet use a small amount of the real ingredient alongside toxic synthetic fillers and preservatives such as parabens, which are said to mimic estrogen and disrupt the body’s hormone system.

Looking past fancy labels can mean some in-depth research, however, it’s time well spent when you consider what’s at stake: the health of the Moroccan argan tree population and your own wellbeing.

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From seed to oil. Processing the argan nut.

Some important points to consider when purchasing argan beauty products:

  • The nuts should not be roasted. Heated argan oil is best for culinary use and not beneficial as a cosmetic, with active ingredients destroyed by the heating process.
  • Argan oil is only beneficial topically when cold pressed, which results in a sour nutty smell. The oil should be extracted by hand or by using a mechanical press that doesn’t exceed 60 degrees Celcius.
  • Choose an amber-coloured UV-protected glass bottle. This prolongs the shelf life of the oil and its beneficial properties.

Why It Works: Argan Oil Benefits

Unlike many oils on the market, argan oil penetrates the epidermis to nourish the skin from within, and helps control sebum production. “It’s literally an oil that helps fight oily skin,” says Victoria Fantauzzi of La Bella Figura, a fair trade, ethical beauty company that specialises in the cold pressed oil.

Known as a great multi-tasker, argan oil, which has no known contraindications, is used widely for hair, skin and nails, and also for treating various dermatological conditions as well as stretch marks.

Besides its high essential fatty acid content and Vitamin E levels, the other active ingredients include: polyphenols, which are known for their anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-ageing, anti-allergy and antioxidant properties; sterols, also the primary component of the outermost layer of the skin, which are said to foster the structural integrity of cell membranes, while reducing inflammation and improving moisture retention; antioxidant-rich ferulic acid, which works as a barrier to ultra violet radiation; and carotenoids that work to maintain healthy skin and protect against ultra violet radiation.

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Argan nuts (Sapotaceae, Argania spinosa)

Applying Argan Oil

Argan Oil Benefits for Face

  • Apply two to three drops of the pure oil to freshly cleansed skin as an intensive night moisturiser.
  • Use as a base for a flawless, long-lasting make-up application.
  • Pat under the eyes to moisturise and alleviate dark circles.
  • Soothing for dry, chapped lips. Simply apply one drop for a moisture infusion.

Argan Oil Benefits for Hair

  • Treat dry, brittle ends with pure argan oil, leaving in overnight for an intensive treatment.
  • Smooth flyaway hairs. Rub two to three drops into the palm of your hand and gently massage through.

Argan Oil Benefits for Hands and Nails

  • Treat brittle or weak nails with an equal combination of argan oil and lemon juice. Soak for 10 minutes.
  • Massage into hands before bed to soften dry, overworked hands.

Argan Oil Benefits for Body

  • For best results, apply after a bath or shower.
  • Mix with your favourite natural moisturiser for intensive, all-over hydration.
  • Great as an after-sun skin soother. Never apply argan oil prior to, or while in the sun.

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