• #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.
#crystals #crystallove #naturalbeauty #bronzite #energymuse #selfconfidence #crystalsforprotection #crystalbible #energy #energyprotection #ecobeauty #ecobeautyeditor #mindbodysoulbeauty
  • #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.
#crystals #crystallove #naturalbeauty #selenite #raiseyourvibration #fengshui #energymuse #crystalsforprotection #crystalbible #energy #energyprotection #ecobeauty #ecobeautyeditor #mindbodysoulbeauty
  • #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. 💎
#crystals #crystallove #naturalbeauty  #energymuse #crystalsforprotection #crystalbible #Andalusite #energy #soulwork #energyprotection #ecobeauty #ecobeautyeditor #mindbodysoulbeauty
  • #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. 💎 
#crystals #crystallove #naturalbeauty #chalcopyrite #peacockore #energymuse #crystalsforprotection #crystalbible #energy #energyprotection #ecobeauty #ecobeautyeditor #mindbodysoulbeauty
  • #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. 💎
#crystals #crystallove #naturalbeauty #energymuse #crystalsforprotection #crystalbible #energy #energyprotection #ecobeauty #ecobeautyeditor #mindbodysoulbeauty
  • #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! 💎
#crystals #crystallove #naturalbeauty #energymuse #crystalsforprotection #realbeauty #holisticbeauty #mothernature #crystalbible #energy #energyprotection #ecobeauty #jewelrywithmeaning #ecobeautyeditor #mindbodysoulbeauty
  • #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. 💎 
#crystals #crystallove #naturalbeauty #energymuse #crystalsforprotection #crystalbible #energy #energyprotection #ecobeauty #ecobeautyeditor #mindbodysoulbeauty
  • #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.
#crystals #crystallove #naturalbeauty #energymuse #crystalsforprotection #crystalbible #energy #energyprotection #ecobeauty #ecobeautyeditor #energymuse #vibration #goddess #mindbodysoulbeauty
  • #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.
#crystals #crystallove #naturalbeauty #energymuse #crystalsforprotection #crystalbible #energy #energyprotection #ecobeauty #ecobeautyeditor #mindbodysoulbeauty
  • #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.

#mascara #naturalmascara #naturalmascaras #eyemakeup #lashes #lusciouslashes #lashlove #eyes #pure #naturalbeauty #bestmascaras #healthybeauty #cleanbeauty #organicbeauty #beautyeditor #organic #vegan #crueltyfree #ecobeautyeditor
  • #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.

#mascara #naturalmascara #naturalmascaras #eyemakeup #lashes #lusciouslashes #lashlove #eyes #pure #naturalbeauty #bestmascaras #healthybeauty #cleanbeauty #organicbeauty #beautyeditor #organic #vegan #crueltyfree #ecobeautyeditor

Henna and the Return of Natural Dye

November 10, 2016

As the eco trend grows, people are starting to take notice of a beauty stalwart to dye hair—and even nails—without the health-compromising toxins.

A favourite in India, Italy and Spain since thousands of years BC, dye from the henna plant is making a comeback, particularly thanks to its ability to add colour and lustre to hair without chemicals, such as ammonia and peroxide, which are found in most mainstream dyes.

Learn how to use essential oils SAFELY and for most benefit
Essential oils are potent and offer most benefit when used correctly. Did you know? Each oil possesses particular chemical make-up and the application is often specific to the particular oil. Therefore, it's important to understand how to best use an oil to suit your particular situation. Learn how to use pure essential oils safely, and for most benefit by subscribing to my essential oils education newsletter at left.
Your privacy is respected, always.

Natural materials can also be coloured with this plant-derived tint, however it’s henna’s beauty uses that often garner the most attention, thanks to its effectiveness on fingernails and skin (think temporary tattoos), as well as hair.

How Henna Grows

Native to northern Africa, henna grows as a tall shrub or small tree, with leaves growing opposite each other. Flowers and fruits bloom between 35 and 45 degrees Celcius, temperatures that are also conducive to producing the most dye. Perfect henna-growing conditions are also found in southern and western Asia, as well as northern Australia, particularly in tropical areas and semi-arid zones.

The henna used for hair dyes should not be mistaken for henna root (Alkanna Tinctoria), which has been used to treat diarrhea caused by parasites, cancer, enlarged spleen, headache, jaundice and skin conditions.

Why Henna Works

While getting a henna makeover won’t guarantee the usual salon-look, it does have the ability to add noticeable hues with a definite shine, while also leaving locks softer and, some say, in better condition.

Henna is able to naturally colour or tint the hair follicles thanks to an organic red/orange compound, called lawsone, which bonds well with protein, hence enabling the dye to bind to hair keratin (a protein). It’s this compound that is found primarily in the henna plant’s leaves.

The henna used for hair dyes should not be mistaken for henna root (Alkanna Tinctoria), which has been used to treat diarrhea caused by parasites, cancer, enlarged spleen, headache, jaundice and skin conditions

Brand Matters

Not all henna is created equally. Checking ingredient labels is a must when purchasing henna, just as it is when buying traditional dyes. While packages may sport labels that promise natural henna, it’s the breakdown of what’s in the box that matters.

If you’re dreaming of blonde, black or brunette, natural henna won’t get you the results you seek unless it’s mixed with chemicals, metallic salts or other plant dyes, turning the product into what’s known as “compound henna”.

Other altered henna products may contain the chemical para-phenylenediamine, which has the ability to darken hair. Primarily used as a component of engineering polymers and composites, if it’s natural dye you’re seeking, this ingredient shouldn’t be on the list of a product you’re considering putting onto your hair and scalp.

Not all pre-mixed henna dyes that are sold as hair colourants may list every ingredient on the package. The potential for allergic reaction increases as non-natural ingredients are added, so if you’re uncertain, don’t buy it or do a patch test before proceeding.

Changing brands from one dye job to the next can also result in mixed outcomes, from colour to hair quality, especially if any previous application contained chemicals or metallic salts. Consistent results come from knowing exactly what you’re applying to the hair.

Indigo, cassia and amla are other plant-based colours that can safely be added to henna for colour variations.

If you’re dreaming of blonde, black or brunette, natural henna won’t get you the results you seek unless it’s mixed with chemicals, metallic salts or other plant dyes, turning the product into what’s known as “compound henna”

How to Apply

With its clay-like texture, applying henna to your hair can be a messy job, especially if you decide to take on the job of DIY colourist. However, some hairdressers will gladly apply it for you, it’s just a matter of doing your research.

Henna advocate Lauren Allen says she has used the hair dye for more than 20 years with outstanding results. However, she says getting a hairdresser to apply it is always the best choice.

“I’ve been using henna almost exclusively since I was 14,” she says. “I always go to a hairdresser to get it done, but I usually have to supply it myself, as most hairdressers won’t touch it since it went out of vogue in the late ‘90s.”

She adds: “I’ve had to search for hairdressers willing to do it and now have a great one in Sydney. Previously I had been in Melbourne and found a salon that was willing to do it, and an apprentice who was very interested as it wasn’t something she was learning at school.”

Chemical to Henna and Back Again

If you’ve trodden the chemical dye path and plan to switch to henna, there are considerations that should be made, especially if you think you’ll return to mainstream dyes should you not be happy with the outcome of henna.

While chemical dyes penetrate the hair shaft to embed colour, henna coats it. Once this is done, applying a chemical dye over the top can offer mixed results, from patches and splotches to not adding colour to the hair at all.

There are products than can remove henna, however, any such process can damage the hair, and not always guarantee a 100 percent success rate.

How Long Henna Lasts

The time you get between dye jobs with henna is dependent on your hair type, how long you have been using it and the quality/purity of henna you’re applying.

Because the colour binds to the outside of the hair shaft, a first-time application may fade more quickly than if you’re onto your third colour. The more times you apply henna, the longer it will last.


Deemed safe when used on skin and hair, it can cause some side effects from skin inflammation, redness, itching, burning, swelling, scaling, broken skin, blisters and scarring. Swallowing henna is considered unsafe, causing stomach upsets and other side effects. It has also been shown unsafe when applied to the skin of infants, and it’s best to avoid henna while pregnant or breastfeeding.

Have you had an experience using henna to colour your hair? I’d love to hear how it went for you, so please share in the comments.