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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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Eating for Beauty: Essential Foods (& Minerals) to Get Glowing

September 11, 2014

Fostering great skin and a healthy glow can only come from the inside out. While good nutrition is key, knowing what to eat and how much, can take you from fatigued with lacklustre skin to high energy and a gorgeous glow. Here’s a guide to how.

Fad diets come and go—many which are not only detrimental to our health, but also our beauty. These new approaches to eating may sell millions of books, with promises of a slimmer physique if you replace this meal with that shake, or cut carbs and reduce calories, however, as any good nutritionist will advise: long-term effects of unhealthy diet plans can sacrifice our health and our skin.

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Amid some of the more highly publicised diets are a select few lifestyles that have been proven to promote better skin, more vibrant health and—as a bonus—a smaller waistline.

While not every diet suits every body, here are some of the best eating plans to adopt, or incorporate into your every day, if you want to rid your skin of rashes, reduce wrinkles, have clear, dewy skin and embody an unmistakable glow.

Raw Food

Once considered a diet of vegan hippies, raw food has garnered some mainstream love over the past few years thanks to its reported healing and health-giving properties.

Those who have adopted the lifestyle report not only healthy weightloss, but also boundless energy and clearer skin, thanks to an abundance of life-giving enzymes, which remain in tact when food is left in its raw state, and don’t deplete the body’s own stores as quickly as when eating cooked foods.

According to raw food nutritionist and beauty foods expert, David Wolfe, who explores the beauty food revolution in his online course through The BodyMind Institute, eating raw is far from a new trend.

“Cooking food has had something significant to do with our ‘fall from grace’ as cooking adds all kinds of chemistries to foods we may not be designed for,” he says. “(It) destroys B vitamins, eradicates different forms of vitamin C and E, destroys/damages amino acids such as tryptophan, dramatically increases the possibility of obesity, directly separates us from our natural food instincts and Mother Nature, and allows for the introduction of all different kinds of nutritional deficiency conditions. When we eat a balanced, raw-food-based approach to diet we begin to recapture our original, beautiful, natural, spiritual, joy-filled, ennobled state of being.”

However, cooler weather may call for more warming foods. As with anything, go with what intuitively feels right for your body.

RECIPE

Green Goddess Salad

Chef Russell James is known for his delicious raw fare, from hearty salads to go-back-for-more desserts. Discover more of Russell’s recipes at www.therawchef.com

Serves 2

Broccoli & Cauliflower Couscous

1/4 head cauliflower
1/2 head broccoli
2 tbsp dill
Zest of 1 large lemon
1 tbsp lemon juice
Salt to taste
1/4 tsp nutritional yeast

  1. Pulse all ingredients in a food processor, to the pint where the mixture looks like couscous.  Set aside.

Green Goddess Salad Dressing

3/4 cup cashews, soaked 20 for minutes
2 tbsp fresh tarragon
1/4 cup loosely packed parsley
1/2 clove garlic
1 tbsp chives
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp nori or dulse flakes
Water to blend

  1. Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.

Spirulina Spinach

2 good handfuls spinach
1 tsp olive oil
2 tsp spirulina
2 tsp lemon juice
2 pinches salt

  1. Massage all ingredients in a bowl.

To assemble

1 head of your favourite salad, such as romaine, or a few little gem lettuces.  Arugula, watercress and lamb’s lettuce are also good.
1 avocado
A few sprigs of dill

  1. In a large bowl, tear your lettuce or chosen leaves and add some of the Green Goddess dressing, working it through so that all the leaves are covered.  Dice the avocado and add to the bowl, quickly mixing again.
  2. Take a nice, large plate and lay down a bed of the leaves, dressing and avocado.
  3. Next layer on the plate is going to be the spirulina spinach.  Once you have that, add the broccoli and cauliflower couscous.
  4. Finish with the sprigs of dill and serve.

Smoothies

Smoothies are one of the easiest—and most important—meals to put into your every day. Not only can you pack a heap of health-promoting and beauty-boosting vegetables (and a little fruit) into one glass, smoothies also mean you don’t have to change any other part of your usual food routine if you don’t want to: it’s what you’re adding in that counts.

Green vege smoothies not only offer vital nutrients and minerals, they also work as an intestinal broom, cleaning our insides, thanks to the fibre content, as it makes its way from mouth to stomach and beyond. They’re also a great way to incorporate beautifying superfoods into your diet, such as spirulina, chia seeds and wheatgrass.

RECIPE

Beauty Booster Smoothie

Serves 2 to 3

1 cucumber, diced
1 large avocado, peeled
1 cup of hemp milk
1 tablespoon chia seeds
3 dates
5 ice cubes

Put all the ingredients into a high-powered blender. Blend until smooth. Add more milk if you prefer a thinner consistency.

Juices

Fresh juices are considered fast-working beauty elixirs, as they take little of the body’s energy to digest. Vegetable juices in particular infuse the bloodstream and cells with key nutrients that can result in clearer, younger-looking skin.

Adding a fresh juice to your every morning is a great idea if you want to keep wrinkles at bay and clear the complexion. Be sure to drink your juice as soon as possible after making it, as it can quickly spoil.

RECIPE

Clean and Clear Juice

Half a pineapple
½ cucumber
½ apple

Add a little spring water for added hydration and a pinch of Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt, as healthy salts can help the nutrients penetrate the cells at a deeper level.

pH Alkaline Diet

Getting a grasp of how to keep your diet in a healthy alkaline range can reap big beauty rewards. According to Dr Robert O Young author bestseller The pH Miracle, living in an acidic state ravages our overall health, showing up as dis-eases while resulting in skin issues and early ageing.

Food, lifestyle and environment are the biggest culprits of acidifying the body; however, knowing how to keep your blood pH on the slightly alkaline side— between 7.365 and 7.4—is where results happen.

The human body will do anything to maintain a proper balance. This means when it enters an acidic state, it will mine minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium from bones, teeth and organs in order to neutralise the acid. Too much acid is also a playground for yeast, fungus and viruses.

“Eating an alkaline diet rich in spouted grains, seeds, nuts, green vegetables and fruits is the best way to maintain the delicate pH balance of the blood and tissues and the alkaline design of the body,” says Dr Young. “This will then help to prevent any and all sickness and disease. It will also help to improve the quality and the quantity of life well beyond 100 years.”

Dr Young says that healthy foods aren’t the only way to stay in the pH range and stay young.

“It’s also important to manage stress, stay positive, quit drinking alcohol, quit smoking, laugh out loud, get and stay married and share a hug,” he says.

RECIPE

Broccoli and Avocado Soup

Serves 4

2-3 broccoli florets
1 avocado
1 brown onion
1 green or red capsicum
1 celery stalk
2 cups vegetable broth (yeast-free)
Celtic sea salt to taste
Add cumin, basil, fresh cilantro or your favourite spices to taste

Directions

  1. Heat vegetable broth, but do not boil
  2. Add chopped onion and broccoli, and warm for several minutes.
  3. Put in blender before adding the avocado, pepper and celery, and puree until the soup is creamy. Add more water if needed.
  4. Flavour and serve warm.

Fermented Foods

With our skin reliant on our gut health, adding fermented foods to your every day meals can offer big beauty bonuses.

Rich in naturally occurring probiotics, fermented foods are a potent form of anti-ageing, thanks to their ability to settle inflammatory skin conditions and promote general skin wellbeing from within.

Regularly consuming fermented foods such as raw sauerkraut can help to heal blemishes, ward off rashes and repair damaged cells. Dermatologists suggest applying the juice from fermented plant-based food directly onto the skin for an instant pick-me-up. This nourishes the epidermis, with the skin taking on a vibrant and youthful glow. However, it’s when these foods and drinks are put in the diet that true and lasting beauty benefits are seen.

Fermented foods and probiotics also assist with better digestion and absorption of nutrients, which will in turn improve skin appearance.

RECIPE

Cabbage Rejuvelac

An easy way to up your intake of good bacteria is by making cabbage rejuvelac, a sweet tasting drink made by fermenting purple or green cabbage. Adding lactobacteria to your diet has many health benefits, including better digestion and clearer skin.

If you’ve made good quality rejuvelac it will taste slightly sweet. Poor quality rejuvelac is easy to spot thanks to a bad odor and taste. If this is the case, throw out the batch and start again. It’s also important to use only high quality water when making it, so go for spring where possible or distilled, filtered or reverse osmosis, rather than tap water.

Try this simple recipe from chef Natasha Kyssa’s Simply Raw Living Foods Detox Manual:

3 1/2 cups purified water
6 cups coarsely chopped, loosely packed fresh organic cabbage

Add water and cabbage to blender, and start blending at low speed for 30 seconds. Advance to high speed and blend for another 30 seconds until well blended. Pour into a clean Mason jar (or glass jug), cover lightly with a cloth (don’t seal) and let stand at room temperature for three days.

Strain off liquid rejuvelac using a nut milk bag or strainer. Refrigerate liquid rejuvelac, and compost the pulp – all the nutrients are in the liquid.

Cabbage rejuvelac takes three days to mature. It will keep one week in the fridge.

Best Beauty Minerals

Zinc: If you suffer from hair loss, acne and other skin-related issues, zinc could be missing in your diet. This mighty mineral promotes cell repair, division and growth, as well as production of white blood cells. A powerful cleanser, it clean sweeps the liver, repairs tissues and oxygenates the body while it’s at it.

Sulfur: If it’s glowing skin and gorgeous hair you seek, add sulfur to your every day. An essential mineral within the connective tissue of the human body—tissues which in turn support and connect all of the body’s organs. Sulfur also drives nutrients in and out of cells, helps regulate blood sugar, strengthen the immune system and repair tissues. It’s also responsible for rebuilding keratin and collagen: important ingredients to foster glowing skin, shiny hair and strong nails.

Silicon: Many nutritionists list silicon as on of the best beauty secrets around, thanks to its ability to keep cells walls “elastic”, therefore preventing early ageing.

Best Beauty Foods

Adding foods that boast high concentrations of the above minerals, as well iron and magnesium can offer big beauty benefits.

From avocado to tumeric, foods considered as beautifying are largely due to the alkalizing affect they have on the body. Beauty foods also contain high levels of antioxidants and also well regarded for their anti-parasitical and anti-inflammatory properties.

Avocado: Containing high amounts of lutein, which works as an antioxidant, protecting the skin for UVB damage, the avocado is also a super beauty food thanks to its high concentrations of skin-loving Vitamin E, Vitamin C and oleic acid.

Aloe Vera: Believed to be a food of long-lasting youth and rapid healing. The anti-inflammatory power in acute inflammation is one of it’s best known actions. The gel of the Aloe Vera can be used topically or add to your daily juice.

Bee Pollen: Composed of 22 amino acids with higher amounts of the eight essential amino acids than most high protein foods, bee pollen is rich in B-complex, vitamin C, D, E, lecithin, cysteine, RNA, DNA, good calcium, magnesium, beta carotene, and selenium. It reduces the production of histamine and lowers the allergic response. Bee pollen improves beauty as it helps clear acne and reverses ageing and wrinkling. Athletes take it to increase strength, endurance, energy and speed.

Cacao: Listed as the world’s top antioxidant food, cacao’s beautifying properties are from the high levels of magnesium, chromium, iron and manganese. It’s also rich in tryptophan, serotonin, anandamide and “love chemicals” PEA, and is known to extend life.

Coconut Oil: The most versatile beauty food, coconut oil is high in antioxidants and helps control blood sugar levels, assists the thyroid gland and repairs the skin. Eat it straight off the spoon, blend it into smoothies, use for high-heat cooking and all over the skin following a bath or shower. Coconut oil is also a great alternative to toxic sunscreens, as it naturally contains a sun protection factor of approximately four.

Cucumbers: A powerful internal cleanser, cucumbers foster smoother, clearer skin thanks to the high levels of silicon found in the vegetable’s skin. Juice or blend, but always choose organic.

Figs: Alkalising and high in minerals such as calcium, figs are great for the digestion thanks to large amounts of fibre. When the digestion is working efficiently and the gut itself healed, clearer skin is guaranteed.

Hemp Seeds: One of the most nutritionally complete foods, high-protein hemp seeds contain all nine essential amino acids. While their Omega 3 and 6 properties promote healthy skin.

Macadamia Nuts: High in selenium, zinc and fatty acids, macadamia nuts are highly beneficial for the skin.

Pumpkin Seeds: Mineral-rich and a great source of B vitamins, pumpkin seeds also boast phytonutrients and fatty oils, which help to foster clear skin.

Turmeric: Anti-inflammatory, tumeric is also known for its antioxidant, anti-cancer and anti-microbial properties. It’s also revered for its ability to purify blood, which is essential for clear skin.

This feature originally appeared in Australia’s leading health and lifestyle publication, WellBeing.

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