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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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  • #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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Birth Bag Essentials for the Conscious-Minded Mama

January 17, 2018

There’s so much talk about what to put in your birth bag, but for conscious-minded, spiritual mamas, the contents can be a little different to the usual nightie and nipple cream.

First time around, I had one CD on loop (bad idea unless you want to be driven crazy while in labour), nappies and an outfit for the baby… and not much else. More than five years and some self-growth later, my labour and post-birth kit looks, well, very different.

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Here’s an overview of some of my top-of-list birth bag essentials.

* Note you’ll also need the usual nappies, nightie and natural nipple cream! I just haven’t covered those here.

Music

To get to, and stay in, a zen zone, music is one of my top priority labour tools. My 20-hour playlist is to the brim with music from Rootlight and Dr Michael Levry. Lumen de Lumine is a must and soulfully powerful for bubba and mama.

Then there’s my little zen collection from Steven Halpern. I chose albums that I thought could get me out of my head and into the spiritual space I choose to be in during labour. Check out Comfort Zone, Divine Intervention and Inner Peace.

Homeopathy

I’m in the hands of my midwife for what remedies I might need as I go through labour, but I do know I will be having Arnica 10M after the birth to help the body’s healing processes.

My homeopath gave me hypercal tincture to spray “down there” after the birth to help with healing. I’ve also soaked maternity pads in witch hazel and popped them in the freezer. This helps with healing and is soothing.

Rescue Remedy ready to go for me, hubby and potentially my daughter to keep everyone calm.

Essential Oils

My essential oil birthing and post-labour kit was actually fun to put together. I deliberately left peppermint out, as it’s a strong-smelling oil that could potentially negate the homeopathy I’ll be taking.

Helichrysum and frankincense blend (blended with fractionated coconut oil). You use this when the baby is crowning, around the perineum to help with stretching while minimising tearing, discomfort and swelling.

Roman chamomile, frankincense, bergamot blend (blended with fractionated coconut oil) in a roller bottle. This is a relaxing blend that can be applied to the soles of your feet while you’re in labour.

Basil essential oil blended with fractionated coconut oil in a roller bottle. This can be applied to the lower back in case of any pain/discomfort.

A few drops of Balance essential oil blend on a wet flannel and applied to the forehead to help with grounding.

Diffusing Elevation essential oil blend to help keep me in a more joyful, in-zone state.

Another I’ve thrown in is Clary Calm which can help strengthen labour and expel the placenta.

NB: You don’t want to use these until you’re in labour.

I personally use and recommend doTERRA oils because they’re so pure and high vibrational. I have a retail and wholesale site you can visit here for further information.

Crystals

Riverstone: May help with labour and gives confidence and encouragement to “push through her transition” with grace and ease.

Poppy Jasper: May help give mama energy to push baby out. It’s like an extra boost when you think you can’t go on another minute.

Labour-Aid Drink

This recipe is from The First 40 Days (a postnatal bible you’ll see me bang on about quite a lot!). It’s hydrating and energising and perfect for the marathon that can be labour.

Makes about 1 litre

1/2 cup raw honey

1 cup hot water

3 cups cold or room temperature water or sparkling water

1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 teaspoon fresh ginger pulp/juice (use a garlic press if you have one)

3 drops of trace mineral drops (I use CMD Concentrated Mineral Drops from BioTrace)

3 drops of Bach Rescue Remedy (optional)

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

In a small heatproof mug or bowl, add the honey to the hot water and stir to dissolve. Pour into a one litre jar or pitcher and add the cold or room temperature water, vinegar, lemon juice, ginger pulp/juice, trace mineral drops, rescue remedy and sea salt.

Keep in the fridge for up to one week and give it a shake each time you serve. Feel free to adjust the sweetener to any other flavour elements to your taste.

Support

First time around I didn’t have the right team around me, besides my amazing doula, and certain things didn’t go how I wanted them to because of this.

This time I have two midwives, one a homeopath and acupuncturist and the other a shaman. I also have my naturopath/kinesiologist/amazing bodywork practitioner/shaman coming to the birth, so she can be there for support and also to do any bodywork that might be needed.

First time around I met my midwife at the birth centre/hospital and only had a doula. This was simply because of my inexperience and didn’t know any better at the time.

Lighting

Keeping everything as dim and calm as possible is really important to me. Who wants to give birth with fluorescent lighting beaming down overhead?!

– Tealight candles

– Salt lamp, which emits negative ions (kinda like being at the beach!)

– Selenite lamp. This has a beautiful, soft glow. Selenite is also said to help with breast milk production, so this one does double duty!

Besides the Birth Bag…

Belly Binding

A big one for me is belly binding, so I’m having a postnatal doula from Bella Mama Pregnancy and Wellness Spa come in and do that for me as needed

Rest

I can’t stress this one enough. That’s why The First 40 Days is essential reading. I was back to work/writing/stressing about a week or so after my daughter was born. And it set me up for all sorts of health issues.

If you can, take at least a month to just focus on you and baby. Skin-to-skin is awesome to bring on milk flow if things are having trouble getting started.

I had my daughter at hospital and the midwives and nurses weren’t open to some of my requests (such as not bathing the baby straight away, natural methods to help milk flow – they forced formula – although I did manage to breastfeed once home).

What I’m saying here is if you know what you want mama and you know it’s right, don’t let anyone sway you (unless, of course, there is some medical reason to do so). It can be hard if you’ve just been through a labour marathon and you have people telling you your choices aren’t right—and especially with your first because it’s all new.

What’s in your birth bag? Share below!

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