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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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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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Poison by Pedicure? How to Treat Your Feet Safely

March 20, 2018
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There’s more to consider than simply nail colour when booking in for a pedicure. Choosing a reputable salon is vital if you want to avoid nasties, from bacterial infections to callus removals gone wrong.

A soak, buff and polish is supposed to be a beauty treat—an hour where those who are fastidious about their feet can pick out the latest in toe trends all the while forgetting about stressors of the daily grind over a massage and chat.

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While the humble pedicure is serious business, there’s a darker side to the industry that prides itself on glamour and affordable pampering. Choose the wrong salon, say may health experts, and you could walk out with more than Hollywood-inspired nails.

From staph infections to airborne toxic chemicals, nail salons can be health hazards that can do serious harm to the unsuspecting, reports skincare industry magazine Skin Inc. And no one is immune. Even celebrities have been caught with unsightly foot fungus infections after visiting nail parlours that aren’t strict about cleanliness. The UK Sun told how supermodel Kate Moss walked out of a New York Chinatown salon with foot fungus that required potent antibiotics to clear it up. Meanwhile, Madonna was another left to manage yellow, thick toenails after contracting an infection post pedicure.

Choose the wrong salon, say may health experts, and you could walk out with more than Hollywood-inspired nails.

Paramedical therapist and owner of Skindeep Medi-Spas in Western Australia, Helen Golisano, says fungal infections are transferred particularly when inserting files under the cuticle—the very reason instruments should be thoroughly wash, dried and put through an autoclave, a device that uses high pressure steam at 121 degrees Celsius for approximately 20 minutes.

“Pedicure foot spas have been responsible for the spread of a huge number of bacterial infections,” she says. “It is important that foot spas are drained, flushed with bleach and hot water and thoroughly cleaned, particularly behind inlet screens, following each use. This unfortunately does not happen in most of the shopping centre nail bars—watch the salon and see if they do it after the client before you sit down.”

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The Age of Pedology

Skin Inc forecasts that pedicure professionals known as pedologists; experts who have advanced training well above standard nail technicians, will become the go-to therapists for those who want great nails without risking their health.

“This advanced education involves knowledge ranging from foot structure, to what techniques are appropriate to use for which clients,” the magazine says in its 2013 Top 10 Skincare Trends. “Clients are soon going to learn to ask whether the professional giving their pedicure has been trained in pedology.”

Golisano adds that many clients visit a beauty salon, when they should have scheduled an appointment with a podiatrist, and professional who specialises in medicalised foot care.

“We often see clients who have a build up of dead skin and calluses after years of not paying attention to their feet,” she says. “In these instances a podiatrist can have the build up removed safely and hygienically under specialist care. Following this treatment, regular pedicures will reduce the need for further treatment and maintain the health of their feet.”

Melbourne podiatrist, Tish Monahan, of Glen Waverly Foot Clinic agrees.

“The most horrific thing I have seen is a patient who had her feet massacred by a blade during her complimentary callus removal. Calluses can only be removed using a sterilised surgical blade by qualified practitioners,” says Monahan. “My patient had to take a number of days off work as she was unable to stand on her feet comfortably. Ever since her callus was removed far too aggressively, it has grown back denser and faster.”

Golisano also says when therapists try to do more than what they can legally remove and deal with, it can cause the client pain, discomfort and long-term health issues.

“A good therapist will inform you when it is best for you to see a podiatrist… we know the podiatrists near our salons and often refer people to see them before returning to us for regular maintenance,” she says.

Top 7 Healthy Pedicure Essentials

Before kicking back into the massage chair with celebrity rag in hand, keep an eye out for these salon musts to avoid a bacterial, fungal or viral infection and ensure a healthy pedicure experience:

  1. Therapists must where gloves at all times.
  2. Opt for a square nail trim, rather than round to avoid painful, hangnails or slow healing ingrown nails. Golisano says incorrect trimming causes many long-term toenail problems.
  3. All equipment should be correctly sterilised using steam rather than liquid.
  4. Avoid having your cuticle pushed back. Excessive cutting back of cuticles—the nail’s protective barrier—causes sensitivity and can increase infection risk.
  5. Be sure foot baths are drained and thoroughly cleaned with bleach, including behind the inlet screens where dead skin from previous clients can get caught. A clean bath also ensures no transfer of body fluids from bleeding cuticles. Gosilano says this is vitally important to stop the spread of diseases such as HIV and hepatitis.
  6. Allow only pumice stones to be used to remove built up skin around the heels. Razors are unhygienic and often dangerous.
  7. Don’t shave or wax your legs the day before, or the day of, your pedicure, particularly if your salon uses electric foot spas. Bacteria can live in water and accumulate in pipes. They can easily transfer through microscopic cuts after shaving leading to infection.

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Something in the Air

If you’ve walked past a shopping centre nail salon, it’s likely you knew it was there well before you passed it. The fumes that emanate from these file, polish and paint factories don’t just smell bad, they pose many health complications from asthma to dermatitis.

Such airborne substances come from salon staples including glues, polishes and removers. However, the biggest culprit is ethyl methacrylate or EMA, a chemical that can cause contact dermatitis, asthma as well as eye and nose allergies. A similar, and equally potent product, methyl methacrylate or MMA was banned by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 1974, once it was proven harmful to technician and client alike. As with EMA, MMA caused swelling, redness and stinging of mucous membranes.

Also used in trades such as concrete waterproofing, MMA is not currently listed as a banned substance in Australia. Therefore, to avoid coming into contact with the toxic ingredient, it’s important to ask your nail technician questions before relaxing into the massage chair.

If you’ve walked past a shopping centre nail salon, it’s likely you knew it was there well before you passed it. The fumes that emanate from these file, polish and paint factories don’t just smell bad, they pose many health complications from asthma to dermatitis.

While a ventilated salon can help dilute chemicals, it’s important that nail technicians follow safety practices such as tightly capping liquids after each application to minimise the strength of pollutants. However, it’s up to the client to do their research pre-pedicure, rather than assuming salons are doing everything they can for customer comfort and safety.

Choose Wisely

“Like everything in life, you tend to get what you pay for,” says Monahan. “The cheap and nasty will be exactly that. Choose salons that take their time with you, appear clean and whose technicians know their limits.”

Monahan says a good salon will refuse to treat those with existing infections and refer clients to podiatrists if needed.

“This is great practice and ensures their clients receive the best care when they are in their salon,” she says. Also, always ask how their instruments are cleaned between uses. Sterilised instruments are the gold standard, but this is rarely the case in nail salons. If they advertise callus removal, make sure this is done in a gentle fashion eg a pumice stone or a foot file, rather than a blade or razor.”

Top Toe Tip

With nail polish bottles used on a variety of clients each business day, it’s worth thinking about taking your own to your pedicure appointment to avoid risk of infection.

“It’s impossible to disinfect the paint or the applicator so you never know what you could pick up from sharing polish,” says Monahan.

Bacteria and Baby

Occupational health and safety organisations globally have found more than 10 potentially hazardous chemicals lurking in the average nail salon—a toxic combination for not only adults, but especially babies and children.

Pregnant women, newborns and infants should steer clear of nail salons, with some chemicals causing vomiting, nausea and breathing problems. Some are also responsible for birth defects in pregnant women.

Contracting a viral or fungal infection is also more likely during pregnancy, with skin becoming more sensitive and susceptible to infections.

However, if the thought of nails au naturale for nine months doesn’t appeal, it’s at least important to follow these guidelines:

  • Ensure the salon you visit has adequate ventilation, preferably with seating near open windows.
  • Avoid gel nails in favour of a traditional pedicure and opt for a less toxic polish such as Scotch Naturals.
  • Always turn up early to your appointment to see how the salon cleans and disinfects their instruments and footbaths in between each appointment.
  • Your wellbeing and your baby’s health could be at risk, so never be afraid to ask questions in order to give you peace of mind.
  • Wash your feet post pedicure to ensure any chemical residue is removed.

Fishy Feet

A shopping centre nail salon isn’t the only place where pedicure problems can occur. A relatively new trend out of Asia—fish pedicures—is also putting men and women at risk of bacterial infections.

The so-called Doctor Fish pedicures, made famous after Kim Kardashian dipped her toes into fishy waters, is also putting a bad taste in the mouths of animal activists thanks to the process, which involves starving Garra Ruffa fish in order to make them ravenous enough to gnaw off dead skin. Yet, this 20 minute animal makeover is also a breeding ground for serious bacterial infections, prompting some countries to ban the practice.

A study by the United Kingdom’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science found bacteria such as aeromonas, mycobacteria and streptococcus could all be transferred from fish to human, causing skin infections.

“Our study identified some of the species of bacteria associated with this fish species, including some that can cause infections in both fish and humans,” David Verner-Jeffreys told The Medical Express. “The (strep) strain we isolated typically only causes disease in fish…We then went on to look at other consignments of apparently healthy imported Garra Ruffa and found some other species of bacteria that can cause disease in humans and fish.”

Clearing a Fungus Infection

Once foot fungus, and in particular toenail fungus, takes hold, it can be difficult to get rid of, with many sufferers experiencing reoccurring infections. Doctors most often prescribe antibiotics, however, there are natural alternatives to stop fungus and bacteria in their tracks, says naturopathic physician and homeopathic doctor Judyth Reichenberg-Ullman via popular wellness website healthy.net.

A study by the United Kingdom’s Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science found bacteria such as aeromonas, mycobacteria and streptococcus could all be transferred from fish to human, causing skin infections.

“Antibiotics have a number of drawbacks,” says Reichenber-Ullman. “They kill bacteria indiscriminately throughout the body. That’s their job. The antibiotic you take kills the good bacteria, lactobacillus, in the gut and the vagina, which you need to crowd out Candida (yeast) if it arises.”

For those who prefer a natural remedy, a mixture of calendula and hypericum tincture works wonders for bacterial skin infections, suggests Reichenber-Ullman.

“Other herbs commonly used are goldenseal, comfrey, and plantain. Boils and cysts can be successfully treated with hot packs, ginger poultices, and epsom salt soaks and homeopathic remedies such as silica and hepar sulphuris. Fungal infections often respond well also to homeopathy or to dilute vinegar applications. Also effective are turmeric powder and Tee Tree oil applied topically.

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Reichenber-Ullman and Healthy.net recommend following a strict regime to assist healing infections that are contracted from pedicures gone wrong. These include:

  • Eliminate caffeine, alcohol, sugar, refined foods, meat and dairy;
  • Eat lightly;
  • Drink lots of hot, warm and room temperature beverages such as herb tea;
  • Undertake a juice or water fast, even for a couple of days;
  • An enema can help flush the system;
  • Take Vitamin C, beta carotene and zinc to strengthen the immune system;
  • Herbs such as Echinacea and hydrastis (goldenseal) can help support the immune system, but more specific herbs are often more helpful (see your naturopath or homeopath for advice specific to you);
  • Saunas and steam baths can also help to detoxify the system;
  • Massage can speed up elimination of toxins, particularly a garlic oil foot massage.
  • Listen to what your body’s trying to tell you and ask what it needs;
  • Rest. Don’t keep pushing yourself past your limit when you’re sick. It may take you twice as long to recover.

Poison by Pedicure originally featured in Australia’s leading natural health and wellness magazine, WellBeing.

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