Crystal meanings, uses, and properties A-Z: Sapphire (Blue Sapphire)

             Dubbed the most valuable of the blue-hued gems, Sapphire’s hardness can be exceeded by diamonds alone. It is known for its brightness, luster, and durability; this makes Sapphire a favorite among miners, collectors, jewelers, and consumers alike.
          Sapphire, a powerful meditation stone, greatly enhances the intuition. By directing targeting the Third Eye, Sapphire opens the user to spiritual progression. 

            It kindles inner creativity, and is therefore particularly useful for artists. Sapphire is said to unearth hidden inspiration in all people, which makes it truly universal. 

             Often used to realize peace and contentment, Sapphire brings dreams to life. Users, once more attuned to their subconscious and inner states of consciousness, can more easily interpret and apply precognitive information. 

           It is also a psychic protection stone, shielding the user from all negativity. Sapphire aids depression and quells anxiety, intensifying the user’s sense of comfort and belonging. This stone fortifies the “inner compass”, which allows for flow of insight, a sense of right/wrong, and personal integrity.

          Though most coveted in its blue form, Sapphire is actually comprised of the mineral Corundum, which can occur in various colors. The red specimen of Corundum, also called Ruby, is a rare cousin of Sapphire. 

        Corundum represents the whole rainbow. Black Sapphire stimulates the Root Chakra, Pink Sapphire targets the Heart; each manifestation of this mineral exhibits its color’s associated properties, in addition to Sapphire’s general influence.

Herb Information, Benefits and Uses A-Z: Neem

neem.JPG          Neem, a tree native to Asia, has been used to prevent and treat illness throughout time. The first documentation of purposeful Neem cultivation dates back to 1500-600 BC, suggesting that its medicinal qualities have since been harnessed.

The benefits of Neem can be wreaped both internally and externally. When taken as a supplement, it balances the gut biome by gently irradicating harmful bacteria and sparing friendly microbes. When applied topically, Neem boasts anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects.

Neem, when applied directly to the skin, moisturizes and soothes irritation. It aids rashes, allergic reactions, dry/itchy skin, and sunburn. Neem oil lends itself well to shampoos, and can rectify dandruff, psoriasis, dry scalp, and head lice.

Known to regulate blood sugar levels, Neem supports proper digestion. It encourages metabolism and successful absorption of nutrients. Neem ensures a properly functioning immune system, while warding off viruses and bacteria.

Many parts of the Neem tree are harvested in order to utilize their healing power. While the leaves contain the highest concentration of health-boosting potential, the twigs, stems, bark, stems, and seeds also harbor medicinal prowess.

It is a member of the Mohagany family, or Meliaceae, and grows in abundance in Asia. Most commonly, the Neem tree thrives in India, Burma, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

For a cleanse that spares the friendly biome bacteria, try:

  1. Neem leaves (strong flavor)
  2. Rooibos leaves (hydrating, vanilla flavor)
  3. Raspberry leaves (balancing, fruity undertones)
  4. Orange peels (for taste)

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Crystal meanings, uses, and properties A-Z: Rose Quartz

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Rose Quartz is known for spreading unconditional love wherever it goes. Those in need of comfort, tenderness, or security may find solace while working with Rose Quartz.

Targeting the Heart Chakra, Rose Quartz opens the user to emotional experiences. It attracts new love, highlights existing love, and anchors feelings of love from the past. Friendships, flings, family, relationships, and unions are kindled and strengthened.

Rose Quartz maintains a positive and energetic influence on mood, promoting happiness and productivity. It reduces stress, replacing anxiety with contentment and gratitude. Wearing or holding this stone guarantees perpetual uplift throughout the day.

Rose Quartz both engages and protects the Heart. It mends heartbreak, and its help is commonly enlisted following death of loved ones. Known to bring hope, Rose Quartz permits adequate grieving and ensures healing.

Rose Quartz conjures self-love and boosts self-confidence. It allows the user to recognize inner favorable qualities, and establish supportive self-talk. This stone generally balances the emotional response, resulting in increased calm and rationality.

This stone also alerts the user to beauty, both in surroundings and people. Rose Quartz illuminates that which may have been previously overlooked; it inspires awe and admiration for aesthetics, both natural and man-made.

Metaphysics including Rose Quartz date back to Ancient Egypt, where facial masks consisting of the stone were found inside tombs. Currently, Rose Quartz mining occurs frequently and globally; It is found nearly everywhere en masse.

With much potential to improve our world through increasing unconditional love for ourselves and each other, Rose Quartz is a powerful tool. It’s a proud parent, who sees the best parts of us; this energy can reside inside our pockets every day.

Hardness: 7

Classification: Triclinic Crystal

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Herb Benefits and Uses A-Z: Marshmallow Root; Deliciously Medicinal

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Marshmallow, a popular flavor in candies across the globe and throughout time, actually comes from a Root. Not only does it boast a pleasant flavor, but also a slew of health benefits as a member of the Malvaceae class of plants (Mucous-producing).

The Respiratory, Digestive, Throat, and Urinary Tracts are coated by Marshmallow Root. This effect soothes irritation, inflammation, and infection. Due to Marshmallow Root’s ability to lubricate the Mucous membranes, it greatly aids all facets of the Immune System.

Mucous facilitates proper elimination of toxins and bacteria which may invade the body, and thus consumption of Marshmallow Root prompts detoxification. The presence of  Mucous physically drags impurities from the body using innate elimination systems. The Root also behaves as a Diuretic, furthering its cleansing capacity.

The root is potent, and treats internal and external infection. If applied to burns and cuts, Marshmallow stimulates efficient healing. It protects and cushions wounded areas, just as it lines interior membranes; This accelerates tissue/cell regrowth, accelerating recovery.

Candy and sweets are the most recognizable occurrence of Marshmallow Root today. It’s important to note that very few Marshmallow-flavored products truly contain actual Marshmallow Root. Marshmallows do not resemble the Root, but rather consist of sugar and preservatives.

Supplementation, cooking, and desserts with Marshmallow Root trace back to Ancient Egypt. Its use has also been observed in the Roman, Arabian, and Greek Empires. Native to North Africa, Asia, Australia, China, and Europe, today the root is a medicinal staple worldwide.

For naturally creamy/sweet tasting, Immune-boosting lubrication for sore throats and colds, try brewing:

  1. Marshmallow Root
  2. Rooibos leaves

Also try cooking/baking with Marshmallow Root!

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Crystal Benefits and Metaphysical uses A-Z: Peridot

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Peridot, associated with the Heart Chakra, radiates positivity. It protects the user while opening the mind and heart. Lending itself well to healing, this stone brings renewal, clarity, and prosperity.

Known for solidifying healthy relationships, Peridot is a stone of compassion; It both increases self-love and empathy for others. Additionally, Peridot stimulates intuition, making it useful for spiritual work. Peridot protects the user from unwanted energy. Instead, it attracts beneficial circumstances and good luck.

Throughout time, the stone has represented the sun’s warmth and comfort. It is no surprise that Peridot accompanies the month of August as its birthstone, when the sun dominates.

Peridot’s bright green color comes from Iron inclusions within the stone. The higher the Iron content, the more intense the hue. Peridot also houses high concentrations of Magnesium and Silica. It is the rare, Iron-rich counterpart of Olivine, a common mineral.

Peridot was present in Ancient Egypt, as Pharoahs donned jewelry made of the precious gem. Today, it is mined in Arkansas, Arizona, Australia, Brazil, China, Egypt, Hawaii, Kenya, Mexico, Nevada, New Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania.

Hardness: 6.5-7

Classification: Orthorhombic

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