From the majestic mountain ranges to the great water-carved canyons, our Earth is adorned with colorful rocks, light capturing crystals, energy giving gems and healing stones. For thousands of years, these natural Earth elements have been used as decorations, therapeutic tools and natural medicinal fundamentals. Even the Egyptians Pharaohs were buried with an abundance of these precious stones, crystals and gems, not only for protection, but for a promising afterlife. There is no doubt that across all cultures, and into the modern era, healing stones were used and kept around. This is because different stones hold different healing qualities and energetic frequencies. Just by wearing them, or holding one in the hand can help align, calm, uplift or relive the wearer from pain. Stones, made from the Earth, has grounding and protective qualities. They can help the wearer gain mental insight, cultivate abundance, love, and gratitude, and keep the heart full and open. Keeping with the natural rhythms of your everyday and staying in tune with the environment, healing stones, gems and crystals are a fundamental accessory to optimal health and wellbeing.
In ancient Buddhist tradition and culture, Sandalwood has been celebrated and used as the optimal meditation tool for thousands of years. It is considered a sacred plant that is respected and honored more than most in the Eastern world and is primarily grown in Southeast Asia and India.
It has a stimulating effect on the pineal and pituitary glands, as well as the third eye chakra which clears the mind, bringing calmness to the entire being, while promoting inner peace and feelings of greater unity. It is believed to stimulate sensuality, increase a sense of awareness, invoke tranquility, awaken the divine thoughts within and promote profound relaxation.
It is considered to have a very high vibration and has a calming, purifying and relaxing effect. Since it originated from a living thing, it connects you to the earth and community. It grounds and plants your roots enhancing trust and self- identity. It also is believed to promote energy and enthusiasm; increasing a person's self-esteem and zest for life.
The "Stone of Royalty," Lapis Lazuli is one of the most sought-after stones in use since man’s history began. Its deep, celestial blue remains the symbol of royalty and honor, gods and power, spirit and vision. It is a universal symbol of wisdom and truth. The golden sarcophagus of King Tutankhamen was richly inlaid with Lapis, as were other burial ornaments of Egyptian kings and queens. It was used extensively in scarabs, pendants and other jewelry, and ground into powder for dyes, eyeshadow and medicinal elixirs. A stone of truth, Lapis encourages honesty of the spirit, and in the spoken and written word. It reveals innertruth, and promotes self-awareness and the acceptance of that knowledge.It is also a stone of friendship and brings harmony in relationships.
The "Stone of Communication,"its very essence is devoted to expression, empowerment and teaching. The serenity of its turquoise-blue color discharges negative energies, calms, and allows truth and inner wisdom to surface and be heard. A peaceful stone, it emphasizes the power our words and actions have on those around us and encourages compassion and strengthening of character. It is the stone of forgiveness, peace, and the strengthening of emotional bonds. It encourages compassion and helps us recover our natural spontaneity. Chrysocolla is a teaching stone, encouraging us to reveal our highest knowledge so that others may benefit from our experiences. It is also very earth-grounding. Its soothing energy helps with anxiety and opens bottled emotions that block the mind from thinking clearly.
"Water of the Sea," Aquamarine can help you speak your highest truth. It comforts in times of physical, emotional and karmic release while supporting one through the process. It aids a life of service as it shields and protects. This stone enhances communication and promotes spiritual awareness. This peaceful stone evokes the same healing properties as the sea~ calm, tranquil and flowing. In ancient lore, Aquamarine was believed to be the treasure of mermaids and was used by sailors as a talisman of good luck, fearlessness and protection. It was also considered a stone of eternal youth and happiness. Aquamarine encourages the ideal of service to the world and to the development of a humanity attuned to healing. It emits a gentle and compassionate energy, promoting moderation and responsibility for ones’ actions. It inspires judgmental people to be more tolerant and helps those overwhelmed by responsibility to find order. Aquamarine is a Water element stone, powerful for cleansing the emotional body and opening communication. Its gentle energy brings emotional patterns to the surface and assists in understanding the reason for holding onto old thoughts or patterns that are limiting forward motion.
This majestic stone ranges in color from deep purple to pale lavender, depending on the presence of manganese and iron. Leonardo Da Vinci once wrote that amethyst holds the power to dissipate evil thoughts and quicken one’s intelligence. Cross-culturally, this gemstone is used as a symbol of peace and unification. It is also thought to evoke feelings of serenity and calmness.
Amethyst is also called the "Sobriety Stone". Not only is it believed to help with physical addictions, but mental ones as well. Sometimes we get obsessed with thoughts or ideas and our inner dialogue becomes a huge distraction filled with negative thoughts. Amethyst quiets the mind allowing ideas to flow and not get stuck in one thought pattern. Being associated with the crown chakra, It increases wisdom, intellect, intuition and clarity.
"The Stone of Plentitude," this gemstone is white or off-white dappled with green flecks. It is said to encourage inner peace through certainty and bring awareness of personal strengths, creating security and stability. Its metaphysical power is believed to be effective over a long period of time, thus unsuitable as a quick fix.
Sources: International Gem Society, www.shimmerlings.com, www.charmsoflight.com, www.crystalcure.com, Jewelry-Art, www.crystalvaults.com
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