- Aloe Vera Gel (Not that radioactive-colored goop in the suntan lotion section. You want the food-grade stuff in the health-food aisle of your supermarket. If you can't find it, try a holistic store like Sprouts or Whole Foods.)
- Apple Cider Vinegar (Mine was cheap and not organic, but the organic stuff may yield even better results.)
- Essential Oil of your choosing (I used lavender, but you might prefer peppermint or patchouli or another nourishing oil.)
- Crystals for hair + skin (I recommend peridot, rhyolite, and unakite.)
I've been experimenting with all-natural, DIY beauty products recently in my attempts to go as green and clean as possible. I'm still working on nailing down the perfect shampoo formula, but I wanted to share this fabulous, crystal-infused hair conditioner recipe with all of you!
Mix equal parts aloe vera gel and apple cider vinegar, or mix portions of each until you reach the consistency you want. It's best to avoid going over a 1/4 a cup of each, as they won't last indefinitely like the stuff on the drugstore shelves. Add 5-20 drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix until well blended and drop your crystals in. Keep near the shower and add to the ends of your hair after each shampoo. Rinse briefly with cold water.
Everyone's hair is different, so it's hard to say if yours will react as well as mine. Keep this one off the roots unless you're deep conditioning and have nowhere to be that day. It will leave the roots clean feeling but greasy looking. And if you have oily hair, this may not be as good for you. But if you have highlighted, dry, or split-end hair like mine, your hair should love it!
Stones for Beating Colds, Allergies, & Flu
There’s been a lot of crud going around here in Houston, and with winter finally settling in to stay a while, and the weather ups and downs, and the near constant damp, it’s really no wonder. This is a common season for a lot of people to suffer with cold and allergy symptoms, so I wanted to tell you which crystals you should add to your medicine cabinet to help get you through.
Believe it or not, crystals are wonderfully supportive and healing in an infinite number of ways. And while I typically focus on the emotional, spiritual, and energetic uses for stones, they can do wonders for physical ailments as well. After all, as I say on my Spiritual Healing page, “All true healing is spiritual. When we stop resisting the interconnectedness of all things and embrace ourselves as whole beings—body, mind, spirit—we open to the eternal and universal truth of what healing really is.”
Now, don’t just throw all of these in your pocket together. Each has a specific purpose and use in regards to getting you past whatever brand of crud you managed to pick up. So read carefully and follow the instructions, and you’ll be better in no time!
Of course, keep in mind, my words here are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other medical professional.
Dalmatian jasper- The number one thing we want our crystals to do when trying to overcome sickness, is support our body’s own natural and miraculous efforts at healing. Enter, Dalmatian jasper. In general, jaspers are wonderfully supportive, but Dalmatian jasper in particular is a real boon to the immune system. And one of the first and worst things a cold or allergies will do (or the flu, heaven forbid) is overwhelm our immune system. So, grab as many tumbles of this crystal as you can and keep them with you at all times.
Green aventurine- While you’re carting all that Dalmatian jasper around, I’d like you toss some green aventurine in with it. Green aventurine supports overall health and well being and restores balance to the body. It also encourages making right choices for the body, so while you wear it, you’ll find yourself gravitating toward those foods, supplements, and activities that will best support you in healing. It’s like the crystal equivalent of juicing. If you want to get that healthy glow back, you’re going to want this crystal rockstar in your pocket. Same as above, grab what you can and keep it on you at all times.
Garnet- One of the worst symptoms of colds and allergies is how they drain our precious energy. Ugh. Just crawling out of bed can be an uphill battled. Much less trying to still go to work or take care of our children or any other activities we simply can’t put off. But never fear, because garnet is here! This incredible stone was among the favorites of the ancients, and it’s obvious why. It lends an incredible boost to your energy and revitalizes the body. On top of that, it’s protective. And frankly, when you’re already worn down fighting off the cruddies, you don’t need anything else coming at you. You’ll want to keep this one on you during daylight hours only, when you need to get up and get moving. Bonus tip, it also wards off chills!
Howlite- So, what do you do when you put your garnet away at night? Trade it for howlite, of course! You’re going to need plenty of rest in order to recover. Howlite is excellent for settling our systems into deep, restorative sleep. Tuck at least two pieces under your pillow at night. And if you’re staying home and in bed, you can use it during the day for naptime, too.
Amethyst- Another unfortunate crud side-effect is pain. Stuffy heads lead to headaches. Excess coughing can cause our core muscles to ache. And fever and achiness in general seem to go hand in hand with colds and allergies (and again, heaven forbid, the flu). Pull your amethyst out, as many tumbles as you can muster, tie it up in the toe of a clean sock, and place it on your head, chest, or anywhere else you hurt. It’s better than aspirin in my experience. Bonus tip, great combo with howlite for a solid night’s sleep!
Rainforest jasper- And finally, one last nasty symptom of the cruds—dry skin. Noses get all chapped from blowing, and cold medicines dry us out. It’s important to drink plenty of water and clear fluids, but while you’re at it, charge them with this wonder stone for skin, hair, nails, and eyes. Plop a tumble or two into your water bottle (beware choking hazards) or sit them next to your hot tea or juice to charge it. If you’re using a hand or body lotion to help soothe irritated skin, tuck a tumble into it first to charge it well.
I have a secret weapon. I call it my "crystal pain pillow", but a more accurate term would be pain-relief pillow. I teach about crystals' natural pain relieving effects in all of my crystal healing classes. And it's one of those things that people have a hard time believing, even though there is plenty of science to back it up. But once you experience it for yourself, as everyone in my family has, you will really be amazed!
The crystal pain-relief pillow works on several fronts, but the primary one is through the radiation of Far Infrared Energy. FIR is scientifically documented to be beneficial for our health and in the relief of many symptoms of dis-ease, including pain. Additionally, I think the weight or pressure of one of these pillows is of itself therapeutic, tapping into Deep Pressure Therapy--the same effect found in those doggie jackets that are used to treat separation anxiety, or in Temple Grandin's hug machine, or employed during corseting. In addition, you get the bonuses of an aura boost, vibratory resonance, and other great crystal healing pluses! All without harmful side effects, and often far quicker and more effectively than you might receive through taking regular OTC or prescription meds.
So how do you make one?
Easy! You'll need:
Now, cut the foot out of one leg of the tights, and cut the leg again about 12 inches higher up. Tie one end in a tight knot. Pour your crystal tumbles or chips into the open end, and tie it off tightly. Voila! There is your very own crystal pain-relief pillow. But be forewarned, once your family tries it out and realizes how well it works, they will all be fighting you over it!
Your crystal pain-relief pillow can be used effectively for:
If you're lazy, try these premade versions available online.
Enjoy! And if you have any questions, leave them in the comments below.
Anna Silvernail - author, artist, intuitive reader, fairy architect, and more. A.K.A. She Who Wears Many Hats.