What is Calendula All About Anyway?

Calendula

January is cold and dry, and your skin takes the brunt of the damage. Flaky, chalky, itchy skin is the norm, especially up here in New Hampshire, but it doesn’t have to be that way. A simple, yet fabulous, form of self-care is skin care, specifically daily oiling. Applying oil regularly helps protect and moisturize, and infusing that oil with certain herbs will give your whole body that extra boost.

One of the most common herbs used in beauty and skin care products today is Calendula (Calendula officinalis). Calendula is royalty when it comes to taking care of your skin. It’s hydrating, its soothing, and it can help speed the healing of all sorts of wounds and rashes. The best part is it’s generally safe to use on the whole family! (Always test for individual allergies, of course.)

Calendula

When I’m feeling a little dry and need to show a little more self-care, I whip up this hydrating body oil to use before I shower. It seems counter-intuitive, but applying the oil BEFORE you shower can actually help protect your skin! The mix is also great as a bath salt, for when you just need a little soak. (And its so pretty!) Calendula is a primary ingredient in my skin care oil with my massage clients as well. It’s gentle yet healing, and so relaxing!

All the ingredients you’ll need for this DIY body oil can be purchased in the shop, and the tools should be things you have lying around the house. Since Calendula is one of our Herbs of the Month, it’s on sale for 25% off all month long! (January 2018)

There are a few different ways to infuse herbs into your oil, and most people are familiar with the solar infusion – add herbs and oil to a jar and let it sit in a sunny windowsill for a while. While this is a great, reliable method, it’s not so helpful if you need the oil now. That’s why I love to drag out my crock pot and simmer the oils. It’s a quicker, yet still gentle, method of infusion that produces an infused oil you can use that same day!  

The oil should last 6 months if stored away from heat, so don’t keep it near your stove or in the bathroom. If any plant material gets left behind in the oil, it can go rancid quicker, so always check it before use.  Learn how a  Reiki Massage with Calendula Oil  or a Lymphatic Massage with Anglea can boost your health!

Calming Calendula Body Oil

Ingredients:
2 parts Calendula
1 part Lavender buds
1 part Jasmine buds (rose petals also work great here)
Olive oil

Calendula Body Oil

Materials:
2 clean, dry mason jars
Cheesecloth or loose weave muslin
A fine mesh strainer
Crock pot

Step 1: Fill your jar with the dried herbs, about two thirds of the way full.

Step 2: Cover the herbs with oil and fill until almost at the top of the jar. Take a wooden skewer stick and gently stab and stir at the mixture to get out a lot of the hidden air bubbles. Seal the jar tightly.

Step 3: Place a kitchen towel in the bottom of your crock pot and fill about halfway with water. Put the mason jar in the crock pot, and add additional water until the jar is mostly submerged.

Step 4: Turn your crock pot heat on low and let the jar sit for 3-4 hours. Keep an eye on the water level and fill up as needed.

Step 5: Take the jar out of the crock pot and let cool a bit. Line the mesh strainer with the cheesecloth or muslin and strain the oil into a new jar. Do this a few times if necessary to remove all the plant matter from the oil.

Step 6: Label with date made & ingredients, and enjoy!

How Crystal Energy Works

Crystal Energy

Crystals and gemstones are living formations that have been growing in our earth since the beginning of time.  Considered highly sacred and powerful, these beings have been used since the dawn of ancient civilization.  These ancient crystals have been used as encoded tablature by the lemurian civilization which dates back 30,000 years.  Crystals then and crystals now are used as aids in physical, emotional, spiritual healing, spirit contact, psychic development, holistic healing, and a vast array of much more.  In working with crystals, you embark on a journey of rediscovering and healing your true, inner self. 

Crystal Healing Energy

In the Metaphysical world of gemstones, it is said that Crystals can transform us. It is true that we can find some wonderful Natural healing properties among the stones we find. But how can we determine what stones should be used for a particular ailment or condition?   Which gems are better for physical healing, and which are better used for Spiritual, vibrational and psychic situations?

Some find it fairly easy to make this determination, by the use of color and type.  For instance, green gems are primarily used for regeneration and healing, while white stones are more etheric in nature and can be beneficial for Spirit work.  I find when choosing only colored gemstonesto be highly useful for Color association therapy, (as mentioned above), or especially effective when treating the first 7 Chakras each color associated , but generally color therapy is somewhat simplified andtherefor I truly look at the stones, gems, or crystals PROPERTIES, along with color or type, and make my determination for usage. 

There are different types of stones, gems and crystals, and they  all work in different ways.  Tumbled stones and small natural crystals are most often available to us.  They can be found in a wide variety of minerals and are easy to carry and use.  Larger clusters of minerals are very useful for charging and cleansing of other gems and Magickal jewelry.  The larger single hand held Crystals and wands are wonderful for meditation and for directional healing of specific body parts and systems.

Usually, we are drawn to a particular stone for our own personal reasons
and they become vital to our healing practices. It is said each crystal you find yourself drawn to own had been waiting precisely just for you.  We may choose to wear a particular gem as an adornment in a piece of Magickal jewelry so that we may take advantage of it's energies and
healing power on a regular basis.

Because all gemstones come from Mother Earth , each one is naturally
fully charged with her powerful energies!  Since the Earth is about 4.6 Billion years old, it is possible that through erosion, wind, water and all the other forces of Nature, the small stone you wear or carry for healing, may be millions of years old!!!

In the case of Crystals however, they can only form from a gas or liquid
solution and therefore are different than stone and rock.  For this reason, crystals heal in a more complex fashion than Natural stones.  They may have inclusions, crystals within crystals, shadows and light, and even
other minerals growing inside of them.  Crystals are unique, in that they have extra electrons that are stored within them from the creation of their lattice, or structure.  It is these electrons that enable Crystals to become transducers, or in other words, they are able to change one form or energy into another!

To demonstrate this electrical energy, you can rub two small pieces of
 Quartz together in a dark room and they will show what is called, 
'triboluminescence'.

Even a sugar cube (with a crystal structure) , that is crushed in darkness
will display flashes of green light!!!  This is called 'piezoelectricity' and it represents a large electrical current that is generated within the crystal itself due to a deformity in the lattice structure of the Crystal.

CRYSTALS ARE IN FACT ELECTRICALLY CHARGED!!!

They are the most organized and stable matter in the Universe and once a Crystal is formed it can remain unchanged for millions of years!

The proof that Crystal Healing can be beneficial, is not some trick that needs to be performed, but instead, lies deep within the Crystal itself!  
For when a Crystal becomes subjected to extreme conditions of heat and pressure, it not only alters its form, but may  transform itself into another mineral altogether! Indeed this awesome Natural energy can enable us to grow if used wisely.  It is a force that we can harness and use to transform ourselves!  It is the power of Crystal Healing!

How Does Crystal Healing Work?

Healing with crystals is something everyone can do.  It's convenient, easy, and inexpensive.  In simple terms, here's how it works:

Energy is the essence of the human body.  Each type of crystal vibrates to its own specific type of energy.  When you work with crystals, the energy of the stone actually blends with your own energy, thereby transforming and/or amplifying your vibrational frequency or the energy within your body.  In turn, crystals help to rebalance and re-energize your body on the physical, emotional, and spiritual levels.

Each type of crystal radiates a certain type of energy, which corresponds to and works with the energies present in specific physical and/or emotional areas of your self.   Each of our crystal products come with complete description cards that include the stone's name and its healing properties.

As far as effectively working with crystals, you simply need to be around them.  That's it!  Of course, there are techniques and exercises you can do to enhance the healing effects of your crystals, but it truly is as simple as holding one in your hand, or placing one on your nightstand.  With every crystal purchase, we include instructions on a common technique known as "programming."

The most important thing you'll want to keep in mind is that, every now and then, your crystals should be cleansed.  This is because, in addition to radiating healing energy, crystals also absorb our negative energies.  Over time, and especially after a major healing session, your crystals can absorb so much negative energy that they actually become blocked.  This blockage weakens the crystal's natural healing effect.  Cleansing helps the crystal release the negative energy, thereby recharging the stone and increasing its healing power.

I am becoming more and more attuned to using crystals throughout our home, for healing's and for charging various herbal formulas and it truly is amazing the energy they gift us when we work with them.  I add crystals to all of my potted plants in our home and I have noticed a huge difference in their growth and overall health.  That was science enough for me!  
If you are interested in learning more, Cheryl Labrie is offering a wonderful class on Crystals.  You can find more information HERE
Sheryl Burns

Resources: http://spirituallifejourneys.webs.com/howcrystalenergyworks.htm