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What Is A Crystal?

What is a Crystal?

I’ve always loved pretty rocks, but it wasn’t until I met my amazing soul mate  who I found out on our second date that he was also an avid gem collector that I began to seriously research crystals and now our collective love for these stones has grown to us combining and growing our own collection and bringing them to this website and blog that I am sharing with you.

So let’s start at the beginning. 

All matter has energy. You have an energy and so do I. Each unit of matter vibrates with its own unique energetic blueprint. This energetic blueprint determines the way that the energy is directed physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

A blueprint of a crystal is a regularly repeating atomic structure and because crystals exhibit this type of orderly perfection, they are able to transmit various levels of light and energy.  People use these tools to bring healing light and loving encouragement to all beings as their perfect form are a great match for the balance and perfection that humans search for in their own lives.  Crystals can absorb and transmit light, refract it among other crystalline structures, and then transmit it to a receiving source. These nature made stones have the natural ability to conduct energy and carry light.  How amazing is our God for creating such awesome support for us here on earth!?!

Indeed, everything that God created was beautifully and perfectly made, including wo/man. We are created to have total dominion over all of God’s creations, the trees and plants, the animals and the nature including the countless precious elements found in our surroundings, such as crystals and gemstones.

Crystals are also called stones, rocks, and commonly referred to as gemstones. A gemstone can be described and distinguished as being a precious or semi-precious. From biblical times until now, precious gemstones serve as accessories and adornment, and could sometimes determine one’s social status in life. While these gemstones such as the diamonds and emeralds are subdivided according to varieties and groups and sometimes, according to their species, they come in a variety of colors, shapes and properties.  The difference in each gems is how the atoms are arranged.

Despite its beauty and glamour a gemstone can bring, there are also many synthetic or fake stones on the market today. Like essential oils, marketers can contaminate the product and claim that it is natural.  That is why today, experts have become rigid in identifying true gemstones. These gemologists or gemstones experts have the skills to easily determine a piece of beauty that is fake or unreal. The crystals and essential oils available at prettyrockgirls.com are from reliable sources, as we use these products everyday! The crystals available on this site have been carefully selected to ensure purity and authenticity using some of the highest standards you will find online today.

Bringing a crystal into your energetic field helps your own energy align with the harmonic and perfect structure of the crystal.  Some crystals are known to exhibit specific properties.  The explanations of the properties for each of the stones sold here are stated and you can also email writer@spiritscripps.com with any questions.

The general rule is that if a stone calls your attention, you are meant to have and benefit from that stones energy.

Go ahead and browse our inventory and see what calls out to you! 

Do not fall victim to ignorance.  Here is a brief list of what  crystals are NOT!

  • Crystals are not a replacement for your relationship with God
  • Crystals are not a replacement of your medical doctor
  • Crystals are not to be used for any “dark” purpose

7 Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon oil has a bright and joyful aroma and can play an amazingly productive role around your home and in your purse!  Lemon oil is cold pressed from lemon rinds, and has an invigorating, purifying scent. Lemon oil is very popular because of its versatility and multiple benefits.  This flexible oil is also frequently added to food to enhance the flavor of desserts and main dishes or as an overall assistant in the kitchen.  When diffused, Lemon is very uplifting and energizing and has been shown to help improve your mood.

7 Uses for Lemon Essential Oil

Clean Hands – Add a couple drops of lemon essential oil with your soap and clean dirt and oil off.

Teeth Whitener –  Mix lemon essential oil, baking soda and coconut oil and rub on your teeth for two minutes and then rinse.

Promotes Fat-Loss – Putting 2 drops of lemon oil in your water 3 times daily can support metabolism and weight loss.

Improves Mood – Diffusing lemon essential oil in the air can lift mood and help replenish you body, mind, and spirit.

Laundry – Use a few lemon drops to remove gum, oil, grease spots, glue, or adhesive from most surfaces.

Deodorizer – Place a few drops on a cotton ball and put in the refrigerator or in spray bottle to freshen kitchen area.

Eating Healthy is Easier with a Home Garden

Following A Plant Based Diet Is Easy With Home Gardens

Many people today are turning to a plant-based diet as an alternative to diets too rich in saturated meat products, junk food, and highly processed foods. In some cases, it involves spending more time in the produce section of your local grocery store, looking for fruits and vegetables that are grown organically and spending extra money on them.

You can follow a great plant-based diet in an even better way while growing your fruits and vegetables in your own home garden. If you live in an apartment, you can start a container garden in front of a sunny window. If you have a plot of land to turn into a garden you can go big with a garden filled with healthy fruits and vegetables. You can grow almost anything in a small garden so you have the spring, summer and fall to eat off your own land.

Vegetables Easily Grown At Home

Tomatoes lend themselves well to container gardening and can grow like wild in the good earth of your back yard. They grow and ripen all season long so you can pick what you need for sandwiches, salads, snacks, fresh sauces and even for juicing.

You can grow your own peas or beans in a container or in your backyard garden. They are rich in phytonutrients that have their maximum potency if you simply pick what you need and eat them as soon as possible; you have the greatest amount of healthy phytonutrients and antioxidants in the food shortly after picking them.

Peppers, zucchini, carrots, broccoli, and greens like Kale are great options for a home garden and allow you to reach for healthy and super fresh produce all summer long and into the fall.

Your Home Garden

If you decide to have a back yard home garden, you need to decide if you want to grow organic foods or not. Organic gardening is the best possible choice because the food is grown without pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides. This means no harmful chemicals exist with the food you pick and you can even eat them straight out of the garden without having to wash them extensively.

Grow a wide variety of foods that become ripe at different times of the season:

Radishes, for example, take only a few weeks to become edible and, after pulling them up, you have room to grow a row of something else. Most people grow tomatoes and some people grow carrots, lettuce, and potatoes.

Both potatoes and squash need the entire summer to become available for eating so all you need to do is to keep them weed-free and watch them grow. In the early autumn or late summer, you can dig up the potatoes and harvest the squash. These types of produce can be kept at room temperature or in a cool place for many months so you have instant winter eating from vegetables you grew in the summer.

Lettuce and other greens can be grown and harvested all summer long for the best in salads that are high in phytonutrients and antioxidants. All you need to do is harvest some of the leaves, wash them, and enjoy them in a healthy salad with tomatoes, carrots, or radishes you grew yourself. This is the core of a plant-based diet that will give you benefits far beyond a meat-based diet.

Meat-based diets are low in antioxidants and high in saturated fats. You can get the nutrition you need from vegetables and fruits you grow yourself with a known reduction in fatty deposits in your arteries and a lesser chance for heart disease and stroke.  Research shows that increasing healthy fruits and vegetable intake also reduces risk of certain cancers.

Get Even Better Results With Composing

If you want an especially fruitful garden, you can create your own rich soil if you start a compost pile or box. All you need to do is put in vegetation and clippings from around your yard, add food scraps and paper, coffee grounds, tea, mixing everything with a little bit of soil. I even tried an experiment one year by adding worms that break down the food and make the RICHEST soil.  Worms thrive in the moist environment of a good compost heap so that you will soon have these things turned into rich soil that will make your organic garden thrive.

Get Started Today

There are millions of books on the topic. In reality, the best teacher is experience, so learn the initial steps, get the supplies and just do it! Remember to get the kids involved in the garden as well; it is a great learning experience, and a great opportunity to spend quality time together.

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My 4 Easiest-to-Grow Herbs for Small Spaces

4 Easy-to-Grow Culinary Herbs Ideal for Small Spaces

When I started growing my own food, I started on my kitchen balcony over ten years ago.  I had small babies, a full-time job and a huge yard. It was intimidating to think of managing a large garden myself and my husband at the time wasn’t down with doing yard work, so I saved myself the frustration and started a container garden on my porch.

It was so fun!

I had tomatoes, lettuce, herbs, even pumpkin!  Every day the kids would go out and check to see what was sprouting and growing.  I’d tell them to hand me some basil, for my fried rice, or some cilantro, tomatoes, and onions for our Taco Tuesday!  I’d let them figure out what plant had the vegetable I need to cook and then they  would help me with preparing the whole meal.

Aaahhh, they were so sweet then, when they did what I said 🙂

Fresh herbs are a great way to bring the flavors of your dishes to life. Unfortunately, they can be expensive to buy at the grocery store and they aren’t always in season. Although you can use their dried counterparts in your favorite recipes, they just don’t deliver the same flavor profile.  Fortunately, you can enjoy fresh herb flavor all year long and you don’t need a ton of space to do it.

If full-scale gardening isn’t your thing or if space is at a premium in your garden, you’ll want to get the most bang for your buck from your plant choices. Not only do you want to select herbs that are easy to grow, you’ll also want to select versatile options that pair well with a diverse selection of recipes. The following list of easy-to-grow culinary herbs can help you get started.

Here are My 4 Easy-to-Grow and Versatile Herbs

  1. Basil. Basil tops the list because it is so versatile and is super easy to grow from seed. All you need is a small pot and sunny windowsill and you can have fresh basil at your fingertips all year long.

After all, what could be better than juicy tomatoes paired with fresh mozzarella and fresh-picked basil?  Top with a balsamic reduction, some good extra virgin olive oil, and a little salt and fresh-cracked pepper and you’ve got a delicious and easy lunch entrée or dinner salad.

Basil is also an important ingredient in fresh pesto recipes and it pairs beautifully with tomato-based pasta sauces. For a unique twist, add julienned basil and Brie cheese to sourdough bread for a fabulous grilled cheese sandwich.  If you want to get even more creative, plant a pot of purple basil to make a beautiful and delicious purple basil jelly.

  1. Cilantro (Coriander). This herb does double duty. The fresh leaves (cilantro) of young plants are a staple in Mexican cooking. Fresh cilantro is a key ingredient in homemade salsas and also adds a unique flavor dimension to salad greens. It can also be used in a wide variety of marinades for beef, chicken, pork and vegetables. It is especially well suited for marinating meats for fajita recipes. I also use it in pizza and home made sandwiches 🙂

Cilantro is also very easy to grow from seed. You can extend the life of your plant by keeping it plucked down and keeping it in cooler areas. In spite of your best efforts, however, it will eventually “bolt” to form lacy flowers that will set seeds that can be harvested. Those seeds can be lightly toasted and ground down to create coriander, which is much more mellow in flavor than its fresh counterpart and is a nice complement to many recipes.

  1. Rosemary. Rosemary can also be started from seeds, but you may find it easier to pick up small plants from your local garden center each spring. They can then be brought indoors during cooler weather, but you will need to keep them moist and provide access to a sunny window, preferably with a southern exposure, * to keep them happy.

Not only is rosemary delicious in marinades for roasted chicken, pork, or beef, it also imparts a wonderful earthy aroma to roasted new potatoes and homemade focaccia bread.

Rosemary is also a very pretty plant with decorative appeal. It adds structure to the herb garden with its elegant upright growth habit. Plus, it can easily be shaped to look like a Christmas tree. As a result, rosemary makes a lovely hostess gift around the holidays.

  1. Thyme. This is another classic culinary herb that is so easy to grow. Fresh thyme is a staple in many types of cuisine and adds a distinctive flavor to meat-based dishes and is wonderful in stews and soups, as well. For a special treat, grow lemon thyme to add an unexpected hint of citrus flavor to your dishes.

Another thing to love about thyme is its beauty. It has a beautiful growth habit that makes it ideal in pots next to taller herbs like rosemary. Use it outdoors to edge walkways and paths to add a fragrant element to your landscape, but don’t use those plants for cooking, especially if you have pets.

 Of course, these four easy-to-grow culinary herbs barely scratch the surface of what you can grow in a limited space. The herbs listed here are easy to grow and can be found in a diverse range of recipes, so not only will you enjoy growing them, you’ll love using them, too.


*Southern exposure in the northern hemisphere.

 

Planning a Productive & Practical Kitchen Garden

Planning a Productive and Practical Kitchen Garden

A well-planned kitchen garden, can be a beautiful and enticing way to incorporate more fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs into your diet. The following tips will help you plan a productive and practical kitchen garden.

Tip #1: Pick the Perfect Spot.  When choosing a location for your kitchen garden, try to find a spot as close to your kitchen as possible.  After all, you want your own personal culinary garden to be easy to reach while you are preparing meals.  Of course, you have to make sure the soil you are planting on is healthy and not contaminated.

The location you choose must also take into consideration the kind of environment your plants prefer. Choose a sunny location that receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. If you live in a really hot climate, you may find a bit of afternoon shade is just as nice to have, as well.

Also, you’ll want to make sure the location you choose has easy access to water. You definitely don’t want to drag a heavy garden hose around the house or carry buckets of water in order to keep your plants hydrated.

Tip #2: Pick Your Plants. The easiest way to decide what you want to grow is to think about what you like to cook or what your family likes to eat.

For example, if you use a lot of fresh herbs, you’ll want to keep a big pot of your favorite varieties on hand. Kids can’t get enough of your homemade salsa? Plan to have a steady supply of fresh cilantro and juicy tomatoes nearby. Increasing your salads, or smoothies?  Grow lots of spinach!

In other words, you want to stock your kitchen garden with the fruits, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers you use in your day-to-day cooking.  These are the items you will want to have convenient access to throughout the growing season.  Also be sure to have Mason Jars and other containers for items you plan freeze, can or otherwise preserve for later use.

Tip #3: Make the Most of the Space You Have.  Due to their proximity to the house, many kitchen gardens are confined to a relatively small space. Kitchen gardens can be in a box shape, raised bed, or vertical shelving.

Go Vertical! Consider growing juicy yellow pear tomatoes surrounded by creeping thyme in a vertical container or use hanging baskets suspended on shepherd hooks for your favorite herbs. Just make sure you keep them well watered as hanging baskets tend to dry out more quickly.

You could also add a trellis or incorporate a fence into your design to provide support for climbing plants, such as pole beans or cucumbers. If your space has a blank wall with good sun exposure, you could add a ladder-like series of shelves to house a lot more plants than you could fit into the ground you have available.

Tip #4: Make It Beautiful. Although some may argue that beauty for its own sake is neither productive nor practical, I disagree. Your kitchen garden is an extension of your home and will likely be visible to your family and guests. So, making the area as attractive as possible just makes good sense.

Balance, symmetry and repetition are components of any good garden design. To incorporate balance and symmetry into your garden, try adding two matching brightly colored containers filled with herbs and place them on each side of the entrance.

For repetition, add multiples of the same plants throughout the garden. For example, a group of 3 cherry tomato plants in attractive containers will have a stronger visual impact than a single plant. You can also create a sense of order by planting lovely borders of edible flowers or fragrant herbs along walkways.

One great thing about incorporating ornamental aspects into your garden is you may find you want to spend more time in an area that nourishes both your body and soul.

I love to add seating space, and a space for bon fires to my garden spaces for a special touch.

 

 

Health Reasons To Grow And Eat More Colorful Vegetables

Health Reasons To Grow And Eat More Colorful Vegetables

With the official start of Spring this week, it is time to start thinking about renewing, refreshing and regenerating your health and your lifestyle.

Eating a plant-based diet can enhance and invigorate your health and there is every reason to believe that it can improve the quality of your life. Many nutrition experts recommend a colorful plate as the more variety in colors of produce the more nutrients you get into your body.

Many color vegetables and fruits can be grown in your garden and will provide fresh, pesticide free produce for you, and your family.

Both fruits and vegetables have their own natural color that will impart many health benefits. They are low in calories and can be picked from your garden when they have a maximum amount of nutrients. Here are some colorful fruits and vegetables you should be incorporating into your diet every day for optimum health and wellness.  Don’t you want to have the energy you need to keep up with your family?

Learn about starting a Kitchen Garden here.

Red Fruits and Vegetables

These include healthy foods such as tomatoes, guava, raspberries, red cabbage, watermelon, cherries, kidney beans, beets, and blueberries. All of these fruits and vegetables are extremely rich in antioxidants such as anthocyanins and lycopene.

Antioxidants stop the chain reaction of oxygen free radicals from the body, which has the potential to damage cells, including cellular DNA. Experts say you will be healthier if you eat up to 30 milligrams of lycopene.

One medium tomato picked fresh from your garden will provide you with 3 milligrams of lycopene. Lycopene is also considered a carotenoid, which helps you make and use Vitamin A in the body.

Orange and Yellow Fruits and Vegetables

These are vegetables and fruits like yellow peppers and cantaloupe. They are rich in beta-carotene, which is a precursor to making vitamin A. Vitamin A is a healthful nutrient that helps your vision at night and is helpful in controlling the health of your skin, bones, and teeth.

Yellow and orange vegetables and fruits also contain folate, which is an antioxidant that also is a preventative against neural tube defects in growing fetuses. You need about 500 mg of vitamin A per day, which can be more than gotten from a couple of cups of yellow cantaloupe. The same amount of cantaloupe provides about 65 mg of folate, of which you need about 320 mg per day.

Green Vegetables

There are many green vegetables you can grow in your garden including greens, peas, and green beans. These are especially good for the health of your bones, teeth, and eyes. You need these vegetables as adequate sources for vitamin K, which helps you clot blood better. Just two cups of raw spinach gives you more than double the amount of vitamin K you require each day for optimal health. Green vegetables contain great amounts of vitamin C and vitamin E, which aid in decreasing your overall risk for certain chronic disease. They also provide you with the phytonutrients called zeaxanthin and lutein, which are protective against macular degeneration.

I’m starting my kitchen garden soon.  Will you join me?

Blue and Purple Vegetables

These include blueberries, other berries, and eggplant. They contain anthocyanins, which prevent heart disease through their antioxidant properties. It is known that they contain certain flavonoids and Ellagic acid that can destroy cancer cells, including cells that make lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer and breast cancer. These compounds also have anti-inflammatory properties, which are protective against colon and esophageal cancer.

White Fruits and Vegetables

White fruits and vegetable include pears, apples, cauliflower, cucumbers, and bananas. These foods are fiber-rich which can aid in your digestion and which can bind cholesterol so it doesn’t reach your bloodstream. They also contain antioxidants like quercetin, which is particularly prevalent in pears and apples. White fruits are helpful in lowering your stroke risk.

The Home Garden

Try to incorporate as many colored vegetables as you can in your daily diet. They all act differently on your body and have known health benefits you truly need. This is made easy by growing an organic vegetable and fruit garden at home. It does not take a lot of space, and it is a rewarding and beneficial activity for the whole family.

One of the greatest benefits to growing your own produce is that you can avoid eating the pesticides that are in commercial fruits and vegetables. Organic produce is available in stores, but many people complain about buying organic because it costs a lot more– that is another great reason to start a garden!

A Super Easy Way to Get A Boost of Antioxidants NOW

A super easy way to add antioxidants in your diet is through essential oils.  I add lemon oil, grapefruit oil and orange oil in my smoothies almost everyday.  I make a mean chocolate mint smoothie with the peppermint oil.  These are very high quality oils, and they taste AMAZING!

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Learn more about how essential oils can be added to your plant-based healthy lifestyle here