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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

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.

 

Dangers of Emotional Eating

Dangers of Emotional Eating

There a number of unhealthy habits that can develop over time if you are not mindful of your eating habits. One very easy unhealthy habit to fall into is emotional eating. This can go unnoticed because it’s not widely thought of as dangerous compared to other life threatening habits such as illegal drug use, and many can easily find excuses for it like saying they can simply “exercise more later.” How serious is this issue? Can eating habits really be a danger to you? We’ll be exploring some of these that in the following article.

Awareness is Key

Emotional eating usually hits very suddenly out of nowhere and seeks out specific cravings to be filled. Often times these powerful cravings are for sugar and fat filled snacks because of the powerful rush of dopamine that turns on the reward and pleasure centers of the brain after consumption. Eating like this repeatedly eventually overrides the signals of hunger and satiety. Seeking out comfort food and this kind of gratification leads to overeating and morbid obesity. Children can also develop early obesity when they learn this type of self-soothing. Many snack foods (especially candy and baked goods) are marketed to children. Some other snacks are associated with memories of fun times, childhood, or loved ones. Unfortunately, the methods that are used to produce foods of these foods typically contain high levels of salt, sugars, fats, artificial colors and preservative agents.

It is an Unhealthy Way to Cope with Emotions

Emotional eating is often used as a way to avoid dealing with complex or negative emotions. Not every trigger will be the same for each person, but these could include a range of emotions and feelings including anxiety, boredom, loneliness, disgust, sadness, and even joy. The emotional danger is the continued neglect of the real reasons behind these emotions. A feeling of shame or guilt might follow binges. This is especially true when the behavior is hidden from friends or family. Seek professional help, or tell a trusted friend or relative if you feel isolated or lonely and are forming unhealthy eating habits.

There are Health Risks

If a person uses eating as a way to escape or distract their emotions, a vicious cycle can develop. For example, a person who seeks food to cope with stress will create a paradox where weight-related health issues arise like high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and back or joint pain. Beyond the difficulties surrounding obesity,  other health issues such as insomnia, anxiety, malnutrition, digestive problems, menstrual problems, and depression can develop.

Tips to overcome Emotional Eating

If you are overeating and appear to be experiencing any of these symptoms or health problems, it is never too late to make a new choice. After tapping into your support system, here are a few other ways to get back on track:

  • Keep a food diary – even if you use an online one like https://www.myfitnesspal.com/
  • Tame your stress – be intentional about your stress relieving activities. Find some ideas for creating a stress-free environment here
  • Remove temptation – Don’t have a cupboard full of junk food and do not go grocery shopping until your emotions are in check
  • Have healthy options on hand – When you feel the urge to snack in between meals, have something good and healthy like fruit, nuts, vegetables, or lower calorie versions of your favorite snacks
  • Give yourself a break – Don’t punish or deprive yourself. Even if you make a mistake—forgive yourself and recommit to start fresh again. Learn from your experience and plan to do better. Let your support system know that you are serious about changing it and ask for their assistance when needed.
  • Resources:
    Mood, food and obesity. Frontiers in Psychology. September 1, 2014.
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4150387/
  • Mayo Clinic: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/weight-loss/art-20047342?pg=2

Become Your Own Relaxation Expert

Become Your Own Relaxation Expert

Meditation and prayer have been practiced around the world for thousands of years. It is a practice used to quiet the mind and body, and relieve stress. [See the article about the health impacts of stress here]. Academic medicine and national peer reviewed articles are finally starting to validate meditation as a complimentary modality to healthcare–similar to aromatherapy, color therapy, massage therapy, and other healing practices.  Meditation is used to bring focus, clarity, and calm, and often, after meditating, problems that you have been struggling with, either resolve on their own, or you discover an inspired resolution to. Meditation has also been known to inspire people to write, and spur lucrative business ideas, as your subconscious works in partnership with you (rather than against you) to bring your greatness to light.

Pictured above: abundance oil ingredients: orange, frankincense, patchouli, clove, ginger, myrrh,  cinnamon, and spruce; along with pyrite stone and an oyster shell.

Keep It Simple, Sista. (K.I.S.S.)
The simplest form of meditation, requires you to sit in a quiet room, either on a pillow, or cross-legged on the floor, or in a comfortable chair, making sure your spine is straight. It is advised that you use the same place every day. It is also suggested that you personalize your spot, by beautifying it with candles, oils, plants, flowers,beautiful semi-precious gemstones, and pictures of the people that you love, or a representation of your vision.

The idea is to sit quietly, with your eyes closed, and focus on a point inside of your forehead. Try not to think of anything in particular, but don’t try ‘not’ to think either, allowing your mind to become calm, and peaceful. If you find that your mind is ‘chattering’, don’t try to control it, just let it finish what it is that it is working on, it will eventually quiet down. It is also recommended for beginners to begin with ten to twenty minute sessions, each day. I typically say to the constant chatter “ok, that’s interesting, I’m meditating now, so you can go.” Some other people call on scripture or some others ask God or the angels for assistance. After you get a routine and figure out what works best for you getting into a place of deep relaxation and joy during these sessions will be simple and easy. You’ve gotta try not

Some people can’t still for more than 10 minutes before their mind chatter overwhelms the silence. However, as you stay committed to your self-care meditation practice, you will want to increase the length of your sessions to thirty minutes, or maybe even an hour. In our highly active and noisy lifestyles, we often let stress and tension build up in our space, in our homes and in our minds, until it is unbearable. It is imperative that we include some time for meditation,reflection and prayer (if that is your practice) in our daily schedule in a proactive, preventative way to manage stress and achieve long term wellness.

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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) 101

What Are Genetically Modified Organisms?

The term “Genetically Modified Organism” refers to the practice of altering the DNA of a plant or animal so that it contains one or more genes that are not normal or innate to the organism. The genetic modifications are created in a lab environment where the DNA from one organism is inserted into another.

In general, the practice of Genetically Modifying crops has caused little objection from the public. However, as scientists began inserting DNA from viruses, bacteria, and animals into seeds to create ‘super specimens’ people began to question the approach. In the eyes of many there is a big difference between cross pollinating two pea plants for more efficient growing and adding the genes from a fish to a tomato plant.

The US is a world leader in the production of Genetically Modified crops. However, contrary to popular belief The European Union does not ban Genetically Modified Foods. In fact, Spain is a leading contributor too. What makes the EU different from the United States is that they don’t approve domestic cultivation of many GMO crops and they have mandatory labeling laws. The food must be labeled GMO if it contains more than 0.9 percent of GMOs.

This has caused many food companies in Europe to reformulate their products so that all GMO ingredients are removed. They then avoid the GMO label. However, products from animals raised on GMO feed do not need a label, so Europeans continue to use GMO corn and soy for animal feed.

As of 2013, roughly 85% of corn, 91% of soybeans, and 88% of cotton produced in the United States are genetically modified.

GMO’s are typically restricted in an organic lifestyle.

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