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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

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

 

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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In Love and Health!

Creating A Stress-Free Environment At Home

One of the first things to do, when you want to remove stress from your life, is to create a healing environment at home. It is a well-known fact that stress affects both your physical and emotional well-being. So, to feel your best, you need to remove the negativity associated with the stress. In most cases, the negativity is something that has been there a while, and you have built up a tolerance or conditioned response to it.  The good news is… it’s not as difficult as you may think to make a change. Keep reading to learn more.

Let’s face it, a healthy environment makes you feel safe and helps to eliminate feelings of sadness, worry and helplessness. It is void of noise and confusion, which, over the long term, can lead to a long list of health problems.  You may not be able to control all of the environments you encounter every day, but it is critical that you learn how to manage your own personal environment.  The place where you lay your head, or take a bath.  Consider the following tips to help you get started.

The Effects of Stress

There are good reasons to avoid stress.  Studies show that depression and chronic stress accelerates aging, see the study here.

Researchers also found that healthy adults who were mistreated as children may have a higher inflammatory response to new stressors. See the study in Neuropsychoparmacology, published online 29 September 2010.

Research has also found that stress-activating factors can turn on certain genes that were supposed to be silenced.  The findings show that the protective complexes are lost, and selected genes turn on when cells are exposed to external stress factors. See the study here.

Now that you are clear on the importance of managing stress.

Let’s talk specifics.

Your Overall Goal

Your overall goal is to create a nurturing (and therapeutic) space, filled things you love, or fulfills you or gives you great memories or thoughts. Doing so promotes spiritual growth and self-healing. Ideally, this works best if you have space that you can also use as your own special haven. This is a matter of  simply create multiple “mini spaces” throughout your home.

Eliminate Clutter

Have you ever tried to completely relax in a room full of clutter? It’s almost impossible to do, isn’t it? Get rid of things you no longer use. Give these things to charity or have a garage sale. The rule of thumb is:  if you are legally required to keep it, and if it doesn’t bring you joy, then get rid of it!

Utilize Color

Certain colors affect the way you feel. So if you can, you might consider repainting your space. You can either go with a color that automatically makes you happy or choose one known to invoke a positive response. Be aware that the color red typically causes an invigorating, energetic or agitating reaction and whereas blue has the (opposite) calming effect.

More Ideas

There are so many additional things that you can do to create a healing environment in your home. They include:

  • candles or a fireplace
  • aromatherapy (lavender is particularly calming)
  • water fountain or aquarium
  • live plants and flowers (many have air purifying benefits)
  • healing stones and crystals
  • natural  lighting options
  • family photos
  • writing and journaling tools

Quite honestly, the possibilities are endless. If you find it relaxing to read a good book, think about creating a reading corner. On the other hand, if you love to fix things, the ideal healing environment might be a workspace in the garage. The choice is up to you!

Now that you know more about creating a healthy environment at home, what are you waiting for? Remember, you don’t have to complete the project overnight. The idea is to reduce stress, and bring out more healing vibes. This is something that can be done on an ongoing basis. There’s nothing wrong with creating a relaxing environment that is a “work in progress.” I’ve gone from relaxing work spaces to an outright yoga room.

I’ll be offering a course within the next month about cleansing and de-stressing your home. Stay tuned and sign up for the newsletter to be alerted when it launches.

In love and health!

 

 

Detox Your Life

As an organic food teacher, one of my top concerns is the amount of chemicals we put in and on our bodies without having the proper knowledge of their long-term effects. The average person is exposed to over 80 chemicals before breakfast! Did you know that by the time you get to work, you’ve likely been exposed to over 300 different toxic chemicals?

The Cleveland Clinic has a “What Chemicals Are In My Home” chart that lists your everyday products as having hazardous ingredients.  You can see it here.

Here is a quick list of things that increase your chemical load, and a few tips on how to mitigate toxins in your environment.

Things that add to the toxic burden inside our home:

  • Cleaning products
  • Off-gassing of carpets, furniture, plywood
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Laundry detergents/dry cleaning
  • Personal care products (makeup, lotions, shampoos, fragrances, etc.)
  • Dish detergent/soaps
  • Air fresheners

Ways to decrease the toxins:

  • Houseplants (purify the air) – grow them in your bedroom too!
  • Regularly open windows and air out your house (spend as much time out of doors as possible)
  • Educate yourself (Environmental Working Group: www.ewg.org, sign up for this newsletter)
  • Change out toxic products for nontoxic products (cleaning products and personal care products) – what we put on our skin is worse for our body than what we eat!!

In Love and Health!

Overcoming Heart Trauma – Part I

It wasn’t the best time for a crisis to come, but they never come when we are ready.

My daughter, the independent diva, who had her own place, made good money, and took care of her own business sheepishly admitted that she was pregnant and that because of the birth control methods she used, she wasn’t really sure when she became pregnant; and she didn’t know anything about what she is headed into. Shocked by her news, I wasn’t ready to be a grandmother, but that I also knew that wasn’t really the point.

Being a doula who has delivered over twenty babies myself with no major complications, I had to think back to my old training.

Still, I wasn’t ready.

I was just finalizing a complicated divorce and my ex and were both trying to navigate the closing up of a twenty-year relationship. There were more lose ends than a shaggy carpet.

The other issues didn’t matter. We all had to figure out what to do with a new baby who was on her way whether we were ready or not.

My adult daughter moved in with me and things were never not like they were before she was an adult.  Nothing was really the same again.

Thank God I was anchored by a good spiritual connection.  I was active in church and had many people praying for my daughter and her unborn baby.  My daughter wasn’t into church, but she  was scared about all of the unknowns of pregnancy.  She was smart enough to trust her mom and knew that I would do what I could to help her through this.

Again, that wasn’t the point.  The point was a new baby was on the way to us and we needed to get ready.

Since I had been a doula for over 15 years, and had all natural or as close to natural as possible births, I wasn’t really nervous about my abilities.

But sometimes, you don’t know what you don’t know.

This was certainly the case here.

What happened with her arrival tilted the world on a new axis and changed everything from our daily priorities to the way we interacted with each other, on every level.

The most important thing we learned was about how a crisis can either be a curse or a blessing, and how each day gives us a chance to choose which perspective we will hold.

I learned the valuable lesson about  how no matter how much we don’t want the responsibility, moms carry the emotional load by example for everyone in the family. Even the so called “estranged” family members are under her influence.

I knew that if I broke down, everyone else would break down; and if I were strong, everyone else would be strong. This was a life or death crisis.

Damn. What a trickbag.

 

Part II to be continued in three days…