The holidays or any time families get together can be wonderful and nourishing to the soul! Unfortunately, sometimes this is not always the case. If you feel that when you go to family get togethers you need a little protection from negative energy that may be floating your way, try some black tourmaline! Not only is a strong grounding stone, it is also a powerful protector against those negative vibes! Have you every heard the term ‘Energy Vampire’? This is also a fantastic stone that will work better than garlic! Use black tourmaline to protect you from these energy suckers and keep you in a positive mood! If you need a stone to also encourage positive attitudes in any situation, make sure you’re packing this crystal.
The black tourmaline is found in several areas of the world and is also known as Schorl. There are several different hues of tourmaline and sometimes, a very dark blue can be mistaken for a black piece. It is the black, however, that is your best defense.
You can put black tourmaline in your bedroom, under your pillow, near your computer or anywhere else in the house. If you choose to wear the stone, it is better to wear it on the left side of your body due to the flow of energies in to the aura. Many people keep a piece of it in their pocket, but take care not to lose it!
If you are worried about the negative effects of electro-magnetic energy, black tourmaline will also work to clear that as well. This is why I recommend that you keep one near your computer and I recommend it in my healing practice when someone is affected by EMFs.
To cleanse black tourmaline, you can sage it or rinse it in fresh spring water with intention. Once it is cleansed, charge it in the sun. Generally, black tourmaline is a work-horse of a crystal and doesn’t need to be cleansed or charged too often. Keep your eyes open though and any time your tourmaline looks dull or calls to you, it’s time for a cleanse!
Enjoy the protection of this amazing stone!
One of the crystals I use semi-frequently in my practice is the Carnelian. It is common for crystal collectors and crystal healers to have Carnelian in their collection. Carnelian is actually a member of the quartz family, but more specifically a variety of Chalcedony. It often comes in an orange colour variety but can vary from a deep, rust coloured brown to a pale, pinky-orange. Most people associate Carnelian with the darker, orange colours, which is appropriate because it’s name comes from the Latin word for flesh!
Carnelian works quite powerfully on the first and second chakra areas. It balances the body’s energies, increases stability and is often used to stimulate the appetite…both digestively and sexually! Though if you are looking for a little help with the latter, I would definitely suggest a darker hue like orange or red. Orange crystals in particular are very potent for fertility and sensual endeavours. If some of the passion has been lost from your otherwise loving relationship, try a little carnelian in your life and reignite the spark!
As far as ‘physical ills’ are concerned, Carnelian works to heal lower back issues, blood circulation issues, infertility problems, nutrient absorption issues and so much more! Women who experience painful menstrual cramps may find relief in the use of Carnelian just prior to and during menstruation. It is important to note for this, that Carnelian does much better work when in direct contact with the skin. Men can also make good use of Carnelian’s properties for bladder or prostate issues. Give it a try and see if it can help make those night time visits to the lou less frequent and more fruitful!
Since Carnelian helps to bring energy into those first two chakras, it can also be used to motivate people in the professional realm. This crystal helps to promote confidence and attract prosperity as well. The stabilizing effect Carnelian has on the root and sacral chakras has such a widespread influence throughout the body and when you’re working with a strong base, there’s so much you can accomplish. Can you see why this multi-talented stone is often included in the tool-box of many crystal practitioners!
Now that you have read a small sliver of the incredible benefits of Carnelian, how can you incorporate this stone into your life? Keep one at your bedside table and meditate with it at night or within reach at the first sign of menstrual cramps. Many people also enjoy making Carnelian water to ingest. Some stones are unsafe to do this with, but Carnelian water is an excellent way to make use of this stone in your every day life. Be sure however, to cleanse this stone regularly to prevent any build up of negative or stagnant energy. You can do this easily by rinsing it under cool, running water while repeating, “Let All Negative Energy Leave” several times. Follow your intuition on when to stop. Then, place Carnelian in the sun or under a full moon. Either will do to charge this amazing stone. Enjoy your journey with Carnelian!