Do you ever wonder how crystals and essential oils work? Are you skeptical that they do and wonder if it is all placebo affect? If it IS placebo affect, then kudos to placebos because the impact is pretty amazing. But, just in case there is something to it, the paragraphs following are my attempt at offering a basic introduction.
Everything that exists has vibration. Everything in the universe… every organism, rock, being, emotion, feeling, thought, inanimate and animate objects …everything… has a vibration. Different forms of matter (or energy) vibrate at different frequencies that we call dominant oscillary rates. Crystals, by definition, have a naturally repeating geometric pattern. Because of their repeating geometric pattern, they have a very fixed dominant oscillary rate. This makes it so they do not fall easily into entropy, or disorganization. Humans do not have a fixed geometric pattern. We are more complex. Our organs, cells and emotions all have different oscillary rates. We have an average rate that we can call our dominant oscillary rate but we are easily influenced. We are not very resistant to entropy (disorganization). Think of how you are affected by stressors be they physical or emotional. Our environment influences us at a deep level, causing disorganization in our emotions, feelings, thoughts and physical bodies. You can imagine that, if we could increase our entropy, or organization (or harmony), we can experience less dis-ease physically, emotionally and spiritually. Crystals entrain what is around them so that it oscillates like the crystal. Introducing crystals to your space, meditation practice, carrying them on your person, or having a crystal layout allows your being to entrain to it’s dominant oscillatory rate, bringing about more harmony. The more you do this, the longer lasting and stronger is the effect. It’s a pretty cool way to come into alignment mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually!
And how about this: We call our primary support person “our rock”. I am going to take a wild guess that this may be where the originates. Our “rock” is the person who reminds us who we are, or, in essence, calls us back to our dominant oscillatory rate or balance.
Regarding Essential Oils
The holistic use of aromatherapy focusses on encouraging harmony or well-being by introducing essential oils topically or by inhalation. By means of distillation, they are extracted from a plant and “consist of hundreds of biochemical components, each with specific characteristics and properties directly relating to their molecular structure.” I like how my teacher, Jodi Baglien, describes essential oils. She says they are “biologically active, live, interactive, programmable gifts from the earth for pleasure, medicine, and well being.” (I love that she includes “pleasure” because, truly, we are beings who love and need pleasure!) Used topically, the tiny molecular structure bypasses barriers, like the skin, and absorbs into the bloodstream. When inhaled, “they pass receptor sites in the nose and the odors are converted to messages and then relayed to the brain for processing”. So, in essence (pun intended!), inhaled essential oils bypass the thinking mind and send new messages, or retrain, the brain. Be it topical or through inhalation, the use of aromatherapy sends messages that can be used to stimulate, enhance, reduce, alleviate or, in some way alter a state of being.
And how about this: We are drawn to those whose smell is appealing and repelled by those whose smell is distasteful to us. Clearly our brain waves are taking in messages in both cases. I wonder what they are, how we got them and what makes this so? Guess what? It has to do with vibration! Surprise! We are drawn to people who vibrate are rates similar to ours AND, consequently, also smell appealing. Interesting.
“Tool Kits” Using Crystal AND Essential Oils
By now, you know I am all about inspiration, harmony and abundance and believe that lessening stress is a huge part of manifesting that. All of the healing modalities or tools I use inspire me but these are two that can be packaged and passed on to you at home. Crystals and Essential Oils each invite harmony and is fantastic on its own. Combining them is just like having more tools in your tool box so I created a couple of Stress Kits to get you on your way to experiencing the benefits of crystals and essential oils.
Before sharing the kits, I’d like to tell you about each of the contents:
Ease Inhaler: this small plastic tube contains a tightly wadded piece of cotton soaked with a special recipe of lavender, bergamot and frankincense that both reduce anxiety and uplift spirits. It usually lasts between 3 and 5 months but can last even longer. (My mom still has hers from 9 months ago. This is less likely but can happen). College kids have been using it for when they study and I have a client in the high stress financial world of NYC who brings it to every meeting. He uses it at night too and says it helps him relax to go to sleep.
Clear and Bright Spray: This 4 ounce bottle contains essential oils to clean, clear and brighten your auric field. If you point it to the area just above your forehead, spray a time or two, close your eyes and spend a moment in awareness of your breath and how you feel, you’ll notice the affect. It is fantastic for use after a conversation that didn’t go the way you had hoped, before entering a session with clients or to spray on the kids when they come in from a day filled with activities and the stresses of school and growing up. It can be used to also clear a room or freshen your sheets. I like to sage frequently but also use this spray in its place.
Comfort: I am extremely sensitive and absolutely value the comfort of feeling like myself and in my own home. This 5 ml bottle of a concentrated blend of oils for creating the feeling of being comfortable even when not at home was developed when I was going from one place to the other frequently. There were meetings, travel, kids in and out, classes I was taking and trips to the Mall of America. In the past, there were times when I just didn’t go, telling myself my sensitivity was a signal that I needed to be home. Then, I felt conflicted because I really did want to do those things. I wore this blend for months and decided to share it with you too. Basically, I use it like perfume, dabbing it on my wrists and back of neck but I also sometimes just carry it and take a “whiff” before getting out of the car.
One of the following crystals for carrying in your pocket, placing under your pillow, putting on your nightstand or for use in meditation.
Green Aventurine: For vitality, growth and confidence, this stone is said to be a stone of optimism. It helps us take things in stride, look at the bright side of issues and move in to new situations. It is known to reduce anxiety, quiet thoughts, help provide restful sleep and also to rebuild depleted energy reserves. It is a great stone for students, teens, entrepreneurs, busy people, healers and more. It is said to bring good luck, and even money, to those who carry it and is recommended to carry it in your left pocket. For use in this case of stress relief, place it under your pillow, carry it on your person and hold it in meditation or prayer.
Amethyst: This is a stone of protection, connection and harmony. Placed in an environment, it is said to offer the feeling of having a protection bubble of light. It assists in connecting with the divine and allowing for more meditative practice. Amethyst balances the nervous system and emotions creating a more harmonious sense both within the self and in relationships. It has also been used in treating addiction. For use in this case, place it under your pillow, carry it on your person and hold it in meditation or prayer.
Let It Go: If the oils blended in this bottle are used in full concentration, they can actually aggravate a headache. Combined together and with the right amount of alcohol, they actually alleviate it! It was developed for a friend who was struggling with headaches and asked for ibuprofen. I didn’t have any and created this topical remedy instead. He was surprised at how it helped! Dab a little on your temples and back of neck and be careful to avoid your eyes.
Stress Relief Kit: Ease Inhaler, 4 ounce bottle of Clear and Bright, 5 ml. Comfort Therapeutic Blend, and a free Aventurine or Amethyst (kit comes with one or the other picked just for you) and free guide for meditation. All products are reiki infused. Special Price: $40
Stress Relief Kit Plus: All of the above plus 5 ml bottle of Let It Go. (I do not include this in the regular kit because not everyone suffers from headaches). All produce are reiki infused. Special Price: $47
Information on crystal healing was taken from my teacher, Hibiscus Moon, who is a fantastically geeky physics teacher and animal lover who found herself following her passion on teaching about crystal healing from a scientific perspective. Information and quotes on essential oils are from Jodi Baglien’s Aromatherapy Foundation Course . Jodi is the only Board Certified Aromatherapist that I know of and I highly value her as a teacher.