Crystals to Boost the Immune System

using crystals to boost the immune system

Lots of people are focused on staying healthy right now. In addition to washing your hands, and social isolation, now is a good time to use crystals to boost the immune system. So, which ones are the best?

Amethyst

If you ask 10 crystal users what they use for immunity, I’d guess 9 out of 10 would have amethyst at the top of the list.

Amethyst has really interesting mythology associated with it. The word itself is Greek and it means “not intoxicated.” A beautiful Greek maiden was on her way to the temple of Diana when a ferocious beast sprang upon her. Unbeknownst to Amethyst, the wine god Bacchus was angry over an insult. In a fit of anger, he vowed that the first person he met would be torn apart by his tigers. Amethyst appealed to Diana for help. Diana saved her by turning her into a clear, white crystal. Bacchus felt sorry for his wrath and poured grape juice over the crystal as an offering, turning it purple.

Amethyst is sobering, grounding, and helps to control evil thoughts. It protects from treachery, surprise attacks, physical harm, psychic attack, disease, and infection. The high vibrations purifies and protects and helps the user to connect to the spirit realms.

Black Tourmaline

Everyone has at least one black tourmaline, right? It has so many uses! Probably the most common reason people work with black tourmaline is for grounding and protection. In ancient times, it was used to protect spell casters from earth demons as they did their magic. It’s still used today as a psychic shield deflecting and dispelling negative energies, entities, or destructive forces. Additionally, it guards against radiation and environmental pollutants, and is highly useful in purifying and neutralizing one’s own negativity.

As for physical uses, black tourmaline defends against debilitating disease and strengthens the immune system, heart, and adrenal glands. It also is beneficial in treating the bowels, constipation, IBS, and diseases of the colon, as well as ridding the body of heavy metal toxins and environmental pollutants. For mental uses, it helps to relieve anxiety and paranoia, keeping one grounded.

Emerald

Emerald works well alone, but it’s especially good for boosting the immune system when paired with other crystals with like qualities. It is associated with spring, youth, the heart chakra, unconditional love, and overall vitality. As the heart impacts all the other organs, emerald can revitalize all organs. It may be useful in treating the lungs, liver, gall bladder, pancreas and kidneys, as well as the spine and muscle system. It also aids recovery after infectious illness. Additionally, it helps with emotional heaviness.

Fluorite

Fluorite cleans negative energies by absorbing them, so it should be cleaned often. It aligns the body to its natural energetic state of mind, body, and spirit wellness. It may be used to dispel disorders at the beginning of symptoms, and is regarded as a natural antiviral, immune stimulator, and anti-inflammatory agent.

All colors of fluorite are highly beneficial to the skin, mucous membranes and respiratory tract, and may be utilized to dissipate symptoms of colds and flu, sinusitis, bronchitis, dry cough, emphysema and pneumonia, as well as staph and strep infections, canker sores and herpes, ulcers, shingles and nerve-related pain. Fluorite may also be used in treatments of violent or highly infectious disease, as well as a protective preventative for those who work with infected patients.

How to Use Crystals to Boost the Immune System

Wear it. Keeping the crystal close to your skin will help to heal you through resonance. This is where the energy of the crystal balances your energy.

Meditation with them. Crystals are intelligent. They have things to teach. When you create a relationship with them, you will begin to hear them speak (or see, we all receive information differently). They tend to stay within their energetic wheelhouse so don’t ask a crystal that is good for travel about love affairs!

Create an elixir. Putting them in water or oil (either on the full moon or not) imbues the water with the essence of the crystal which you can then drink or use for annointing. Be careful though! Crystals that are water soluable will dissolve! The rule of thumb is, if it ends in -ite, it’s water soluable. However, you still want to check because there are others that don’t end in -ite that are also water soluable like turquoise and lapis lazuli.

Another caution is to be sure that the crystal is safe to ingest or put on the skin. Some carry impurities or toxins, like cinnabar! To be safest, put the crystals in a glass container, then put that in a larger container of fluid so that the crystal is within the fluid, but not actually touching it.

Do a ritual with them. Follow your own inner guidance about how to use crystals in ritual. It helps to already have a relationship with your crystals and include them in the planning. The more interactive it is, the better.

Health is one of the most important things we all possess. When it’s threatened, things can get really scary. If you have crystals and do crystal work, you can use crystals to boost the immune system and help yourself.

How to Make a Healing Salve

salve

It’s fall! Time to restock your herbal medicine cabinet. One of the easiest remedies to make is a healing salve.

The skin is like a sponge. Whatever you put on it quickly enters the body. Healing salves are great for the skin. They can soothe dryness, irritation, heal wounds, and rashes. Healing salves can also be used for internal complaints like chest congestion or sore muscles, too.

What is a Healing Salve?

So what exactly is a healing salve? It’s an oil that has been infused with something like herbs or essential oils. We then add wax to make it more solid so that it stays in one place. Sounds easy, right? It is. I will give you a basic recipe and then talk about variations.

How to Make a Healing Salve

1/2 cup (4 oz) of oil of your choice

1/2 oz beeswax or carnauba wax shavings

1/2 c. herbs or essential oils (about 10 drops total)

cheesecloth

jars

If you are using essential oils, gently heat the oil and wax. Go slowly. It’s easy to burn the oil.

Once the oil and wax are completely melted, let it cool to room temperature, but not to the point where it’s starting to become solid. Add the essential oils. Stir to mix. Put the oil into your jar. Let cool. Once it’s solid, it’s ready to use.

If you are using herbs, you have two options. The first is to add the herbs to the oil. Set in the sun for four to six weeks. At the end of that time, place the cheesecloth over a bowl and drain. Squeeze the cheesecloth to extract all the yummy herbal essence.

If you are in a hurry, you can put the oil and herbs in a glass measuring cup. Fill a larger pot 1/4 full of water. Place the bowl of oil and herbs inside a pot of water. Be sure that there is enough space so that when the water boils, it doesn’t flow into the cup of oil. Bring the water to a boil. Then simmer for 30 to 60 minutes.

Let the oil cool until it’s safe to handle. Place the cheesecloth over a bowl. Pour the oil over it so that the oil goes into the bowl and the herbs stay on top. Squeeze the cheesecloth to extract any remaining oil.

Add wax and reheat to melt. Once the mixture is thoroughly combined, you can add essential oils or other additives or just place it into your container. Let cool until solid. Now it’s ready to use.

Salve Ingredients

Now that you have the basic idea, you want some specifics, right? Here you go. Feel free to research, experiment and make your own.

Some Oils

You can use one oil or combine them.

Coconut oil- it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals and has antifungal and antibacterial properties.

Olive oil- this has a luxurious, moisturizing feel, and also contains vitamins A, D, E, and K

Shea butter- this comes from a nut tree and is used for moisturizing

Tallow – this is animal fat. It’s the traditional way salve and old fashioned lye soap is made. It’s great for skincare.

Some Additives

50/50 meadowsweet and calendula – for aches and pains

25/25/50 dried lavender, rose, and calendula – for dry skin

25/25/25/25 cayenne pepper, ginger root, turmeric, arnica flowers – for aches and pains

25/25/25/25 dried plantain leaf, dried comfrey leaf, dried burdock root – for bites and stings

50/50 activated charcoal, kaolin clay  – draw out salve

15 drops peppermint essential oil (EO), 10 drop eucalyptus EO, 5 drops lemon EO – chest congestion

3 drops each of peppermint EO, eucalyptus EO, rosemary EO, lavender EO, camphor EO – for chest congestion

combine 40 drops clove bud EO, 35 drops lemon EO, 20 drops, cinnamon bark, 15 drops eucalyptus EO, 10 drops rosemary EO. Use 10-15 drops of this in your base salve for immunity.

How to Use Salves

Rub on the affected area. It’s that simple! Healing salves can be used for dry skin, eczema, burns, cuts, scrapes, sunburn, diaper rash, or just plain old moisturizer. If you are using it on your feet, put it on the bottoms of your feet before you go to bed. Cover with socks. I don’t know why this works better, but it does.

One more tip. For freshness make small batches. Oils will go rancid. Some herbs speed this up. Some essential oils slow it down. The average shelf life is about nine months.

Salves are probably found in every culture. They’ve been around forever because they are effective. If you want to go natural, this is a great way to make that change.

Healing The Natural Easy Way with Flower Essences

flower essences

I’ve got to tell you about my experience with Bach Flower Essences! It’s just too good to keep to myself.

I wanted to acquaint myself with the energy of more trees, but some of them aren’t local to me. Sometimes the weather doesn’t cooperate so it’s not easy to be outside. I had the idea to use Bach flower essences to see if I could capture them that way. I thought I’d use one at a time for a week or so and see what I could notice.

I’m pretty chill and don’t really have the problems that most of these address, so I wasn’t sure I would notice anything at all. I picked Olive, White Chestnut, and Vine to start with. I took Vine while at a moon circle. Bach flower essences are homeopathy so I thought the effect would be subtle. It’s very diluted essence of a substance.

Nope! Not subtle! Within a few minutes I felt “different.” I couldn’t really tell how, just different. I dismissed it saying that it was probably placebo.

Vine is the “motivate, not dominate” essence. Like I said, I am pretty chill. I have strong opinions on what’s right for me, but I don’t really care what other people do. They are entitled to live their lives as they choose as far as I am concerned. I am not the one to tell people what to do, correct them, or take a stand on something that doesn’t affect me. So how would I even know that this Vine is having an effect?

Well, I noticed that at least three times during the first week after taking Vine that I witnessed someone else with strong feelings (it’s a full moon) trying to impose their point of view on others. Normally I would not engage. It’s not my business. Instead I spoke up for the other side of the issue and very gently neutralized the emotion.

I’m also laughing a lot. I laugh a lot anyway, but it’s insane how much more joyful I am now. Could flower essences do that? It appears so – even if you think you don’t have problems!

What Are Flower Essences and What Do They Do?

“Bach” is the name of the Englishman who invented them in the 1930s. Dr. Edward Bach was a consultant pathologist, bacteriologist, and homepath. He was not a robust guy. When he was only 31, he was told he had three months to live. He wanted to make a contribution to medicine before he died and spent the next 19 years creating his flower essences. He died a year after he completed his work.

While they are called “flower essences” most of the remedies are made from trees. They contain purified water, brandy, and the tiniest bit of a plant essence. Each one is aimed at an emotion or state of mind. It is said that they restore harmony to the mind and allow the body to heal itself.

How Do You Use Them?

Using them is simple. Just put two drops on your tongue or in a glass of water and sip it throughout the day. You can use up to seven remedies at the same time, but using more than two drops of each won’t help more. You may see results fairly instantaneously, especially with things like Rescue Remedy, or it may take up to three weeks to notice a difference. Every person is different. You can stop at any time. It’s not habit forming.

The Rescue Remedy blends have many different essences pre-mixed for you. The original one is for crisis situations. There is also one for sleep. I didn’t realize I had been using this for years with my animals. They work very well for nervous animals (like vet visits). It never dawned on me to try it with people!

Which One Do I Use?

Don’t make it complicated. Just get whichever flower essence calls to you. You’re not going to take something that hurts you. Trust your gut. It’s not rocket science. If it doesn’t feel like it’s for you, keep on walking. If you are not sure what to get, Rescue Remedy, Larch, and Vine are good places to start.

Here is a list of the remedies and the emotional situations they address.

Agrimony – happy on the outside while crying on the inside

Aspen – fear of unknown things

Beech – intolerance

Centaury – the inability to say ‘no’

Cerato – lack of trust in one’s own decisions

Cherry Plum – fear of losing self control or doing harm to yourself or someone else

Chestnut Bud – failure to learn from mistakes

Chicory – selfish, possessive love

Clematis – dreaming of the future without working in the present

Crab Apple – the cleansing remedy, also for self-hatred

Elm – overwhelmed by responsibility

Gentian – discouragement after a setback

Gorse – hopelessness and despair

Heather – self-centredness and self-concern

Holly – hatred, envy and jealousy towards others

Honeysuckle – living in the past

Hornbeam – tiredness at the thought of doing something

Impatiens – impatience

Larch – lack of confidence

Mimulus – fear of known things like spiders, retirement, or dating

Mustard – deep gloom for no reason

Oak – the plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion

Olive – exhaustion following mental or physical effort

Pine – guilt

Red Chestnut – over-concern for the welfare of loved ones

Rescue Remedy– a blend of 5 remedies that help with crises and emergencies, helps with emotional overwhelm

Rescue Remedy for Pets- for nervous or aggressive pets, also helps with easing transitions

Rescue Remedy for Sleep– to promote deep, natural sleep

Rock Rose – terror and fright

Rock Water – self-denial, rigidity and self-repression

Scleranthus – inability to choose between alternatives, indecisiveness

Star of Bethlehem – shock, grief

Sweet Chestnut – extreme mental anguish, when everything has been tried and there is no light left

Vervain – over-enthusiasm

Vine – dominance and inflexibility

Walnut – protection from change and unwanted influences

Water Violet – for private, self reliant people who appear aloof, proud, or distant

White Chestnut – ruminating, intrusive thoughts

Wild Oat – uncertainty over one’s direction in life

Wild Rose – drifting, resignation, apathy

Willow – self-pity and resentment

Are you in? Comment below about your experiences. I’d love to hear.

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