The Power of Essential Oils

The Power of Essential Oils

Smell is by far one of our most important sensory functions. It can bring us to different states of mind as well as elicit emotional responses in a way that not many of our other senses can. Combine this with the aid of powerful plant allies and it’s easy to see why essential oils are becoming more and more looked at as a useful tool for the mind, body, and spirit. Although they have risen in popularity, there has been recorded use of essential oils for around 5,000 years, so there’s definitely something to this.

But before we jump in too deep, what exactly are essential oils? Very large amounts of plant matter go into making these concentrates, which aids to their effectiveness. For example, it takes around 242,000 rose petals to make just 5 ml of rose essential oil! Steam distillation, solvent extraction, CO2 extraction, maceration, enfleurage, cold press extraction, and water distillation are all different ways that these oils can be processed.

So now that we know what these oils are, how can they help us? One of the most important and unique ways that they can affect us is their ability to interact with both our internal and external cellular makeup. Because of their small molecular size and lipid solubility, they are able to pass through the blood brain barrier (which is the most secure membrane in the body) to directly influence our state of being. For example, have you ever placed lavender in a diffuser or on the skin with the help of a carrier oil and immediately felt more at peace? Below are a few ways to enjoy these herbal blends in a safe way.

A NOTE ON WORKING WITH ESSENTIAL OILS…

Due to their HIGHLY concentrated nature, they should be used with great respect and care. A few drops is all that will ever be needed when working with these allies. We never recommend applying them to the skin without a carrier oil, and especially to NEVER INGEST THEM INTERNALLY. Also, some oils may cause sensitivities and or be toxic to be used around young children and animal companions. Whenever you bring new oils into the home, double check the safety for all members of the home.

Diffusion

Whether you have a mist diffuser or a variety that releases the scent of the oils from a candles heat, filling the air with scent is one of the easiest ways to welcome the benefits of the plants into your routine. Diffusion is excellent to relax before bed, when cleaning the home, or to create ambiance in your space at any time.

Add them to cleaning supplies!

Need some energetic cleansing while you go about your chores? Try adding a few drops of sage, lemongrass or cedarwood into your cleaning supplies to move both energetic and physical debris. These oils would also be a great addition to any homemade cleaners as well. Lemon essential oil is one of our favorites to add to any DIY (do-it-yourself) blends for it’s crisp, clean scent.

Body Care

Essential oils are very easily incorporated into either pre-made or DIY body care products through the use of a carrier oil or carrier substance. Commonly these botanicals are blended in with other butters and oils such as jojoba oil, coconut oil, almond oil, hemp seed oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, or aloe vera and applied topically to the skin and hair. Not only does this make you smell like flowers (’cause who doesn’t love that?) but traditionally, these oils have been mixed to potentially provide health benefits as well. Some oils like Tea Tree for example, will have antimicrobial properties, and other oils such as ginger may have an anti inflammatory effect on the skin. These blends can also be placed in roller balls or sprays as a personal fragrance.

Spellwork

Looking to invoke a particular deity? Performing a spell? Essential oils are an ideal way to take your magic to the next level. They are easily placed on altars, added to mojo bags, and act as an excellent way to supercharge candles by anointing them with a corresponding oil. They can also be diffused during a ritual for a smoke free substitute for traditional incense.

Although everything listed here is a great place to start with these oils, this only scratches the surface on all of the possibilities of use. The more you work with them, the more in tune you will inherently become with their potential. Let the plant communication begin!

Clean Off Those Crystals!

Clean Off Those Crystals!

By Madison Vinje

Here at the Eye, we get a lot of questions surrounding properly cleansing and charging your new crystal companions. Although each individual will have their own favorite way of performing this process, we’re here to help you out with some of our favorite methods.

Before we get into that however, what’s all this talk on cleansing them, anyways? What’s the point, and how often should this be tacked on to your to do list? Often times when a crystal is used very frequently, such as for an intense healing session or similar event, it almost feels as if their energy has been compromised. A really easy way to tell if this is the case is that it won’t feel as “electric” or “energetic”. Maybe it feels a little denser, heavier, or warmer than it has in the past. When a crystal is fully charged, it will typically feel “alive” in a sense. Cool and crisp to the touch, vibrating with enthusiasm. Almost as an eagerness to express it’s unique energetic signature. The more one works with stones, the easier it will be to pick up on this feeling as well as develop your own determining factors for cleansing.

Some individuals prefer to simply cleanse their stone collection once a month underneath the light of the full moon’s rays either in a windowsill or outside overnight. This is one fairly common method, but don’t worry if this doesn’t resonate with you and your relationship to your stones. Below you will find a few more methods that work just as well.

 

Stone “Vacation”

Think about it: your precious crystals live in the womb of mother earth up until they are fully formed, and most likely even longer than that. But when do they ever have a chance to realign with their true nature? Whether you have a full yard, or just some potted plants at your disposal, burying them every so often is a great way for them to release any energy they have accumulated up above ground and surrender it back to the earth. Just make sure to mark where they are hiding away so they can be relocated after their vacation is done!

 

Chilled Tap or Spring Water

Remember how we were talking about charged crystals feeling cool and crisp? Running them through some chilled tap — or even better, spring water — is a very easy way to accomplish this in a matter of minutes. If one has several stones to be cleansed, it’s really easy to place them in a bag of cheesecloth or muslin, and let them flow with the stream of the spring while you can conveniently hold onto them by the string of the bag. If you have a crystal point to be cleansed, it’s very effective to hold the point end either facing downwards from the tap, or facing downstream to allow the unwanted energy to “drain” from the crystal. Do this until the crystal feels “alive” again.

 

Salt Water Bath

Salt is a very protective and cleansing mineral, which makes it an ideal ingredient for a cleansing bath for your crystals. Simply fill a bowl with water as well as sea or table salt enough to completely submerge the crystals being cleansed. Commonly, the crystals will remain in the bath for a day or overnight, but they can be left for as long as you deem necessary. Just make sure to rinse them off after their bath and check to see if your crystal is compatible with water and salt. This can also be performed with salt alone in a similar fashion.

AN IMPORTANT NOTE WITH CLEANSING METHODS CONTAINING WATER

Not all crystals and minerals will be able to withstand being placed in water because they do not have a very resistant hardness. For example, if the mineral selenite is placed in water, it will immediately start to crumble whereas something like a diamond could be infinitely housed in water. An easy way to determine if your gem is safe to be placed in water or not is to simply research the Mohs Scale of Hardness to see where your gem falls. This scale determines the hardness of minerals from a scale of 1 (Talc) to 10 (Diamond). As a general rule of thumb, gems with a hardness above 6 will generally be safe to be exposed to water. These stones include sodalite, most forms of jade, garnet, quartz, and tourmaline.

 

Geode and Druzy Energy

Geode and Druzy crystal formations hold a lot of energy. Due to how many points these structures have emanating energy, they can transfer that energy to other crystals who can then benefit from their aura. Simply place these crystals on top of or inside of the formation for as long as deemed necessary. This can be doubly effective if the entire cluster is placed underneath the light of the full moon. Some crystals that are especially good for charging others are quartz and amethyst clusters, as well as selenite wands.

 

Herbs, Sage, and Palo Santo

One of the most well-known ways to cleanse is with the aid of plant allies. Often times, these plants are burned to release a smoke in which the gems will be exposed to, often times with the aid of a purifying intention. They can be burned over a charcoal burner, or simply lit directly in the case of herb bundles or Palo Santo. As you proceed, watch the smoke and how it behaves. When there is energy that needs to be diffused, the smoke may flow erratically as it interacts with this energy. A charged and or balanced stone, area, or person when exposed to this smoke may have little to no effect on how the smoke behaves. It will flow upward calmly with ease. Always look for this behavior alongside the feeling you receive to know when the cleansing is complete.

A few great herbs alongside sage and palo santo for cleansings include rosemary, cedar, mugwort, rose, and peppermint to name just a few. If you’re not one for the smoke, it is possible to bury your crystals in a bowl of these herbs as well, similar to a dry salt bath.

 

Visualization

A very simple way to cleanse that can be used for free by anyone at any time is to simply hold the stone in your hands while visualizing a white purifying light entering and shining through the crystal. Continue until you can feel a solid bond forming between your two energies or when you feel the work has been completed.

 

Sound Baths

Tibetan singing bowls, binaural beats, tuning forks, drums, and other instruments will cleanse and energize crystals just as they can elevate our own states of consciousness. Simply playing these vibrations around your stones until you feel satisfied is sufficient, and having these frequencies playing around the home on a regular basis is an excellent way to perform maintenance work on both you and your stones.

This is just a small list on the numerous ways that one can charge their stones. Everyone will find what ways work best with them, so don’t get caught up too much in the formality that it can sometimes be portrayed to be. Listen to your intuition and the relationships to your stones and let it flow!