Labradorite Metaphysical Properties

Finding the flash or fire in a piece of Labradorite makes me giddy.  But what do I love even more than the look of labradorite? The properties associated with this stone!  Labradorite is my go-to stone when faced with change.  Change can be scary, but I feel like the power of labradorite eases that transition.

Let me tell you more about that flash.  When the light hits this stone just right, its dark grey exterior lights up with blues, greens, and yellows.  The exact colors and the part of the stone with the most vibrancy varies from stone to stone.  While preparing for this article, I finally found out the name of that effect!

The play of colors is called labradorescence. The labradorescence, or schiller effect, is the result of light refracting within lamellar intergrowths resulting from phase exsolution on cooling in the Boggild miscibility gap, An48-An58.  Gemstone varieties of labradorite exhibiting a high degree of labradorescence are called spectrolite; moonstone and sunstone are also commonly used terms, and high-quality samples with good qualities are desired for jewelry.  (Source: Madagascar Minerals)

A man is like a bit of labradorite spar, which has no luster as you turn it in your hand until you come to a particular angle; then it shows deep and beautiful colors. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Labradorite got its name from Labrador in Canada, where it was found in 1770.  My yellow lab Mindy says that lots of good things come from there, but it sounded more like “woof.”  I’m sure you’re more interested in talking about the metaphysical properties of labradorite.

How to use Labradorite

My favorite use of labradorite is for support during times of change and transformation.  It helps to replace fears and insecurities with faith in yourself and trust in the universe.  It also brings strength and perseverance.

Many people believe that labradorite has strong healing energy supporting many physical problems.  This includes: lung disorders; respiratory problems, colds, and bronchitis; issues related to rheumatism, gout, and arthritis; pain; metabolism and digestion; blood pressure; PMS symptoms, pain and heavy menstruation; and detoxifying effects on tobacco, alcohol and hard drugs.

From a psychological and emotional standpoint, we believe labradorite supports: depression and hopelessness; anti-social, reckless, and impulsive behavior; and bringing out the best in people.

This stone is great for connecting with your intuition.  If you’re working to activate your third eye chakra, you want to work with labradorite.  It is also good for protecting you from negative energies as you work in the metaphysical realm.

Astrological Signs: Sagittarius, Scorpio and Leo
Element: Wind
Represents: Temple of the Stars
Associations: Moon, Uranus
Symbolizes: Fantasy and Creativity
Birthstone: Not a traditional birthstone for any month
Angel: Archangel Raphael, the healing angel

Labradorite Available for Sale

These are the labradorite pieces I currently have available in my shop.  If you’re looking for something specific, email me at energyhealingwithcaitlyn@gmail.com and I’ll see what I can find for you!

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DIY Sugar Scrub – Perfect for Gifting!

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Handmade gifts are fun to make and give.  It’s a thoughtful way to show you care, and they can be inexpensive.  This DIY Sugar scrub covers all these bases! Blend oils together to make something unique.  Give a spa experience to a friend or loved one, or make one for yourself to enjoy some well-deserved relaxation.  

Materials:

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Process:

  1. Get your clean jar or container.
  2. Add enough sugar for the jar to be mostly full, but with some room at the top.
  3. Select your essential oils (the video below shows lavender and wild orange, and rose)
  4. Place drops of essential oil into the sugar – I did about 10 for the size jar featured in the video.
  5. Shake the sugar and essential oil to mix together.
  6. Add fractionated coconut oil (or other liquid, skin-safe oil) until the jar is full around the sugar.
  7. Voila!  Label your essential oil sugar scrub and gift or use for yourself!

Share your favorite scrub scent combinations on Facebook or Instagram and tag me (@EnergyHealingwithCaitlyn) so I can see!

Video Tutorial

Here is a video to walk you through just how easy this DIY Sugar Scrub is!

 

Love and light,

Caitlyn

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Benefits of a Crystal Infrared Mat

If you’ve had an in-person reiki session with me, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced my crystal infrared mat.  You start to go to that relaxed, meditative, and healing place before my hands even reach your head.

For my fellow practitioners, I strongly recommend incorporating this into your healing sessions.

How do these mats work?  And what are the real benefits?

To start, the full sized mat that I use is filled with 12lbs of amethyst.  You’re getting all the healing benefits of this wonderful crystal, known for its soothing and energetically balancing properties.

On a more scientific note, amethyst actually emits negative ions when it’s warmed up.  All of our electronic devices emit positive ions, so it’s important to get ourselves balance with negative ions.  You can find negative ions in the forest, mountains, or the beach.   But so many of us live in cities and suburbs that we need to find alternative sources.  You can find more information about negative ions here.

Heated amethyst also emit far infrared rays that give you that deep, warming feeling.  This improves blood circulation, which can facilitate physical healing.  Plus, it feels really nice 🙂  To get more information about far infrared rays (or FIRs), click here.

Where can you get one?

If you’re an Amazon addict (like me haha), this is the mat I have and love.

 

But!  I was able to get a special discount for you if you order directly from the manufacturer.  How does 10% off + free shipping sound?  Just type in the code “ehc10s” at checkout!

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As you go through all the mat sizes and styles available, you’ll see that they have smaller and more affordable mat styles than the one I use primarily.  (There are also bigger ones haha I dream about the one that fits on top of a queen sized mattress.)  Just placing your feet on top of a smaller mat will still give you the benefits – and you can use it for targeted areas of soreness on your back.

 

If you have any questions about the mats or why I love them, please send me an email at energyhealingwithcaitlyn@gmail.com

Love and light,

Caitlyn

 

P.S.  This article does include affiliate links, but all my opinions are 100% honest.  I really do love these mats.

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Crystals for Restful Sleep

When you’ve had a great night’s sleep, don’t you just feel ready to take on the world?  Well, sometimes we have the opposite happen.  Maybe you couldn’t fall asleep, kept waking up, couldn’t get comfortable, etc.  It doesn’t really matter what caused it, but now you have to go through your day feeling a little (or a lot) like a zombie.

I notice that I sleep better when I use crystals, so I wanted to tell you about the stones I use personally 🙂

If you’re more of a visual person, you can watch this summary video I put together 🙂

How do you use crystals for sleep?

There are a couple options so you can choose the one that feels the most authentic to you.

  • Sit and meditate with your crystal before bed.  Meditation on its own is a great way to calm the mind and prepare for sleep
  • If your pajamas have pockets or you wear a sports bra to bed, you can put your crystal(s) in your pocket or in your bra
  • Place the crystal(s) under your pillow, inside your pillow case **my favorite!!!**

Which crystals should you use to support restful sleep?

I’m going to talk about my 3 favorite crystals for restful sleep: selenite, rose quartz, and mangano calcite.  They’re the ones in the photo at the top of the page.

Selenite:

Starting off with a safety note here, selenite comes in rough and polished forms.  Rough selenite is great for placing around your home (above windows and doorways is my favorite).  But please use polished/smoothed selenite to place under your pillow or to hold during meditation.

Well-known for clearing negative energy, selenite also supports healing at the energetic level.  Working with this stone to balance and stabilize your emotions helps you find that peaceful place where you can drift off to sleep as though you don’t have a care in the world.  More information about selenite can be found here: Selenite – Healing and Metaphysical Properties

Rose quartz:

The stone of unconditional love and peace brings perfect bedtime energy.  Working with this stone helps you to being the healing process for any emotional woulds you are carrying within you.

Mangano calcite:

This soft pink stone is soothing and calming, perfect for sleep!  It also brings in the energies of peace, serenity, and self-love.

 

Where do you find these crystals?

You might already have one or more of these stones in your crystal collection.  If so, I hope you enjoy using it in a new way!  If you have a local crystal shop, you can see if they have any pieces in stock that speak to you.  Or you can find them in my shop!

Love and light,

Caitlyn

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Living with Worry

There seems to be a surge in worry these days.  It has become a common talking point among my clients and friends.  I’ve also been finding myself worrying more recently.  It’s been talked about enough, and I felt it was time to make a post about it.

What purpose does worry have?  Fear is great for kicking your adrenaline into gear when you’re in a dangerous situation.  Fight or flight.  Being afraid of that bear is beneficial because it means you have a chance of getting away (disclaimer, I don’t actually know the right way to escape a bear, and as I write this, I’m thinking it might be to play dead…).  Either way, fear is meant to give us that boost to protect ourselves, and then dissipate when we are safe.

Worry lingers.  The worst part about worry, is it’s about potential events in the future.  These are things that may never happen, and we are twisting our stomachs and grinding our teeth about possibilities.  When these stress hormones linger within the body, they’re increasing inflammation and adding to a whole host of problems.

Although we can’t control that initial burst of panic, we can control how we respond.  Talking ourselves down, back from the ledge of extreme worry, is so helpful in regaining our calm.  Find a breathing exercise or sequence of yoga poses that you can do when you feel your mind overcome with “what ifs?”.  Remind yourself that what your worrying about is in the future.  By focusing on the now, we are cultivating mindfulness.

As you practice mindfulness, you may find it easier and easier to stay in the present moment.  If one of your worries is realized, you will approach it from a more calm and grounded place – making you better equipped to deal with whatever comes your way.

You are full of the energy of the universe.  You got this!

Love and light,

Caitlyn

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An Intro to Singing Bowls

Feeling the vibrations of a singing bowl move through you is truly an experience.   It’s more than sound.  It travels past your ears and meets you in your core – in the very fiber of your being.  What makes these bowls such an effective tool for meditation and energy healing?  What do you need to know about selecting a bowl to be yours?  (Here’s a tip – the bowl has to choose you too!)

How does a singing bowl work?

When the mallet strikes or rubs the outer surface of the bowl, it starts to vibrate and produces a unique and specific frequency. The frequency assists in natural relaxation and helps in enlightening the inner soul. Those sound frequencies also initiate a flow in our body which results in the mystical change in our body, thoughts, emotions, and chakra energy centers.  This makes perfect sense when you consider the effect that vibrations have on standing water – and combine that with the fact that humans are up to 60% water, with the brain and heart being composed of 73% water.

This video gives you some tips on how to play your bowl:

What are singing bowls used for?

We primarily use singing bowls for meditation, music, relaxation, spiritual healing, natural and personal well-being, chanting mantras, religious services, personal enjoyment, prayer services, and yoga sessions.  Personally, I use mine at the end of a Reiki session, for personal mediation, and to bring my yoga students out of their final resting pose.

Are the notes important?

Different notes correspond to the various chakras or energy centers.  I make sure to double check all the chakra tones for each of my bowls when I receive them from my supplier.

  • Note C Bowls –  the 1st or Root Chakra, located at the base of the spine. This chakra is associated with the powerful Kundalini force which is fire energy of a most potent nature. It is related with the life energy, physical activity, emotional strength, will power and sexuality.
  • Note D Bowls –  the 2nd or Sacral Chakra, located below the navel (near the belly button) and is known for its power in life actions. It corresponds to creative, productive and emotional expression of life energy & manifestation. It is also known as the Warrior’s Chakra.
  • Note E Bowls – the 3rd or Solar Plexus Chakra, located near the diaphragm and is the psychic chakra. It corresponds to personal power, creative and intellectual thoughts. 
  • Note F Bowls – the fourth or Heart Chakra, located near the heart and is the love energy chakra. It corresponds to communication, speech, and social abilities. 
  • Note G Bowls – the fifth or Throat Chakra, located on the throat, and is the chakra associated with communication, speech, social abilities verbal and emotional expression and the creative arts associated with such. Expressions from the ‘heart’. 
  • Note A Bowls – the sixth or Third Eye Chakra and is the all seeing chakra, located between and slightly above the eyes. It corresponds to Intuition, Vision, Artistic and Creative Thoughts. 
  • Note B Bowls – the 7th or Crown Chakra located on top of the head which is the highest spiritual chakra. It corresponds to Intuition, Spirituality, and Enlightenment. 

Selecting your bowl

The best way to find the bowl that’s meant for you, is to play it.  But even ordering online, it’s important to trust your instincts.  If your intuition is pulling you towards a particular note, listen.  Your body and spirit already know how to heal themselves, we just need to let our egos out of the way.

The bowls that I currently have available are below.  Please email me at energyhealingwithcaitlyn@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 

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Safe Essential Oil Usage During Pregnancy

I made this graphic to help women practice safe oil usage throughout their pregnancy.  If you have any questions, or would like a custom blend (I’m happy to ship!), don’t hesitate to email me at energyhealingwithcaitlyn@gmail.com.

If you enjoy making your own blends, you can find essential oil supplies (rollers, dropper bottles, spray bottles) in my Etsy Shop.

Love and light,

Caitlyn

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Uses for Rose Essential Oil

Fossils show that roses have been prevalent for thousands of years in China, Persia, Asia Egypt.  The intoxicating aroma of a rose has always attracted people, especially lovers.  When you see a red rose, don’t you immediately think of romance?  As William Shakespeare wrote, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

But rose is more than just a pretty smell.  Rose essential oil has a variety of uses.  The three most common uses are as an aphrodisiac (either applied topically or used aromatically), poison ivy/oak, and prevention of scarring.

Uses of rose essential oil:

Therapeutic properties include: antidepressant, antiphlogistic (reduces inflammation), antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, aphrodisiac, astringent, bactericidal, cholagogue (promotes the discharge of bile from the system), cicatrisant (wound healing), depurative (purifying and detoxifying properties), emmenagogue (stimulates blood flow in the pelvic area or menstruation), hemostatic (helps bleeding to stop in the wound healing process), hepatic, laxative, nervine, and stomachic (assists with digestion).

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

You should use rose oil with caution if you are nursing, pregnant, or trying to conceive.

Pairs well with: bergamot, cedar wood, cinnamon, clary sage, clove, fennel, frankincense, geranium, jasmine, lavender, melissa, myrrh, patchouli, petitgrain, vetiver, ylang ylang.

More about rose oil

Fun fact!  Why is rose essential oil so expensive?  It’s because it takes about 10,000lbs of flowers to make 1lb of oil.  That’s a lot of petals!!!

My favorite way to use and share rose oil is in a beautiful and functional roller with rose essential oil, diluted with jojoba and rosehip oils, and dried rose petals inside.

Where to find rose oil

This is the oil I love.  It’s the perfect mix of affordability and quality.  The scent is perfect, and it’s strong enough that I still usually dilute it a bit more.

Love and light,
Caitlyn

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Amber: Ancient Healer

Amber has been found in graves dating all the way back to 8000 BCE.  Civilizations throughout the ancient world had rich myths surrounding amber.  It was present as amulets, beads, and more in Ancient Rome, Greece, China, and Egypt.  Have you experienced the healing properties of Amber?

In the modern age, we can connect to the earth through the grounding power of amber. This cleansing stone absorbs negative energies and transmutes then into positive forces to help the body heal itself.

A must-have for anyone in a healing profession (Reiki practitioners, nurses, teachers, veterinarians, etc) because amber helps to prevent healers from taking on their client’s pain.

Amber is associated with the throat chakra, but cleanses and purifies all chakras.

You can find some pieces in my shop!

Love and light,

Caitlyn

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Selenite Crystal – Healing and Metaphysical Properties

 

Everyone could use more positive energy, right?  Selenite is what I turn to to keep myself and my home functioning with as much love and light as possible.  In this post, I’m going to tell you a little about the metaphysical properties of selenite, and then some of my favorite uses for selenite.

Selenite gets its name from Selene, the Ancient Greek goddess of the moon.  One look at the white, almost glowing, surface of selenite and that makes perfect sense.

This beautiful stone helps to clear negativity.  That includes negativity in your physical environment AND your mental and emotional space. It’s a perfect stone to keep around you if you have people in your life who are emotionally draining, complaining, and bringing you down.  Let the selenite absorb those negative energies and keep your energy field clear so you can keep working toward your best self.

With selenite, the focus is on healing at the energetic level.  Its ability to balance and stabilize emotions gives your body and mind the stillness you need to heal yourself.  A beautiful stone for meditation, selenite is associated with the crown chakra.  We are only able to truly connect with the divine when we have settled the mind and found the stillness within ourselves.

From a practical standpoint, it’s important to remember that selenite is a very soft mineral, with a hardness of just 2 on the Mohs Scale (diamond is a 10).  You must also be careful with exposure to water.  Some crystals can be cleansed by running them under water – please don’t do that with your selenite!  Since selenite is self-clearing, it doesn’t need as much focused cleansing as other crystals.  You can leave it in sunlight to charge, and run it through sage or palo santo smoke when necessary.

My favorite uses for selenite:

  • On windowsills and above doorframes to welcome positive energy into the room
  • To cleanse other crystals – I have a larger, flat piece that I will place other stones on.
  • During Reiki sessions, I’ll place a larger piece of selenite under the table or chair and will sometimes have the client hold a selenite palm stone as well.
  • In my car as a trio with rose quartz and black tourmaline.  One of my Reiki teachers recommended the combination of selenite, rose quartz, and black tourmaline.  I love the mix of love, protection, and clearing negative energy.  My husband has this trio in his car too.

Available in my shop

I have a variety of smooth and raw selenite available for purchase.  This stone really has great energy!  Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you have about working with selenite.

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