Navigating Depression; How Crystals Can Help

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At one time or another, I’d guess that everyone has been touched by depression.

Some of us end up battling with it more than others.

I personally know depression from all sides. I’ve experienced it myself & have had several close family members who’ve had to deal with it.

I know that it’s debilitating & it can make you anxious b/c you’re so desperate to just get out of that feeling of hopelessness. There are many different levels & shades of depression & all may need to be dealt with differently.

BUT whatever method is your chosen method to help heal & deal, I feel any sound holistic healthy approach can be amplified & enhanced through the use of energy work & crystals. So this is the perfect spot for my…

BORING DISCLAIMER: I think you already know that I’m not a doctor & am not giving medical advice. I feel crystals should be used as a compliment to & not as a replacement for regular medical and/or psychological care & consultation.

Here’s a recent question I received:

Q: I’ve been searching all over the internet for depression specific crystal suggestions.  Do you have a go-to crystal prescription for depression?

Good Question!  Let’s dive in …

Crystals for Depression
Now the first suggestion I have is a mineral.  As I teach in my Certified Crystal Healer Course, all minerals are crystals at the microscopic level…even if you can’t see the crystals with the naked eye. So this pick, it’s a common one.  Most of us have it in one way, in one form of jewelry or another…
Yellow Gold
Yellow gold is great for busting us out of depression. It has a very strong male energy and along with that strong-push-male energy, it has a very motivating kind of energy, which is usually just what we need to get us out of that depressed feeling.
Ocean Jasper
In the above video, I have ocean jasper in this nice little pendant coupled with peridot.

Ocean Jasper is great for coping with change.

Many times big changes in our lives are what precipitates or causes depression. Ocean Jasper gives you the strength to cope with that change.

It’s also is about bringing in that element of water; it has a lot of water energy so it’s about renewal.  If you need to renew what’s going on in your life, to get over this depression period, then ocean jasper helps bring in that washing away cleansing and renewal energy.
Citrine
Citrine is a commonly-recommended crystal for depression. It’s one that I’ve talked about often. Citrine comes in handy for a lot of life’s little curve balls and it’s known as a “happy stone”.

It helps bring in a happy sunny disposition; happy energy. It doesn’t need to be a natural Citrine like these shown below:

You can choose to work with the heat-treated variety just as well…

I do always say, though, that the natural citrine packs a way more powerful punch than the treated variety. I’ve talk about that before so you can check out some of my other videos on citrine and why it’s heated and what that does.

It’s not a bad thing though at all.
Amber
I can’t recommend this one enough.

However, I do have to caution that it is becoming relatively difficult to find natural true amber.

I was given an amber gift and it turned out to be a resin, it was totally plastic. 🙁 So again, here’s a link to my blog post on how to tell the difference between real amber and fake amber.

So anyway…amber is wonderful for chasing the blues away.

Amber helps with S.A.D.; seasonal affective disorder. Many of us who experience a lack of sunlight or lack of vitamin D fall into a winter depression during the colder winter months…most especially if you live in a climate where the winter season is very extreme or long. So if you do fall victim to that perhaps wearing some amber jewelry (authentic amber jewelry) can really help you out with the S.A.D. and coping with that.
Rose Quartz
My next pick for working through depression is Rose Quartz and I recently did a video all about rose quartz.

Rose quartz is wonderful for any kind of emotional healing, compassion, and just general “feel great” energy. ♥
Tiger’s Eye
And my last pick for crystals and stones to work with your depression is tiger’s eye. In my video you’ll notice I’m actually wearing some tiger’s eye rings. ?

Tiger’s eye gives us strength & it helps us balance in the extremes.  You know, if you’re really having a hard bout of depression if you’re in the really extreme lows of the lows, tiger’s eye is a good one to go to.

It’s also got a very protective quality, giving you the strength that you need to help balance out so that you’re not in the throes of the extremes.  It’s a great stone to work with for someone affected by bipolar disorder; that is dealing with the extremes (extreme highs and extreme lows).
Now Let’s TAWK SCIENCE!
In a scientific experiment published in 1993, a quartz crystal presented to depressed test subjects improved long-term healing when compared to a placebo fake glass crystal.

70% continued improvement with the quartz crystal vs. 30% continued improvement with those presented with the placebo. BOOO-YAH!

This is HUGE!

That’s actually 2x as good as antidepressants…w/o the nasty side effects. Not saying that you should dump your antidepressants (as they do have their place) but to have a powerful tool available to you like that in the form of a crystal?! HUGE.

First, I want to be sure to add in the non-crystal tips that I feel you should tap into alongside crystal healing b/c it’s recommend over & over again…& I know it worked for me:

  • Get regular exercise, consistently. Get those endorphins flowing. Helps so much with hormone balancing! I know it may feel like the very last thing you want to do, but trust me…it helps so very much!
  • Get your hormones checked & safely balanced with a natural bio-identical alternative (especially if you’re in hormone-decline years {can start as early as age 35}…yes, this applies to males also!)
  • If you tend towards a lack of sleep, get caught up. Makes a big difference.
  • Eat clean! Eating junk is only hurting you, so clean up that diet.

Depression-Busting Crystal Tips
1. Crystal MeditationSelf-Medicate? No, Self-Meditate! Grab your fav. crystal from my above list, put on a guided meditation (like this one) and go relax for about 15 min. I guarantee you’ll feel much better afterwards.

2. Adopt good sleep habits with the help of crystals

3. Have a Berry Banana Depression Busting Smoothie at least 4 times/week (Great for mood boosting & energy!); High in vitamin C, omega 3, fiber, anti-oxidants, amino acids, protein & potassium, all of which help to boost your brain function & beat the blues away.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Cup Organic Frozen Berries
  • 1/2 Cup Citrine Gem Elixir Water (just drop a citrine stone into distilled water overnight)
  • 1 Small Organic Banana
  • 1 tsp colloidal gold
  • 1 Tbsp. organic local (if possible) raw honey
  • 1 Tbsp. silica (yep, same stuff quartz crystals are made of!)
  • 1 Tbsp. local (if possible) Bee Pollen
  • 2 Tbsp. Hemp Protein Powder

 

4. Good Mood Mojo Bag: Work with a chosen crystal from above to kill the ANTs (automatic negative thoughts; coined by Dr. Daniel Amen) that fuel depression.

Negative thinking patterns provide the gas for anxiety & depression, not to mention that thoughts become things! Eeeek. Create a mojo kit just for this! Grab a little bag of some sort, add in a crystal or 2 then add in some Jasmine, Roman Chamomile, Mandarin essential oils along with a mix of lemon balm & lavender herbs. Carry it around with you in your pocket.

BAM! You’ll see. 😉

5. Anti-Depression Gem Elixir Tea (with any herbs…if you’re taking any antidepressants be sure to check with your Dr. first!):

Ingredients:

  • Fill a small tea infuser ball with…
  • St. John’s Wort organic herb
  • Siberian Ginseng organic herb
  • Citrine & Tiger’s Eye tumbled stones…yep, plop them right in a few minutes after you’ve made your tea so it’s not too hot.
  • Optional: sweeten it up a bit with some Raw Organic Honey

6. Blues-Busting Stress Release Bath: Soak it up with a few drops of lavender essential oil, then drop in an amber, rose quartz & citrine tumbled stones. Ahhhh, relaxing & mood-boosting.

I hope that these tips can help you or someone you love navigate some of the challenges depression can bring.

I’d love to hear what you think of my Crystal Picks in the comments below + any other ideas you’ve had success with in combating the blues. Thank you for sharing in the comments! 

Crystal Blessings!

 

Uncovering More Crystal Fakes: Amber, Calsilica and Irradiated Crystals

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So today I bring to you another post about the crystal fakes + frauds out there in Crystal-land. After the last post on the subject I got lots of questions about others so here are a few more popular ones for you to be aware of, Jelly Bean.
Amber/Copal
Amber (not technically a mineral or crystal since it has organic origins) is supposed to be super-duper expensive, right? So why all this cheap stuff on the market?

Well, that cheap stuff is most likely plastic (ick!!) or copal, pronounced “coh-PAHL”. Copal is often sold as “amber”, but it’s not. Although it is very similar, it’s not amber. Here’s why:

  • Amber is the fossilized (40-60 million years old) hardened resin from a now extinct pine tree.
  • Copal, on the other hand, is hardened immature recent resin (only 1000 – 1 million years old). Copal is technically almost the same thing, just not as old & the names are often used interchangeably.

BUT, “almost” is not the same & the slight variation makes a huge difference in price! A reputable seller will make sure to note that copal is not true amber.

[caption id="attachment_8972" align="aligncenter" width="614"] This is actually rough copal often sold as “amber”.[/caption]

Sometimes what you think is amber may not even be copal but may be glass, synthetic resins or plastic!
Why is real amber so expensive?
Well, that, My Sweets, depends on several things:

  • how rare that type of amber is
  • it’s age
  • color
  • whether it has any included insects (remember that Mosquito trapped in amber from Jurassic Park that they got the dino-DNA from? ….which is totally impossible BTW!)

So the value of amber is related to its scarcity, age, possible inclusions of extinct species & durability.

[caption id="attachment_8984" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Various shades of polished Baltic Amber[/caption]
Here are some tests you can do to see if you have a plastic fake, copal or the real deal:

  • Smell test – real amber has a distinct pine scent after heating. Copal will have a “sweet” resin smell but it’s not pine.
  • Solvent test – Copal & plastic fakes won’t pass this test but it will damage your piece.  Drip a few drops of nail polish remover (acetone) on your piece…if it gets tacky or sticky & the solvent takes on the color of the piece, sorry…it’s not amber. Real amber won’t bat an eyelash over this.
  • Melt test – Real amber doesn’t melt, it burns. Copal & plastics will melt at a relatively low temperature (lower than 150 C/300F ). Yes, this is the same copal many burn as a lovely resin (emits a sweet scent it when burned.) If it’s plastic, acccck!! The smell will be horrible! *learned the hard way*
  • Hot needle test– the tip of a hot needle will burn real amber, but copal or the fakes will melt, so best to try this on an area that no one will see as this will damage your piece too.
  • Float test – Amber & copal both will float in salt water.  That’s why it’s so easy to harvest amber along the beach of the Baltic Sea…locals will find it washed up on beaches, especially after storm events. The amber gets stirred up from a layer known as “blue earth”, which is beneath layers of silt + clay on the ocean floor. To do this test, mix about 1 part salt to 2 parts water and dissolve the salt completely.  Drop your piece into the mixture.  Plastic or glass will sink, while amber or copal floats.
  • Amber also has some cool electrical properties that I wrote about a while back too. Amber & copal will get a negative electric charge while glass will be positively charged.
    Plastics will also be charged negatively like amber. Soooo…I don’t recommend using this property to test.

    Amber & copal have very similar healing properties of aligning with the solar plexus chakra and inviting in a sunny disposition however, amber is more powerful than copal.
    Irradiated Crystals
    Irradiation of mineral specimens is a pretty common thing. You may not realize it but many gemstones on the market are irradiated to get a more vibrant or deeper color.

    Is it dangerous?

    Yeah, I’d try to steer clear of them:

    • deeply pigmented topaz
    • artificially dark (almost black) smokey quartz
    • very deep hot pink or red tourmaline
    • colored diamonds
    • deeply colored kunzite
    • some cultured pearls
    • vibrant yellow heliodor (irradiated pal aquamarine)

      [caption id="attachment_9151" align="aligncenter" width="603"] Irradiated blue topaz, peeps! Photo credit: Mauro Cateb[/caption]

    Some sellers choose to take milky quartz & subject it to gamma-ray radiation normally used to clean germs from medical equipment & food (oh yeah…that’s gamma-ray RADIATION on your food….sheesh!).

    Anyway, back on topic.

    So, when they radiate the milky quartz with the gamma rays you get a deeply pigmented, almost smoky quartz that’s almost entirely opaque like the 1 I show here while I was shopping in Tucson in 2012. BTW, Ron Coleman’s Mine will tell you (if you ask) that their smokey’s are irradiated:
    Size Does Matter in Crystal Healing – Tucson 2012!

    BTW, quartz colored by natural radiation from Mama Earth is not radioactive & is safe to carry. Yes, Mother Earth NATURALLY radiates quartz that’s included with some aluminum to create smokey quartz but this is a slower, gentler process. I explain more about that here:
    Crystal Healing with Smokey Quartz

    1 telltale sign of an artificially irradiated smokey is that the color fades FAST when exposed to sunlight whereas a natural smokey will retain its color longer.

    If the seller tells you it’s from Arkansas, raise your eyebrows way up high b/c smokeys usually don’t occur there & they certainly won’t be very dark like I explain in the vid above. 

    [caption id="attachment_8974" align="aligncenter" width="608"] This smokey quartz is all natural – the real deal from Namibia[/caption]

    Now don’t confuse dark irradiated quartz with Morion quartz.

    This dreamy stuff just recently came on the scene. It’s a deeply colored, black quartz only occurs in & around volcanic rocks. These babies are RARE & formed by natural radiation caused by nearby uranium deposits from South Africa or in Poland. Natural Morion quartz retains some translucence when held up to the light as you can see in my pic below.

    [caption id="attachment_8998" align="aligncenter" width="570"] Morion quartz – OMGEEEZ…look at that phantom on the tip! Its hard to see but its there.[/caption]

     

    Rainbow Cal-Silica or Calsilica
    Rainbow Calsilica is bogus.

    Turns out its calcite ground up & mixed in with car paint, plastic  & resin!! YEAH! YUCKO!!

    Some sellers will insist that it’s a naturally occurring stone, but there’s very little evidence to back it up. With some digging, I turned up this juicy document by the Swiss Gemological Institute that states… it’s a fake.

    So that’s THAT!

    Too bad b/c that would sure make a purty agate or jasper, huh?

    And here’s a great video that explains more about it:

    OK, so I hope that’s helpful to some of you out there. Remember, Buyer Beware! Education is your best tool. 🙂

    Who are you buying from? Are they reputable & do they know what they’re talking about? Be informed & cautious.

    Do you have any fake-out stories to tell? Please post below to help us all out!
    Happy Crystal Buying.

    Crystal Q & A: Electrical Properties?

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    I recently received this interesting question: “I was wondering about something for a while now & concluded that you are the best person I know of to ask 🙂 I have read that amber, jet & some other stones possess electric properties that can create an electrical charge? I don’t really understand this so it may be all wrong, but would you be able to explain it to me please & maybe how I can utilise this property?”
    Now, this answer could get painfully boring but I’m not about that. I’m into getting the science across while making it as painless as possible & somehow find the FUN in it!
    Jet & amber both have the unique property of becoming electrically charged when rubbed with wool (inducing a negative charge) or silk (inducing a positive charge)…TRY IT!: the turboelectric effect. I love saying that! 

    They can also become statically charged when they come in contact with your body. Then can be discharged simply by running under water.

    This is also a great way to tell the difference between copal, “Colombian amber” & true-blue Amber. Copal will not be turbo-electric. Not, that there’s anything wrong with copal…just don’t get suckered into paying a high amber-like price for it!

    Oh yeah, notice up there that I wrote “stones”. That’s b/c neither of these are technically stones nor are they crystals. They have organic origins meaning they come from living things. Amber is fossilized tree resin & jet is the result of decaying wood under intense pressure. Cool, huh?

    Amber:

    Amber is a wonderful confidence-booster, metabolism-booster, a happy stone, aka “solid sunlight” making it PERFECTO for those who suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) during the winter months. Shout out to those of us in the N. Hemi.!!

    Jet

    This stone is great for protection b/c it transmutes negative energy while also an excellent grounding stone & purifier. Great for those who need to detox their liver & kidneys. 

    [caption id="attachment_11602" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Unpolished Jet. Photo credit: Geni.[/caption]

    So, both jet & amber are good transmuters of negative energy. Could it be due to this turboelectric  property? Interesting to think that it might be, huh? Have you tried working with jet or amber? I’d love to hear your experiences!!

    Crystal Blessings,