Welcome to the April Newsletter!  New this month:  Lapis Lazuli gemstones; Sandalwood essential oil; Birthday gemstones; Book of the Month and Spring Giveaway!

 

 

April Newsletter


 

 

There was no March Newsletter due to family health problems. For me the past 6 weeks have been a blur of hospital visits and meetings with care staff, leaving little time for anything else. Thankfully - and just in time for Mothering Sunday - my elderly Mother was transferred to a care home where she's now beginning to improve.

Now life is settling into a new type of normality (for a while at least), it's time for me to catch up with all the things I've been unable to do - including my Newsletters! As this is my favourite time of year I'm having a giveaway this month - you can find more information further down this page.

Spring has finally arrived with a combination of mild sunny days followed by hailstones and rain. The trees and flowers are bursting into life, the days are getting longer and there's a positive sense of anticipation in the air. This is a time of renewed energy and new beginnings, for clearing away the old to make room for the new. This could mean letting go of limiting beliefs in ourselves and our abilities, releasing anger or resentment towards people who have hurt us in the past and clearing out clutter and old energies from the places where we live. 

Love, light and blessings

 

Julia 

 

 

 

Lapis Lazuli

This deep blue gemstone is often flecked with gold-coloured iron pyrite or deposits of white calcite. It is a crystal of wisdom, honesty, integrity and compassion.

Lapis Lazuli opens the third eye chakra, enhancing psychic abilities and connecting with the wisdom and protection of your spirit guides. It develops understanding of the messages in your dreams. It also balances the throat chakra, allowing you to express your opinions and communicate your feelings and emotions calmly and honestly. Lapis Lazuli helps to release repressed anger and heal illness created by having not spoken out in the past.

This beautiful blue gemstone can help relieve depression by instilling self-awareness and self-acceptance. It encourages you to be yourself and take control of your own life, leading to a renewed sense of purpose. During times of stress it bestows peace and serenity.

Lapis Lazuli gives mental clarity and strengthens organisational skills. It's often known as a gemstone of friendship, enhancing social skills and helping you enjoy spending time with other people. In relationships it strengthens the bonds of love and loyalty. Lapis Lazuli is also a protective crystal.

On a physical level, Lapis Lazuli lowers blood pressure, has a calming effect on the nervous system and relieves headaches and migraines. It has a beneficial effect on the throat, larynx and thyroid and can help in the treatment of hearing problems. 

 

Lapis Lazuli, Moonstone & Angelite Necklace

 

 

 

Sandalwood

Santalum album

Sandalwood essential oil is steam-distilled from the heartwood of the Sandalwood tree which grows in Southern Asia, with the best quality oil believed to come from Mysore in India. The fragrance is very sweet, warm and woody and is often used as a fixative in perfumes. Good quality Sandalwood essential oil is expensive but a little goes a long way. Although the fragrance may not seem strong, the aroma can linger on clothes and towels for a long time, even after repeated washing. 

Sandalwood is a calming, relaxing and sedative oil, useful for treating anxiety, nervous tension and stress. It also has aphrodisiac qualities. It may be best to be cautious using this oil if you suffer from depression though, as some people find it can lower their mood even more.

Adding one or two drops of this oil to a steam inhalation can remove excess mucus from the bronchial tubes caused by bronchitis and chest infections, and it can ease sore throats. When mixed with a carrier oil it can be massaged over the chest and throat area to reduce coughing spasms and improve sleep. Sandalwood also strengthens the immune system which helps the body to fight off infection.

Sandalwood's anti-inflammatory and purifying properties can also be useful for cystitis and bladder infections. It can be added to a warm bath, massaged over the lower back, or used in a warm compress over the kidney area.

Sandalwood is useful for all skin types, including dry, itchy skin. It has a softening and soothing effect on very dry or ageing skin, and a balancing and tonic effect on greasy skin. Its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties can also be useful for acne, particularly if this is made worse by stress and anxiety.

Sandalwood is a complex oil which has an effect on most of the chakras, and a special affinity with both the sacral and crown chakras. Being calming and moderately grounding, when used in meditation it stills the conscious mind allowing you to reach deeper levels of awareness.

For more information on the safe use of essential oils at home please see my Basic Aromatherapy page.

 

 

 

Birthday Gemstones

Every gemstone and crystal is governed by planetary forces, and wearing one corresponding with your astrological birth chart is believed to strengthen these celestial energies.

Diamond is the main gemstone for April which includes the birthdays of those born under the signs of Aries (21st March-April 19th) and Taurus (20th April-May 20th). Both of these astrological signs resonate with the energy vibrations of Aquamarine. Other beneficial gemstones include Azurite, Emerald, Kunzite, Kyanite, Lapis Lazuli, Malachite, Rhodonite, Rose Quartz, Sapphire, Selenite, Tiger's Eye, Topaz and Tourmaline for Taureans, and Amethyst, Aventurine, Bloodstone, Carnelian, Citrine, Fire Agate, Garnet, Jasper, Kunzite and Ruby for those born under the sign of Aries.

 

Book of the Month:

Aromatherapy Lexicon by Geoff Lyth and Sue Charles

This simple 3-fold card with moveable dials may not strictly speaking be classified as a book, but it's a quick and easy way to find the correct essential oil to treat a wide range of ailments.

Turn the dial to line up with the condition you wish to treat and in the window you'll find suggested essential oils and ways to use them. There are also suggestions for essential oils to treat emotional and psychological conditions, a therapeutic index and a brief explanation of carrier oils. 

 

 

Spring Giveaway!

This month to celebrate the arrival of Spring, I've a Black Obsidian Arrowhead Pendant to give away. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning it is to send me an email with 'Spring Giveaway' in the subject line. I'll select the winner at random at the end of the month and send it out during the first week of May. Good luck!

 

 

 

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