Incorporating crystals and essential oils into your everyday self-care practices has moved from the woo-woo fringes to the widely accepted mainstream.
You can see crystals and stones woven into jewelry design, and holding pride of place in homes and work spaces.
Essential oils have been mixed into formulas for ages, and are incorporated into countless care products. Their scents—and the benefits they bring—are thought to aid in sleep, promote relaxation, even combat viruses, all while bringing a general sense of well-being.
De-stressing with Crystals and Essential Oils for You and Your Clients
Once you have done a bit of homework (including checking with your healthcare provider to ensure you’re a good candidate for these therapies), how can you incorporate the healing properties of crystals and oils into your daily wellness routine, as well as weave them into your service offerings?
The first step is to make self-care non-negotiable, especially during busy seasons inside the salon, spa, and barbershop. Then you tap into these ancient tools if you find them useful and, if you do, introduce them to your clients, as well.
Photo: Necklaces and pendants from Timeless Tinctures
Using Crystals and Stones
Kathryn Leary co-founder of OneFirelight, a new inspirational online wellness platform that promotes unity, strength and self-care through a diverse catalog of unique streaming classes, likes incorporating earth stones and crystals into her wellness routine.
“These stones are a gift from the Earth, each with its own special vibration to help restore harmony, peace and positive energy,” she says. “For example, Selenite is said to be a powerful crystal that promotes peace and calm, mental clarity, and well-being, while Pyrite helps bring about the manifestation of goals.”
Adora Winquist, founder of The Soul Institute, author of the alternative medicine book Detox, Nourish, Activate: Plant and Vibrational Medicine for Energy, Mood, and Love, meditation expert, modern alchemist, and expert in the field of aromatherapy and crystals, advises on the wonderful self-care rituals and healing benefits provided by crystal alchemy.
“The ancient healing properties of crystals are a relatively untapped phenomena of the natural world,” Winquist shares. “These rich treasures of the natural world can foster harmonious energy to our homes, workplaces, and personal health and wellbeing.”
Timeless Tinctures, an independently owned business offering crystals, essential oils, and diffusers, has crystal necklaces ($8.88) and pendants ($14.44) that can be worn every day if you like to keep your crystals close.
“Placing crystals in your home, specifically, in places where you sleep, work, and relax, offers a safe and natural way to promote positive energy flow while removing negative energies brought about by stress, sadness, or sickness,” says Winquist.
Higher-Consciousness Hair Care
For your crystal-loving clients, the AIIR line of products delivers a unique combination of high-performance professional hair products infused with natural botanicals and precious gemstones believed to deliver complete wellbeing. Founder Jenny Strebe designed the brand's products to incorporate first-class performance with holistic and good-for-you elements that have been proven over time.
AIIR’s Diamond-Infused Shampoo and Conditioner contains—yes, diamonds, prized for their strength and brilliance—along with quinoa to strengthen, sage to stimulate hair growth, and alma for a voluminous finish. The conditioner is just as lush, containing black rice to strengthen, coconut oil to hydrate, and reishi mushroom to protect.
AIIR’s Sapphire line, which consists of a sapphire infused shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, and a mask, will --according to the brand--"protect you from negative energy, strengthen your integrity and intuition, and promote mental clarity."
Using Essential Oils
Amy Mercree, holistic health expert and author of The Mood Book: Crystals, Oils, and Rituals to Elevate Your Spirit, is a believer in the benefits of essential oils.
“Essential oils have earned their place in history because of their powerful ability to make us calmer and feel more serene,” she says in the introduction to her book. “They are uniquely useful when it comes to inducing a sense of calm and peace because they work at a physical and emotional level.”
The use of essential essences and oils in beauty products has been accepted practice for many years. And consumers may not even realize how often formulas incorporate specific oils for their proven qualities. Tea Tree, for instance, is blended into many scalp care and dandruff-prevention shampoos and conditioners. Lavender is the go-to for many lotions and creams, and can also be found in bath and body preparations because drifting off to its scent has been linked to better rest.
The Essential Oils “starter pack” from Timeless Tinctures features six oils that have been used for centuries. Includes Tea Tree, Lemon Grass, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, and Lavender. ($ 33.33)
The Best of Both Worlds
For your pedicure clients, and for your aching feet at the end of a long day, you can combine both crystals, stones, and essential oils for a wellness trifecta.
Kneipp offers a trio of mineral salts infused with soothing scents and oils that not only contain natural elements but are sourced from nature's waters. Unlike Epsom Salts that are manmade, Kneipp Mineral Bath Salts are sourced from ancient waters in Germany's Saline Luisenhall, 1,500 feet below the Earth’s surface. This natural, thermal spring is free of chemical additives and environmental influences, producing salt in its purest form.
These salts contain diverse trace elements such as magnesium, calcium, and zinc, helping to alleviate soreness while offering the added benefits of detoxification, skin healing, and total body renewal. The unique crystalline structure of mineral salts allows each crystal to absorb more essential oil than ordinary Epsom Salt, delivering a more concentrated and effective aromatherapy experience with less product.
For more: A Guide to Essential Oils
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Originally posted on Modern Salon