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I was one of those kids that had an extensive rock and shell collection growing up. Little did I know then just how beneficial stones, crystals, and even different types of wood can be- each possessing their own unique characteristics that come right from the Earth. As an adult, I've enjoyed researching them to gain a better understanding of their healing properties so my Reiki clients could receive the additional benefits during a session. It is so exciting to be able to incorporate them into the Malas I make to enhance their healing benefits, too! 

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Listed below are some of the healing materials that I enjoy incorporating into my Malas: 

SANDALWOOD: Sandalwood is one of the traditional materials used for Malas. In ancient times, Buddhists used Sandalwood as a meditation tool, as its unique scent can stimulate awareness and relaxation at a profound level. Sandalwood is well known and revered for its calming scent, which makes it an ideal material to use during meditation. It is said to attract positive subtle vibrations, bring clear perception, promise tranquility and a positive frame of mind. Sandalwood is an antidepressant, antiseptic, insecticidal, and sedative wood. It can assist in the healing of cells and is used to assist the immune system in any healing process or to prevent illness. Green sandalwood beads offer additional support to the heart chakra. 

AMAZONITE: This particular semi-precious healing stone (also known as the "hope" stone) is an excellent manifestation tool- especially when incorporating its energy into daily meditation. It is particularly beneficial for the throat and heart chakras with its predominantly greenish and bluish use, although every chakra is represented in this colorful stone. It is an encouraging gemstone which helps to increase your self-esteem and confidence, and clear away negative thoughts. It is an aid to your creative and imaginative side, and ideal for those with artistic ambitions. It's also beneficial for emotional trauma, ADD/ADHD, worry, fear, negative energy, and universal love. Physically, it aids in issues related to the thyroid, nervous system, muscle spasms, and helps to balance calcium levels in the body related to osteoporosis, tooth decay, and calcium deposits. It is a soothing stone, helping to calm the brain and nervous system, and aids in maintaining optimum health. It also helps to balance the masculine and feminine energies.  

LEOPARD JASPER: The properties of Leopard Jasper help to support the lower chakras, giving emotional stability and security. Since ancient times, Jasper has been revered for its ability to provide physical healing as well. It is excellent for detoxifying organs such as the liver, bladder and gallbladder. Stress, tension, and abdominal pain can be reduced with leopard jasper stone. As an emotional healer, it brings emotional balance into the wearer life. By promoting harmony and stability, Leopard Jasper helps an individual to boost their self-confidence and self-esteem. This stone is believed to be useful in diminishing negative emotions and feelings including hate, insecurity, anger, anxiety, apprehension and nervousness. As a spiritual healer, this stone works well for most of the chakras including heart, solar plexus, and root chakras. It also works as a centering stone, which protects the wearer from negative thoughts and feelings.

FANCY JASPER: Fancy Jasper is a semi-precious stone that assists in learning and balancing primarily the root and heart chakraas. It is considered the "Stone of Tranqulity" and helps increase focus and concentration, as well as stimulate a sense of calm so that clear and rational thoughts and ideas can come through. A fossilized stone, Jasper is over three billion years old. Going right to your foundations and the roots of your being, this stone holds ancient and profoundly wise earth energy. It links back to the ancestors and brings stabliity and purpose to the present moment. An earthing stone, it harmonizes your personal biorhythms to those of the planet.


RUDRAKSHA:  A seed that is used as a prayer bead in Hinduism as well as other traditions, and commonly worn for protection and chanting mantras. Rudraksha seeds offer additional support to the heart chakra, and increases a sense of calm and peace of mind. It is said that wearing these seeds can help lead a person to the path of their soul's truth and purpose, strengthening their divine wisdom and intuition, and bringing vital energies into balance. There are many varieties of Rudraksha seeds and they each possess unique qualities of their own. 

BLACK NETWORK: Black Network (agate) is a stone of strength, courage, protection, healing, and calming. It helps balance the yin-yang energy, enhances creativity, strengthens the intellect, and is grounding. Emotionally, agate gives courage, emotional strength, self-confidence, and dispels fears. 

BLACK JASPER: Black Jasper is a highly protective stone that is excellent for grounding energies and help in connecting one's higher vibrations to the earth. Like Black Network, it is also beneficial for balancing the root chakra. 

WHITE QUARTZITE: This healing stone is supportive to the crown chakra, helps to transmute negative energies into positive energies, including love. It is beneficial for emotional/mental cleansing, and enhances the healing benefits of all the other stones that are near. 

ROSE QUARTZ: Beneficial to the heart and circulatory system, this is a stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. Rose Quartz is one of the most important crystals for healing the heart and the heart chakra and is an emotional healer. It helps to release unexpressed emotions and heartache, soothes internalized pain, and heals deprivation, opening your heart so that you become receptive. Rose quartz teaches how to love yourself and encourages self-forgiveness and acceptance, invoking self-trust and self-worth. Rose Quartz acts as a rescue remedy for trauma and grief, providing comfort and calm. This stone draws out negative energy and replaces it with love. Wearing or holding Rose Quartz enhances positive affirmations, reminding you of your intentions. 


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