MAGNETITE

May 15, 2017

MAGNETITE Magnetite is one of the three common naturally occurring types of iron oxides. This mineral is what you would call ferromagnetic, meaning the opposing magnetic moments of the atoms are uneven, and, as a result, spontaneous magnetism occurs. This is why magnetite is attracted to magnets and can even be magnetized to become a magnet itself. Commonly known as Lodestone, this rock is the only naturally occurring mineral that is a natural magnet. Magnetite is often used as an indicator mineral for certain ore deposits, particularly those from hydrothermal vents. It is also used for catalysis in the industrial synthesis of ammonia, as a coating for industrial steam boilers due to its stability at high temperatures, and used to absorb arsenic (III) and arsenic (V) from water.   PHYSICAL PROPERTIES: Chemical Composition: (Fe²⁺Fe₂³⁺O₄) Lustre: metallic or dull Hardness: 5.5 – 6.5 Colour: Black   HEALING PROPERTIES:

  • Releases stress
  • Grounds and energizes
  • Aids with meditation
  • Balances
  • Has anti inflammatory properties
  • Relieves muscle aches and pains
  • Aids with asthma
  • Improves the blood and the circulatory system
  • Beneficial for the skin and hair

  CHAKRA: Root chakra   CAUTION: Pregnant women and people with pacemakers or defi

August 18, 2016

COLOUR THERAPY

COLOUR DEFINITION: a property possessed by an object that results from the light they reflect, transmit, or emits, causing a visual sensation dependant on wave lengths. (http://www.thefreedictionary.com/colour)   Due to the varying wavelengths of light, each colour has its own particular wavelength and energy. The seven colours and their wavelengths resonate with the seven chakras of the body. Colour therapy works by balancing or stimulating the chakras and therefore their energies.    

COLOUR THERAPY METHODS:

  • Colour light filters: this method uses a light box with a filter of the required colour
  • Meditation: this method requires the individual to visualize the colour needed
  • Colour silks: silks of specific colours are placed over the individual’s body
  • Solarized water: this is done by placing the required coloured light filter around a glass with an elastic band. The glass in then filled up with pure still mineral or spring water and then covered over with some cotton fabric. The glass should be placed on a window sill in the sun for a couple of hours. It can then be drunk.
  • Crystal energy
  • Self use: such as coloured clothing

 

Psychological effects of colours:

  • Purple, being a mixture of red and blue is

August 17, 2016

Guided Imagery is a convenient and simple relaxation technique that can help you quickly and easily manage stress and reduce tension in your body. Its virtually as easy as indulging in a vivid daydream and, with practice, this technique can help you to better access your inner wisdom.   Here’s how to get started with guided Imagery  

  1. Get into a comfortable position, like one you would use for meditation or self-hypnosis. If a lying-down position would likely put you to sleep, opt for a cross-legged position, or recline in a comfy chair.
  1. Use diaphragmic deep breathing and close your eyes, focusing on breathing in peace and breathing out stress.
  2. Once you get to a relaxed state, begin to envision yourself in the midst of the most relaxing environment you can imagine. For some, this would be floating in the cool, clear waters off of a remote tropical island, where attractive people bring drinks and smooth music plays in the background. For others, this might be sitting by a fire in a secluded snow cabin, deep in the woods, sipping hot cocoa and reading the latest bestseller while wrapped in a plush blanket and fuzzy slippers.
  3. As you imagine your scene, try to involve all of your senses. What does it look like? How does it feel? What special scents are involved? Do you hear the roar of a fire, the sp

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July 5, 2016

    There are many health benefits of practicing yoga. Not only does it decrease stress, but increases fitness, flexibility, and strength, while reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and high blood pressure. It can also help to alleviate other conditions such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia.   The three main components of yoga are: Poses: a series of movements designed to increase your strength, concentration, and flexibility Breathing: which helps control your body and quieten your mind Meditation and relaxation: this component helps you learn to be more aware in the present moment   Yoga helps to relieve both physical and mental stresses. The stretching incorporated into yoga routines helps to relieve tension in the body, particularly in the neck, shoulders, and back. Yoga also eases emotional stress due to the fact that the concentration required to maintain the poses, forces us to be in the present, while thinking about stressful situations is often set in the future or even the past.   Linked are some yoga poses that are particularly efficient in aiding with stress: http://www.yogajournal.com/category/poses/yoga-by-benefit/stress/   REFERENCES: , , , , , , , , , ,

March 1, 2016

Emerald is the valuable bright green variety of the mineral beryl. It is often found in granites and pegmatites (rocks with coarse – very coarse grains). The bright green colouring of emerald is due to the presence of chromium and vanadium. Pure beryl is colourless and can also turn blue/green or yellow/green due to the presence of iron. This colouring depends on the state of oxidation of the iron impurities.   Emerald crystals may form via hydrothermal processes where hot, hydrothermal fluids escape from magma deep in the earth’s crust and begin to cool in the fractures/cracks of previously existing bed rock. For this process to occur, the hydrothermal fluids must be rich in beryllium. The majority of emeralds mined in Columbia are formed via hydrothermal processes.   The other common way that emeralds are formed, are as pegmatite deposits. These form when molten magma rises and begins to cool. Certain minerals form faster than others as the magma cools, so the remaining solution will be rich in beryllium, concentrating the emeral