St Johns Wort

August 10, 2018

St John’s wort, scientifically known as Hypericum perforatum, is a flowering plant in the Hypercaceae family which has been used medicinally to treat depression and a wide variety of ailments for thousands of years. Other common names for this herb include: Johnswort, Amber, Touch-and-heal, Goat weed, Hardhay, Klamath weed, Rosin rose, Hypericum, and Tipton weed. St John’s wort gets its name from its traditional flowering and harvesting on St John’s day on the 24th of June. The name of the genus Hypericum is derived from the Greek terminology hyper (above) and eikon (picture) in reference to the traditional hanging of plants over religious pictures in the home on St John’s day in a bid to ward off evil. The plant has straight stalks and can grow up to 1m tall, with opposing, stalkless, narrow leaves approximately 1 – 2cm long. The leaves are green-yellow in colour and have scattered translucent dots which are highly conspicuous when held up to light. The flowers are yellow in colour, with 5 petals covered with black dots. It thrives in areas with either a winter or summer dominant rainfall pattern and will usually flower between late spring and early summer. While this herb is grown commercially in certain regions of south east Europe, it is considered a no

March 17, 2016

Most gemstones have stress relieving qualities whether they balance the emotions, bring problems to the surface, relieve negative energies, lighten the mood of the wearer, or calms the mind.  

The most effective gemstones to use for relieving stress as a whole are:


  • Amethyst: Calms harsh emotions and brings stability
  • Clear quartz: Releases blocked emotions and aids with clarity of thought. This stone is very calming
  • Labradorite: Calms an over active mind
  • Fluorite: Neutralizes negative energies and stress
  • Moonstone: Soothes emotional instability and stabilizes the emotions
  • Aquamarine: An extremely calming stone, aquamarine reduces stress and quietens the mind
  • Malachite: Absorbs negative energies and balances mood swings
  • Rose quartz: Alleviates emotional stress, particularly to do with love and relationships
  • Smoky quartz: A powerful detoxifier, smoky quartz neutralizes negative energies while bringing calmness and lifting stress, anxiety, and depression

Other crystals that have more specific healing properties relating to stress include:


  • Tourmaline: A str

November 27, 2015

AMBER Amber is not actually a stone or crystal, but rather fossilized tree resin, usually from coniferous trees. Amber is so rare because the resin has to be resistant to decomposition. While many trees produce resin, very few produce resin resistant enough to withstand sun exposure, rain, temperature extremes, and bacterial decay. Many specimens include organic plant or insect materials fossilized inside.   PHYSICAL PROPERTIES: Hardness: 2-2.5 Colour: Gold, yellow, brown, sometimes green or blue Lustre: Resinous, waxy Chemical Composition: varies, but always contains C, H, and O (carbon, hydrogen and oxygen). General formula is C₁₀H₁₆O   HEALING PROPERTIES: .Concentrates the energy of the sun .Invigorates the body’s systems .Boosts energy .Sharpens the mind .Cleanses the environment .Draws sickness from the body .Balances the brain .Absorbs pain and negative energies .Aids with depression .Strengthens the throat area .Alleviates joint pain   CHAKRA: Sacral chakra (below navel) and Solar plexus chakra (between navel and diaphragm)   REFERENCES: The Essential Crystal Handbook – Simon and Sue Lilly Kiara James