Hello lovelies! Welcome to the Gemstone Organic Blog. We are here to share our insight on skincare, holistic living, and beyond.
A key to creating healthy, glowing skin is to bring your skin’s pH back into balance. The outer layer of your skin, the acid mantle, is the protective layer that comes into contact with the world you live in. When it's healthy, it does an amazing job of protecting your skin from environmental factors such as pollution and bacteria; it secretes enzymes to break down excess sebum in the skin; it keeps your skin soft and supple; and it produces antigens close to the skin to boost your immune system and fight against the growth of bad bacteria. Bacteria, allergens and foreign bodies find their way through your skin when the mantle is out of balance and cause trouble….once they get to your blood stream they create inflammation, allergies and breakouts. A quick sign to let you know it is out of balance is when your skin feels tight or dry.
Our skin has a normal pH of 4.5-5.5 and women are known to have a more acidic mantle than men. Oily skin has a higher pH making it more alkaline (due to the increased sebum) and is more susceptible to infection since bacteria can grow and develop in an alkaline environment. ~ bacteria does not like or thrive in acidic conditions. Dry skin has a more acidic pH and causes itching and inflammation. Everything that comes in contact with your skin (soaps, toners, lotions, wind, water, smoke) has a direct impact on the skin’s pH. Our skin has natural mechanisms to bring it back into balance, however, we need to be sure we are treating it with products that support that balance so it is able to do its job.
So what are the ways that we break down our pH?
Four ways to bring your skin’s pH back into balance:
Be kind to your skin ~ you wear it everyday
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We have entered the busy months where we all love the outdoor activities that warmer weather brings! The sun is a healing and powerful planet and if we are respectful with our time under his radiant rays we can reap the benefits while still having fun. Sunscreen is controversial today and although most of us grew up slathering on the sunscreen, it is being shown that many of the ingredients can actually encourage cancer growth ~ so when using sunscreen choose carefully and read the labels closely. Another important fact is that small daily doses of sun, around twenty minutes, is still our best source of Vitamin D! So getting the sun we need but not over doing it is the key.
Here are a few ways to protect your skin and keep it healthy and glowing this summer:
And I can't end without sharing my summer Gemstone Organic picks for you!
Wishing you a summer of fun and sun...
When we are not conscious of label checking our products we can find ourselves exposed to hundreds of chemicals. Being knowledgeable about what is in the products we choose is important for our health. Our cleaning, bedding, cosmetics, makeup and personal products can be filled with toxic chemicals that are worthwhile for our health to avoid. Here are five household chemicals you should stay away from:
Educating yourself on the ingredients in your personal and household products will benefit you and those you love. While one chemical may not necessarily cause you harm, as we expose ourselves again and again to chemicals from so many sources we can find ourselves feeling toxic and our energy levels and health affected. Making small changes can lead to a change in health, for some of us the change can be radical. So read your labels and watch for the hidden ingredients ~ it will not only help to keep you looking and feeling younger, it will keep the environment healthier and happier too!
“Your body is precious. It is your vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” ~ Buddha
When we quiet ourselves enough to listen to our bodies they will tell us what they need. Sometimes we get caught up in eating the way we are told rather than what our bodies intuitively need. Remember, just like no two snowflakes are alike, no human is exactly like another… and in our diversity our bodies have different needs. When we are kind to our bodies and listen to its needs we feel more vibrant, healthy and clear.
Here are a few ways to give some love and attention to your body:
Trust yourself by trusting your body. Listen to your body with your heart and your body will give you the answers.
What is something you do everyday that makes you happy?
I love to cook and go to the gym. It brings me such pleasure to create a meal from scratch and see the benefits of good food. I was sick a couple of years ago because of bad eating and stress habits. I work very hard every single day to ensure my body is healthy and that I am happy. Life is short so I try to make the most of it. Food is medicine.
What do you find yourself daydreaming about the most?
Making a difference in the world, having an impact on people lives. I started up a company called Viver Health to empower people about health. I wish we lived in a world in which we genuinely knew what was in our food and beauty products. There are way to many people getting cancer these days and the starting age has moved down into the 30s – that is unheard of as it was once considered an older age group. Also the number of kids with allergies and disabilities is startling and something for us to reflect on. Our environment and the products we choose are so important to our health now but also for the future of our children.
What is your favorite gemstone, and what does it do for you?
Rose Quartz - it is all about the heart chakra and love.
What is your favorite Gemstone Organic product, and why?
I am loyal to the Rose Quartz Face Crème. I love the smell, the feel and the energy of this crème. I just had a facial at a spa and the esthetician was amazed on how beautiful my skin was – she asked me what products I used on my face. I had not had a facial in over a year and she said I did not even need one – how amazing is that! Thank you Gemstone Organic!
I also love the Lavender Gem Juice Hydrosol. When I first used this hydrosol it caught me off guard, as it does not smell like the lavender sprays I used to buy. But after a day or two of getting over the sweeter smell I found that I loved it! I spray it on my face and body and for me it lasts a long time! It is very refreshing.
My oldest daughter uses the Sunstone Body Lotion and loves it. Because she is a swimmer her skin gets dry after her practices and she loves the way it makes her skin feel - rejuvenated and soft. She also uses it in the mornings before school most days.
You’re stranded on an island with only 3 things, what are they?
My family. It would be an amazing vacation until we get rescued - learning how to get food, swimming, making a home – it would be an amazing educational experience.
If you could send a message out for everyone in the world to hear, what would it be?
Respect yourself and empower yourself with knowledge especially when it comes to health.
What does ‘Radically Holistic Beauty’ mean to you?
Beauty comes from within – what you project is what ultimately what you look like. When I was going through chemo 6 years ago I had no hair and looking frail and pale however, I was super happy and it showed and I glowed!
Vicki is a breast cancer survivor of six years. She found out she had breast cancer the day before her second daughter was born. She has taken that experience and changed her life and the life of many by starting her inspiring company Viver Health, providing wonderful nutritional information in a cliff like manner. She eats and lives an organic lifestyle and is passionate about using products that are healing for her body, family and environment. She is a Moon Sister and Tribal Sister ~ thank you Vicki <3.
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Most of us know that Roses are one of the most popular flowers on earth, a symbol of love, passion, and peace. But did you know that roses are the most high vibrational? It’s true! The subtle bio-energy that flows through all living things, sometimes called chi or life force, can be measured in Hertz. And pure extracts from rose can measure as much as 5 times higher as those from her sister plants, like basil and peppermint. So there is more to our love for roses than meets the eye.
We love when healing skin also helps us to heal, holistically: rose is not only amazing for your complexion, but using it actually raises your vibration! Don’t forget its divine scent is also beautifully uplifting aromatherapy. So breathe it in, body and spirit, and reap all the benefits of mother nature’s most famous bloom.
As we near the end of February, the winter has really started to take its toll on our bodies and our spirits. Lack of moisture in the frigid air and constant exposure to heating systems in our cars and houses has most likely dried our skin to a dull crisp. These long, dark nights also have us craving the feeling of soaking in a little sunshine. Since there is still quite some time before spring is in bloom, and not all of us can escape on a sunny vacation, I want to talk about Sunstone lotion for the skin & soul.
Sunstone has got to be the most unique body lotion formula out there in the skincare world. Everyone knows the benefits of apple cider vinegar for the skin, but this is the first lotion to ever make it one of its healing ingredients! Along with those amazing alpha hydroxyl acids, ACV also keeps your skin mantle healthy. The mantle is key, because it will keep skin protected from harsh winter weather and environmental changes (like the stark contrast between the outdoor freeze and your indoor sanctuary of warmth). My second favorite ingredient in this lotion is the chamomile infusion. Organic chamomile is soothing and moisturizing, erasing chapped skin and dry rashes. Both the chamomile and the lavender hydrosol that make Sunstone lotion so creamy are naturally anti-inflammatory. These ingredients help to calm the inevitable irritations from having dry winter skin. You can see the difference as soon as you put it on –
(arm before Sunstone) (arm after Sunstone)
When it comes to winter, there’s more changes happening than just physically. Some people suffer from extreme mood changes and disorders like SAD (seasonal affective disorder) due to lack of sunshine and other winter factors. Although it’s no cure, there is one natural way to elevate some of these cold weather blues… with sunstone crystals! Sunstones are known for their warmth and radiance, as they carry within them the energy of the sun. Full of joy, strength and optimism, these gemstones can bring you confidence and relieve stress with their powerful golden vibrations. Bright and bold, I swear I can feel these crystals giggling sometimes if I listen close enough…
There are many types of sunstones that come from around the world. We like to use a variety of them when making the gemstone essence for Sunstone lotion (yes, this lotion contains actual gemstone essence, an elixir made with the high vibrational properties of these crystals!)
Here is to making it through the rest of the winter,
with smooth skin and a sunny and cheery outlook ~
Without a choice, we get hit with environmental pollutions and toxins on a daily basis. This means the last thing our bodies need is to be slathered by chemical personal care products that add to the challenge of keeping our systems running clean. Changing to a pure, organic skincare routine is the first external step in the process of detoxing the body. What about internally? Even if you don’t have the time for a dramatic fast or juice cleanse, these are a few simple ways you can help your body detox:
A great way to start the day is with a glass of room temperature water. It will kick-start your organs and flush out any toxins that have built up while you were sleeping. Use a fresh squeezed lemon to alkalize the water and stimulate the liver. Ready to really get fired up? Add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to speed your circulation and increase your metabolism. Remember to always use organic/non-irradiated cayenne since irradiation negates all the positive health benefits of herbs and spices.
Exercising is important for building muscle and staying active, but it also helps to increase circulation and blood flow. When we get to moving and stretching, we are stimulating parts of our bodies that would otherwise stay dormant. Movement releases tension, toxins, and other buildup that can cause us to feel sluggish and weighed down. Your skin will love it too! Since skin is responsible for 10-15% of the body’s toxin elimination, help it do its job by getting in a good sweat.
Eating organic is an important way to reduce the amount of toxins (chemical pesticides, herbicides, etc.) your body has to process. If it’s not in your budget to eat all organic, make sure to study up on the best and worst conventional foods you can buy.
It’s also really important to eat whole foods. This means filling your cart with fresh fruits, veggies, etc. Shopping tip: stick to the outer isles in the grocery store where fresh produce, dairy, and bakery products are kept. For the most part, the inner isles are loaded with packaged and processed foods that are best to avoid.
Breathing is something we do all day, every day, usually with very little thought. If you’re looking to detox, a few minutes a day of deep, conscious breathing can help your body tremendously. Getting more oxygen into your blood stream helps push carbon dioxide, the waste, right out. Oxygenated blood is able to absorb more vitamins and minerals, and keeps the lymphatic system at a healthy flow. Proper breathing comes from the diaphragm – so take a deep breath and watch where your body moves. The stomach should fill up first, with your chest rising slightly only after your abdomen is full. With your conscious breath, visualize any emotional build-up also leaving the body.
Share with us your favorite way to detox in the comments below ~
Whether you’re in a relationship, single or looking, Valentine’s Day is a great reminder to work a little bit on your heart, energetically speaking. There are a lot of crystals that vibrate to the heart chakra, and each can help to heal and open your heart space in different ways. Three of our gemstone bracelets are specifically heart-centered and can help carve a sweet and sensual path of love with their unique properties.
Rose quartz isn’t just a stone for romantic love, but it also is great for opening up to family, platonic and universal love. It carries a soft and feminine energy, but don’t let that fool you. Rose quartz is a powerful stone that can dissolve emotional wounds and fears surrounding the heart. This gives you the ability and confidence to openly give and receive love from others. Rose quartz can inspire an appreciation for beauty and encourages us to attract love into lives. It also helps to create more genuine connections and bonds, whether within our intimate circle of friends, communities, or beyond into the ethers.
Garnet is another stone in the pink/red family that vibrates to the heart chakra. This crystal also stimulates the root chakra, giving it some intriguing abilities to heighten sensual energy and even boost your sex drive! Garnet is a fiery stone and can ignite strong and intense feelings. Its dark red color is reminiscent of blood and definitely helps to increase your chi energy flow, which starts at the bottom of your spine. Having good chi energy ramps up your circulation and also the flow of light energy to all parts of your body. It can feel like a healthy energized stream, racing through your system. Keeping love is just as important as finding it and Garnet can inspire true devotion, and has been called the stone of commitment.
The heart chakra is actually said to be green (with pink the secondary color beneath). Jade is a beautiful stone to use for attracting romance, especially new love and finding love later in life. Its soothing green color brings in calm and supportive energy, inspiring healing and self-love. Jade encourages us to get rid of old, limiting beliefs and instead focus on our growing confidence and being self-assured. This is a great first step in attracting love! It can even help to restore dignity, especially if its been damaged in the past by other relationships. Jade re-balances the heart, and gives insight to your needs and wants, emotionally. Using this crystal also helps us to understand and accept changes in our relationships with more grace.
May your Valentine's Day be surrounded by love that carries with you throughout the year ~
Over many centuries our ancestors have practiced ritual cleansing throughout the world. Ritual cleansing is performed through ceremonial blessings for the purpose of clearing the energy fields of body, mind, spirit, and home. Cleansing is good to do whenever you feel the need to move stagnant energy in your home, raise your vibration, or to find clarity mind. Our homes, both structural and the homes of our bodies, hold the energy of our emotions, and all the activity that takes place in our space. Stagnant energy can hold us in old patterns that no longer serve us, and it can prevent us from reaching our goals and potential. If we are paying attention to our feelings, we intuitively sense when we need a cleansing. It is important to recognize this need as it arises, and to make the time to do a simple cleansing ceremony.
This is a great time of year to cleanse mind and home in order to shift your energy from the winter blues to the lovely spring feelings of positivity and love.
There are many forms of cleansing and they all serve us well; I love to use sound and smudging as my cleansing rituals. Below are examples of different cleansing ceremonies.
Sound is vibration and that vibration moves through our bodies and home. Cleansing with sound is a powerful ritual to raise the vibrational energy as we both hear and feel sound. You can use instruments or your own voice through chanting or singing in your cleansing. Here are a few of my favorite instruments I use in my cleansing practices.
Plant Medicine Cleansing
Smudging or cleansing with herbs is a ritual using the sacred smoke made from the burning of plant medicines and is used across cultures and religions. I love smudging as it moves energy visually with its smoke and through my senses with its smell. Three well-known herbs to use in your cleansing are below.
Here is a simple Home Cleansing Ritual:
When performing a cleansing on yourself or others, begin at the head and move downward. Again, let your intuition guide you to the places where you feel stagnant energy and pay special attention to chakra points that feel heavy or call for clearing.
Cleansing can be done all year long or whenever you feel a need to clear your head or space. Some great times to cleanse are:
Chanting, breathe work, or even standing barefoot on mother earth are other cleansing ritual options. Creating sacred space through ritual cleansing is a practice that can provide positive change in your life. It will guide you back into the center of yourself where balance, love and gratitude reside.