AuthorColleen The Crystal Dragon


COLOUR: Black, shades of Brown, Green, Grey, Purple, Red, White, Yellow and a number of mixed varieties.

Area: Worldwide

Appearance: Opaque often with intricate patterns

Structure Trigonal Micro-Crystalline Rocklike

Hardness 7 -7.5

Star Sign: Leo
Jasper healing crystals balance the emotions, provides us with awareness and insight and protection.

Helps to bring together the subconscious with self-awareness. Jasper healing crystals will disperse electromagnetic energy and also environmental pollution, and is also useful in dispersing radiation.

Jasper Healing Crystal is know as the Supreme Nurture. Native American Indians considered Jasper to be a sacred crystal. It has been used for centuries in shamanic journey’s and is very helpful for dream recall.

Jasper provides us with tranquility and aids in coping with stress. Used in the re-birthing process, it helps to balance the yin/yang energies. Gives us a gentle reminder to help others.

Jasper Healing Crystal is great for use when dowsing. It balances the physical, emotional and intellectual bodies. Use for stabilizing the Aura. Encourages honesty and is very useful in situations of conflict help you to stay calm and get a resolution.

The added qualities of Brown Jasper will also help to encourages us to think about the environment and our role in it, and will also aid Geopathic stress.

Also used when deep meditation is required, past life recall is also made a little easier with Brown Jasper, also use this crystal when astral traveling. Provides stability and balance and aids night vision.

Again Jasper was another one of the healing crystals used in the breastplates of the high priests.

Ailments that can be helped using a Jasper Healing Crystal. There are quite a lot of conditions I have listed what I thought would be most useful. Aids the bladder, liver and stomach, pain relief, clears toxins, tissue repair of internal organs, restore the sense of smell, a great healing crystal for those suffering a long drawn out illness. Helps soothe the nerves, heals the skin, aids those wishing to stop smoking, helps to regulate minerals within the body such as iron, manganese, sulfur and zinc. Helps to prolong sexual pleasure, helps to re-energize the body good for kidneys and spleen and boosts the immune system. Light Brown Jasper shades are especially useful for treating liver and digestive system conditions.





Holistically Healing Heartburn and Acid Reflux

This Article is by a guest writer

As I approach 40, it’s become obvious to me that my youthful “iron” digestion isn’t what it once was. Having only ever suffered
from indigestion and heartburn during pregnancy, it’s hard to adjust to the pain and discomfort heartburn now regularly brings,
especially at night.

I wanted to become more informed about heartburn, indigestion and acid reflux, and having taken both my
GP’s and some more alternative views I?ve discovered that there are options to treat the causes of heartburn holistically, instead of
relying on over-the counter short term antacids to relieve the symptoms. Instead, try to find a permanent relief – by eating a
healthier diet, exercising and generally looking after ourselves we can at least start to address holistically the causes of heartburn.

However as always it?s important to remember that if in doubt, or if your heartburn is occurring frequently, consult your GP,
as the symptoms of other more serious health issues could be mistaken for heartburn. A burning sensation in the chest can also be a
sign of a heart attack. If you?re not sure, consult your GP or go to hospital immediately, especially if you experience shortness of
breath, light-headedness, dizziness, cold sweat, nausea, or pain in your shoulders or neck.

What is Heartburn?

The medical term for heartburn is Pyrosis, which is defined as an uncomfortable feeling of burning and warmth occurring in waves
rising up from the breastbone toward the neck and into the throat. Heartburn is usually due to a wider digestive disorder called
acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the regurgitation of stomach acid back up into the oesophagus.
When we eat, food normally enters the stomach and is prevented from backing up by a band of muscle at the end of the oesophagus
called the lower oesophageal sphincter. Heartburn occurs when this muscle doesn?t properly close and the acidic contents of the
stomach are able to back up into the oesophagus. Pregnancy and obesity can also increase abdominal pressure and increase your risk
of experiencing acid reflux as well. Other digestive disorders such as a peptic ulcer or insufficient digestive enzymes in the
stomach can also cause stomach acid to build up and back up into your oesophagus.

Known Causes of Heartburn

There are many causes of heartburn and acid reflux, the most common of which are listed below. It may be helpful to add up how many
of these apply to you, and decide where you can make changes in your lifestyle to alleviate instances of heartburn.
Spicy , Fried and Fatty foods (including full-fat dairy products)
These foods all tend to slow down digestion, keeping the food in your stomach longer.

Coffee, tea, and other caffeinated and
carbonated drinks

Caffeine can relax the lower oesophageal sphincter (LES), allowing stomach contents to reflux into the oesophagus.


There is a widely acknowledged link between being overweight and suffering from heartburn. Extra weight around the abdomen area can
apply pressure on the stomach and thereby cause the normal acid contents of the stomach to reflux.


Chocolate contains concentrations of theobromine (a compound that occurs naturally in many plants such as cocoa, tea and coffee
plants), which relaxes the oesophageal sphincter muscle, letting stomach acid squirt up into the oesophagus. This can result in
increases pressure in the stomach, which in turn puts more pressure on a weakened LES, allowing reflux of stomach contents.

Other “Trigger” Foods

Tomatoes and tomato-based products

Citrus fruits, especially fruit juices

Peppermint and spearmint products

Dry fruits and nuts especially peanuts, walnuts and almonds

These foods are all known to relax the lower oesophageal sphincter.

Alcohol and Smoking

Alcohol also relaxes the lower oesophageal sphincter, as well as increasing the production of stomach acid. The chemicals in
cigarette smoke further weaken the LES as they pass from the lungs into the blood. If you smoke and drink, and have regular
heartburn episodes, look long and hard at your habits if you want to make long-term improvements in this area.

Large meals

A full stomach can put extra pressure on the lower oesophageal sphincter (LES), which will increase the chance that some of this food
will reflux into the oesophagus.

Eating prior to bedtime and late-night snacks

Lying down with a full stomach can cause stomach contents to press harder against the LES, increasing the chances of refluxed

Eating in a rush or in a stressful environment

When we’re eating on the go or in a stressful environment it is possible to bolt food down, chew insufficiently, and overdose on
“bad” food and drink such as alcohol, caffeine, sugars and fatty foods. During stressful times, routines are disrupted and people
may not follow their normal eating routines – it’s also a time we’re more likely to “comfort eat” and break with healthy eating
patterns. By addressing issues that cause stress in our lives, we can also reduce the likelihood of stress-related heartburn.

Wearing tight fitting clothes

Clothing that fits tightly around the abdomen (belts, tight underwear, pyjamas etc) constricts the stomach, forcing food up against
the LES, and cause food to reflux into the oesophagus.

Heartburn Prevention

Many heartburn sufferers experience symptoms
at night. The following suggestions may help with nighttime symptoms. Eat your main meal of the day at lunch instead of at dinnertime,
and avoid late dinners and snacking – have your last snack no later than two hours before bedtime. This way your stomach won’t still
be working on that big meal when you go to bed.

Eat at least two to three hours before lying down. If you take naps, try
sleeping in a chair. Lying down with a full stomach can cause stomach contents to press harder against the LES, increasing the
chances of refluxed food.

Avoid foods that are known to lead to heartburn, especially as your evening meal or later. If you
aren’t sure what foods trigger your heartburn symptoms, try keeping a heartburn record for a week.

Sleep with your head and
shoulder on an incline. Lying down flat presses the stomach’s contents against the LES. With the head higher than the stomach,
gravity helps reduce this pressure. You can elevate your head in a couple of ways. You can also use a wedge-shaped or “V” shaped
pillow to elevate your head, or simply sleep with an extra pillow.

Sleep on your left side.

Make sure your bed clothes
are loose-fitting.

Avoid lying down right after eating. Give your body a couple of hours to digest the food you’ve just

Give up smoking and reduce your alcohol intake

Take an antacid tablet as soon as you feel heartburn symptoms.

Begin a diet and exercise programme if you’re overweight. More importantly, take a good look at what you are eating, and avoid
where possible the foods listed above, or any others that you think may be contributing to your heartburn.

Reduce your stress
levels. Sing, dance, meditate, practice deep breathing or do yoga to help your body relax. his will help to reduce the pressure on
your stomach.

Carminatives are drugs or natural agents whose main action is to soothe the gut wall and gas production in the
digestive tract. By doing so they can remove the pressure of flatulence and digestive pain by soothing stomach muscles and
increasing secretions of digestive juices. Chamomile, fennel, clover, ginger, peppermint, garlic and sage all have a carminative

If you feel as if the foods you are consuming are not being digested properly, talk to your GP about the possibility
of taking digestive enzymes before each meal to help break down foods in the stomach and improve digestion. Food enzymes come in
many forms. There are broad spectrum food enzymes that can help to digest proteins, carbohydrates and fats. There are also
specialized enzymes that help digest specific types of foods such as fats, proteins and milk.

Alleviating Heartburn S

If you experience heartburn or acid reflux at night, first elevate your head or the head of your bed. Remain upright
until the pain subsides, either propped up in bed or in a chair. Take an antacid tablet as soon as possible.
Some additional remedies to consider are listed below:

Have a cold glass of milk

Many sources state that apple cider vinegar is helpful for heartburn. Try taking 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and 2
tablespoons of raw honey in a glass of water before a heavy or late meal or when heartburn strikes

Aloe Vera juice, Chamomile,
Ginger and Peppermint herbal tea are all supposed to be helpful for preventing heartburn – you can buy herbal teabag selection packs
at your local health food shop or larger supermarket chains and try them out before investing in a single flavour.
A teaspoon of Baking soda dissolved in a glass of water is another reported reliever, however check with your GP if you are trying
to regulate your sodium intake.
Slowly sucking on a boiled sweet is reported to help some sufferers

The good news is that you don’t have to suffer repeatedly
from heartburn and acid reflux; most people can obtain excellent relief with dedicated commitment to healthy eating and daily

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Colour: Green, Red, Gray, Yellow, Reddish Brown, White, or Black

Area: Brazil, Austria, Italy, Pakistan, Russia, China, Switzerland, Madagascar, Canada, and United States

Appearance: Flattened wedge shaped crystal, massive

Structure Type: Monoclinic – prismatic

Hardness: 5-5.5

Astrological Sign: Sagittarius


The name Sphene comes from a translation of the Greek word for wedge, the typical crystal habit of the healing crystal. The crystal is a favorite of collectors because of the stones mineral content, light dispersion quality, and habit. Also referred to as Titanite because of the stone’s high titanium content, the healing crystals are rare collector pieces because of their unusually high refractive index. The light dispersion from these healing crystals actually exceeds that of diamonds which results in clarity of psychic vision.

The high refractive index of Sphene is one of the properties of healing crystal that make it ideal for use during rituals and meditation. Another of the required properties of healing crystals is that they enhance enlightenment. Sphene makes communication with higher celestial bodies easier. The mineral has been also been strongly associated with the principles of shape shifting. Crystal healing with the mineral has the desirable side effect of strengthen bonds and aiding communication with animals.

For maximum healing with crystals, gardeners plant an array of the healing crystals in a grid pattern throughout vegetable gardens. The crystals placement yields faster growing and larger healthier plants. The aligning the spiritual and mental parts of the human body enhance healing with crystals. Once of the emotions are balanced, health and healing are much improved as the healer becomes mentally and physically strong. Additionally, the patient experiences the same calming and clarity. Crystal healing is well known as a soothing agent for skin irritation. Other properties of healing crystals is that they relieve tooth pain and gum tissue inflammation.


Colour: Bright green to Dark green usually with dark stripes or swirling patterns.

Area: Congo Middle East Peru Romania Russia Zaire Zambia

Appearance: Vitreous, Silky, Dull, usually it is found as crystalline aggregates or crusts, often banded

Structure: Monoclinic

Hardness: 3.5 – 4

Astrological Signs: Capricorn Scorpio

Malachite, is the Crystal of Transformation. Clears and activates all chakras. Opens the heart to unconditional love. Malachite can be used to draw negativity from the body, Excellent for releasing negativity. Provides insight into the reasons for an illness or disease. Malachite is an excellent crystal for all those involved in the aviation industry. Releases deep hurt, breaks unwanted ties and bad habits. Equalises and balances the body mind and spirit. Malachite crystals stimulate psychic vision and help to improve concentration; it has been used for Scrying and contacting other worlds. It is very useful for pollution and is a wonderful Earth healer. Egyptians used green Malachite paste for eye makeup, calling it Udju, they believed it gave them psychic protection from the evil eye and was often placed on a child’s crib. It was also used in other ancient cultures to repel evil spirits witchcraft and snakes. Malachite helps to heal blockages. This Crystal cleans the uric field. Malachite assists you in finding your life’s calling and achieving your goals. It absorbing unwanted energies, including: electromagnetic smog emitted by computers. It provides us with insight and helps us with responsibility and honesty in business transactions. This is an excellent crystal to use in rebirthing Instinct and intuition helps us to be faithful and loyal in all our relationships. It clears away negativity allowing you to be all that you can be. Accept responsibility for your own actions. Brings out the truth within and clarifies the emotions. Malachite will assist in meditation and healing. Aids us with self-expression. It is a very intense physical healing crystal. It can also assist us with things relating to money, Transition/Transformation it also stimulates Heart and Throat chakras. Ailments that can be assisted in healing are conditions of the stomach, liver, kidney stones, lungs, immune system, radiation, MS and circulation. It is also a powerful healer of radiation illnesses due to over exposure. And can be used to protect from radiation as well. Malachite healing crystals help with sleeping problems arthritis Asthma, Bones, Cancer, Growths, Joints, Nightmares, Muscles, Tumours stimulates physical vision releases and draws out pain, inflammation, depression, anger; brain disorders, purges toxins vertigo supports RNA/DNA restructure and is a great aid during childbirth and works to help in pain relief.

Again as this healing crystal is toxic the only way I recommend that you make and elixir is as described on my site you will find the instructions healing elixir.html and only apply externally. Also as the unpolished crystal is toxic I would not give it children especially if they are prone to putting things in their mouths, I do have unpolished Malachite in my collection but I usually only use the polished version which is a lot safer unless there is a very strong need for the unpolished version. Avoid breathing in the dust from the unpolished version. As you can see this is the reason I only ever make my elixirs the one way so as accidents do not happen better sure than sorry.

Malachite Raw and Polished




Malachite and Azurite Wand

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Effortless Walking for Fun and Exercise


If you have the ability to walk, you have the ability to stay in shape. Believe it or not, walking is one of the most
effortless exercises that is available outside of a few others which tend to be rather boring. The great part about this
exercise is that almost anybody is able to take part in it and you can do so without spending any money on expensive
exercise equipment. Of course, there are a lot of different ways that you can actually get this exercise in. Let’s take
a look at a few of the most convenient in order to make this exercise as effortless as possible.

Some of us only enjoyed walking whenever we are able to get out in the great outdoors and go someplace. As a matter of
fact, some of us may end up in the woods on the weekends in order to do some hiking. Although this is great exercise,
it is not something that is convenient for everyone of us to do. It is also very time consuming for us to get out and
walk for a couple of miles every day. That is especially true if your time tends to be gobbled up by family
responsibilities and a heavy workload. You can still get out and do your walking if you are able to double up your
activities in some way or another. For example, if you like to read you may enjoy listening to some audio books
whenever you’re walking. It’s a good way to enjoy two activities at once.

Of course, you don’t need to really leave the house in order to enjoy a walk. If you have a treadmill, park it right in
front of the television set and get up off of the couch whenever your shows start to come on. Walking for an hour
whenever you’re watching television is one of the most effortless forms of exercise that you’re going to do. Often,
we become so engrossed in what we are watching that we don’t realize that we are exercising at all.

Walking is not only one of the most convenient exercises that can be done, it is also one of the most effective. If you
can somehow find the time to put in a half hour every day in the mornings and a half hour in the evenings, your health
will be drastically changed in a months time. Give it a try, you have nothing to lose but some fat.

Bastnaesite/Bastnasite Crystal Healing Information

Colour: Brown, Grey, Orange, Orangey Red, Pink, White, Yellow.

Area: Has been found in Balkans, Canada, Greece, Hungary, Malawi, Mongolia, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Sweden, Turkey and U.S.A (these particular crystals are from Pakistan).

Appearance: Transparent with pearly vitreous look, greasy to dull. Rounded flakes and short prismatic crystals. also can be found in rosettes, spheres massive and granular.

Structure type: Hexagonal.

Hardness: 4 -4.5

Astrological Signs: Due to the rarity of this crystal this is unknown at the moment. To me it feels like Cancer or Leo.

Bastnaesite is a very rare earth mineral/crystal and I have been very luck to come across some pieces, even though they are small in size they are big in their healing abilities.

Bastnaesite works mainly with the Base Chakra but is also connected to the Sacral Chakra and works to help activate this Chakra. You will find differing opinions on which of these two chakras is the one that Bastnaesite is really associated with, but I feel that both of the chakras benefit from this wonderful crystal.

This Crystal is very energetic and powerful. Because of it ability to bend light it can show us things that would normally be hidden from us.

Bastnaesite helps to bring about change in our lives and also helps us to be less sensitive . It also helps us to not become obsessed with our emotions and feelings.

Bastnaesite is a wonderful crystal for all of those who need grounding, Especially thinker, dreamers and planners, it also helps these people to see their plans and dreams come to fruition. It helps to manifest dreams and desires.

Bastnaesite will enhance your survival skills and provide you with the instinct of common sense.

You can use Bastnaesite to clean the Emotional Aura and also to intensify your emotions. It will enhance clairsentience and protect us from negativity.

Bastnaesite reminds us to nurture ourselves and provides us not only with warmth but also vitality. This is a wonderful healing crystal to use for both emotional and physical exhaustion and also aids in sexual problems.

With this healing crystal we can receive information about ancient earth cultures, it is said to contain the energies of wood nymphs, the fairy world and old mystical forests. Bastnaesite healing crystals provide us with a profound connection to nature in every aspect.

For those people who are in what is commonly called the Green Movement” or “Back to Basics” you will find that this crystal will aid you in understanding and retaining information in this area. Also you will find that your passion is enhanced and that it will aid you in sharing valuable information and ideas.

Bastnaesite provides us all with a deeper connection to Mother Earth.

Physical conditions that may be aided by Bastnaesite healing crystals are: Addictions, Blood and Blood related issues, Menstrual Cramps, Ovulation, Ovarian Cysts, Physical Trauma and to Stop Smoking.

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10 ways to start taking control (time management, goal setting, record tracking)

At first glance, it would seem that positive thinking and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) have nothing to do with one another. But many of us with ADD develop negative thinking patterns because we become frustrated by our challenges and frequent feelings of being overwhelmed. This negative outlook then makes it even harder for us to manage those challenges and move forward.

Practicing positive thinking allows people with ADD to focus on our strengths and accomplishments, which increases happiness and motivation. This, in turn, allows us to spend more time making progress, and less time feeling down and stuck. The following tips provide practical suggestions that you can use to help you shift into more positive thinking patterns:

1. Take Good Care of Yourself
It’s much easier to be positive when you are eating well, exercising, and getting enough rest.

2. Remind Yourself of the Things You Are Grateful For
Stresses and challenges don’t seem quite as bad when you are constantly reminding yourself of the things that are right in life. Taking just 60 seconds a day to stop and appreciate the good things will make a huge difference.

3. Look for the Proof Instead of Making Assumptions
A fear of not being liked or accepted sometimes leads us to assume that we know what others are thinking, but our fears are usually not reality. If you have a fear that a friend or family member’s bad mood is due to something you did, or that your co-workers are secretly gossiping about you when you turn your back, speak up and ask them. Don’t waste time worrying that you did something wrong unless you have proof that there is something to worry about.

4. Refrain from Using Absolutes
Have you ever told a partner “You’re ALWAYS late!” or complained to a friend “You NEVER call me!”? Thinking and speaking in absolutes like ‘always’ and ‘never’ makes the situation seem worse than it is, and programs your brain into believing that certain people are incapable of delivering.

5. Detach From Negative Thoughts
Your thoughts can’t hold any power over you if you don’t judge them. If you notice yourself having a negative thought, detach from it, witness it, and don’t follow it.

6. Squash the “ANTs”
In his book “Change Your Brain, Change Your Life,” Dr. Daniel Amen talks about “ANTs” – Automatic Negative Thoughts. These are the bad thoughts that are usually reactionary, like “Those people are laughing, they must be talking about me,” or “The boss wants to see me? It must be bad!” When you notice these thoughts, realize that they are nothing more than ANTs and squash them!

7. Practice Lovin’, Touchin’ & Squeezin’ (Your Friends and Family)
You don’t have to be an expert to know the benefits of a good hug. Positive physical contact with friends, loved ones, and even pets, is an instant pick-me-up. One research study on this subject had a waitress touch some of her customers on the arm as she handed them their checks. She received higher tips from these customers than from the ones she didn’t touch!

8. Increase Your Social Activity
By increasing social activity, you decrease loneliness. Surround yourself with healthy, happy people, and their positive energy will affect you in a positive way!

9. Volunteer for an Organization, or Help another Person
Everyone feels good after helping. You can volunteer your time, your money, or your resources. The more positive energy you put out into the world, the more you will receive in return.
10. Use Pattern Interrupts to Combat Rumination
If you find yourself ruminating, a great way to stop it is to interrupt the pattern and force yourself to do something completely different. Rumination is like hyper-focus on something negative. It’s never productive, because it’s not rational or solution- oriented, it’s just excessive worry. Try changing your physical environment – go for a walk or sit outside. You could also call a friend, pick up a book, or turn on some music.

When it comes to the corporate world, protocol is pretty much the religion. To know the things needed to do are the basics of productivity, but interaction and having a steady mind makes up the entire thing to true productivity. There are those who seem to work well even under pressure, but they’re uncommon ones and we are human and imperfect. To get these little things like stress under our skins won’t solve our problems. Sometimes it takes a bit of courage to admit that we’re turning to be workaholics than tell ourselves that we’re not doing our best.


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