Crystals and stones throughout history have long been held as sacred objects; whether worn as jewellery or kept as lose stones, they have always had an alleviating, mysterious and powerful feel omitted from them. People are drawn to them like a moth to the light. Initially the attraction can be due to their aesthetically pleasing characteristics, but on a secondary level because of their aura and energy.
I have been reading Kristin Petrovich’s fascinating book ‘’Elemental Energy’’, where she describes her relationship with crystals. The book contains in depth instructions on how to use crystals to heal, depending on your personal ailments. Kristin, alongside her sister Karen launched a skincare range, Sjal Skincare to compliment the healing powers of crystals. The range is a hybrid mix of Eastern holistic traditions merged with the latest Western innovations.
Personally I was totally sceptical before reading this book. I had little / restricted knowledge of crystals and their powers, and now feel more informed and inspired. Whatever your stance, the subject is worth researching as natural remedies can often cure many modern issues. In this feature I will discuss the benefits of using crystals in your beauty regime, and review Sjal Skincare.
Crystals, gemstones and their powers
I understand that it seems completely far-fetched to think that crystals and gemstones have talismanic powers; however we must first understand origins and composition. I promise you I’m not some new age hippie trying to indoctrinate you to lead a wholly natural lifestyle, but it’s always a good idea to be open to new concepts and ideas – this is how we grow as people.
Gemstones and crystals take billions of years to form. Hot magma from the Earth’s core pushes its way up to the crust, and in turn creating crystals in their purest form. ‘’Since Magma is constantly moving throughout the formation process, the rocks in which the minerals form are storehouses of energy…’’ (Kristin Petrovich, p. 12)
Given that crystals have a kinetic energy, it is not impossible to imagine them having regenerative powers or ‘’good vibrations’’.
You’ve heard of Acupuncture? Meditation? Two very well renowned holistic treatments, with similar beliefs to crystals being used for healing. These treatments are all centered on good vibrations and positive energy. Cleansing your soul. Whether you believe in the mystical effects or not, you cannot argue that introducing positivity into your life is pejorative.
Kristin Petrovich and her sister Karen launched Sjal Skincare back in 2001. The range is an absolute compliment to the healing energies of crystals. Colloidal forms of crystals are included in the products. Sjal skincare is unique in being the first skincare range to actively include crystals and gemstones in their formulas.
Not only are the crystals included for their beautifying characteristics, but also their positive energies are transferred via the products to the user.
Although the range contains all aspects of skincare, the tonics and oils can be utilised alongside crystals to perform several massages and treatments.
I trialled the Mineral Kalla Energy Tonic by Sjal Skincare. It is a tonic spritz designed to combat skin stress, it also protects skin against the derogatory effects of pollution. The ingredients are mineral heavy, including gold and silver extract to fight environmental stressors. You can use it as a primer before make-up application, or apply throughout the day for a hydrating boost.
I found the energy tonic pleasurable to use. It smells rather metallic, but this smell is earthly and natural. It is refreshing to the skin, and gives a much needed boost.
I also found the tonic helpful when carrying out A Shiatsu eye treatment with my hematite stones. The tonic added additional minerals, and provided a lubricant to glide my gem over my face smoothly. This eye treatment intends to combat under eye puffiness and alleviate under eye circles.
The under eye treatment was immediately relaxing – and I was very surprised at how content I could feel in my own home, which isn’t necessarily a peaceful sanctuary of an environment. My under eye area responded well to the treatment, and puffiness was decreased. More importantly for me was how the treatment made me feel internally.
I felt like my soul was being cleansed. Mind, body and spirit now feel more aligned. There is definitely something extraordinary about those crystals. I urge you to try it for yourself.
Elemental energy provides an educational knowledge and background of Crystals and Gemstones; whilst providing intricate details of carrying out massages and treatments to cleanse your aura. I would highly recommend the book, as it covers all you would need to know.
Elemental Energy Crystal and Gemstone Rituals for a Beautiful Life Book can be purchased at Waterstones, £25
Sjal Skincare is launching at John Bell Croydon Concessions at Selfridges this month, nonetheless Mineral Kalla Energy Tonic is available now from Space NK for £47