For thousands of years, gemstones have been used to promote health and beauty throughout the world, and they continue to be a hot trend in skin care. Today you can find creams in skin care facilities and spas with crushed or powdered gems. Some even contain microparticles of gold.
Traditionally, crystals are placed on certain areas of the face and body during gemstone treatments. Each one is positioned over an energy center that, according to Eastern tradition, is called a chakra. The seven chakras of the body are associated with different colors that can be used to guide the skin care professional’s choice of gemstones during a treatment. Gemstone elixirs also play an important role. For centuries, these elixirs have been made by immersing crystals in liquids, such as water or wine. The submerged stones are then placed under the light of the sun or moon for days or weeks, depending on the tradition followed.
Botanicals are extracted in a similar way. Their chemical properties are infused into water, alcohol or oils. Because it’s impossible to transfer the chemical properties of gemstones in the same way as plants, the goal is to capture their vibrational properties, or energetic patterns. Conventional scientists will say this is not possible, so when gemstone treatments and elixirs are being discussed, please remember they have not been tested by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but are based on ancient traditions in holistic wellness.