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.
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Many clients don’t understand the concept of using gemstone energy for healing and beauty. Others think it is hocus pocus or some kind of magic, but many others believe it exists. Nobel Prize winner Albert Einstein once said: “Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.”
Consider well-known practices, such as yoga, acupuncture, tai chi and others. They are based on the harmonizing flow of vital energy called chi, qui or prana. Although mainstream science has yet to verify the impact of this kind of energy on the body, millions of people throughout the world benefit from these ancient practices.
Homeopathy is based on similar principles, but involves the energetic transfer of herbs and minerals into fluids or sugar pills. They are so highly diluted that the plant or mineral content is practically undetectable.
Twenty-first century holistic practitioners are now finding ways to transmit the energetic properties of gemstones and other beneficial inorganic substances for use in skin care procedures and products. This will make it possible for you to wear a cream or lotion and receive the energetic benefits of gold, rubies or other stones day and night.
The energetic patterns of gems can also be combined with other valuable anti-aging organic nutrients extracted from whole organic plants and minerals to create an almost unlimited number of very effective products. The vibrational properties of those creams work synergistically with the organic phytonutrients to achieve superior corrective results. To continue the in-spa experience with home-care products, skin care professionals can carry an organic skin care line with gemstones for clients who wish to experience the bio-energetic effects of crystals on their skin at home. Gemstone rollers, wands and spheres can also be sold in your retail area for home-care use.
Remember to stay in a positive, calm and harmonious state of mind while performing the gemstone facial. If skin care professionals are stressed or imbalanced, those feelings can be transferred to your clients. Try introducing elements of this ancient treatment into your practice, and you will feel wonderful when you see how your clients respond to this more-than-skin-deep facial.
Elina Fedotova is a cosmetic chemist, herbalist and licensed esthetician who brought her passion for natural skin care to the United States from Russia in 1991. She is the CEO of Elina Organics, and the founder and president of the Association of Holistic Skin Care Practitioners.