Healing Gemstones Every Mom Should Know About

As Mom’s it comes natural to us to nurture others but what about ourselves?  As a business owner, and a single mother of twins, I have learned how to take care of myself in a subtle but powerful way. Working with gemstones for the last 20 years, has taught me how powerful these gifts from Mother Nature are. They are little reminders of how incredible we are as Mom’s and help encourage us to take a breath when we’re faced with a moment of challenge.  The healing effects when worn can shift a day of stress to a day of calm.  I can use different stones to keep me steady, balanced and happy throughout my day.  There are thousands of stones with amazing healing properties but here are the top 5 that I can’t live without as a mother.

Black onyx is the stone of strength and perseverance. When I gave birth to my twins I wore nothing else for the first 3 years. This stone is powerful to help the transition to motherhood which no one can prepare you for.  I was naturally drawn to this stone these first few years learning later that this was the stone of endurance.  It was exactly what I needed.

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Rose Quartz is the stone of love and compassion that opens and heals the heart. As mothers, we give love all the time, yet often we forget to receive. This stone is the perfect reminder to love ourselves unconditionally. Only when we truly love ourselves are we able to receiving love from others.

Turquoise is the stone of health, balance and intuition.  This very nurturing stone always helps to bring me back to my center. As a blue stone, it’s also connected to the throat chakra, the powerful energy center that helps us to speak up for ourselves. When we speak our truth, anything is possible!

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Carnelian is the stone of protection, stability and vitality. This stone helps you to be fearless and courageous in all that you do.  When life hands me a little more than what I’m ready for, this is the stone I wear to push me through to the other side. Wear this to channel your inner fearless goddess!

Last but not least is Angelite, the stone of acceptance and compassion.  I like to use this for my own self-acceptance and compassion towards all that I do as a Mom.  I know from so many Moms, that we all carry guilt and self judgement. This happy and calming blue stone helps me to love and accept myself just the way I am.

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Clean Eating for the Holidays

This is a simple recipe that can be served as an appetizer or a main meal. It’s loaded with fiber, protein and antioxidants. It’s ideal for a chilly fall night when you’re entertaining or simply making dinner for yourself. Enjoy!

Roasted Eggplant Appetizer

Serves 4

Eggplant

  • 2 large eggplants, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup cooked red quinoa
  • 2 Tbsp. finely chopped red onions
  • 2 Tbsp. pecans
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley

Creamy Tahini Sauce

  • 3 Tbsp. well-stirred tahini
  • ¼ cup full fat coconut milk
  • ½ tsp. pure maple syrup
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.

Lay the eggplants face up on the prepared baking sheet. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper. Roast for 20-25 minutes or until the eggplant is tender.

Meanwhile, whisk the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside. Season to taste with sea salt and pepper.

Remove from the oven; set aside for 5 minutes, then top with the quinoa, onions, pecans, parsley and drizzle with the tahini sauce. Serve immediately.

 

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Amie Valpone is the founder of TheHealthyApple.com; and best-selling author of Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body. She is a Manhattan Celebrity Chef, Nutrition Expert, Wellness Consultant and Motivational Speaker specializing in simple gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free ‘Clean Eating’ recipes. Amie recently healed herself from a decade of chronic pain and shares her story of how Clean Eating  and Detox saved her life.

Mask & Meditate Your Way to Wellness

We’ve teamed up with Farmacy Beauty the farm-to-skincare beauty brand to bring you the Bee Well Set; a limited-edition gift set to celebrate a collective consciousness and shared passions of peace, positivity and mindfulness.

The Bee Well Set features a full size (4.1 oz. jar) of Farmacy’s beloved Honey Potion warming massage mask paired with a exclusive Satya Jewelry Tiger’s Eye and Honey Jade gemstone bracelet to promote stability, grounding, insight, inner peace joy and happiness. It features a sterling silver charm engraved with Farmacy’s Echinacea GreenEnvyTM flower, which is emblematic of individuality, prosperity and protection. The set is meant to encourage harmony, balance and wellness. Mask and meditate your way to beauty from the inside with the healing properties of nature!

Satya’s Top 10 Tips for making the most of your Bee Well Set:

  1. Find a sacred space where you can get quiet and tune in. Light candles, get cozy and use a diffuser or incense to help set a calming and relaxing atmosphere.
  2. Apply the warming honey mask to your face and neck gently massage into the skin.
  3. After you have washed you hands, come back to your quiet space and sit in a comfortable cross legged position.
  4. Holding the bracelet in your hand, close your eyes and take a few deep breath’s helping the body and mind to relax.
  5. Think about a mantra or intention you’d like to set for yourself.
  6. Drawing the bead’s of the bracelet through your thumb and forefinger repeat your mantra or intention as you move each bead through your hand.
  7. Repeat the mantra 27 times or once you feel grounded and steady.
  8. Place the bracelet on your wrist as a daily reminder of your intention.
  9. Wash the warming mask off your face with cool water and apply your favorite healing face cream to finish.
  10. Take this feeling of calmness with you as you go about your day.

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Green Bean & Pear Salad with Tahini Dressing

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By Amie Valone, author of Eating Clean and founder of TheHealthyApple.com

This is a simple recipe that’s easy to whip up on a weeknight for dinner or on a weekend when you have more time to prepare a long lunch. The freshly squeezed orange juice adds a naturally sweet touch to this tahini dressing without using refined, inflammatory sugars.

Ingredients: (Serves 4)

  • 2 lbs. green beans
  • 2 large pears, large diced
  • 1 cup yellow grape tomatoes, quartered
  • ½ cup thinly sliced purple cabbage
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tsp. sesame seeds
  • 1/3 cup tahini
  • 4 Tbsp. warm water, plus more if needed
  • Juice of 1 large orange
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Steam the green beans in a large steamer basket on the stovetop for 5 minutes or until they are bright green and crisp, not soggy. Rinse them under cold water and dry them off. Transfer the beans to a large serving dish, top with tomatoes, cabbage, scallions, basil and sesame seeds.

In a small bowl, combine the tahini, water, orange juice, garlic and sea salt and pepper; mix well to combine. Add more water, if needed for a thinner dressing. Pour over the salad and serve immediately.

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We’d love to know what you think of this recipe so please share your thoughts in the comment section below and if you really liked this post, please feel free to share the love! You can see more of Amie’s delicious, healthy and healing recipe’s and tips over at TheHealthyApple.com.

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Amie Valpone is the founder of TheHealthyApple.com; and best-selling author of Eating Clean: The 21-Day Plan to Detox, Fight Inflammation, and Reset Your Body. She is a Manhattan Celebrity Chef, Nutrition Expert, Wellness Consultant and Motivational Speaker specializing in simple gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free ‘Clean Eating’ recipes. Amie recently healed herself from a decade of chronic pain and shares her story of how Clean Eating  and Detox saved her life.

 

 

The Art of Being Compassionate

theartThe Dalai Lama once said, “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”  We have always believed these prolific words to be true, but sometimes they are easier said than done.  The stress of daily life can get in the way of being exceptionally thoughtful, and at times it is easier to focus on doing only what needs to be done. 

Doing only what’s necessary can get you through the day-to-day side of things, but the pure happiness that comes along with being kind to others (and yourself) may never be experienced that way.

Despite how busy you may be, take some time out of your schedule to practice these amazing habits and become a happier you!

eveningtea1. Morning Ritual

Every morning that you wake up, remind yourself that you are fortunate to have woken up.  You’re alive, your life is precious, and it will not go to waste!  Remind yourself to have kind thoughts towards others, and you will benefit others as much as you can.

2. Thoughtfulness

Being truly thoughtful takes attentiveness.  Pay attention to your surroundings and the people in your life.  Listen to what they say and pick up on their emotions, and take some time to think about what you can do for them.

3. Practice Kindness

Beyond thoughtfulness, practice acts of kindness.  They do not need to be grand gestures; they can be small deeds without any cost.  Be it a simple note, a bouquet of flowers, or a few kind words, you have the ability to make someone’s day.

groupyoga4. Reflect On Those Who Mistreat Us

Granting forgiveness and compassion towards those who mistreat us is one of the hardest things to do.  It does not come immediately and most often it takes much practice.  Spend time to reflect on the people who may have caused you pain, and instead of reacting in anger, imagine the suffering they may be going through.  Imagine that you had mistreated someone and instead of responding in kind acted with great kindness and compassion.  Reflect on whether or not that would make you more likely to mistreat that person the next time.

5. Evening Routine

Before you go to sleep, spend a few minutes reflecting on your day.  Think about what you did and who you met, and spend some time considering what you could do differently the next day.  Learn from your experiences and be thankful for the happiness around you.

Bringing more happiness into your life may take time, but it is worth it!  Make small, daily changes and witness the incredible effect it will have on you!