This is my little collection!

Crystals and mysticism are in, in a big way- the crystal stilts, crystal castles (ok, I know sooo last summer), the super hip jewelry line unearthen . You may think, “Yeah crystals, another stupid irony filled hipster trend” but I beg to differ. With all of the turmoil around us it is no wonder so many people are turning to spiritual healing and mystical wonders to bring our empty lives meaning and hope. I just started a crystal collection and yes, it may have begun out of a desire for pretty sparkly things, but it has blossomed into a quest for self fulfillment. Accordingly, I am starting a little column here on Today//Today which will explore the healing properties of many common gems and crystals. No longer just for moms in Tucson and hippies my friends...

Amethyst :
Traditionally worn to guard against drunkenness and to instill a sober mind (don’t let this deter you) The word amethyst comes from the Greek meaning "without drunkenness" and amethyst is believed to protect one from poison.
· It is used as a dream stone and to help insomnia. Put an amethyst under your pillow to bring about pleasant dreams, or rub it across your forehead to offer relief from a headache.
· Ancient Egyptians used the amethyst to guard against guilty and fearful feelings. It has been worn as protection from self-deception, as well as a protection against witchcraft.
· The amethyst symbolizes piety, humility, sincerity and spiritual wisdom. It is thought the amethyst is the perfect stone to symbolize The Age of Aquarius.
Healing properties of Amethyst
Amethyst is a gemstone often worn by healers, as it has the power to focus energy.
Amethyst is used for problems in the blood and in breathing problems. Amethyst crystal clusters are used to keep the air and life force in the home clean and positive.
Using an Amethyst as a meditation focus will increase the positive spiritual feelings. Amethyst helps overcome fears and cravings. It also
helps relieve headaches.

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