How To Use Clear Quartz

When talking about crystals and which ones are “essential” to have and work with, we of course need to mention clear quartz. Clear quartz is like the Big Daddy of all the crystals. Here, I’ll share with you some properties of clear quartz and some popular uses.

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Out of all of the types of crystals in the earth, clear quartz is the most powerful and versatile. Basically, whatever you need clear quartz to do, it can. There are pretty much endless ways to use clear Quartz, but here are some examples.

  • Clear Quartz is excellent at removing energy blocks within your body or mind.
  • Can heal and protect the aura.
  • Amplifies the energy of surrounding crystals.
  • Can be used to clear your mind of cluttered thoughts.
  • Use it during magick or spell work to set a clear intent.
  • Use it to connect to your higher self.

As I said, there are tons of uses and properties of clear Quartz. I’ve only listed a fraction. If you’re looking for a good “all purpose” Crystal, definitely invest in some pieces of clear Quartz.

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Crystals For House Plants

Using crystals to benefit humans physically, mentally and emotionally is pretty common and well known. But our house plants can benefit from crystal energy too! Using crystals to benefit your plants is easy!

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  • Place crystals in your potted plants or next to them. Not only will the plants benefit from the energy, but so will the energy of the room! Plus, crystals make beautiful decorations 😉
  • Use crystal or gem water to water your plants. Easiest way to do this is place a tumbled crystal in a mason jar filled with water. You can leave the jar on a windowsill next to your plants. That way, the water is always absorbing the crystals energy (which is then transferred to your plants when watering) but when the sun hits the jar, it’s getting an extra boost of solar energy!


My personal favorite crystal to use for house plants is tree agate. But there are many crystals that are beneficial such as:

  • Tree agate
  • Moss agate
  • Green tourmaline
  • Clear Quartz
  • Malachite
  • Amethyst
  • Rose Quartz

DIY: All Natural Primer Water & Makeup Setting Spray

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Looking for an easy DIY all natural makeup setting spray? I have the perfect solution! There are all kinds of recipes online to make your own primer water and setting spray. So I took what I liked from various recipes and came up with this one. And it can be tweaked too depending on your skin type!

So first, why use a primer or setting spray? Using a primer before you apply your makeup helps to create a flawless and smooth canvas to apply your makeup to. A primer helps fill in any fine lines and just makes your makeup go on smoother. A setting spray is used once you’ve applied all of your makeup. A setting spray helps to seal in your makeup, making sure it doesn’t go anywhere. And when you use a spray that has all sorts of amazing ingredients, it’s even treating your skin too! You can also use this spray to wet your brush to use with your eye shadow pigments to really make them pop!

The spray I made has four ingredients. Glycerin, witch hazel extract, Immortelle essential oil and purified water. I’ll explain why I chose each of these ingredients and their benefits, I’ll also give you the recipe that I used and how you can tweak it for your skin type.

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Glycerin:

-Helps lock in moisture on the skin
-Is an emollient which makes the skin soft and smooth
-Can help fade hyper-pigmentation and dark spots
-Helps make skin look glowing and youthful

If your skin is more dry, add a little more glycerin than witch hazel to your recipe.

Witch Hazel Extract:
I got my witch hazel extract (and cobalt bottle) from Apothecary Shoppe

I should note here that witch hazel extract is different than regular witch hazel. The extract is more concentrated and stronger than the regular witch hazel usually found in stores. If you’re using regular witch hazel for your recipe, add an extra tablespoon or two.

-Helps fade redness and skin irritation
-Helps control oil and excess sweating
-Can help prevent acne
-Helps to tighten skin and reduce puffiness

If your skin is more oily, add a little more witch hazel than glycerin.

Immortelle (or other essential oil):

Adding essential oils to your spray isn’t required. However, it does add yummy smells and added skin benefits (as well as emotional benefits too)!

-Is antibacterial
-Reduces redness and puffiness
-Fades scaring
-Promotes cell growth
-Moisturizing
-Is an antioxidant
-Anti-aging properties
-Is calming and can help relieve stress

Purified water:

This helps to mix all the ingredients together, adds moisture and acts as your base.

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To Mix:

This is what I did to create my spray. I have combination skin, so I used equal amounts of witch hazel extract and glycerin. Tweak the ingredients and measurements to your needs.

-3 tablespoons of glycerin
-3 tablespoons of witch hazel extract (use 5 tablespoons if using regular witch hazel)
-3-5 drops of essential oil
-fill rest of bottle with purified water

I used a 4 ounce cobalt glass spray bottle for my spray. If you’re using essential oils, I suggest using glass bottles as some essential oils can eat away at plastic. Plus, glass is more sanitary than plastic anyway.

Mix the glycerin and witch hazel together until combined. Then add essential oil and fill up the rest of your bottle with purified water. And voila! You now have a natural and good for your skin primer water/setting spray!

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I personally like to spray my face with the primer water, then apply my makeup, then seal it in with the spray. You could also use the primer water, then regular primer, makeup and setting spray. My skin and makeup has never looked more flawless!

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How To Receive Signs From The Universe

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Does the Universe give you signs?

The universe, our angels and our spirit guides are always giving us signs. Signs to let us know they’re with us. Signs to let us know we’re on the right track. Signs for all sorts of things!

These signs may come in the form of synchronicity. Some may call synchronicity just a coincidence. But it’s more than that!

Do you ever have those moments where you’re talking about something and at the same time you say a word, a person on the tv or radio says it too?

Or maybe you’re talking about an old friend you haven’t talked to in years, only to have them reach out to you?

Perhaps you’re thinking of a particular topic and then someone gifts you a book on that exact topic? This is synchronicity at work! And you can use this to your advantage to work with the Universe and get messages (signs)!

I was recently watching a clip from the fabulous Gabby Bernstein (which you can watch here) and she was talking about using this synchronicity to get messages and confirmation from the Universe.

Not long after, I had a situation that I wanted confirmation on, so I put her suggestion into action. And let me tell ya, it works! Basically, Gabby was saying that if you’re looking for confirmation (Should I take this job? Is this the house for me? Should I start writing my book? Etc.) then you simply ask for a sign from the Universe.

You can say: “Ok, Universe. If I should (insert topic here) then please show me an owl.” You can use whatever sign you’d like. Gabby mentioned personally using an owl, I myself asked for a spider. Then you wait for your sign. Don’t go out actively searching for it. Just live your life and be aware if your sign happens to pop up. Gabby suggests if after 24 hours you haven’t received your sign, then you can assume your answer is no and you aren’t going to receive a sign.

So how did this work for me? I was curious if I should add a new business venture into my already pretty full schedule. I meditated on it and got a pretty positive confirmation. I then did my cards and yet again, a super positive confirmation.

But sometimes you just want extra confirmation, ya know?

I remembered the Gabby video, so I asked the Universe to show me a spider if the answer was “yes”.

Why a spider? I don’t know, it was the first thing that popped into my head so I went with it.

Trusting that intuition!

A couple hours later, I got onto snapchat. And guess what the first thing I saw was? A video of a HUGE spider! And guess whose video it was? Gabby Bernstein’s!

Talk about freaking synchronicity and a huge “HELLO Here’s your confirmation” from the Universe!

Needless to say, as soon as I saw that video, I went ahead with adding the new business venture to my life. When the Universe screams that loudly at you, you listen haha.

UPDATE: I just went on a walk with my family. As I was walking I was thinking about this new business venture and wondering how in the heck I was going to incorporate it. We get home from the walk and I look down. Crawling on my arm was a small spider! (Luckily spiders don’t totally freak me out haha). Taking this as yet another confirmation that the universe has my back and I’m on the right track with this venture.

Have you asked for signs from the Universe? Do you think you’ll be giving this a try? I would love to hear your thoughts!

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Conquer Social Anxiety With Crystals


I finally found it. The holy grail of crystals for social anxiety! Well, a trio of crystals. I’m beyond ecstatic about this! First I’ll share my personal wondrous trio and then I’ll share some other crystals you may like that help combat anxiety.

In front of my camera, I’m cool as a cucumber. When on Facebook Live or making YouTube videos with potentially tons of people seeing me, I don’t have an issue. But put me in a social situation in front of actual real life humans, face to face, and I turn silent and feel horribly awkward inside while my anxiety is churning. I feel this is a combo of general anxiety, being an empath and being introverted. I used to combat this by drinking while in social situations. But since I’ve stopped drinking, I’ve had to deal with this sober. Plus, not every social situation is it acceptable to drink at anyway haha.

I knew the power of crystals and had tried using several different crystals but it never seemed to do the trick. I still felt anxious and awkward. I did find two crystals that seemed to help a little bit, so I would make sure to carry them with me. My clear quartz necklace and a piece of tumbled labradorite. Then, I got my hands on my first piece of Tibetan quartz. I actually didn’t think much about it when I instinctively grabbed my new Tibetan quartz (along with my clear Quartz and lab) and headed out the door for my husbands birthday. This normally would’ve been a horribly awkward and anxious evening for me. However, halfway through the evening I realized I was comfortable and open while being myself. I carried this trio with me to a couple other social situations and again, I felt almost no social anxiety. BAM! I had found my perfect trio.

So, what’s so special about these three crystals? Let me tell ya.

Tibetan Quartz

This Quartz is extremely grounding and centering. It also helps create a protective shield around you, helping to keep negative and unwanted energies away. Keeping an energetic shield around you is crucial during social situations. Especially for people with anxiety and those of us who are empaths.

Labradorite

This crystal helps to stop your fears and insecurities which in turn can help make you feel more confident. Also helps with anxiety and stress.

Clear Quartz

Clear Quartz can help you feel more energized and happy. It also helps to intensify the effects of other crystals.

If you have social anxiety or are an empath, I highly suggest giving this a shot! Carrying around these three could make all the difference.

Everyone is different and just because these three crystals help me, they may not help you. Play around with different crystals and different combinations until you find what works for you.  Here is a list of other crystals that could help combat social anxiety.

  • Aventurine
  • Green moss agate
  • Calcite
  • Smoky Quartz
  • Rose Quartz
  • Tigers Eye
  • Hematite
  • Black tourmaline

Healing Benefits of Turmeric

  • Turmeric, the spice that gives curry it’s yellow color, isn’t just to make your food taste yummy. It has major health benefits too! It’s been used for thousands of years not just for food but for its medicinal purposes as well.
  • The thing that makes turmeric so healing is a compound called curcumin. If taking turmeric as a supplement, make sure you get a supplement that includes turmeric root Curcuma longa as well as turmeric root extract.
  • It’s important to note that curcumin on its own doesn’t absorb very well into the bloodstream. Curcumin is fat soluble, so make sure to take the supplement with a meal in order to properly absorb it into your bloodstream. You can also take the supplement within a drink called Golden Milk. Black pepper also helps the body to properly absorb curcumin, so you could always take a black pepper supplement with it or even just swallow a couple black peppercorns.

Now, on to the (proven) health benefits of turmeric!

  • Natural anti-inflammatory. This makes it helpful in stopping pain associated with chronic inflammation conditions. Such as arthritis, migraines and endometriosis!
  • It’s an antioxidant. Helps the body fight against free radicals which cause all sorts of havoc to the body.
  • It’s been linked to improve brain function and lower risk of brain disease. It’s even been shown to help prevent Alzheimer’s as well as slow down the progression of the disease.
  • Can lower your risk of heart disease
  • Can help prevent and maybe even treat cancer! Studies have shown that curcumin can reduce the growth of cancer cells as well as inhibit the growth of tumors.
  • Prevent and treat depression! Studies performed showed curcumin helps with depression.

As you can see, there are TONS of amazing reasons to use turmeric!

I feel I should mention that I am not a medical doctor. Please consult a physician for any health concerns. All information I’ve provided have been through my research in various books and information found online. 


Ocean Themed Tarot Spread

I love the ocean and mermaids. My soul feels at home when near the sea. Sadly, I don’t live near the sea, so I created this tarot spread to help tap into those energies.

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The spread is three cards. And includes the following:

  • Buried Treasure: What strength or talent of yours is currently hidden in the sand?
  • Lighthouse: What will guide you to uncover your buried treasure?
  • What message does your inner mermaid have for you?

If you give this spread a try, snap a pic and post on Instagram! Make sure to tag me @CheriseWilliams.xo

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Ocean Themed Tarot Spread from Healing Moon Obscura

Deck pictured is The Witches Tarot.

 

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Hocking Hills Getaway

Last weekend, my husband and I got some rare time to ourselves. No kids. We wanted to feel like we were getting away a bit, but with only two days and one night alone, we couldn’t go far. We decided to rent a cabin in the gorgeous woods of  Hocking Hills, Ohio. It was less than a two hour drive for us, but we felt like we were a million miles away. It was magnificent. We rented a cabin with Blue Rose Cabins. Our cabin was an adorable two person cabin in the heart of the woods. Very close to all of the caves and trails the area has to offer.

I was pleasantly surprised at our cabin. Very clean and quaint. The cabin also included our own hot tub and fire pit which we made sure to take total advantage of.


  
We spent our afternoon and night enjoying the cabin and it’s amenities…and the silence. Oh, the silence. Glorious silence. Fellow parents can appreciate the rare and precious moments of total silence. Pair the silence with the fresh air and forest and it’s like a piece of heaven. We spent a great deal of our afternoon and evening next to the fire where I enjoyed a cool beverage and a good book. And silence.


Later in the evening, we spent a relaxing time in the hot tub enjoying the many stars (and silence). The next morning after our 11 am departure of the cabin, we spent the afternoon at nearby Rock House. A gorgeous hiking trail and cave. Following the caves we began our drive home.



If you’re looking for a laid back weekend, surrounded by gorgeous trees and ancient caves and rock formations, I definitely suggest checking out Hocking Hills, Ohio and renting a cabin with Blue Rose Cabins. My husband and I had such a lovely time, spending time just the two of us and enjoying the stunning scenery.

Many Blessings!
Cherise