Crystal-infused water bottles

Crystal-infused water bottles are the latest trend sweeping the health and wellness world. But what exactly are they, and what are the benefits of using one in your everyday life?

Crystal water bottles are more than just a pretty accessory (although they are definitely beautiful to look at, too!). These unique water bottles actually use healing crystals and stones to help align and transform your energy, spirit and physical health.

Keep reading for the low down on what crystal water bottles are, what each healing crystal achieves, and how they can have a positive impact on your overall wellness.

What are crystal water bottles?

Crystal water bottles are simply glass water bottles embedded with natural crystal or gemstone chunks in their interior. Crystal water bottles are completely safe and non-toxic, and are designed to be sustainable and re-used again and again.

You’ll find crystal water bottles fitted out with a range of different crystals known for health and healing properties, from rose quartz and clear quartz to amethyst and amazonite.

What are the benefits of crystal water bottles?

The idea behind crystal water bottles is to imbue the water inside with the energy of the specific crystal soaking within. Different crystals are used for different healing or spiritual purposes. People have long been using crystals as a part of their meditation or spiritual rituals for centuries. For example, rose quartz is often used to attract love, while amethyst is known for strength and healing.

Drinking this crystal-infused water allows you to benefit from the energy and intentions of your chosen crystal.

So which crystal water bottle is the best fit for you? The most common crystals found in crystal water bottles include:

Rose quartz for love, devotion, inner harmony and peace

Amethyst for balance, positive energy, healing, strength and creativity

Clear quartz for clarity, regulating energy, increasing awareness

Citrine for positivity, joy, success and enlightenment

You can shop our full range of crystal water bottles online now. These crystal water bottles also make perfect gifts for the crystal lovers in your life!

Sunscreen Recipe

Ingredients

75ml sesame oil

15gm beeswax

45gm coconut oil or cocoa butter

120ml water

2Tbs zinc oxide (from chemist)

1 Tbs wheat germ oil

1 tsp citric acid (from supermarket baking aisle)

20 drops lavender oil

Instructions

1.In a double boiler (or put a bowl over simmering water in a saucepan) melt the oils and the beeswax together. Take off the heat and add the water, mixing with an electric mixer until thick and creamy. Then add the zinc oxide, wheatgerm oil, and citric acid. Stir, then add the lavender oil. Over time this will start leaching water – just drain it off.

DEEP CONDITIONING HAIR TREATMENT


This recipe works wonderfully on all hair types, leaving the hair feeling soft and looking healthy and shiny. You can use this maybe once a week or more often during the summer, as hair often needs repairing after being out in the hot sun all day.

Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 tablespoon shea butter

1 teaspoon argan oil

A few drops of an essential oil (lavender, rosemary and geranium are said to be great in stimulating hair growth)

Method:

Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment

This recipe works wonderfully on all hair types, leaving the hair feeling soft and looking healthy and shiny. You can use this maybe once a week or more often during the summer, as hair often needs repairing after being out in the hot sun all day. 

Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 tablespoon shea butter

1 teaspoon argan oil

A few drops of an essential oil (lavender, rosemary and geranium are said to be great in stimulating hair growth)

Method: 

Bath Bomb Recipe

Ingredients

300g (1 cup) 

600g (2 cup) bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

1 tspessential oil or fragrance oil

1 tsp herbs, glitter, mica or liquid colour, dried flowers

5g (1tsp) carrier oil such as sweet almond, jojoba or olive oil

 Cold water to be placed in a small spritzer or spray bottle.

Method

  1. In a bowl mix the citric acid and sieve in the bicarbonate soda. Make a well in the middle and add the other dry ingredients.

  2. Sprinkle in the colour and fragrance. This is where you should add the liquid colour if you prefer to use one too. If the mixture begins to fizz its ok just cover it up with the dry ingredients.

  3. Mix all ingredients together; it is safe for you to use your hands.

  4. Ensure all the ingredients are mixed together thoroughly.

  5. Add in the binding ingredient – the oil.

  6. Add the water into the mixture using the spray bottle, add a little at a time, mixing it together with your hands until your mixture becomes damp resembling damp sand and should hold together well in your hand. If it begins to dry and crumble add some more water.

  7. Now add the mixture into your bath bomb mould as quick as you can before the mixture begins to dry out. Again if it begins to dry add a little water using the spray bottle to the mixture.

  8. When placing in the bath bomb mould ensure you press the two halves firmly together. You can either leave it in the mould over night or place on a surface to harden, roughly around 24 hours

Goddess Dishwasher Powder


This is a great natural alternative to supermarket brands which are packed with chemicals.

So for any of you who love making your own Wendyl’s products – see below:

1 ½ cup of borax

¼ cup of citric acid

5 drops of orange essential oil

1.Place all in a plastic container and shake until thoroughly combined

2.Use 1 Tbsp per load.

3.Use Double Strength White Vinegar in the rinse compartment

 

BEESWAX FOOD WRAPS

Beeswax food wraps are becoming a popular way to store food instead of using throw away plastic bags or wrap. They’re perfect for storing cheese, as it should be allowed to “breathe” instead of being kept in an air tight container where it tends to grow mould. They can also be used for kids’ packed lunches, covering food in the refrigerator and just about anywhere you’d typically use plastic wrap for.Beeswax wraps last a long time if used properly and can be re-waxed should they start wearing out a bit.
This recipe will make 6 wraps measuring 30x30cm and it’s a lot of fun to do, not to mention, environmentally friendly.
You will need:
100g Beeswax pellets
20g Pine Resin
3 Teaspoons (15ml) Jojoba oil
6 squares of 100% cotton, prewashed, dried and cut into 30x30cm squares (use Pinking Shears if available to help stop fraying of the fabric). Old shirts or sheets work well
1 large and 1 small saucepan (or for a microwave 1 oven proof bowl)
Tinfoil or baking paper
Baking sheet
Old clean paintbrush (or a cheap new one)
Paper towels for clean-up
Grater or knife
Mortar & pestle
Tongs
Method:
Preheat the oven to 80-100 degrees Celsius (any higher will burn the wax and set off the smoke alarm)
Place a fabric piece on top of a foil or paper lined oven tray
Cut or grate the beeswax into smaller pieces, and grind the pine rosin to powder with a mortar and pestle
Melt both together in a microwavable bowl or over a double boiler (remember if you do not have access to a double boiler then a large saucepan partially filled with water with a smaller pot resting on some forks in the bottom of the larger pot will suffice)
Once melted, add the Jojoba Oil and stir to combine
Pour a little of the melted wax over the fabric and use your paintbrush to spread it evenly to the edges and work it into the weave
Pop in the oven for a few minutes (this will help even it out)
Take out of the oven to make sure it has soaked through to the back of the fabric. Caution – HOT – use tongs!! It should look darker and saturated with wax – add a little more wax and return to the oven if needed
Use tongs to pick up the wrap and hang to cool. It only takes a couple of minutes to set
Repeat steps 6-8 with the remaining fabric pieces
Any leftover wax can be set and used for re-waxing at a later date
CLEANING TIP– wipe out your pots with paper towels before attempting to wash in hot soapy water.

Using your Beeswax Wrap

To use your beeswax wrap, drape the fabric over the top of the container or plate you want to seal and mould with the heat of your hands. Or wrap directly around food such as bread, cheese and snacks.

Always wash in cool soapy water and hang to dry.

Never use your wrap for wet food, meat or on hot food or plates. Do not use in the microwave or oven.

Wax coating should last around 6 to 12 months. You can place in a low oven on a lined oven tray to re-distribute the wax. It will eventually need a re-coat of wax. Just grate the remaining block of wax on top of the fabric on a lined oven tray and pop in the oven for a few minutes. Use your paintbrush to spread the wax evenly and hang to cool.

SPRING CLEAN


SPRING CLEAN TIME

SPRING CLEAN TIME

Once a year everyone should take the time to have a good old fashioned spring clean. You can use natural resources such as baking soda, essential oils and mild cleansers and make a healthier home without toxic chemicals polluting your own environment and the planet. That’s better for everyone!

See below for some great natural cleaning ideas:

Hard Surface Scrub

To make this general all-over cleanser make a paste from 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 teaspoon castile soap - add few drops of peppermint oil and a little water to mix. Use on baths, counter tops, floors and toilets. Keep left over paste in an air tight container for future use.

Mould Away

To remove mould, first use your Hard Surface Scrub and then rinse with a wet cloth.
Then try this great Anti-Mould Spray by mixing of 1 cup warm water to 20 drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle, then shake well. Spray until wet then leave to dry with the windows open, don't wipe it off. Always shake the bottle before spraying as this breaks up the oil droplets in the water, allowing it to be dispersed. Or you can add an emulsifier such as Polysorbate or Natural Solubiliser which allows water and oil to mix – which means a lot less shaking!

Windows

To wash windows inside and out there’s no need for a fancy cleaner, just a simple mix of warm water and white vinegar will work wonders. Some people buff their windows with scrunched up newspaper or an old towel to get rid of streaks. Here's a handy hint - don't clean your windows when they are in direct sun as they will streak.

Kitchen Appliances

You can try a non-toxic microwave oven cleaner recipe using hard surface scrub paste and spraying with vinegar before wiping off and it will soon be looking like new. Wipe out the fridge with half a bucket of hot water and 1 cup of baking soda to clean and remove odours.

Bench Tops

Give bench tops a good clean using a simple degreasing cleaner made with a spray bottle filled with a cup of hot water and tablespoon of castile soap, and around 10 drops of orange sweet oil. This is a great versatile cleaner for your home which can be used on counter tops or difficult to move spots on floors. Always remember to shake vigorously before each spray to disperse the oil.

Floors

Make a hard-floor cleaning spray with equal amounts of hot water and vinegar, and 10-20 drops of orange sweet oil. Spray and mop away the dirt (you will need to rinse the mop a few times to get rid of grime).

Safety

Essential oils are very concentrated and can be harmful to people and animals. Always store essential oils and cleaning products out of reach of children in a cool, dark place. We recommend a trial of any cleaning recipe on an inconspicuous area first to ensure damage is not made to surfaces.

If any quantity of essential oil is swallowed seek urgent medical attention, call NZ National Poison Centre on 0800 POISON.

Seek the advice of a trained Aromatherapist when using essential oils when pregnant, breastfeeding or suffering from a medical condition i.e, epilepsy, diabetes, high blood pressure; or you are on medicatio