rose quartz

Those who know me, know I love healing crystals… Don’t ask me why, I just do!

Aside from being pretty to look at and unique in their patterns, they’re incredibly intuitive, calming and soothing when used correctly.

In keeping with my ‘love’ theme, I bring you a post about: rose quartz.

This crystal promotes all kinds of love, be it self-love, romantic love, friendship love or even family love.

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What are the properties of rose quartz

Rose quartz is the stone of unconditional love. It’s said to radiate strong vibrations of love, which support emotional & relationship healing, and building compassion.

What does rose quartz symbolise?

Its meaning varies from culture to culture, but generally its pale pink aesthetic represents gentleness, love, and fertility.

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What chakra does the rose quartz work with?

Rose quartz is a stone associated with the heart chakra. So, wearing it as a necklace is most beneficial if you want to feel it working.

How to use a rose quartz?

Meditate by placing a piece on your heart, close your eyes and breathe deeply…

You can even speak soft and loving affirmations to yourself as you’re meditating… Alternatively, just imagine that you’re surrounded by a pink light of love.

If you do this every night, studies have found that it can clear any built up of negativity or frustrations from the day, leaving you refreshed for a new one in the morning.

Top tip: cleanse it after every use by running it under cold water or leaving it on the windowsill (with your blinds/curtains open) particularly on the day or night of a full moon.

Another top tip: you have to believe in it. Nothing works without belief.

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How does rose quartz help?

In reiki and energy work, rose quartz is used to reset the heart chakra. From a health perspective, resetting the heart chakra basically means removing any blockages – releasing stress, improving blood circulation and overall skin health.

Choosing the right crystals for you

There are two ways, either by buying a mystery box, or by going in store with an open and clear mind, ready to be drawn to one.

The mystery boxes are really intuitive. I’ve been shocked by how right they’ve been each time. If you’re new to it, xThePeaceProject might be more your thing.

There’s also a quiz you can do to find out which one’s best for you.

Are you into crystals? If so, which ones? Comment below!

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romantic

Whether you’re living with your significant other or living apart, here are some romantic ideas for you both – to make your lockdown Valentine’s Day special.

Romantic Ideas for those who live together

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Cook a romantic dinner

Now’s is your chance to be Gordon Ramsay or Nigella Lawson…

This time, rather than creating your household staples, push the (at-home) boat out by making a dish you’d usually order at a restaurant. Pull out all the stops, make sure no expenses are spared…

Look, even if it doesn’t taste as good, you’ll have a laugh – and may even surprise yourself!

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Create a spa experience at home

If you can’t go to the Four Seasons, why not bring it to you? Those oils are essential for setting a romantic mood… Dim the lights and just relax.

You could even go as far as giving each other actual massages (keeping things PG)! Pop a relaxing playlist on in the background to really transport yourselves to Zentropolis. 🧖‍♀️ 🧖🏼‍♂️

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Turn your living room into a dance floor

Love to dance? Kick your slippers off, put the music on blast and have yourselves a boogie… 💃🏼 🕺🏻

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Cuddle up and watch a movie

Sort of like Netflix and chill – but where you actually watch Netflix and chill out on the sofa with a blanket and some hot cocoa.

Very little is better than a cosy night in, if you ask me!

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Play games

Board games, video games, ‘How Well Do You Know Your Partner/Spouse?’ games – literally all the games, play them together. If you win, well done. If you don’t, you let them – it’s fine! 😉

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Take a trip round the world without leaving your house

I can’t decide whether this is cute or just torture (and a sure-fire way of giving ourselves FOMO)…

I heard of a couple who did this at the beginning of lockdown in 2020, and thought it was cute. So, maybe you could give this a try?

If streaming footage of an exotic location isn’t your thing, you can just do themed nights – like Italian wine tasting etc. Order all you’ll need in advance and set it up on the day!

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Set up a treasure hunt around the house for each other

Plant little gifts around the house and go in search of them together. Sort of like an Easter Egg hunt, but for two adults celebrating the cherub with an arrow (aka St Valentine).

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Create art together

This one’s pretty fun, like all before it, basically: get arty and creative! Draw or paint each other, do what you have to do… If they’re good, why not frame them to look back on?

Romantic ideas for those who are dating but live separately

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Have the same food or similar delivered

Lay the table, and make your laptop the centrepiece as you Zoom each each other. Pop a candle on there for extra romance vibes…

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Cook/bake together on video

Cook or bake together on Zoom and then eat what you make. What’s the worst that can happen!? Honestly, I’ve done this before and it’s a right laugh!

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Watch the same boxset/film

Sort of like book club, but for movies and boxsets. Watch the same shows or films (potentially at the same time) and discuss them while you’re watching (or later).

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Crack open a bottle as you video chat

Start off with a glass of wine, and finish off with a coffee…

Let’s be honest, dating in lockdown is far from ideal – but it’s the only thing we have right now… It sure will make us appreciate the time we’ll be making up for post-lockdown.

What lockdown Valentine’s Day plans do you have in mind? Comment below!

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pukka love

In the lead up to February 14, I intend to be spread the ‘love’ with posts like these…

I don’t want to tease you any longer, so let’s get straight into discussing ‘Love’ tea by Pukka!

It all started when I read that ‘Flower Power’ by Clipper (Cupper in Germany) was a great tea for clearing the liver, detoxifying the body and giving skin a radiant glow… After finding that out, I got hold of some!

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I loved it so much that I went in search of a tea that had the same benefits (to form a comparison post) and as if by magic, ‘Love’ by Pukka came into my life. I was very happy about this, because it fit my Valentine’s Day theme perfectly!

Although ‘Flower Power’ has hibiscus, chamomile, lime-flower and elderflower… ‘Love’ has chamomile, elderflower, lavender, licorice, limeflower and marigold. As you can see, the only ingredient missing from Love is ‘hibiscus’ – which I believe is easy to get hold of as a separate tea.

FYI: studies have proven that two herbal, vegan and organic teas a-day never hurt nobody… The worst that’s happened is they needed to empty their bladder a lot more than usual!

What are the said benefits of drinking ‘Love’ tea?

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Lavender and chamomile are known to be relaxants. They calm the mind, and promote better sleep.

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Rose is associated with radiance, and leaves skin hydrated and moisturised – hence why it’s used in beauty products. It’s also supposed to be soothing.

elderflower and lime-flower

As you’ll notice, elderflower and lime-flower both featured in Clipper’s Flower Power – which claimed to detoxify the body and cleanse the liver, while also boosting the immune system.

marigold

Lastly [on the ingredients front], liquorice and marigold have great anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.

My verdict on Love tea

Honestly, I’ve only drank it twice (in two days), so I’m in no position to give a full review of its effects on me personally, but – what I will say is this: I’ve felt less bloated (PMS) – and with each sip, I fell in ‘lovethat little bit more…

A tip that I’d give those who are wanting to try it, but have a sweet tooth: pop a teaspoonful of honey/sweetener in, as it can be bland on its own. I opted for a spoonful of lavender honey (to enhance the flavour), and it did the trick.

What are the differences between ‘Love’ and ‘Flower Power’?

Honestly, not much. They are both quite bland without honey (no offence), use similar ingredients, and have the same sort of said benefits…

They’re also both floral in taste. Obviously, the only clear difference is one includes hibiscus, and the other includes marigolds, liquorice and lavender – so the taste just slightly varies.

Which is my favourite?

I’d have to say I’m a lover not a florist… Although, I would Love to open a florist when I retire. 💐

Love wins.

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