Essential oils have been described as the “life force” or “essence” of plants. Aromatherapy is a method of employing these essential oils to protect, heal and beautify. They are the perfect addition to any massage. Relaxing, rejuvenating and healing, offering protection from many of today’s ailments and respite from our hectic lifestyles.
The healing ability of essential oils is becoming increasingly well known. There has been much research, for example into the antiviral and antibacterial properties of tea tree. It has been shown to be at least as effective as any mainstream drug in treating and preventing MRSA superbugs, without the resistance that happens with antibiotics. Lavender’s properties as a relaxant and healing agent is well known. Less well known, in western culture at least, is the healing ability of sandalwood, which acts on all levels of our being. We can prepare specific blends for massage or for your specific needs.
Crystals are solids that form by a regular repeated pattern of molecules connecting together. In some solids, the arrangements of the building blocks (atoms and molecules) can be random or very different throughout the material. In crystals, however, a collections of atoms called the Unit Cell is repeated in exactly the same arrangement over and over throughout the entire material.
Because of this repetitive nature, crystals can take on strange and interesting looking forms, naturally. When we grow crystals we are separating all the building block molecules into individual units in water and letting them fall naturally into their appropriate place in the repetitive structure as the water evaporates.
The scientific study of crystals and crystal formation is known as crystallography. The process of crystal formation via mechanisms of crystal growth is called crystallization or solidification. The word crystal is derived from the Ancient Greek word (krustallos), meaning both “ice” and “rock crystal”, from (kruos), “icy cold, frost”.
Examples of large crystals include snowflakes, diamonds, and table salt. Most inorganic solids are not crystals but polycrystals, i.e. many microscopic crystals fused together into a single solid. Examples of polycrystals include most metals, rocks, ceramics, and ice. A third category of solids is amorphous solids, where the atoms have no periodic structure whatsoever. Examples of amorphous solids include glass, wax, and many plastics.