By Brana Mijatovic, Ph.D.
By Brana Mijatovic, Ph.D.
By Sonia Acone
When I was first asked to write this article, I had balked at the idea. After all, it is a subject that hit a little too close to home for me. I had been through what I like to call the “BCS” or “Breast Cancer Scare” when I was just 38. Although I was spared the “Big C” this time around, I did need to have a lumpectomy done on my right breast (I’m now missing a third of that breast). So, yes, I remember finding the lump, getting the mammogram, going in for surgery, etc. Looking back on that time now, I also remember, prior to that “nightmare,” that I had been under a lot of stress at the time, which may have played a part in the lump forming in the first place. And we all know by now that stress is often a precursor to illness.
But this is not going to be an article about breast cancer per se. See the links at the end of this article for more information concerning crystals that deal with that specifically. This article is going to address the crystals that may help to keep our breasts healthy in the first place, so that you or someone you love may not have to deal with the “BCS.” We’re going to look at crystals that can help with most every aspect of breast health; from pain and inflammation (that often occurs during the monthly cycles, during pre-and-post-menopause), breastfeeding and lactation, and healthy breasts in general.
Now for some biology (stay with me, you’ll thank me at the end!). Our breasts are composed of fatty tissue, glandular tissue that is divided into lobes, and connective tissue that ties it all together. The glandular tissue is comprised of lymph glands/nodes which are located along lymph vessels back to your armpit as well as up towards your collarbone. The lymphatic system is a major part of one’s immune system. When we get sick, our lymph glands often become inflamed. In addition to the armpits, we have lymph glands in the neck (which is why doctors often palpate these when we become ill), chest, and groin. The lymphatic cells form antibodies that fight infection. The lymphatic system is responsible for removing toxins in the body. Organs associated with the lymphatic system include the tonsils, adenoids, thymus, and spleen. (See this diagram to the lymphatic system in the breast: http://www.mariekeating.ie/cancer-information/breast-cancer/the-breasts-and-lymphatic-system/) In order to keep our breasts healthy, it stands to reason that the immune system and the lymphatic system in particular, need to be healthy. (Note: all crystals listed are in alphabetical order.)
Crystals for a Healthy Lymphatic System:
Metaphysically speaking, the breasts are located smack dab in the center of the Heart chakra, which is responsible for feelings of love, compassion, empathy and healing (especially with our hands, arms, as well as healing with herbs/nature). Parts of the body influenced by this chakra are the breasts, heart, lungs, arms, hands, upper back, skin, circulatory system, rib cage, and the lymph glands. When a blockage occurs in this chakra, we become more susceptible to illnesses in these parts of the body. Emotionally, a blockage can result in panic attacks, allergies, jealousy, possessiveness, and over-emotional outbursts. Crystals ruled by the Heart chakra are those that are usually green or pink, such as Amazonite and Rose Quartz. See this page for a complete list of crystals for the Heart chakra: https://www.healingcrystals.com/products-by-heart-ailment.html?tab=2
Crystals for Keeping Breasts Healthy (and may also help with breast disorders):
Crystals for Inflammation:
Crystals for Pain:
Crystals for Breastfeeding/Lactation:
Crystals for Scars/Scar Tissue:
For information on crystals that may help with Breast Cancer and support during and after treatment, see the following articles:
“Crystals for Breast Cancer” article/recommendation: https://www.healingcrystals.com/Crystals_For_Breast_Cancer_Articles_675.html
“Crystals for Cancer Support” article: https://www.healingcrystals.com/February_2011_Newsletter_-_Crystals_for_Cancer_Support_Articles_4133.html
When you’ve chosen the crystal(s) you wish to work with, you can meditate while holding one or more in your hands; you can place them near your bedside with the intention that they keep you well and improve healing; you can carry or wear them as jewelry (some folks even keep one or two in their bra), or you could make a medicine bag to carry your crystals in a pocket or purse. Whatever you choose, make sure to cleanse your crystals before and often during use.
I sincerely hope that this article can help you find the answers you seek and that in some small way, I was able to alleviate some fear, confusion, or uncertainty for you and/or someone you love. I wish you blessings and good health.
*Disclaimer – Crystals are not a medical treatment and should not be used as a replacement for medical care. Please consult your healthcare specialist for your particular needs.
Photo: Amazonite Mandala by Robin Hollinger
Using an ally, like a gemstone or crystal, is a good idea for this sign, as they are naturally empathetic to nature, and thrive best when in touch with their spirituality.
Aquarius does well with stones that are light blue in color, as they are the water bearer, but can also incorporate red and yellow.
Stones that offer emotional protection and grounding are beneficial, as water and air need stabilizing and warming.
Silver is a good metal for Aquarius, as it aids in blood detoxification and circulation while removing negative energies.
Garnet is a grounding and protective stone that brings fire, aids with melancholy and is a symbol of love and truth. It is a powerful balancer for air and the erratic influences of Uranus.
This intensely purifying (fire) stone is associated with the pomegranate, a symbol of the feminine, and was greatly valued by many ancient tribes in their search for awareness. Garnet is a medieval stone that is…
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Aquarius is sometimes referred to as the alien sign of the zodiac and the Aquarius woman wears this label with pride. She is friendly and sociable yet somehow removed as if viewing the world from another realm. Her head is sometimes in the clouds, her inspiration stemming from beyond, she is often considered an enigma. She is a tempest of intellect, independence and innovation, and as a fixed air Sign, she doesn’t like to be told what to do. She follows her intuition as it shifts like the wind.
She is drawn to natural therapies, wind chimes and gemstones that reflect the cosmos. Aquarian astrology stones are imbued with meaning and form the perfect jewels in her otherworldly crown.
The Aquarius woman is the ultimate non-conformist. You will not find her shopping at the local mall; she will pair vintage with handmade and boutique pieces in a style…
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I never thought that it would happen to me. I watched it happen to others and empathized with the urge to just give in to the cold, dark days that make you want to forego your normal routine. While it is natural to rest during the winter months, it can be a challenge for most of us to give in and let go of our busy schedules. It is very healthy and beneficial to change your routine and “play hooky” from your life every once and a while. But you want that rebellion to come from a place of fun and whimsy and not because your current circumstances are depleting your energy. Here are some ideas to help when you feel overwhelmed and tired of it all.
Charge your water with Green Tourmaline. Green Tourmaline has so much fiery, aggressive, masculine energy that it cannot help but revive your spirit. I keep a bottle of water in my refrigerator with a Green Tourmaline bracelet on it. I drink it in the morning and it fuels my energy for the rest of the day.
Change your light bulbs. I know this sounds goofy but I recently ran out of light bulbs and could only find those that simulate Daylight. It is amazing how they have completely changed the energy in my home. Every room feels brighter and lighter and my crystals love them. Just try one and see if it doesn’t make a difference.
Carry and/or wear Tiger Eye. Powerful Tiger Eye gives you courage and strengthens your willpower. Whether you use Brown, Red, or Blue, it can help you trust yourself and that inner voice that will let you know when to keep going and when to stop. Carry all three with you for a day and see how it feels.
Try something new. There is nothing more exciting than doing something different. Maybe you always wanted to try a dance class or learn how to make jewelry. Now is a great time to go for it and many places offer free trials. You will feel happier doing something that you love.
Surround yourself with Clear Quartz. Clear Quartz chases away any negative energy, increases the positive vibrations and draws in more light. It will brighten everything, including your mood and outlook.
*If you believe that you may be depressed, please seek medical counsel. Crystals are for healing and should be used as a compliment to other therapies and not as a replacement for regular medical care. Please consult your healthcare specialist for your particular needs.
Embark on a treasure hunt you won’t soon forget at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show 2018. It takes place on January 26 through February 11th, 2018 in beautiful Tucson, Arizona.(GL&W HOLIDOME SHOW) At the beginning of each year, Tucson houses this international mineral and gem trading fest. Countless individuals come out and bargain, trade and collect any number of new and unique gems and minerals. Regardless of whether you are a visitor, buyer or vendor you don’t want to miss out on this spectacular event.
Experience the History of the Show
What started out as a small group of rock hounds and mineral collectors back in 1955 has grown into a large showcase of gems for enthusiasts and collectors from around the globe. You can find the best minerals, jewelry, gems, fossils and lapidary dealers from all over the world. Items from renowned museums and private collections are also…
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Arabic legend attests that opals fell from the sky during lightning storms, while Australian aborigines thought the creator visited the earth in a rainbow and imparted opals as a colorful gift.
Nearly 100 B.C., a Roman scholar by the name of Pliny compared opal gemstones to volcanoes and colorful artwork, realizing that opals have the ability to reflect the hues of any gem. Because of these colorful reflective qualities, during the Middle Ages, it was thought that opals harnessed immense power and luck.
Throughout time, opals have been regarded as a gem full of good luck and fortune, especially for those with October birth months.
Opals have a primary color of either white or black, and many people find both appealing. The opal’s most defining quality is its kaleidoscope character that radiates all the colors of the rainbow. Microscopic silica, a crucial component to…
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Shimmering, pale green peridot–often called the evening emerald–is a gemstone commonly associated with spirituality and expression. The word “peridot” can be pronounced as “PAIR-uh-doe” or “PAIR-uh-dot.” While both pronunciations are found in the dictionary, the actual word of origin for peridot is from the French word peritôt, meaning unclear, because of the numerous inclusions and internal fractures often found within peridot gemstone beads. Chrysolite (an older German word) was also used to describe it before the word peridot was applied to all gem quality peridot stones.
Sometimes also referred to as olivine, it is only found in one color–green. This uncommon green color is best known simply as peridot green and it varies from olive to brownish green. This green was highly prized by ancient admirers because it was often thought to be emerald, which is one of the greatest compliments peridot could ever receive. It is…
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Aquamarine can provide a significant boost to the immune system. It has a cleansing action that, in combination with its ability to stimulate the thymus gland, can help clear infection from the body.
It may, however, bring old symptoms to the surface before they are finally released.
Energy: companionable, convivial
Colors: green, pale blue-green, aqua
Uses: Aquamarine is a form of beryl utilized for clarity of perception and eyesight, releasing old patterns and conditioning, the flow of creativity, inspiration, peace of mind, multidimensional experience, protection, courage, centering, purification and cleansing, calming and soothing energy, reducing fears and sharpening intuition.
Star Sign: Pisces
Ruling Planet: Neptune
Carry aquamarine to help protect you from harm when you are traveling, especially to foreign lands
Put aquamarine on your desk when you are studying – its tranquil energy enhances concentration
Hold aquamarine when you have something you…
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Black Tourmaline (Schorl) is one of the best stones to use for protection from all sorts of negativity. The stone will deflect, rather than absorb, the energy that is unbalancing, creating a safe, neutral space around itself. Schorl brings the strength and stability of the planet earth into the human aura.
Energy: protective, balancing
Colors: green, pink to salmon (rubellite), blue, opalized, black
Uses: Black Tourmaline strengthens the energy body and boosts the immune system. Used for regeneration, creativity, and growth. Beneficial cleansing and purifying properties for the body that is helpful in polarity work and healing. Black tourmaline is employed for divine communication and spiritual awakening.
Star Sign: Libra
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