jasper
Stone of the Autumn Season- Jasper
General properties of jasper: Protection, healing, grounding, courage, luck, strength, wisdom
Color: Jasper comes in many colors and multi-colored stones: brown, bright green, red, gray, black, purplish red, yellow, mottled, etc.
Element: The element depends on the color. Red =fire, green=earth, brown=earth, yellow=air, mottled=air
Chakra: Correlation depends on color. Red =power (3rd), green=root (1st) and heart (4th), brown=root (1st) yellow=3rd (solar plexus) and combinations based on color combinations.
Planetary: Mars=red, Venus=green, Saturn=brown, Mercury=mottled, Mercury=yellow
Geology: Jasper is a variety of chalcedony. It is a hard stone scoring 7 out of 10 on Mohs Scale of Hardness. It is found in Russia, the United States, India, Venezuela, France, Germany and other places.
Historical Uses: Historically jasper has been used to make seals, ornaments and jewelry. It is called the Rainbringer by Native Americans as it was used to call rain. Jasper has been worn to treat stomach trouble. It was said to bring good luck when buying or selling something. The Egyptians used it to protect against enemies and fear.
Physical Uses: Jasper can be used to strengthen the liver and gallbladder. It helps to relieve pain especially during childbirth. Wear or keep close to protect mother and baby during childbirth. Use to soothe digestion and nerves. Overall jasper is used to protect from physical and non-physical hazards. Yellow or pink jasper helps to balance hormones. Red jasper can be used to stop bleeding and to promote beauty and grace. Green jasper helps to promote sleep and ward off ill health. Mottled jasper is said to protect against drowning.
Spiritual Uses: Red jasper helps to balance the chakras and energy levels. Brown jasper helps to center and ground one’s energy. It also provides protections from psychic attachments. Green jasper helps to balance extremes of energy. Wear yellow jasper to protect from negativity and to strengthen the power chakra (3rd).
Mental Uses: Generally jasper promotes mental processes. Use it to protect from dangerous whims, desires and hallucinations. Purplish red (imperial) jasper aids in bringing mental focus.
Emotional Uses: The stone aids in balancing extremes of emotions. Wear jasper to decrease stress and promote tranquility. It enhances courage. Yellow jasper encourages emotional detoxification.
Magical Uses: Red jasper is used in health and healing spells. It can assist in sending negative energy back to the sender in defensive magic and maintains a steady shield when under magical attack. Also it helps amplify magic.

*This article first appeared in Ravenhawks Magazine Samhain 2015 edition online

Sources:
Conway, D.J. Crystal Enchantments: A Complete Guide to Stones and Their Magical Properties
Cunningham, S. Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Crystal, Gem & Metal Magic
Lembo, M. A. The Essential Guide Crystals, Minerals, and Stones
Hall, J. 101 Power Crystals

Clary sage

Clary Sage Essential Oil

Clary sage essential oil is also known as Clear eye, Eye bright and See bright due to the effect in clearing eye infections and irritations. It is Native to the Mediterranean. A medium sized perennial or biennial plant, clary sage grows 2-3 feet tall and has small blue-purple and white flowers . It grows best in loose dry soil. Today it is cultivated in the United States, Central Europe, Morocco, England and some parts of the former Soviet Republic. Clary sage is a member of the Labiatae (mint) family. It is not the sage used for cooking or smudging.

During the Middle Ages, clary sage was used for female issues, kidney/digestive/skin disorders, inflammation, sore throats, wounds and for eye problems. It has anticonvulsant, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, nerve tonic, sedative, soothing, tonic and warming properties. A 2008 study by Pemberton et al. of ICU nurses demonstrated decreased perception of stress after receiving a topical application of lavender and clary sage essential oils. Tobacco companies use clary sage for its relaxing effect on the nervous system. It has been used by midwives for the relaxing effects on respiratory, uterine and muscular systems assisting the labor and delivery process.

Clary sage is helpful in alleviating anger, irritation, mental fatigue, anxiety, depression, hyperactivity and sexual problems. It can have a harmonizing effect between the physical body, emotions and aspirations. It is used for menstrual cycle irregularities, PMS, hot flashes, night sweats and for hormonal imbalances. Clary sage helps aches and pains, arthritis, rheumatism, muscle spasms and cramps. It blends well with lavender, bergamot, roman chamomile, fennel, frankincense, rose geranium, ginger, mandarin, patchouli, peppermint, tulsi, vetiver, ylang ylang, jatamansi and sandalwood.

Clary Sage Blends:
Backache Blend

Place 3 drops chamomile, 2 drops black pepper or rosemary, 2 drops clary sage, 1 drop peppermint essential oil in 2- 4 cups of water. Stir well. Soak a cloth or towel in the water, wring until moist and apply to the area of back pain or spasm. Cover with plastic wrap. Leave on for 20-30 minutes. Lie down with pillows under the knees to take the pressure off the lower back.

Anti-Anxiety Massage Oil
Add 3 drops clary sage, 12 drops lavender, 6 drops ylang ylang, 4 drops frankincense essential oil to 2 tablespoons (30ml) of vegetable oil. Mix the ingredients in a dark glass bottle. Shake gently to mix well. Warm the oil by placing in hot water. Apply to the back area in gentle strokes.

Slow Motion
This blend is used for hyperactivity and is for inhalation use only. Use 1 eye dropper to equal 1 part.
4 parts lavender, 1 part clary sage, 1 part cedarwood, 1 part sandalwood essential oil. Place the essential oils in a diffuser and diffuse for 15 minutes at a time.

*This article first appeared in Ravenhawks Magazine Samhain 2014 edition online

Sources:
Crow, D and Shutes, J. Aromatherapy Foundations Certificate Program
http://www.amazingpregnancy.com/pregnancy-articles/454-html.html
Gennari Cooksley, V. Aromatherapy: Soothing Remedies to Restore, Rejuvenate and Heal
Modern Essentials: A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils. Fifth Edition