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Interview with Maria Czesznak: Crystals For Nurses
Interview with Maria Czesznak a Registered Nurse, Health Coach & Crystal Healer on her journey with crystals, implementing a crystal healing therapy program for dementia at a long-term care facility and crystal recommendations for nurses! Reign In Health: What was your first experience working with crystals? Maria Czesznak: At the time, I did not even know I was working with crystals consciously. When my grandson was born (he is already four now), he was so restless and had trouble with sleeping. We tried everything. I then did my research and accidently in a health magazine they were advertising hazelwood necklaces with crystals. Hazelwood was used by the Indigenous for healing purposes for tooth pain, eczema and so on. I said why don't I just don't try, what can I lose? I went to a small pharmacy that was selling crystals in Etobicoke, I bought a small baby necklace with Hematite for my grandson and then we put it on. We were hoping for the best that he would settle a little bit. I was reading that Hematite was calming for the mind and it's good against negative energy. I don't know if it was really helping, we saw some kind of improvement and the baby liked touching the necklace. After my second grandchild was born (she is one now), I bought for all my grandchildren a set of crystals with Amethyst, Howlite and Selenite. I put them in a little bag and placed them in corner of their pillow to promote better night rest for them. Howlite is calming and good against nightmares. Reign In Health: That is such helpful information for all parents! I can’t believe you’re a grandmother you look incredibly young! Maria Czesznak: Thankful for the vegan diet. [Laughs] Reign In Health: In addition to being a Registered Nurse and Health Coach, what inspired you to become a Crystal Healer Practitioner? Maria Czesznak: I’m always a person who likes to approach every problem from different aspects. Medicine is one thing. I also finished my Diabetes Educator program but I never find medicine itself was giving the healing for my clients and whomever I met with. I always find with medicine, naturopathic doctors or using sound healing, good nutrition, everybody can work together, the outcome is far better than just isolating certain areas and fields. You can be the best doctor but if your client is not eating better and not getting advice how to eat properly, they won’t heal. Actually, I believe the body heals when you give the best nutrition and everything what the body needs, then they are self-healing. They can heal if you're providing the best gasoline to promote and give the best nutrition. I think crystal healing was something I got really interested in. These ancient stones are carrying so much energy and they’re so beautiful. Just to have something, even if you look at how calming they are, that already helps with healing. If you believe in that I think that’s the most important thing. Reign In Health: Why should nurses consider working with crystals? Maria Czesznak: You have to give hope and believe for your patients. With terminally ill people, they already lost that. If this helps for them just to hold on, just to decrease their anxiety, that already promotes healing. When your mind is a little bit more settled and calm, whether you use it together with meditation, use in your yoga session or just lying on the floor, having the right crystals in your hands and on your forehead; I believe that brings healing for people. "You have to give hope and believe for your patients." Reign In Health: This has been a challenging time for many including healthcare workers, what crystals do you recommend for stress? Maria Czesznak: For stress, I use Black Tourmaline. I have so many black bracelets on my arm. [Laughs] When nurses are working with so many sick people, there is a lot of negative energies going on, it’s very stressful. There is not enough time, there is not enough resources, there is not enough nurses, there are always more sick people than they like to have. I find this really helps me to keep my cool, to see things from a different perspective and not to lose it daily. [Laughs] It helps to keep away the negative energy. It also helps to eliminate environmental toxins. I also use Shungite as a bracelet on my arm because wifi is all around me, there is a lot of electric resonances going on, I use this to protect my body. When I have them on, I actually do not have headaches like I used to. There are too many computers around me, that's why I'm using this. I am lucky in my work I can use bracelets. If you cannot use bracelets, you can use crystals as a necklace under your clothes, a little stone in your pocket or put it in your bra. Usually it’s best when it’s connecting with your skin. I like using bracelets, you can put on different stones. I wear a Sodalite bracelet for my thyroid condition. "When nurses are working with so many sick people, there is a lot of negative energies going on, it's very stressful. There is not enough time, there is not enough resources, there is not enough nurses, there are always more sick people than they like to have. I find this really helps me to keep my cool, to see things from a different perspective and not to lost it daily." Reign In Health: I also had a thyroid condition, hyperthyroidism and worked with a naturopath and it’s now normal. Maria Czesznak: I believe in orthomolecular medicine, it’s helped me a lot. I’m not seeing doctors regularly for sure. [Laughs] Reign In Health: What crystals do you recommend for nurses that would benefit them in their place of field? Maria Czesznak: One of them would be Amethyst. It’s very calming, it’s also helps with healing. Nurses are surrounded by lots of sickness and Amethyst can help block all the germs, protects you to not get sick and helps to improve your immune system. It’s beautiful and it’s good for stress. A universal and very important crystal everybody should have one everywhere in your car, in your purse, in your bra is Clear Quartz. That really helps with so many conditions, the quartz is the basic crystal everyone should have, it also protects your aura from all the negativity, amplifying other crystals energy what you’re wearing or what’s around you. As I’ve said it helps protect you from disease and infections. "A universal and very important crystal everybody should have everywhere in your car, in your purse, in your bra is Clear Quartz." Reign In Health: Do you have a story you would like to share using crystals in your line of work? Maria Czesznak: I am working in a long term facility, it’s a special unit for people with dementia, these are the people other long term care homes are not accepting at present because of their behaviour which is related to their dementia. There are certain situations when you’ve already tried everything there is really nothing else to try. We are actually going to start a project with my involvement, where we are trying to use Howlite for dementia with a bracelet on their ankles where they cannot remove it and place Amethyst in their room. We are also using essential oils for hand massages and sound therapy. I think this is a very holistic approach to this terminal illness and it’s devastating. When the disease has really progressed there is really nothing else to do, nothing to help. Sometimes medications do not help, they try everything and it doesn’t work. Now we’re going to try this and let’s see how it works. It’s very difficult to have management get involved with this or get support because it’s not widely accepted in medicine, it's still something where they look at you and think this is a kind of witchcraft. [Laughs] Reign In Health: That's incredible they're allowing you to implement crystal therapy into the program! Maria Czesznak: They really can’t say anything, nothing else works. There is really nothing to lose to try, you can only win. "There is really nothing to lose to try, you can only win." Reign In Health: While crystals do not substitute medical treatment, how can crystals benefit someone on their journey in healing? Maria Czesznak: First of all, crystals and any other complimentary medicine/treatment I would not recommend when you have an acute illness, a fracture or when you are really hurt. You have to go and see the doctor. If you have a fractured leg, you go to the emergency, don’t go your naturopathic doctor or crystal healer that's not going to solve the problem. But with other conditions, you work together with your doctor. Crystal healing can help you and support you in the way it can decrease side effects or decrease anxiety, with the help of your doctor you can maybe gradually decrease the medications. I don’t want to say the placebo effect, but many times when people really believe in something, when you really believe your stone is doing magic with you that actually makes a difference. Always work with your healthcare provider. You can discuss with the doctor. I've had people in the family practice that are open minded and try a different approach to help heal themselves. Doctors are accepting. Work with your doctor and be open. "Work with your doctor and be open." Reign In Health: I love how you said crystals gives hope and you can set an intention to help in your healing. Maria Czesznak: I think mainly help and the hope in the healing, that’s what really I find important. Also nobody can say there are no effects in crystals. I know when I’m using my Selenite harmonizers, I feel the tingling in my hands. There is obviously things going on. For people on the street who don’t understand nursing, they don’t understand crystal healing, they don’t understand the message how those can heal me. I don’t even know how I got here honestly. [Laughs] My co-workers are always asking, ”Oh Maria, what do you think?" and "What kind of crystals should I wear for this?". I am always helping them to select bracelets they can pair together. I like this way to work. I like medicine, I love my work and my job but I also like to use other ways to help people, support them and give them peace. Reign In Health: You are a healer, as a healer you use everything possible in healing your clients with every modality. Thank you and your colleagues for the work you do. Maria Czesznak: Thank you. I really hope other nurses are going to feel the same way, start learning about crystals and we all can use for other’s benefit. "I really hope other nurses are going to feel the same way, start learning about crystals and we can all use for other's benefit." Recommended Crystals by Maria Czesznak available at Happy Soul Toronto! Howlite - Alleviates nightmares, calming, sleep aid, dementia Hematite - Calming for the mind, absorbs and transforms negative energy Black Tourmaline - Stress, eliminates negative energy, protective Shungite - Electromagnetic stress, wifi, protective against electromagnetic frequencies Amethyst - Stress, dementia, improves the immune system, sleep aid, healing Clear Quartz - Stress, protects the aura, clears energy, amplifies other crystals Sodalite - Thyroid Interview by Alitzia Tyminski / Reign In Health
Free Crystal Workshop for Social Workers & Frontline Workers!
I was inspired to host a free introductory crystal workshop exclusively for Social Workers & Frontline Workers accommodated by an online guided meditation with Rose Quartz! All healthcare and social service providers welcome! In this workshop you will learn what crystals to use for relaxation, stress relief, energetic protection techniques and how to care for your crystals followed by a crystal guided meditation! When: Wednesday June 23rd at 7pm - 8pm EST via Zoom! Register on Eventbrite! What to expect: -Learn how and why crystals promote relaxation, better sleep, protect against electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and negative energy -Which crystals to work with and bring into your workspace -Crystals for Empaths -Energetic protection techniques -How to cleanse and charge your crystals -Crystal Guided Meditation with Rose Quartz and its healing qualities (bring your own if you have one, not mandatory) -All attendees will receive a free PDF guide to crystals and wellness tips for self-care! About: Alitzia Tyminski has worked in the social services field for 20 years. She is currently working as a frontline worker on various helplines to help people in need across Canada during the pandemic. Alitzia is a certified Holistic Nutritionist (CNP) with a diploma in Applied Holistic Nutrition from The Institute Of Holistic Nutrition and certified Crystal Healer Practitioner (CHP) accredited by Happy Soul Academy in Toronto, Canada.
Pull The Swords Out Of The Heart with Pink Tourmaline
When there is peace in the heart that is when the magic begins. Pink Tourmaline was the favourite crystal of Tzu Hsi, the last Empress of China. Pink Tourmaline helps to mend a broken heart, promote self-love and relates to the Heart chakra and Crown chakra. It helps calm ones emotions in times of distress and heavy emotional pain weighing on the heart. Pink Tourmaline pulls the swords out of the heart and is transformational in one's healing journey. Pink Tourmaline works with grief, trauma, breakups, pain, shame, bankruptcy and loss. Its presence is a moving reminder of self-love and self-care. A powerful crystal pairing for healing heartache and grief is Pink Tourmaline and Snowflake Obsidian. Alitzia is hosting a FREE introductory crystal workshop for Social Workers & Frontline Workers on June 23rd at 7pm EST via Zoom! All healthcare and social service providers welcome! Register on Eventbrite! Photography by Alitzia Tyminski References Cassandra Eason. Healing Crystals. The Ultimate Guide To Over 120 Crystals And Gemstones. New York: Pavilion Books Company, 2020. Pg. 102
Crystals for Your Home Office: Shungite
Like many during the pandemic, I started working remotely from home for the first time. In the last year, I found it to be a challenge to balance my personal time and work being close to home. After taking various crystal workshops with Joey Wargachuk at Happy Soul Academy, I learned about crystals to keep at your desk to minimize stress and create a protective environment to enhance your workday! One of my favourite crystals to consider for your workspace and in a time where many of us are homebound is Shungite. Shungite named after a village in Russia, is a protective and grounding crystal. As a black crystal, shungite supports the root chakra family where it clears blockages and gives a sense of security. Its properties protects and purifies your energy against electromagnetic fields (EMFs). "Shungite absorbs that which is hazardous to health: pesticides, free radicals, bacteria, viruses, EMF, Wi-Fi, microwaves and other emissions." - (Hall, Pg. 9) Grounding crystals: Shungite pyramid, Black Obsidian sphere, raw Black Tourmaline and Smokey Quartz cluster. Shungite is available in various shapes. When a crystal is in pyramid form, energy is directed in a double helix. A shungite pyramid counteracts headaches and eliminates the physiological effects of stress. (Hall, Pg. 10) Another way of using shungite in your life is to invest in a round shungite cell phone sticker to place on your smartphone! When purchasing crystals, you need to ensure your crystals are from a reputable source. You can find Shungite at the following stores in Toronto, Canada! Happy Soul Toronto Shanti Baba Alternative Thinking Geologic Gallery Photography by Alitzia Tyminski References Judy Hall. 101 Power Crystals: The Ultimate Guide To Magical Crystals, Gems And Stones. Fair Winds Press; Illustrated edition (Oct. 1 2011). Pg. 9, 10
Moonlight Desires: DIY Moon Water Bottle
The next full moon is on February 27th, I look forward to every full moon and mark the occasion as a celebrative ritual once a month. This is a simple trick to make your own DIY moon water bottle! You can purchase waterproof moon phase decals from Japan by PurrfectlySticky on Etsy. You can apply the waterproof decals on mason jars, glass candle jars and so on! Glass bottle with cork stopper by Kolya Naturals in Edmonton, Alberta! I charge water under a full moon to use as a facial spray which gives a natural glow to spritz my face throughout the day and over my makeup, water my plants, to hydrate and many other uses! Model: Lusciously Lex Photography: Alitzia Tyminski Studio: Plant Paradise Loft
The John Joseph Discipline Method
John Joseph is an Ironman, Author, Musician, Motivational Speaker and Professional Coach. In 2021, John Joseph launched a kickstart class, 21 Day Crash Course and VIP Individual Coaching! The 'John Joseph Discipline' method is a ten step blueprint designed to transform your life both personally and professionally. I attended the first class of 2021 this past January. John Joseph has been an inspiration and like a mentor in my life. I am always referring to his book, The PMA Effect: How A Positive Mental Attitude Can Make You The Badass You Were Born To Be. Kickstart classes are being offered live via zoom on Fridays February 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th 7:30pm - 9pm EST. A 21 Day Crash Course is also offered held on 3 Wednesdays in February, March and April 2021. You can register and subscribe to the John Joseph Discipline newsletter at johnjosephdiscipline.com Instagram: @johnjosephdiscipline
Xalish Medicines: Protection for Empaths and Earthkeepers
Flower essence for sensitive souls by Xalish Medicines. I discovered Xalish Medicines on Etsy created by Dr. Jacqui Wiilkins, a naturopathic doctor in Ontario. All of her herbal medicines are crafted with care and derived from plants homegrown in her garden. Xalish is Wolf in Ichishkiin (Yakima Language). Protection + Boundaries is a blend of Goldenwort (Hypericum), Agrimony and Yarrow essences infused with Obsidian stone essence from Apsáalooke territory. Obsidian is a protective stone that absorbs and dissolves negativity, anger and criticism. The flower essence is created for people who go into a crowded place and feel overwhelmed and/or anxious, or who gather for family gatherings and feel the unease. Protection Flower essence helps us to not feel drained after working in the healing arts, as teachers, sacred activists, land defenders, counsellors, space holders, parents, doctors, retail clerks, servers, makeup artists, hair dressers etc. Protection offers strong boundary support so that we not over extend ourselves, give too much or take on emotions and feelings that are not ours to carry. Recommended dosage is 3 drops under the tongue, or in a glass of water. Taken 1-3 times a day, for 3 or 7 days in a row. My personal favorites from her shop are the Calming Nervous System Sleep Tincture and herbal tea Glowing Skin + Digestive tea made with Balsam Fir which are currently sold out! When working with herbs, it is always best to check with your health care practitioner. Follow Xalish Medicines on Instagram @among_the_wildflowers http://www.etsy.com/shop/XalishMedicines To find out more information on empaths and strategies to avoid compassion fatigue and burnout, I highly recommend Judith Orloff's The Empath's Survival Guide: Life Strategies For Sensitive People and Thriving As An Empath. Judith Orloff, MD is a psychiatrist and New York Times bestselling author. On her website you can find a 20 Question Self Assessment Test. http://www.drjudithorloff.com https://drjudithorloff.com/quizzes/empath-self-assessment-test/
Looks That Kill: The Art Of Dry Brushing
When I was a student at the Institute Of Holistic Nutrition, I discovered the art of dry brushing! How does dry brushing relate to your health and the environment? Our skin eliminates nearly 1⁄4 of our own toxins every day and creates a new top layer of skin every 24 hours. Dry skin brushing removes the old top layer and lets a clean new layer come to the surface. The skin is one of the five main elimination channels of the body, throwing off about two pounds of toxic material each day in the form of perspiration. The skin has been called the third kidney because of its ability to rid the body of toxic waste. (Jensen, 118) Note the powder that comes off your skin as you brush. These are crystals of uric acid and other dried waste products that came out with perspiration. (Jensen, 118) Dry skin brushing is recommended daily and best done in the morning or evening before a shower or bath at least 3 to 4 times a week. I like to dry brush while watching something on Netflix before a bath which makes it seem more effortless and you can take your time! Skin dry brushing also helps reduce the appearance of cellulite! Toxins are stored in fat and when we dry brush, it helps to eliminate toxins. Other benefits include increased energy, improved circulation and softening of the skin. There are cruelty-free dry brushes such as Hyssop Beauty Apothecary. Others are made with boar hairs. Dry brushes can be found at your local health food store. P. Jenstschura is a German brand that makes an 'energy brush' using fine bronze bristles with copper and zinc. How To Dry Brush by Joy McCarthy, a Holistic Nutritionist and author of Joyous Health & Joyous Detox based in Toronto, Canada. References Dr. Bernard Jensen. Dr. Jensen’s Guide To Better Bowel Care: A Complete Program For Tissue Cleansing Through Bowel Management, Bernard Jensen International: 1999, Pg. 14, 118 Joy McCarthy. Joyous Health: Eat And Live Well Without Dieting. Penguin Group: 2014, Pg. 79 Model: Lusciously Lex Photographer: Alitzia Tyminski Studio: Plant Paradise Loft
Red Hot: Non-Toxic Dry Shampoo
Joy McCarthy is a Holistic Nutritionist from Toronto, Canada. She created a line of non-toxic biodegradable dry shampoos in 2019 for dark and light hair free from artificial fragrance, talc, dyes, parabens and gluten. Complete with legit natural ingredients that include bentonite, cacao powder, rice flour, tapioca and orange seed oil! Many dry shampoos on the market come in an aerosol spray that contain isobutane, butane, fragrance, limonene, linalool, alcohol and propane. For more information regarding the level of harmful effects of toxic ingredients in your everyday products check out the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep Cosmetic Database. When I first tried this, my hair had instant volume without drying my hair out or leaving a white cast over my roots! A little goes a long way and I would rather smell like cacao than chemicals any day. The orange seed oil is subtle. When I rub the mixture between my hands, it washes off instantly without any staining. While it may be pricier than what you find at your local drug store or department store, the benefits outweigh the price. Because of its powder form, the product lasts much longer than an aerosol spray. I have tried and tested this dry shampoo for 4 days in a row! As a result, my hair had no oily residue and consistently had volume as if I walked out of a salon with a fresh blow out! My hair was not sticky or heavily laced with fragrance. I even went to get a blow out with dry shampoo in my hair and the hairstylist was surprised at how there was no residue whatsoever when she washed my hair. I was also sold on this for auburn hair which is harder to find and complementary for all shades of red! First time buyers receive a 10% discount. Joyous Health Dry Shampoo Dark Hair Joyous Health Dry Shampoo Light Hair https://shopjoyoushealth.com/ References Environmental Working Group Skin Deep Database
Combat Maskne with French Clay
Purifying French Clay Mask by Pure + Simple Spa Maskne is acne produced from wearing a face mask. Maskne is a thing and has been trending on Instagram with celebrities and major brands marketing crazy expensive products loaded with toxins that do more damage than good to your skin. My go to is an all natural product; Purifying French Clay Mask by Pure + Simple Spa for $21.95 CDN. This detoxifying mask is great for blemished, oily and acne-prone skin due to its purifying and anti-inflammatory properties. French clay is known to pull out toxins from the skin. I have been using this product for a couple of years now as a spot treatment overnight and LOVE it. Truly magic in a bottle! For spot treatment, this product will last you months and does not dry out your skin. Pure + Simple Spa is an all natural and wellness Canadian spa with locations throughout Ontario. Every product you see on their shelves is free of harmful ingredients like parabens, petrochemicals, silicones, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic fragrances and dyes. Keep your Pure + Simple Spa products once you're done for $1 off your next purchase! They are collecting empties during the pandemic and offering curbside pickup. Vegan, Nut Free www.pureandsimple.ca *You can purchase french clay at your local health food store. *An alternative to french clay is also bentonite clay which can be found at your local health food store. I like to make a mask with bentonite clay which can be found at Alternative Thinking in Toronto. Model: Lusciously Lex Photography: Alitzia Tyminski Studio: Plant Paradise Loft
Get Your Vitamin D On
Hey Canada! Help make Vitamin D available for everyone! Photograph & Video by Walker Jordan Meghan Telpner and Josh Gitalis are Holistic Nutritionists based in Toronto, Canada. Meghan Telpner is the founder of Academy of Culinary Nutrition and author of The Undiet Cookbook: 130 Gluten-Free Recipes For A Healthy Awesome Life and Undiet: Eat Your Way To Vibrant Health. Meghan and Josh host a podcast called Today Is The Day. They have created an initiative called Vitamin D Hub to promote awareness about the benefits of Vitamin D and a need for distribution to vulnerable populations in Canada and globally to be part of the public health policy during the pandemic and beyond. 40% - 75% of the world's population is estimated to be vitamin D deficient. There is a sample letter available for download for Canadians to contact their local Member Of Parliament and City Councillor in Toronto to support this initiative. The Vitamin D Hub is not taking donations directly but have resources available on their website to download and encourage individuals and communities to donate Vitamin D to their local community. Vitamin D is already made available to vulnerable populations in the UK. Scotland and Ireland have been calling on their government to make change recommendations on Vitamin D. Dosage information can be found on their website. www.vitamindhub.com