We all know how awesome gemstones are, as I've gone over them before in other posts. But have you ever thought of using essential oils for your craft?

Essential oils are an awesome way of using herbs in your craft without actually using the herb itself. You can dress candles, diffuse, and even make awesome bath magic spells with essential oils!

Certain oils are even commonly known to aid with natural healing and relieve symptoms of hard-to-live-with diseases, like cancer and Alzheimer's.

Today we're talking to  Melissa from Inspired Designs about how she started using essential oils and natural crystals and what they've done for her. Let's get started!

Photos courtesy of Melissa Woods and Inspired Designs


Melissa discovered the magic of combining gemstones and essential oils when her daughter got incredibly sick.

POTS (or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) happens when your "heart rate increases 30 beats/minute, or over 120 bpm. within the first few minutes of standing up". In children and teens, the increase can even be up to 40 beats/minute.

Melissa explains her story with this diagnosis here:

My 15-year-old daughter was diagnosed with POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome) and has a small leak in one of her heart valves in 2015 and a year later she was diagnosed with hypermobile EDS (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome). She was missing a lot of school due to fatigue, dizziness, headaches, exhaustion, fainting spells and having an extremely difficult time in school because it also causes brain fog.

She got to the point where she began passing out with no warning 2 to 3 times a day and it just wasn't safe for her to go to public school. We had to find something to help her with these symptoms other than just relying on medications because they just weren't helping.

I am a big believer in natural products, so after researching and talking to other parents of POTS patients, they were having good results using Essential Oils. A friend of mine was having a holiday open house for Essential Oils and wanted me to be part of it. After discussing what I should make, we decided that natural gemstones would go perfectly with the oils since they are both natural healers. As I was researching the gemstones, I came across the lava stones and thought that would be a great way to not only keep your oils close, but the stones and oils would work perfectly together.

While my daughter isn't back to school yet, we are in hopes that she will be next year. She has noticed a difference in not only using the oils, but the combination of them helps her to not be as dizzy and fatigued.

With each of her items, Melissa uses a combination of stones to produce healing and cleansing effects for the wearer.

For instance, her Yoga Gemstone Bracelet contains rose quartz, hematite, black obsidian, and black lava stone. You have a combination of protective stones with the black lava stone and obsidian while the rose quartz balances your Heart chakra. She effectively found a way to repel negative energy and take in all the positive in both your body and the bracelet.

Plus this bracelet, along with the Love Stone Bracelet and many others on her shop, allow you to add essential oils to it. If you place a drop or two on a lava stone it will be absorbed and the scent and effects last all day.

So if you wanted to increase the power of the Heart Chakra, just add a couple drops of rose oil or grapefruit oil in the beads and go on with your day with an extra boost.

How cool is that?

I, for one, didn't know that lava stones could absorb essential oils like that. This opens up so many possibilities for everyday magic with oils! My head is bursting!

Not only does it boost someone who's healthy, but having a wearable diffuser can help someone with POTS, like Melissa's daughter, with the imbalances in their body.

Lavender, a naturally calming and cleansing herb, can be used for people with POTS to calm their heart rate. That's why even using lavender-infused Epsom salts in a bath can help tremendously with aromatherapy while balancing your magnesium levels out at the same time.

Peppermint or Spearmint oil helps with headaches and dizziness when inhaled or applied directly to the chest or forehead.

When combined with other therapies, like acupuncture, massage, or physical therapy, you can have some symptom relief and improve your chances of recovery.

I'm so very glad that Melissa was able to find a solution for her daughter's diagnosis; sending all the healing vibes and wishes her way!

If you want to check out Melissa's shop, you can do that right here. She's offering a 10% coupon to anyone who uses the coupon code MODRONLOTUS10 at checkout.

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