In recent years, more and more Americans have begun looking toward complementary and alternative medicinal techniques. These have been mainly used in conjunction with modern Western medicine, and they can include everything from acupuncture to healing crystals.
Many of these techniques actually originate from ancient religions and cultures, but they have been updated to accommodate the changing times and the scientific discoveries we make year after year. At WTHN, we believe that ancient physicians were definitely on to something, so we strive to give their tried and true methods a modern, scientific twist.
We’re going to explore the meanings and uses of rose quartz, both in its traditional position as a healing crystal with magical, healing aspects, and in its modern version as a beautiful gemstone which can be utilized in beauty routines for all skin types. We also want to shine a light on how spirituality and mindfulness go hand in hand, which allows you to breathe, destress, and let your body’s natural functions flourish within the mindful presence of this precious gemstone.
Meaning and Healing Properties
Traditionally, crystals were said to have healing properties for the mind, body, and soul. Religions like Hinduism and Buddhism have early records of the meanings and uses of various gemstones when it comes to ensuring someone’s well being, and those properties are still well-known today. It was believed that by wearing these stones, you would allow your soul to resonate with them and to absorb peace, prosperity, love, or whatever the stone’s aura called for, in your day-to-day living.
For rose quartz, as you might have guessed based on its color and name, it’s all about the love, from other people, for yourself, and from the universe at large. Rose quartz is said to restore harmony to turbulent relationships and to provide calm and comfort in times of grief.
Gemstone meanings can sometimes vary across cultures, but using those stones for beauty and wellness are universally recognized benefits.
One of those is that gemstones, like all stones, don’t absorb your body’s natural warmth. This can make them a great addition when you want to cool things down and soothe reddened or irritated skin. It’s gentler than an ice cube, but still much colder than a plastic or metal tool and much less likely to break than a glass one.
Additionally, researchers have found that using crystals for their healing properties in addition to other meditation practices is an amazing form of self-care which can help support the relief of tension, stress, and exhaustion.
Regardless of what you believe about these stones, you can’t deny the tangible benefits they provide when it comes to supporting the reduction of stress on your body and their natural ability to help heal.
Rose Quartz Uses
Aside from spiritual uses within healing and meditation, rose quartz is also an excellent tool in beauty and self-care.
Rose quartz that has been formed into an eye mask can work wonders for both beauty and promoting feelings of peace and harmony after a long day.
The cooling effects of a rose quartz eye mask can help to reduce puffiness, brighten dark circles, soothe eye strain, and help relieve sinus pressure -- storing in the fridge can help enhance these effects.
These eye masks can be combined with a serum, eye cream, facial sheet, or face oil routine to help your skin better absorb the product, not to mention the crystal’s energy working to help you unwind during your self-care time.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has incorporated a form of small, gentle face rollers which are usually made of a gemstone like rose quartz.
The rolling technique is simple and helps to reduce the appearance of facial puffiness as well as those dark circles, which often stem from burning the candle at both ends. Like all skin stimulation, facial rollers can also help to support circulation in a gentle way that doesn’t irritate sensitive skin.
Gua sha is another technique from Traditional Chinese Medicine that works to support healthy circulation. Gua sha works by running a gentle scraper over the skin to help stimulate the blood vessels to support pain relief and relieve tension in the muscles. The massaging tool is used to work out the kinks in your muscles and to invigorate your skin by supporting active blood flow.
This soothing process also supports your body’s natural healing processes and facilitates some much-needed rest and relaxation. A stone like rose quartz works especially well because of its natural coolness and calming effects.
Gua sha can be performed on both your torso and extremities, which means this well-rounded technique can soothe any place where your body aches. Although normally performed by a licensed professional, WTHN offers a gua sha kit to let you bring this powerful detoxing technique to the comfort of your own home with a rose quartz scraper.
You can use the kit as part of your daily facial cleansing routine or save it for the occasional pampering session; the choice is yours!
Just be sure to be gentle on your face. Remember, you want to relax, unwind, and rejuvenate during this process, so it definitely shouldn’t be uncomfortable or painful. If you scrape too hard, you may end up with redness or swelling, so simply use a light touch to relieve any head and neck tension.
Whether you’re using it to soothe some discomfort or because you just want to stay healthy and glowing, gua sha, and most alternative medicine techniques, are effective because they are preventative as well as curative.
Rose quartz might mean something special for you based on your life experiences and cultural traditions, but, despite its romantic origins, it’s mainly used now for beauty practices and to support healthy circulation and skin stimulation.
Every year, more and more people are discovering how Traditional Chinese Medicine can be incorporated into their day to day to bring health, happiness, and productivity into their lives. It’s times like these, especially during a global pandemic, when we most need as many ways to relax and rejuvenate our bodies and minds as possible.
Here at WTHN, we support that quest for healthy living, and encourage you to take the first step toward better wellness, whether through beauty, herbal remedies, or even acupuncture!