Alternative Therapies

Rose Quartz

Rose quartz is one of my favorite stones. I have it tucked away in so many corners of my mobile grooming van. 


Rose Quartz is a member of the Quartz family. All quartz is silicon dioxide and it's color comes from traces of iron, manganese, and/or titanium. It has a Mohs hardness of 7, which means you can safely get it wet. It is associated with the Heart Chakra and is a water element. The astrological signs it is paired with are Taurus and Libra.

Rose Quartz is also known as the Love Stone. Its gentle energies help to release stress and tension, as well as dissapates anger. I find that it enriches the calm, spa environment I strive for.

Taking care of Rose Quartz is easy. Once a month I place in on my deck railings under the moonlight. If it gets a little hairy, I rinse under running water.


In addition to larger chunks in the van, I drop small tumbled stones into my gallons of shampoo and conditioner. 

Help Me Choose A Crystal

Your interest is piqued and now you want to buy a couple of crystals and see for yourself. There are many options to buy stones and crystals.

1. Visit your local mineral or new age shop and pick a stone that appeals to you. Hold it in your hand and see if it feels right. Some people like to use a pendulum to "dowse" a stone. Make sure the owner is knowledgeable about stones and buys from reputable sources. I am fortunate that in my area I have several quality shops to choose from. This is my preferred method of purchase.

2. Local gem and mineral shows sponsored by your local gemology society. A listing can be found at Even the major events allow the public to attend. Three listing sites are,, and

3. Online sites. There are many to choose from. The one I buy from is They also have a monthly newsletter and many archived articles on crystals and their healing properties.

Like anything, Buyer Beware. Many stones are similar in appearance and can be innocently mistaken or intentional misled by a retailer. In many cases, only a certified gemologist with thousands of dollars of equipment can truly tell the difference. Examples include: Jade (expensive) and Serpentine (inexpensive), Amber (expensive) and Copal (inexpensive) and yellow plastic (yes, it happens), and Turquoise (expensive) and dyed Howelite ot Magnesite Inexpensive).

Members of the American Gem Trade Association must identify all stones for sale with all that applies from the following list:

1. N - Natural. Stones are not treated in any manner.

2. B - Bleaching. To lighten or remove unwanted gem color.

3. C - Coating. To improve the appearance or add special effects.

4. D - Dyeing. To make it look like another stone or to intensify its natural color.

5. F - Filling. Solidified Borax is a by product of heating and it fills in any cracks.

6. G - Gamma Radiation. Used to alter color.

7. H - Heating. Used to alter color.

8. I - Impregnating. Intentionally filling in cracks with glass, plastic, or ceramic.

9. IMIT or MM. Uses manmade products such as glass, plastic, or ceramic to resemble a natural stone.

10. O - Oiling. Fills in cracks with oil or wax to improve appearance. 

11. R - Radiation. Used to alter color.

12. S - Stabilized. Uses a bonding agent to improve durability and appearance.

13. SYN- Synthetic. Uses manmade materials to replicate the optical, physical, and chemical properties of its counterpart.

14. U - Diffusion. Uses chemicals and/or high heat to create star like inclusions in the stone.

15. W - Waxing. Uses wax or paraffin to improve appearance.

As I make therapeutic jewerly for both pets and people, its important to me that I buy my gemstones beads from a member of AGTA. I look at it like an ingredient list on a shampoo bottle. I can make an informed decision on whether or not I want that particular stone.

So, now that you have bought a couple of pocket stones, how do you care for them. That will be the topic of an upcoming blog.


Why Crystal Therapy Works

When I became involved with crystals, my early conversations were peppered with a lot of "really" and "seriously." I'm pretty sure they were looking around for the hidden camera.

So, why does crystal therapy have merit?

First, there are the physical properties associated with each crystals. Examples include:

1. Clear quartz. It amplifies other forms of energy and is used in laser surgery.

2. Magnetite. It's magnetic properties are used in MRI's (Magnetic Resonance Imaging).

3. Corundum. It's composition is aluminum oxide and is used for microdermabrasion.

Then, there is the scientific principal of entrainment. Entrainment is where the Dominant Resonance (DR) of one object affects the Lesser Resonance (LR) of another object. Remember in grade school when the teacher brought out a couple of tuning forks and placed them around the room. She made one of the tuning forks vibrate and shortly all of them began to vibrate. Another example of entrainment is when the mood of a group changes when a new person enters. That boring party that livens up. Or, on the flip side, the mob now looking for rusty pitchforks.

Crystals have a measureable DR. As they are not subject to environmental factors, it's frequency is stable. Human and animal's DR averages around 7.8Hz. It is not a coincidence that it is also the frequency of the Earth. It's called the Schumann Resonance. Because we are subject to environmental factors such as stress, diet, bacteria, toxins, etc., our frequencies can become unstable and we begin to operate at a LR. 

Choosing the right crystal can help to entrain our LR back to a DR, which allows our bodies to do their jobs and start to heal itself. Crystal Therapy can work in conjunction with traditional medicine. Improving both modalities.

My converstions with my grooming clients, friends, and family have gone from disbelief to "help me choose a crystal.' Which will be the topic of my next blog.

Taking A Different Path

Several years ago I was driving along and was very preoccupied with what was going on in my life. I was having personal issues and my dog, Marcus, was chronically ill and not responding well to traditional veterinary medicine. We couldn't get him stabilized. His medications were increasing every month. His prognosis wasn't looking too good.I found myself in the parking lot of a New Age store near to where I lived. Was always curious about it, but never had the time to stop in. To this day, I don't even remember pulling into the lot. I walked in and right over to the bins of tumbled stones and picked out several that I liked. Kept them in my pocket and in a couple of weeks, I began to notice some very positive changes in my outlook. I googled the stones and found that the metaphysical properties of them corresponded exactly to the changes I was experiencing.That got my attention.

I went back to the store and bought a couple of books and began to experiment with my own dogs and myself. Not my husband though. I'm pretty sure he thought I lost it and was possibly comtemplating some sort of intervention. After a couple of months, Marcus was stabilized. He wasn't getting worse, but maybe all it was we managed to find the right dosage. 

I started to look around for some local people who I could learn from. I was sitting in the kitchen of one of my clients having a cup of coffee like I have been doing for the last 10 years, when I noticed all the rocks and crystals all over her house. Funny that I didn't notice it beforehand. Celia has been awesome. Gave me more books and pointed me in the right direction. Celia -You Rock! (Pun intended). 

In addition to working and networking with some knowledgeable locals, I took two separate crystal certification programs. One of which is recognized by the World Metaphysical Association. Sort of the American Medical Association of the alternate therapy world. From there I went on through all the levels of Reiki to become a Reiki Master. 

Getting back to Marcus. On primarily crystal therapy in conjunction with traditional veterinary mediciene, Marcus not only improved, but thrived. Before he passed away, Marcus no longer needed to take medication for Cushings and his insulin was cut by 25%. My vet was amazed and his staff always ask my opinion on crystals for themselves. My husband went from looking at the pricing for insane asylums to being one of my biggest supporter as I make this transition.  

Right now I am comtemplating continuing education in other alternate therapies. Who knows where this new path will take me.

Himalayan Salt Lamps: Mother Nature's Air Purifiers



What if Mother Nature provided us with a natural way to clean the air around us. All without changing air filters or incurring large electrical bills. Well, she did.


Crystal salt was created millions of years ago when ocean beds dried up. It’s a mineral with an atomic structure that is bound electrically. That means it can change back and forth between a crystalline and liquid state. 


Some lamps use a small 15 watt bulb, others use tea lights. The heat from either attracts moisture in the air and condenses on the lamp.  The ionization process begins and is continual. The molecular formula for crystal salt is NaCl₂ (Sodium Chloride). The Sodium and Chloride ions split and since there are more negatively charged chloride ions, the air is negatively charged. This negatively charged air attracts the positively charged dust particles, allergens, bacteria, virus, smoke, pollutants and EMF’s. Electro Magnetic Fields are given off by our electronic equipment such as computers and TVs. Excessive EMF causes insomnia, nervousness, poor concentration and stress to our immune systems. These neutralized pollutants are heavier than the air and fall to the ground. Ozone air cleaners work on the same principal, but without pumping harmful ozone in our environments.


When choosing a lamp, make sure it is a Himalayan Salt Lamp. These crystals come from the Himalayan Mountains and contain therapeutic trace minerals. There are man made versions that imitate the look, but not the effects. They range in color from pink to orange to reddish. The redder it is, the higher the trace mineral content is. 


I have three lamps. A small one that sits near my bed. The body heals itself more effectively while sleeping. My lungs are under stress from grooming and from both indoor and outdoor pollution. A medium size one is in my mobile grooming van. It helps to eliminate odors, dander, bacteria and viruses. I keep a large one in my home office. It sits near my computer. It removes EMF’s, which helps my concentration and creativity.


Over time, they do not lose their color, shape, size or ionizing abilities. They are already millions of years old and will last another million. The only thing that ever needs to be replaced is the 15 watt bulb or the tea light. 


Thanks Mom.


The Effect of Music on Pets in the Grooming Salon

Dogs and cats are very sensitive creatures. By that, I don’t mean that they are touchy-feely, “let’s talk about our feelings” kind of sensitive. I mean that they are very much in tune to their surroundings, which in turn affects their pysche. The environment you create for them can mean the difference between a well behaved pet and one constantly on the defensive.


Sound therapy, Vibrational therapy, Music therapy, and Entrainment are all different words for the same concept:  that the right music can truly soothe the savage beast.


Music therapy has ancient origins. Australian Aborigines and Native American Indians used sound to heal from within in their sacred ceremonies. The priest’s of ancient Egypt used vowel sounds to balance chakras. Chakras are energy centers located throughout all living creatures. Everyone has seven major ones located along the axis of their bodies. The Tibetans still use bells, chimes, bowls, and chanting, during their spiritual meditations and practices.


Music therapy has modern applications as well. It’s used in hospitals for pain management, labor and delivery, neonatal care, pediatrics, oncology, physical rehabilitation, and pyschotherapy. It is also used with Alzheimer patients and to break up kidney stones. Music therapy is used in zoos to calm agitated animals and in dairy farms to increase milk output.


What exactly is music therapy? Music therapy is based on the premise that everything in life has a corresponding musical note or vibrational level. Some of this is instinctive knowledge. For instance, you already know that you can identify someone over the phone by the sound of their voice. Our understanding goes deeper than that, however.  Nanotechnologists at UCLA discovered that the sound of yeast cells differ from that of mammalian cells. A black hole in the heart of the Perseus galaxy cluster was recorded at 57 octaves below middle C in the note of B flat. A healthy heart vibrates at F. The earth itself “hums” at 7.8 Hz, which by the way is the vibration of the alpha waves of our brains. 


How does this all relate to pets? While we hear in the 200 to 20,000 Hz range, dogs and cats can hear up to 200,000 Hz. Hence, they are far more sensitive to music than we are. Playing music that puts us in a good mood may only agitate the pet in your care, and nobody wins when they are agitated. You are more likely to get bit or scratched. They are more likely to succumb to stress related injuries.


The music I play all day long in my mobile grooming van is a CD by Stephen Halpern titled Chakra Suite. Half the tracks play music in the note individually associated with each one of the seven major Chakras. The other half plays music in sequential notes relating to the chakra system as a whole. As stress can impede the flow of energy, the note corresponding to each Chakra energy point opens the clogged channel. If the energy can flow, the pet is better able to utilize its coping mechanisms resulting in a calmer animal.


I love music that keeps me bopping in the truck, but I didn’t make the connection between stressed animals and fast, energetic music until I started playing “Chakra Suite.” Now not only are clients calmer, MY coping mechanisms have improved. Life’s little annoyances don’t seem to bother me as much.  You can find this CD at