I began receiving stone medicine when I was a child–although I had no idea that’s what was happening. Rocks, minerals, gems, crystals, stones…these?gifts from Mother Earth became my earliest more-than-just-a-hobby passion back when I was about 10 years old. We had a geology unit in my 5th grade science class, and my teacher laid out stone specimens on our desks and we got to walk around and examine them, and I just fell in love. I loved them all–igneous, metamorphic, sedimentary rocks…fossils, amber, petrified wood…they all became my “friends,” and I remember spending afternoons at a local rock shop just oohing and aahing over their stones, and saving up my allowance to add pieces to my growing collection.
My childhood home had a glass display cabinet built into the wall at the base of the staircase, so whenever I’d come downstairs first thing in the morning, my stones would greet me, and that made me happy. Whenever I felt sad, sick, or stressed, I’d instinctively peer into one or just hold it, and I’d feel better. To this day, I still have many of those stones I started collecting during that 5th grade science unit.
Much later on, when I was pregnant with my older daughter, I took a gemology course as my “pregnancy” project. I’ll admit it–I kind of got addicted to Jewelry Television, and started buying parcels of loose gems. I made jewelry out of some, but still have trays of them that I haven’t identified yet, though I bought all the equipment necessary to do so.
What can I say? When I go into a hobby, I go all in. Anyone who’s seen my rock collection, polymer clay collection, yarn stash, or apothecary cabinet will attest to that. But rocks were my first love, and to this day, they’re one my greatest, and I find ways to incorporate them into my daily life, whether it’s sleeping with them under my pillow, using?gemstone elixirs in my skincare products, or just surrounding myself with them so I can see them when I work.
Stones are powerful healers.
Stone medicine may seem unfamiliar to you, but it’s as old as the Earth, and as Sarah Thomas, my guest on today’s podcast interview will tell you, its wisdom even predates the Earth. And just like other ancient healing modalities like Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda, and herbalism have seen a strong resurgence here in the western hemisphere, stone medicine has also grown in popularity. We find stones incorporated in spiritual healing circles, sold in health food stores right alongside the organic produce and homeopathic remedies, and in the past year we’ve seen a huge increase in the presence of stones in spas.
Some of the more holistically minded product lines have introduced products and protocols utilizing gemstones and stone elixirs, and I’ve even seen main stage lectures about stones and skincare at spa conferences. Jade rollers and gua sha are particularly popular, as well as water pitchers with gemstones in the glass.
I even teach how to make and utilize gemstone elixirs in the bonus module of my online course, Create Your Skincare–that’s how strongly I feel about it!
How does stone medicine work on the skin?
I initially believed that gemstones and gemstone elixirs work on the energetic levels of the body, rather than the physical, similar to how plants do. However when I last attended the Midatlantic Women’s Herbal Conference, I attended a stone medicine seminar with Sarah Thomas, where I learned how they can also affect one’s health physically.
In fact, Sarah taught that one stone in particular, ocean jasper, is known to have adaptogenic properties on the body, meaning it helps it adapt to stress more effectively, similar to how an herb like ashwagandha or holy basil would work. That intrigued me, and to be honest, Sarah’s whole class kind of blew my mind.
As you’ll notice in our interview, Sarah teaches from a very spiritual place, as well as from science (we actually talked about some elements on the periodic chart), and I probably said the words “fascinating” and “mind-blowing” too many times. I think you’ll agree!
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What did I tell you? Mind blown, right? My two favorite parts of the interview were:
- Sarah’s metaphor of a desperate leprechaun holding vacuums to describe how fluorite helps protect you from other people’s energy at 12:50 (which I was excited to then compare to free radicals at 15:05), and…
- Sarah’s very simple clear skin apache tears elixir remedy, which she describes at 16:30.
There are many other “gems” (yeah I just did that) in the whole interview, including how to find the best stones for you, how to know how to use them, how to clear them before use, and more. I’d love to know what your favorite part was. Tell me in the comments below!
About Sarah Thomas:
Sarah Thomas, BS, MAc., LAc., Dipl. Ac. is a licensed acupuncturist and owns Clarity Acupuncture in Asheville, North Carolina. She earned her Masters in Acupuncture from Maryland University of Integrative Health.
Sarah studies extensively with Jeffrey C. Yuen and other master healers and has been steeped in stone and crystal medicine, clinically and academically, for several years. She developed North Carolina’s first Studies in Mineral Healing Program at Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism, teaches yearly national earth and herbal conferences, certifies “stonalists” in a yearly intensives, and leads rockhounding trips for the public into the ancient Blue Ridge Mountains. Her Tao is to assist in the dissemination of the vast knowledge and uncharted potentials of healing with stones.
Connect with Sarah online at www.claritystonemedicine.com, and on Instagram at @claritystonemedicine.