Welcome to the family, Elm!

Star Riparetti6 comments

The Making of the Elm Essence

Years ago I received guidance to make the 37 Bach Essences in a 24 karat gold crystal bowl. I have been working on this project for the past 5 years, and I have now made 27 of the 37 Golden Bach essences, the Goldies. Each one has magic and grace that surround the making and the adventure of finding them in their moment of bloom continues.

I am SO HAPPY to announce the ELM essence!


I have been looking to make the Elm essence since I began making the Golden Bach essences in 2013. I thought Elm would be the easy one. Elm trees grow in many places and they are easy to recognize, at least they are when they are fully green and leafy. I stalked a couple of Elm trees in Santa Barbara but they weren’t in good locations to make an essence and I never found them in bloom.

In 2016 I moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas and after quite a while I discovered that there was an Elm tree right there in my yard all along!!!

The Elm tree in my yard is very tall and the branches are high above the ground. In early spring last year I kept looking to see if it was in bloom. Of course, I didn’t know what to look for to identify that it was in bloom and I missed that *very critical* MOMENT OF BLOOM.

After researching, I learned that the bloom comes out before the leaf, it’s tiny, and it doesn’t stick around for long. This year, as the time approached, I was wondering, “would I be able to use my tree - or would I have to find another Elm?” The branches on my tree are so high I wasn’t sure I would be able to tell when it was budding. I kept looking up at the Elm and watching for signs of bloom but didn’t see any. 

One day, I went with a friend and neighbor to the garden show in Little Rock and we were gone all day. When I got home I was tired and the sun was beginning to set but all of the sudden I knew I wanted to show my friend the Elm tree. We walked to my backyard and instantly we both realized that there was a good chance that tree was beginning to bloom. The tree is so tall it was hard to tell for sure.

As she turned to go home I heard water running. There was a broken water pipe and my garage was flooding. If that Elm hadn’t called me to bring my friend to the back yard I never would have known this was happening. We got the water turned off and the leak fixed - but still, after hearing the gushing water and seeing my flooded garage I was feeling a sense of “overwhelm.”

The next day, we returned to the elm and it WAS in bloom! I made the Elm essence, with the help of two friends, Mark and Stephanie, and of course, one of the Elm essence’s gifts is to help with feeling overwhelmed… : ) 

It was March when this happened and there had been over 24 inches of rain in Hot Springs in a short amount of time with very few sunny days. On the day we discovered the blooms, the rain unexpectedly cleared and the skies opened up to the sun, we looked up and saw the Elm blossoms.

With the branches being so far off the ground, I had no idea how I was going to reach the blossoms. With a ladder Mark was able to throw a rope around a branch and bring it down for us to reach. With Stephanie’s help, we got the blossoms cut directly into the golden bowl. 

What could have been hard was graceful and easy.

It was another miracle… which the making of every essence is. Every single one of them has a story. That moment of bloom, and the perfection of it. It is all wonderful validation for me, that I continue to be on my right path.

The gifts of the Elm are:

Confidence, Ability to Cope, Strength, Capability, and up for the Magnitude of the Task.

Take charge and get it done. Follow one’s calling and ability to face the immensity of the job, to take great responsibility.

Able to deal with pressure and expectation. Some of the big things we are being called to do to take us to the next level takes a lot of energy and focus. It can almost feel like we’ve undertaken too much. Elm helps us be up for the job. Restores strength and ability to cope.

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Here comes the Lady Slipper

Star Riparetti

I am in continuous gratitude for being guided to Hot Springs for this phase of my life and this phase of the essences. The activated crystalline world here is catapulting me into what feels like even higher realms.

Last summer a sweet neighbor brought me a gift of a native Arkansas wild orchid ~ the Lady Slipper. I was in awe. In my astonishment I asked her about it and she said she had them growing in her yard. We then talked about the Star Essence orchid essences and she said I could use any of her Lady Slippers if I wanted to make an essence. Every part of my body said YES. As usual, everything that could go right, went right, and I made the Lady Slipper Essence. It’s taken this long to release it, and now it is ready.

lady slipper essence

There are new templates and codes in the crystalline grid (see description below) that we just ignited during this last series of eclipses. This essence helps to connect to the codes that are available now.

What is a Crystalline Grid? This is the term used to describe the grid like matrix of high frequency energy that is part of the Earth's new energetic architecture. Its pathways form a giant meridian system for the planet and are encoded with the divine design for humanities transition into a highly advanced multidimensional interface. We can use this grid as a spiritual “telecommunications system” to connect etherically and telepathically, to the higher consciousness of all humans.

Our collective frequency is now high enough to recognize the frequencies of this powerful essence. Using this essence can help to create more connection and enhance kindness.

The Lady Slipper essence is called Hypothalamus Moderator. It will help to energetically activate the hypothalamus gland to a new octave. The hypothalamus is a bridge from the etheric and spiritual world to the physical and has many functions. Oxytocin is produced in the hypothalamus and released through the pituitary. It helps lower the levels of cortisol (a stress hormone) that courses through our brain and also regulates sleep. When it is in balance it helps increase tolerance to pain which aids in pain management. When the hypothalamus is in balance, emotional upsets can be also be handled more gracefully.

Create a nexus ~ combine the pineal and pituitary essences with the hypothalamus essence.

lady slipper trilogy

Pineal Light Infusion (Andean Orchid) | Pituitary Master, (Santa Barbara Orchid) | Hypothalamus Moderator (Arkansas Orchid)

Using the three essences and activating these glands will create a sacred communion and an alliance with ourselves. There is increased connection to the divine ~ expanded consciousness. As these glands reunite, there is a supreme potential for rejuvenation energy. That reunification will allow more light from the universe to spiral into us.

Healthy functioning of endocrine glands are vital to existence of life. They carry healing and constructive energies that are the very creative forces that provide a key to our wellbeing. The communication begins at the hypothalamus then goes to the pineal and pituitary. These essences will help to awaken and strengthen these glands.

We can remain grounded, with both feet planted on the earth and recharge these glands that are connecting us to the crystalline grid. This could help us to become more youthful. It can also help to reverse aging. We can instruct the glands to replicate the compositions of hormones and other neurochemicals that they produced at an earlier time in our lives and to activate our full strands of DNA.

The vibration of these three essences used together will signal activity in the higher aspects of our brain, the sacred chambers. They can also activate the DNA codes of awakening which will accelerate our spiritual process. Using these essences together will prepare us to work with the new high frequencies.

Taking these essences will help us to transform and influence the multitudes, as we transform ourselves. Through this coherence we can create a massive harmonic resonant field. It is time to activate this field where there is peace and harmony for everyone. Taking them all can also increase our perception of color, light and sound.

We will notice new positive perceptions of our inner and outer worlds. We begin to establish a new program in our bodies.

The energies of these glands work in tandem with the energy vortexes - the chakras. When they are working together they provide the neural pathways and conduits to increase our communication with the higher realms. The glands activate our ability to access our multidimensional and higher realms of consciousness  

With our shift in awareness and vibration, we become more powerful and capable of fulfilling our higher purpose.

I recommend you check in with your own divine director as to how to take them. I have been taking the pineal essence off and on since I made it. Occasionally I will do a personal ceremony with the pineal, pituitary and the selenite as a bridge, to create the sacred marriage in the brain.

Now there is this new powerful addition - the Hypothalamus Moderator. I am taking it on its own for awhile, and then I will connect it with the Pineal Light Infusion and the Pituitary Master, plus the Selenite. I’m feeling that the addition of the Gold essence would be useful. I will be interested to hear about any information that you receive. We can help each other. We each have pieces of the puzzle. This is a new frontier.  

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The Making of Hornbeam, A Golden Bach

Star Riparetti

I knew Hornbeam grew in Arkansas, and in my area. I had checked with many sources. Both books, and those knowledgeable about Arkansas trees. Looking for this tree (and some other Bach remedies) motivated me to join the Arkansas Native plant society, as well as taking the Arkansas Master Naturalist course. I was searching and searching. I took hikes, and found them, just not in bloom, or not in perfect bloom.

Then one day a friend who had been helping with the search said he thought that he had seen the tree at my dear friends Kayse and Gary's house, who lives right down the street from me. Ahhhhh - could it be that easy? Yes! Another case of everything that could go right, went right. It was growing right in front of their home, and it was in full glorious bloom.  



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The Making of Holly, A Golden Bach

Star Riparetti

March 12th, 2017

Holly. It has my attention. They are growing all over town. I’ve been looking at them for weeks. There is one in my yard the size of a small tree that I have been loving, as well as every other holly I see around town. Especially since it is one of the few things that has stayed green during the winter. The one in my yard has been calling me to come look at it - sometimes several times a day.

And then, in the midst of a morning full moon meditation the message was: today’s the day. Everything was perfect, and (of course) everything that could go right went right. The day after a nice rain, so everything is clean and pure and the sun is out. Fully. And it’s all about LOVE. How perfect. It brings us more into our hearts, which is always useful. 


(Can you see the hearts!)

The Golden Bach’s hold new energetic light codes. Their DNA structure is advanced. They hold a new level of light and nourishment for us. They feed our new physical light bodies.

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She Will Always Remain the MAGIC in my HEART

Aanjelae Rhoads4 comments
To know her was to love her, and so many people did. It’s the end of an era.

R.I.P. Magic Heart
After 20 plus years of service my dear, sweet kitty Magic Heart has gone to kitty heaven, where she is a big time kitty goddess angel.

This is a cat who had more than 9 lives. She had flower essences nearly every day of her long life.

For many years she hung out during the day in the Star Essence office where the office angels would let her have the run of the place, and usually have a special cup on one of their  desks with water and essences in it just for for Magic Heart. I also had a glass for her on my counter.

You could often find MH in someones lap. Here she is with Harry - my dear friend that also made his transition to the realms of the angels recently. I know he loved her as well. In spite of how vocal she was, and even when she (accidentally) scratched him.

My dear friend and personal chiropractor Dr. Margarita said “Oh sweet healing cat, most vocal one, MAGIC HEART… so good you were with your family… she was an amazing little being. I loved how she helped me during sessions." She would often jump on the table when Dr. Margarita was working at the office.
My friend Julie helped me bring her, and my other kitty (Inca) across the country from Santa Barbara to Hot Springs, Arkansas. We drove straight through, on account of the cats. They hadn’t met each other (Inca lived on the ChaskaNorte land and Magic Heart lived in town).
They each thought they were only cats, so it made for an interesting ride that Julie deemed one of her top “burn your underwear” trips. We felt if we stopped at a motel and let Inca out, we would never get her back - so we opted not to stop. 

Here is a photo of Magic Heart and Inca. Inca waiting patiently for Magic Heart to move away from her (Inca’s) food.  

Right around November 11th (11:11), Magic Heart didn’t eat for about 3 days (and she had become a 3 can a day girl). My friend Kayse and I even did last rites for her out on Lake Ouachita - then she rallied. I feel she felt my fear of finding her deceased. I never wanted her to be in pain (and I don’t think she was) and I never wanted to have to make the decision to put her down. I’m sure she knew that, and chose to leave while I was absent. While she was in the care of sweet neighbors who took care of everything, and I was with my human family.
Dear Magic Heart made a peaceful transition while I was gone for Thanksgiving, and my kind friend and neighbor Stephanie was taking care of her. We had spoken about the possibility of her passing, even though she seemed to be doing well, so Stephanie was somewhat prepared.
While I feel a deep sadness, I also feel relief, as I knew she was nearing the end of this assignment. I know she is doing big time good and fun things in kitty heaven.
So many of you who visited the office on Yanonali or took classes there, met her. I feel her presence still very strongly.  Every time I walk in the door and she isn’t here to greet me. The things about her I took for granted. And she was, indeed, on of the most talkative kitties ever. VERY opinionated and high profile.
As I sit here writing, Magic Heart has become very present. She has been around a lot recently. Every time I come home and open the door - she seems to be there. Often in the kitchen I find myself almost stepping over her. Now, she is talking to me about enjoying all of the essences I used with her. Most recently I was using Happy Pet, because it has Balance and Stability and Faith and Courage in it. It was my previous cat (Lilac) who wanted that formula, and I so created the Happy Pet constellation. It’s like a pet rescue remedy, and covers a lot of bases. I sprayed the Happy Pet Spray all over and around Magic Heart's bed, especially in the final weeks, and it kept that frequency sweet. At her end times, she spent a lot of time there. I put the Happy Pet drops in her water, and on my hands sometimes when I was holding her and petting her.
All of the animal formulas that I made after Happy Pet came from necessity, for Magic Heart. They are the only “medications” of any kind she had after I got her (except for an occasional over the counter flea treatment). My granddaughters gave her to me for Christmas, and she did have her baby kitty shots.
Magic Heart is letting me know she is going help me expand our essences for animals. They even helped her when she had a stroke (yes, she had so many lives). What we have so far for animals in addition to our Happy Pet, is our Kidney Formula which were both birthed to help Magic Heart. When she was sick and I checked on the internet, she had classic symptoms. When I was looking at the medications offered, the ones that resonated most were the homeopathic ones. Then Magic Heart would tell me to make her up a flower and gemstone remedy, so I did, and they worked.
Magic Heart had a long, loving life. I miss her.

Another dear friend and neighbor, Veronica,  gave me this poem:

Thanks for giving me the good life of being your little cat.
For all the years of a purrrrrrrfect life, and so much more than that.
A new life now, we’ll live, both you and I, and never will we part,
because my Love will remain
The Magic in your Heart

Photos shared by our beloved office angels from the Santa Barbara Office: 

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Bring your garden to life with flower essences

Brandy Oswald

Plant love

Spring has officially sprung! It’s that time of year when many of us lace up our boots, grab our gloves, and take to the backyard to begin work on our gardens. We rake and dig and plant, hoping to be snacking on our favorite veggies in just a few short weeks. For many, it’s also a time to start prepping the vibrant floral gardens that will greet us in the height of summer. Ahh, what a beautiful time of year!

Sometimes though, despite our best efforts, things don’t go according to plan. Certain crops don’t come in as intended. Some years your favorite flower might never let you peek at its radiant petals. This year, doesn’t have to be like that. Here at Star Essence, we’re bringing you a whole lotta plant love in the form of, well, our beloved Plant Love essence blend.

Whether you’re looking for essence support from germination to cultivation, or simply looking to revive a not-so-healthy plant - this blend was made for you (and your gardens too!).

Infuse your garden with life and love this spring with the help of our Plant Love essence blend. Plant Love is a unique formula of essences that act as soul food for plants, helping healthy plants thrive and not-so-healthy plants bounce back to life.

Plant Love essence blend features:
  • Anchoring Light for groundedness and planetary light work
  • Nature Communion for heightened connection to the natural world and increased fertility
  • One Heart for unity, high frequency, and love
  • Be Nurtured as a plant-based mother’s milk offering loving support and nurturing
  • Willow  for easy adaptability
  • Emerald for physical strength and health
  • 24k Gold for immunity and strength
  • Poppy Jasper for a deeper connection to earth and animal energies


How to use Plant Love in your garden:

Option 1 - Put 3 drops in a triangle around the plant, a Plant Love trilogy of sorts.

Option 2 - Add 3 drops of Plant Love in the shape of a triangle to a bucket of water, along with any other plant nutrients you wish to use, and stir 11 times in an infinity (8) pattern.

Option 3 - Add Plant Love drops to the water of your cut flowers. They will love it!

Option 4 - Use Plant Love throughout the seed germinating process

For general plant health, use once a week. If the plant is ailing it might want the energetic plant elixir more often - every other day, or perhaps even more frequently.

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Spring Cleaning - Powerful ways to ditch negative energy this spring

Brandy Oswald

spring cleaning

Growing up the change from winter to spring was also met by many changes right at home. It was the time of year when my mother would scurry around the house to perform her yearly spring cleaning. Winter sweaters and jackets were placed in tote bins and moved back down to the basement. Thick, heavy drapes were replaced with bright, sheer linens. Cabinets were cleared and closets were cleaned, oh were the closets cleaned!

As a household we lightened our load every spring. As the heavy clothes retreated to the basement and the mountain of clothes that no longer fit were donated to Goodwill, our physical load lightened - and so did our family energy. Suddenly, life seemed lighter, brighter, and full of ease. Any dark, negative energy lingering from the dark winter days was swept away along with the rock salt on the boot trays.

Now that it is officially spring, I’ve been thinking - What does spring cleaning look like for me?

The truth is that I crave simplicity, which is why I don’t have many excess things at home. For this reason, spring cleaning doesn’t necessarily look like a complete closest reassessment. Instead, spring cleaning for me is more about reevaluating the energies in my life. It is becoming intentional about which energies no longer fit and letting them go. It is also about recognizing which energies feel really wonderful and allowing them to move to the front of the energy closet, so to speak.

This year, spring cleaning for me is less of a closet conundrum and more of an energetic evaluation. If you’re looking to trade the closet redesign for an energetic overhaul, Star Essence has a few powerful essence blends to guide your spring cleaning.

Reach for our Shield of Light essence blend to enhance harmonic frequencies around you so that nothing disruptive can enter your field. This one is especially beneficial when visiting places with potentially harsh energy where one desires to be of service without being adversely affected.

Looking for an elixir of light this spring? Vortex of Harmony is for you. This essence blend supports the matrix of light within and around us to keep our vibration aligned with peace, well-being, and the highest good. This formula promotes an elevation of thoughts to move us out of fear and negativity and into higher vibrations. Vortex of Harmony also offers protection from outside influences and supports remaining in balance as external occurrences take place.

Get creative with your spring cleaning

Of course you can take these essences orally, which is the most traditional way to use them. However, it can be fun to get creative and use the essences in new and exciting ways this spring. Try adding Shield of Light and Vortex of Harmony to your favorite room sprays to clear negative energy while you clear unwanted odors. Place a few drops of essences in cleaning solutions to simultaneously eliminate germs and negative energy. One of my favorites is to add essences to bathwater and soak in a warm pool of positive vibes!

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Staff Picks - Top 5 Flower Essences for Spring

Brandy Oswald

Lilac Flower EssenceIt’s official - Spring has sprung! Despite having lived in the northeast region of the United States for my entire life, I have never grown fond of the chilly, dark winters. Throughout the winter months you can find me daydreaming of barefeet, beach days, and warm sunshine on my skin. Each year as spring arrives I notice my energy begins to shift. Optimism, joy, and a rekindled connection to nature flow back into my life. 

As we move into one of my favorite times of year, I am excited to bring you my Staff Picks - a round-up of my favorite flower essences for spring. It’s all about letting go of darkness and moving into the joyful light of spring. Are you ready? I know I am! 

Brandy’s Staff Picks - Top 5 Flower Essences for Spring


1. Complete with the Past 

What happens in winter, stays in winter? Not quite, but with our Complete with the Past lilac flower essence you can leave winter behind you, while embracing a balanced connection with your past. This is also a great essence for slowing down and taking it easy. Yes, please! 

2. Nature Communion

In truth this Andean orchid essence is one of my favorite flower essences for every season. There’s no wrong time of year to connection with nature and harness its beautiful energy. However, while plants and wildlife tend to lie dormant in winter, spring ushers in a season of joyful rebirth. As the world around you comes to life, use the Nature Communion essence to fully connect to the energy of the natural world. This essence is especially great when spending time in nature. Think - camping, gardening, hiking, and more!

3. Pure Joy

Promote renewed enthusiasm this spring with the Pure Joy orange blossom flower essence. This essence supports moving into spring with joy and elation - and maybe some barefeet and sunbathing!

 4. Purification

It’s time for spring cleaning! From our closets to our diets, many folks use the spring season as a time to cleanse and purify our bodies, homes, and lifestyles. The Purification Peruvian flower essence is perfect for promoting balance during the cleansing process. Happy spring cleaning!

5. Otter Delight

Okay, so this one isn’t a flower essence, but I couldn’t help myself. The Otter Delight animal essence so wonderfully encapsulates the playful spirit of the Giant Amazon River Otter, infusing those who use it with a sense of joyful play. The perfect addition to spring!

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Astrology & Essences - Unique Pairings for Aries

Brandy Oswald

The vibrancy of spring ushers in the season of energetic, devoted Aries. Our Aries friends, born approximately March 21 to April 19, are strong natural born leaders with a beautiful capacity to care deeply for others. As one of the passionate, temperamental fire signs, Aries tends to crave adventure, action, and often serve as a source of inspiration for others.

Occasionally, this strong, energetic fire sign can become impatient, self-centered, and impulsive. They want to keep the fire burning bright and living in the realm of action!

For both the highs and the lows, the good and the bad, there are flower and gemstone essences that are perfect for Aries. Every vibrational essence uniquely addresses particular emotional states or tendencies. It is for this reason that essences pair so well with the astrological world. Essences harness the relationship between the frequencies of the human body (emotions, thoughts, and spirit) and the frequencies, or vibrational energy, of the natural world. Similarly, astrology explores the relationship between the frequencies in our bodies and the frequencies of the planets. While it might seem that essences and astrology are unrelated, they both address the energetic relationship between nature and the human body. For this reason, vibrational essences offer powerful support for each of the zodiac signs.

Aries, let’s raise your frequency and get you vibrating at an all-time high!

Below are a list of Star Essence flower and gemstone essences to help support the positive characteristics of your sign and additional essences to help counter any undesired Aries characteristics.

How it works:

Essences listed next to positive characteristics work to support and encourage the associated positive trait. Essences listed next to less desirable characteristics work to counteract the associated trait.


March 21 to April 19

Fiery, passionate Aries, you bring warmth and excitement to the transition from winter into spring. You showed up to life as a natural born leader; strong, dynamic, and ready for action. Support your vibrant energy with our Pure Joy orange blossom flower essence, while enhancing your leadership abilities with our Solar Power sunflower essence.

For those times when you feel impatient reach for our  Deep Breath eucalyptus flower essence. Release self-centered tendencies and better serve those you lead with our Cooperative Service Humboldt Lily flower essence. 

Essences for Aries Qualities:

Enthusiastic ~ Eternal Youth, Pure Joy (Orange Blossom)

Dynamic ~ Spunky (Heart-leaved Penstemon), Fire Opal

Leader ~ Male Strength (Agave), Solar Power (Sunflower), Diamond

Strong ~ Echinacea Energy (Purple Cone Flower), Strength and Chi (Fava), Bloodstone

Impatient ~ Impatiens, Deep Breath (Eucalyptus), Holy Harmony Spray

Headstrong, Impulsive ~ Vervain

Self-Centered ~ Cooperative Service (Humboldt Lily), Light Codes of Unification


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Introducing the Beloved, Rare Connemara Marble

Brandy Oswald1 comment
Connemara Gemstone Essence
Last September we received an e-mail from a faithful customer (thank you Noell!) asking us if we had an essence of Connemara Marble. She said that it is around 500 million to over 900 million years old and can only be found in Ireland. Ahhhh the magical syncronicities - It just so happened that at that EXACT time my granddaughter was visiting Ireland. Yes, my granddaughter Kelsea who is now the managing partner of Star Essence. The guardians of the Connemara Marble got my attention. Thanks to technology, I could immediately text Kelsea and the rest is history. She found some of the Connemara Marble and sent it to me. I knew there would be a perfect moment to make it. That moment turned out to be Dec. 2 - my daughter Cara’s birthday. It felt like a good day to give birth to an essence. I was guided to a fairly remote location on Lake Ouachita, AR about an hour away from where I live now, and I made it there.  
Connemara Marble Gemstone Essence
Connemara is one of the rarest marbles because of it’s limited supply. It comes in 40 shades of green and has a high magnesium content, which is is thought to aid in the absorption of calcium and magnesium. This is very important as many of us are lacking magnesium and taking supplements. It can also be useful to take the magnesium energetically - with this special gem essence.


The Many Gifts of Connemara Marble

Connemara Marble heightens our ability to connect with the elemental kingdom and the Nature spirits, especially the faerie realm. You can pair this with the orchid essence Nature Communion for an enhanced Nature experience.

Connemara Marble Gemstone EssenceIt also addresses the heart chakra, connects us to our ancestors (especially the Celtic & Gallic conncetion), and promotes inner wisdom and common sense. Connemara Marble has also been known to help remember dreams connecting with Celtic and Gallic past lives. In addition, it provides access to the spiritual history of earth and creates a sense of peace, tranquility, restoration, and healing. This powerful gemstone also promotes love, emotional harmony, trust, and empathy. In fact, the famous Blarney Stone (kiss it and your wish will come true) is made of Connemara Marble! 

In regards to physical ailments, Connemara Marble helps with bone marrow disorders, viral and bacterial infections, sore throats, lower back pain, blood pressure issues, colds, and inflammation. 

What a powerful, wise gemmie!

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