Agate is the name given to numerous varieties of banded Chalcedony, a mineral of the Quartz family. Its name comes from the Achates River in Sicily, where Agates were first found. Usually banded in layers, or stripes, some varieties have “eye” markings or specks of color, some have fossilized inclusions, and others are solid. Called the earth rainbow, the concentric bands of Agate form in nearly every color the earth can produce, including a colorless form.
Historically, Agate has been discovered with the artifacts of Neolithic people and was used as healing amulets and ornamentation dating back to Babylon. Its medicinal uses continued through the ancient Greek and Egyptian civilizations and spread throughout Africa and the Middle East into Russia. Agate sparked a world renowned stone cutting and polishing industry in Germany that flourished from the 15th to the 19th century and exists today.
An Agate elixir can be prepared easily. The stones are not toxic so you can use the direct method. Take five or six small Agate tumbled stones (any agate of your choice). Clean them well, just like your dishes. Add them to about 1/2 cup of spring water. Cover. Place the container of the stones and water under sunlight or moonlight for several hours. After about 3 hours, remove the stones. Cover the container of water and place it in the refrigerator. Once cooled, the elixir will be ready for use. When you wish to use it, add 6-10 drops of the elixir to any beverage. Use it 3-5 times per day. If kept in the refrigerator and covered, it will be good for several weeks.
MOSS AGATE PEONY CLEANSING SMOOTHIE
Moss Agate is a cleansing crystal, useful for clearing personal energy systems. Its green color ray of renewal provides rejuvenating and recharging qualities. Moss Agate stimulates the digestive system, relieves gastritis, and aids in the elimination of toxins from the body.
Energetically, peony is an excellent cleanser, bringing freshness and healing to the emotions and the physical body by removing blocks, old patterns, and challenging attachments. For this purpose, it is extremely beneficial to add a few drops peony essence to this drink.
- ½ pear
- ¼ avocado
- ½ cucumber
- ½ lemon
- a handful of cilantro
- 1 cup kale (packed)
- ½ inch ginger
- ½-1 cup moss agate water
- A few drops peony flower essence (optional)
- 1 scoop protein powder (hemp, pumpkin or pea works great!)
Blend until smooth. Taste the smoothie. If it’s too thick, add more water and blend again, until it reaches the desired texture.