Crystals and Herbs

Crystal and Plant Combos To Add To Your Natural Medicine Kit

In our pursuit of holistic well-being, we often turn to various tools and practices to enhance our healing journey. Two powerful allies in this realm are crystals and plants, both of which possess unique energetic properties. When combined intentionally, the synergy between crystals and plants can amplify their individual healing powers, offering a harmonious fusion of natural elements.

Through my personal encounters with crystals and plants, I’ve witnessed the remarkable shifts in energy, emotional balance, and spiritual growth that these combinations can bring! I genuinely believe that by embracing the magic of crystal and herb unions, we can unlock hidden potentials within ourselves, tap into ancient wisdom, and align with the abundant energies of the universe.

Amethyst and Chamomile

Amethyst, known for its soothing and calming properties, synergizes beautifully with the gentle energy of chamomile. Together, they form a potent combination to relieve stress and anxiety. To harness their healing powers, you can create crystal-infused herbal water. Simply place a cleansed amethyst crystal and dried chamomile flowers in a glass jar filled with purified water. Allow the crystal and herbs to infuse overnight, and the next day, drink the water to enjoy a tranquilising effect on your mind and body.

Garnet and Pine

Combining the grounding energy of garnet with the rejuvenating essence of pine can inspire commitment and longevity. One way to utilise this combination is by creating crystal and herb sachets. Fill a small pouch with garnet crystals and dried pine needles, then tie it securely. Carry the sachet with you or place it under your pillow to harness their energy, promoting stability and endurance in your endeavours.

Amethyst and Chamomile

Rose and Rose Quartz

The soft and nurturing energy of rose quartz perfectly aligns with the loving essence of rose. Together, they create a harmonious blend that encourages love and forgiveness. A beautiful way to integrate these elements is through crystal and herb smudging. Use a rose quartz crystal to gently waft the smoke of dried rose petals or rose-infused incense around your space. As the smoke disperses, visualise it carrying away negativity and opening your heart to love and forgiveness.

Red Jasper and Mint

Red jasper’s grounding qualities synergize with the invigorating properties of mint, creating a combination that provides strength and luck. One way to harness their energies is through crystal-infused salve. Begin by creating a herbal-infused oil by combining dried mint leaves and carrier oil of your choice, such as coconut or almond oil. Place a cleansed red jasper crystal in the oil and allow it to infuse for several weeks in a cool, dark place. Once infused, strain the oil and use it as a base for creating a salve by adding beeswax or shea butter. It can then be applied to your pulse points to encourage its properties.

Garnet and Pine

Citrine and Bay Leaf

The vibrant energy of citrine combines harmoniously with the manifesting power of bay leaf. Together, they awaken the energy of manifestation within you. To utilise this combination, write down your intentions on a bay leaf and hold it alongside a cleansed citrine crystal. I like to burn the bay leaf, allowing its transformative energy to merge with the citrine’s potent vibrations. Carve out time to meditate during this and visualise your intentions coming to fruition as the smoke carries them out into the universe.

Moonstone and Jasmine

Moonstone, associated with intuition and feminine energy, pairs gracefully with the enchanting aroma of jasmine. This combination empowers and harnesses confidence. My favourite way to use this combination is through a crystal-infused herbal bath – start by placing a cleansed moonstone crystal in a muslin cloth or a mesh bag and tie it securely. In a warm bath, add dried jasmine flowers or jasmine essential oil to the water. Drop the moonstone-infused bag into the bath and allow it to steep while you soak. As you immerse yourself in the bath, visualise the moonstone’s energy intertwining with the jasmine, empowering you with confidence.

Embrace the magic and powerful properties behind these harmonious unions as you explore their therapeutic benefits. Trust your intuition in selecting the crystals and plants that resonate with your intentions and desires. Allow the energies to intertwine and envelop you in a symphony of healing vibrations. And remember – each combination is unique and personal!  Feel free to experiment, adapting and creating your own rituals and practices to help manifest your intended outcome.

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© 2022. TanyaS.Mansotra
Books to Shift Your Mindset

Four Books You Need To Read To Shift Your Mindset

In our journey through life, we often find ourselves caught in stagnant patterns of thinking. We yearn for fresh perspectives and transformative ideas that can break these mental barriers. Books, with their power to transport us to new realms of knowledge, hold the key to unlocking our minds. 

On my spiritual path, I have experienced the transformative impact of books firsthand. They have opened doors to new possibilities, challenged my preconceived notions, and empowered me to embrace a mindset of growth and possibility. Through their pages, I have discovered a renewed sense of purpose, gained valuable tools for self-reflection, and cultivated a greater appreciation for the power of our thoughts. Join me as I share four remarkable books that have profoundly shifted my mindset, offering insights and wisdom that have the potential to transform your life.

The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is a timeless guide that imparts profound wisdom rooted in ancient Toltec teachings. This book introduces four simple yet powerful agreements that can revolutionise how we navigate life: be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best. By embracing these agreements, we can cultivate self-awareness, authentic connections, and liberation from self-limiting beliefs.

Since reading The Four Agreements, I’ve found myself applying its principles in all aspects of my being. It has been an invaluable companion on my journey of self-discovery, providing me with profound wisdom and guidance for creating a life filled with joy, love, and authenticity.

You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Jen Sincero’s You Are a Badass is a fiery manifesto that ignites the flames of self-discovery, empowerment, and unapologetic living. With a blend of humour and heartfelt anecdotes, Sincero reminds us of our innate power and limitless potential. This book dismantles self-doubt, encourages fearless action, and guides us towards embracing our authentic selves, ultimately propelling us toward extraordinary achievements.

Through Sincero’s empowering words and relatable stories, I have learned to break free from the chains of self-doubt and embrace my true potential. This book has not only shifted my mindset, but it has also awakened within me a newfound confidence, igniting a fire to pursue my dreams fearlessly.

The Law of Attraction by Abraham Hicks

The Law of Attraction by Abraham Hicks offers profound insights into the universal law that governs our reality—the principle that like attracts like. Delving into the power of our thoughts, emotions, and vibrations, Hicks unravels the intricacies of manifestation. By aligning our desires, beliefs, and energy, we can harness the Law of Attraction to attract abundance, joy, and fulfilment into our lives.

By understanding and practising the principles of the Law of Attraction, I have witnessed a shift in my ability to manifest abundance and create the life I desire. This book has taught me to align my thoughts and beliefs with my desires, enabling me to attract positive experiences and opportunities.

Judgment Detox by Gabrielle Bernstein

Law of Attraction

Gabrielle Bernstein’s Judgment Detox serves as a potent remedy to release the heavy burden of judgement and criticism that hinders our growth and inner peace. This book invites us to examine the origins and impact of judgement, offering practical tools to cultivate forgiveness, compassion, and a deep sense of empathy. Through this detoxification process, we can liberate ourselves from judgement’s grip, fostering greater self-acceptance and harmonious relationships.

This enlightening book has brought to my awareness the detrimental effects of judgement and criticism, both towards others and myself. It’s also provided me with the necessary tools to liberate myself from the heavy burdens of judgement, and step into a space of love and acceptance.

These four books have been transformative guides on my journey of personal growth and mindset shift. From embracing powerful agreements to igniting self-belief, manifesting abundance, and cultivating compassion, each book has left an indelible mark on my life. By opening our minds to new ideas and perspectives, we have the power to break free from self-limiting beliefs and embark on a path of self-discovery, empowerment, and extraordinary possibilities. Dive into these books and unlock the limitless potential of your mindset!

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© 2022. TanyaS.Mansotra
Third Eye Chakra

The Chakra Chapters: The Third Eye Chakra

It’s time for the next stop on the enchanting journey through the chakra system! In the sixth instalment of the Chakra Chapters, we set our sights on the mystical realm of the Third Eye Chakra. Before delving into this enlightening energy centre, make sure to explore the insightful blogs on the Root Chakra, Sacral Chakra, Solar Plexus Chakra, Heart Chakra, and Throat Chakra. Each chakra unveils a unique aspect of our being, and now it’s time to unravel the wonders of my favourite chakra, the Third Eye Chakra.

What is the Third Eye Chakra?

Located in the centre of the forehead, this chakra governs our intuition, insight, and spiritual awareness. In Sanskrit, the third eye chakra is known as the Ajna chakra which translates to “perceive” or “command”. Associated with the colour indigo, the third eye chakra is connected to our inner vision and higher consciousness. When this chakra is balanced, we experience clarity, intuition, and a deep sense of knowing.

Third Eye Chakra Blockages

Blockages in the third eye chakra can manifest in various signs and symptoms, indicating an imbalance in this energy centre. These include a lack of intuition and insight, difficulty visualising and imagining, closed-mindedness, an overactive mind, and a lack of clarity. This can cause excessive mental activity, creating confusion and a lack of clarity. When our third eye chakra is blocked, we can feel very close-minded and resistant to new experiences or ideas. Recognising these manifestations allows us to take steps towards healing and restoring the harmonious flow of this chakra, reuniting with our instinct and intuition.

What is the third eye chakra

How to Balance the Third Eye Chakra

In order to restore balance and activate the third eye chakra, there are various techniques and practices that can be incorporated into your daily routine. From meditation and candle gazing to yoga and crystal healing, these methods offer pathways to enhance your intuition, clarity, and connection with your inner vision.

Candle Gazing & Meditation

One effective ritual for balancing the third eye chakra is candle gazing. Sit in a quiet space, light a candle, and gaze at its flame. Allow your eyes to soften as you focus on the flickering light, and let your mind quiet down. Basic meditations are also helpful for restoring balance to your third eye chakra. Observe your breath and gently move your eyes towards the space between your eyebrows. Follow guided meditations to follow instructions to open your third eye and feel the energy flow restored. For a heightened meditation, try combining your practice with fasting, as this will provide even greater focus and clarity.

Smudge sticks

Crystals, Herbs, & Smudging 

Crystals, smudge sticks, and herbs can be powerful allies in healing and restoring balance to the third eye chakra. Crystals such as amethyst, labradorite, fluorite, apatite, sodalite, and angelite are known for their ability to activate and harmonise this energy centre. Placing these crystals on or near the third eye area during meditation or wearing them as jewellery can help stimulate the chakra’s energy flow and enhance intuition. Remember to cleanse and recharge your crystals regularly and set intentions for their specific healing properties.

Burning sacred herbs such as lavender smudge sticks or palo santo wood clears stagnant energy. Allowing the potent smoke to envelop you and your surroundings to create a harmonious environment for healing. Herbal teas like blue lotus or mugwort can also support the restoration of balance in the third eye chakra. Blue lotus tea is known for its ability to enhance spiritual insight and stimulate your intuitive faculties. Mugwort tea has been used for centuries to promote lucid dreaming and facilitate access to the subconscious realms, allowing for a deeper connection to one’s inner vision.

Yoga & Breathwork

Incorporating specific yoga poses into your regular practice can also stimulate this chakra. Child’s pose, humble warrior, bow pose, dolphin pose, and lotus pose are excellent poses to activate the third eye chakra. Yoga Nidra is also a perfect practice for accessing your third eye chakra and clearing it of any blockages.  Holotropic breathwork can deepen your connection to the spiritual realm, ushering into you a higher plane of consciousness. This specific breathwork practice can be very intense, so I recommend exploring it with a trained guide to ensure your journey is both safe and effective.

Avoid Fluoride

Fluoride is commonly found in toothpaste, tap water, and certain processed foods. While fluoride is beneficial for dental health, excessive consumption can have negative effects on the third eye chakra. Fluoride is believed by some to calcify the pineal gland, which is closely associated with the third eye chakra. A calcified pineal gland can potentially hinder spiritual perception and intuition. To minimise fluoride intake, consider using fluoride-free toothpaste, drinking filtered water without fluoride, and being mindful of the fluoride content in the products you consume. Consuming natural remedies such as turmeric may also help combat the harmful effects of fluoride due to its potential detoxifying properties.

Plant-Based Diet

If there’s one thing anyone knows about me, it’s my passion for veganism and championing the plant-based lifestyle. I’ve written before about what I’ve learned since committing to veganism, and it has positively impacted many areas of my day-to-day life. Plant-based foods are often rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, nourishing the body and supporting clear energy flow. For balancing the third eye chakra, adopting a plant-based or vegan diet can promote overall energetic balance and well-being, as well as enhance your spiritual awareness. Check my vegan venture Plant Essence for plant-based meals and plans to kick-start your vegan journey.

A plant-based diet activates the third eye chakra

The third eye chakra is a gateway to expanded consciousness and heightened intuition. By incorporating rituals such as candle gazing, working with crystals, smudging, practising specific yoga poses, and exploring other supportive practices, we can awaken and align our third eye chakra, leading to a deeper connection with our inner wisdom.

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© 2022. TanyaS.Mansotra
5 Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet

Quick 5-Minute Vegan Recipes

In today’s fast-paced world, finding time to prepare a healthy and satisfying meal can sometimes feel like a daunting task. However, with the right recipes and a little creativity, you can whip up delicious vegan dishes in just 5 minutes or less. I’ve shared my top vegan blender recipes in a previous blog, but if you need something a little more filling, these are my go-to vegan recipes that are quick, easy, and nutritious. From zesty guacamole to refreshing smoothie bowls, hearty overnight oats, and satisfying veggie wraps, we’ve got you covered. So let’s dive right in and discover these delectable vegan delights!


We’ll start our culinary journey with a classic favourite – guacamole. Inspired by this fantastic recipe, let’s create a creamy and flavorful guacamole to enjoy with chips, crackers, or a spread for sandwiches.


  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 small tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • A handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Cut the avocados in half, remove the pits, and scoop out the flesh into a bowl. Mash the avocado with a fork until smooth, leaving some chunks for texture. Add the diced tomato, red onion, jalapeno, lime juice, and chopped cilantro to the bowl. Season with salt and pepper, then mix well until all the ingredients are combined. Taste and adjust the seasonings according to your preference. Serve the guacamole immediately with your favourite accompaniments or refrigerate it for later use.

Smoothie Bowls

Overnight Oats

If you’re looking for a quick and nourishing breakfast option, overnight oats are the answer. These make-ahead oats are convenient, customisable, and incredibly satisfying. Here’s a basic recipe to get you started:


  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup plant-based milk
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or sweetener of your choice
  • Toppings: fresh fruits, nuts, seeds, nut butter, etc.


In a jar or container, combine the rolled oats, plant-based milk, chia seeds, and maple syrup. Stir well to ensure all the ingredients are evenly mixed. Cover the jar/container and refrigerate overnight or for at least 4 hours. In the morning, give the oats a good stir and add your desired toppings. Enjoy your creamy and wholesome overnight oats on the go or at home!

Veggie Wraps

Smoothie Bowls

Smoothie bowls are a fantastic way to start your day with a burst of flavour and a dose of essential nutrients. Here’s a simple yet delicious recipe for a tropical smoothie bowl:


  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (or any plant-based milk of your choice)
  • Toppings of your choice: sliced fresh fruits, granola, chia seeds, coconut flakes, etc.


In a blender, combine the frozen banana, mango chunks, pineapple chunks, and coconut milk. Blend until smooth and creamy. If needed, add a splash of additional liquid to achieve the desired consistency. Pour the smoothie into a bowl and add your favourite toppings. Enjoy your vibrant and refreshing smoothie bowl immediately.

Overnight oats

Veggie Wraps

When time is of the essence, veggie wraps come to the rescue. They are versatile, packed with nutrients, and can be customized with your favourite vegetables and spreads. Here’s a simple recipe to create a delicious veggie wrap:


  • Whole-grain tortilla/wrap
  • Hummus or your preferred spread
  • Sliced avocado
  • Thinly sliced cucumber
  • Shredded carrots
  • Fresh greens (spinach, lettuce, etc.)
  • Sprouts (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Lay the tortilla/wrap flat on a clean surface. Spread a generous amount of hummus or your preferred spread onto the tortilla. Layer the sliced avocado, cucumber, shredded carrots, fresh greens, and sprouts on top. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper for added flavour. Roll the tortilla tightly, tucking in the sides as you go. Slice the wrap in half or into bite-sized portions if desired. Your satisfying and nutritious veggie wrap is ready to enjoy!

With these quick 5-minute vegan recipes, you can effortlessly incorporate delicious plant-based meals into your busy schedule. From the tangy guacamole to the refreshing smoothie bowls, the hearty overnight oats, and the satisfying veggie wraps, you now have a variety of options to choose from. For more vegan meal inspiration, check out my vegan venture Plant Essence. Don’t let time be a barrier to your healthy eating habits. Embrace the simplicity and flavour of these recipes, and let vegan recipes inspire you to enjoy nourishing meals in a jiffy. Bon appétit!

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© 2022. TanyaS.Mansotra