Meet Andrea S. Barone: The Queen of Crystals and Skincare
Meet Andrea S. Barone, Reiki Master Healer and Founder of Crystal Hills Organics – your solutions to heal the body, mind, and spirit.
What is Reiki? Reiki is a type of healing modality that uses energy work to help heal and balance the body. It is based on the premise that ‘life force energy’, which is often referred to as chi or qi, flows through all of us and that a reiki therapist can channel energy into a patient. For those who have a hard time picturing how energy can flow this way, it is interesting to note that the energy from a proficient reiki practitioner’s hands creates a measurably larger biomagnetic field than normal.
“Reiki is a type of healing modality that uses energy work to help heal and balance the body. It is based on the premise that ‘life force energy’, which is often referred to as chi or qi, flows through all of us and that a reiki therapist can channel energy into a patient.” What drew you into this line of work? After a severe car accident, I tried more natural and holistic alternatives instead of going on the strong medication that was recommended. The natural therapies helped me so powerfully that I decided to research this field. Even though my background was in biological sciences and occupational health and safety, I loved learning about traditional remedies, natural alternatives and energy work that complemented modern medicine. I discovered a new passion and went on to become a chartered herbalist and reiki master healer. How do we know when our chakras are out of balance? Are their emotional, mental, and physical symptoms we can pay attention to? Depending on which chakra is out of balance, certain emotional, mental, and physical ailments may be prevalent. For instance, if someone’s root chakra is out of alignment, they could physically notice discomfort in their tailbone or legs, etc. and could also have associated emotional problems such as not feeling supported. Whereas an unbalanced throat chakra, may manifest as neck discomfort or a person may notice that they have issues properly expressing themselves. How do the chakras work through us, and how are we limited when unhealed and unaligned? Chakras are basically energy centers located in different parts of our body. So, when one or more of these chakras go out of balance, we may feel run down, have a lack in overall energy or be plagued with various physical symptoms. This definitely limits us in living life to the fullest, thereby experiencing a happy and abundant life. How does your skincare collection work to promote healing and wellness?Can you describe the collection: Our holistic skincare collection is pretty unique in that all of our products are made by incorporating the active components of botanicals with the healing energetic traits of crystals, and then are infused with reiki energy. Our crystal and botanical-infused products offer specific benefits for the body and skin due to the high concentrations of naturally active ingredients such as organic herbs, plant oils, and butters. We have four distinct formulations at this time, with each line offering line a body serum, sugar scrub, bath salts and crystals packs. The lines are Crystal Love, Crystal Harmony, Crystal Dreams and Crystal Moon Goddess. For someone who is just getting started, where should we begin? Is there one product in which you recommend? Crystal Harmony Body Serum has the most refreshing scent with sweet orange, vanilla and ylang ylang blended harmoniously to nurture your spirit while restoring your inner happiness. It incorporates green aventurine with various herbs and is perfect for someone just getting started. How and when should these skincare products be applied? Our Body Serums can replace any lotion or body oil and can be applied at any time during the day, when someone needs a little lift. For instance, someone looking for a boost in confidence would apply Crystal Moon Goddess whereas someone looking to feel more self-love would want to try Crystal Love. Our Sugar Scrubs and Bath Salts are more of a sumptuous treat that can be used for a relaxing in-home spa treatment. What would be the perfect nighttime wellness routine incorporating your collection? Adding any of the products from our Crystal Dreams collection. This line was created to help promote inner peace and a relaxed state of mind. Try drawing a bath with Crystal Dreams Bath Salts or applying the Crystal Dreams Body Serum before bed. The herbal attributes and the properties of the amethyst crystal work together to reduce stress and help one relax, which is the perfect prelude to a good night’s sleep.