March 1, 2013 Over the past few weeks we have discovered our Body Collection of gemstones. Black tourmaline, tiger iron, citrine and smoky quartz, all amazing crystals that strengthen the body and help rid us of toxins. This week we start looking at our Mind Collection which we recommended for focus and concentration, balancing of the mind. Carnelian is stone we will discover today. Carnelian is one of the oldest gemstones in history. The Egyptians carried carnelian with them as a source of vitality and energy. It was placed in tombs for life after death. Its a variety of the chalcedony family. Carnelians name came from the Latin corneolus, meaning "cherry". The orange to dark red carnelian gets its color from the presence of iron in the stone. Chakra association: sacral and root Alternate common names: cornelian, sard Common sources: Uruguay, Brazil, Czech Republic, Egypt, England, and India Astrological association: Taurus, Cancer, Leo Let's look at some of the recommendations for using Carnelian in animal healing: * Boosts confidence. Energizes and rejuvenates. * Used for lack of metal focus. Helps to stimulate the mind and clear mental confusion. Training problems. * enhances the sense of touch. Carrying carnelian is beneficial for both animal, trainer and therapist while providing training and treatments. * mentally and physically stimulates the faculties of older animals. Some of the Associated healing attributes: Feel better stone Helps with study, memory, inspiration, speech and voice. Vitality, courage and self-esteem. Can relieve laziness Zest for life Problems with appetite and eating disorders. Banishes negative emotions such as anger, envy, fear, confusion and jealousy. Carnelian chemical composition: silicon and iron oxide. A kind of quartz, member of the chalcedony family. Color: yellow, orange, red, brownish orange, brownish red and all colors in between. Hardness: 6.5 to 7 Crystalline structure: Trigonal Purification and cleansing: carnelian can be cleansed using cold water, salt water and sunlight. Recharge in abundant sunlight or with a quartz cluster. Carnelian is an intriguing stone to touch and play with. Hold one in your hand. Feel its energy. Sometimes it feels soft, sometimes hard, sometimes you feel a greater sense of touch. Almost like a zap in your fingertips. Amazing! Carnelian, along with turquoise, blue fluorite and snow quartz are stones specifically chosen for our Mind Collection. Check out our store @ www.petheelerz.com for lots of pet and people products available in our Mind Collection.