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7 Wellness Essentials for a Happier, Healthier You

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When was the last time you checked in on yourself? The everyday hustle often leaves little to no time for us to take care of ourselves. However, the pandemic has compelled us to shift our focus inward, recognising the growing importance of well-being in our lives. Thus arises the need for self-care to cultivate what matters most to us: our health.

The Importance of Wellness

For centuries, scholars, enlightened masters, and modern science researchers have highlighted the importance of wellness in our daily lives. It’s no surprise, then, that the wellness industry has grown to become a USD 4.5 trillion economy that’s expanding at a rapid pace. But do we really understand what it means to be well? 

According to USA-based non-profit organisation National Wellness Institute, wellness is described as “an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence”. It is an act of making positive conscious choices that are holistic in nature, thus enhancing one’s health and happiness. And this can only be done if you invest your time and energy in yourself as much as you do in your work, relationships, and other external environments. 

The Need for Self-Care

Dr. Ronald D. Siegel, an assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School, states that about 40% of what determines happiness is under your control. Thus, self-care and happiness are like hand in glove, where self-care means to take care of yourself by yourself. While the term itself is a broad concept, studies show that the meaning of self-care is to each their own. But the underlying principle remains the same, which is to mindfully nurture and nourish one’s mind-body-spirit and emotions as a whole.

Studies have shown that engaging in a self-care routine can significantly reduce anxiety and depression, lower stress levels, improve concentration, minimise frustration and anger, increase happiness, improve energy levels, and so much more. From a physical health perspective, self-care has been clinically proven to reduce heart disease, stroke, and cancer. Spiritually, it may help us to connect with our inner voice or our higher self in order to live up to our purpose. Investing in wellness can be your first step towards living a holistic and stress-free life, so here are sevenessentials to get you started.

1. Essential Oils

Be it a tiring day at work or physical discomfort, essential oils simply do the drill as they have a lot of skin and health benefits. These oils are extracted from flowers or plants and then compressed into bottles. They can be used to aid sleep, calm the nervous system, boost immunity levels, and create a soothing atmosphere. Many prefer essential oils such as rose oil, tea tree oil, and lavender oil as they foster self-love, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve sleep quality. The best way to use these oils is by pouring a few drops into a diffuser or your bath water. Alternatively, you can mix it into a carrier oil (such as coconut, jojoba, or almond oil) to directly apply on certain points on your body, like your wrists or behind the ears. 

2. Crystals

The use of crystals and gemstones in healing dates all the way back to the ancient Sumerians and ancient Chinese medicine. Since crystals come from within the earth, they possess high amounts of earthly vibrations to cleanse, heal, balance, and protect the energy within and around us. Crystals are known to have natural healing tendencies that focus on specific aspects (emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being) of our lives.

The crystal healing energy can be tapped in various forms such as wearing crystal bracelets, placing crystal clusters in specific corners of your home, and making crystal grids during meditation. Citrine (Success Stone), Amethyst, Clear Quartz (Master Healer), Rose Quartz (Love Stone), and Black Tourmaline (Negativity Killer) are recommended for beginners who wish to attract positivity, love, abundance, balance, and good health into their lives. You can even hold these crystals in your hand and set intentions or meditate with them to enhance your overall well-being and manifest your deepest desires. 

3. Bath Salts 

There’s nothing quite like a relaxing spa day, and what’s better than creating a spa-like atmosphere at home? Bath salts are very relaxing, de-stressing, and charging – not only do they improve blood circulation and mood levels, but they also contain essential minerals to detoxify and cleanse the body energetically. Just add two to three spoonfuls of salt flakes in the bathtub and let them absorb all the worry and weariness off your body.

4. Gemstone Water Bottles 

Besides taking your hydration game up a notch, the gemstones in a gemstone water bottle can energetically charge your water, too. These pretty bottles are infused with crystals – think: Lapis Lazuli, Carnelian, or Fluorite – that carry positive vibrations, thus creating harmony within your system and leaving you with a perfect glow on a gloomy day.  

5. Dried Sage and Incense Sticks

Sages are made from organic herbal leaves bundled into a stick. When you burn incense sticks or a dried sage, they are bound to purify the air, cleanse your crystals, and dispel insects and negative energies. They’re often used during meditations, reciting prayers, or simply as an effective space-clearing technique. Both dried sage and incense sticks also work excellently while setting intentions or affirmations such as: “I am healthy and protected”, “My soul is pure”, and “I am letting go of everything that doesn’t serve me”. 

6. Tibetan Singing Bowls

Recent studies have proven that singing bowls positively affect our mood levels and been found to decrease blood pressure and heart rate as compared to the silence before a sound-healing session. These bowls are ancient to Buddhist culture and every singing bowl resonates at a certain frequency that, when played, vibrates and produces a rich deep tone. It’s a very relaxing and powerful tool for healing and de-stressing.  

7. Copper Bottle 

Copper is known to have antimicrobial, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties, making it a must-have in your home. You must store water in a copper vessel or bottle for eight or more hours as the copper releases some of its ions, which help incell regeneration and the formation of haemoglobin. Since the human body cannot create trace amounts of copper, it’s vital to include it in our daily diet or water intake for its amazing health benefits. 

Self-care is essential, especially during these trying times, so start taking charge of your health and happiness today. Illuminations Wellbeing Center provides a range of wellness essentials to always prioritise your best self.

Disclaimer: It is advisable to consult your doctor before investing in some of these healing products.


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Everything You’ve Wanted to Know About Crystal Water Bottles

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Crystal-infused water bottles have been gaining popularity among wellness enthusiasts in recent years. These bottles, designed to infuse water with the healing properties of crystals, enhance the energy and benefits of the water. Read more to learn how to use these unique bottles.

Different crystals are associated with different properties and energies. For example, amethyst is believed to promote peace and relaxation, while rose quartz, is with love and compassion. Research or consult with a crystal healer to determine which crystal would be most beneficial for you. It’s important to choose the right crystal for your needs.

All of us at Gaggler are obsessed with wellness, water, and the wonderful healing properties of crystals. Joining the club with the likes of Miranda Kerr and Victoria Beckham, we believe that crystals hold energy and are the gateway to physical and emotional benefits. While it is not scientifically proven, crystal-infused water may just be the placebo effect we are looking to incorporate into our healing.

Why Use Healing Crystals?

Healing crystals have been used for centuries by different cultures as a form of alternative healing. They are believed to have unique properties that can assist in the healing of physical, emotional, and spiritual ailments. In recent years, there has been a surge in popularity for these crystals, with people turning to them as a form of self-care and holistic healing. But what exactly are healing crystals made of, how do you select the best one for you, and how do you care for them?

What Are Healing Crystals Made Of?

Healing crystals are made of minerals that are found in the earth’s crust. These minerals are believed to have specific energetic properties that can affect our own energy fields. Crystals are formed from the cooling of molten rock (magma) or the evaporation of mineral-rich water. The minerals form into a crystalline structure, which is what gives each crystal its unique qualities. 

For example, amethyst is said to help with anxiety and stress, while rose quartz is believed to promote love and emotional healing. Some crystals, such as clear quartz, are said to have universal healing properties and can be used for a variety of purposes.

Selecting the Best Crystal for You

Selecting the right crystal for you is a personal and intuitive process. You may be drawn to a particular crystal based on its appearance or the way it makes you feel. Here are some tips to help you select the best crystal for you:

Research: Do some research on the different types of crystals and their properties. This can help you narrow your choices and find a crystal that aligns with your specific needs.

Trust your intuition: When selecting a crystal, trust your intuition. You may be drawn to a certain color or shape or feel a strong connection to a particular crystal. Listen to your instincts and choose the crystal that feels right for you.

Hold the crystal: Hold the crystal in your hand and feel its energy. Does it feel warm or cold? Heavy or light? Pay attention to the way the crystal makes you feel.

Ask for guidance: If you’re having trouble selecting a crystal, ask for guidance. Close your eyes and ask the universe to guide you to the crystal that is best for you.

Once you’ve chosen your crystal, start by cleansing it to remove any negative energy. You can do this by holding it under running water, smudging it, or placing it on a bed of salt. Next, fill your crystal-infused water bottle with fresh, filtered water for several hours or overnight. The longer the crystal is in the water, the more potent the infusion will be. Take a moment to set an intention for your water. This can be a simple affirmation or a specific goal you wish to focus on. In this way, you will direct the energy of the crystal-infused water toward a particular outcome.

To care for your crystal-infused water bottle, be sure to clean it with hot, soapy water. Avoid exposing the bottle to extreme temperatures or dropping it, as this can damage the crystal inside.

Benefits of Drinking Crystal-Infused Water

Water is a powerful cleanser and purifier. When a crystal is placed in water, the water molecules absorb the energy from the crystal, creating a vibrational imprint of the crystal’s energy in the water. This is because water is a highly receptive element that can absorb and transmit energy.

It has been scientifically proven that water has memory and can hold information in the form of vibrational frequencies. When a crystal is placed in water, its vibrational frequency is transferred to the water molecules, creating crystal-infused water that can be used for consumption. It is a simple and effective way to access the healing properties of the crystals and promote overall well-being.

Wellness in a Bottle

Crystal-infused water bottles are designed to help harness the power of crystals. Each crystal has its unique properties, and the water bottles are specifically designed to match the properties to the corresponding centers, also known as chakras, in the body. For example, the Rose Quartz crystal is known to promote self-love, compassion, and healing of the heart chakra, while the Amethyst crystal is known to enhance intuition and calmness.

Crystal-infused water bottles also provide physical benefits. For instance, many crystals are believed to have detoxifying properties and aid in removing toxins from your body. Some crystals are also believed to enhance the immune system or improve digestion.

A good quality crystal-infused water bottle is made from lead-free borosilicate glass, ensuring the water remains safe for consumption. The crystals are placed in the bottle, and the stainless steel and silicone seal keeps them securely in place. Fascinated by crystal-infused water bottles as much as we are? We have recommended a few below if you’re interested in incorporating crystal-infused water into your daily routine.


Aventurine Crystal Water Bottle

AED 280.00


Amethyst Crystal Water Bottle

AED 280.00


Rose Quartz Crystal Water Bottle

AED 280.00

Crystal-Infused water bottles are a recent trend that has rapidly gained popularity in the wellness community. While the scientific evidence supporting the claims made regarding their benefits is limited, many people who have used crystals, swear by them. Gaggler founder, Monica, started using crystals 2 years ago and is always seen with a stack of crystals on her wrist. Using a crystal-infused water bottle is a stylish and convenient way to stay hydrated throughout the day and explore the power of crystal healing, if wearing crystals isn’t for you.

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. To the extent that this article features the advice of physicians, medical practitioners, or industry experts, the views expressed are the views of the cited expert and do not necessarily represent the views of Gaggler.


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