Monday 1 February 2021

Love To Colour? ~ Colouring with Cats #112 ~ Getting Your OM’s on with Mandalas on Mondays ~ **Your Crystal Questions Answered** Could An Amethyst Crystal Cause Fluid Retention, and What Crystals Might Help With Stress?

Turquoise Mandalas on Mondays Banner 2020 ©BionicBasil® getting your Om's on and unleash Your Zen Harmonies

Supurr Monday greetings beautiful furiends

Thanks for dropping by today, we love our Mondays with mew guys and last week we had two healing crystal questions, the furst from our epic pal's Memories of Eric and Flynn, and it is:

Could a natural amethyst crystal cause fluid retention within the body?  

This really intrigued the P.A. as she's never read or come across anything in her books, suggesting that amethyst causes fluid build-up within the body.

So she did a little research and apparently on a couple of sites it does say that amethyst can cause fluid retention, stomach bloating, abdomen pain, acne, dizziness, nausea and breast pain, just to name a few 'side-effects'. Also, there was mention of severe allergic reactions, including skin rashes, migraines and possible dermatological issues. 

Ok, now mew've got us scared considering the amount of amethyst we have at BBHQ, and if it's that bad we should all in serious trouble!

However there was no real substance or anything to substantiate those claims on the websites offering this information, and so the P.A. dug a little further, and it would appear, though purrlease don't quote us; that there is actually a pharmaceutical drug called Amethyst (check Web MD) which is a hormonal medication, and some of its side-effects are exactly the same as described on those crystal websites and we mean exactly the same.

So to us, it would appear that some peeps with very little knowledge have searched: side-effects of amethyst and the Web MD page has come up, and they have misread and mistakenly used a real medications interactions and got it seriously confused with the properties of amethyst crystals. 

And we go back to the old saying; a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. It really is, especially when posting information online.

Let's head back to the original question; could a natural amethyst crystal cause fluid retention? The P.A.'s purrsonal opinion is, no it does not, though don't quote her on that. Amethyst is one of the best stones to have, a fantastic all-rounder which if mew're new to crystals is probably one of the very furst stones mew will ever get your mittens on and start your collection with.

Amethyst has many pawsitive attributes, too many to mention today, but if there was only one stone we were allowed to have it would be amethyst.  

Fudge highly recommends amethyst crystals too, as demonstrated below; he's purrfectly balanced in his purractice today.

Mandalas on Monday ©BionicBasil® Colouring With Cats Mandala #112  Fudge Enjoying Amethyst Climbing

Now, let's move on to our second question this week from our epic pals, The Tabbies of Trout Towne;

What crystals could help with stress? 

Oh guys, stress is horrendous and right now we know it's off the charts with most peeps around the wurld. Managing stress is tough too, so here's our top 5 list of crystals that could help reduce stress:



lapis lazuli

black tourmaline

These crystals could help transmute the negative effects of stress. When the P.A. is suffering from acute stress she tries as much as pawsible to use a multi-pronged approach to stress-management, here's her purrsonal stress buster regime; gentle daily exercise such as walking or yoga, breathing exercises - see Smooch below, eating more leafy greens, upping vitamins for a short time only and using diluted lavender or orange essential oils, these scents are very soothing. 

The P.A. also finds that making/sewing stuff helps combat the negative effects of stress and supports restoring balance. And most impawtantly, when she's acutely stressed taking extra rest when needed seems to help, sometimes doing nothing and taking a break is the way to go; literally stopping to smell the roses from time to time is an excellent tonic, especially in this digital age.

Guys, we hope we've been able to help today, and if mew have any more crystal related queries, such as: how to cleanse crystals, I'm a libra what's my birthstone or I really like Herkimer diamonds, are they good for crystal healing...etc, let us know in the comments, and we'll do our best to answer them next week.

(disclaimer; we are not health or medical practitioners, these are our own views only.) 

Anyhoo, we do hope mew've all have a totally pawesome weekend, and that mew're ready fur the week ahead, so let's jump right in and start as always with our little breathing exercise, which we're sure mew all have down paw by now...  but if mew've furgotten, stop what mew're doing fur a moment and take deep fulfilling breaths; counting to five on the inhale and five on the exhale:

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Breathe in
Breathe out

Smooch is here again to offur mew assistance in getting your OM's on and Zen Harmonies happening, so just press play, close your eyes and follow his instructions.

Don't mew feel better already?  I know we do!

All the mandala's featured are created & designed by us, aka The B Team.

Here's this weeks mandala.
Mandalas on Monday ©BionicBasil® Colouring With Cats Mandala #112 Downloadable Image
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And here's our finished version... this week we used shades of purple with a splash of green and blue. Plus a tiny bit of pale orange.

Mandalas on Monday ©BionicBasil® Colouring With Cats Mandala #112 coloured by Cathrine Garnell

Coloured on the iPad and then transformed in Prisma, this time we chose the effect - pomegranate. 

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Until then

Keep Calm and Colour OM!

Oodles of purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team xox

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  1. Fudge, you sure do look well balanced. I hope y'all have a dry and calm week!

  2. Look at you on those crystals, Fudge!

    Thanks for the lessons on some crystals today, pals. We could all use some help these days when it comes to lessening stress. Okay, off we go to do some breathing and some mandala-coloring. :)


  3. Very interesting information about the crystals.

  4. Thank you for answering my question about amethysts and fluid retention. As I said in my original question, I have had the amethyst for almost 10 years but had fluid retention far longer. I was concerned that maybe next to the bed was aggravating the condition but your research has put my mind at rest. The amethyst stays where it is!
    You are very well balanced, Fudge. I see the shadows of leaves above you. Are you trying to work out how to reach them?

  5. What a great post on Crystals reducing stress.
    Daisy Mae wants you and everyone else she has a special Crystal called Crystal to reduce her stress MOL, LOL.

  6. I believe in the power of crystals. I have my own.

    I always enjoy the breathing exercises each Monday. A great way to start the week.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week. My best to your mom. ♥

  7. What a funny photo! Kitties are so inquisitive, aren't they.
    Thanks for sharing at

  8. That is a great shot of fudge. Beautiful mandala. XO

  9. We sure LOVE stopping by your blog on Mondays! We have not colored any of the mandalas – yet, Mom needs to get some pencil crayons…she keeps forgetting to pick some up when she is in the big city. We did not know there was a pharmaceutical called Amethyst! Who know! We love the photo of Fudge on the geodes! Have a marvellously Happy Day!

  10. Wow, Fudge! Do those huge amethyst geodes give you super powers?? Those things are HUGE!

    I have some too, but its about the size of a large hand...minuscule compared to yours!

    That mandala is a lovely flower that I want to grow in my garden, come spring!

    Stress?? We have that?? betcha! At *her* work its so think you could cut it with a *she* gets home and shovels out the driveway of 4 inches of snow...(We have a large driveway, that could hold 6 cars if you like to be in a cramped lot, MOL!)

    Then she spends her day off doing NOTHING! Until it was time to make supper...she banged her knife around and chopped up all kinds of things...good way to get rid of stress too:)

  11. It's been nutso at work, and stress relief is so IMPAWTANT!
    Even being home with the cats isn't always enough...lucky that I've been able to walk the neighborhood on my lunch break; exercise always helps to reset my brain.

  12. Thanks so much for that primer on crystal energy. We are sure there are just about no bad effects from crystals as long as you have a positive mind starting out(or trying to be positive.) Love the mandala and the purple gave Dad his energy fix of the day


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