Do "high vibration" essential oils actually vibrate? - graphic of oil vial and frequency spectrum
Science Corner

Do “High Vibration” Essential Oils Actually Vibrate?

? I'm a very science-minded person, and one of the things that really grates my rutabagas is when people make things up and call it science. In particular, I'm not impressed with made-up vibrations, and especially the made-up idea of vibrating thoughts, law of attraction style. Somehow, the notion of essential oils vibrating flew under… Continue reading Do “High Vibration” Essential Oils Actually Vibrate?

Should you avoid negative people? - "Good vibes only" painted in watercolours
Mental Health

“Should” You Avoid Negative People?

gative people? Along the lines of "choose happiness," you may have seen the message "good vibes only," or something along the lines of getting rid of negative people from your life. But where do people who aren't well fit into this? To be clear, I'm not talking about people who are negative about you.  If… Continue reading “Should” You Avoid Negative People?

Do crystals have healing powers?
Science Corner

Do Crystals Have Healing Powers?

Crystals are pretty, there's no doubt about that.  But can they do anything for your health and wellbeing? The belief that precious stones have healing powers has been around for centuries.  In current practice, it's most often associated with the New Age movement.  It draws on the Chinese concept of life energy (qi) and the… Continue reading Do Crystals Have Healing Powers?

thought rays streaming out from brain
Science Corner

Do Thoughts Vibrate as the Law of Attraction Claims?

I regularly read or hear someone talking about vibrational frequencies and how thoughts vibrate and all that jazz.  This is often in relation to the so-called law of attraction.  This concept doesn't stay in the metaphorical realm; instead, it's not uncommon to see quantum physics being used to justify these kinds of ideas.  It annoys… Continue reading Do Thoughts Vibrate as the Law of Attraction Claims?

Is the law of attraction real? - graphics of magnets and the logo of The Secret
Science Corner

Is the Law of Attraction Real?

At one point I had come home from an extended stay in hospital, and because ECT had wiped out a chunk of memory, I discovered things in my house that I had no idea how they had gotten there.  One of those things I found was a book on the law of attraction. At first… Continue reading Is the Law of Attraction Real?