Crystals have been used for their healing properties for centuries. The belief is they hold metaphysical energy and powers that can transform your physical, mental and spiritual health. Is this true? Who knows! It’s totally understandable to be sceptical about these things. It makes sense that crystals are seen as somewhat magical. They look so beautiful in all shapes, sizes, colours and patterns. Whether you’re a crystal newbie or Spencer Pratt level obsessed, it’s good to go into it with an open mind. You have to somewhat believe that it works to feel the benefits.
What do crystals do?
Did you know that apparently certain objects, thoughts and words vibrate at different frequencies? I know that sounds very woo-woo but hear me out. An experiment was conducted by Japanese scientist Dr. Masaru Emoto where he studied the effects of words and sounds on the molecular structure of water. He said positive words and prayers and played classical music around the water and beautiful crystals formed like snowflakes because of the high, positive frequency. He then said negative words and intentions and played heavy metal music around the water and deformed and distorted crystals formed.
According to Conscious Lifestyle Magazine, crystals fall under three different categories. The categories are clearing, energising and balancing. These crystals vibrate on a high, positive frequency. Clearing crystals get rid of negative and unwanted energy from your body or the space around you. Energising crystals have the ability to give you more uplifting energy and motivation. Lastly, balancing crystals help you feel more centred. If you feel overwhelmed or anxious, these crystals will help restore feelings of balance.
How can you use them?
There are many ways you can use crystals and there is no wrong or right way. Like I said, it’s all about what you believe will work best for you. It’s a fun experiment figuring it all out. Here are some of the ways you can use them:
- Wear crystals as jewellery.
- Meditate with them by holding them or placing them in your lap.
- Make a crystal grid. If you make a particular pattern with your crystals it can receive and transmute the energy better.
- Place crystals on particular parts of your body.
- Sleep with them under your pillow or put them on your bedside table.
- Put them in particular areas of your house or in your car.
- Journal with crystals next to you.
- Massage your body with them.
- Place them in the bath for your next self-care sesh.
- For all you astrology lovers out there, use crystals as part of your full moon ritual.
What are the most popular crystals?
Amethyst is said to assist in spiritual healing. It is believed to make you communicate better and think with a clearer mind. It is linked to the third eye and crown chakra. Feeling off-balance? It can guide you to make decisions from your intuition. If you’re feeling stressed or anxious, bring out your Amethyst, lie on your back and place it in between your eyebrows. Suffer from insomnia? It could aid in sleep and calm your nervous system. Put it under your pillow if you want to create a better sleeping pattern. It’s also a great stone to have around if you want to make meditation a daily practice.
Rose Quartz is the stone of love and friendship. It is believed to restore feelings of love within yourself so that you are open to trusting others again. This is the stone to work with if you’ve had your heart broken in a romantic relationship, friendship or if you’re experiencing feelings of self-doubt or lack of self-worth. It is associated with your heart chakra and will apparently transform feelings of hatred, resentment and fear into unconditional love. The best way to work with Rose Quartz is to wear it close to your heart. I put mine on my bedside table and hold it when meditating (the three times in the whole year that I actually sit down to do it).
Citrine is associated with wealth and prosperity. If you’re looking to call in more financial success into your life place a Citrine in areas that represent your work. You can place a little stone in your wallet or bag, on your desk at work and next to your laptop. It makes you feel more motivated and energised to succeed in your career. Work with the Citrine if you have a big presentation coming up, a job interview, an important meeting or if you’re starting your own business. It also works as a protective shield against negativity, especially coming off the people around you. If you have a big social event coming up or have to meet with someone you don’t necessarily vibe with, keep a Citrine in your pocket or wear it.
Tiger’s Eye is a powerful crystal that aids in mental and emotional re-balancing and clarity. It can help alleviate feelings of stress, fear, anxiety and mood swings. Tiger’s Eye is great to have around if you have to make a decision with a clearer mind. It’s associated with the sacral and solar plexus chakra which is all about feeling centred and tapping into your intuition. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and frustrated, lie down and place a Tiger’s Eye just below your ribs or on your stomach and take a few deep breaths.
Clear Quartz is the mothership of all crystals and represents all the four elements of earth, wind, fire, air and water. This crystal is great to work with with if you’re interested in self-development. It was used in ancient cultures like The Mayans and Ancient Egyptians as a connection between the physical and spiritual world. It’s all about being in harmony with the mind, body and spirit. It’s a great stone to use during meditation and if you want to balance your emotions. Hold a Clear Quartz when meditating or lie down and place a stone on your forehead to feel the energy at your crown chakra.
Carnelian is a creative stone. If your job requires you to be more creative, this is the stone to have around. Do you have a project due soon at work or school? Are you doing a lot freelance work? Have you always wanted to write a book? Call on the Carnelian to assist you. It’s meant to dispel any feelings of self-doubt or self-sabotage and replace it with feelings of motivation and stimulate the creative side of the mind. Have it in view on your desk when you have to get shit done as it will keep you focused and on the task in front of you.
Lapis Lazuli is a healing stone. In ancient times it was used by healers to restore mental health and fix physical ailments in the body. They were also carried around by priests who believed it could conjure more wisdom and power. If you want to explore more topics that exceed the physical realm and participate in more spiritual activities such as chanting, yoga and meditation, carry a Lapis Lazuli with you. It is also useful to clear out negative and unwanted energies. For some Feng Shui, put it in a room that needs a good clear out.
Take out your Turquoise if you’re experiencing burnout. Yes, we know that it’s only the beginning of the year but with all the back to work rush and post holiday blues, you need all the calm you can get. Grab your Turquoise and get ready to feel re-aligned in no time. It’s also a friendship stone and encourages kindness and trust. If you’re the kind of person that tends to always have a wall up, it’s a good idea to wear Turquoise. If you need to have a deep conversation with someone and you’re finding it hard to open up, the Turquoise is excellent in aiding communication.
The Black Tourmaline is your tech crystal in the sense that it deflects radiation. Put this stone on top or near your WiFi router, next to your computer or TV. Carry it with you when travelling, especially by plane. It’s a protection stone so it repels negative energies. A good way to use Black Tourmaline on a spiritual level is to create an invisible barrier around your body against any bad vibes. Grab the crystal, start at your feet and in a cyclical motion work your way up and over your body. For added protection, grab your sage and do the same. Nothing can get to you now!
Moonstone is a perfect stone to work with at this time of the year. The ‘New Year, New Me‘ vibes are strong right now so set those 2020 goals and intentions. Get your Moonstone, take out your journal and imagine what you want your life to look like this year, what you want to do and what you want to achieve. If you’ve been making decisions more with your heart than your head, maybe it’s time to consider a different perspective and balance your emotions. You’ll then be able to see all sides and make a more focused decision. Btw, Moonstone looks great in jewelry so treat yourself to a nice Moonstone necklace or ring.
Did you know that we both embody feminine and masculine energies? It’s interchangeable and we can all easily tap into one or the other, depending on what we’re doing during the day. Sometimes, we get stuck in one or the other for too long. When this happens, get out your Amazonite to help you re-balance those energies or transition from one to the other. If you’ve had to be in corporate masculine mode all day, use the Amazonite to take you back into your feminine.
If you need to be more inspired, Jade is the stone for you. It embodies the natural environment so it’s most effective out in nature. Take off your shoes, go outside, ground yourself and bring out your Jade stone. It’s meant to get all those ideas in your head and bring them to fruition. If you’re thinking about changing careers and doing something you have always dreamed of, the Jade stone is the one to have around. It reassures that you are on the right path and supports your decisions.
Do you need to work on that muscle memory? It’s a great stone to incorporate in your daily life if you find that your mind wanders easily. It will increase your concentration so that you can work to the best of your ability. If you find that you’re drowning in your to-do list with a million things to remember, Fluorite will keep you focused so you can tick things off that list as quickly as possible. To aid in memory training, place this very pretty crystal on your third eye chakra and visualise what you have to remember.
Have you ever had a moment where you could have sworn who have been in a particular place before but you actually haven’t? Well, you could have had a past life. It’s a long shot but if you believe in karma and past lives, the Selenite crystal is your stone of choice. It’s an intuitive stone and will help you remember elements of your past life. Apparently, some of the emotions you feel could be the result of an experience in another life. If you try using that as an explanation for a bad habit and people might look at you with concern.
The material published on this blog is intended for general information only and is not professional/medical/legal advice.
Words by a transformed sceptic Tamara Bose