This beginner’s guide to healing crystals is going to provide you with everything you need to know to understand what crystals are, what are their healing powers, ways to use them and keep their properties on point.
You might be having a life that has recently been pulled out of balance due to the multiple issues of our modern lives.
Either if it’s a stressful job, lifestyle, relationship, or a health condition that is constantly putting you in pain, crystals have the power to bring balance back to your life, to allow you to live a happier life.
So, prepare yourself for this journey, open your soul to the magnificent powers of crystals and bring happiness to your life.
What are crystals?
Crystals are natural elements found on Earth. A genuine crystal has a well-defined crystalline structure that forms a lattice pattern called a crystal structure.
Crystals have been around for centuries and used by many cultures throughout time. Throughout history, multiple societies including ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and Greece, have understood, and taken advantage of the healing powers of crystals.
This remained a widespread practice throughout history, although it reversed greatly through the Renaissance when people believed the healing powers of crystals came from either good angels or bad angels.
Around the 70s, the use and study of crystals have reemerged and continues to be used as a popular healing therapy.
In a modern age of science, however, it may be difficult to understand how a stone can have any healingpower. The answer to this mystery lies within the vibrational energies found inside crystals and how they impact the energy fields all around them, including our bodies.
Healing Crystals? What are they?
There are different kinds of crystals, they are believed to have many different properties. Some of the properties of crystals include restoring balance and harmony within the body and soul.
Some crystals have a powerful energy that can help to heal the spirit. Commonly referred to as healing crystals, these amazing powerful crystals can help us live a healthier and happier life in multiple ways.
Are Crystals Found or Made?
Crystals and gemstones have been seen a steep increase in popularity in the last years, as a result, the industry of synthetic lab-created crystals have grown proportionally too.
These are usually less expensive than natural crystals that are formed after hundreds, thousands, or even millions of years under the Earth’s mantle.
Many believe natural crystals have pure, unaltered energy that lab-created crystals don’t. This is not entirely true. These synthetic crystals still have a crystalline structure that retains energy.
So, when it comes to buying a natural or lab-made crystal, the most important property is how does the energy that it holds makes you feel and the connection it has with your soul.
Most popular healing crystals and their properties:
There are certain crystals that have amazing properties that can appeal to most of people, especially for those just getting started. These crystals are also relatively easy to find, durable and inexpensive.
When purchasing any of these crystals, I’d suggest you choose any form of the crystal that gives you a meaningful impression in a size and shape that pleases you. The most important characteristic you should be looking out for are the properties of each individual crystal.
Here is a list of the 5 most popular healing crystals:
Amethyst is a form of quartz. The most common color is purple, although you can also find heat-treated versions that are green and yellow.
This is a valuable all-purpose stone that can help with creativity, stress and anxiety, nightmares, addiction,and insomnia.
- Black Tourmaline
Black tourmaline is an amazing crystal to carry with you at all times to help absorb any negativity around you. It also helps keep you grounded, and it promotes self-confidence and can help purify environments where a lot of emotional negativity has occurred.
Some of its benefits are physic protection, protection against negativity, stress release, cleansing negative emotions.
Carnelian is associated with boldness and courage, and using this crystal can help strengthen weaknesses (physical and emotional), improve luck, and attract prosperity.
This crystal has incredible benefits when it comes to courage, security and safety, willpower, determination, focusing on the present moment, boosting energy.
Golden yellow color crystal can be either a heat-treated amethyst or a naturally occurring citrine.
The naturally occurring form tends to have more powerful energy that aids in prosperity, self-esteem and self-image, creativity, encouraging generosity, promoting clarity of thinking.
- Clear Quartz
Clear quartz amplifies the power of any crystal it works with. You can use it to cleanse other crystals if you have a large cluster of it too.
This crystal helps amplifying the properties of all other crystals, protection, cleansing and purification, amplifying energy and thought, balancing body-mind-spirit, and improving concentration.
What crystals can heal
You might have asked yourself; how can a crystal heal? The truth is that crystals are not the healing source. Actually, it is the energy they produce that our body entrains with and/or absorbs, and it is our body who does the healing by drawing in that energy.
Your body is the physical aspect of you. Crystals can help balance bodily energies and bring about physical changes. These might include things such as relieving headaches, low energy and exhaustion, and similar bodily ailments. I’ve even had crystals cure a persistent sore throat. (caution: never use crystals internally, and don’t substitute the use of crystals for care from a qualified healthcare provider.)
Your mind is both physical (brain and nervous system) and nonphysical (emotions, dreams, thoughts, etc.). The vibration in crystals can help balance energies of the mind to bring about healing. Conditions that can be eased might include stress, emotional issues, insomnia, nightmares, anxiety, depression, grief, and lack of enthusiasm.
Your spirit is the part of you that is purely nonphysical. Crystals can assist in balancing spiritual energies such as beliefs, unconditional love, forgiveness, and compassion. They can also facilitate communication with your higher self/soul or a higher power.
How to use healing crystals
Healing takes time. To allow change, first you will have to open yourself to it. You would need to have an attitude of receptivity.
Try to put aside doubt or fear and take yourself into a positive and receptive state of mind as you use the healing properties of your crystals.
Change only comes as you allow it and are willing to receive it. If you’ve never been one who receives well (and I find most people prefer to give), start your session with a positive statement such as, “I open myself to receive,” or “I am grateful for that which I am about to receive.”
Then move yourself into your healing session. Here are a few ways to use healing crystals:
- Place crystals in your home or office to create a positive energy space. Crystals can help bring peace and harmony to your environment. Place them around your home or office, or carry them with you when you go out, to keep the crystals’ energy flowing through you and through the spaces that surround you.
- Put crystals on your body to heal physical ailments. This is one of the simplest ways to use crystals for healing. Place a crystal on the part of your body that needs healing, or hold it in your hand.
- Use crystals in meditation to connect with your higher self and find peace and clarity. Crystals can help you achieve a state of relaxation and peace during meditation. Hold a crystal in each hand or place them around you while you meditate.
- Make crystal elixirs or bath to enhance your well-being. Water is an amazing conductor of energy. Place a crystal inside the bath tub the next time you are taking a bath to allow the crystal energy to flow all around you.
In general, working with crystals is relatively safe. However, some crystals contain substances (such as aluminum, copper, sulfur, fluorine, strontium, or asbestos) that are toxic to humans, so do a bit of research in advance and do not put them in the bathtub or make a crystal elixir with them.
Choosing the right healing crystals
There are many different types of crystals, and each has its own unique properties and benefits. How do you choose the right crystal for you?
The first step is to figure out what you need help with. Do you need help restoring balance in your life? Do you need to relax and restore your energy? Once you know what you need, you can start looking for the right crystal.
Some crystals are better at removing bad energies, while others are better at helping with your confidence or stress. Some crystals are also better at helping with specific issues, such as anxiety or depression.
Here are some tips on how to choose the right crystals for your needs:
- Ask, “which crystal do i need?” And listen for the answer. Sometimes what we think needs healing isn’t actually what needs healing. Asking removes any preconceived notions.
- Dig through the crystal properties. Choose the crystal based on color and crystal system. Use your best knowledge to guide you to a crystal that’s right in that moment.
- Use muscle testing. Place a crystal somewhere on you. Then, with your giving (dominant) hand, extend your pointer finger and press down on it with your middle finger of the same hand, resisting with your pointer finger. If you hold strong, you don’t need that crystal right now. If you can’t hold strong, that is the crystal to work with.
- Go with your gut. Choose the crystal that calls to you. Trust your intuition.
Once you know which crystals work best for you, it's time to start shopping!
Cleansing and charging your healing crystals
Just as you can entrain to the energy of a crystal, a crystal can entrain to the energies around it. So anytime someone handles a crystal or it changes location, or even if it is just sitting in the emotional environment of your home, the crystal’s vibrational energies may change slightly.
To counteract this effect, it’s important to cleanse crystals regularly. Any method will work, although I prefer sound or sage for their convenience.
- Leave them in moonlight. Moonlight is cleansing for crystals. Set your crystals on a windowsill or outdoors overnight.
- Cleanse them in a bed of quartz. If you have a large quartz geode, place smaller crystals inside the geode for 12 to 24 hours.
- Use sound. Use crystal singing bowls or brass singing bowls. If you have them, bring the singing bowl to ringing and then hold the crystals within the sound field.
- Use smoking sage. Light a sage bundle or smudge stick and allow the smoke to drift over the crystals. This is an excellent way to cleanse a bunch of crystals at once and one of my preferred methods of cleansing.
- Salt or water cleansing. You will often see people recommending cleansing crystals in sea salt, water, or saltwater. We don’t, because salt, water, or saltwater will damage certain crystals. You should never cleanse any raw or natural crystal in salt, water, or saltwater.
Once your crystals have been cleansed, you need to charge them. This can be done by holding them in your hands and envisioning energy flowing into them, or by placing them on a windowsill or near a light source.
The important thing is to focus your intention on helping the crystals heal and restore balance within yourself.
For more information, please read our: How to Cleanse Crystals: A Complete Guide.
Healing crystal combinations
Each crystal has its own unique properties and benefits, but when combined, the crystals can work together to create a powerful force that can enhance their properties or active additional properties.
Some of the most popular combinations are:
- Amethyst and Clear Quartz:
This combination is great for spiritual healing and boosting your energy levels. The amethyst is said to be able to calm and protect the mind while the clear quartz helps to amplifies the energy of other crystals.
- Rose quartz and citrine:
This duo is known as the "happy crystals" because they promote joy, happiness, and positive energy. They are also good for restoring balance in relationships.
- Blue lace agate and lepidolite:
These two crystals work together to soothe stress and anxiety while promoting relaxation.
Wrap-up: Using Crystals for Healing
You are more than a body. You are also a mind/emotions and have a spiritual aspect some people call their higher self or soul. Energy flows between these three aspects of you.
To be truly healthy in every way, it is essential to attend to all three aspects. Health in your body, mind, and spirit arises from the optimal balanced energy flow in all three areas.
For energy to be balanced, you need to remove or absorb energy where it is in excess, increase energy where there is too little, remove blockages where energy can’t flow, and vibrate at a frequency that is aligned with optimal health of body, mind, and spirit.
Crystals can adjust energy flow in all of these ways to help optimize your well-being.
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