Crystals and Health
CRYSTALS AND HEALTH; CHOOSING AND CLEANSING YOUR CRYSTALS, BALANCING THE CHAKRAS WITH CRYSTALS
The beauty and power of crystals and other stones have long been recognized, from the ancient times of Tutankhamen to the modern masterpieces of Cartier and Faberge.
They have always been prized for their beauty and their healing and spiritual properties.
Healers, shamans, priests and spiritual seekers have used crystals for their special powers.
Crystal healing today continues to find new ways in which minerals can help us restore to balance our stressful lives.
Science has yet to determine what happens during crystal healing, but changes felt by the participants and the lasting benefits that can be gained are not diminished by this. A popular theory is that crystals actually vibrate at the same pitch as people, and can be used to relieve suffering because the resonance between the patient and the stone either combats the vibration of illness or amplifies those of health.
Traditional remedies, such as herbalism, homeopathy and crystal therapies, can be seen as natural alternatives for, or complementary with modern drugs. With the recent swing toward holistic and alternative medicine, many people are turning to crystals not only to help cure their ailments, but significantly, to maintain optimum health.
CHOOSING YOUR CRYSTALS
You can start with a very straightforward collection of stones.
Small tumbled stones are very useful in crystal healing. For convenience, select stones that will not be too heavy when placed on the body but won’t be so small as to get lost easily. Flatter stones will stay in place more easily than round ones. Aim to gather at least two crystal stones of each spectrum colour (they don’t have to be the same type of stone).
• Small natural crystals of clear quartz are invaluable. It is useful to have 10-12, each about 2-3cm 3/4-l 1/4 inch in length.
• Small natural crystals of amethyst, smoky quartz and citrine are less common but well
worth acquiring where possible.
•A small hand-sized Crystal cluster of clear quartz or amethist is useful for cleaning and charging your stones and crystal jewellery.
•Larger single stones and tumbled stones are useful to hold and to use as meditatior tools. Work with one or two that attract you and that you feel happy with. It is better to work with a few stones, than superficially with many.
Whether a crystal is clear or battered and grubby it will have the same internal orderliness and potential for healing.
Some crystals are hard, others scratch very easily. Even hard crystals may be brittle and handle them with care.
CLEANSING YOUR CRYSTALS
New stones need to be cleansed
before you use them. Cleansing
crystals removes unwanted energy
and restores them to their original
clarity, so it should be carried out
each time your crystals are used
for healing. If you do not cleanse
your stones they will become less
effective and may pass on
imbalances or energetic static. You
might detect this as a feeling of
heaviness or unpleasantness.
INCENSE OR SMUDGE STICK:
Hold the crystal within the smoke
of the incense or smudge stick.
Herbs such as sage, cedar,
sandalwood and frankincense are
used for their purifying qualities.
Placing stones on a crystal cluster will
clean them ; alternatively
surround the stone with clear quartz
points for 24 hours.
Take a deep breath and blow over
the crystal. Imagine that you are
clearing away negativities. Repeat.
Use dry sea salt in a small
container and bury the crystal for
24 hours. Don’t use salt water as
this damages softer stones.
SUN AND WATER:
Hold the crystals under running
water for a minute and then place
in the sun to dry.
The vibrations of a pure sound
can energetically clean a crystal. A
bell, gong or tuning fork can be
used for this purpose.
CHAKRA HEALING WITH CRYSTALS
There are many thousands of minerals on earth, but only relatively few are used in crystal healing.
The easiest way to remember what each crystal does is learning the properties of color which will help you identify the general functions of a crystal or gemstone.
The color energy of crystals has enormous potential for healing.
Learn more about color healing.
RED CRYSTAL STONES
The Color red stimulates, activates and energizes. It is associated with the first chakra at the base
of the spine, which is the centre in the subtle anatomy for action and activity. Ability to use
practical skills, movement, motivation, protection, physical survival and the use of life—energy are
some of its main functions.
GARNET, in its red varieties, is one of the speediest
energizers. It will increase energy wherever it is
placed. It will also tend to activate other stones placed
RUBY is a red variety of the very hard mineral,
corundum. It works with the energies of the
heart centre and the circulation within the subtle
anatomies. It is energizing but balancing in its effects.
JASPER, a dark or brick red massive form or quartz,
is commonly found on beaches. It is a useful stone to
place near the base chakra. It is grounding and gently
activating to the functions of the body.
PINK CRYSTAL STONES
Pink, a blend of both red and white, has a gentle and subtle way of pushing things towards a
resolution. It is related to the actions of the base Chakra and the heart chakra, and helps to bring
emotions and sensitivity into our daily actions.
ROSE QUARTZ CRYSTAL is the best known and favourite of
the pink stones. It has a calming and reassuring effect.
However, it can also be a powerful releaser of
unexpressed emotions where they might be thwarting
RHODONITE, when polished, is
a salmon pink often flecked with
and has a
than other pink
KUNZITE is a pale pink and violet stone. Having
striated crystal structure it is an
excellent shifter of emotional
debris, and also helps self- expression.
is a delicate banded
stone of pink,
yellow and orange.
It will help to
problems in this
area are preventing
action. It is excellent for
balancing the functions of the second
and third chakras.
ORANGE CRYSTAL STONES
Orange is an equal mix of red and yellow, and this combines energizing and focusing qualities.
It is associated with the second chakra, which deals with the flow or lack of flow within the
body Creativity and artistic skills are an expression of this flow, while shock, trauma and blocks
indicate the lack of flow.
CARNELIAN is the most popular orange stone,
characterized by a sense of warmth and a gently
energizing effect. It is commonly found on beaches. It
will nearly always be of benefit in healing.
ORANGE CALCITE is smooth and
lustrous. It is ideal for the delicate
encouragement of potential, and because
of its softness and watery feel, is good at
melting away problems.
DARK CITRINE, orange and browny-
orange, is a balanced stimulator that will
bring out practical creative skills. It can
be used as a gentle grounding and
TOPAZ, with its elongated crystal form and
parallel striations running its length, is an
excellent clearing stone that can be used to direct
energy around the body.
COPPER, which can be found as natural nuggets and
crystallized forms, is ideal for use when a lack of flow
creates stagnation and clumsiness. It has a beneficial
effect on many physical and subtle systems.
YELLOW CRYSTAL STONES
Yellow relates to the solar plexus chakra that regulates the functioning of the nervous system, digestive
and immune systems and the ability to discriminate and identify things. Stress, fear, happiness a
contentment are all linked to this colour.
AMBER, a fossil tree resin, varies in colour from a
lemon yellow to a rich orange brown, including
a deep red and green. It has a beneficial effect
on the nervous system and self-healing
RUTILATED QUARTZ CRYSTAL is a clear or
smoky crystal containing fine threads
of golden or orange rutile crystals. It
is excellent for moving healing
energy from place to place, and
works well with broken or
TIGER’S EYE is a variety of
quartz with a velvety sheen that
looks like a sweet. The packed fibres and
the bands of browns, golds and reds speed up
energy flow and anchor subtle changes into the
CITRINE QUARTZ CRYSTAL is a popular yellow stone.
When it is a bright, clear yellow it will help to
keep the mind clear and focused.
IRON PYRITES, known as “fool’s gold”, helps to
cleanse and strengthen. It calms the digestive system.
GREEN CRYSTAL STONES
Green is found in the middle of the spectrum and it is associated with the heart chakra, located at the
midpoint of that system. Emotions and relationships are balanced here and the qualities needed for
growth and personal space are encouraged.
GREEN AVENTURINE is an
excellent heart balancer. It is
gently expansive, allowing for an
easy expression of feelings.
MALACHITE will dig out deep feehngs,
hurts and resentments and will break
unwanted ties and patterns of behaviour.
BLOODSTONE is a green quartz with flecks
of red jasper, giving it an active balance
of energy and calm. It stimulates emotional growth
and is of benefit to the heart and circulation.
MOSS AGATE is ideal for
lungs and easing
as well as feelings of being
emotionally stifled. It brings in the
energy of the natural world.
PERIDOT is a vivid light green stone
associated with volcanic activity. It is one of the
best cleansers of the subtle bodies and will help to
motivate growth and necessary change.
AMAZONITE calms and balances the emotions
and helps throat and lung problems.
EMERALD, the green variety of the mineral beryl, is
a help to finding personal direction in activity. It
brings clarity and calm to the heart and emotions.
LIGHT BLUE CRYSTAL STONES
The throat chakra, associated with conmiunication, works with this color. Communication using
sight, voice, color, taste, smell — all the senses — is involved at this centre, as are inner forms of
communication the way you talk to yourself, your thoughts and the ability to express yourself
all come under the vibration of light blue.
TURQUOISE has been used for centuries as a
supportive and protective stone. It strengthens all the
subtle bodies and the fine communication systems of
the body, such as the meridians.
BLUE LACE AGATE is a beautiful,
banded variety of quartz that
gently cools and calms. It
can be used for lightening
thought and works well with
CELESTITE is a soft stone that
forms clear, delicate blue crystals
Very inspiring and “dreamy” in its
qualities, it is ideal for lifting heavy
moods and helps with difficulties
in expressing spiritual thoughts
and needs. It is also helpful for
a blue variety of beryl, stimulates the
healing properties of the body. It improves confidence
and the ability to stand your ground, and helps to
release the flow of communication.
INDIGO CRYSTAL STONES
The brow chakra, the "third eye", is linked to the midnight blue of indigo. Perception, uderstanding
and intuition are qualities of this chakra, together with a deep sense of peace and connection.
LAPIS LAZULI is a rock of different minerals that has
a large proportion of deep blue lazurite as well as often
being flecked with iron pyrites. It has a powerful
effect, stimulating the rapid release of stresses to enable
a greater peace to be experienced Lapis also stimulates
the higher faculties of the mind and uderstanding.
SODALITE can look very similar to lapis lazuli,
though it is usually of a less vivid blue and has cloudy
veils of white running through it. It calms the mind
and allows new information to be received.
KYANITE forms translucent thin
blades of crystal that often look
like fans. A wonderful mover of
energy that is blocked or
inflamed, it is calming and
clearing and is a rapid
restorer of equilibrium to
AZURITE is most commonly seen
as small round nodules but can also
forms shiny crystals. It will free up
difficult and long_standing blocks in
communication and will reveal those
structures that are stopping us from using our
full potential. It stimulates memory and recall.
SAPPHIRE can be expensive when it possesses the
correct depth of color, othewise you can find
good—sized crystals at a reasonable cost. It relaxes and
improves the mind. It balances all aspects of the self by
releasing tension and promoting peace of mind.
VIOLET CRYSTAL STONES
Violet and purple are linked to the Crown chakra located above the top of the head. Inspiration,
imagination empathy and the sense of service to others are the energies of this centre. Violet and
purple stones help to re_balance extremes within the systems of the body, so they can be of use when
you are not sure of the nature of a problem.
IOLITE is also called water sapphire, but is no
relation. It has a subtle violet translucence that
increases the imagination and all
aspects of intuitive creativity.
AMETHYST is perhaps the most useful all_purpose
healing crystal. It is universally applicable in its uses
and benefits. Amethyst is a good stone to use with
meditation as it quietens the mind and allows finer
perceptions to become clear.
FLUORITE comes in a wide variety of colors,
though violet is one of the
commonest. It can be
used to great effect
with the upper
increasing the practical use
of ideas and inspirations. Fluorite
helps with co-ordination, both
physical and mental.
SUGILITE is a stone with various shades of purple. It
can be useful in group situations where it helps to
resolve personal difficulties and brings greater group
coherence. This stone is also indicated for those who
are uncomfortable with their circumstances or who
feel as though they don’t “fit in”.
WHITE CRYSTAL STONES
White or clear stones are often used at the crown chakra where they reflect the qualities of universality
and clarity of that centre. White light contains within it all other colors, so it symbolizes the potential
to reflect all energies. White stones also reflect the energies around them. White is related to the
concepts of clarity, cleansing and purification.
CLEAR QUARTZ strengthens and brings
coherent energy, as does milky quartz, which
has a gentler effect. All the subtle systems of
the body are enhanced and clarified. A state
of harmony is brought about.
HERKIMER DIAMOND is a clear,
bright variety of quartz excellent for
all detoxification processes and for
cleansing imbalances from the subtle
bodies. It will amplifr the qualities of
the stones placed near to it. Clarity of
mind and vivid recall of dream states
are commonly induced.
ICELAND SPA is a variety of clear calcite
that helps us to relate to the world in a
balanced and productive way, with clarity.
MOONSTONE is white, milky, creamy or
pearly in color. It has a characteristic soft luminescence
from which it gets its name. It is an excellent stone for
clearing tensions gently from the emotions and from
the abdomen, where it can help the digestive system.
Moonstone will work well wherever there is
imbalance in the fluid systems of the body.
named for its
quality, is a type
of gypsum. Do
not place this stone in
damp or wet — the thin slices of crystal will slide apart
and disintegrate. Selenite is a good stone for removing
emotional turmoil or confusion. It clarifies awareness
and helps to reach new states of consciousness.
BLACK CRYSTAL STONES
While white stones reflect and clarify light, black stones absorb light. White will reflect the visible,
black will show you the hidden potential of any situation. Black is solidifying and manifesting. It holds
all energies quietly within itself and so requires patience to explore fully Black stones are usually
grounding, acting as energy anchors to help you return to a normal functioning state. Many will also
reveal hidden aspects so that they can be dealt with — in this respect black stones have a purifying role.
SMOKY QUARTZ is a gentle grounding stone. It is
protective and is able to dissolve negative states. It will
reach to deep levels of the self to cleanse and balance,
and so can be a useful meditadon stone. Smoky quartz
has all the qualities of clear quartz expressed in a
steadier gentler manner.
TOURMALINE comes in all colors but the black
variety is called "schorl". It is a good protective stone,
grounds energies with great speed, and will help to
realign physical problems to do with the skeleton and
muscles. As a long thin crystal with parallel
striations, schorl is a very good energy shifter.
OBSIDIAN is volcanic
glass. It can be pure
black or have flecks
obsidian) or a smoky
translucence (Apache tears).
Obsidian is excellent at bringing
imbalance to the surface so
that other stones can
clear it away It can
also be used to find
the hidden factors
so that the right
HAEMATITE is an iron
ore that can be rust
red but is more
often a silvery
grey with a
It will help the
iron within the
body and has a
It is quietening
to the mind.
MULTICOLORED CRYSTAL STONES
There are many gemstones and minerals in which a mix of colors occurs naturally. You can
determine their actions from the color combinations that they display. In general, stones that display a
full spectrum of color, or that contain ralnbow fractures, will be able to reflect a wide range of states
and qualities and can therefore be used for a variety of reasons. Stones with a combination of two
colors have specific functions determined by those colors.
AMETRINE is a quartz which shares the colors and
qualities of amethyst and citrine, being part violet and
part golden. It balances the mind,
augmenting the imagination
and the rational mind.
OPAL is perhaps the best known of the multicolored
stones. With a high water content which refracts light
in a multitude of ways, opal works with the emotional
balance. Depending on the play of colour, the opal
will naturally harmonize with different chakras.
AZURITE_MALHTTE is a mix of these two
related minerals. It allows the deepest
imbalances to surface and then be removed.
It will also help you to express your
needs in a clear, direct way.
LABRADORITE appears a dull
waxy grey until it catches the light
when beautiful iridescent sheets of
peacock blues, yellows and oranges
appear. Labradorite will deflect any
unwanted energies from the aura.
HAWK’S EYE is a blue variety of tiger’s eye with
gold, green and orange between deep blue
strands. It is ideal for the throat, brow and
crown chakras, where its rapid energy enhances
the flow of information into the body.
Reference: Crystals and Crystal Healing by S. Lilly:
Crystals for Health, home and personal power by Ken & Joules Taylor
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