I just love Crystals, i love their natural ability to heal and re balance me in times of transition, they have everything we need to bring balance to the Chakra system, to create a healing space in our home, to add to the energy and intention of a Shrine or Altar, to aid sleep, heal a broken heart, ground us in times of stress, increase Intuition and clarity and just look gorgeous as a natural form of jewellery.
Choosing Crystals couldn’t be more personal, i always say there is no wrong Crystals, you will know the ones you need and be drawn to them, they have a habit of just calling out to you, it is said that when the Crystal has done it’s job, we will often lose it, someone in need will surely find it and pick it up.
Try to buy Crystals from good sources, we have a lovely Gem & Crystal Show here in York each Year, and also at Natural Healing Fairs.
I would also recommend a good Crystal book, The Crystal Bible is a great resource, so you can take it with you when you go to purchase, you will be amazed when you readup on the Crystals you are drawn to will be exactly the ones you need at that moment.
Caring for your Crystals couldn’t be easier, each month, or after use, rinse under running water for 1 minute, you could run them in a Stream if you’re out and about, a Natural running water source is always preferable, but tap water will do the job. If you are Reiki attuned you can cleanse them by holding them in you hands, or hold hands over them to charge and cleanse them, equally smudging with incense, White Sage is perfect for this.
Re charge them in The light of a Full Moon, some can be charged in Sunlight, although some may be affected by Sunlight, and water so check first.
Hymalayan Salt and Selenite don’t like water, and Amethyst may fade in too much sunlight.
Use them around the home, wear them, use them in Intention setting and Crystal Grids, lay them on your body in Relaxation or Meditation, you really can’t go far wrong.
I would love to share a few of my favourites with you….
The Chakra Stones…
These are my favourite stones for balancing the Chakras, and a great group of stones to begin with.
Root Chakra…Smokey Quartz.
Smoky quartz is a very protective and grounding stone. It brings physical and psychic protection. It is also an excellent stone for protection from negative energy, as It removes negativity and negative energy of any kind and transforms them to positive energy.
As a root chakra stone, smoky quartz enhances survival instincts, and can help one reach personal and business goals. It is also used in assisting in making wishes come true by grounding their essence in reality. It is a stone that brings abundance, prosperity, and good luck and brings wisdom to every day life.
Emotionally, smoky quartz is excellent for elevating moods, overcoming negative emotions, and relieving depression. Smoky quartz relieves stress, fear, jealousy, anger and other negative emotions by transforming them into positive energies. It is a helpful stone for enhancing and encouraging courage and inner strength. Smoky quartz is very comforting and calming, and can be considered a stone of serenity. It can, therefore, be very helpful in relieving grief and following abuse.
In the psychic and spiritual realms, smoky quartz centers one during meditation, and can provide a grounded link between the physical and higher selves, helping to uncover subconscious wisdom. Using smoky quartz during meditation enables you to reach higher states of consciousness. Smoky quartz also stimulates kundalini.
Because smoky quartz transforms and removes negative energy, it also protects and cleanses the aura and astral bodies. It can be used effectively for psychic shielding.
Physically, smoky quartz has been used in crystal healing to treat many different problems associated with the lower torso including kidneys, abdomen, pancreas, reproductive organs, menstrual cramps, fertility issues. Smoky quartz also is used to remove toxins from the body and helps the adrenal glands. It is also very helpful for regulating body fluids and relieving fluid retention. Smoky quartz is also a preferred crystal healer’s stone for dealing with insomnia, nightmares, hyperactivity, and attention deficit disorder. Smoky quartz is said to be good for balancing and improving one’s general health.
Carnelian has a dual nature, being both dynamic, fiery, and passionate, while also having the ability to calm, ground and protect. It bestows optimism, courage and inner strength. Carnelian, especially when used in combination with orange calcite, provides an amazing antidepressant, through either carrying the stones or drinking an essence, and can alleviate depression and Seasonal Affected Disorder (SAD). It is also useful in the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and other issues affecting the bowel. With IBS it works in two ways, as not only can it help to sooth the irritation, but it also helps us to centre ourselves and to ground spiritual energy, allowing us to be more contained and less open and vulnerable to outside influences, a major cause of IBS. Carnelian improves the libido, and can be used with the female reproductive system issues and illness, including infertility. referred to it as the “thinking stone”, , whether in layouts or essences, as it is believed to help the other crystals to communicate with one another and work together. Some crystal healing practices say that carnelian is self-cleansing although I recommend you cleanse it as you would any other crystal. Traditionally, it was believed to staunch blood flow, and was said to ‘calm the blood’. Ancient Egyptians frequently used carnelian for amulets representing the heart, which was considered the seat of life. Amulets of carnelian have also been found in Iron Age graves in Japan.
Citrine is warming, comforting and energising like the sun – a true stone of joy! It dissolves inertia, and stimulates creativity independence and a desire to move forward. Citrine is also mood lifting, and therefore used in the treatment of depression. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘merchant’s stone’, and kept in purses and shop tills, as well as in the wealth corner of the home (in Feng Shui), as it is purported to attract abundance. It can be an aid in treating digestive complaints, especially with the stomach itself, and supports filtration organs, particularly the liver, kidneys, pancreas and gall bladder. If worn with the termination pointing downwards, citrine can have a gentle grounding effect.
Heart Chakra…Rose Quatrz
Rose Quartz aligns with the Heart Chakra, governing the emotions, especially love, and is known as the “love stone”. It can be used to nurture, attract love, promote self-acceptance or, on a more spiritual level, love of whatever you hold sacred or Divine. It is extremely supportive for the broken-hearted or recently bereaved, as well as strengthening the bond between mother and newborn.
In addition, this wonderful crystal can dampen electromagnetic stress, so it is beneficial to keep some near your computer monitor or television.
Carry or wear it, particularly near the heart and keep some by your bed and also at the center of a Grid.
For thousands of years, cultures throughout the world have used turquoise as a protection against harmful spells and evil. It has been worn as an amulet for protection, strength and good health, and is held sacred by many Native American tribes, particularly in New Mexico and Arizona. It is still considered to be a stone of protection on many levels, and can also be used to cleanse negative energy, including electromagnetic energy. It is calming and balancing, can stabilise mood swings, and is considered to be supportive when exhausted or overworked. It is believed by some to support intuition and psychic gifts. The coloration and properties of turquoise can vary, dependent on where it is mined. Used to balance the Throat chakra, this is one of my all time favourites.
Amethyst is a beautiful and fascinating crystal loved by crystal healers. This purple crystal is a variety of quartz and ranges in colour from pale lavender to deep purples. Amethyst is known as a master healer and is believed to heal all systems of the body. It is also believed to be a powerfully spiritual crystal aligned with the Third Eye Chakra, making it perfect for mediation and expanding consciousness. Said to be a balancing stone and a gentle stone to wear, necklaces and earrings are great, as they are worn close to the Third eye center.
Clear Quartz…Crown Chakra
Clear quartz is one of the most popular crystals as a healing crystal, collectable or ornament. Clear quartz is considered the most powerful type of crystal for channelling energy, amplifying energy and cleansing; all of which makes it a real must-have for crystal healers and Meditators alike. you can find a huge range of quartz pieces, from polished quartz carvings to natural clusters and quartz crystal balls. Remember Clear quartz is an amplifier, it will amplify everything.
I often use a clear quartz at the center of my Crystal grid and also to hold the energy, or direct it.
A few of my other favourites…
Green Aventurine is balancing and supports the immune system, assisting in general physical healing, and is the foremost green heart stone in use in crystal healing. It is considered so harmonising that it is used in Shen Tao Feng Shui specifically to restore harmony in the home when there has been conflict between the inhabitants. In my experience of using it for this purpose, the cause of the conflict often chooses to remove him- or herself from the situation almost immediately, although in some cases genuine harmony is renewed without major change. Green Aventurine is said to enhance self-esteem. The included mica has a dampening effect on electromagnetic radiation, and it can be worn or placed near computers. Aventurine often contains included pyrite, which aids protection and lifts the spirits.
In the case of Peach or Red Aventurine, the clearing and balancing charateristics focus on the lower chakras, from the Solar Plexus down. It is still harmonising, and adds grounding to the mix, making it surprisingly calm, given its orange colour (usually considered vibrant and energising). It releases and clears old, held energy from the Solar Plexus, especially tension and anger, and treats digestive complaints, such as IBS.
Bloodstone is profoundly calm and tranquil, clearing and balancing on many levels, including energetic, hormonal, and emotional, before focussing its gentle energy on the heart and upper heart chakras, then earthing the energy.
Carrying, wearing, or meditating with the mineral will bring a sense of womb-like safety. It releases stress and anxiety, detoxifies, and supports the immune system, making it a good stone for treating infection and contracted illness, as well as autoimmune and imuno-deficiency diseases like ME/CFS.
Bloodstone supports and clears the filtration organs, especially the kidneys, and is still used to treat haemorrage and nosebleed. Some crystal healers are using bloodstone to support and rebuild bone marrow function in leukemia patients. Obviously, if you use it in this way, approach the client with care, and if appropriate, discuss the treatment with their doctor.
Amazonite encourages self-determination and self-confidence, allowing us to ‘speak our truth’, especially in a leadership capacity, making leadership something to enjoy rather than fear. It frees the voice, and gives us the confidence to sing and speak in public situations. Amazonite calms while at the same time lifting the spirits, and can be used to treat depression and Seasonal Affected Disorder. It encourages a healthy trust in ourselves and the Divine. As a filtering stone, amazonite helps to clear and support the kidneys, liver and other filtre organs, and is sometimes used protect against electromagnetic stress by placing it in front of the source of pollution, such as a computer monitor. Physically, it is sometimes used to ease cramps and labour pains.
This particular form of zoisite is green, oxidising to form black spots, and contains ruby. Both stones connect with the Heart Chakra, but the ruby forms a Heart connection with the Divine, while the Zoisite, with its black inclusions, is powerfully grounding, thereby allowing us to strengthen our spiritual connection while keeping our feet on the ground. It is detoxifying, encourages recovery from illness and heavy stress, allows us to be true to ourselves without conforming to others, and helps to turn destructive behaviour patterns into a constructive lifestyle.
Ruby zoisite can be used in treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and ME. It also supports fertility in both sexes, and is purported to stimulate psychic abilities.
Fluorite is extremely good for balancing, clearing energy blocks, organising thoughts and ideas, and for keeping the aura clear. Therefore, fluorite alleviates chaos, and can be extremely helpful for people learning new subjects, taking exams, or embarking on large projects or creative endeavours, especially projects which involve a great deal of forward planning or grow as the project unfolds, making it difficult to see or remember the structure within. It acts as “Psychic Teflon” for healers and other practitioners, as it allows us to empathise and feel with others without holding on to their problems or illness. It calms and centres, and creates inner expansion, bringing inner stillness and an ability to work through difficulties without stress. On a physical level, fluorite can be used to strengthen and promote healing in bones and teeth.
There are many different varieties of fluorite, each with their own mineral structure, esoteric attributes and associations. To find out more about some special varieties of fluorite please click below.
Hematite has a reflective silver that is truly mesmerising. Hematite is believed to be a good grounding stone that brings awareness back to the body and present moment. This would be good for re-focussing the mind at the end of a healing of meditation session. Hematite is also said to replace stress with optimism. These qualities make this hematite a must-have addition to your crystal collection.
Azurite is related to malachite, and is distinguished by its lower water content. Azurite can create a strong opening of the Crown and Third Eye Chakras, facilitating and speeding up spiritual and psychic development, as well as opening the Bindu Visarga, aiding attunement and communication with our guides. It is sometimes referred to as the ‘Stone of Heaven’, and promotes awareness and self-knowledge, encouraging a quest towards enlightenment. It can help us to achieve a deep meditative state, and is useful in astral travel.
Azurite is more often used in meditation, but can be a useful healing stone, treating liver, kidney and gallbladder problems, and aiding detoxification. It is also useful in stimulating the thyroid, as well as giving insight into the cause of illness. Because of its high copper content, it is sometimes used as a mild pain-reliever.
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Labradorite is a multi-dimensional mineral, working on both the physical and the etheric bodies. Its beautiful schiller (or play of light) gives an outward indication of its ability to help us to look within and self-reflect. It also aids the recognition and enhancement of psychic abilities, while at the same time being both grounding and protecting, and so enables us to work with our psychic gifts in a safe and healthy manner.
Labradorite helps to keep the energy field clear, especially for those who have a tendency to pick up on other people’s emotional issues. As an added bonus, it can also maintain our baseline energy level, preventing people who overwork from becoming utterly depleted.
Gienger refers to it as “The Old Warrior’s Stone”, as he believes this quality also works for people who have been through many past lives. He also calls it the “Illusion Killer” – another element of self-reflection.
Holding or wearing a moonstone you can feel its nurturing energy and how effectively it reduces stress. A stone of new beginnings, and related to the Moon.
Whenever you feel stressed or anxious, simply hold or wear the stone and focus on its power.
Moonstone is aligned with the Moon and feminine power. It is said to relieve pain, especially cramps. Also known as the Visionary Stone, moonstone is said to help psychic vision, protecting women and nature.
This pretty stone makes a great gift for anyone who loves crystals and one you can use every day.
The vibration of Selenite is very high but also very calming, so it is excellent for clarity, understanding and concentration, as well as keeping specific areas of a room clear of unwanted energy. It can also be used to form a protection grid in the home by placing in the 4 cardinal directions..
The crystal forms in a linear “spear” shape, and the energy is directional. It can be used to cleanse other crystals and crystal jewellery simply by laying them on the selenite, usually overnight, and can also be used to recharge crystals that feel a bit “flat”, by directing the point of the spear towards the crystal, for a period of time.
Selenite is often used in wand-form to dissolve energy blocks or to detach entities. Selenite itself does not need to be cleansed.
Prehnite is an important crystal, as it is a powerful healing stone on many levels. However and wherever it is applied, it will not only work directly on the problem in the ‘here and now’, but will also calm and clear the effects of trauma and illness from the corresponding subtle bodies, and even work in other dimensions. Unlike most minerals, prehnite from different localities will display similar properties, with mild variations according to other included minerals and crystal formation. Prehnite is a general balancer and very calming. It is detoxifying and supports the immune system, so is an optimal choice to fight infection. It also supports healing in most systems of the body, especially connective tissue, bones and skin. It can act as a pain reliever, particularly for arthritis sufferers, and in some cases appears to reverse the condition to some extent. Prehnite draws attention to the areas in need of healing, and is therefore an excellent diagnostic tool, both for the practitioner and for self-work. Emotionally, prehnite clears and opens the heart, and gently lifts the spirits. It aids acceptance of circumstances in our lives that are beyond our control. It demonstrates a particular connection with the Nature Realm, which can be accessed through meditation while holding the stone or sitting in a stone circle, or by placing it on an altar while working with the energy of this realm.
Feel the golden warmth of amber crystals. A type of fossilized conifer tree resin, most amber is approximately 50 million years old. It is not a organic rather than mineral but has been valued in Crystal healing and Chakra healing for thousands of years. Amber is associated with luck, good health, pain relief and powerful healing energy.
A type of quartz crystal, always double terminated and of dazzling clarity, often full of rainbows. As an amplifier it has similar properties to clear quartz. In addition, it stimulates psychic gifts, and because of the pure light it brings in, it is used to clear the Chakras, and particularly aligns with the Upper Crown Chakra. It is considered an “attunement” stone as it is a powerful aid in attuning to another person, one’s environment, or the highest spiritual levels, as well as helping us to gain past-life information. Also a good aid in treating and eliminating electromagnetic stress.
Aligns with Bindu Visaraga, also known as the Soma, a secondary at the rear top corner of the head. It helps you to attune to the higher realms while keeping your feet on the earth, and is among the Celestial Communication Stones. It is also reputed to be good for calming those with a fear of heights or of air travel.