If you hang around on Instagram for long enough, you’ll know just how popular crystal healing is. Everyone from Adele to Victoria Beckham swear by the incredible power and healing these crystals bring to their life and wouldn’t ever be caught without them!
But with the art of crystal healing being so vast, it’s difficult to know which crystals are the most powerful, what they do, and how to use them.
So consider this your guide into the world of crystal healing!
The history of crystal healing
Crystal healing can be traced back to four crucial ancient civilisations: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Greece, and Ancient Chinese Dynasties.
Each of these civilisations believed in the healing powers of crystals and amulets, and as such, they performed a vital role in each culture.
For example, in China, Jade was thought to be a healing stone, and in Ancient Egypt, Chrysolite was used to protect people from night terrors.
Since then, people have harnessed the powers of crystals as an alternative to medicine – especially during medieval times.
Nowadays, crystals are not generally used for medicinal purposes – indeed, there is no scientific evidence to prove that they can cure disease – but they are more popular than ever in healing energy and emotions.
Why is crystal healing so popular?
Celebrities swear by them, healers use them often, and Etsy is flooded with bespoke crystal items. So, why all the buzz?
Well, simply put, many people have experienced the healing properties of crystals firsthand.
We all feel “off” from time to time, and for many, they see it as their energy being out of whack or off balance.
And crystals are said to hold a constant energy vibration, with each crystal vibrating in line with a specific type of energy – love, protection, calmness, etc. As such, having crystals around sets the energy frequency you wish to work at.
As Judy Hall, author of The Little Book of Crystals puts it:
“Crystals act like energy tuning forks.”
It, therefore, comes as no surprise that the presence of such crystals sets the tone for intentional living. As long as you use them correctly, that is.
How to use crystals for healing
First and foremost, for crystal healing to work, you need the specific crystal in your presence to set the energy you are trying to radiate.
It’s also of paramount importance that you fully believe and trust in the power of the crystals. If you don’t, it might not work for you.
With that said, there is a long list of ways you can use crystals to access their healing properties. Here are some of the most popular:
We spend approximately one-third of our lives sleeping. But, unfortunately, that’s one-third of our life where we aren’t actively doing anything. And while sleep in itself is incredibly healing and necessary to energise your life, sleeping with crystals next to you can amplify the process.
As you sleep, you have no conflicting thoughts trying to fight against the crystal's energy, making it an ideal time to let the crystal do its work and start aligning your own energy with the crystal. You can either choose to focus on one specific crystal or curate your own mixture of crystals to make your own healing experience for bedtime.
If you travel often, it’s a good idea to carry a crystal or two in your bag with you. In fact, many crystal-loving travellers believe in the energy the crystals emit to keep them protected and prevent the disruption of travelling from messing with their own energy.
We recommend focusing on just one or two crystals, though, as they can get pretty heavy otherwise!
Not everyone wants to carry around crystal chunks wherever they go. Some people prefer to wear their crystals in the form of jewellery pieces. Although the smaller the crystal, the smaller the energy it emits, having crystal jewellery is still a good option for those constantly on the go.
You can find bracelets, necklaces, and rings with different crystals on them. It’s up to you which type of jewellery fits your purpose.
Some people prefer bracelets as there are options with a variety of crystals to emit multiple healing properties and energy at once. Other people prefer wearing crystal necklaces as the crystal sits closer to their heart.
Meditation is all about finding calm, still, balance in the middle of your day. There is no future, no past to worry about, just the here and now. And as your chakras (energy points in the body) open, your body is able to better absorb the energy around you.
That’s why having crystals around you during your meditation practise is so powerful. With the intense energy each crystal emits, your chakras will more easily align with them, and you’ll find the healing you are looking for comes much quicker.
How to care for your crystals
Unfortunately, as with most things, your crystals need to be well looked after to work optimally. As they fill you with healing energy, they absorb the negative energy that was blocking it, essentially becoming vessels for your negative energy. But they can only hold so much.
Think of crystals like glasses of water. Each glass can only hold so much before it overflows and spills out. So to fit more water in, you’ll need to pour some out first. The same goes for your crystals. You need to drain them of the negative energy so they can continue to heal your own energy.
The way to do this is known as recharging your crystals. There are two popular ways to do this.
- Soak your crystals in sea salt water for several hours and then leave them to dry in the sun.
- Let them sit in the moonlight during a full moon.
Now that you know how to use and care for your crystals let’s look at some of the most popular ones and how they can help you heal.
Ten crystals and their healing benefits
Healing energy: Universal healing
Known as the “master healer,” clear quartz takes care to cleanse and balance your energy, giving you a neutral canvas to start building upon.
Use it when you need a complete energy detox.
Healing energy: Love and Peace
Not only does rose quartz look pretty, but it also has a beautiful energy vibration. This gem lovingly helps align your energy to accept love and peace in your life.
You can use it to strengthen your existing relationships (family, friends, partner, etc., or use it to attract new love into your life.
Healing energy: Purification and spirituality
Purple in colour, many cultures connect amethyst to the divine. In fact, you may have noticed in pop culture as a whole that the colour purple is often associated with the magic and mystic arts.
Use amethyst when you need to connect to a higher power and purify your energy.
Healing energy: Physical and emotional healing
Turquoise is said to be a great healer of the body, mind, and soul. As such, if you’re feeling under the weather or down in the dumps, turquoise might just be the crystal for you.
Try placing turquoise by your bed to encourage healing as you sleep.
Healing energy: Protection
Obsidian is used to ward off negative emotions and protect you from danger.
Line your door with obsidian to keep bad energy out of your living space.
Healing power: Wisdom and creativity
Sapphire calms the mind so it can focus and develop creative ideas, as well as helping to remove negative thoughts.
Keep sapphire on your desk for extra creative juice as you work!
Healing energy: Harmony and clarity
As its name suggests, aquamarine embodies the energy of the calm sea, gently moving in waves.
Use this crystal when you need to find peace and calm in an otherwise chaotic situation.
Healing energy: Joy and prosperity
Orange as the sun, citrine helps align your energy to attract joy.
Make sure to have some around the house during winter to avoid the winter blues!
Healing energy: Prosperity and fortune
Jade crystals are all about radiating energy to bring abundance into your life.
Keep a small jade crystal in your purse for good luck!
Healing energy: Manifestation and vitality
Tiger iron is a bit of a cheat crystal in that it is an amalgamation of three different crystals fused to make this mega crystal.
Use tiger iron when you need an energy boost or when trying to manifest your affirmations.
Now, it’s up to you
We’ve given you the tools you need to start your crystal healing journey; now, it’s up to you to pick the crystals you need and start absorbing their energy to enhance your life.
Before long, you’ll wonder how you got through life without them!