Most people become very interested with the use of crystals right off the bat; mostly because of their very diverse beauty and decorative properties. What they might not know is that all crystals have healing properties, and can do very good for yourself if used in the right way. Of course, just having them around can help, but neglecting to cleanse them or be aware of what they truly can do will only limit their potential.
When I’m being asked about healing crystals, most people don’t know where to start or they genuinely just don’t understand how they work. I’ll do my best to create a guide here to help you find a starting point and help you better understand what crystals can do for you.
Healing from crystals comes from resonance and vibrations. Crystal healing has been around for thousands of years, and is used in some medical practice today. Some can heal physical ailments, most commonly headaches and swelling, others help bring an inner peace and balance, on a more quiet and sedative vibration. Crystals are piezoelectric, which means that electricity is produced through compression, basically crystals can produce sound/light waves and vibrations. These have been used in many healing techniques globally. Crystals are generally used to treat blockages in the body, to stop or deal with pain, or to create calmness.
There are crystals that can be used for different parts of the body to alleviate stress or pain. For example, for a stomach-related problem, moonstone, citrine, or green fluorite can be of service to that kind of problem. For headaches, try lapis lazuli or amethyst placed on the brow or forehead. Research specifically your need and there is a crystal to help.
Crystals heal on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. They are used to realign energies and bring an internal balance to one’s aura or energy field. They’re used to prevent or remove blockages in one’s aura or chakras.
(in Indian thought) each of the centers of spiritual power in the human body, usually considered to be seven in number.
Crystals for each chakra:
Crown Chakra: clear quartz, selenite, moonstone, howlite, apophyllite
Generally white, silver & clear stones.
Third Eye Chakra: amethyst, purple fluorite, lepidolite, purple argonite
Generally purple or indigo stones.
Throat Chakra: blue kyanite, blue lace agate, blue calcite, sodalite, angelite, blue chalcedony
Generally blue stones.
Heart Chakra: rose quartz, green fluorite, pink tourmaline, pink chalcedony, rhodochrosite, aventurine
Generally pink or green stones.
Solar Plexus Chakra: citrine, yellow calcite, yellow jasper, carnealian, yellow/gold fluorite, tiger’s eye, yellow apatite, yellow topaz
Generally yellow or gold stones.
Sacral Chakra: carnealian, orange calcite, orange quartz, jasper, amber
Generally orange stones.
Root Chakra: black obsidian, smoky quartz, black tourmaline, garnet, black onyx, hematite
Generally black, gray or brown stones.
*Obviously more apply to each, but these are just the basic general ones that stimulate each chakra.
By finding which chakra needs the most healing, or which you’d like to heal personally, you must reflect and be honest with yourself to come to a real decision.
Methods for Working with Crystals
Wearing Crystals is probably the most common and the easiest way to work with them, but they must be cleansed more often. Wearing them as a necklace or in a pouch works the best for most people. Crystals are more effective if they are actually touching your skin, so holding them in your hand or wearing them around your neck might be the best way to go here.
Sleeping with Crystals is another common one. Keeping them under your pillow for those that have trouble sleeping, or wish to remember dreams, or have more vivid dreams may be very helpful. Keeping them on a nightstand near your bed is also another way to sleep with them. Amethyst, moonstone and howlite are very effective stones for protection while sleeping, to help with insomnia or trouble sleeping, and to have vivid/prophetic dreams.
Bathing with Crystals is another helpful and common way to heal. Some crystals cannot be put into water though, like moonstone and selenite, because of their natural properties, so be wary and informed on that before ever bathing with them. Some can even become toxic. The basic idea behind bathing with crystals is that your bath water can become more energized by them, thus improving and increasing your healing time.
Crystal Meditation is perhaps the most common next to wearing them. It’s one of the easiest ways to become more attune to your crystal and feel it’s purest energy. By holding the crystal in your hand(s) or in front of you. Breathing gently, letting the air flow in and out of you. Envisioning a ball of energy in front of you or surrounding you depending on what crystal you’re using can be helpful during this process. Make sure you’re in a quiet area preferably alone, with no distractions. Noticeable signs of crystal vibration is throbbing in your hand(s), tingly feeling, heat/warmth, etc.
“With softly focused eyes, look at your crystal. Notice its color, its shape, its weight if you are holding it. Feel its vibrations passing into your hands. Allow yourself to wander within the crystal, exploring its inner planes. When you are ready, close your eyes. Quietly contemplate the energies of the crystal and let it teach you about itself.” – The Crystal Bible, Judy Hall
How to Cleanse Crystals
Put them out under the full moon, new moon, or under any phase you’d like or intuitively feel is right for them. Paying attention to the moon’s phases will help you better decide on what time is right to charge which crystal, depending on the traits of it and what you will be using them for. If you don’t want to or can’t leave them out overnight, 5-15 minutes is okay too. If you cannot actually see the moon, but it’s full, your crystals will still get the energy and be charged. Even if it is cloudy, rainy, etc. The full moon is the best, most effective time and safest way to cleanse any crystal.
Sunlight is cleansing too, but certain crystals cannot be left out in sunlight or they will fade. Examples of these crystals are: Amegreen, Amethyst, Ametrine, Apophyllite Green, Aquamarine, Auralite, Celestite, Citrine, Fluorite, Hiddenite, Kunzite, Opal (will dry out), Prasiolite, Rose Quartz, Smoky Quartz, Spirit Quartz, Super Seven, Topaz, and Turquoise.
Some crystals do not even need to be cleansed at all, these are Citrine and Kyanite. Sometimes you can even use other crystals to cleanse others, like Amethyst and Clear Quartz.
Alternative methods of cleansing are: rainwater. Place your crystal(s) in a bowl and let them sit outside when it’s raining or during a storm. The ionic charge cleanses crystals very quickly and efficiently. Ocean water works well too. Let them air dry.
Hold the crystal(s) in your dominant hand and channel your energy through to the crystal to charge it. 5-10 minutes should be good.
Like I mentioned earlier: some crystals cannot be used in water, so be informed.
Place them in a garden/where you keep your plants, or resting on the soil with the plant(s). 2-4 hours should be good.
Sage and incense. Hold your crystal to the smoke and let it bathe in it. Use your intuition to be able to know when they are done. You’ll just know.
It is ideal to charge and program (getting it attune to you, it’s purpose and universal need) as soon as you get the crystal. It will remove any strangers energy from it and make it yours only. Programming a crystals means to establish its use into the universe. You will decide what you want this crystal to do for you and how it will benefit you. Intuition is key here.
Where can I buy them?
Googling local metaphysical or crystal shops will give you an idea of where to look in your area. If there are none around you, the most authentic and safe online places to look are Etsy.com and Ebay.com. Please avoid shopping for crystals on websites like amazon. Looking around on Instagram for sellers and crystal enthusiasts is also another really good way to purchase some crystals of your own.
It’s important to do your own research on crystals you’re interested in buying before purchasing them. Learn what you need to improve or balance within yourself and go from there.
Recommended websites/books for crystal information:
The Crystal Bible by Judy Hall
Change Your Energy by Krista N. Mitchell