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To combat the uncertainty that comes with life many turn to spiritual or holistic remedies that are rooted in ancient wisdom and ritual.
Crystal healing is one such practice. This alternative therapy involves using gemstones for balance and is a practice that has been used widely throughout history. Ancient civilizations used crystals ornamentally, in functional medicine and in ritual; medieval writers often used crystal imagery and many cultures around the world use crystals to heal the mind, body and spirit.
Today, crystals remain a popular tool, especially for wellbeing. Varied practical uses and products plus a wide array of applications make crystal healing appealing to both ardent and casual consumers.
By far the most common use for crystals is for emotional, energetic and spiritual support. Crystals used in healing are naturally occurring concentrations of minerals found in rock with unique molecular makeup. The microscopic structure (down to atoms and molecules) of crystals is repetitive but varies with each crystal. The unique makeup and characteristics of each crystal are believed to give it unique healing powers that may affect the energy and mood of the user.
Crystals are used in new age and traditional therapies – often in conjunction with other therapies such as reiki and meditation to amplify beneficial effects. The recent resurgence of alternative therapies in popular culture has seen the uptake of crystals in beauty and lifestyle products to promote mindfulness and a greater sense of wellbeing.
Curious as to how crystals can support you? Here’s a round-up of 8 everyday use cases for crystal healing.
When you want to enhance your spirituality or become more open to receiving from the spiritual realm, crystals can help you connect. For example, Labradorite is often used to stimulate intuition, enhance psychic abilities and aid spiritual journeys. Crystals can be used to promote openness, offer protection and help guide you to alignment with psychic abilities.
Crystals to try: Labradorite, Peridot, Smokey Quartz or Clear Quartz.
When dealing with change, turn to crystals that support grounding, healing, transformation and growth. For example, Smokey quartz can be effective in processing and letting go of the past while also offering clarity to lead you forward. Crystals that promote strength and help you feel rooted in your sense of self can also be helpful when dealing with frantic energy that can come during times of flux.
Crystals to try: Smokey quartz, Peridot, Citrine or Lapis Lazuli.
To help you reach a sense of calm during overwhelm or times of stress, reach for crystals that promote good energy flow. Stress can build up and manifest in the body as tension or blocks in energy flow. Amethyst is a popular cleansing stone that can clear blockages and be soothing. Crystals that assist with finding focus during meditation can also be beneficial for relaxation.
Crystals to try: Amethyst, Labradorite, Clear Quartz or Citrine.
When your confidence is waning or you need a boost to deal with a challenge, try crystals that help you let go of your insecurities and promote resilience. Lapis Lazuli is also known as ‘The Wisdom Keeper’ as it encourages your sense of self and enhances connection with your inner strength. Crystals that encourage clarity can help you move past negative self-views toward purpose and your best mind, body and spirit.
Crystals to try: Lapis Lazuli, Smokey Quartz, Labradorite and Peridot.
If you want to nourish existing relationships, welcome new ones or encourage self-love, crystals that encourage a sense of compassion can open your heart. Rose Quartz is commonly known as ‘The Love Stone’ and is used for healing and empathy that can help enhance or mend relationships. When you want to feel connected, crystals that foster openness and energy flow can help you be ready to receive connection.
Crystals to try: Rose Quartz, Peridot, Amethyst or Clear Quartz.
When you need rest or are working through a tough situation, protective crystals can help. Look for crystals that ward off negativity and restore your energy and clear blockages to shield you while you recover. Clear Quartz can be especially helpful as it amplifies the properties of other stones. It is also known as the master healer used to cleanse, dispel negative energy and allow pure energy to manifest.
Crystals to try: Clear Quartz, Labradorite, Peridot or Smokey Quartz.
For times when you’re feeling low in energy, crystals can help give you a boost. Sunny-hued Citrine is an example of an energising crystal with regenerative potential. Those that cleanse and promote positivity can help give you a motivating push.
Crystals to try: Citrine, Clear Quartz or Lapis Lazuli.
When life throws you off-kilter, crystals can bring you back to balance. Even if you’re unsure of how or why you’re feeling off, the corrective vibration of the right crystals can bring you back to a feeling of equilibrium. Peridot is commonly used for regulating physical, mental and emotional life cycles and to dissipate negative patterns. Crystals that remove blockages and promote energy flow can help you move through difficulties and return to wellness.
Crystals are most commonly available as small whole stones – about the size of a pebble. Their seldom used counterpart are crystal chips. These are essentially smaller, usually less than a centimetre and are designed to be used as a batch. They can be kept in small Buddha bowls and placed in strategic areas around the home; carried in small pouches for when you’re out and about or infused into your DIY skincare and home care products to boost the benefits of carrier and essential oils.
Remember each crystal has its own set of benefits and will be better suited to different uses. It’s best to get to know what you need and what crystal chips will be best for your situation.
The best thing about crystal chips is that they can be cleansed, re-energised and reused. Just be sure to follow the specific care instructions for each crystal to ensure that its properties are protected and preserved.