Updated: Feb 19, 2021
Interest in the healing powers of crystals is on the rise, with high-profile celebs such as Victoria Beckham and Katy Perry espousing their extraordinary powers to the masses via their social media channels. But knowledge of the special properties of certain minerals is far from new - humans have coveted crystals for their healing properties for thousands of years.
Crystal therapy through the ages
Ancient civilisations such as the Egyptians and Aztecs are now known to have worshipped gemstones like lapis lazuli, turquoise, and quartz. There is evidence of both civilizations incorporating such gemstones into amulets, crafted and worn to protect from evil spirits, and to enhance health and wellbeing. Many tribal cultures have traditions based on the healing powers of certain stones - the Aborigines and Maoris of Australia and New Zealand both being prime examples.
A fascinating aspect of the history of crystal healing is the common use of certain stones in cultures existing far apart on the globe, or at different points in history. For example, jade was used as a kidney-healing stone in the Aztec and Mayan civilisations of Central America, as well as in ancient China. Turquoise has been coveted by civilisations the world over for its strength-giving powers.
Crystal healing rocks..!
At Always Believe in Miracles we are strong advocates for incorporating healing crystals into your spiritual toolkit. We also understand that it can be overwhelming when first approaching the world of healing stones. We’ve summarised some of the most important aspects of crystal therapy so that you can get started with your new energy-balancing practice ASAP!
The magic of healing stones explained
So how does crystal healing work? In short, many crystals and gemstones can be used to channel the healing energy of the earth. They can be used as earthly energy conduits because of their complex structure, and the electromagnetic vibrations they emit. The frequency of the vibrations aligns with our own bodily energy channels. Once aligned, the vibrations can work to relieve energy blockages and restore a healthy flow of energy to the body. Depending on the crystal, the vibrations may magnify intentions and nurture certain emotional states.
Keeping crystals close to you when you work, sleep or meditate will allow the healing vibrations to penetrate the body and restore balance and a healthy flow of energy. This can mean simply placing them in a room while you carry out an activity will be enough to feel some benefits. Crystals are often incorporated into jewelry so that contact with them is maximized - the jewelry can also serve as a visual reminder to focus on spiritual intentions. Treatment with a trained crystal therapist will likely take health benefits up a notch. A specialized therapist will also be able to locate chakra blockages in your body and prescribe specific stones for relieving such blockages.
How crystals relate to chakras
So what are chakras, and how can healing stones help with a chakra blockage? Chakras (which means ‘wheel’ in Sanskrit) are energetic parts of the body, which may consist of a bundle of nerves or an important internal organ. Humans are thought to have seven main energetic centers, or chakras, which each correspond to a different set of bodily functions and emotional states. You might have heard of the third eye chakra, which is located between the eyes and controls intuition and imagination. An energy blockage in the third eye might manifest as headaches and concentration issues, or mean that an individual is not able to connect to their intuition, and may get wrapped up in negative thoughts. Each bodily chakra corresponds to a different group of gemstones. For instance, amethyst is commonly used to relieve third eye chakra blockages and magnify intuition and intentions for self-transformation.
What crystals are right for you
It can be difficult to know where to start when purchasing crystals, so we’ve outlined some of the common healing stones below, detailing what they can be used to achieve.
Clear quartz is a popular and versatile crystal with wide-ranging spiritual benefits. Rather than corresponding to a specific bodily chakra, clear quartz is the stone of full-body chakra alignment. Put simply, clear quartz is a stone of clarity and light and has a long history of use for decluttering the mind. Keeping clear quartz close to the body when meditating will help silence mental chatter. When manifesting new goals, this crystal will help in drowning out internal distractions, meaning you can see your path with greater clarity.
With its pale-pink hue and association with the heart chakra, it’s not hard to see why the Rose quartz is nicknamed the stone of love. Rose quartz can be used for much more than just attracting and strengthening romantic relationships - its energy can also help you to embrace kindness, tenderness, and compassion. It can also be used to foster forgiveness and aid in the healing of old emotional and spiritual wounds.
Amethyst is another essential part of any crystal lover's collection. A stone of the third eye chakra, amethyst can help users to connect to their intuition and find inner peace. The stone is also known to help with anxiety and stress - meditating with amethyst when you’re in an anxious state can be profoundly soothing and help you return to a state of inner peace and equilibrium.
If you’re looking for a crystal to help cultivate feelings of joy, gratitude, and positivity, citrine is the stone for you. Citrine is connected to the solar plexus chakra, and with its bright honey yellow hue - citrine is like vitamin C for the soul! As well as magnifying feelings of joy and optimism, citrine can be used for manifesting intentions relating to wealth and success.
Incorporating crystals into your spiritual practice can be hugely beneficial, and their energy-balancing and intention-magnifying properties can bring about wonderful results. We’re strong advocates of powers of crystals and hope this article has answered some of the questions you might have had about how to use them!
We hope you enjoyed reading our blog, sign up for our newsletter so we can send you future updates and advice on all things related to crystals, health, and wellbeing.