I have always loved crystals, but it was only when I started meditating that I really started to get into them properly. Before they were just pretty little rocks that I carried around, now they’re still that but they’re also fantastic little healing tools.
I can see why some people would doubt crystal healing, it does sound a little far out. But everything in this world is made of the very same energy, even our thoughts give off a powerful energy. All crystals do is hold onto your energy and magnify it. As they vibrate at a much faster rate than we do, they can be really powerful.
They can clear negative energy and replace it with positive. If your body is out of sorts, they can restore balance so that everything runs as it should and they can energise you. They are also a positive reminder of your goals. Every time you see them or pick them up, you are reminded of the very reason you chose them in the first place. They remind you to take time out and care for yourself. If they’re good enough for Victoria Beckham, then they’re good enough for us… right?!
How to use them?
Use your intuition to find the ways that work best for you.
You can wear them or carry them. This is a good idea as they give you a constant nudge to make sure you’re keeping your emotions in check. A pendant necklace is a nice idea, especially for crystals that help to increase confidence, protect from negative energies or keep your grounded. You can find some beautiful ones. I have recently discovered a site on Instagram called ‘Sea_ox_designs’ that sell the most beautiful crystals and pendants. You can also carry them in your pocket or inside your bra, black tourmaline is a good one for this but make sure its a flat one!
Place them around your home
You can place crystals anywhere in your home. Use your intuition and put them wherever they feel right. Try and keep them somewhere you will see them everyday and somewhere you feel calm. There are no rules and you will learn where they work best for you. Put them in something a little bit special, a nice bowl or terrarium would be perfect. Placing a protection crystal, such as black tourmaline by your front door is a good idea, to keep negative energies out. Placing wealth crystals in the far left corner of your home is said to attract money in to your life! Keeping some on a bedside table is a good idea, because they will be the first thing you see in the morning and you can easily access them for a quick hit of calmness.
Under your pillow
When placed under a pillow crystals can help prevent nightmares, a calming crystal such as Amethyst works great for this. They can also help with broken sleep and recalling dreams. My son has obsidian under his pillow at night, he suffers with nightmares and this acts as like a little comfort blanket for him.
It is a good idea to carry a protection crystal when travelling anywhere. Black tourmaline and amethyst work well. If you find yourself getting road rage, Green Aventurine is a good calming crystal. Blue calcite can also help if you find yourself getting anxious when driving. You can leave them in your car, but bare in mind they pick up on all energies around them so you have to remember to cleanse them regularly.
Meditate with them
You can hold them whilst meditating or place them somewhere close. I always have the best meditations when I’m using crystals. They can help you to receive particular answers you’ve been looking for and they just deepen the meditation. You can place them on your body as well, I like to lay a Rose Quartz over my heart chakra and also a Clear Quartz somewhere near my head. The Rose Quartz brings love and the Clear Quartz just heightens any intentions. You can use whatever ones you like though, just go with your gut. You can use them to realign your chakras as well. Have a look into the seven chakras and the effect they can have on your body, if out of balance. It is amazing, not just for emotional issues it can cause, but if your chakras are out of alignment it can make you physically ill. Laying crystals on your chakra areas can bring everything back to how it should be. Mindvalley has a great in depth description of each chakra, what they do, how to tell if they aren’t working correctly and how to fix it if they’re not.
Put them in or around your bath
This is my favourite, there is just something about water and I always feel at my most peaceful when I’m soaking in the bath. You can put them directly into the bath water, so they can heal any areas that need healing or place them around the bath. Pink quartz, green aventurine and amethyst are the ones I use every time. Just be with them, relax and let them do their thing.
Crystal gem water
This is something I’ve only recently discovered! You can make your own crystal water by placing crystals in a bowl of mineral water and leaving for 10 hours. That’s it. You can drink it (my personal choice) or spray it around your home. NOTE – Some crystals can be toxic, so you just have to make sure you check beforehand. To be safe, I stick with a quartz crystals as I know they’re fine. Also, if it doesn’t feel right to place them directly into the water, you can place a bottle of water into a bowl of crystals, just leave it for longer than 10 hours.
Which ones do I choose?
When it comes to crystals, one thing I have learned is use your intuition. You can have a rough look at this guide and others, but choose the ones that feel right to you. The right crystal will pick you, you will be drawn to it. Go to a crystal shop or find a local crystal event and just walk around and see which ones you connect with. You will always pick the ones that will benefit you the most.
My top 5 healing crystals – If you only ever have these 5 crystals, you will be more than OK. They are amazing and can pretty much do everything between them – Amethyst, Clear Quartz, Rose Quartz, Green Aventurine and Citrine.
If you’ve got a short fuse, are impatient or intolerant of others then Amethyst is a fantastic calming crystal. Rose Quartz brings compassion and understanding, it is the crystal of love and helps with all emotional issues.
Smoky Quartz is great for clearing an anxious mind. Clear Quartz is the master healer of all emotional issues. Blue Lace Agate helps with social anxiety, anxiety that comes from past issues and helps with confidence issues
Protection from negative energy / energy of others
If you are an empath, you have to protect yourself. If you find yourself getting bogged down with other peoples emotions then Black tourmaline or Obsidian are both great.
Rose Quartz is great for all issues of the heart. Yellow Jasper can help with particular issues you have about your partner or relationship and Emerald promotes harmony in relationships.
Grounding crystals are great, they prevent you from emotional outbursts and just keep you in check in general. They can help to keep you calm and collected, so are great if you are a busy person. Some good crystals for grounding are Red Jasper and Shungite.
If your chakras aren’t in balance your intuition will be all off, Labradorite will help with this and Sodalite is a good one for opening the third eye and bringing wisdom.
If you’re feeling a little down in the dumps then crystals can give you an amazing pick me up. Citrine is my go to for that little burst of happiness, Aventurine is also one of my favourites.
Wealth and good luck
If you’re looking to manifest wealth or are in need of some good luck into your life, Citrine or Jade can help. Citrine kept in your purse is said to attract money.
Tiredness and motivation
Tigers eye can bring you motivation and help you get out of that slump, again Citrine is a good energy booster. I find that all yellow crystals bring a good energy that lifts you up.
Self esteem and confidence
We all struggle from time to time. Whether you need confidence for something specific or just daily self esteem building Sunstone and Carnelian both encourage self confidence.
You have them, now what?
Clean, clear and charge them
The first thing you need to do when you get your crystals is clean them. You need to get rid of the energy of anybody else that has been around them. To do this you can just wash them under the tap, there are other ways but this is by far the easiest. Then you’ll need to charge them, you can leave them in the moonlight or sunlight (be careful with coloured crystals as they will fade) or you can meditate with them.
My little ritual for when I bring my crystals home is a mixture of all of the above. I wash them for a few minutes, sit and connect to them and then leave them to charge in the moon/sunlight. Don’t worry about doing this wrong, there is no wrong way.
Setting your intentions
Just sit with your crystal for a few minutes, you can visualise your energy connecting or you can just hold it. It will pick up on your energy either way. Think about what you want this crystal to do for you, if you want to use to to bring love into your life.. just think on this as you’re holding it. Your crystals will hold on to your intentions, so each crystal can be used for different things. Make sure you connect with them every so often, don’t just put them somewhere and forget about them.
Your crystals will need to be charged to keep its energy, as a rule it is once a week. If they’ve been around a lot of negative energy, I would do it more. I charge mine all the time, just so I don’t forget. You can leave them on a windowsill where they always have access to moonlight. Full moons are particularly powerful, so always make sure you charge your crystals at these times as well. They give them so much more energy! Full moons are also the perfect time to set new goals, check out my article on making New Moon Wishes. I recently found a great article on the moon phases and you can even download your own moon phase chart from this website.
Where to buy?
There is no right or wrong place to buy crystals. I have never bought online, purely because I like to walk around a shop or show and get a feel for them and I just love crystal shops! You can buy them online, you just need to do as you would with anything… check reviews and check they have a good range. Spiritual shows and Gem shows are amazing places to go anyway, you will meet so many like minded people and they just have a great vibe, so I would highly recommend these.
I had a little look online and saw some reviews for Soulful Crystals they have a great range of crystals and I would definitely feel comfortable buying from them. There are also some great shops on Etsy, one example is EarthLightCrystals they’re not the cheapest I’ve seen, but the reviews are good and items are shipped quickly.
There is so much more I could say about crystals but hopefully this will be a good starting point. If you have any particular questions then please leave me a comment below and I will be glad to help.