THE HEALING POWER OF CRYSTALS
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The gentle but effective power of crystals to
bring about healing, whether physical, emotional
or spiritual, has been known for millennia by many
cultures around the world. The first historical
mention of the power of crystals dates back to the
time of the Sumerian civilisation, over four
thousand years ago.
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It is a healing tradition which is still alive
today, and there are hundreds of precious and
semi-precious stones used for crystal healing, all
of which have specific healing and energising
Crystals can be used in conjunction with
conventional medicine to enhance modern
treatments, or on their own to keep healthy body
systems functioning optimally and prevent disease.
They can even be used to positively influence
emotions and attitudes, thereby bringing about
desired changes in one’s life, from improving
self-esteem to attracting more love into one’s
The concept of crystal healing is based on the
premise that health and wellbeing depend on the
unobstructed flow of vital energy through the
body. When this free flow is inhibited, it creates
blockages which can lead to illness and imbalance.
All matter vibrates at specific frequencies, and
objects with similar frequencies can influence
each other. It is this principle that guides the
use of crystals to influence different parts of
the body and aspects of wellbeing. Each area of
the body is associated with a particular quality
of energy ( See ‘ A Bit About Chakras’), which is
represented by a specific colour and, in general,
crystals for healing are chosen because they
correspond to the colour and natural energy
frequency of the body part that is afflicted. When
the appropriate crystals are used on the correct
region of the body, energy from the crystal is
transferred to that area, restoring its natural
and optimal energy frequency.
Crystals and the Zodiac
In a number of traditions, certain crystals are
associated with certain signs of the zodiac, or
hold particular power for people born at specific
times of year. This is because it is believed that
different crystals have energy peaks at different
times of year, so an individual’s birthstones will
be those that are particularly potent around the
person’s date of birth. These stones are a good
choice when one is looking for crystals that will
boost general wellbeing, in accordance with one’s
own particular make-up.
A BIT ABOUT CHAKRAS
Chakras are the energy centres of the body and
act as repositories for our life force. There are
seven main chakras and they are situated at
various points along the midline of the body. Each
chakra governs the health of the region of the
body in which it is situated, as well as certain
aspects of the personality, emotions and
abilities. In order for human beings to be
physically healthy and emotionally and spiritually
sound, the chakras need to function properly and
be in balance with each other. When a given chakra
has too little energy, aspects of the individual
governed by that chakra will be lacking, and the
balance can be further disturbed when another
chakra becomes overactive to compensate for this.
The chakras are also associated with specific
colours of the rainbow, since each one vibrates
with a similar frequency to its particular colour.
Therefore, a crystal that is the same colour as
any given chakra can aid in energising that energy
Root or Base Chakra
- This chakra is situated at the base of the
- Its energy is red and governs physical presence
and the feeling of being entitled to life.
- Energising stones include garnet, smoky quartz
- The sacral chakra is at the level of the
sacrum, between the pubic bone and the navel.
- It is orange and allows freedom of feeling and
- Carnelian and orange calcite can be used to
restore balance to this chakra.
Navel or Solar Plexus Chakra
- Situated between the navel and the tip of the
- Its energy is yellow and it gives us self-esteem
and the ability to assert ourselves.
- Citrine, amber and topaz are some of the
crystals that can benefit this chakra.
- Situated near the bottom of the breastbone.
- The heart chakra is green and, not surprisingly,
it is responsible for our ability to love freely.
- Both green and pink stones, such as jade,
malachite and rose quartz, can enhance the energy
of the heart
- As the name suggests, this one is at the level
of the throat.
- It governs self-expression, especially verbal,
and is blue in colour.
- Crystals that are particularly good for this
chakra include turquoise, aquamarine and sodalite.
Third Eye or Brow Chakra
- This chakra is found between the eyebrows.
- It is indigo, and is associated with
intellectual ability and imagination.
- Lapis lazuli and angelite are used to boost the
third eye chakra.
- The crown chakra is at the crown of the head.
- Associated colours are violet and pure white,
and this chakra is the seat of our spirituality
- Stones that strengthen this chakra include
amethyst and clear quartz.
HOW TO APPLY CRYSTALS TO MAKE THE MOST OF
THEIR HEALING PROPERTIES
There are a number of ways in which one can apply
crystals in order to benefit from their unique
vibrations. The choice of technique is largely
personal, but also depends on the desired result.
- Place the chosen crystal on the part of the
body that requires the energy frequency of that
crystal. This direct contact between the stone and
the affected body part will allow the most rapid
exchange of energy.
- Wear crystals on the body as jewellery, or
carry them with you in a pocket or handbag. This
stones to exert their healing influence over a
- Keep large, unpolished stones in areas of the
home or workplace where you spend a lot of time,
will cleanse and energise the atmosphere. This is
especially important in areas where there is a lot
potentially harmful electromagnetic radiation, for
example from computers and other electronic
equipment, which can be detrimental to your
- Use crystals under your pillow while you sleep.
This includes, but is not limited to, specific
that are known to enhance sleep.
- Place crystals in or around your bath while you
bathe, to enhance the cleansing and relaxing
effects of that
other powerful healing element, Water.
- A wand shaped crystal may be waved in a
circular motion around areas of the body requiring
this is believed to have especially potent
- Appropriately selected stones may be places
around the body in specific patterns to create
what is known
as an energy grid, with the body at its centre.
The crystals, arranged in either four or six
energy and hold this energy within the grid. These
grids can also be set up around objects that you
use regularly, such as clothing, shoes, even your
car, to charge these items with positive energy.
and beverages can also be cleansed and positively
charged by placing them inside crystal grids. When
you eat the charged foods or use the charged
objects, the energy with which they have been
are transferred to the body.
- Crystals and crystal grids can be used in
similar ways for the benefit of any living being,
and can boost
the vitality and wellbeing of your pets and plants
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR CRYSTALS
Just as crystals can channel and impart positive
and healing energy, so can they harbour negative
energies to which they have been exposed.
Fortunately, it is possible to cleanse them so
that they become pure again. This should always be
done before using a new crystal, and from time to
time with crystals that have been in use for a
There are several ways in which this can be done,
using natural elements or by invocation through
- The quickest and easiest way to cleanse a
crystal is through repetition of a prayer inviting
light to enter
- Alternatively, the crystal may be placed in a
glass bowl, which is then placed in a larger bowl
natural salt. Although there is no direct contact
between salt and crystal, cleansing will still
from ten minutes or so to several hours. Some
types of crystal may be placed directly in the
salt, but this
can damage others.
- Another simple method is to immerse the crystal
in pure water, to which a few drops of Rescue
have been added. The crystal is left in this
solution for 24 hours.