Understanding the power of Crystals and Healing Stones:

According to Healthline Resource, there has been a recent uptick of adults turning to what's known as complementary and alternative medicines. Examples of alternative medicines can range from acupuncture, yoga, tai chi, and healing crystals/stones. 

You may have seen people wearing beautiful stone beads around their wrists or neck. Part of this is because of the aesthetic value (yes - they are pretty to look at), but in ancient times, people relied on these natural minerals to address certain ailments or improve their health and well-being. 

There are a number of different healing crystals that have been used for thousands of years. In ancient cultures (example – Egypt, Greece, Indians and China), crystals have been used for their healing properties. Some people believe these stones have a positive effect on the mind, body, and soul.

Some people claim that crystals promote the flow of good energy and help to rid their body of negative energy. The benefits are improvements to the physical and emotional well- being. However, there is no scientific evidence to support use of crystals. In essence, it may be considered “pseudoscience” and have more of a “placebo effect”.

Yet, there are many that believe the crystals, used since ancient times, go deeper than that. Crystals are made up of various elements or compounds, which may cause our bodies to react in different ways. Crystals are minerals that hold energy, and since humans are made of energy, there is the potential to affect change to the person when using different types of crystals. They can balance out electrical currents in the body.

It is also believed that based on the stone, the body will respond to the energy differently. The natural crystal (or stone) are believed to be linked to the 7 Chakras, which in traditional Indian belief, are the 7 energy points within the human body. Each Chakra (energy point) is important for the positive state and well-being of an individual. It is believed that if a Chakra is blocked, it can lead to an imbalance in our well-being, whether it is within the mind, body or soul. The precious natural stones are thought to be beneficial in bringing in the body back to balance.

The picture below shows the various energy points and the corresponding stone colors that may have a positive (or beneficial) affect on the body.

Read up on the various stones listed below and the healing properties and benefits of each stone:

1.  Abalone Shell - Helps you shift in order to comprehend and really hear other viewpoints. A shamanic tool for cleansing & stabilizing energy. Very calming and soothing and promotes feelings of peace, compassion, and love. 

  1. Agate - A soft, gentle, self-confident stone. Relieves stress, anxiety and depression and overcoming a person’s depression, and even physical problems. ...Helps to improve pain and circadian rhythm. A stone for migraine sufferers.
  1. Amazonite – soothes the nerves and dispels irritating and negative energies. Powerfully brings inner peace into areas of outer chaos. Useful for travel. Comes in many colors, from green to blue/green.
  1. Amber – A soft, gentle, kind “stone” that is technically fossilized tree resin. Helps to transmute negative into positive energy.  Helps you to remove self-imposed obstacles, to change and move forward positively. A good luck stone.
  1. Amethyst - A stone of inner wisdom. It offers peaceful, centered awareness and enhances psychic and mental abilities and beauty. Also helps overcome addictions and protects in stressful situations, from psychic attack, from geopathic and electronic pollution. 
  1. Aquamarine - courage with affinity for sensitive people, helps them be self-supporting, and to give and receive loving gentle tolerance. It helps bring unfinished business to closure and sharpens intuition.
  1. Aventurine - helps to bring an optimism and a zest for life. Helps to release old patterns, habits and disappointments in order for new growth to occur in a loving, healthy manner. Carry aventurine when you are seeking inner harmony and soothing energy.
  1. Obsidian - used in different manners by different traditions. In general, it provides a clear, polished neutral surface on which a person can focus to shift into other worlds or realms of existence. Can be used in meditation, in divination, and as a base for crystal grids.
  1. Black Onyx - for self-mastery. Resolves confusion. Helps you center and align yourself with the higher states of consciousness so you absorb the energies you require. Helps banish frustrations and grief, encourages self-control.
  1. Chalcedony - nurturing stone that promotes serene energy, calmness, goodwill, and group stability. It helps you communicate with subtle worlds of consciousness & spirit.
  1. Hematite - Mental and Emotional Healing. Physical Healing. Thanks to its high iron content, the Hematite stone can connect to the blood in the body
  1. Citrine - wonderful way to bring sunshine, happiness and prosperity into your workspace and home. Place in your financial area to encourage prosperity!
  1. Dalmation Jasper - offers a calming, happy energy, allowing you to see who is a true friend, and to see through scams and hidden agendas. It aligns with the energy of loyalty and encourages long time relationships. Helps prevent nightmares and negative thinking.
  1. Howlite - A calming stone. It opens you to spiritual attunement, which prepares you to receive wisdom and insights from higher realms of consciousness.  You can place the stone under your pillow to help with issues of insomnia. 
  1. Lapis - offers protection at all levels of action. A stone of “initiation” permitting access to mystic knowledge. Protects from harm by clearing negative energies from your energy field, cleansing your aura.
  1. Jade - heals the person both spiritually and physically. As it clears the mind, it strengthens one’s connection to the spiritual side. It gives peace and tranquility. Also known as an effective stone for beginnings and opportunities. Due to its regenerative and purifying properties, it has been used for centuries for massage in places such as saunas and spas.
  1. Quartz - Experience the power of the Master Healer crystal with these medium Quartz Clusters from Brazil. As the “King of Crystals,” Quartz is considered a must have for all energy workers and crystal enthusiasts.
  1. Moonstone - Moonstone energy is balancing, introspective, reflective and lunar, bringing calmness coupled with awareness. Good luck for travelers. Historical folk medicine: helps assimilate nutrients.
  2. Pearl – Known for its calming properties, the Pearl is said to aid purity, charity, integrity, truth, and loyalty in its wearer
  3. Red Jasper - nurtures and reminds people to be kind to each other. It provides strength, courage, determination for base chakra issues (e.g. security in the outer world). Increases energy, calms emotions. Helps alleviate electromagnetic pollution. Known as a shaman’s stone, it gathers energy for courageous and practical strategic use.
  1. Rhodonite - helps you be patient and loving with those you encounter in your day-to-day life, without letting yourself be pushed around. It helps with unconditional Love. Clears relationship wounds. Resonates with the yin/yang nature of unconditional love, uniting one to the universe. Helps with self-esteem and self-actualization. 
  1. Rose quartz - overcomes heart traumas, attracts love, replaces negativity with loving energy, increases fertility and helps people in change (excellent for mid-life crises, male and female). Rose quartz is the key heart chakra stone, healing physically, emotionally and spiritually.
  1. Sodalite - Helps you communicate your truth in a manner acceptable to your community. Sodalite works with the throat chakra, encouraging self-esteem and self-trust.
  1. Tiger Eye - is an earthy good luck charm; brings light to practical situations. Helps pull together scattered details into workable pattern. Historical folk medicine use: throat & eye disorders.
  1. Turquoise - provides protection, prosperity, good luck, and intuition. Turquoise helps find creative solutions to issues. Healing to whole body, protects from negativity, electronic pollution.
  1. Zebra Jasper - with its mix of black and white, connects polarities and opposites – spirit with matter. Also helps us see past the illusions of this world into what truly is. Helps protect the aura, benefits endurance and bone disorders.

 Ref: www.Healthline.com; www.crystal-line.com; www.americangemsociety.org