Many people may think that using crystals is in the realm of magic. If you want to adopt a more natural healing process, crystals are a great alternative. If you look at crystals from a strictly scientific standpoint, they make a lot of sense because they are made out of stones that have different vibrations, which have an effect on everything around them. “These acts have a mantra-like effect, like a form of meditation, and that can be relaxing,” said Stuart Vyse, a psychologist.
HOW DO CRYSTALS WORK?
“Atoms group together to form the essential shapes and qualities of crystals and stones. The particles of these atoms are basic units of energy that emit subtle vibrations. Because each crystal and stone has its own unique molecular and geometric structure, their vibrations resonate on differing frequencies, which are then felt and/or perceived by us as feelings and qualities” (Mitchell, K, 2016, Change Your Energy: Healing Crystals for Health, Wealth, Love and Luck). As for Shamanic practitioner Julie Ann Travis, “I place the crystals on the acupuncture points, so it’s the perfect modality for those who are not a fan of needles.”
Since our bodies are made of energy and crystals/stones are also made of energy, they interact when near each other. “Simple exercises in energy healing can restore normal energy flow in the body and facilitate healing,” says Carolyn C. Ross M.D., M.P.H. Depending on the energy vibration in the crystal and the needs of the body, different crystals are used for healing different ailments. Just as we need different nutrients to keep our bodies healthy, we can use different crystals to help maintain or improve our bodies’ health.
There are hundreds and thousands of crystals in the world. What crystals should we obtain at the start of our crystal-healing journey? Is there a most important crystal or a least important crystal? It all depends on your needs so be sure to think about what ailments need to be addressed first before obtaining any crystals.
This is a list of starter crystals and is by no means the end-all and be-all of the crystal lists. Many of these have multiple uses so they are a good beginning point: selenite, hematite, blue apatite, rose quartz, blue calcite, black tourmaline, malachite, amethyst
AILMENTS AND CRYSTAL TREATMENTS
HEADACHE: Place blue calcite or selenite as close to the center of the pain as you can and leave it there until the pain goes away.
NAUSEA: Hold or rub hematite on the inside of the wrist.
APPETITE CONTROL: Wear blue apatite.
SHOULDER/NECK TENSION: Tape a flat piece of selenite between your shoulder blades.
FALLING BACK TO SLEEP AFTER WAKING UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT: Hold rose quartz and concentrate on breathing pattern.
SORE THROAT: Wear or place a piece of blue calcite on the throat until the pain goes away.
STRESS: Hold selenite in your receptive hand and black tourmaline in your dominant hand for 20 minutes to negate stress.
HASTEN HEALING: Malachite is used for general speeding up of the body’s natural healing properties.
ANGER: Hold rose quartz or amethyst to calm angry feelings.
CALM: Wear black tourmaline, selenite, hematite, blue calcite
RELAXATION: Wear blue calcite, rose quartz, black tourmaline
DEPRESSION: Wear amethyst during the day and sleep with rose quartz and black tourmaline at night.
There are thousands of ailments that crystals can assist with and this is just a shortlist of the most common ailments people may experience. It is amazing how just holding or wearing some of these crystals can make someone feel better and there are no side effects or damage to your body like many pharmaceuticals.
It is important to mention that when you obtain new crystals, they should be cleared and charged before use. There are many resources online and in bookstores to help you with this process. The suggestions in this post were all referenced from “Change Your Energy: Healing Crystals for Health, Wealth, Love and Luck; 2016; by Krista N. Mitchell.