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I’m fascinated by crystals and gemstones and their meanings. Not only do they look beautiful, many people believe that they possess incredible healing powers too.
But picking the perfect crystal isn’t as easy as you might think, as we all have different physical, emotional and spiritual needs, especially when it comes to healing.
How crystals and gemstones are used in healing
When crystals are used in healing, they are aligned with the Chakras, the 7 major energy centres or ‘wheels’ that are positioned down the spinal column. Crystal devotees believe that by aligning crystals with the chakras’ energies, their healing potential is amplified.
It is also thought that crystals have the ability to absorb negative energy and to radiate back positive energy.
It’s not a subject that I know a huge amount about, so to find out more, I enlisted the help of crystal convert, Sally Appleyard.
Sally, who swapped a high-flying career in the media for a slow-paced life in the countryside, discovered the healing powers of crystals through personal experience.
“A friend of mine who had started using crystals told me how they were helping her with various issues, and I could feel the energy from her crystals as soon as I came into contact with them. Gradually, I began to collect and work with my own crystals and found that I had a strong connection. I was truly drawn to them – it was a simple as that! Once I felt the wonderful benefits of using crystals, I wanted to share their healing properties with others, so I created Rock Body Soul, my crystal business. I sell beautiful, ethically-sourced crystals in their raw, natural state.”
What are the main benefits of crystals and gemstones?
According to Sally, crystals have so many benefits. “Crystals can be incredibly calming and help bring balance to our mind and body,” explains Sally. “And they are also wonderful for supporting you in everyday life. Every morning, I intuitively choose a crystal that will be beneficial to me that day, always picking to one that I’m drawn to naturally.
Normally, I always have a crystal in my pocket or wear one as jewellery, and I feel the benefits throughout the day. Sometimes I choose a vibrant piece of Blue Apatite if I have a busy and social day ahead as this crystal helps you speak your truth and to organise your thoughts before speaking aloud. Often, I have Clear Quartz with me too as it has powerful cleansing energy and it can amplify the energy of other crystals.”
Which crystal should I pick?
Depending on the effect you want to achieve, different crystals are reported to have different energetic properties. But sometimes, it’s a matter of picking a crystal that feels right for you. If you want to address a particular issue, here are a few of the most commonly used crystals and gemstones.
Crystals and their Meanings
Crystals To Create Abundance
Citrine is the stone of abundance, not just in terms of wealth but for attracting all that is good in life; joy, happiness, contentment, and confidence. And ultimately, the belief that there is more than enough in the universe to go around!
Read My Tips on the Law of Attraction
Crystals To clear Blocked Emotions
Clear Quartz is the powerhouse of all crystals and often referred to as the master healer, clear quartz can amplify the energy of all others. It is wonderful for cleansing your energy and can help release blocked emotions. In addition, clear quartz can bring balance to all the chakras and is a great starter crystal.
Crystals To promote sleep
Amethyst is my go-to crystal as it is super soothing and can aid restful sleep which so many of us crave! It is great for easing anxiety and clearing any tumbled thoughts and has been used as a stone of protection for millennia. A stone to help you find your inner peace.
Crystals to protect against Negativity
Smoky Quartz is a must-have for your crystal collection. It has protective properties and helps absorb negative energy. This crystal is like a big hug. Not to mention, it really helps to grounds us and to increase positive energy.
Crystal Stones and their Meanings
Black Tourmaline Absorbs Negative Energy
Black Tourmaline is great for absorbing negative energy and is an excellent protective stone, so it’s a useful crystal to carry in your pocket. Crystals can be a wonderful aid when dealing with emotional issues as they can be useful for cleansing negative energy. If you do have any serious emotional issues, always seek professional help.
Crystals To reduce worry and stress
If you are a worrier, Labradorite may help to calm your mind. Blue Lace Agate is also a very soothing stone if you suffer from racing thoughts. When I’m having a stressful day, I take 10 minutes to sit next to my Selenite Tower Lamp, as it provides a peaceful and serene energy, cleansing my space and protecting it from negative energy. Unakite is also a lovely calming stone for stressful situations.
Can we use crystals to bring more love into our lives?
Crystals for love? I’m not convinced you can rely on a crystal for this! The most beneficial way to use crystals is to encourage self-love as until you truly love yourself, it is hard to accept it from others. Stones that open your heart chakra are also wonderful for helping you to be open to giving and receiving love. Emerald and Rose Quartz are both beautiful stones for this.”
Which crystals have health-enhancing properties?
“As I’m not a qualified health professional, I’m unable to recommend crystals for health issues. But I do use crystals myself (and recommend them) as a source of emotional comfort and support in many situations. If you do have any health concerns, always seek medical advice.”
How do I clean my crystals safely?
“To physically clean crystals, gently dust them with a soft brush. If you want to ‘cleanse’ your crystals, and to clear away any negativity and keep the energy fresh, (especially those that you use regularly), there are a few methods you can use. I prefer to cleanse my crystals with smudging, and my incense of choice is palo santo . Simply hold your crystal in the stream of smoke for around 30 seconds to cleanse its energy.”
Where can you find the best quality crystals?
Please be mindful when buying crystals. Look for ethically and sustainably sourced crystals where possible. I buy direct from the miners and take time to choose the best pieces to sell at Rock Body Soul.
For details of Sally’s crystals, contact her at rock_body_soul.
Finally, I would just like to say a big thank you to Perfect Bound magazine and their team for the use of their content. It’s my favourite magazine with lots of cool topics – be sure to check it out!
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