Healing with Crystals

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We are all familiar with the stereotypical new age image of girls and guys walking around with crystals hanging from their necks and wrists. Is this just a fashion statement or is there an actual benefit in wearing crystals?

The Ancient Egyptians believed that crystals possessed a magical power to balance energy fields and connect people with a divine force. They incorporated crystals in jewelry, art pieces and furniture. Turquoise was one of their favourites, as it was believed to be a stone of protection.

Regardless of what ancient civilizations might have believed about crystals, our modern day inventions have proved that they are powerful conductors of energy.

The Scientific Basis for Crystals
Crystals are able to transform a mechanical force into electricity and vice versa. As a result, quartz crystals are used to control electric circuits in watches and radio transmitters. They are also used in ultrasound machines, as they are able to convert electric signals into sound waves.

Crystals for Chakra Therapy
Chakras are energy centers, which vibrate at particular frequencies that are associated with colours. For example, the root chakra (located at the base of the spine) vibrates at approximately 1000-1200 Hz, which is the same frequency as the colour red. Therefore, the colour of the root chakra is red.

Given that crystals are conductors of energy, it is believed that those, which correspond to a particular chakra colour, can aid that chakra (in the case it is weak or deficient) to vibrate closer to its optimal frequency. As chakras regulate our mental, emotional and physical well-being, crystals are tools that can be used in combination with other therapies and practices to restore us to a state of balance.

Here are crystals that are associated with the seven major chakras and some of their properties:

Garnet – root chakra – red – grounds and helps you feel secure – helpful for your blood, spine, lower back, bones and adrenal glands

Carnelian – sacral chakra – orange – aids with creativity and sexuality – helpful for your lower abdomen and reproductive organs

Citrine – solar plexus chakra – yellow – aids with self-esteem and confidence – helpful for the digestive system, liver and spleen

Rose Quartz – heart chakra – pink – aids with love – helpful for the heart, shoulder/upper back, and respiratory, circulatory and immune systems

Turquoise – throat chakra – blue – aids with expressing yourself – helpful for anything involving the throat, thyroid gland, mouth or ears

Amethyst – third eye chakra – violet – aids with insight, perspective and visualization – helpful for anything involving the eyes, neurological disturbances, headaches, or sinus conditions

Quartz – crown chakra – white – aids with trusting the process of life and with ideas – helpful for anxiety, depression, neurological disturbances, mental illness, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease

How to Use Crystals
Crystals must be kept close to your body in order for them to have an energetic effect on you. You can keep a stone in your pocket or you can purchase a necklace, bracelet or ring with the stone so you can wear it comfortably as a piece of jewelry.

Remember that the left side of your body receives energy while the right side of your body gives energy. Therefore, if you want to receive energy, such as energy for health, wear a crystal with that property on the left side of your body. Conversely, if you want to manifest something in your life, such as confidence, wear a crystal with that property on the right side of your body.

You can also keep the stones under your pillow while you sleep at night or hold them in your hands while you meditate.

How to Clear Crystals
Crystals need to be cleared every so often to ensure that their energetic effects remain potent. The best way to clear them is to either soak them in salt water for 5 minutes or pass them through the smoke of burning sage. If you are keeping the crystal on you all the time, it is a good idea to clear it regularly, such as every 2-3 days.

What is your favourite crystal? Do you believe it has energetic properties? Share below!