A list of ten stones that will surely help you help yourself…
Eating the rights foods and using the right products and taking the right workout classes are all great ways to make sure you’re in tip-top shape, but sometimes it helps to call in some backup.
Though they may have been popular amongst the hippies of the 70s, healing crystals are now a legitimate component of a holistic approach to self-care and spirituality. Just the act of placing crystals on or near your body can help absorb, focus and direct energies to get your mind and body right.
It’s not quite as easy as walking outside, picking up a rock and holding it to your forehead. After all, there are hundreds of stones for every mood, personality, crisis and desire, so it’s important to choose the one (or ones) that serve the issue you’re facing. And remember that crystals aren’t a cure-all: they simply enhance the work you’re already doing, so it’s vital that you keep working and engaging.
If you’re just starting out, here are ten stones that will help you dip a toe into the shallow end of healing crystals. Once you make your pick, wear it, decorate with it, carry it…crystals are meant to be used in the way that best serves you.
From delicate lilac to vibrant purple, amethyst is an all-purpose stone that invites inspiration, happiness and positivity. Since the stone resonates with both the crown and third eye chakras, it can be useful when you’re looking to center yourself or look inward to connect on a deep level while still remaining grounded.
Though the light pink color may seem delicate, rose quartz is an incredibly powerful healing stone when it comes to matters of the heart. Peaceful, comforting and loving, rose quartz offers gentle, energizing support for explorations of self-love, enabling you look inside yourself and understand what kind of love you should be showing yourself.
This dark crystal is actually glass formed when molten lava from volcanic eruptions cools quickly. It’s closely tied to the root chakra, meaning it has powerful grounding and protective properties. Not only will obsidian help keep your feet firmly on the ground, it also works wonders to ward off negative energy.
Jade has been used as a healing stone for nearly 6,000 years, so its powers are legit. Known in ancient cultures as the “dream stone,” jade carries a serene energy — think of it as the calm in the middle of a storm — making it the perfect sidekick for meditation and introspection.
If you’re going to carry one stone around with you wherever you go, let it be agate. As the communication stone, agate will help you open up and make expression easier. Promoting inner stability, security and self-confidence, it’s no wonder agate is highly regarded as a stabilizing and strengthening influence.
The white t-shirt of healing stones, hematite is useful for anyone at any time. Sometimes known as the “root chakra stone,” hematite helps ground, connect and protect you with the supportive energies of Earth. It’s also an excellent tool for improving confidence and self-esteem.
Known as the “Master Healer,” clear quartz can be used for pretty much anything. Whether the issue is physical, mental, emotional or spiritual, this stones works to cleanse and connect the body with the mind. It also plays well with others and will amplify the effect of other crystals.
Also known as the stone of success, citrine helps you focus on abundance and brings energies of personal power. You won’t become a money magnet overnight, but citrine will rid you of the negative, stagnant energy that often delays prosperity.
If you’re feeling listless or stuck, carnelian can be a big help. By removing blocked or stuck creative energy that may be gumming up the works, this stone works to stimulate a desire to move forward. Think of it as an action stone, one that will kick your butt into gear and give you the motivation and joy you need to get going.
Once used as the talisman of kings, shamans and warriors, turquoise is believed to be the energetic bridge between the physical and spiritual worlds. For centuries, it’s served as a protective good luck charm, especially when given as a gift. (So now you know what to add to your birthday wish list.)
This post is not intended for use as medical advice.