Let’s be real: there is more to life than what we see on the physical plane. Everything vibrates and has energy, its own buzz, most of which cannot be seen or measured but felt. You feel me? Take meditation, for example, we can’t see it, and only a small portion has been scienti cally investigated, but we accept that mindfulness holds power. The same lies true with crystals, or healing stones. Despite being discovered in ancient ruins and being scattered throughout the literature over time, little scienti c evidence exists that proves that crystals have the ability to heal. Like meditation, crystal healing falls under the category of naturopathic medicine.Crystals are naturally occurring solids made from minerals that hold, transmit, transmute, focus energy, and even hold the power to promote general health and wellbeing. Like everything else on the planet; crystals vibrate. The internal structure of each crystal causes this vibration to happen at a certain frequency. Aligning the crystals internal vibrations with our own natural vibrations can help promote stability and realign our body’s natural healing abilities.

There are hundreds of various crystals, all with their own unique physical traits and healing qualities. Stones are selected by color or metaphysical qualities, carried around in pockets, placed on or around Chakras, and even in areas of the home to provide healing on a grander scale. Although the selection may appear overwhelming, each crystal is broken down into healing qualities, physical bene ts, and the Chakra associated with it. Once you have selected and connected with the mineral you become open to receiving the harmony and ow your crystal has offered. Much like with meditation, crystal healing takes time, focus, and practice. With practice, crystal healing can help you be at peace, bring happiness and protection, allow you to be reflective, and help you to live a life filled with love and general energy awareness.

Unsure of the hype? Crystal healing is not your “traditional medicine” and it’s fair to be skeptical at best. As a society, we’ve grown accustomed to taking a pill for ailments, rather than looking within ourselves and unlocking our bodies own healing abilities. While training for my first half marathon I put my body through a lot. Increasing mileage week after week, and cross training as much as I could, I was hesitant to put pharmaceuticals in my body to alleviate muscle pain, so I turned to crystal healing and naturopathic medicine. Using natural analgesic massage oils and carrying crystals with healing qualities specific to my needs worked wonders, and I’ve been hooked ever since.

When we open our minds, we in turn become open to receive, be it the powers of crystal healing and meditation, or simply positive energy.

Want to dig deeper? There are literally thousands of crystals, all with various healing properties. The six crystals mentioned here only begin to scratch the surface of crystal-healing. Want to learn more? Numerous websites and literature exist with step-by-step guides to help you get started on your crystal-healing journey, and there are many stores specializing in the process. When we open our minds, we in turn become open to receive, be it the powers of crystal healing and meditation, or simply positive energy. With a little patience, time and persistence you can be on your way to receiving the healing capabilities crystals’ offer: healing for the mind, body and spirit.

 

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AMETHYST, commonly known as “the peace stone,” is ideal for meditation and enhancing your psychic abilities. Holding one in each hand can help center and expand your meditation experience. Amethyst has a calming influence and can improve your temperament and help alleviate various addictions. Amethyst also has many powerful physical benefits. It’s great for your circulation, immune system, stomach, liver, bones, and teeth. Amethyst is found worldwide, but most common in Brazil, India, and South Africa. Amethyst balances the Crown Chakra. This Chakra is the center of spirituality and enlightenment. A balanced crown Chakra allows you to experience genuine self-awareness.

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MOONSTONE, the “stone of reflection,” stimulates confidence, calmness, and balances emotions. Moonstone can help you get in touch with the inner-self by releasing any blockages throughout the energy system. Moonstone is a soothing crystal that promotes compassion, wisdom, sexuality, creativity, and good luck. Moonstone enhances the feminine nature and is good for fertility and pregnancy, it also aids in alleviating menopausal symptoms and PMS. Commonly sourced in India, Moonstone balances the Sacral Chakra, the center of sexual emotion, desire and creativity. A balanced Sacral Chakra will allow you to feel energized in every area of your life.

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TIGERS EYE
, the “stone of clarity,” is a mind sharpening stone that can create order out of chaos. Another “feel better stone,” Tiger’s Eye brings cheerfulness and optimism and helps to eliminate worry and depression. Tiger’s Eye is great for the whole digestive system and can help with any associated conditions. Commonly found in South Africa, Tigers Eye balances the solar plexus Chakra. As mentioned above, a balanced Solar Plexus Chakra will give you physical focus to everything you do. When balanced this Chakra gives your actions purpose.

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CITRINE, the “stone of abundance” or “money stone,” can bring about wealth and abundance on all levels when kept in your pocket. Citrine is joyous, warm, and energizing and aids in problem solving, and increases awareness and self-esteem. Citrine helps control anger and other unwanted emotions by balancing yin and yang energies. Great for the digestive system, Citrine also helps with nausea, and vomiting. Commonly found in Brazil, Citrine balances the Solar Plexus Chakra. When balanced, this Chakra produces a cleansing and protective energy. Located at the physical center of our bodies, just below the bottom of the breastbone and above the navel, a healthy, balanced solar plexus will give you physical focus.

 

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PERIDOT, a “feel better stone” and “stone of happiness,” offers protection and inspires happiness and friendship. Peridot reduces stress by removing the need for anger and jealousy, and brings about a sense of peace. Peridot helps you reach enlightenment through meditation. Peridot is a general physical tonic for the body, and is great for the digestive system. Sourced in Brazil, Pakistan and the United States, Peridot balances the Heart Chakra. The fourth Chakra is the center of love and compassion, and appropriated located in the center of the chest. The Heart Chakra relates to the connection you have to everyone and everything around you and when balanced allows for you to see the beauty in everyone and everything.

 

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TOURMALINE, the “protection stone,” wards off fear and negativity, and protects on all levels. Tourmaline brings balance in all situations and is great for your mental health and healing. Great for digestion, tourmaline also supports detoxing and helps with low blood pressure. Found in Brazil and Pakistan, Tourmaline balances all Chakras.

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