Crystals provide a gentle, non-invasive form of healing that works together with your inner healer to bring your physical body back into balance. All you need to do is place them on the particular areas of the body that require help, either individually or in a grid formation. Working through vibration, resonance and colour, crystals are concerned with subtle electromagnetic energies and much of their effect serves to;
1) Realign the bio-magnetic sheath, known as the aura, that surrounds the physical body
2) Cleanse the chakras, the energy centers that link the aura and the body together
3) Work on the body, mind, psyche and spirit to rectify the underlying causes of a condition
The subtle bodies (collectively know as the aura, biomagnetic sheath, or etheric body) that surround the physical body are formed from energies that have a lighter vibration than the physical body, and are therefore invisible. The subtle bodies are linked to the physical body by the chakras, centers which mediate and distribute energy. But these centers can become blocked, leading to subtle illnesses which, if not brought back into equilibrium, might eventually lead to physical disease. Since crystals are able to absorb, focus, transmute and transmit electromagnetic energy, they can also be useful in adjusting subtle vibrations in the body.
Here are some crystals and the chakras they correspond well with;
ROOT CHAKRA - BLOODSTONE
Bloodstone (also known as Heliotrope) has a stimulating effect on the immune system, strengthening the body’s defenses against infections, viruses and bacteria. Placed over the thymus gland, Bloodstone activates the production of T-cells, the natural killer cells of the body that destroy invading organisms. Bloodstone is a powerful detoxifier that cleanses the blood and lymph to remove waste products and toxins from the tissues and blood rich organs. Bloodstone also neutralizes excess acid in your body arising from faulty diet, toxicity or hereditary. Its cleansing effect extends to the three organs associated with the root chakra: the liver, spleen and kidneys, which are responsible for eliminating toxins from the body.
SACRAL CHAKRA - ORANGE CARNELIAN
Orange Carnelian has a powerful grounding effect which anchors you into your body and heals physical abuse. It is an excellent stone for restoring vitality whenever you feel depleted. This stone is linked to the sacral and base chakras and to the reproductive organs. It can be helpful in cases of infertility and impotence, but can also induce creativity on all levels, not just the biological. Orange Carnelian promotes the healing of bones and ligaments, and when placed on the site of the problem, can assist with lower back pains, rheumatism, arthritis and neuralgia. Carnelian is excellent for overcoming negative mental conditioning and mental lethargy.
SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA - YELLOW JASPER
Yellow Jasper prevents the absorption of negative energy from the environment around you or from other people. Yellow Jasper is particularly effective in promoting tissue regeneration, especially within the endocrine system. It is helpful in stimulating the pancreas and thymus, for supporting digestive processes, and treating stomach disorders. Yellow Jasper is a balancing stone which soothes the emotions, re-energises the body and also gives you courage and calmness in facing your difficulties. With its connection to the solar plexus chakra and detoxifying action, Yellow Jasper can help you release the emotional angst that is often stored in this chakra.
HEART CHAKRA - ROSE QUARTZ
Rose Quartz is a master healer for the heart and emotions. It is a stone of infinite peace and unconditional love, helping to purify and open your heart, teaching you the true meaning of love and forgiveness, and is powerfully effective in healing grief. Rose Quartz increases your ability to empathise, restores confidence and negates any false pride you may have that is hiding a deeper sense of inadequacy. Rose Quartz is a healer for the circulatory system, removing impurities from the blood and bodily fluids. Placed over the thymus, it heals lung and chest problems. Over the adrenal glands, it alleviates the physical stress caused by over-production of adrenaline and supports the kidneys. As the ears are the end of the meridians carrying kidney energy through the body, Rose Quartz can also alleviate vertigo.
THROAT CHAKRA - BLUE LACE AGATE
Blue Lace Agate is particularly beneficial in opening a blocked throat chakra and for promoting clear communication, especially of thoughts and feelings that have previously been held back. Blue Lace Agate benefits the thyroid and parathyroid glands, helping to regulate secretions and their effect on the body. Blue Lace Agate helps to overcome tension in the neck and shoulders, particularly if they have become weighed down by psychosomatic causes. It also gently removes any feeling of suffocation in the chest, and the physical conditions that arise out of this such as asthma or emphysema. The gem elixir is an excellent gargle for sore throat or for bathing sore eyes. Blue Lace Agate neutralises heat from fever, inflammation and anger, slowly dissipating built-up energy and allowing matters to rise slowly to the surface for release.
THIRD EYE CHAKRA - AMETHYST
Amethyst is an extremely spiritual and intuitive stone that encourages the opening of the third eye. Enhancing spiritual awareness and connecting to divine love, it promotes psychic vision and entry into higher realms, possibly being used to facilitate out-of-body experiences. Amethyst is used in meditation as it is a natural tranquiliser and is highly effective at calming the mind, although it can stimulate the mental faculties where appropriate. Amethyst improves memory and concentration by facilitating the transmission of neural signals through the brain. This crystal is useful for insomnia caused by an overactive mind and when placed under the pillow it also protects against recurrent nightmares. Amethyst has been used since ancient times to ward of drunkenness, and has been known to treat addiction and addictive personality traits.
CROWN CHAKRA - CLEAR QUARTZ
Clear Quartz is the master healer for the mind and the crown chakra, uniting the physical body with the mind, emotions and spirit, and bringing harmony to the entire system. Clear Quartz is an exceptional conductor and amplifier of energy, and has the ability to amplify your thoughts, regardless positive or negative. Clear Quartz is the most receptive stone for any kind of programming, which is very useful for manifesting your intentions. To remove negative thought forms in the mind, simply hold the stone to your forehead and ask for the thought to be transferred and dissolved within the crystal. Clear Quartz can raise energy to the highest possible level, enabling a very clear manifestation of spiritual energy and the reaching of “altered states”.
While crystals work quickly with minor ailments, such as headache, more serious afflictions can take much longer to heal. The ingrained habits and attitudes of a person may underlie an illness, and this will not change overnight, but with time and persistence, crystals can provide support to make a lasting improvement. Crystal healing may not necessarily “cure” a condition, but it can help you discover the psychosomatic causes of your illness. Contrary to popular belief, “psychosomatic” does not mean that the illness is a fabrication of the mind, rather it means that emotions and mental attitudes are affecting the physical body. The mind is a very important aspect of crystal healing; belief in the process speeds things up, but you do not have to believe, merely keep an open mind.
Do remember to cleanse each crystal before using them for healing. You may read our guide to cleansing crystals here.