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Carnelian Stone Benefits, Healing Properties, and Meaning

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Layne is a certified level 1 crystal healer and works with clients individually to help them overcome challenges and blockages.

Carnelian crystal properties.

Carnelian crystal properties.

Carnelian Stone Benefits and Healing Properties

Carnelian stone has a beautiful deep-red or orange color and is especially good for the lower chakras—the reproductive organs in particular. It restores vitality and passion and helps to let go of old programming. It is a great stone for healing relationships. Carnelian stone is especially good for:

  • grounding
  • motivating
  • dissolving negative emotions
  • energizing
  • maintaining reproductive health
  • maintaining circulatory health
  • resolving discordant relationships
Carnelian is a popular stone used for crystal healing.

Carnelian is a popular stone used for crystal healing.


Carnelian is primarily found tumbled. It is mostly red-orange and/or deep red in color and sometimes veined.

Where Is It Found?

Carnelian is considered a common stone. It is found in Britain, India, Peru, Iceland, and Romania.

How Much Does Carnelian Stone Cost?

You can find fairly inexpensive carnelian in most crystal shops in tumbled form. Quality specimens (such as orbs and larger stones) may cost upwards of $30–50+ dollars depending on quality.

The Metaphysical Properties of Carnelian Stone

Carnelian stone is an excellent grounding stone. It stimulates one’s energy and is a strong motivator and creative aid. This stone is also great for wiping negative energy from other stones used for healing.


Carnelian is great for encouraging one to embrace the cycle of life—fear and death included. It was used with the dead as it was thought to assist them on a safe journey in the afterlife. This is a great stone for recovery for those who have suffered abuse in their lifetime and can restore or instill self-trust. It dissolves envy, anger, and rage as well as feelings of resentment. It can help clear the mind and aid in meditation by enhancing concentration and getting rid of sluggishness and mental fog.

It is a great metabolism booster and especially strong for the reproductive organs (female and fertility). It is great for boosting circulation and purifying the blood.

  • Pink is known for improving the dynamics between parents and children. It can help with love and trust, especially for individuals who suffer from feelings of abandonment.
  • Red carnelian stimulates the mind and body.
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If you're struggling with mindfulness, brain fog, fertility issues, or circulation, it's important to talk to a licensed medical practitioner about your symptoms in addition to using Carnelian.

How to Use Carnelian for Healing

Carnelian can be carried in the pocket or worn as jewelry, as a pendant, in earrings, or as a ring. Carry tumbled carnelian in your hand or place it over your heart chakra or root chakra (pelvic region). It can be used for massage over various regions on the body. Place it on your night stand, under your pillow, or simply in your room.

How to Program a Crystal

So you have a crystal or stone. How do you program it? Programming your crystal is much like setting an intention. Below is a basic step-by-step method for programming:

  1. Neutralize. Make sure your crystal is energetically neutral (see resources below on how to cleanse your crystal). I prefer smudging my crystals with sage or bathing them in salt water baths under moonlight or sunlight.
  2. Hold the crystal in your dominant hand or both hands (as I like to do) and neutralize your mind and energy.
  3. Gaze at your crystal, direct your energetic intention towards it. You might feel an electrical surge through your arms as you do this. You can visualize this surge, too.
  4. Verbally acknowledge the intention. You can recite your intention outloud, whisper, or mentally sound your intention. Some programming examples include recitations of "love," "tranquility," "fertility," "clairvoyance," "equanimity." You may also recite variations. For example, "I dedicate this crystal to bring joy into my life and those around me."
  5. Harmony. You should feel a sense of harmony once the crystal is successfully programmed. The programming is complete when you feel it is complete.

How to Cleanse a Crystal

  • Moonlight: Many crystals can be smudged in moonlight. This is especially good for raw or sensitive crystals. Simply set the crystal on a windowsill overnight and let the moonlight do its work.
  • Sunlight: Sunlight is also another affective means to cleanse a crystal. You can leave the crystal out during the day and let the sun’s rays do its work.
  • Sage or Palo Santo: White sage or palo santo may be used to smudge crystals. I like to light a white tea candle and use this to light the sage repeatedly.

How to Smudge a Crystal

  1. Ignite the sage or palo santo, and blow it out.
  2. The item should smoke.
  3. Hold the crystal in the smoke like you would an item under the running water and let it wash away the absorbed energy.

The Science Behind Crystal Healing

So how do crystals affect our energetic bodies? To be alive is to be receptive to energy. Energy transference is one mode of healing crystal healers use on their clients. Even chemical changes from a simple crystal meditation, promoting positivity or relaxation of the mind, energetically and biologically transforms the body.

Crystals have been incorporated in healing by ancient civilizations for centuries but the exact evolution of crystal healing is non-linear (i.e. carnelian stone, lapis lazuli, turquoise, obsidian, jade). Nevertheless, humans have adapted crystals for use in modern medicine for decades. Some common usages for crystals include ultrasonography, doppler pressure monitors, and ultrasonic scalers (dentistry), just to name a few.

Crystals are often used as tools for meditation.

Crystals are often used as tools for meditation.

How to Use Carnelian for a Crystal Meditation

Let's do an exercise. Perhaps you have a crystal or mineral in your home. It can be a piece of jewelry, a rock (mineral), ideally a crystal, or simply an object that commands your attention. Set an intention for this meditation. For example, "I intend to open my heart to universal love," or "I intend to release any negative beliefs I have about my physical body." Look within and get deep.

  1. Placement. Place this object in a comfortable plain of view. Throughout this meditation, your head should be held in a neutral posture in relation to your body.
  2. Get comfortable. Make sure you use props, cushions, or any sort of physical assistance to keep you comfortable in the moment. Immerse yourself in the space free of distraction.
  3. Find your drishti (Sanskrit), a gaze, your point of attention. Direct your view towards your chosen item. Your gaze should not feel forced, but rather soft and relaxed. Keep your intention in mind.
  4. Allow your thoughts to wash through you. Your mind may be calling out to you about a pinched nerve in your back, or the appointment you have later this afternoon. Your dog may be barking, or the street cleaner sweeping. If the you are sensitive to sensory overload try ear plugs or soft instrumental music.
  5. Acknowledge your thoughts. Interruptive thoughts are natural as we begin to meditate. It is important to acknowledge a thought as "there," but to let it pass, like flipping channels on a television, or watching a set of waves wash in from the ocean.
  6. Accept and surrender. We do not define right or wrong thought process here. You are simply allowing yourself to be present and attuned. Let your mind be.
  7. Redirect and focus on breath. Prana, or life force, is quite literally the energetic flow of the universe in your body. That's why yogis use pranayama, or breathing technique, to focus their energy into their whole being. If you feel yourself slipping out of focus, redirect your attention to the body by visualizing and experiencing your flow of breath.
  8. Gently return. Whether you set the soft bell of a timer or naturally feel your meditation is complete, gently return to your surroundings. Allow yourself time to adjust. Some meditators choose to conclude with a prayer, a blessing, a bow, or any closure you see fit for your practice.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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