Jean teaches astrology & metaphysics. She is an author, reader, ordained nondenominational minister, and member of the NJ Metaphysical Ctr.
Feel the Crystal's Vibrations!
Crystals have been long coveted for the colorful brightness and loveliness they bring into our lives. They have been used as ornaments and symbols of power for thousands of years. But they also have a value beyond their beauty; each stone has a sacred meaning. Crystals were used for their healing properties for millennia, also working to help people balance and center themselves.
Most crystals are just as valuable for healing today as they were centuries ago. They are often overlooked when in their uncut states, because they look like rocks with tiny specks of color, until they are cut and polished. But once they are applied to the body, or even worn as jewelry or carried on your person, one can benefit from the properties of specific stones.
Many believe their purpose in life is to help facilitate the evolution of the Earth and those of us upon it. Crystals have a very high vibration rate, which helps to raise our individual and group consciousnesses, and opens the higher chakras (power points in/on our bodies). This greatly aids our psychic abilities and enables us to communicate with other dimensions.
Crystals Heal in Body, Mind and Spirit
Crystals are often used in modern day medical practices. Their electricity can be harnessed in ultrasound machines, producing sound waves. A beam of focused ultrasound energy aided by crystals can cauterize wounds deep in the body, or blast away tumors without the need for a more invasive treatment. Shamans and healers of old knew how to work with crystals to focus sound and light vibrations into rays, which were applied for healing. They also knew that while some crystals are energizing, some are calming. This can help a healer sedate an overactive organ or stimulate an underactive one. Reiki healers often use crystals in their work today, knowing how they can break up blockages inside our bodies which cause pain.
So let’s discuss some well known and liked crystals; and see what their properties are, how they can heal us and help us, both mentally and spiritually. They can also heal us physically, if placed on the body part that hurts. So crystals can actually help heal common ailments and be used for first-aid, as many have therapeutic properties. They need to be “programmed” and cleansed occasionally, and later in this piece directions will be provided.
Bloodstone and Hematite
Bloodstone is a very dark green stone with little maroon lines running through it. The green is normally so dark it almost looks black, so it is worth it to find one which shows off the green more. This is a grounding stone which helps to keep a person centered. It is a powerful banisher of negativity and evil, protective because there are often people who may want to hurt us.
Bloodstone is an energy cleanser and immune stimulator for serious infections. It calms the mind, clears confusion and enhances our decision making processes. Bloodstone can revitalize the mind if one gets mentally exhausted, and we’ve all been there. This stone also helps us adjust to unaccustomed circumstances, such as the sudden loss of a loved one, a job or career change, or any mind boggling situation that was unexpected. Bloodstone aligns the lower chakras, usually the lowest one, or root chakra.
Hematite is also a grounding and centering stone, which harmonizes body, mind and spirit. It usually is black or a very dark grey. If you are a person who has out of body experiences, hematite protects the soul and makes sure it returns to the body. The stone has a strong “yang” element, and balances the meridians, correcting your yin/yang (feminine/masculine) balance. Hematite prevents negative energies from entering your aura, and restores peace and harmony to your body.
It aids circulatory problems such as Reynaud’s Disease, and other blood conditions, such as anemia. It supports the kidneys in cleansing blood and regenerating tissues. Hematite can draw heat away from the body (good for fevers) and also aids spinal alignment and fractures. Just hold the stone in your hand for calming, or place it on the body part that is ailing. This is also a stone which aids the root chakras. Besides the root chakra, the sacral and solar plexus are considered part of the root chakra trinity.
Bloodstone and Hematite
Red Jasper and Lapis Lazuli
Red Jasper is gently stimulating, grounding energy and fixes unjust situations. It alerts us to problems before they become a crisis and provides insight into very difficult situations that we may find ourselves in. Red jasper is a great “worry stone” because if you hold it in your hand or stroke it, wear it as jewelry or have it in your pocket, it calms the emotions when touched.
If you place a piece under your pillow, it can help dream recall. This stone also stimulates the base or root chakras, but this is important, as it centers us and gives us the focus we need to solve our issues. It cleans and stabilizes the aura, and helps you to strengthen your boundaries. It is a healthy stone, and will detoxify the circulatory system, blood and liver. Red jasper dissolves blockages in the liver or bile ducts. It is known as the “supreme nurturer” and sustains and supports us during times of extreme stress. It unifies all the areas of our lives. Position it on the part of your body which is hurting or making you uncomfortable.
Lapis Lazuli is a medium blue stone with veins of gold running through it. Meditating with this stones brings about more clarity to the mind. This is because working with lapis opens your “third eye”. It stimulates enlightenment, enhances dream work, and helps your psychic abilities. It is a powerful stone and can make you a channel for good or ill, so make sure your intentions are good! This is a protective stone that can put you in touch with your angels or spirit guardians. The Egyptians worked with lapis lazuli often ,and you will see it used in many of their artifacts, including King Tut’s Death mask. Lapis harmonizes the physical, emotional and spiritual levels, including such imbalances which will result in depression, disease and lack of purpose.
This stone is a powerful thought amplifier, and stimulates the mind, bringing objectivity and clarity. It encourages creativity, and helps you confront the truths in your life. It bonds relationships in love and friendship, and is helpful in expressing feelings. Lapis is great for alleviating pain, especially of migraine headaches. You can place a piece between your eyes, and let the stone rest there, and it will help your “third eye.” Lapis helps your respiratory system and nervous one, and also protects the throat and larynx. Hearing loss, blood purification, insomnia and vertigo are all aided by lapis lazuli.
Red Jasper and Lapis Lazuli
Clear Quartz Crystal and Moonstone
Clear quartz crystal is the most powerful healing and energy amplifier, because of its unique crystalline form. It is found worldwide, and absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy. It is also great for unblocking energies. I saw a demonstration with a quartz piece picture taken by a Kirlian camera, and just holding it in your hand doubles your bio-magnetic field. It enhances muscle testing and protects against radiation. Quartz crystal works at a vibrational level. It takes energy back to its most perfect state, to before disease could set in. It cleanses the organs and acts as a deep soul cleanser too, connecting the physical dimension with the mind.
Clear crystal is a master healer and can be used for any condition. It stimulates the immune system and brings the whole body into balance. It can also be used to soothe burns. If you are depressed or feeling any strong emotions, this crystal will magnify them, so do not use it for a long period if you are feeling out of sorts.
Moonstone is a pretty light, milky blue stone, and also found in white and a light peach color. This writer is Cancer, and has one darker blue stone which looks almost like our Moon, and a lighter, pale blue one. It helps me read tarot better and I always wear it when I am working on interpretations. The stone brings good fortune, aids psychic ability, enhances intuition and inspiration, and brings success in matters of love and business. Moonstone is related to the Goddess Diana, and is more powerful in the Full Moon. It is a very personal stone, and is said to be a reflection of the wearer, said to perceive “what is,” as far as fortune telling. It is considered “the stone of new beginnings.” It makes the unconscious conscious and promotes intuition and empathy. It encourages lucid dreaming and is a great help in developing clairvoyance.
Moonstone aids the digestive and reproductive systems, assimilates nutrients, eliminates toxins and fluid retention, and alleviates degenerative conditions of the hair, skin, eyes, liver and pancreas. Moonstone is excellent for PMS, conception, pregnancy, childbirth and breast feeding. Wear it as a ring or place on appropriate body part—on your forehead for psychic experiences, or the heart or solar plexus for emotions. If you feel overly emotional, do not wear Moonstone during the Full Moon.
Clear Quartz and Moonstone
Amber and Garnet
Amber is fossilized sap from prehistoric trees, which has aged for millions of years. It is generally yellow or pale orange in color, but is apparently found in red or green too. Most amber comes from the Baltic areas. It calms the nerves by releasing tension and anxiety, and acts as a protective shield against other people’s negative energies when one is in the same room. Amber is great for creating a healing space before any kind of healing or intuitive work is begun. The wearer is more upbeat and optimistic, and if amber is worn as a necklace, one will feel the neck get warm. It’s a great help for sore throats. Amber can help with making decisions.
Garnets are normally red in color. Garnets can bring you out of your shell and aid in making friendships. It is very helpful in keeping a balance of body, mind and spirit. It is a stone of passion and devotion, and will give the wearer vitality and stamina. Garnets help one to become more productive, and more business minded. Garnet can warn of approaching danger and in olden times was carried as a protective talisman. Most stones will get cloudy to warn you something is wrong. Garnet is a useful stone to have in a crisis. It is helpful when you are traumatized or in a situation where you feel there is no way out. Garnet also inspires love and devotion. It balances the sex drive and alleviates emotional disharmony. Red Garnet stimulates your kundalini energies and aids sexual potency. This is a stone of commitment
Amber and Garnet
Carnelians and Aventurine
Carnelians are usually a bright orange-red, but are also found in pink or brown. Carnelian grounds and anchors you in the present reality. It restores creativity, vitality and motivation. They give people energy, protection from poverty and from bad vibrations, aid the sense of humor, and are helpful in calming the temper. Carnelians are a definite energy booster, and can help a more shy or insecure person to be able to do what they must without so much worry. Carnelian improves analytic abilities and clarifies perception. It takes away extraneous thoughts in meditation and helps daydreamers tune into everyday reality. It sharpens concentration and dispels mental lethargy. This stone is a powerful protector against rage, envy, and resentment, yours and other peoples. It calms anger and gets rid of emotional negativity, replacing it with love of life.
Aventurine is a stone of prosperity, which also absorbs electromagnetic smog—which comes from our often used devices, such as cell phones, tablets, and Kindles. Aventurine protects us from the emanations coming from these devices, diffusing their negative energies and turning them around. This stone also reinforces leadership abilities, promotes compassion, and encourages perseverance. Aventurine stabilizes the mind’s state.
Aventurine comes in many colors, the green is most popular, as it is a heart healer and harmonizer. Life feels like it is more in control if one works with a piece of green aventurine. I carried one with me after my husband’s passing, and worked with it when I meditated, and found it helped bring me better peace of mind in my sorrow. It absorbs negative emotions and also is good for controlling nausea, often associated with nerves. Green Aventurine is a good all around stone to have around, since it brings in a feeling of well being and emotional calm.
Aventurine and Carnelian
Rose and Smoky Quartz
Rose Quartz is the stone of unconditional love, most important for your heart and heart chakra, as it teaches you the true meaning and essence of love. It will often be cut and polished in the shape of a heart, as the one pictured here. It opens and purifies the heart at all levels, and brings deep inner healing (as who has not had a broken heart)? Rose quartz also helps us to love ourselves, because if we cannot love ourselves, we cannot truly love anyone else. This is a calming and reassuring stone, great to have around in a crisis.
If you are trying to attract love, by all means have a nice piece of rose quartz with you. It can be discreetly kept in a pocket, on a keychain, or under your pillow. Rose quartz will draw love and relationships towards you. Trust and harmony are other qualities this stone brings your way. It chases away negative energies and brings trust to you. It strengthens your empathy and sensitivity and helps you to accept necessary changes. This is the mid life crisis stone, hold it and repeat positive affirmations. Rose quartz will open your eyes to beauty of all kinds. It also aids your heart and circulation, releases impurities in the body, aiding lung problems as well. It helps you release your unexpressed emotions and heartaches, which can really hurt you if held in too long. If you have loved and lost, rose quartz will comfort you in your grief. It helps you to forgive yourself, and to recognize your self worth.
Smoky Quartz is a sort of yellow/brownish color. It is an effective grounding and anchoring stone, which can raise your vibrations during meditations. This is a very protective stone which has a strong link to the earth. It will protect you from people who wish to harm you, so if you feel negative vibrations from certain people or situations, keep a piece of smoky quartz in your pocket or wear it as a piece of jewelry. You could even put it on a black cord and wear it as a pendant under your shirt. Always wear it if you have to go to court, or anywhere where people may be against you.
Smokey and Rose Quartz
Amethyst and Malachite
Amethyst is an extremely protective and powerful stone, with a very high vibration. It is available in lavenders and all shades of purples which have a sparkle. It transmutes energy into love. Amethyst is a real powerhouse when it comes to crystals. It blocks geopathic stress and other environmental energies. It promotes serenity and higher states of consciousness. Amethyst has strong healing and cleansing powers, and enhances spiritual awareness.
Amethyst helps you feel less mentally scattered, and more in control in your life. It helps us to balance our highs and lows, so promotes emotional centering. It rids us of fear, anxiety, rage and anger. This is one of the most spiritual stones, promoting love of the Divine. It encourages selflessness and spiritual wisdom. Place it on your “third eye” to see better.
Amethyst is a great blood cleanser and helps clean out the immune system. It relieves emotional, physical and mental pain. You really cannot go wrong with amethyst, if you have one crystal, this is the one you need. It eases headaches and tensions. Amethyst can also help bruising, injuries and swelling, so all the sportspeople around you can reap its benefits. It is also helpful for the intestines, regulating flora, removing parasites, and encourages the reabsorbing of water. Amethyst also treats insomnia and brings restful sleep. This writer carries or wears amethyst every day.
Malachite is usually seen in beautiful shades of greens with lines of the different shades creating designs on the stone, looking especially nice set in copper. Now, malachite can be toxic, and should only be used in its polished form. Do not breathe in any of its dust, should you encounter it in form before it is polished. Malachite amplifies both positive and negative energies, and some believe that it is still evolving into the most healing stone of this millennium.
Malachite is an important protection stone. It soaks up plutonium pollution and guards against radiation. If you live near a nuclear or natural radiation source, definitely buy some malachite. Healing crystals.com is a great site for not only buying stones, but is loaded with metaphysical information about them, and the staff is very helpful. This stone also clears all the chakras, and attunes them to spiritual guidance.
Amethyst and Malachite
Turquoise and Tourmaline
Turquoise is the strongest healer, calming the spirit and the well being of the body. Turquoise is a truth stone, and teaches us to be honest with ourselves. It bestows courage, wisdom, peace of mind, good luck, spiritual grounding, friendship, love and loyalty. The stone absorbs away negativity that surrounds you. Turquoise is a stone of self realization, helping us to understand ourselves and our motivations. It is another Power Stone, which Native Americans understood, and it helps to align your chakras, creating a clear path for the kundalini energies to flow through all your energy channels, or chakras. This stone protects and blesses the user.
Placed on the third eye, turquoise enhances meditations and increases your intuition. When placed on the throat chakra, it releases old vows, inhibitions and prohibitions, and allows the soul to express itself once more. It explores past lives and shows how the creation of your “fate”, is ongoing and depends on what you do each moment.
Turquoise strengthens the meridians and subtle energy fields of the body. It aids your psychic and physical immune systems, alleviates pollution and viral infections, a good healer for the whole body. Turquoise is good for the eyes, particularly cataracts. The stone acts as an anti-inflammatory, also relieving pain from cramps.
Tourmaline is usually black, it does come in other colors, such as red, pink, green and blue. Tourmaline is great for meditating and trying to reach the higher sources. Tourmaline is important when you are under any kind of psychic attack, when someone is trying to hurt you. It helps break up our energy blockages, and rids the wearer of confusion, stress and anxiety. The stone is powerful and brings much good luck. When the stone is rubbed, it becomes charged with magnetic electricity and good luck manifests.
It grounds spiritual energy, clears and balances your chakras, and forms a protective shield around the body. Natural tourmaline wands are useful healing tools. They clear the aura and remove blockages. It has a natural affinity with the devic energies and is particularly beneficial for gardens and plants. Black tourmaline promotes a laid back attitude and clear, rational thoughts. It encourages a positive attitude and stimulates creativity. When used in healing, place the point out from the body to draw off negative energies.
Turquoise and Tourmaline
Sodalite and Moss Agate
Sodalite is a medium blue stone, easily mistaken for lapis, except there is white where the gold would be. It unites intuition with logic and opens the spiritual perceptions, bringing information from higher mind down to the physical level. You can understand better how you got into your current situation when you use sodalite. It instills a drive for the truth in a person, and an urge towards idealism. It helps us to be true to ourselves and remain strong in our convictions.
Sodalite balances the metabolism, overcomes calcium deficiencies and boosts the immune system. The stone combats insomnia and radiation damage. It treats the throat and vocal cords, helpful for hoarseness and digestive issues. Sodalite also helps lower fevers and blood pressure.
Moss Agate is a green stone, with bits of white and yellow in it. It is a stone strongly connected to nature. It refreshes the soul and enables one to see the beauty in all things. It helps in reducing sensitivity to weather and environmental pollutants. The stone is excellent for anyone who works with agriculture or botany. Moss agate is also a birthing crystal, assisting to midwives or in less painful deliveries of babies, and is also the stone of new beginnings.
Moss agate also is a stone of abundance, and can attract wealth. It helps enhance more positive personality traits, and releases fears and deep seated stresses. Moss agate speeds up recovery from illnesses, and can counteract long term illnesses. It is also a strong anti inflammatory, reducing fevers, an elixir when applied to the skin, and great at treating fungal or other skin irritations
Sodalite and Moss Agate
Selenite and Fluorite
Selenite is clear or white. It is usually seen in the form of a wand, to keep away negative energies. Do not clean it with water though, as it is mostly salt, and will melt. Selenite has a very fine vibration and helps access angelic consciousness and higher guidance. Selenite is a link to the light body, helping to anchor it in the Earth vibration.
Selenite carries with it the history of all that has happened in the world. It creates a safe and quiet place inside your home, and will not allow outside influences in. Selenite clears your mind so you can see what progress you are making in your present incarnation. I keep a wand with me when I interpret Astrology charts or Tarot readings to protect myself. Some people want to dump all their problems on a reader, and can leave you with too much negativity. I usually put the wand between myself and the other person, so I don’t soak up to many of their negative vibrations. I can “clear” myself, but use this method if someone is not even trying to help themselves, as we all have Free Will. I can’t soak up all of everyone’s energies if I do a lot of readings in a day, so I can protect myself with selenite.
Fluorite is usually green or clear, though it also can be found in brown or purple. This stone protects people on a psychic level. Sometimes manipulative people from the outside are trying to hurt us in a mental way, and fluorite saves us from that. It also stabilizes our aura and cleanses it. Fluorite dissolves fixed patterns of behavior and opens the door to the subconscious, bringing suppressed feelings up to be resolved. It helps us to be impartial and objective.
Green fluorite grounds excess energy, dissipates emotional trauma, and clears infections. It absorbs negative energies within the environment. It brings up information from our subconscious minds and helps us to access our intuition. It is an effective auric, chakra and mental cleanser, ridding us of obsolete conditioning. Fluorite is also good at relieving stomach ailments and cramps.
Selenite and Fluorite
Using and Clearing your Gemstones
Many of these stones are not very expensive. You can buy a handful of small stones for only a few dollars. You could also buy a rock tumbler and polish your own stones, and have a new hobby, or find someone who tumbles stones themselves. New Age or Metaphysical stores usually carry the loose stones, and also jewelry made from them. If you are drawn to a certain piece of jewelry, then wear it, it is probably good for you if you felt that “pull.” Gemstones do not have to be worn as jewelry to reap their protective benefits.
One can fill a little pouch or bag with the stones wanted, sleep with it under the pillow or mattress, or carry it in a pocket or handbag. When this writer goes out, a chunk of amethyst always comes along in her pocket or purse. Men often wear them attached to a black cord, but I also see them wearing them on silver chains, usually the rolled kind. Since your crystals and gemstones often are taking negative energies away from you, they need to be recharged. You can do this by placing them in a sunny window, or in a sunny place outside for a few hours. If you like the smell of white sage, you can burn some in a safe container, and just pass the stones through the smoke of the sage a few times. Do this as often as needed. Sage is also a great way to get rid of negative vibrations and change the level of energies in your home. I often burn sage and walk through the whole house to “cleanse” it and raise the vibrations if times are trying.
Your crystals have to be programmed to know what you need from them. For instance, if you want to intuit the right thing to do about a problem, hold a piece of amethyst in your hand, meditate, or just ask the amethyst to give you what it is you need from it. If you feel someone is playing mind games with you, hold a piece of smoky quartz and ask that it protect you from that. As you work with each stone more and more, you will automatically feel it doing what you programmed it to do.
So I hope you have learned more about crystals, and maybe can find a way to incorporate them into your own lives to improve your health, or aid you in body, mind and spirit. If we are ailing in any of those areas, we are ripe to catch diseases, or behave in manners that are harmful to ourselves. This writer loves jewelry as well, so having so many pretty stones to wear makes me feel happy, especially knowing my health and welfare are protected just because I chose to wear a lovely crystal that day! And you will find that you are drawn to the specific stone you need just at the right time.
How to Clear Crystals with White Sage
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.
© 2016 Jean Bakula
Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on December 03, 2017:
I am so happy to have helped. Amethyst is good for anxiety (I suffer from it too). Also, bloodstone is grounding. Moss agate allows being outdoors in nature to make you feel better. Turquoise is great for all around everything. I hope she improves. Best Regards. Jean
Maurice Glaude from Mobile, AL on November 17, 2017:
It was meant for me to find this today. My mother has anxiety and I've tried most of the stones I own to help her. I didn't think of red jasper. I think every time I get a piece I usually give it away. That should have been a clue that I need to keep some on hand. Thanks for the guidance on this one.
Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on July 10, 2017:
I am so glad you learned something new from my work. When you get the crystal, hold it and ask it what you want from it. It you sort of have to "program" it. Best Wishes.
bharati sharma on July 09, 2017:
It is really interesting article. I got very useful information through your article about the properties of some of the important crystals used for healing.
Thanks for writing.
Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on June 04, 2016:
I'm glad you enjoyed it, I enjoyed writing it. Take care.
Thanks for reading and sharing. Some of them are hard to tell apart, but with practice you can do it.
It is hard to identify a lot of the crystals, the ones I wrote of here are all polished and some are in jewelry that I have. Before they are polished, it can be really hard to decide which is which, many of the different stones come in many colors. Moonstone is one. It used to be light blue or a darker blue, but now it's found in a peachy, light orange too. Take care.
Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on June 04, 2016:
I find crystals extremely fascinating. Great review of the properties and uses. Sharing here on HP!
Carol Morris on June 04, 2016:
Thanks for all this interesting information. I loved reading this hub.
Jean Bakula (author) from New Jersey on June 03, 2016:
You are most welcome. Thanks for taking time to read the hub. Take care.
Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 03, 2016:
Very useful, interesting and informative hub about crystals!
I have some idea about them but your hub explained a lot about these crystals. I believe it is slightly difficult to identify the real ones. For that you need an expert . I do believe in their power of healing.
Thanks for this excellent article on this subject!