Seven Healing Crystals I Have in My Personal Collection
Even before I knew of the healing and other beneficial properties of crystals I was draw to them and have collected them for many years. As a child, I used to play outside a lot and would pick up interesting stones I found in parks, woodlands or on beaches, and I still have some holey stones that I found back then. Over the years, I bought a few stones that I felt drawn to but it wasn’t until I was a teenager and began to learn about paganism that I discovered crystal healing.
For various reasons I ended up living life mostly away from that path for many years. It was my hobby of jewelry making that brought crystals back into my life fully and at that point, I began to learn more about their use in healing. My middle son is also a rock lover and for as long as I can remember has been picking up stones to bring home. He likes to find interesting shaped stones such as the heart he gave me from Brighton beach and keeps them in a crate in his playhouse. I have a good-sized collection of crystals, though I am always on the lookout for others of course! A lot of my crystals are stored away with my herbs and candles but I also have lots around the house, mostly in the living room and my son’s bedroom. We also have some shells, driftwood and holey pieces of chalk we found on Brighton beach displayed on our fireplace. I tend to cleanse my crystals by leaving them in moonlight as I can collect them up and put them on a windowsill together. If I have a stone on display put then want to use it for a more specific use or exercise, I cleanse it either by smudging or hoping under running water.
1. Black Tourmaline
On a shelf in the living room I have a wooden bowl of raw black tourmaline crystals. The bowl was bought in a shop I love called The Glass Sculptress (in Hastings old town) and is hand carved. Tourmaline is a great crystal for grounding, protections, clearing and balancing the chakras and cleansing energy. It can help in truly understanding yourself and the people around you and boosts self-confidence, compassion, prosperity and compassion. Tourmaline is a powerful crystal for any mental or emotional health issues and helps in removing negative thought patterns and replacing them with more beneficial and positive ways of thinking.
Black tourmaline is a good choice of crystal for cleaning electromagnetic pollution and protecting against psychic attack. It resonates with the base chakra so is a very grounding stone that will also help in releasing stress and tension while encouraging a positive attitude. Physically it can be used to draw negative energy and pain from the body and a wand is particularly effective for this use.
Sunstone reminds you that it is important to take care of yourself and not always put everyone else first. This crystal is traditionally linked to luck and good fortune and brings light, inspiration and sweetness into life. Sunstone can be used to help remove unwanted influences other people may have over you. These can come from many sources such as past personal relationships, controlling friends or from family members. Even if you no longer have contact with the person, these ties can have a draining effect and stop you from moving forward in life. Sunstone will gently cut these ties and return the energy to the other person with no ill effect to either of you.
Sunstone can be used to help life low mood and in seasonal affective disorder by bringing the bright and warming energy of the sun to winter. When used in healing the solar plexus, sunstone can help in releasing repressed emotions that may be holding you back.
This crystal is another that is useful for combating electromagnetic pollution. It is an excellent crystal for the mind, eliminating confusion and encouraging rational thought and calm. Sodalite can help in the acceptance of new information and ideas while releasing rigid thinking, especially when the resulting changes causes worry or anxiety. It helps ease digestive disorders and as a blue stone connected to the throat chakra can help in situations where communication difficulties prevent you from expressing yourself or asking for what you need. We have a piece of raw sodalite in the living room and in my son’s bedroom as he struggles with anxiety and communication due to have autism.
Lepidolite is a beautiful, purple, mica based mineral that is an excellent crystal for dissipating negativity. It can be used in the reduction of stress and depression and helps to relieve obsessive thoughts and despondency. Thanks to its high lithium content this crystal is a helpful stone in stabilising mood swings and similar difficulties. Lepidolite is known as a stone of transition. It helps in understanding, releasing or reorganising old thought and behavioural patterns and helps in the acceptance of change. This calming stone boost concentration and aids and decision making. It helps you focus on what is important and in filtering out extraneous distractions. Lepidolite is another useful crystal in clearing electromagnetic pollution and in particular it is a good choice to place on computers to absorb their emanations. The energy of this crystal is gentle and it may take some time to see results. For this reason it is a good idea to wear or keep it nearby constantly for healing difficulties such as depression, anxiety and mood swings.
5. Blue Calcite
Calcite is a powerful amplifier and cleanser of energy. Having a piece of this crystal in any room will clear negative energies from the environment and help to remove stagnant energy from your physical body. Calcite is a useful crystal for anyone who feels they have lost hope or motivation. It can help increase energy on all levels and combats laziness. This crystal calms the mind and helps to boost memory as well as knowing which information is truly important and worth retaining. This makes it a useful stone for anyone who is studying.
Blue calcite in particular has a very gentle energy that is excellent for relaxation. This crystal gently soothes the nerves, helps reduce anxiety and releases negative emotions. When used with the throat Chakra blue calcite will help you communicate clearly and effectively. We have a couple of blue calcite stones in raw and tumbled forms, again mainly for easing communication and anxiety. As my son and I both study from home the memory and concentration properties of calcite are so very welcome. I have also used placed blue calcite crystals under my son’s mattress when he is having an especially difficult time because of changes or other upsets.
6. Holey Stones
Also known as Odin Stones or hag stones, these are any stone that has a naturally worn hole in. These stones are often found on beaches as the sea and other rocks and debris have over time worn the holes. Hag stones are said to have many beneficial properties and these tend to vary depending on location. For example, in the southwest of England it has long been believed that they can protect against witchcraft and negative forces and so are commonly carried on fishing boats or hung over doors and windows. Believed by many to be the ultimate protection stone they can also be worn on necklaces, bracelets or made in into charms and keyrings. Legend states that if you hold a holey stone up to your eye you will be able to see beings that are normally hidden, such as fae. Hag stones are considered by many to be very lucky.
I have a few holey stones that I found as a child. I used to see them a lot and then for a long time I found none at all. In the last few years I am spotting them more often and my favourites are the really small ones. I have a selection of these on a shelf that I collected from Brighton and Hastings beaches (South UK). I also wear a small stone every day that was found in Brighton. I was walking on the beach not looking for anything in particular and this tiny stone shone out to me among all the larger pebbles, almost as if it wanted to be found.
7. Ocean Jasper
There are many forms of jasper, found in a variety of colours. Jasper is a nurturing stone that helps to bring tranquillity and supports in times of stress. It balances ying and yang energy, aid quick thinking and helps us to take action related to our ideas and goals. Ocean jasper in particular is a soothing stone that has a slow but steady energy. This is a good choice of crystal for bringing patience and an ability to work through changes that happen in life, even when we don’t want them. Ocean jasper can be used to sooth the nerves and combat negative or destructive thoughts.
This form of jasper can be used in gently releasing pent-up anger and repressed emotional issues. It encourages us to be honest when confronting our problems and to accept responsibility for our actions. Ocean jasper is a form of orbicular jasper that is found only in Madagascar. It is a multi-coloured stone of pinks, white, green, red, brown and black and has various markings including swirls, banding and waves.
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