What is Crystal Healing?

Updated on July 13, 2018
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I have studied crystal healing for many years and have studied and been attuned to reiki levels one, two, and masters.

Crystal healing is a form of vibrational medicine.
Crystal healing is a form of vibrational medicine. | Source

Ancient Use of Crystals

Historical references to the use of crystals have been found as far back as the records of the ancient Sumerians, and the ancient Egyptians are well known for their use of gemstones such as turquoise and lapis lazuli. Kings of the past are believed to have worn crystals or had them incorporated into crowns and other items, not only for their beauty but because they knew of their powerful healing properties. As well as being used in healing, crystals can also be used in protection amulets and for enhancing personal skills; for example in meditation to develop psychic abilities.

Although in the past, when people didn’t have access to modern scientific research and testing methods, they would have been able to discover the power of crystal healing through observing the results of their use and presence. As information was learned and gathered, this has then been passed down through the generations. In modern times, many people are quick to dismiss crystal healing and other alternative or complementary therapies as ineffective or even as nonsense. But as science begins to learn more about vibrational energy and how it behaves, the truth of this type of healing is being uncovered. Each type of crystal has its own vibrational energy frequency, and this is where its healing properties lie. Medical research has also shown that healthy tissue has a different vibrational frequency to that of unhealthy or diseased tissue.

In a Nutshell

Crystal healing is a healing modality that works using naturally present energy fields. The energy of a crystal interacts with and influences the energy around it.

Each variety of crystal possess a unique vibrational freqeuncy that has healing abilities.
Each variety of crystal possess a unique vibrational freqeuncy that has healing abilities. | Source

What Defines a Crystal?

Crystals are minerals, although not all minerals are crystals. To be classified as a crystal, a mineral must have an atomic structure that is regular and forms a crystalline pattern. With regards to crystal healing, however, some of the stones used are not stones at all. These include materials such as amber, coprolite, pearl and coral.

Vibrational Medicine

Crystal healing is a form of vibrational medicine due to the fact that it uses vibrational frequencies to restore or maintain good health and well-being. Every aspect of our mind, bodies, and spirit has an energy frequency that can range from healthy to unhealthy. When all of these frequencies are in harmony, a person will feel balanced and enjoy good mental, emotional and physical health. However, these energies can be thrown out of balance resulting in ill health and disease. Vibrational medicine modalities such as crystal healing seek to bring these frequencies back into balance restoring health. Other examples of vibrational therapies include those that use light, colour, sound or aromatherapy.

Vibrational healing using crystals is able to occur when the frequency of the stone comes into contact with the frequency of the person, organ or body part that requires healing. The two energy fields interact with each other, and the crystal’s frequency rebalances the receiving frequencies as needed. One example of this is placing an amethyst crystal over the site of a headache. The energy from the crystal flows into the painful imbalanced area and restores this to the correct frequency.

Crystal healing has many greatly beneficial applications in our lives and is easy to access and use as natural therapy. Crystals can be bought from many places online and are becoming increasingly available in shops or at physical events. This form of vibration medicine is safe for people of all ages from newborn to the elderly and can be safely used during pregnancy, childbirth and while breastfeeding. If you do not want to work with crystals yourself, it is possible to visit an experienced crystal healer instead. This can be a good option for complexed matters or in the case of rare or very expensive crystals being required as they may be more likely to be able to source these.

Crystals can be found in a huge variety of colours, types, shapes and sizes and each has healing abilities.
Crystals can be found in a huge variety of colours, types, shapes and sizes and each has healing abilities. | Source

Applications of Crystal Healing

Crystals can be used to aid in preventing and healing illness and disease of all types. They are affective for physical complains such as headaches, cramps and pain as well as for conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and stress. Crystals can also be used to help boost many human traits such as self-confidence, self-esteem, courage, determination or resilience. Students many benefit from the ability to boost concentration and memory that some varieties of crystal possess.

As well as being able to help us with the multitude of physical and mental ailments we may experience crystals can also be used in healing and improving many areas of life. These stones can be used in helping us to face our fears in life or to support us during times we feel afraid, for example. They can aid us in moving forward from difficulties in the past, healing trauma from past events or to support us through grief, trauma and times of upheaval. Really there is very little that crystal healing cannot help with and this safe natural therapy can be used alongside other treatments and prescription medications safely.

Amethyst is often used in enhancing spiritual abilities.
Amethyst is often used in enhancing spiritual abilities. | Source

How to Use Crystals

Methods for working with crystals vary, and some are better than others in a given situation. They can be worn, and some of the more common types often feature in jewellery. There is also a wide range of handmade artisan jewellery that features gemstones available to buy. Wearing crystals in this way is a very easy and practical method of working with their beneficial vibrations and is especially good for long term use. Necklaces of various lengths are a good way of working with throat, communication, heart or emotion-related issues for example. A long necklace can be worn to keep a crystal close to the heart and a shorter choker length at the throat.

Crystals can be carried in a pocket or bag, and you will still be able to feel the effects of their power in most cases. They can also be placed around the home, either where we spend a lot of time or in relation to the matter that needs healing. For example: a crystal to prevent nightmares could be kept next to the bed or in the case of small children placed underneath the mattress. This method means that more than one person can benefit from the crystals healing energy. Crystals can be used in this way to assist us in creating a harmonious home that is free from negative and stale energy. It can also be used to prevent unwanted or negative energy entering our homes from outside. In this application, crystals are often placed near to the front entrance or door or used to create a grid around the entire property.

When working with spiritual issues in particular crystals can be used in meditation and visualisation techniques. Stones such as amethyst can help to deepen a meditative experience and bring greater insight. Additionally, they can be utilised in boosting abilities such as intuition, clairvoyance, and telepathy or in divination. Runes are sometimes made from crystals, and it is possible to put together a set of crystals purely for divination. These are placed into a bag and mixed, then a question is asked and a crystal chosen guided by intuition. The crystals meaning and properties can then be looked into in order to find advice or a solution. Crystal balls are common in another form of divination known as scrying.

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.

© 2018 Claire


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      24 months ago from Lincolnshire, UK

      You're welcome and thank you :)

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      Patricia Scott 

      24 months ago from North Central Florida

      I am not familiar with healing properties of crystals but have gotten some idea via this article. I will investigate even further. thank you for the introduction. Angels are on the way to you this evening.


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