Seven Healing Crystals to Ease Anxiety

Updated on October 23, 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.

Healing crystals have many beneficial qualities in helping to ease stress and anxiety.
Healing crystals have many beneficial qualities in helping to ease stress and anxiety. | Source

Healing Crystals for Stress and Anxiety

Modern life can be hectic, busy and demanding with very little time for relaxation or simply slowing down and taking a step back from our responsibilities and commitments. As time goes on and our working and personal lives become more and more reliant and integrated with technological advances, it seems unlikely that this way of life will change or ease. This constant cycle of activity, stress and always being on the go can compromise one's health and well-being on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.

Crystals can be used to bring calm and inner peace to your life. They can be used regularly as a relaxing break from everyday life or they can help you prepare or cope with specific circumstances. Here is a list of some of the most effective crystals for stress and anxiety:

  • Blue Lace Agate
  • Lepidolite
  • Black Tourmaline
  • Rose Quartz
  • Chrysocolla
  • Blue Calcite
  • Aquamarine

The Truth About Fear, Anxiety Disorders, and Negative Thoughts

Anxiety disorders and related conditions are becoming more and more common among people of all ages. Even young children are being diagnosed with anxiety which hinders their lives both at home and at school. Many people are prescribed conventional medicines to help control their symptoms and enable them to continue with their lives as normal.

Not only can these medications cause a range of unpleasant side effects, they do not address the cause of the anxiety. Understandably, people can be reluctant to use medications or only wish to use them short term. There are many natural and drug-free methods that can be used as an alternative to or in conjunction with over-the-counter or prescription medications, including crystal healing.

How Can Crystals Help to Ease Anxiety?

Crystal healing is a safe and effective modality for all ages and will not negatively impact any other treatments or medications that are being used at the time. It is gentle enough to be used by many—elders, babies, children, pregnant women—and anyone who suffers from chronic or reoccurring illness.

Crystal Healing for Anxious Children

It is important to be safe when using crystal healing for babies and children:

  • Conceal the stones safely within the child’s clothes, for example, in a zipped pocket.
  • Place the stones under a mattress or inside pram covers where they cannot be seen or reached.
  • Place the crystals in a small drawstring bag and tie or sew this securely closed.
  • Use a simple pouch by folding a small piece of cloth and sewing it together.

Safety Note

Care should be taken when using crystals with young children and babies due to the possibility that small crystals could present a choking hazard. Some crystals in their raw form may contain toxic minerals and may be absorbed transdermally. Do your research.

Tips for Choosing Your Crystals

There are many calming and soothing crystals that are known for their ability to ease the symptoms of anxiety and relieve stress. Some crystals may have a greater effect than others depending on the person using them, so it can help to try out a few types. As with all crystal healing when choosing your stones, concentrate on the issues you wish to resolve.

Use Your Intuition

If you feel particularly drawn to a certain stone, it is likely that this type will benefit you. It is important to remember to cleanse your crystals to stop them from being stagnated with stale or negative energy. There are many ways to do this, including leaving them in moon or sunlight, smudging or using a cleansing crystal such as amethyst.

How to Use Crystals on the Chakras

How a crystal interacts with a chakra corresponds to its healing properties.
How a crystal interacts with a chakra corresponds to its healing properties. | Source

How to Use Crystals for Healing

The stones can be used in many ways depending on your situation and which method you prefer:

  • For everyday use, they can be carried with you in a pocket or worn as part of a bracelet or other jewelry.
  • They can be held during meditation or held when you feel anxious or stressed.
  • Palm stones, sometimes known as thumb stones or worry stones, can be a good choice. These are flat and generally oval-shaped, polished crystals. They rest in your hand and have a slight indent for your thumb, which can be used to rub or press against the stone.
  • Crystals may be placed in spaces—nightstands, bedrooms, window sills, workspaces, on top of or beside electronics.
  • Crystals may be placed on an individual chakra to cleanse or activate these energetic regions of the body as diagramed above.

Blue lace agate is an excellent calming crystal.
Blue lace agate is an excellent calming crystal. | Source

1. Blue Lace Agate

What Are the Properties of Blue Lace Agate?

This calming blue crystal is regarded by many as the best choice for reducing anxiety and stress. Its soothing vibrational energy encourages relaxation and calms the nerves. Blue lace agate is thought to help reduce anger and fears of being judged. By dissolving repression, it allows for freedom of expression and speaking the truth. It may be used on the throat chakra.

Appearance
Chakra(s)
Properties
Pale blue, with white or blue lines; small and tumbled
Throat
Calming, nurturing, free self-expression.

Healing

Meditating with blue lace agate is highly effective for reducing stress and anxiety. If you struggle with anxiety on a daily basis, wear a bracelet or other piece of jewelry made of this crystal to benefit from this stone's gentle, calming energy. Alternatively, carry blue lace agate in your pocket and hold it whenever you need.

Lepidolite contains naturally occurring lithium, which is commonly used in anti-anxiety medications.
Lepidolite contains naturally occurring lithium, which is commonly used in anti-anxiety medications. | Source

2. Lepidolite

What Are the Properties of Lepidolite?

This stone contains naturally occurring lithium, an ingredient often used in medications to treat anxiety, bipolar disorder and mood disorders. This gentle stone allows you to benefit from its anti-depressant properties without any of the potential side effects of medication. Lepidolite can help to bring balance and clarity in times of stress when you feel like the world around you or your life is in chaos.

Lepidolite aids in spiritual development helps reduce issues around insomnia. This stone quells obsessive compulsions and encourages change. It encourages independence and transformation.

Appearance
Chakra(s)
Properties
Purple, pink; layered, grainy or shiny
Throat, Third Eye, Crown
Dissolves electromagnetic pollution; reduces stress and depression. Mood stabilizer, sleep aid, deep emotional healer.

Healing

Carry the stone with you and hold it any time you need comfort. It can also be placed over the third eye and used for meditation. To protect yourself from electromagnetic pollution, keep lepidolite on or near your computer and electronic devices. It can be placed under the pillow for sleep disturbances.

Note: Contains aluminum but is generally not absorbed transdermally.

Black tourmaline can help protect against negative energy.
Black tourmaline can help protect against negative energy. | Source

3. Black Tourmaline

What Are the Properties of Black Tourmaline?

This is an excellent choice of crystal when your worries, anxiety or fears feel overwhelming or insurmountable. Black tourmaline can also help to protect you against negative energy, including electromagnetic smog. This crystal removes heavy energy and transforms it into a lighter vibration. It helps to balance and align the chakras. By bringing about prosperity, it gets rid of the victim mentality.

Appearance
Chakra(s)
Properties
Black; shiny or transparent; hexagonal in shape; striations
Base, All
Grounding, cleansing, diminishes fear.

Healing

Hold the stone in your hand and visualise all of your troubles being sucked into the stone, leaving you feeling relaxed and able to go about your day. Wear black tourmaline around your neck or place it directly in an area (on top of a computer or near a cell phone) to dispel electromagnetic pollution.

Note: Contains aluminum but is generally not absorbed dermally.

Rose quartz is known by many as the stone of unconditional love.
Rose quartz is known by many as the stone of unconditional love. | Source

4. Rose Quartz

What Are the Properties of Rose Quartz?

Rose quartz is considered by many to be the stone of unconditional love and is strongly associated with the heart chakra. Its gentle and loving vibrations are particularly useful for easing any upsets connected to emotions, confrontation and relationships. This stone will help to bring you comfort and increase your feelings of self-love and self-worth. Rose quartz is commonly found in jewelry or other items.

Appearance
Chakra(s)
Properties
Pink; translucent or tumbled
Heart
Unconditional love, self-love.

Healing

Wear rose quartz over your heart. Place it in a room or on a nightstand—anywhere that is frequented. Anyone can benefit from rose quartz—whether single or paired. Rose quartz is safe for use in a spray.

Chrysocolla can help to calm your heart chakra due to nervousness and fear.
Chrysocolla can help to calm your heart chakra due to nervousness and fear. | Source

5. Chrysocolla

What Are the Properties of Chrysocolla?

This stone is a very good choice when you need a confidence boost or are worried about being able to communicate your needs effectively. It can also be used to relieve anxiety and fear associated with social situations and being in public. Chrysocolla can help to calm your heart chakra due to nervousness and fear; it evokes inner strength.

Appearance
Chakra(s)
Properties
Green, blue, turquoise; tumbled or polished
All
Inner strength, stabilizing, overcoming fear.

Healing

Chrysocolla can be placed on the solar chakra to remove feelings of guilt; at the heart chakra, it heals the heart and opens it up to love. On the throat chakra, it aids with clear, thoughtful speech and truth. When placed over the third eye, it assists with clear thinking.

Note: Contains copper which can be absorbed transdermally.

Blue calcite has an excellent soothing, calm energy.
Blue calcite has an excellent soothing, calm energy. | Source

6. Blue Calcite

What Are the Properties of Blue Calcite?

Calcite is able to clear and purify negative energy and aids communication and emotional release. It can help you to see a situation from a new perspective and to avoid being stuck in outdated and counterproductive thought patterns. Blue calcite can be used to calm frayed nerves and general anxiety. It encourages rest and relaxation, allowing you to recuperate and restore your energy.

Appearance
Chakra(s)
Properties
Soft blue; tumbled or raw
Throat
Gentle and soothing; lifts anxiety; aids clear communication

Healing

To benefit from the properties of blue calcite, hold this crystal over your throat chakra, wear it as a pendant, or carry it in your pocket in times of high stress and anxiety.

Aquamarine promotes joy and happiness.
Aquamarine promotes joy and happiness. | Source

7. Aquamarine

What Are the Properties of Aquamarine?

Aquamarine has a pale blue colour and has long been associated with the calming elements of water. It has a great ability to soothe and calm any emotional problems and promotes joy, peace, love and happiness. This stone is an especially good choice for any anxiety, fears or upsets connected with relationships and friendships. It encourages one to take responsibility and breaks old patterns that are no longer useful.

Appearance
Chakra(s)
Properties
Translucent blue
Throat, All
Quiets the mind, breaks old patterns; increases sensitivity.

Healing

To benefit, hold aquamarine in your hand, or place it on an appropriate chakra. Considering wearing it as a pendant.

Note: Contains aluminum but is generally not absorbed transdermally.

Video: A Guided Crystal Meditation

Questions & Answers

  • For anxiety problems, is the solar plexus chakra out of balance? What specific crystal can I use to correct this?

    You are correct that issues with the solar plexus can result in anxiety. Yellow stones are a good place to start working with this chakra and citrine is often used in balancing it.

  • What stone or crystal would you recommend to prevent the interruption of a sleeping child?

    Blue lace agate or moonstone may help. If the child is old enough, you could also use a protection crystal such as black tourmaline and explain the stones' protective qualities.

  • What crystal is good for addiction problems?

    Amethyst is a very good crystal for addiction. Lepidolite or clear quartz would also be good choices.

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    • Elderberry Arts profile imageAUTHOR

      Claire 

      2 weeks ago from Surrey, Uk

      That is great to hear, I am glad that crystals could help you. Good luck with your business - you could try some crystals for luck, success or prosperity there too.

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      Richard s. Decker 

      2 weeks ago

      This is really great info I start a bracelet making little business from home and working with gemstone and crystal has help me get back to who I use to be. I would never believe it the feeling I get is unreal. I have been ill with heart and lung failure for 5 years and working with the stones has given me a new lease on life and a different perspective. That I was not even looking for I kind of fell into it all at the write time

      Richard D

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      Flor 

      3 months ago

      Can crystals be lend to another person?

    • Elderberry Arts profile imageAUTHOR

      Claire 

      11 months ago from Surrey, Uk

      Thank you. I hope that wearing your necklace will help.

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      precy anza 

      12 months ago from USA

      Can't resist reading this as the photo is inviting. :) Thank you for the information. I have a necklace with rose quartz pendant I should start wearing it after reading this.

    • Elderberry Arts profile imageAUTHOR

      Claire 

      2 years ago from Surrey, Uk

      Hi, thank you for your kind comment. I also home educate and have an interest in herbalism and homeopathy. I hope that you will have great results with your crystals.

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      Gina Welds Hulse 

      2 years ago from Rockledge, Florida

      I'm so glad I found you here on HP. I use crystals, but I did not realize that crystals could produce the kind of relief suggested here. I will definitely read up more on your other articles.

      I'm an Herbalist, essential oils consultant and homeschooling mom. I think I can benefit from your knowledge on crystals.

      Thanks for sharing.

      GIna

    • Elderberry Arts profile imageAUTHOR

      Claire 

      2 years ago from Surrey, Uk

      Good to hear that you found a crystal that works well for you. Rose quartz is one of my favourites. I find blue lace agate very good too.

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      Nancy Yager 

      2 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I find Rose Quartz to be the most calming of all the crystal. I found it to be very helpful in calming children.

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