Healing Crystals 101: Because Sometimes We All Need Extra Help

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Discover the basics of healing crystals!

The Basics of Healing Crystals

Healing crystals have become popular again over the last few years, and maybe it's made you curious about them. You're in luck because we've written up this handy beginner's guide to healing crystals, Healing Crystals 101.

Everyone knows that crystals are beautiful, but to many people, they are so much more than that. They are a way to focus one's intentions, to aid in healing, and to improve one's life. Maybe they can help you too. Read on to discover the basics of healing crystals!

What Are Healing Crystals?

One of the amazing things about healing crystals is that come directly from nature. "Naturally occurring rock formations valued for their unique shape, texture, and luminosity," people have always been fascinated by crystals since ancient times. Patricia Bankins, founder of The Crystal Matrix Healing & Learning Center, says, "Huge quartz crystals are referred to in ancient Sanskrit writings...Egyptians used rose quartz as a beautifying aid and amethyst as protection for their traveling emissaries." They even used them in divination, healing practices, and rituals.

Crystals are still frequently used today, often with spiritual intentions. Krista Mitchell, Rock Whisperer NYC's Crystal Reiki Master Teacher, says, "Every crystal has its own kind of energy—some boost our mood or levels of vitality, some help to calm us down, some make us more attractive to other people, some help us focus." While many people want to call crystals magical, Mitchell says that "it's just energy vibration affecting our own energy vibration." Astrologer Aliza Kelly Faragher agrees, stating that crystals simply "mirror" the power within us. Using crystals allow people to increase, decrease, or alter "one's emotional and spiritual life" and encourages natural healing, much like feng shui and meditation.

Which Crystals Are Right For Me?

Choosing the right crystals is often more difficult and subjective. The right crystal for your friend may not be the right crystal for your friend even if you're both dealing with a similar problem. If you've read or seen Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, you'll likely remember the scene where Harry is shopping for his wand and Mr. Ollivander tells him, "The wand chooses the wizard." Well, it is actually pretty similar with crystals. If you're shopping for crystals in person for the first time, close your eyes and see if anything draws you to it. You can even pick up individual stones and see how they feel in your hands. If you're shopping online, do your research and see what appeals to you.

Some Great Beginner Stones

• Black tourmaline - protection, getting rid of negative energy

• Clear quartz - multipurpose, "master healer"

• Amethyst - protection, reduces anxiety

• Moonstone - creativity, intuition

• Rose quartz - self-love, romance

• Citrine - joy, optimism, prosperity

How Do I Care For My Crystals?

There are many different ways to cleanse your crystals. For some crystals, it simply comes down to preference, but for others, it actually matters how you cleanse them. For example, one common cleansing technique is to fill a container with one part water and one part salt and to submerge your crystals for 24 hours. However, water soluble crystals like selenite, calcite, and celestine can actually dissolve in water over time. Salt can be used by itself to charge crystals as well.

Cleansing crystals using the sun or moon is also common. Susan Chu, Holistic Intuitive Advisor of One Peace Sanctuary, has a simple solution to which crystals should be cleansed which way. Chu says, "Typically, all black, clear, red, orange, and yellow color stones can be placed in the sunlight, whereas white, pink, green, blue, and purple stones can be placed in the moonlight."

Another technique is to bury your crystals in soil for 24 hours to charge crystals directly from properties of the earth. Potted plants can be used if you don't have a yard or would rather not be seen burying your crystals.