CHOOSING THE BEST HEALING CRYSTALS FOR YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS

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It’s a good guess that from the dawn of mankind, humans have had an interest in, and attraction to, crystals and stones. The Sumerians, in what is now the Middle East, used crystals in their magical rituals 5,000 years ago. Over 2,000 years ago both the Egyptians and Greeks used crystals as jewelry and as aids for protection and health. These peoples assigned different healing properties to different crystals — something that energy healers do to this day.

You can collect and keep any of the countless types of crystals based solely on which ones appeal to your sense of beauty. But you can also choose specific kinds of crystals to place in your house or keep on your person based on your intentions — your specific healing needs or goals.

Some types of crystals, such as emeralds and rose quartz, are best for those looking for love. For gaining mental clarity, a person might choose to keep amethyst or citrine nearby. If you’re prone to feeling stressed or suffer from anxiety, aquamarine or clear quartz would be good crystal candidates to keep in your home. Whatever your intentions, or needs, there’s at least one type of crystal out there that will be perfect for you.

Popular Crystals and Their Healing Properties

The first step to take when working with crystals is to choose an intention, or goal, that you’d like work on. Is a lack of confidence holding you back? Do you find that happiness is elusive? Are you missing intimacy in a personal relationship? Different crystals hold energies for different intentions. Once you’ve identified an intention to work on, now choose a crystal — or crystals — best known for properties related to that intention.

If you’re new to crystals you might consider buying an inexpensive starter kit that includes several crystals that each are known for energy devoted to one particular intention, or goal. For instance, among the many collections sold at the online crystal store Cosmic Cuts is a Happiness Healing Gemstone Collection Set consisting of five happiness-related crystals: amethyst, citrine, clear quartz, rose quartz, and tourmaline.

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Agate

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Agates are stones that have been popular with people for over 10,000 years. We know this because agates have been found among the artifacts of people who lived by the Achetes river — in what is now Sicily — during the Neolithic period of the Stone Age. In fact, the name agate comes from the name of the river Achetes.

Agates that are pure — that have no embedded minerals — are white, gray, or a mix of blue and gray. When agates are formed with hydroxides and iron oxides present, the resulting crystals take on one of more than a dozen different colors, with gray, white, salmon, pink, brown, and orange the most common.

Agate Spiritual Properties

Agate’s spiritualization comes in the form of encouraging contemplation and calmness. This crystal raises your own consciousness, as well as increases your awareness of the collective consciousness of all life. This contemplative effect leads to an inner stability and spiritual growth.

In general, crystals of all types work holistically to some extent. That is, one crystal benefits several aspects or intentions. With that said, most crystals supply more of a benefit to one dimension of our being. Agate is different in that its work is quite diverse — it provides strong effects on multidimensions. That’s why many people well-versed in multi-dimensional healing — an approach to wellness that focuses on restoring wholeness to all aspects of oneself — include agate in their energy healing sessions.

Agate Mental and Emotional Properties

Agates improve mental function due to their ability to enhance analytical abilities, and improve perception, decision-making, and concentration.

Unlike many crystals that are thought to be of a dreamy, elevating nature, the agate is known as a grounding stone — it can provide a base in reality and keep you balanced. Agate will help you connect with your existing intuition and knowledge, and keep your mind clear and sharp.

With agate, courage and strength are enhanced, and inner anger can subside, making it a good stone to combat anxiety, depression, and emotional trauma.

Amethyst

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Amethyst is easily one of the most well-known and popular crystals. Even people who have no knowledge or interest in crystals or energy healing have heard of amethyst, and may even own a piece of jewelry that includes this stone.

A geode is a rock with an internal cavity lined with crystal. One of the most common crystals lining geodes is amethyst. Geodes are another reason so many people know about amethyst — just about everyone is familiar with pictures of these incredible rock structures lined with beautiful purple amethyst crystals.

Amethyst Spiritual Properties

Amethyst is a very spiritual crystal — perhaps the most spiritual of all gemstones. Amethyst is a mediator between our emotional, mental, and physical self, and the spiritual. As such it builds spiritual awakening and awareness.

Amethyst can help to put you in touch with your spiritual guides and angels. For those with an interest in the Akashic Records, possessing amethysts can facilitate the process of accessing and understanding the Records.

This crystal is a natural soother and tranquillizer that can block negative energies and lessen stress. Psychics feel that amethyst enhances their abilities, but this stone can improve the intuition and psychic gifts that all of possess to some extent.

Amethyst Mental and Emotional Properties

Amethyst’s calming properties can reduce anxiety and stress and eliminate brain fog and confusion, thereby allowing a person to become more focused and to think clearly and decisively. This crystal improves motivation and enhances memory, allowing you to set and and reach realistic goals.

The anxiety reduction of amethyst applies to night as well as day, meaning a lessening of insomnia caused by an over-active mind, as well as a reduction in recurring nightmares for people who suffer from these experiences.

Amethyst’s calming effects make it a good stone to have in hand or nearby when meditating. The inner-peace brought on by amethyst helps to balance highs and lows, and makes dealing with grief and sadness more tolerable. The tranquil nature of this gemstone dispels self-harming fear, rage, or anger.

Bloodstone

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Bloodstone is a dark green stone with red streaks and spots. The ancient Greeks called this stone heliotrope, which translates to sun turner or sun stone, because of their belief that the stone could change the color of sun rays that reflect off of it. They believed the gods had imbued the stone with powerful healing powers — especially blood-related illness or disease.

Bloodstone Spiritual Properties

The ancient Greeks believed their gods had given bloodstone heavenly powers. The belief that the stone had religious, or spiritual, healing powers was further enhanced during the Middle Ages when some Christians linked the stone to the crucifixion of Christ — the legend being that the blood of Christ’s wounds dripped down on to the dark green earth, turning it to stone.

The belief that bloodstone represents purity of blood doesn’t just involve the physical — it extends to the spiritual as well. Purity of blood is associated with vitality, and life itself, but it is also affiliated with spiritual rebirth or awakening. Being around bloodstone can help you develop new insights and perceptions about yourself, and positively transform you from the inside out. Bloodstone represents safety and security, and can help you face your transformation not with apprehension, but rather with a sense of vigor, excitement, and resilience.

Bloodstone Mental and Emotional Properties

Bloodstone represents stability and calmness, which you can use to eliminate confusion and and stabilize your thoughts. If you’re mentally exhausted or drained, bloodstone can provide you with a mental “kick” by serving to remind you of the importance of being mindful and diligent.

While it has a property of calmness, bloodstone is also energizing. Not an excitable, frantic energy, but rather a motivational, driven energy that can help you focus your mind and keep on track to enthusiastically work towards your goals. Your concentration will increase and you’ll feel a sense of presence and living “in the now.”

Are you the type of person prone to over-thinking and over-planning? Bloodstone will stabilize your thoughts and remove emotional blockages, allowing you to welcome challenges and work to overcome them.

Bloodstones were carried into battle by ancient warriors to boost their resilience, courage, and strength. The stone imparts a feeling of safety and confidence, increasing your feelings of self-worth and raising your trust in yourself and your higher purpose. Bringing out feelings of altruism, kindness, and noble sacrifice are all traits of this beautiful and powerful gemstone.

Carnelian

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Carnelian is a red, orange-red, or yellow stone that is actually quartz with embedded impurities — mostly iron. The stone’s name comes from the Latin word for flesh, and was chosen perhaps because the stone’s often deep red color was associated with the color of blood and of flesh beneath the skin. Carnelian is also referred to as the Singers Stone, Sunset Stone, and Artist’s Stone.

Carnelian Spiritual Properties

Carnelian is known for its property of an energy associated with vitality and life. This stone can help you accept the natural cycle of life of birth, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and, yes, even death.

This power to bring acceptance of all of life’s journey makes this stone a good choice to carry to help you understand who you are, at to embrace all that you are at all levels. Carnelian serves as an anchor to provide comfort in difficult times, and can help you reach your goals and follow your dreams. It will serve you well on your spiritual journey through this life.

The beautiful vibrant, fiery color of Carnelian inspires creativity, and even simply looking at the stone can simulate joy, confidence, motivation, and passion.

Carnelian Mental and Emotional Properties

Carnelian’s energy extends to the cerebral, and can clear your perception and hone your analytical powers. This stone will clear your mind to sharpen you concentration and boost your visualization skills.

The burst of mental energy Carnelian provides inspires you to accept, and conquer, creative projects — which may be one reason Carnelian is also referred to as the Artist’s Stone.

The creative nature of this crystal can help you emotionally by allowing you to more readily explore your emotions through writing, music, art, or any other creative outlet. You’ll be better able to come to terms, and even embrace, feelings and emotions you experienced during past difficulties and challenges so that you can move forward in life.

Citrine

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Citrine is a type of quartz with a color ranging from light yellow to a dark yellow-orange. The name citrine comes from citron, the French word for lemon.

As with other types of colored quartz, such as carnelian, citrine gets its color from inclusions (material trapped inside during formation) of minerals. The mineral embedded in citrine is colloidal iron hydrate, which is a form of iron that itself has other materials within it.

Citrine Spiritual Properties

Citrine enhances any connections you have with your divine nature. The more you are aware of your spirituality, the more you will benefit from it.

Citrine is also known as Light Maker, and it lives up to that name by projecting light into your life as it dispenses any negativity that surrounds you. It’s a joy-filled stone that increases happiness and optimism, and rids you of a bad attitude should you be feeling down or depressed.

Citrine can increase your psychic powers and give you a better understanding of psychic information you feel you may be experiencing.

Citrine is manifesting stone — you can project your hopes, dreams, and desires into the gemstone, and this crystal takes them in contributes to turning them into reality.

Citrine Mental and Emotional Properties

Citrine is an excellent stone for stimulating the mind. It brings mental clarity and stimulates the memory, thereby increasing your problem-solving skills and ability to draw correct conclusions quickly. This stone enhances creative visualizations which helps you turn desires and goals from thoughts to reality. With citrine nearby to stimulate your mind, your passionate work will be paid off in success.

Citrine is a stone you’ll want to have in your gem collection if you suffer from depression or low self-esteem. Citrine is all about positivity, so it raises self-confidence and esteem, and reduces destructive tendencies. You’ll become less sensitive to criticism and better able to overcome self-doubt.

With citrine, the inner-calm and positive attitude you’ll develop will make you more emotionally balanced, extroverted, and optimistic.

Clear Quartz

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Clear quartz, also called white quartz, crystal quartz, or rock crystal, is a clear, translucent stone, though some specimens may have a less clear, milky look.

The word quartz comes from the Greek word for ice, and the ancient Greeks believed that this crystal was a type of permanent, always-cold, ice. In the Middle Ages European psychics and clairvoyants predicted the future using crystal balls made from clear quartz.

Clear quartz is often referred to as the Master Healer, due to its many healing properties and the belief that it enhances, and recharges, the powers of other healing stones that are in its presence. Because of this, people new to crystal healing often start with clear quartz. It’s reputation as a “cure-all” gemstone that assists in overall healing emotionally, spiritually, and mentally is well-deserved.

Clear Quartz Spiritual Properties

As mentioned earlier, quartz acts as a go-between of the physical and spiritual worlds, and is therefore a good crystal to possess when accessing the Akashic Records. The fact that clear quartz is also referred to as Spirit Stone hints that when it comes to this endeavor, clear quartz may be the most powerful of all the varieties of quartz crystals.

A person doesn’t have to be versed in the concept of the Akashic Records to take advantage of the spirituality of clear quartz. While it’s a beneficial guide for very spiritual people, it’s also helpful for anyone just starting to explore their spiritual nature. It’s a helpful stone to possess while meditating, loosening blocked emotions and helping to guide you in your quest to personal growth and inner peace.

Clear Quartz Mental and Emotional Properties

Carrying clear crystal assists in memory retention, improves concentration, sharpens focus, and blocks distractions. It’s no wonder that both students and people with attention-demanding jobs love this gemstone.

Clear crystal is a balancer that promotes joy and happiness — so it’s perfect to keep around if you suffer from anxiety, dark moods, or harmful thoughts and emotions. Clear crystal will give you a better outlook on the world and increase your perseverance and patience. For anyone feeling down, this amazing gemstone is of great help in bringing about emotional balance and encouraging more love and laughter.

This all-round stabilizing and energy-inducing stone is a crystal you’ll want to always have with you — and the more contact you have with it, the more beneficial its powers become.

Emerald

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Beryl is a gemstone that most people aren’t familiar with, but it’s a very important stone nonetheless. In its pure form beryl is colorless. When impurities are introduced during its formation, though, it becomes one of several well-known and much-loved crystals. Emeralds light green to deep, rich green type of beryl — an emerald is beryl that was formed with the mineral chromium present.

Emeralds were sold in the markets of Babylon several thousands of years ago, and have been revered ever since. The ancient Greek king Alexander the Great carried an emerald as a talisman (an object with magical powers), as did the medieval emperor King Charlemagne. Egyptians considered the Emerald a symbol of eternal life, and emeralds were worshipped by the Incas.

Emerald Spiritual Properties

Emerald is a stone of vision, so it’s associated with eyes and sight. But the visionary powers of this gem extend beyond the physical.

Emerald has long been considered a crystal of prophecy and intuition, and as such it can help you visualize future events and provide guidance in your life path. Wearing emerald can bring wisdom and reason, and help you realize your potential.

The emeralds calming energy brings healing at all levels, giving a vitality to your spirit. Faith, clairvoyance, and spiritual growth are all enhanced by wearing a beautiful green emerald.

Emerald Mental and Emotional Properties

For both students and those employed in a profession with high mental demands, emerald is a great crystal to keep at your desk or in your pocket. That’s because it’s a stone of wisdom that increases mental clarity and enhances memory. Emeralds increase focus and fact recall, and can improve your public speaking skills.

Emerald’s mental properties aren’t high energy or intense. Instead, the crystal encourages a thoughtful manner and self-confidence, and helps you organize your thoughts so that you do only what needs to be done for any given time and place.

The cool confidence of emerald is helpful to the over-stressed, as it helps with nervousness and anxiety. Emerald aligns and calms the emotional body to bring balance to your life.

Emerald is a crystal of the heart, as its alternate name of the Stone of Successful Love makes clear. Emeralds supply an energy of abundance, gentleness, encouragement, and hope. Wearing an emerald can help to heal a heartbreak, and supply you with the strength to overcome misfortunes — romantic or otherwise. This gem can help bring balance between you and your partner, and encourage loyalty, contentment, and domestic bliss.

Hematite

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Iron oxides are minerals made up of iron and oxygen, and are the most abundant minerals on the Earth’s surface and crust. There are many iron oxides, and one of them is hematite. Hematite is found in a range of earthy, metallic colors from black to silver-gray, and from brown to reddish-brown or red.

Regardless of its color, a hematite stone often includes speckles or lines of blood-red, which is most likely how the stone got its name — the name hematite is derived from haima, the Greek word for blood. This also explains why hematite is also called the Iron Rose.

For thousand years hematite has been associated with both magic and blood. It’s been a popular stone with ancient warriors to give them grounding, protection, courage, strength, healing and to prevent excessive bleeding.

Hematite Spiritual Properties

Hematite, like many darker stones, has strong spiritual properties in the realm of protection. Hematite can make you feel confident and unshakable, allowing you the freedom to make decisions that align with your own unique soul. This crystal has a way of bonding the spiritual and the physical to keep your systems in balance and aligned.

If you work of live in an environment that is emotionally toxic, hematite will play a role in transforming the negative energy into the positive forces of love and light.

Hematite Mental and Emotional Properties

Hematite, sometimes referred to as the Stone of the Mind, has a grounding force that focuses the mind and improves memory. This hard, solid-looking stone will get you thinking in a solid, logical manner. With hematite in hand you’ll experience an improvement in cognitive skills such as problem-solving, debating, argumentation, and mathematics. Any student about to take an exam would be wise to study, and keep a hematite crystal in their pocket during test-taking.

The solid footing, organization, and logical reasoning you experience can extend to your material and financial life. This is an earthy stone, and Earth is the element most important to the physical world of decision-making, practical thinking, and money.

If you’re feeling anxious or stressed, the earthy, grounding properties of hematite are for you. Hematite will balance and calm you, lessening the feelings of negativity and worry that are associated with anxiety and stress.

The stability of hematite can be a blessing if you are experiencing significant life events or changes. Having this stone in your possession will help you stay grounded and remind you that it’s important to take life one step at a time. Hematite provides you with a strong foundation that helps you through the turbulent, unsettling times that we all encounter at one time or another.

Jasper

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Jasper is a type of quartz that that contains one or more of a number of other embedded minerals. That’s why questions like “what color is jasper?” and “what does jasper look like?” have no one, simple answer. While jasper is often found in some shade of brown, there are also zebra jasper, yellow jasper, red jasper, blue jasper, green jasper, bumblebee jasper, and a dozen and one other forms.

The name jasper derives from the French jaspre, and means speckled or spotted. And indeed, few jasper stones are of one solid color.

Different types of jasper can have differing intentions, but in general all varieties of jasper are thought to be protective and grounding gemstones. Jaspers absorb negative energy and align and balance your yin and yang elements.

Jasper Spiritual Properties

Since ancient times jasper has been called the Supreme Nurturer due to this stone’s strengthening, comforting, and healing energies. Jasper is a stone of grounding and stability, so it’s spiritual intentions may not be as powerful as some other crystals. Jasper, however, does bring an inner peace and makes us intuitively feel as if we are each a part of a universal whole, or greater good.

While not intensely spiritual itself, jasper plays a role in aligning its mental, emotional, and physical intentions with the spiritual realm. Jasper’s grounding encourages wholeness and tranquility, which can free the mind to explore more non-earthly areas of life. Jasper’s protective nature allows you to explore your spirituality without fear of judgement or negativity.

Jasper Mental and Emotional Properties

The earthy, straightforwardness of jasper helps with organizational skills and promotes quick thinking. The stability of this stone imparts determination to help you conquer any task or assignment — even unpleasant ones that you know you’re obligated to carry out. The steadfast nature of jasper assists in transforming ideas into actions.

The energy of Jasper is grounded, relaxed, and slow, which can bring you comfort and a feeling that everything is right in your world. This stone has a way of anchoring you in the present moment, so if you have tendencies towards worry, over-thinking, or anxiety, this stone can dispel these issues.

The patience, humility, and compassion jasper imparts helps reduce insecurities and build confidence, allowing you to let go of guilt and fears so that you can better heal and move forward in life.

Obsidian

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When magma breaks the Earth’s surface during volcanic eruptions, the flow is called lava. As lava slowly cools it forms igneous rock. Should lava come into contact with lake or ocean water, the quick-cooling lava produces a rock with a different name — obsidian. Unlike igneous rock, obsidian has a shiny, glassy texture. Knowing this, it should come as no surprise that obsidian is often referred to as volcanic glass.

While typically a shiny, solid black color, obsidian can also be dark green or brown. Lava is mostly made up of silica, but it can include other minerals and impurities such as iron or magnesium. It is these minerals that establish the color of a particular obsidian stone.

Obsidian is a very grounding stone that offers protection and stability, and promotes clarity and strength.

Obsidian Spiritual Properties

Obsidian is one of several crystals known to be powerful protectors. Obsidian’s protective nature, though, works a little differently than most protective crystals. While these other stones work by blocking negativity, obsidian draws out negativity already within your energy field. This allows you to become aware of, confront, and release these dark energies, helping you follow a path towards love and light.

Obsidian’s grounding, anchoring nature makes it a strong ally during a healing process. Its solidness provides the patience and strength that are invaluable for dealing with the challenges of overcoming situations that require long-term healing.

Obsidian isn’t always a quick-acting stone, but that’s to its advantage. It slowly reduces energy blocks, relieving tensions and allowing you to become aware of any vulnerabilities and weaknesses you may have. This process allows you to realize your true nature, and gives you the freedom to focus on your spirituality rather than only immediate, earthly issues. You’ll feel a renewed interest in exploring the unknown and the magical, and may even bring out your clairvoyant nature.

Obsidian Mental and Emotional Properties

The dark, heaviness of piece of obsidian hints that this stone doesn’t fool around. Obsidian is known for clearing confusion and bringing clarity to the mind. It sharpens your senses and lets you see things for what they really are. It’s ability to expose negativity will force you to confront issues that are limiting your intellectual and work-related endeavors.

Obsidian has a way of forcing you to come to terms with who you really are, and not who you simply think you are. To some that may sound scary, but it is instead very liberating. This process draws out tensions and mental stress, replacing this negativity with a calm, stoic resolve that is real, and not just a temporary masking of problems.

This protective stone provides you with a grounding that strengthens and protects you from negative spiritual influences and even psychic attacks.

Rhodonite

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Rhodonite is a fairly uncommon mineral of variable composition, containing large amounts of iron, magnesium, and calcium. Rhodonite stones come in a variety of shades of red, pink, and rose. These crystals usually include black patches or veins, which come from the mineral manganese that is often embedded in the stone. Rhodonite’s name is derived from the Greek word rhodon, which means rose or rosy.

When it comes to matters of the heart, rhodonite (along with rose quartz) is a powerful crystal to have in your possession. Its ability to positively affect relationships has given this stone the alternate name of the rescue stone

Rhodonite Spiritual Properties

Rhodonite has the ability to help you discover your true passions, and to help you learn new skills to represent those passions. Your spirit will be lifted, and you’ll find you want to share your passions and spirituality in the support of others. You’ll want to integrate your spirituality into your everyday life such that your connections with the divine is naturally felt and absorbed by people you come into contact with.

Every person has abilities they can use not only to benefit themselves, but also others. The peaceful and loving properties of rhodonite bring out your hidden gifts and compel you to share them to add positivity to this world.

Rhodonite is often used by past-life healers because it helps with dealing with feelings of abandonment and betrayal.

Rhodonite Mental and Emotional Properties

Mental challenges are often rooted in a restless mind. If that describes you, keep a rhodonite stone with you to relax your mind to the point where you don’t feel as if you need to take things too seriously. This stone of the heart helps you connect your heart and mind, making learning and expanding your skills more effortless.

This rescue stone can act as a therapist in couples counseling would, boosting your feelings of compassion and forgiveness — two virtues essential for unconditional love to bloom. Rhodonite’s heart-based energy encourages generosity, cooperation, and love, bringing you closer to a loved-one you may have been having emotional issues with.

This stone of love isn’t just about intense love between two people. Its ability to encourage love of self helps to dispel emotional pain and feelings of resentment, anger, or hatred. In that sense rhodonite is a stone of self-worth.

Rose Quartz

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Rose quartz is quartz that included combinations of manganese, iron, or titanium impurities during its creation — resulting in this stone’s pale to reddish pink color.

Like rhodonite, rose quartz is all about love — so much so that it is also referred to as the love crystal. Rose quartz is known for attracting and keeping love, and protecting current relationships.

Rose Quartz Spiritual Properties

There’s no doubt about it — the overriding vibe of rose quartz is feminine. And not just the physical aspect of beauty, which is what many people link “feminine” to. Rose quartz is strongly associated with the Divine Feminine — in mythology represented by Mother Earth, who was connected to the Divine Masculine represented by Father Sky.

Women were revered as powerful and beautiful, the givers of sacred life bringing children into the world by way of their life-giving love. The Divine Feminine represents creation, sensuality, morality, community, collaboration, truth, balance, and justice. We say “women were revered” … because in more recent history (here “recent” being the last few thousand years) when it comes to women the notions of power and equal status have slipped more than a little. Being in the presence of rose quartz can strengthen your feelings of power being affiliated with feminine.

Rose quartz encourages you to be gentle and humble, yet firm. There is no question of pliability or giving in, rather there is an awareness of the gentle soft nature overcoming the hard strong one. Rose quartz can make you appreciate being gentle, yet firm. This beautiful stone encourages desire, openness, helpfulness, and all aspects of love.

Rose Quartz Mental and Emotional Properties

Rose quartz can ease your troubled mind and, free from worry, you can turn your attention to practical matters of the mind. With your focus and attention on your heart, you’ll be able to arrive at a loving, peaceful solution to any problems you’re contemplating.

Rose quartz releases your negative energies, replacing them with vibrations of love and caring. This crystal will up your sensitivity and empathy, helping you gain an acceptance of the necessity for change. Want to spread love and compassion? If so, a rose quartz crystal is the perfect gift to give to a child, a friend or stranger, or a lover. Whether spoken or not, that person’s appreciation will silently spread throughout the universe.

There’s a good reason that rose quartz is also known as the Love Stone — above all, this is the crystal of love and relationships. The smooth, soothing energies of rose quartz are all about the heart, encouraging expressions and feelings of respect, understanding, compassion, happiness, warmth, and emotional health.

Rose quartz helps you understand and love others, but it also encourages you to love yourself. Only when you love, respect, and accept yourself can you be truly able to give and receive love from others.

Selenite

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Gypsum is a very common mineral present in layers formed under salt water millions of years ago. Selenite is a very crystallized form of gypsum. Selenite is a soft stone that ranges in color from almost translucent to a milky white, and often has a pearl-like luster. The word selenite derives from selene, the Greek word for moon, and some selenite crystals do have a very moon-like glow. Selene is also the name of the Greek goddess of the moon, furthering this beautiful crystal’s connection to the moon.

Selenite, which also goes by the names rock crystal, Alaska diamond, mountain crystal, and ice crystal, is all about positive energy, purification, clarity, and consciousness.

Selenite Spiritual Properties

Selenite has strong feminine, love, and spiritual properties. Selenite clears energy blockages, enabling you to connect and commune with angels, spirit guides, and ancient ancestors.

Selenite warms and opens your heart, allowing you to trust spiritual messages that come down to you from up high. With selenite around you, you’ll also become attuned to your psychic capabilities and past lives, and may even open you to telepathic communication with loved ones.

Representing spiritual light, purity, and a connection to the angelic realms, selenite has been considered a sacred crystal throughout history.

Selenite Mental and Emotional Properties

Selenite is a calm, grounding stone that can clear away mental fog and fuzziness to help you concentrate and focus on just one thing at a time. This crystal can truly give you crystal-clear clarity. You’ll become more aware of the hear-and-now, and of your immediate surroundings.

Cleansed of negativity energies and thoughts, your intelligence can bond with your intuitive nature and you can fully focus on any of your intentions.

When it comes to matters of emotions, peaceful and calming selenite healing properties work to relieve all manner of anxiety, strain, and emotional stress. Selenite can lay out a foundation for long-lasting commitments, making it a crystal of partnerships. If your relationship is going through difficulties, this stone can help to eliminate the negativity and restore the strong feelings you experienced in the past.

Shungite

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Shungite is a mineraloid — a mineral-like substance that does not demonstrate crystallinity — so technically it’s not a crystal. Nonetheless, it’s treated as a crystal and certainly has properties as powerful as any “real” crystal. This black stone is found almost exclusively in the area of Shunga, a village in Russia (and the namesake of this stone).

While shungite is made up of mostly carbon (some varieties are up to 98 percent carbon), it also consists of nearly every mineral of the periodic table. Materials that are comprised of carbon come from decayed organic matter, such as old forests. Shungite, though, is thought to be over 2 billion years old — created long before organic life existed on Earth. So the origin of this stone remains a mystery.

Shungite is also referred to as the Miracle Stone and the Stone of Life, names that come from it long being considered a powerful grounding, protective, and healing stone. For hundreds of years Russians, including Peter the Great, used shungite to purify the waters of their spas.

Shungite Spiritual Properties

Shungite is spiritually associated with protection, energetic repatterning, clearing, and grounding. Shungite allows only beneficial and positive energies to enter your body, banishing and cleansing negative energies from your life. With negativity replaced with positivity, you’ll feel encouraged to learn and do more as you push towards spiritual breakthroughs.

Like the mysterious origins of the stone itself, shungite is associated with cosmic mysteries, and can bring light to overcome any darkness or uncertainty you’re experiencing. It’s grounding properties can help link your spiritual self to your physical being to integrate karmic lessons and cosmic wisdom.

Energy healers use shungite as a catalyst for positive growth and change. That makes this stone important for self-reflection and dropping old, dated beliefs and patterns to allow you to better become the person you want to be.

Shungite Mental and Emotional Properties

If you lack focus, the pragmatic side of shungite helps you concentrate and focus on the things that matter to you. This stone of action allows you to jump into new projects and achieve your goals. Like other black stones, shungite is grounding, so it will calm and stabilize your mind.

For the anxious, stressed, or depressed, this stone provides much sought-after relief. Uncontrollable or difficult emotions subside in the presence of this positive, grounding stone.

As mentioned, shungite has been used for hundreds of years to purify water. This same purifying property can be put to use during meditation sessions to help purify you. While holding shungite, say out loud the mantra particular to this stone: my mind is pure, my spirit is clear.

In the field of crystals, shungite is one of a select few that can play a role in protecting you from electromagnetic frequencies, or EMFs. The sun’s rays create electric and magnetic fields, or radiation. The intensity of EMFs decreases as the distance between you and the sender of these waves increases. Since Earth is so far from the sun, the EMFs we humans experience from sunlight is mild and benign. There are other sources of EMFs, though, that are much closer to us — power lines, electrical appliances, computers, and cell-phones.

With the proliferation of electronic devices, our exposure to EMFs has increased radically in just the last couple of decades, bringing concerns of overexposure from these relatively new sources of radiation. Here, shungite may come to the rescue. Shungite transforms the potentially harmful EMFs into wave forms thought to be much more compatible with our human biology — this stone works to harmonize harmful frequencies to shield your body and spirit from their negative effects. For EMF detoxification, purification, and protection, shungite has become the go-to stone to keep around.

Tiger’s Eye

crystal description pic tigers eye

Tiger’s eye doesn’t look much like quartz, but it is. When quartz forms in an area where the mineral crocidolite is present, the quartz slowly, gradually entirely replaces the crocidolite. In that process iron within the crocidolite dissolves, staining the quartz and giving it the distinctive wavy golden yellow to brown color that we now call tiger’s eye.

Ancient Egyptians and Romans held this stone in high esteem, believing that it provided protection and courage in battle, and strength and stability to anyone who carried it. Those properties have stuck with this crystal — tiger’s eye is associated with motivation, power, and even financial success.

Tiger’s Eye Spiritual Properties

Although the tiger’s eye is an earthy stone, it does have spiritual properties. The energy of tiger’s eye is warm and stable, and is useful in meditation and prayer. The stone’s properties of stability and balance help integrate your spirituality with your physical life. Tiger’s eye can help you find spirituality in even mundane, every day task.

Some people find that keeping tiger’s eye in the bedroom increases the ability to remember dreams, and can add a spiritual nature to dreams. Intuition, imagination, and even psychic abilities may be increased when tiger’s eye is integrated into your use of crystals.

Tiger’s Eye Mental and Emotional Properties

Tiger’s eye clears your mind of scattered thoughts and balances emotional extremes, making it a crystal of mental clarity. This stone will sharpen your logic and senses, helping you pay attention to details and resolve problems. Students will be able to overcome fear during tests, and business people can gain confidence when it comes to public speaking and performances.

If you’re prone to emotional extremes, tiger’s eye can bring equilibrium to your personal and emotional life. You’ll be able to establish harmony with people who hold approaches to life, religious beliefs, or viewpoints that differ from yours.

Tiger’s eye can help establish a strong, safe foundation that builds confidence in all areas of your life, including finances. With mental roadblocks removed you’ll have an easier time reaching goals.

Tourmaline

crystal description pic tourmaline

Unlike most crystals, tourmaline isn’t a single mineral — it is composed of several minerals from a group of similar minerals. That explains why tourmaline gemstones can be found in such a wide variety of colors, from pink to red, light green to jade, and even almost solid black.

The wide variety of colors of tourmaline seem to extend to its healing intentions — it’s protection properties apply to the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical levels all at once. And instead of simply providing protection from negative energies, tourmaline transforms negative energies into positive energies.

Like shungite, tourmaline protects you from EMFs — electromagnetic frequencies that are emitted from electronic devices such as computers, cell phones, and microwave ovens.

Tourmaline Spiritual Properties

Tourmaline, especially black tourmaline, is a grounding stone that can bring your spirituality into your everyday life. This gemstone enables you to visualize your spiritual path in clear, concrete terms, helping you to align your life with what you consider your spiritual purpose.

Tourmaline is your assistant when it comes to communicating with higher powers and beings regarding your spiritual development. You’ll be able to delve into deeper aspects of your consciousness, and may even help you uncover past lives to understand and resolve current emotional problems.

Tourmaline attunes you to the energies of Earth, such that it can help you channel nature’s healing powers. Your heart will open, and you’ll make natural connections to divine love. Tolerance, mercy, and compassion are trademarks of this protecting and healing stone.

Tourmaline Mental and Emotional Properties

Tourmaline can balance the left and right hemispheres of your brain, so it is a natural, powerful mental healer. Many people who suffer from hand-eye coordination issues, dyslexia, paranoia, and other brain-related issues claim that keeping tourmaline with them can minimize such ailments.

If you’re an overthinker, or your thoughts feel scattered, or you’re prone to being pulled off course, use this gemstone to bring focus and to clear away outdated, repetitive, thought patterns.

All colors of tourmaline help shed negative emotions and bring an understanding as to why you may react uncontrollably or negatively towards others. It lessens your damaging need for trauma or drama in your life, and lets you disengage from compulsive or obsessive behaviors. For these reasons tourmaline is a stone to possess if you suffer from anxiety or chronic worry.

If you have feelings of being unforgivable or unlovable, tourmaline can help you to accept yourself and to gain compassion for others — and for yourself. With renewed confidence and peace, you’ll find that you will more easily attract new friends and romantic partners.

Crystals Comparison Cheatsheets

Every crystal has different energies, so you’ll want to determine which crystals are right for your particular needs. The following to cheatsheets can give you this information at a glance.

For more general information on crystals and healing, make sure to check out our HEALING CRYSTALS FOR YOUR MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT article.

Cheatsheet: Best Crystals for Specific Healing Goals

Do you know just what it is that you’d like to improve about yourself or your health? That is, do you have specific intentions in mind? If so, use this chart to quickly find the best crystal or crystals for your needs.

BEST CHRYSTALS FOR SPECIFIC HEALING INTENTIONS
INTENTION (GOAL) BEST CRYSTAL(S)
Love Citrine
Emerald
Rhodonite
Rose Quartz
Luck Amethyst
Citrine
Clear Quartz
Garnet
Rose Quartz
Mental Clarity Amethyst
Citrine
Clear Quartz
Hematite
Tourmaline
Motivation Carnelian
Garnet
Hematite
Jasper
Tiger’s Eye
Pain Relief Amethyst
Aquamarine
Garnet
Hematite
Rose Quartz
Positive Energy Aquamarine
Bloodstone
Clear Quartz
Tiger’s Eye
Protection Amethyst
Hematite
Jasper
Obsidian
Shungite
Sleep Jasper
Rose Quartz
Selenite
Sobriety Amethyst
Aquamarine
Hematite
Rose Quartz
Tiger’s Eye
Stress Relief Amethyst
Aquamarine
Clear Quartz
Hematite
Jasper
Spirituality Amethyst
Aquamarine
Clear Quartz
Obsidian
Selenite
Transformation Citrine
Clear Quartz
Hematite
Rhodonite
Wealth Bloodstone
Citrine
Emerald
Garnet
Weight Loss Bloodstone
Garnet
Jasper
Tiger’s Eye
Wisdom Emerald
Obsidian
Tiger’s Eye

Cheatsheet: Primary Healing Properties of Each Crystal

Is there a crystal that you’re enamored with? One that’s caught your eye? Want to quickly see just what its healing energies its known for? Use this chart to find out in a flash.

PRIMARY HEALING PROPERTIES OF EACH CRYSTAL
CRYSTAL PRIMARY HEALING PROPERTIES
crystal Agate
Agate
Confidence
Grounding
Inner Strength
crystal Amethyst
Amethyst
Depression
Empowerment
Happiness
Intuition
Pain Relief
Stress Relief
crystal Aquamarine
Aquamarine
Communication
Grief
Happiness
Health & Wellness
Positive Energy
Spirituality
crystal Bloodstone
Bloodstone
Creativity
Grounding
Positive Energy
Wealth
Weight Loss
crystal Carnelian
Carnelian
Confidence
Creativity
Motivation
crystal Citrine
Citrine
Depression
Empowerment
Friendship
Happiness
Love
Wealth
crystal Clear Quartz
Clear Quartz
Grief
Health & Wellness
Luck
Mental Clarity
Positive Energy
Transformation
crystal Emerald
Emerald
Fertility
Friendship
Intimacy
Love
Wealth
Wisdom
crystal Garnet
Garnet
Inner Strength
Intimacy
Love
Luck
Motivation
Pain Relief
crystal Hematite
Hematite
Confidence
EMF Protection
Mental Clarity
Pain Relief
Sobriety
Stress Relief
crystal Jasper
Jasper
Intimacy
Motivation
Protection
Sleep
Stress Relief
Weight Loss
crystal Obsidian
Obsidian
Protection
Spirituality
Wisdom
crystal Rhodonite
Rhodonite
Fertility
Love
Transformation
crystal Rose Quartz
Rose Quartz
Depression
Emotional Healing
Grief
Inner Strength
Luck
Sleep
crystal Selenite
Selenite
Communication
Sleep
Spirituality
crystal Shungite
Shungite
Grounding
Emotional Healing
Protection
crystal Tiger's Eye
Tiger’s Eye
Communication
Creativity
Fertility
Intuition
Weight Loss
Wisdom
crystal Tourmaline
Tourmaline
EMF Protection
Emotional Healing
Empowerment
Friendship
Health & Wellness
Mental Clarity