Basic Healing Stones and their Uses
Healing stones have been used for centuries to fix ailments and to increase inner peace and prosperity. In gemstones, life energy is persistently drawn into the center. As it approaches toward the center, the life force becomes determined.
This attentiveness fuels the revolution of life force into gemstone power and makes the gem’s power to be set free with probable healing powers to encourage and restore the health of the whole person.
Throughout history, the curing properties of these gemstones, exquisiteness, and enchantment have been recognised and harnessed. The primitive Stone Age women and men used to wear crystal jewelry. These stones have a defensive, as well as an enhancing function, defending their users against harm. The ancients used these stones for fortification, beautification, and curative and for viewing into the future.
Gemstones were regularly worn and accepted by earliest Egyptians as talisman and charisma. Greek mythology refers to these stones as objects of great power.
Additionally, these stones were used widely in rituals and launches by the Aztecs, Americans and Mayans. The body armour of the Jewish High Priest was placed with expensive stones thus; it carried power to the user.
These stones can improve your energy, sanitize your space, magnetize wealth, improve your intuition, boost mental abilities and self-confidence, bring profusion, or even magnetize love.
Gemstones today bring the same force and jewelry can be chosen, not just only due to the stone’s beauty but also the stone’s attractiveness. The stones enlisted below are the most popular. They were chosen to go with the piece of jewelry for a specific healing property they have.
Healing Stones And Their Meanings
Agate - Brings stability, strength, balance, courage, eloquence and a clear mind. Increases self-esteem, calms body and mind. 1st chakra.
Chakras :4th and 5th
Moss Agate- Good against depression, brings mental and emotional balance.
Ametrine- Helps psychic opening and development, astral projection, working with spirit guides, meditation. Stabilizes the balance between spirituality and daily life.
Amethyst - Spirituality, transformation, protection, cleansing, promotes happiness and spiritual awareness, excellent for meditation, helps with sleep and absorbs negativity. In old times the Greek believed this stone helped against drinking and toxins. 6th and 7th chakras
Amazonite - Increases creative expression. Brings power, prosperity, balance and expression. Stone of the communicators and artists. Combines information received with intuition. Chakra: 5th
Apatite - Unconditional love and acceptance of others. Recommended in the relationship with difficult people. Stimulates the development of clairvoyance and perception of other dimensions. Chakra : blue: 5th / 6th green/rose: 4th yellow: 3rd
Aquamarine - Represents the expression of interior truths through the power of the spoken word. Help self-expression and increase psychic power. The “courage stone” helps against fears, phobias and stress. Helps to establish happy marriages. Good for the respiratory system. Chakra : 5th
Aventurine - Luck with money matters. Increases creativity and originality. Helps against stress and bring a feeling of well being. Energy stimulates muscle tissue and blood. Chakra: 4th
Azurite - Cleans the mind and soul. Reinforces concentration, mental co-ordination and memory. Shifts subconscious thoughts to the conscious mind. Good for decision making. Chakra : 6th
Calcite -The art of being, the knowledge of ourselves in all aspects and dimensions. Link us to parallel realities. Chakra: according to the color.
Carnelian - Action and movement, personal power, concentration, courage, self-confidence and determination. Focus on the present moment. Chakra: 2nd
Chrysocolla - Symbol of beauty, love and harmony. Supports letting go, surrendering pain and worry to universal love. Helps release grief, sadness and fear from the emotional body and aids the entrance of joy, certainty and peace.
Chrysoprase - Self-acceptance and acceptance of others. Transformation of the negative ego, reducing superiority or inferiority complexes. Stimulates sexuality and procreation. Chakra: 4th
Citrine - Symbolizes the light of the rising sun and should be used at the start of a cycle, project or phase. Energy for prosperity and inner security. The most recommended stone regarding world subjects: business, interpersonal relationship or family questions. One of the merchants’ stones in ancient times it was believed to help accumulate and maintain wealth if kept in the safe or purse.
Month: November. Chakra: 3rd
Crystal Quartz - Symbol of balance and purity, helps meditation. Has a very strong and shiny aura recommended for harmonization of places. It’s the stone of wisdom, clairvoyance and spirituality. Aids emotional stability, speeds healing and bring goodness on every level. Chakra : all
Emerald - Represents abundance, balance, intelligence, rebirth and maturity. Helps revitalize the body. It’s said to help foretell the future and strengthen one’s memory.
Month: May. Chakra : 4th
Fluorite - Helps prevent mental confusion and makes it easier to develop awareness. Goods for retrieving information. Increases intuition and interdimentional communication. Chakra: 6th and 7th
Garnet - Energy and courage to abandon harmful or unwanted mental patterns. Creativity and rejuvenation energy. Faith, constancy and truth .It was once believed to give it wearer guidance in the night, allowing seeing where others could not. Works as auxiliary for blood and hormone dysfunctions.
Hematite - Brings self-confidence and promotes total anchoring of energies on Earth, eliminating mind limitations. Helps dissolve negativity. Its energy is said to reinvigorate the blood. Chakra: 1st and 8th
Iolite (aka water sapphire) - Opens, heightens and expands psychic abilities. Guides one through spiritual beginnings and growth.Chakra : 6th
Jade - The “Jewel of Heaven” has been treasured for thousands of years for its beauty and durability. It’s said to help concentration and development of psychic potential. Helps achieve a high mysticism level and to discover obscure aspects of the personality. Chakra: 4th
Jasper - Green : Intuition, calm, sensitivity, Promotes understanding. Good for disturbed homes. Chakra: 4th
Red : Vitality, sexual power, protection. Chakra: 1st
Brown : Earth energy, stability, balance, its said to work against toxins . Chakra : 1st
Kyanite - Used in meditation to make it easier the contact with spiritual guides. The bridge that unites the illuminated body to the physical body through the mind. Chakras: 5th, 6th and 10th
Lapis Lazuli - Calms the mind, developing intuition, meditation and wisdom. Help increase mental ability, concentration, memory and sight. Attracts the mind for the inner self to search for your own source of power. It’s the stone of contemplation and meditation. In the old Egypt it was ground and put in the eyes of pharaohs after death so that they could see the doors of entrance for the next life. Chakras: 5th, 6th
Malachite - Absorbs energy. When placed on any painful area it helps extract the pain energy and bring to surface the psycho-emotional causes. Curing energy. Helps the recognition and use of individual power. Chakra : 3rd, 4th
Moonstone - Increases intuition. Connection with the energy from the moon and the feminine aspect of the emotional nature. Helps calm and balance emotion keeping it under control. Energy helps against anxiety and stress. Helps men to attract the feminine element as well as provides seduction power. Chakra: 4th and 2nd
Obsidian - Help understand other people’s deepest thoughts and self-understanding. Clairvoyance and contact with spiritual world. Acceptance of our sexuality. Repels negative thoughts. The new age stone. Chakra: 1st
Opal - Works the energy of flow and movement. Promotes feelings of benevolence and friendship. It’s the gem of God, Love, faith and creativity. Blends feminine and masculine polarities of the conscious. Month: October. Chakras: black- 6th white- 4th fire- 2nd
Peridot - Personal freedom, calm, expression of past lives. Reduces depression, stress, rage and jealousy. Cures grudges, hurt egos and help repair deteriorated relationships. Powerful amulet against evil. Month: August . Chakras: 3rd / 4th
Petrified wood - Security. Balances the energetic level . Helps eliminate worries about meaningless matters. Provides strength. Chakra: 1st
Rose Quartz - The stone of unconditional love. Represents the capacity of giving and receiving love. Irradiates energy that substitutes sorrow, fears and resentment. Increases self-esteem and is recommended to attract love. It’s a good stone for children. Chakra: 4th
Green Quartz(Prasiolite) - Stimulates good health, security, discipline and stability. Stimulates creativity. Chakra: 4th
Rutilated Quartz - Strong conductor and generator of energy. Mental, emotional and physical stability. Very powerful against depression, good for inspiration and clairvoyance. Great curing power. Chakras: 1st ( smoky rutile ) 7th ( transparent with golden rutile ) other ( rutile color determine charka )
Smoky Quartz - Protects against negative energies. Teaches that there is light in the dark. Provides security when there is fear of failure. Provides courage and self-acceptance in the learning process. Good against depression and negative emotions. Eliminates subconscious blocking. Excellent for meditation. Chakra: 1st
Rhodochrosite - Love towards life and towards others. Influences creative processes and intuition. Emotional balance to love relationships. Creates feelings of peace and human warmth. Chakra: 4th
Rhodonite - Represents the relationship of oneself with its own body in order to listen to it and love it despite its limitations. Calm security in any activity. Reduces anxiety and increases coherence. Chakra: 1st and 4th..
Ruby - Helps decision making and family matters. Provides self-confidence, negotiation ability and self-esteem. Good energy for the blood flow and the heart.
Month: July. Chakra: 1st
Sapphire - Truth, sincerity and constancy. Eliminates negative thoughts and influences. Stimulates thoughts of beauty, peace and promotes inspiration and a positive attitude towards life. Month: September. Chakra: 6th
Sodalite - Courage and creative expression. Helps people to be more objective and less critical about the ways to deals with existence. Help develop the third eye. Teaches one to examine goals after they are achieved. Alleviates internal conflicts between the conscious and the unconscious. Chakra: 6th
Sunstone - Activates the inner sun and allows a free flow of energy. Can be used to eliminate fears, stress, increase vitality, independence and originality. Chakra: 3rd
Tiger s eye - Help people become more practical. Bring optimism that conducts to success. Balances energy yin and yang. Protects against negativity, reflecting it back to origin.Aids in the ability to discern evil. Chakra: 1st and 3rd
Topaz - Magnetic energy. Provides strength and intelligence. Stimulates mental clarity and wisdom. Helps against mental exhaustion and traumas. Chakras: 9th ( transp ) 5th ( blue) 3rd ( yellow )
Blue : Works in the cell level, generating and conveying energy. Chakra : 6th
Green : Curing energy, balance energy levels, calms the mind, nerves and helps conf idence. Chakra: 4th
Rose : Attracts love and friendship, happiness and enthusiasm for life. Activates creativity and fertility. Chakra: 4th
Black -Repels negative energy. Has electrical properties as all tourmalines and works in the defense against debilitating diseases like heart condition, arthritis and weak immunological system. Teaches how to keep radiating in the most obscure situations. Great curing power. Chakra: 1st
Turquoise - Relationship, self-knowledge. Improves meditation, circulation and spirit condition. Its color is said to change when the user has a health problem. It’s also said to act directly in the skin cells, softening and rejuvenating them. Sacred for the Tibetan Buddhists for whom it symbolizes the sea (depth of the soul) and the sky (unlimited ascension). Chakra: 5th
Wulfenite is a lead molybdate mineral that occurs as prismatic pyramidal and square shaped crystals which are transparent to translucent. Wulfenite colours range from bright yellow orange to reddish orange, brown greenish-grey. Due to the lead content in this crystal, handle with care and only make crystal essences with the indirect method.
Wulfenite is useful for accepting the less positive aspects of life and prevents despondency and inertia when you are faced with negative situations or feelings. It is helpful for people who become emotionally unbalanced because they won't admit that they are afraid, angry or any other negative emotion. Wulfenite helps them come to terms with their negative emotions and it helps them begin to express these natural feelings.
When you meditate with wulfenite you find that it is easier to move quickly from the physical plane through to the psychic, spiritual and intuitive levels. It is said that wulfenite access the past, present and the future to help communication with the spirit world.
Wulfenite is used for white magic, supporting and enhancing ritual work and regaining magical knowledge that you had in other lives. This knowledge can then be put into practice in the present.
Wulfenite warms and energetically cleanses the uterus, promotes hormonal balance, brings on menstruation and promotes flow and the full emptying of the uterus. It clears the uterus after abortion, miscarriage or childbirth. It stabilises sexual energy and sexuality. It will help bring order into a confusing relationship.
Simple Methods for Cleansing Your Crystals
When you first obtain crystals or have been using them for some time, or even if they have been left sitting around somewhere, they will have absorbed a range of different energies that they will have been exposed to by yourself and others who may have handled them and transferred various energies and emotions into them.
Therefore, it's important to 'cleanse' your crystals as soon as you obtain them, and on a regular basis (daily, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly, depending on use) however, you may have been given a crystal as a gift from someone who may have programmed it specially for you with specific energies. In this case the stone may not need this initial cleansing.
This cleansing process isn't a 'physical' cleaning with soap and water, but intended to cleanse the stone of its stored energies, both good and bad, which can be released again by the stone at any time and once it becomes loaded with energy. Crystals used specifically for healing should be cleansed before and after use.
Several cleansing methods are recommended, they are:
1) Salt Water
Suitable crystals can be left to soak in sea water or water mixed with sea salt. Cooking salt can also be used if sea salt/water is not available. You should fill a glass bowl (not metal) about half to one third full and place your crystals so they are fully submerged in the salt water for anywhere between 1 to 24 hours. Many people leave them in salt water overnight but a crystal that needs a much deeper and more thorough cleansing can be left for up to 1 week. You should thoroughly rinse your crystals in cool running water after spending time in salt water to remove any remaining salt. After use, the salt water must be flushed away and never re-used because it will have absorbed negative and unwanted energies.
Salt water cleansing is considered one of the best and most thorough ways to cleanse crystals, but please be aware that this method must be avoided for certain crystals as it can have an adverse effect on them and even change their appearance and properties! Stones that should not be soaked in salt water include crystals that are porous, contain metal or have a water content, for example Opal. Stones and minerals that should be kept away from salt include Pyrite, Lapis Lazuli, Opal, Hematite, etc.2) Dry Salt
Another salt method is to half-fill a glass bowl with sea salt (or cooking salt) and place your crystals directly into the salt. Either bury them into the dry salt or leave them on the surface. They should be left in the salt for several hours, overnight or for several days. Your crystals should then be rinsed thoroughly under cool running water to remove any remaining salt. After use, the salt must be thrown away and never re-used because it will have absorbed negative and unwanted energies.
Again, take care when placing your crystals directly onto dry salt as the salt can have an adverse effect on certain crystals, as explained above.3) Non-Contact Salt
This is considered the safest salt-cleansing method and should be used where the crystals may otherwise be damaged by direct contact with salt. This is also a good method if you are cleansing gem stones found in jewellery or gems surrounded by metal.
First, fill a glass bowl half to two thirds full with dry sea salt (or cooking salt). Then place a smaller glass container or shallow drinking glass and half-bury this glass into the salt. You can then place your crystals directly into the empty glass which is sitting half buried in the dry salt. The salt will still be able to draw out the stored energies within the stones but this method will take longer to work than direct contact with salt. You may also pour just enough water (preferably pure, distilled or mineral water) into the smaller glass container, just enough to cover the crystals. This will protect them and prevent direct 'salt exposure' or 'salty air' from causing any corrosion or adverse effects to any metals or other fittings that may surround the gems. Also, bear in mind that certain crystals should not be left to soak in water.
The used salt should be thrown away and never re-used.4) Crystal Druse, Bed, Geode or Cluster
All crystals can be cleansed safely by placing them inside an Amethyst Geode Cave overnight or for 24-48 hours. An Amethyst Druse, Cluster, or Bed can also be used in the same way. A Clear Quartz Geode, Bed or Cluster provides a faster cleansing process than Amethyst, but both methods are equally as effective. Simply place no more than a few crystals onto the crystal points and leave for anything up to 24-48 hours. These crystal cluster formations (both Amethyst and Quartz) have the ability to absorb the energies contained within crystals, neutralise the energies and then release 'good' energy from the cluster back into the crystals being cleansed, so they can effectively cleanse and energize at the same time.5) Smudging
Another popular method of cleansing crystals is by 'Smudging'. This involves burning either Smudge Sticks or Incense Sticks and holding the crystals in the smoke to cleanse the stored energies. Several types of incense are specifically recommended for this because, when burned, they release certain elements into the air via the smoke which can effectively remove bad and built-up energies. The following incense sticks are particularly recommended for effective smudging: Sage and Sweetgrass, Sandalwood or Cedarwood (available from our Web Store). A feather can be used to fan the smoke across the crystals and this only needs to be done for a short amount of time. 20 to 30 seconds should be long enough.6) Visualization
You can also use visualization or 'thought energy' to cleanse crystals. Simply hold the crystal, focus on it, and visualize a bright white light surrounding the crystal, followed by a beam of white light coming down through the stone, passing all the way through the stone, taking away stored energy within the stone. Do this until you feel happy that the white light has done its job and flushed away the stored energies. The 'thought energy' generated by you will be transmitted to the stone and this cleansing energy will do the job of clearing the stone of its stored energies.
Once your crystal has been cleansed you will need to energize it again so that it can continue to release its own natural vibrations and energies. There are several ways to energize crystals and the most popular methods are as follows:1) Water Energizing
Allow your crystals to sit in a drinking glass or bowl under cool running tap water for several minutes, 10-20 minutes should be long enough. If you are near to a natural running river, stones can be placed in an open mesh bag and left for a short time in the natural running water. Running water can also cleanse as well as energize the stones at the same time.
Please check that your crystal can be emerged safely in water, since some should not be left to soak in water as this can have an adverse effect on them. Specifically, porous stones or those with high metal content.2) Sunshine and Moonlight
The natural energies transmitted by the Sun and Moon can also energize your crystals with natural energies. Many people like to leave their newly cleansed stones under Moonlight and Sunlight for a day or two to allow them to absorb the different energies from the Moon and Sun. The Sun provides a stronger energy, whereas the Moon has a more gentle energy.
When leaving crystals in Sunlight, please be aware that some colored stones may fade over a period of time if left in strong sunlight too often. This can happen with Amethyst, for example. In this case, try not to leave your crystals in strong sun for more than an hour or so. To be on the safe side, place in sunlight during sunrise and/or sunset because the sun's rays won't be as strong during these times of the day.3) Physical Contact
Native Americans believe that it's not always necessary to energize crystals with any of the above methods because they will naturally energize themselves from our body's own energy field when they are picked up and handled, or rubbed between the palms of the hands. So this is another method you may want to consider.
Feel free to do whatever you feel is best for you and your crystals, or you may wish to use one or all the above methods when energizing your own crystals.
Before starting, you may want to clear the room and yourself of extra or unwanted energies by using a cleansing Smudging Stick or Incense.
To program a crystal for specific use or with specific energies, sit quietly away from distractions or strong electrical devices and external energies, then hold the crystal in front of you, clear your mind and focus on the stone. Give the crystal a cleanse with white light as explained above. Concentrate on the specific energy that you wish to program the crystal with, and 'transmit' the energies and thoughts from your mind directly to the stone. Be clear and direct when doing this and don't try to confuse or overload the crystal with different thoughts and energies. Do this until you feel happy that the required thoughts and energies have been transmitted to the stone.