This article first appeared in mindbodygreen.com and is written by Britanie Faith
For thousands of years, crystals have been used for their healing and therapeutic properties. Ancient Ayurvedic practitioners incorporated them into medicinal protocols. Roman soldiers wore citrine on their chest plates, believing it would protect them in battle. It’s been said Cleopatra carried a piece of chrysocolla to make her more sensitive and facilitate diplomatic relations.
Today, crystals are an integral part of my life. I hold them when I’m not feeling my best. I meditate with with them placed on my seven chakra points. I wear them in necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets and carry them in my pockets. When a crystal is touching you, you’re getting pure, raw, healing energy, helping to align your innermost intentions.
Crystals are treasured gifts from the earth. Mother Nature has provided assistance to enhance healing, compassion, joy, love, stress relief and wisdom. When you allow the frequency and pure energy patterns of these organic gifts into your being, they help bring you back into harmony and achieve your goals for the year ahead.
When it comes to choosing crystals, there’s no “wrong” answer. Yes, certain stones are believed to have specific properties, but pick the ones that feel right to you in the moment. Meditate and use your intuition to attach crystals to your intentions. Notice how your energy reacts when you hold a particular stone, and go from there. Let you intuition guide you. Carry or wear them throughout your day for ample energy transfer. Sleep with them under your pillow or on your nightstand to immerse yourself in their healing properties.
Here’s a quick guide to choosing a healing crystal that’s right for your journey:
Apatite: motivates independence and ambitiousness; achieving goals
Rose quartz: cultivates love
Danburite: brings about change, release energy blockages
Vanadinite: assists with clear thinking and helps create powerful action
Unakite: releases things that inhibit growth
Peridot: promotes patience, compassion, confidence and assertiveness
Tiger eye: stabilizing and grounding, enhances will power and self-confidence
Onyx: stabilizing, stimulates the power of wise decision making
Red jasper: remain centered, emotional stability
Cavansite: eases transitions through major life changes
Chrysocolla: balances the emotions, brings peace to the heart and mind
Watermelon tourmaline: enhances emotional healing, promotes feelings of joy
Garnet: regeneration, vitality, order
Pearl: enhances integrity, helps with personal focus, calming
Aquamarine: courage, inner peace
Let go of limiting ideas and practices that no longer serve you. I find that by using, wearing and loving crystals, the journey gets a bit easier. Stay open and receptive to their pure energy. Healing always occurs from the inside out, so align your intentions, reinforce with affirmations and accept the natural power of these organic gifts.
Britanie Faith is a renowned natural beauty advocate, makeup artist, photographer and yoga enthusiast. She is the creator of Beauty By Britanie, a site where she reviews the very best in natural and organic skincare, makeup, Eco-friendly products, alternative health options and shares personal life musings.