Previously in my last blog What are gemstones?, I explained what gemstones are, where they came from, how to cleanse them and how they benefit us.
Now I want to go into further detail about my research into crystals and gemstones. I will describe what different benefits each one has, so that you can get an idea of which crystals are out there and what they can do for you.
There are so many types of crystals and gemstones out there with so many different personalities, energies and properties so I am not going to list them all, but I will talk about 15 crystals that I have been drawn to and have researched a lot about so far on my quest for knowledge on this subject.
There are lots of sources online to find out more about the crystals you are drawn to and how they can help you. Judy Hall’s The Crystal Bible Books are good sources to invest in if you are learning about crystals.
These books are great crystal reference guides with an index to make it easy to look up crystals based on what you want to know. You can search for the crystals by name or appearance or by the spiritual, emotional, psychological or physical effects of the stone.
There are many benefits for using crystals to assist physical health problems, however I have focused on the benefits crystals have on our mental health. For me I feel it is important to have a healthy mind because your mind is extremely powerful and can create your life, your happiness, your pain, and it can even heal your body. I feel that working with crystals has the best natural effect on healing and strengthening my mind and soul.
Firstly, crystals and gemstones are not the same thing. Crystals are formed in dark, cold places such as caves and gemstones are formed from heat and magma. The majority of gemstones are in fact crystals but not all of them.
They are both used to make jewellery and for their healing energies. Spiritually they can have an amazing beneficial effect on your life. I have a strong love for them as they help us, ground us and connect us, reminding me that we are all one, connected to mother earth and the universe. They are truly magical and can help you to remember you have great power within you.
Aventurine is known as the opportunity stone. It stimulates our mind, creativity and motivation. Attracting luck, abundance and success. It balances your emotions and protects the heart, helping also to attract luck in love. Aventurine is a manifestation stone that can help you bring your dreams into reality.
Amethyst is a calming, stress reliever that encourages inner strength and spiritual growth. If you own this crystal it will bring you clarity of the mind so that you become more in tune with yourself, your feelings and your intuition. Amethyst crystals repel negative energy and attract positive energy, making this stone great for protection, especially when travelling. Also known for sobriety, it assists you to resist all types of addictions.
Chakra: Third Eye & Crown
Rose Quartz opens up your heart for true love of self, friendship and romantic love. Allowing you to express unconditional love, forgiveness and compassion towards yourself and others. Wearing Rose Quartz brings inner peace, clearing out stress from anger and resentment. It is excellent for healing emotional wounds, removing negativity and restoring harmony in relationships.
Howlite stills the mind bringing calm and relaxation making it excellent for sleep or meditation. Because this stone is so calming it assists you to become truly comfortable being your true authentic self. It strengthens positive character traits, helping you overcome tendencies to be judgemental or selfish. It teaches patience and tact, helping to eliminate rage and keep you calm when faced with confrontation.
Spiritually, Howlite prepares the wearer to receive wisdom and attunement from the Higher Self and the Divine. It is also used for dimensional travel.
Goldstone is made from quartz sand glass, infused with copper flecks to give it its sparkles. This makes Goldstone symbolic of light that can always be found in the darkness. It helps you stay calm and emotionally stable, helping you attain your goals. It heals and revitalises your energy field and deflects unwanted energies, making it a protection stone.
Chakras: Gold- Sacral, Blue- Throat
Onyx is a balancing, grounding, protective stone that can absorb and transform negative energy. It helps to calm your fears, leaving you feeling stable and secure. Onyx is a great stone to wear if you are setting out on a new journey, whether that journey is a personal one, a business venture, or a relationship. It will give you strength to make decisions and see it through. Those who have difficulty with commitment can benefit from this stone.
Lapis Lazuli opens the third eye and stimulates enlightenment, enhancing psychic abilities. A great stone for dream work and to enhance your spiritual power and growth. Lapis Lazuli harmonizes all levels, mind, body and spirit, bringing deep peace and inner self-knowledge. This stone encourages self-awareness and self-expression; you may be more honest, have more compassion and say it how it is without holding back. Lapis Lazuli strengthens relationships and friendships and relieves anger and stress quickly bringing serenity into your life.
Chakras: Throat or crown
Malachite is a powerful stone and should be cleansed after every use. It amplifies energy, absorbs negative energy and pollutants, it also protects you from radiation and electromagnetic pollution.
This stone clears and activates the chakras. Malachite placed on the third eye activates psychic vision and placed on the heart opens the heart to unconditional love. It can assist in receiving spiritual guidance and insights from the subconscious or the future.
Mentally Malachite sharpens the mind and helps alleviate mental disturbances and illness. It encourages empathy, expression and confidence. It releases negative experiences and traumas by getting to the core of the problem.
Peridot assists in rebirth and renewal of all kinds. It is brilliant for healing and is known to make a shield of protection around the body of any wearer. Peridot helps you to move past your own ego and deal with the situation at hand with compassion and love. It brings harmony to relationships of all kinds, particularly marriage. Filling you with energy, this stone is useful for those dealing with stress or mild depression.
Turquoise is known as the “master healer,” and is said to be the bridge between Heaven, Sky and the Earth. Turquoise was used an amulet for protection and symbolized wealth in ancient cultures. As an amulet, it was believed to protect from harm, depression, exhaustion and negative energy. Turquoise aligns all chakras bringing inner peace. It stabilizes mood swings, encourages honesty and open communication from the heart. This stone enhances intuition and meditation and promotes spiritual attunement. Turquoise is a purification stone allowing you to release old habits and realise your true power.
Jade brings harmony and is great for attracting good luck and friendship. It sooths the mind and releases negative thoughts and emotions. It promotes self-sufficiency and encourages you to become who you really are. Jade promotes courage, compassion, generosity and longevity, helping you lead a richer more fulfilling life. It has many healing benefits, from healing wounds and kidneys, to balancing acid/alkaline levels in the body. It is also used to assist with fertility and childbirth.
Fluorite draws off negative energies and stress of all kinds. It cleanses, purifies and reorganises anything that is not in perfect order within your body. This stone can help you overcome chaos and reorganise your mind, body and spirit. It is a great learning tool, helping you retain information and increases concentration. Fluorite promotes spiritual and psychic development. It helps you get past the “mind chatter” that can occur when you first start meditating, this then helps you achieve cosmic truth and become attuned to higher powers.
Carnelian increases personal power and physical energy, bringing you courage, compassion and creativity. It is a great protector against yours or other people’s envy, rage and resentment. It brings focus and motivation and promotes positive life choices. Wearing or carrying Carnelian provides you with the confidence needed to approach new projects and dreams. Wear it on a job interview, as it brings good luck and opportunity, awakening your hidden talents. Carnelian is known to calm fears of life after death and bring acceptance of the cycle of life. It also has the ability to cleanse other stones.
Tiger’s Eye is great for achieving goals and setting clear intentions. It helps you figure out the difference between wishful thinking, what you want and what you really need. It helps to rebalance the body on all levels, it is very stabilizing and grounding, encouraging optimism and trust in the future. It brings brightness and light into all situations and problems, alleviating depression. Tiger’s Eye brings good luck, abundance and prosperity to its wearer. In many ancient civilizations, it was used as a talisman against bad luck and curses.
Clear Quartz enhances energy by absorbing, storing, amplifying and transmitting. It channels universal energy. Quartz also enhances thoughts, as they are a form of energy so it is extremely beneficial for manifesting, healing, meditation, protection, and channelling. It helps the wearer to think clearly, allowing them to focus and become clear about their dreams and desires. Assisting with spiritual development, Clear Quartz assists in removing blockages in the body so that energy can flow smoothly. Many colours of quartz or formations have their own names and properties, such as Amethyst for purple quartz.