Using Gems And Crystals For Cleansing And Healing
The world of gemstones is filled with magic and healing energy. Since the ancient days, cultures around the world have experienced the value of wearing and using certain metals, gems and stones. More than beautiful, they are therapeutic and mystical, subtle yet powerful.
Every element has its own character, and specific energetics are stored in them that resonate with the body of the wearer. They channel energies by absorbing, reflecting, catalyzing or grounding the subtle flow of our physical and emotional being.
Historically, stones and gems have been used for physical and spiritual healing, ceremonies, rituals and psychic travel to sharpen a specific intention. To understand the scope of influence that stones have, we will get a feel for each one individually. From there, we will have a better sense of how they fit together for our specific purpose.
The Properties of Minerals, Stones and Gems
Clear Crystal Quartz
Clear crystal quartz is known for its clarity, intention and all types of healing properties. It clears space of negativity and is said to ward off sickness from those who carry it. It supports the nervous system, tones the immune system, cleanses the organs and balances stress levels. Clear quartz is known as a “deep soul cleanser” because it helps connect the body with the mind. It amplifies thoughts and emotions and can be charged with a specific intent by its ability to absorb, store and release energy. It promotes clear thinking, balances polarity, aids in meditation and enhances dreams. Clear quartz harmonizes well with all other stones.
Pyrite is associated with willpower, confidence, vitality and manifestation. It shuns negative energy and promotes physical and mental self-assurance. It encourages taking assertive action and openly speaking your mind. It harnesses mental clarity and stimulates creativity in the arts and sciences. Pyrite balances hormonal rhythms, eases depression and is beneficial for anyone needing to overcome an illness, anxiety or unhealthy habits. The French name for Pyrite is Pierre de Sante, meaning “Stone of Health.”
Amethyst is a type of quartz. It is known for protection, purification and positive transformation. On a physical level, it purifies the blood, tones the hormonal system, strengthens immunity and helps heal skin, respiratory and nerve disorders. Mentally, it calms the emotions, promotes inner peace, and it alleviates sadness, grief and anxiety. Amethyst aids in overcoming bad habits, and it can help allay overindulgence and assist in quitting addictions. It keeps an area clear of negative influence and attachment, and it promotes positive connection with others.
Citrine is associated with mental clarity, creativity and manifestation. Physically, its frequency is activating, and it promotes metabolism, enhances stamina and supports the proper function of the hormonal system. Mentally, it stimulates pristine and unique thoughts and ideas. Citrine ignites playful, creative energy and helps unravel the clear inner-vision that is buried inside us. Dubbed the “merchant's stone,” Citrine has the capability of attracting and sustaining abundance while inspiring generosity of good fortune.
Aventurine is a key stone for opportunity, luck and protection. It draws cosmic energy inward, so chances for success in any situation are augmented for those who wear it. Money, love, optimism and self-growth are the side-effects of this stone. It is grounding, so it can help with indecisiveness and promote leadership. Aventurine also absorbs negative energy, like electromagnetic pollution from cell-phones, computers and other radiating technologies. It is worn to strengthen the heart, keep the blood from absorbing toxins and nourishing the nervous system.
Hematite is one of the best stones for grounding and manifestation. It is especially useful for bridging the spiritual world with the physical, so that dreams, aspirations and fantasy can be manifested into a physical reality. It helps to build a solid sense of self, along with self-confidence and self-forgiveness. By pulling stray energies down, it can ground confusion, spaciness and feelings of being lost. On the physical level, hematite promotes blood circulation and can help prevent toxicity.
Bloodstone has special attributes of strength, courage, altruism and purification. It is valuable for those overcoming illness, as well as facing disease and mortality with courage and acceptance. It promotes detoxification of the blood, organs and hormonal system. Bloodstone instills endless determination and love for life. Spiritually, this stone harbors Christ consciousness, the ability to find solace in sacrifice while dispelling negative energy.
Tiger Eye instills balance, harmony and vitality. It can sharpen the wits and intellect, as well as encourage a receptive state of mind to make fair and practical decisions in the face of extremes. For this, it is useful in positions of leadership and responsibility. Emotionally, it helps one seek a common ground with others. It is energizing, for it promotes stamina in mental and physical efforts. It encourages clarity and creativity in spiritual matters, and makes it possible to accept polarities. Physically, it can help balance hormonal disorders.
How To Use Gemstones and Crystals
There are many ways to use your stones. Hold them in your hands during meditation and while casting spells for a more powerful experience. Place them on your altar to help with manifestation or in each room of your home for peace and harmony. You can wear them as jewelry or place in your pocket for all day healing. For ailments or emotional blocks, place the stones on your body. For example, placing pyrite on your third chakra - your throat - can help you speak with confidence and clarity.
Charging Your Stones
Over time, your stones can lose some of their power. When this happens, you will need to charge or cleanse them. Smudging over your stones is the simplest way to clean and charge them. Another way is to soak them in cool clean water for an hour. Our favorite way to cleanse stones is placing them outside on the day of a full or new moon.
Gems and crystals are another powerful tool to have in your arsenal of magic. Using them daily can greatly improve your mental and physical state.