All of our favourite celebs, from Kim K to Miranda Kerr, have been preaching about the calming and fortune bringing powers of precious stones. Since ancient years, crystals have been considered an all natural tool for energy healing. But do you know how these gorgeous rocks help us achieve a harmonised body, mind and spirit? NR Beauty explores the crystal healing phenomenon; read along and get the low-down on both their scientific and mystical properties.
WHAT IS CRYSTAL HEALING?
Crystal healing is an alternative medicine type of therapy that employs crystals and other precious stones as an energy grid to facilitate healing and draw out any negative vibes. However, it’s important to state that scientists view this holistic technique as a simple “placebo effect”, due to the lack of evidence on the efficiency of crystal therapy. Despite this, hundreds of yoguis and wellness gurus swear by their life changing powers, and to be honest, we’re here for it too!
THE TOP 5 SACRAL CRYSTALS & WHAT THEY DO
There are hundreds of gems, stones and crystals, each one with very powerful and unique healing properties. However, if you’re new to the world of crystal therapy (or just feel like keeping it simple) we suggest the following starter pack:
Amethyst, also known as the ‘good for everything’ stone. This violet beauty is one of the most versatile crystals out there. Superpowers include blocking negative energy, aura cleansing, heightening intuition and enhancing focus.
Clear quartz: this stone is the #1 must-have. It’s main purpose is to amplify, absorb, store, release and regulate energy. It also blocks out distractions and boosts concentration.
Rose quartz, the love guru. Balance your emotions, restore confidence and attract your soul-mate with this heart opening gem. It’s all about finding true love within yourself and others.
Citrine, the golden stone of abundance. It is said to bring good fortune, success, and clarity. It’s warm energy is associated with creativity, personal power and wealth.
Obsidian, a strongly protective stone. It blocks negativity by absorbing harmful energies from your surroundings and deflecting psychic attacks. It is also said to reduce mental stress and tension.
HOW TO PROPERLY USE THEM?
- Activate your crystal with an intention: You have to tell the crystal what to do. Hold the stone in your hand and deeply envision your goal, while silently reciting a mantra. For example if you wish for good fortune, you can repeat aloud “bless me with prosperity and wealth”.
- Cleanse your crystal: this will help revitalise and renew the power of your crystal, whether it be old or new. There are many ways to do it, such as soaking them in fresh water, salt, by using the purifying powers of other crystals, or our favourite method: Full moon cleansing. The transference of energy that takes place during a full moon is excellent for recharging crystals, simply set the stone under the light of the moon for around 4 hours or more.
- Wear your crystals or carry them with you anywhere you go: the closer your precious stones are to you, the more energy you’ll be able to tap into.
- Safely store your crystals: your precious gems need to be handled with love and care. When you’re not using them, keep them away from UV rays, preferably place them indoors or wrap them with a soft fabric.