What Is Crystal Healing And What Are The Benefits?
If you’ve recently entered the wellness world and are dipping your toes into meditation, yoga and mindfulness, during your research you may have noticed that some people use crystals as part of their practice.
No longer thought of as ‘witches magic’ or ‘hippy nonsense’ as it may have been in the past, crystals have a real place in the hearts of many people. Did you know, the use of these beautiful minerals dates back to Egyptian times when they were said to be used to purge ‘evil spirits’?
If you’re still trying to figure out your singing bowl from your tuning fork, we’re here to help you with some information on how and why crystals are used for wellness.
Restoring a Sense of Balance
Officially, Crystal Healing is known as an alternative medical method using semiprecious stones and crystals such as quartz, jasper, obsidian and amethyst. Crystal Healing has been used for centuries to help treat the body holistically for various ailments such as digestion problems and can be used to restore a sense of balance and undo emotional stress. Jasmin Harsono, a Reiki Healer and Wellness expert states: ““When I need some self-soothing, I may use crystals to assist me in unblocking, focusing and directing energy.”
Some people do report experiencing a heightened sense of calm and/or emotional clarity during and after a Crystal Healing session. Others unfortunately may feel no effect at all. However, whilst Crystal Healing is by no means advised as a full replacement for any medication or therapy, it may be able to aid relaxation, in a similar way to meditation.
How Does It Work?
Crystals are placed on the chakras, by yourself or by an expert, with the idea that they are able to communicate with the energy flow of your body and help to realign the energy channels that are interrupting the natural flow of the body, helping it to heal itself.
Here’s a quick guide to the seven chakras:
- Root: This chakra represents stability, security and our basic needs and when unblocked. It is said to help us feel safe and fearless.
- Sacral: This chakra is our centre of creativity and helps us express ourselves.
- Solar Plexus: A source of personal power.
- Heart: This energy point unites the lower chakras of matter and the upper chakras of spirit and acts as a bridge between our body, mind, emotions and spirit.
- Throat: This chakra is situated in the neck and is a source of verbal expression and helps our ability to speak our highest truth.
- Third Eye: Located in between the eyebrows, this chakra represents our centre of intuition.
- Crown: The Sahaswara chakra or the “thousand petal lotus” chakra is located at the crown of the head. This is the chakra of enlightenment and spiritual connection to ourselves and others.
Finding The Right Crystal For You
One crystal is not like the others…take a look below to find which one suits your purpose.
Just as the color may suggest, this pink stone is all about love and emotion. It’s said to help restore trust and harmony in all different kinds of relationships, whilst improving their close connections. It’s also claimed to help provide comfort and calm during times of grief.
It isn’t all about other people, though. Rose Quartz is said to also encourage love, respect, trust, and worth within oneself — something we are big fans of, here at Kossie.
An intensely protective stone, Obsidian is said to help form a shield against physical and emotional negativity. It’s also said to help get rid of emotional blockage and promote qualities of strength, clarity, and compassion to help find your true sense of self. For your physical body, it may aid in digestion and detoxification while potentially helping reduce pain and cramps.
You can bring joy, wonder, and enthusiasm to every part of your life with Citrine! It’s said to help you release negative traits from your life, such as fear, and in turn help encourage optimism, warmth, motivation, and clarity. It’s also claimed to enhance mindful qualities, like creativity and concentration.
This powerful healing stone is claimed to help cleanse the blood by drawing away bad environmental energies and improving circulation. It encourages selflessness, creativity, and idealism while helping you live within the current moment. It’s also said it can also help you rid yourself of feelings of irritability, aggressiveness, and impatience.
This beautiful purple stone is said to be incredibly protective, healing, and purifying. It’s claimed it can help rid the mind of negative thoughts and bring forth humility, sincerity, and spiritual wisdom. Sleep is another benefit of this stone, from supposedly helping to provide insomnia relief! Physically, it’s said to boost hormone production, cleanse blood, and relieve pain and stress.
A red standout, this stone can help restore vitality and energy levels. In turn, this can help improve things such as sensuality, sex, and intellectuality. It’s also said to help bring self-awareness and the realisation of truth to one’s mind.
So what do you think? Would you be likely to try Crystal Healing? I think an open mind is key to obtaining the positive qualities these beautiful stones can offer. Whether it’s overall good energy you want or specific healing powers, there’s nothing wrong with giving crystals an honest try. Who knows — you might be pleasantly surprised.