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Friday, January 25, 2013

Top Ten Healing Crystals

Crystals are used in energy healing to affect a change on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual planes. Below is a listing of the metaphysical properties of ten popular stones that can be used to make gem elixirs, in laying on of stones and with meditation. This information is not meant to replace medical advice.

Agate - Stone of Inspiration

Agate is a chalcedony that comes in a variety of colors. Some characteristics that all agate share are intellectual stimulation and balance between the emotions and intellect. Some commonly known agate types are:

Blue lace agate: This stone is used to increase effective communication and for treatment of throat ailments.
Smoky Quartz
Fire agate: A stone used to inspire action and freedom from inertia.
Moss Agate: Elixirs made from this stone are used to treat skin problems, eye disorders and to aid digestion. It's a stone of prosperity and increases self esteem.

Amethyst - Meditation and Balance

Amethyst is a variety of quartz that comes in shades of purple, from light to dark. It has been used to aid meditation, to increase psychic ability and spiritual awareness as well as to relieve headaches. It's a stone that balances the emotions and intellect.

Aventurine - The Gentle Healer

Aventurine is generally pale green in color. It's often used in conjunction with rose quartz because of its association with the heart chakra. It's used in protection against negative influences on the heart center, both physically and emotionally.

Bloodstone - Stone of Strength and Ancestral Communication

Bloodstone, also called heliotrope, is a form of chalcedony that is green with red specks. It's used to purify the blood and increase strength and vitality. In meditation, it aids in opening a link for communication with ancestors. Because of its association with blood, it has become a popular stone for menstrual problems and wound healing.

Carnelian - Stone of Sexuality and Creativity

Carnelian is a chalcedony that comes in several colors, including pink, orange, red and red brown. It stimulates creativity and compassion. Because of its association with the second chakra, it's used for sexual dysfunction and to increase passion.

Clear Quartz - The Master Programmer and Cleanser

Clear quartz is a name used for the form of silicon dioxide that appears colorless. It's used to clear the aura and physical surroundings of unwanted influences. Because of its amplification properties, clear quartz is often used to enhance the energies of other stones as well as to increase positivity. It brings a sense of clarity to all situations.

Lapis Lazuli - The Deep Healer

Lapis is deep blue in color with gold and white specks. In healing, it is used to help release deeply buried emotional disturbances from past hurts as well as to assist with problems arising from the disturbances such as anxiety and depression. It aids in psychic development, dream recall and astral travel.

Moonstone - Stone of Emotions and Intuition

Moonstone is a form of feldspar and is translucent white in color. It helps to bring emotions under control by assisting in balancing between extreme emotionality and repression. It also increases intuition and aids in psychic development.

Rose Quartz - The Love Stone

This stone comes in various shades of pink to white. It's known as a heart or love stone because of its ability to produce a calming, gentle feeling in the aura and atmosphere. It's used to heal emotional disturbances related to relationships.

Smoky Quartz - Grounding Stone

True smoky quartz appears transparent with tones of gray or black throughout and should not to be confused with clear quartz that has been radiated to create a darker color. This stone corresponds the root chakra and aids in feeling grounded and being able to provide for material needs. It helps to balance the spiritual pursuits with physical reality.  Learn more about this crystal and Spiritual and Healing Properties of Smoky Quartz.

References:
  • Melody. Love is in the Earth: A Kaleidoscope of Crystals. Earth-Love Publishing House, 1995.
  • Raphaell, Katrina. Crystal Enlightenment: The Transforming Properties of Crystals and Healing Stones. Aurora Press, Inc., 1985.
© Trish Deneen

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