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From New-Age Goopies to original woodstock hippies, it seems like everybody has their eyes on these mesmerizing rocks, otherwise known as healing crystals. After all, who wouldn’t want a better sex life, expedited healing, and more financial freedom? I think we can all raise our hands in agreement on those points. With the wellness industry booming, crystal stores are becoming more like candy stores and consumers are flocking to them. Even celebrities like Adele, Cara Delevingne, and Khloe Kardashian are hooked!

In 2016, The Sun reported that Adele said, “I was so nervous about my comeback show and I was panicking. I was out of practice and I was busy being a mum. But it was one of the best shows I’ve ever done and I had these bloody crystals in my hand.” Adele lost the crystals shortly after and had to take the Grammys stage without them. “It turned out to be the worst, most disastrous performance that I have ever done” she said. Stories like Adele’s have sparked a crystal craze with consumers falling victim to impulsive purchasing habits that industries like fashion and food know all too well.

Other than serendipitous circumstances and intangible results like de-stressing, energizing, and casually killing it at a sold-out stadium like Adele, there isn’t a whole lot of scientific and medical evidence that prove that these mystical rocks work. However, whether you believe in their “magic” or not, it’s always wise to understand what you’re buying.

// Whether you believe in their “magic” or not, it’s always wise to understand what you're buying. //

so, what are crystals and how do they work?

Crystals are ancient stones believed to emit energy that vibrates on unique, measurable frequencies. Proponents of crystals today believe that they aid to open and lift the mind and soul to a higher state of consciousness, sometimes going as far as creating healing miracles.

“I have been working with crystals for over 25 years,” states Heather Askinosie, co-founder of Energy Muse and author of Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune into the Real You. “In that time, I have seen lives transformed. I have watched finances and health improve. I’ve witnessed new romances, the healing of old wounds, and the release of negative belief systems. I’ve even observed women conceiving after years of struggle.” Although there is no scientific evidence to support these claims, even skeptics can agree that these earth tools are aesthetically pleasing. Crystals also produce a beautiful and calming ambiance, which in turn produces happiness and spurs further positivity through the The Law of Attraction — the idea that like attracts like. Alas, we all know that too much of a good thing can cause more harm than good — thanks Shakespeare.

Maureen Dodd, renowned energy healer at Ash Wellness Center New York City states, “Crystals are living things. They move energy, both grounding and clearing, and if you aren’t aware of your energy, you’re most likely going to throw yourself off magnetically,” These magnetic imbalances can range from emotional to physical. For example, you may feel overly exhausted, anxious, stressed, or even overwhelmed. Similarly, entrepreneur and author, Danielle LaPorte, states in her book The White Hot Truth that, “(Crystals) are all metaphysical technologies, and like any technology, if you don’t know how to use it, your motherboard could get fried.” In the end, it boils down to being conscious consumers and not only being knowledgeable about what you are buying, but the how and why as well.

how to shop for crystals

// If all else fails, listen to your gut //

When you’re ready to embark on your crystal brigade, first, reflect on why you are buying the crystals — what is your intention? Your love life may be on the rocky side, you may be stressed about work, you may be experiencing a health issue, or it may be as simple as wanting to jazz up your bookshelf. Whatever your purpose is (and you may not have one!), mindfulness and conscious research will only help prepare and align yourself prior to purchasing. However, some crystals may find you before you seek them out. Deborah Hanekamp of Medicine Mama voices that she purchases her crystals, “All around, sometimes I even find them when I’m playing in nature.”

Similar to how you shop for clothes, many experts recommend perusing a crystal shop with an open mind to see if any crystals attract your attention. If you’re in the New York area, check out Stick, Stone & Bone or Rock Star Crystals Manhattan! Throughout your stroll, focus on the crystal’s physical attributes (shape, color, and size) before deep diving into it’s descriptive healing properties because it is said that you are often attracted to crystals that hold the healing properties you lack. Hanekamp also suggests that, “The New Age (consumers) can be quite image based!” Considering we spend over 2 hours on social media every day, this is a very valid claim to make.

Note, if you did research prior, you’ll most likely be attracted to those specific stones, but try applying the same methodology to select a single stone. “People are becoming more energetically sensitive,” voices Hanekamp of Medicine Mama, “Now, we are able to feel subtle vibrations that resonate from crystals.” If all else fails, we recommend listening to your gut!

how and when to use crystals

Okay, so now you have your beloved crystal and you’re ready to shine, right? Wrong. Before you go crystal crazy, you first have to cleanse and energize your crystal because you don’t know what kind of energy it was subjected to before. “After we purchase our crystals, they go through a thorough cleansing and clearing process of sacred smoke, light, sound, and sacred geometry before the customer receives them,” states Sara Carter, marketing manager, designer, and photographer of The Energy Muse. She goes on, “This ensures that they are cleared of any previous programming or energy so that they are ready to be programmed with your personal intention.” You can do this cleansing on your own by soaking your crystal in salt water, smudging, or leaving it under the sun-, moonlight. Now, your crystal is ready to be programmed. It is important for you to be holding the crystal or place it on a resonating chakra when setting your intention for the crystal. Connect to your breath, empty your mind, and set your intention, preferably out loud so you will feel more accountable. Then after, you are ready to use your crystal.

There are numerous ways to work with crystals, and it all depends on the person, their beliefs, and their intentions. Again, we recommend listening to your gut, on what works best for you. Here’s a list of some of the most prevalent ways to work with crystals:

  • Accessorise your home or office space to embrace positive energy and an elegant, spiritual aesthetic
  • Meditate with them surrounding your or place them over your chakras to enhance alignment
  • Place crystals around bath or in your bath to promote cleansing, alignment, and energy  
  • Replace your 3pm cup of joe with crystal-fused water (yes, really!) to improve water quality, ph-value, and restore energy balance.
  • Sleep with them under your pillow (just like the tooth fairy days!) to help improve sleeping patterns
  • Place it in your bra or in your pocket so you can constantly be connected with it

A BRIEF CRYSTAL CURRICULUM

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aquamarine

WHAT:

This blue-green crystal embodies characteristics related to the sea — fluidity, relaxation, soothing, cleansing etc. The cooling stone is associated with the throat chakra and is the stone of breath.

BEST USED FOR:

Calming nerves, enhancing speaking skills, and promoting balance.

WHEN & HOW TO USE: 

Partied a little too hard last night? Meditate or bathe with this crystal to restore stability and hydration to the body.

Photo: thehealingchest.com

Clear Quartz

WHAT:

A milky white rock crystal that has both translucent and transparent spikes. This crystal is known as the mother healing crystal and is incredibly restorative for all emotional and physical ailments.

BEST USED FOR:

Healing, expansion of consciousness, and harmonising all of the chakras.

WHEN & HOW TO USE:

Meditate, bathe, or wear this crystal when you are sick or feeling a little “off” — anywhere from under the weather to dealing with a serious diagnosis. You can also utilise this crystal with any of the formerly listed methods for further introspection to help guide your intuition.

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ameythyst

WHAT:

Ranging from a subdued red-violet to an opaque purple, amethyst is an all-purpose stone used by healers during spiritual work.  

BEST USED FOR:

Insomnia, healing, protection, and mental balance.

WHEN & HOW TO USE:

Place on your bedside table or under your pillow to enhance quality of sleep. This will assist your mind in waking up more calm and collected, rather stressed and anxious.

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selenite

WHAT:

Selenite’s color varies, but the most common form is clear and colorless. It is known as the stone of liquid light and is associated with the third eye chakra, the crown chakra, and sacral chakra.

BEST USED FOR:

Mental clarity, balance, and honesty.

WHEN & HOW TO USE:

This stone is great to use if you are kick-starting a new job or are moving to a new city. Place it on your desk at work to promote successful business practices or on your bedside table to help clear energy blockages in the body.

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rose Quartz

WHAT:

A pale pink stone that is known to enhance loving energy throughout your entire aura. Fittingly, this crystal is associated with the heart chakra.

BEST USED FOR:

Relinquishing any emotional stress from a past relationship, to enhance self love, and to be more open to giving and receiving love.

WHEN & HOW TO USE:

If those online dating apps aren’t doing yourself justice or you’re still getting over an emotional breakup, this is the stone for you! Try putting this stone in your bra so it is up close and personal to your heart chakra — magnifying the loving energy.

Photo: Energy Muse

moonstone

WHAT:

Named for its iridescent, moon-like sheen, this stone is known for its powerful and nourishing feminine energy. The moonstone is associated with the crown, third eye and heart chakras.

BEST USED FOR:

To enhance clairvoyance, improve awareness, and calmness.

WHEN & HOW TO USE:

A popular stone in jewellery, opt to wear this crystal around your neck to help keep your sensitivity to stress at ease at all times.

Photo: Energy Muse

citrine

WHAT:

A mix of ombre orange and light yellow, this rare stone (actually yellow quartz) is known as the sunshine crystal relating to warmth and power.

BEST USED FOR:

Manifesting wealth, success, and energetic abundance

WHEN & HOW TO USE:

This stone is also great to keep on your desk to promote creativity and prosperity. If you are an urban-dweller, keep citrine around your home or on your window sill to help prevent seasonal depression due to its bright and revitalising energy.

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