How Crystals Work for Healing

Stones, Crystals, Gems, Precious Gems and Semi Precious Gems are used and have been used throughout the years for many different reasons. Not only are they beautiful to look at, they can be wonderful healing tools. 

Crystals have been used for years to heal and bring balance by resonance and vibration. Everything in the world has a vibration and we resonate with certain things more than others because of the vibration that certain object gives off. 

Crystals heal holistically, meaning that they work on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels. They realign subtle energies and dissolve dis-ease, getting to the root cause. Crystals work through vibration, rebalancing the biomagnetic sheath that surrounds and interpenetrates the physical body and activating linkage points to the chakras that regulate the body's vibrational stasis. 

Stone Selection - How to Choose the Right One

Trust your intuition when choosing stones to work with. Browse through books or online until one attracts you. Go out and search for that type and hold it in your hand. The crystal that speaks to you will make itself known to you. Handle different stones, close your eyes and listen to how your body reacts. If the crystal heats up in your hands, makes you feel relaxed, makes you feel good inside, then this is the right one for you. Trust your gut instincts. 

Programming Your Crystals

Crystals need to be dedicated to the purpose for which you use them. Hold the crystal in your hand and picture white light surrounding it. Say out loud: "I dedicate this crystal to the highest good of all. May it be used in light and love." Also state the intention for which you wish to use your crystal. Say: "I program this crystal for [your purpose]." Be specific for which you are using your gems. They are highly responsive to vibration and energy. 

Caring for Your Crystals - Cleansing Your Crystals

Crystals can be fragile, so care is needed in and out of use. When not in use, wrap your crystals in a silk or velvet scarf. This prevents scratching and protects them from absorbing negative energies. Crystals need to be cleansed when you buy them to be sure to remove any negative energy or vibes that can be passed on. 

How to cleanse your stones: You can hold them under running water or immersed in the sea or in salt water. As you do this, hold the intention that all negativity be washed away and the crystal re-energized. Placing the crystal in the light of the sun or moon for a few hours can also recharge its batteries. You can also smudge your crystals with sage. 

There are a few crystals that can clean and recharge other ones such as Carnelian and Crystal Quartz

Below are a few stones that are popular and commonly used. 



Amazonite is helpful for opening and balancing the Throat and Heart Chakras by enhancing loving communication. Amazonite dissipates negative energy and protects from environmental hazards such as electromagnetic smog.


Amethyst is known as the Queen healing stone. This stone opens the Crown and Third Eye Chakras and connects us with the Divine Energy Source. Amethyst is a powerfully protective stone with a high spiritual vibration. It is a natural tranquilizer and enhances spiritual awareness. It is beneficial to the mind, the emotions, and helps relieve anxiety. Amethyst is known as one of the most beloved stones.


Black Lava Rock

Black Lava Rock is a naturally grounding rock. Since Lava was once Fire, this stone can be useful for building confidence and power. Lava rock is a great stone for those that need more stability and security in their lives as it roots those to the Earth. Lava rock is porous and therefore is successful in naturally diffusing essential oil. 

Black Obsidian

Black Obsidian is known to be a powerful stone. Black Obsidian is molten lava that has cooled too quickly to crystallize. This stone is truth enhancing. It exposes flaws, weaknesses, and blockages. It is a protective stone and provides a grounding cord from the base of the Root Chakra to the center of the Earth and absorbs negative energies. This stone is very useful for Energy Workers as it protects them from the passing of negative energies.  


Carnelian is wonderful for the Sacral and Root Chakras. Carnelian promotes courage, positive life choices, dispels carelessness and motivates for success in business. Emotionally, Carnelian protects against envy, rage, and resentment. Carnelian activates the Root Chakra, influences the female reproductive organs, and increases fertility. 


Citrine is associated with the Solar Plexus Chakra energy. Citrine is warming, energizing, and creative. This is one of the crystals that never needs cleansing. It absorbs, transmutes, dissipates and grounds negative energy making it protective for the environment. Mentally, Citrine enhances concentration, is excellent in helping overcome depression, fears, phobias, promotes joy, releases negative traits, and stops anger. It helps with emotional stability and physically it helps to invigorate and promote energy and helps those that are sensitive to outside influences. Citrine is rare in nature, however heat treated Amethyst is often sold as Citrine.  

Crystal Quartz

Crystal Quartz or Quartz Crystal is the King of the healing stones. This stone transmutes all negative energy and has the ability to cleanse and amplify other stones. Quartz absorbs, stores, releases, and regulates energy and is excellent for unblocking it. Crystal Quartz acts as a deep soul cleanser, connecting the physical dimension with the mind. It stimulates the immune system and harmonizes all Chakras. 


Fluorite is a highly protective stone and is associated with the Third Eye and Crown Chakras. Fluorite draws off negative energy and stress of all kinds. It cleanses, purifies, dispels, and reorganizes anything within the body that is not in order. It heightens intuition and makes one aware of higher spiritual realities. This stone also brings structure into daily life and helps overcome chaos and reorganizes the physical, mental, and emotional bodies. It is a lovely balancing stone. 

Green Jade

Green Jade is a symbol of purity and serenity and signifies wisdom and tranquility. Jade is associated with the Heart Chakra energy and increases love. It also brings harmony and balance to the person wearing it. It is believed to bring good luck and friendship. Spiritually, Jade encourages one to be who they really are. Green Jade is the most common Jade. It calms the nervous system and channels passion constructively. Green Jade can be used to bring harmony to dysfunctional relationships. 


Hematite is known for grounding, stabilizing and assists with the Root Chakra. This stone has a strong yang element and balances the meridians. It dissolves negativity and prevents negative energies from entering the aura. Hematite is said to be beneficial for legal situations. It is a very strong stone and helps with cleansing the blood. Mentally, Hematite stimulates focus and concentration, and enhances memory. Hematite helps to come to terms with mistakes and helps to accept them as learning lessons rather than disasters. 


Labradorite is an excellent stone for the Third Eye Chakra and helps with psychic ability. Labradorite is a highly mystical and protective stone and a bringer of light. It calms an overactive mind and invigorates imagination and creativity. Labradorite brings strength and perseverance through change. This is a stone of transformation. 

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli is a beautiful stone that opens the Third Eye Chakra and activates the Throat Chakra. This stone quickly releases stress, bringing deep peace. Lapis Lazuli encourages taking control of ones life, reveals inner truth, encourages self-awareness, and allows self-expression without holding back. If anger is causing difficulties in the throat or in communication, this stone will release these. This beautiful stone brings out qualities of honesty, compassion, uprighteousness and helps confront truth and to accept its teaching. This is a very valuable stone in every aspect. 


Moonstone is known as the "Stone of New Beginnings." This stone is strongly connected to the moon and intuition. This stone works well with The Third Eye Chakra. It's most powerful effect is the calming of emotions. Moonstone is filled with receptive, passive, feminine energy and is associated with enhancing psychic abilities. Emotionally, Moonstone soothes emotional instability and stress. Physically this stone is known to balance hormones and helps the reproductive systems. Many people are drawn to this stone and it is very popular. 


Rhodochrosite is a great stone that heals and opens the Heart Chakra It is great for relationships and for people that feel unloved. This stone is known to improve self-worth and soothes emotional stress. It encourages a positive attitude, spontaneous expression of feelings, and lifts depression. 

Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz is the stone of unconditional love and infinite peace. This stone is the most important stone for the Heart Chakra, teaching the true essence of love. Rose Quartz is a great stone to use in trauma or crisis. Rose Quartz is known for drawing in love and relationships. In existing relationships, it will restore trust, harmony, and encourage unconditional love. Emotionally, it is a wonderful healer, releasing unexpressed emotions and heartache soothing internal pain. This stone opens the Heart Chakra to receive love. It is a very popular stone. 

Cited Works: The Crystal Bible: A Definitive Guide to Crystals Hall, Judy., Walking Stick Press, Cincinnati, Ohio. 2003.