Crystals have been used for centuries not only for their beauty, but also in healing and for their intense energetic properties.

Based on the premise that everything is energy and there is only energy and its field, we know that everything is influenced by the interaction of their fields. The crystals’ energy field interacts with the energy field of humans and information is transmitted between a crystal and a human via the resonant frequencies occurring in each field.

Thus, the crystal with the correct properties can resonate with a particular condition in the human being with beneficial results. Crystal healing is considered as a branch of vibrational medicine where crystals are used as set of vibratory tools.

You do not need to be an expert in crystal healing to use crystals to benefit you in your everyday life. You also do not need to spend a huge amount of money on a vast range of crystals.

One or two crystals to start is adequate.

The first step would be to identify which areas you would like to have influenced by the crystal energy, keeping in mind that just being in the presence of the crystal is beneficial to you because crystals raise our vibrations by default.

Choosing Crystals

Selecting a crystal for a particular purpose is a great way to help yourself as being in proximity of the crystal is constantly raising your frequency and providing positive feelings. When choosing your crystals be sure to identify your purpose for the crystal, find a few crystal varieties that support your purpose and then choose a crystal that offers a vibrational match to your frequency.

This is not as complicated as it sounds, you will know instantly if the crystal is right for you or not, just tap into your intuition and be guided by what feels right.

In my opinion Clear Quartz is an essential crystal to invest in as it is capable of drawing off negative energy of all kinds, neutralizing background radiation, balancing and revitalizing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual planes, as well as cleansing and enhancing the organs and subtle bodies. Clear Quartz aids concentration, unlocks memory, stimulates the immune system and brings the body into balance. It also harmonises all the chakras.

No matter what the crystal is used for, the effect is always an increase in one’s vibrational frequency.

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Crystals to use for chakras

Crystals are great to use in meditation and there is a definite guide as to the most effective crystals to use, below are a few suggestions for you to use for the benefit of your chakras:

Root / Base Chakra

Black Tourmaline, Garnet, Bloodstone, Obsidian or Red Jasper

Sacral Chakra

Orange Carnelian, Orange Calcite, Coral Calcite, Citrine or Orange aventurine

Solar Plexus / Navel Chakra

Natural Citrine, Yellow Jasper, Amber, Lemon Quartz, Tigers Eye, Yellow Tourmaline

Heart Chakra

Rose Quartz, Jade, Green tourmaline, Green Calcite or Green aventurine

Throat Chakra

Amazonite, Lapis lazuli, Turquoise or Aquamarine

Third eye / Brow Chakra

Amethyst, Moldavite or Purple Fluorite

Crown Chakra

Selenite, Clear Quartz or Amethyst

Once you have chosen and cleansed your crystal you need to make a conscious decision to let yourself be open to the influence that the crystal exerts. You will become more sensitive to crystal energies the more you use them.

Sit quietly with the crystal in the palm of your hand and notice any sensations, images or colours that come to you; or place the crystal on your brow and see what you sense through the third-eye chakra.

Then you need to programme the crystal. In order to do this you place the crystal in your right hand with the point facing your body so that it will receive energy from your higher mind. Calm your mind, breathe slowly and rhythmically for a few minutes.

Draw in white light through your crown chakra and concentrate your thoughts on instilling the crystal with healing and balancing power. Imagine the white light being drawn through you and into your hand, filling the crystal with white light energy. Accompany the programming by imagining yourself in perfect health.

Cleansing Crystals

Something that is very important to note is the cleansing of your crystals. It is important to remember that crystals will draw energy when they are touched. So once you have bought a crystal and would like to make use of it to heal or raise your vibration the first thing you need to do is cleanse it of all negative energy it might have picked up.

There are many ways to cleanse crystals but the easiest and most practical is to use purified water with sea salt. A cup of water to half a teaspoon of seas salt is good – it does depend on the size of your crystal, you want it to be fully covered by the water. You need to submerse your crystal in the water for 5-minutes to a few hours – be guided by your intuition, you will instinctively know when to take the crystal out. Another cleansing option is to bury the stone overnight in the ground so that the earth’s grounding energy can cleanse it.

There are crystals which cannot be cleansed as they will disintegrate, be sure to ask when buying a crystal. A  few of the crystals that should not be cleansed include kyanite, malachite and citrine.

Black tourmaline, selenite and kynite are crystals that get rid  of negative energy and do not need to be cleansed. It is good practice to keep these crystals with your other crystals to clear them of negative energy.

Charging & Programming your Crystals

Charging and programming your crystals is important to do – you are essentially giving the crystal powerful energy reserves and then telling it what you would like it to do.

Charging: Once you have cleansed your crystal you set it in a place where it will receive both sun and moon light. On average you want your crystal to be in the sun for at least 4 – 6 hours and then in the moonlight overnight.

Programming: Once the crystal is charged you can then set your intention for the crystal. Hold your crystal in the palm of your hand (or in the case of a large crystal place both hands over the crystal) and think or speak about what you are wanting to achieve by using the crystal. Your thoughts are energy and the mere intentional thought will be received by the crystal and intensify it’s healing powers.

I advise cleansing and programming crystals once a month at full moon. For crystals that don’t need to be cleansed (aka kyanite, malachite and citrine) you can still charge and programme the crystals. I have read sources advising not to put malachite into the sun. The sun may also fade the colour of other crystals so practice with caution – always be guided by your intuition. Charging in just the moonlight is really effective.

Caring for your Crystals

Keep in mind that crystals are living so keeping them tucked away in a draw or cupboard is not optimal for their care. They like to be place on natural surfaces and benefit from gaining several hours of direct sunlight per week; this will recharge the crystal and ensure it is functioning to its best. If someone handles your crystals I suggest cleansing them before using them again. Similarly, do not handle your crystals while you are feeling negative as that energy will transfer to the crystals.

The message here is keep your crystals well cleansed and charged so that you are able to gain from their magical power. Artificial light is not good for any living thing and crystals are no different in this regard. I would say think of your crystals as house plants and treat them in the same loving way, ensuring they have the appropriate environment and are cleansed regularly.

You are now ready to use your crystals, enhancing all their benefits for your highest good.

If you would like to try a guided meditation using crystals, my ‘Self-love’ meditation uses heart chakra based crystals – rose quartz in particular is really easy to find and a lovely crystal to have.

Click here to view the guided meditation.