Crystals 101: A guide to precious stones

Crystals origins trace back to 400bc to civilisations in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, India, Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. They are believed to aid in healing but in their new age movement, they can be used to help align the chakras, when practising mindfulness and even in meditation. With so many to choose from, I’m giving you a rundown of the most popular 10.

Crystals origins trace back to 400bc to civilisations in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, India, Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. They are believed to aid in healing but in their new age movement, they can be used to help align the chakras, when practising mindfulness and even in meditation.

With so many to choose from, I’m giving you a rundown of the most popular 10
  1. Amethyst 

Properties – Alleviates sadness and grief, and dissolves negativity. 

How to use – Wear them to combat negativity.

Rough Amethyst
  1. Clear quartz

Properties – the ‘master healer’

How to use – used to cleanse other crystals.

Rough clear Quartz
  1. Rose quartz

Properties – stone of universal love

How to use – rose quartz under your bed will attract new love or renew existing love relationships, depending on your intention.

Rough clear quartz
  1. Citrine

Properties – promotes motivation, activates creativity and encourages self-expression.

How to use – place a citrine crystal at the crown chakra. Relax and come into a meditative space

Rough Citrine
  1. Tigers eye

Properties – Rid your mind and body of fear, anxiety, and self-doubt

How to use – Hold the Tiger’s Eye in your hand and allow its powerful energies to spark that creative fire in you.

Tumbled tigers eye
  1. Obsidian 

Properties – a shield against physical and emotional negativity.

How to use – keep a small pyramid of it in your car or tuck it in your luggage, your energetic space will be safe and protected.

Rough Obsidian
  1. Moonstone 

Properties – A stone for “new beginnings”

How to use – Place it somewhere you will see it each day as a reminder to live your purpose and passion each and every day.

Moonstones
  1. Pyrite

Properties – Pyrite is a stone of money & abundance.

How to use – Keep it at your work desk or home office.

Tumbled Pyrite
  1. Green Aventurine

Properties – known as the ‘Stone of Opportunity’

How to use – carrying or wearing aventurine can help you remember your career and financial goals

Tumbled green aventurine
  1. Selenite

Properties – a calming stone that instils deep peace

How to use – You can place it by your bedside or windowsill so that the air that flows into the room can spread the energies of this stone.

Selenite

By Caitlin Coughlan-Leon

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