Chakras

5 Crystals to Tap for Self-Care and Optimal Health

Learn how crystals can work in tandem with your chakras to bring harmony and higher awareness to your life.

Optimal health is an intricate balance of mind, body, and soul. Eastern medicine, specifically in India and China, has been utilizing crystals to accelerate healing since its earliest civilizations. In Ayurveda, it is taught that all disease begins when we are living out of harmony with our environment. Even in Western medicine, it has been proven that any stress we face can be internalized and manifested into major illness. Unfortunately, sometimes we experience devastating health issues that are indeed outside of our control. More commonly though, we are able to prevent poor health from manifesting through creating balanced energies, engaging in mindful repetitive action, and utilizing crystal energy.

Fact is, we each get one chance to love and honor the vessel that we currently inhabit. No matter your current routine, there is always room for improvement. Whether you are facing issues like weight (over or under) and a common cold, or you are walking through ailments that are more severe like chronic pain and disease, throughout history crystals have been used by healers to alleviate symptoms and achieve total healing. Cheers to manifesting a life filled with good health!

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5 Crystals for Optimal Health

Green Jade for Detoxification

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Known as a stone for health and dreams, green jade is believed to be a link between the physical and spirit world that can also restore the body to optimal health.

Description

Varies in shades of creamy light green, vibrant apple green, and deep forest green. Jade can also come in blue, white, red, lavender, and orange.

Where to Use It

Wildly popular as jewelry, wear a piece of jade as a bracelet or necklace regularly to support a balanced body and mind. Place it against the forehead to recall dreams and display in the family room of your home for good luck.

Where It’s Found

Jade comes in two forms: jadeite (harder and more valuable) and nephrite (softer and more common). The hardness of a crystal is based on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness, which tests a stone’s ability to be scratched, and is not something you will likely be able to sense with a touch of your hand. Telling the difference between jadeite and nephrite can be very difficult for experts and almost impossible for an average person’s naked eye. Jadeite can be found in Russia, China, and Guatemala, while nephrite is additionally found in New Zealand and the Swiss Alps.

Spiritual Growth Powers

Health. Balance. Nourishment. Protection. Green jade is a stone of new beginnings and opportunities. It can help bring you self-acceptance and harmony in your relationships. Meditate with this stone to calm your mind and remember insightful dreams.

Physical Healing Powers

Green jade heals by helping to detox the body and regenerate tissues. It is also great for the lymphatic system, as well as your skin and hair. Green jade also has been said to be helpful with mental disorders like schizophrenia.

Chakra

Heart. Unblock and activate this chakra by wearing jade around your neck or holding it on the skin.

Purpose and Function

A favorite of Chinese royals, green jade has been found in burial sites dating as far back as the Neolithic period. This is a powerful cleaning stone for the body and is often utilized in spas, saunas, and skin products around the world for its abilities to detox and purify. Green jade is especially supportive in eliminating toxins from the organs and helping issues of the bones, joints, and hips. Using jade will help you integrate the mind and the body.

Though it has been used for beauty over many thousands of years, jade has recently surged in popularity all over social media in the form of face and body rollers. These rollers are very effective at restoring a youthful appearance and flushing out any fluid retention you may be experiencing. I especially love using a jade rolling tool on my face after a long flight or long night to look and feel more rested.

Mantra
My body regenerates and releases toxins with ease.

Repeating this with your green jade crystal in hand will aid the productivity of your body’s functions for optimal healing and health.

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Serpentine for Regenerating the Body

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Serpentine is an exceptional tool for awakening vital energy in your body and connecting you to nature on a profound level.

Description

Can range in color from yellow-green to dark green, sometimes containing black-and-green-hued splotches.

Where to Use It

Bury serpentine in your outdoor spaces, either int he garden or inside of potted plants, to stimulate their growth.

Where It’s Found

Serpentine is commonly found in the United Kingdom, China, South Africa, and the United States.

Spiritual Growth Powers

Kundalini awakening, creativity, one with nature. Working with serpentine can help you create deep bonds with nature, animals, and insects. Meditating with this crystal can lead you to understanding your place within the greater scope of the world.

Physical Healing Powers

Serpentine is a tool for replenishing energy and has been known to help people suffering from diabetes and parasites.

Chakra

All. Serpentine stimulates your kundalini energy (a form of prim, sacred energy that resides within you) and can be used to clear out blockages and activate all chakras. While laying down, place a piece of serpentine on your crown and root chakra points to experience a surge in vital energy.

Purpose and Function

Serpentine is extremely powerful for activating kundalini energy in your body. Named for its serpent like color, this smooth green crystal can help clear up blockages in the body that lead to poor health and disease. Also prized for the way it encourages cell regeneration, serpentine is reported to be tremendously helpful for those experiencing the effects of diabetes, calcium and magnesium deficiency, as well as parasites in the body. When utilizing this stone for its kundalini activation ability, be prepared for an almost flame like heat to roll through your body. This is a potent crystal for sexual stimulation and energy, made even more powerful when paired with tektite, tiger’s eye, or red jasper.   

Serpentine is also notorious for its abilities to help you communicate with nature and animals and embrace a feeling of oneness with the outdoors. If you live in an urban, concrete-jungle type environment, invest in a few of these for your workspace and get a charge of natural wonder.  

Mantra
I utilize the energy and beauty of nature to recharge my mind and body.

Repeating this with your serpentine crystal in hand will connect you with the natural world around you and provide you with the cellular healing.

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Moonstone for Goddess Energy

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Moonstone is also known as a stone of feminine mystery and is powerfully tied to fertility and hormonal balance in women.

Description

Its color ranges through shades of white, blue, peach, and gray, containing a moonlike sheen with flashes of color throughout.

Where to Use It

Place this crystal wherever you desire more relaxation. Gently roll it over your stomach during menstrual periods. Keep a small tumbled piece in your pocket to keep your chakras balanced.

Where It’s Found

A mainstay for rituals since ancient Rome and a popular gem for jewelry during the early 1900s, this dreamy and smooth stone is primarily sourced in India, Sri Lanka, Australia, and the United States.

Spiritual Growth Powers

Goddess energy, intuition, control, protection. Moonstone is helpful for instilling a sense of peace and patience while you go through the ebbs and flows of your life. Helping project hidden truths and divine power, this crystal passes on sacred and mysterious feminine energy to unlock your inner goddess. It’s also reported to be a powerful ally if you are doing past-life regression work

Physical Healing Powers

Moonstone can help the growth of children and teens as well as slow the aging process of the elderly. Historically, this crystal has primarily been used as a conduit of feminine-goddess energy for fertility and during childbirth and menstruation. Moonstone is also a wonderful aid for balancing hormones in the body.

Chakra

Crown. Rest the stone in your lap or hold it in your hand to activate this chakra.

Purpose and Function

Moonstone is considered to hold the power of mystery within it. This stone can grow intuition, instill patience, and amplify feelings of peace. Often used for journeys that take you inward, this crystal has a strong tie to the moon and to the rhythms of earth’s natural energies. Harnessing sacred feminine/goddess energy, this crystal is considered the ultimate tool for fertility and awakening sexual desire. It’s also a very useful tool for balancing hormones, menstrual pain relief, and water retention.

Though widely used for female issues, moonstone can be a beautiful tool for men, too, as it helps them become more in tune with their own divine feminine energy and encourages emotional balance.   

Mantra
I open myself to the power of the sacred goddess energy that resides within me.

Repeating this with your moonstone crystal in hand will help you embrace and utilize the stabilizing feminine energy inside of you for balance and intuition.

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Carnelian for Supreme Vitality

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Carnelian is a stone of action and vibrant passion, most often used for accelerated healing and increased vitality.

Description

Fiery orange-red with a vibrant inner glow.

Where to Use It

Carnelian uses its fire energy to bring passion to the spaces it is in. Place it near the front door for protection and a welcoming of abundance. Keep a small piece with you when feeling ill for accelerated healing. If you’re looking to add passion in the bedroom, keep it near the bed during intimacy—though be careful to remove it from the area before falling asleep because carnelian’s powerful energy can interrupt your sleep.

Where It’s Found

Natural carnelian has become more of a rarity on the commercial market. Much of what is sold is actually dyed/heat-treated agate (stripes are a giveaway it is not natural). The largest amounts of carnelian are found in India. It is often also sourced from Peru, Brazil, and the United States.

Spiritual Growth Powers

Revitalizing, sexual energy, pleasure, courage. Carnelian is a crystal that helps you manifest your destiny with bold, motivated action. Meditation with this stone will help you break through limiting thoughts and find the path to bring your ideas to fruition. It can also be used for protection against envy, jealousy, and negative emotions.

Physical Healing Powers

Carnelian helps fight fatigue and laziness, lending its abilities to a feeling of intense energy and vitality. Its vibration makes it a great help when you experience feelings of apathy or depression. Ancient Greeks and Romans often wore this stone as protection against sin, though in modern times we think of it as encouraging willpower and detoxing the body of alcohol and drugs.

Chakra

Root, sacral, solar plexus. Activate these areas by rubbing a polished piece of carnelian that has been lightly heated with warm water in a circular motion on your chakra points.

Purpose and Function

Carnelian brings with it a powerful vibration of vitality, sexual energy, and bold action. This is considered to be a great stone for accelerated healing and general good health, in addition to a powerful ally for balancing your body’s energy. This crystal is all about action; getting your body and mind moving with a surge of vital energy so that you can heal yourself on a physical level and accomplish your goals on a mental one. Carnelian is great for metabolism, vitamin absorption, balancing the genitals, regeneration of tissues, issues of the thyroid, and cleansing the blood. It can also be extremely helpful in detoxing from alcohol and drug use.

Because of its strong ability to bring the energy of acceleration into your life, carnelian has been known to help in areas of love as well and can be used as a tool for reigniting passion and romance. I like to call carnelian my “Monday stone,” as I often carry it for a burst of energy and confidence as I start each week.   

Mantra
I am filled with vital energy and begin each day feeling fully rested and restored.

Repeating this with your carnelian crystal in hand will energize your body and mind while filling you with confidence and bold action.

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Hematite for Building Strength

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Hematite is a powerful tool for strengthening the body and protecting your spiritual life, often used as a conduit for manifesting your desires.

Description

Shiny steel gray to metallic black in color. Can also be magnetic.

Where to Use It

When placed in the corners of a room, hematite can create a protective spiritual grid. This is a great stone to keep with your regularly for its grounding energy. For feng shui practices, look for hematite that is carved into the shapes of animals. This stone is quite popular as jewelry, specifically in the form of a ring.

Where It’s Found

Though hematite can also be found in colors like rusty rest and brown, for commercial use, it is primarily steel gray or metallic black. This stone is commonly sourced in Canada, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Switzerland.

Spiritual Growth Powers

Grounding, manifestation, healing. This stone is strongly linked to blending your physical life with your spiritual life. It is able to dissolve negativity and help you find the lessons you are meant to learn. Hematite helps boost self-esteem and enhances both willpower and survivability. Meditate with this stone to bring concentration and calming energy to your mind.

Physical Healing Powers

Hematite is best used to help strengthen the blood supply, support blood production, and encourage the formation of red blood cells because of its high iron content. It can also aid with detoxification and perform as a cleanser for the liver and kidneys. This stone can ease the pain from back issues (vertebrae, spleen, aches), as well as fractures or broken bones. Place a piece of polished hematite at the top and base of the spine while laying down for healing in that area.

Chakra

Root. Because hematite is strongly connected to the healing and strengthening of the back and spine, placing a stone on your root chakra will activate this area for balancing and healing.

Purpose and Function

Named from the Greek word haima, which translates to “blood,” hematite is a stone with a high iron content and a deeply rooted history of strength. According to legend, Native Americans used powdered hematite as war paint and deposits of this shiny mineral have been formed in places where battles were fought due to bloodshed seeping into the earth. This crystal has long been used for its spiritual healing properties of manifestation and grounding. Known to help lead you toward more self-confidence, emotional strength, and courage, working with this stone can bring protection to your home and your spiritual journey. Its reputation for “keeping you grounded” comes from its energetic ability to strengthen your connection to the earth. Using hematite has also been recorded as a tremendous help to the kidneys and the liver by promoting detoxification in those organs.

A fortifier of blood, using hematite is very beneficial when experiencing issues like anemia, blood clots, and period cramping. Working with this crystal is very beneficial for both men and women. While a girlfriend of mine swears by wearing a hematite ring during her cycle every month to ward off painful cramps, I find myself rolling my egg-sized tumbled version over my lower back after workouts to calm the muscles and keep an old injury from flaring up.

Mantra
In all moments, my body and spirit are grounded and radiate strength.

Repeating this with your hematite crystal in hand will brings you grounding energy and combines your physical and spiritual lives.

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Excerpted from Crystal Bliss: Attract Love. Feed Your Spirit. Manifest Your Dreams. by Devi Brown. Copyright © 2017 Adams Media, a division of Simon and Schuster. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.