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How to Use Crystals

Updated on March 13, 2014

How to Use Crystals for Healing, Meditation and More

Learn how to use crystals in a variety of ways, from energy healing to protecting your aura or home.

Crystals have been used for healing and protection for centuries.

The ancients believed semi-precious stones to have healing and magical properties, and used them in a variety of ways.

Today, crystal healing is extremely popular as modern society reawakens to the powers these stones possess.

This lens highlights the types of stones to use, how to choose them, what to do with them before using them, and ways in which you can use them to your benefit.

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How to Use Crystals in Every Day Life

There are many beneficial ways to use crystals. The most popular method is to use them for crystal healing, but they can help in many other ways too.

  • Healing

    Different crystals have different properties and are suitable for healing different physical, mental, emotional and spiritual problems. Healing generally takes place by putting the stones on the body, or carrying or wearing the stones.

  • Meditation

    Crystals have numerous spiritual properties and can assist in focusing the mind for meditation

  • In the Home

    Crystals can help balance the energy in your rooms, as well as protect you from harmful energy fields emitted by televisions, computers, and wireless technology.

  • Protection

    Crystals can also be used for protection in a range of ways. from protecting the aura and shielding the body from harmful energy, to acting as talismans against evil.

  • Magic

    Crystals are also said to have magical properties and are used by witches, druids and others in magic, spells and rituals.

  • Healing Elixirs

    In a method similar to that of Bach flower remedies, crystals can be used to charge water with healing energy and act as healing elixirs.

  • Chakra Balancing and Aura Healing

    Crystals can be used to help balance the chakras of the body and heal disrupted energy within the aura

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Types of Crystals

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There is a vast array of precious and semi-precious stones in the world, and each and every one contains a different amalgamation of healing properties.

Walk into any new age or specialist crystal shop, and you will find everything from familiar names like amethyst, quartz and turquoise to the more exotic, such as labradorite, sardonyx and mookaite.

Crystals come in all shapes and sizes as well as countless varieties. You can get them rough and raw in their natural form, or you can find them as polished tumblestones. You can get palm stones and wands, spheres and points.

At first, it can all seem a bit overwhelming, but once you know the basics, you can happily work through a book of crystals and build up a collection that will work for and benefit you.

Crystals to Get you Started

When starting out in crystal healing, look for gentle and easy-to-work with healers like amethyst or rose quartz, and the powerful master healer itself, clear quartz.

7 Assorted Tumbled Polished Stones in a Velvet Bag Chakra by Generic
7 Assorted Tumbled Polished Stones in a Velvet Bag Chakra by Generic

This bag of seven stones is an ideal start to healing, there is one to correspond to each of the seven chakras for deep energy healing.

3 Double Terminated Wire Wrapped Pendant One Each of Amethyst, Quartz and Rose Quartz Pendants
3 Double Terminated Wire Wrapped Pendant One Each of Amethyst, Quartz and Rose Quartz Pendants

Wearing a healing stone is a powerful way to receive its energy. Wear rose quartz for gentle loving energy, amethyst for spiritual insight or clear quartz for general healing.

The Chrysalis Stone Rose Quartz Puff Heart Worry Healing Stone
The Chrysalis Stone Rose Quartz Puff Heart Worry Healing Stone

Palm stones and puff hearts are perfect shapes for holding in the hand, and these hearts can be popped into pockets and bags easily, too. This is a wonderful item for loving energy or attracting love into your life.

Clear Quartz Points "A/B" Grade (5/8" - 1.25") - 10pcs.
Clear Quartz Points "A/B" Grade (5/8" - 1.25") - 10pcs.

These clear quartz points are powerful healers and can be used to direct energy to areas of physical pain.

Amethyst Druze Clusters (Dark Purple 1" - 2") - 1pc.
Amethyst Druze Clusters (Dark Purple 1" - 2") - 1pc.

Amethyst clusters and beds make a great way to cleanse your other small stones, and they also emit healing energy into the atmosphere, so are a must in my home.

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How to Choose Crystals

The first thing to consider when choosing a crystal is its purpose. What do you want to use it for? If you are using it for healing, for example, then you will most likely look up the stone with the appropriate properties.

The next thing to think about is shape, size and colour. A tumblestone is ideal for carrying around, while a crystal point is better for more focused healing. If you are using it on your chakras, you would need to match the colour to the chakra.

Finally, you need to use your intuition and gut feeling. Even if you know you are looking for a purple amethyst tumblestone, you will most likely be faced with a bowl of twenty or more in the shop.

Pick a few stones instinctively based on which "call" to you when you cast your eye over them. Then, feel each one in your receptive hand (in energy healing, one hand takes energy into the body - for healing yourself - and the other gives energy out - for releasing energy or healing others). This is usually your left hand.

If you experience a positive tingle or any kind of knowing sensation when holding one of the stones, this is a good indication that this is the stone for you.

You should look for a crystal with a clear, light, positive energy. Any stone which has a heavy energy or feels off kilter is not the right one for you. Also, some stones, such as onyx, have a very strong energy which many people cannot get on with. If you are new to crystal healing, such stones are best avoided until you have more experience.

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Beginner's Guide to How to Use Crystals

If you are serious about using stones for healing, meditation and more, then I recommend getting some good books on the subject. This beginner's guide is perfect for those new to the subject, as it outlines the basics about gemstones and how to use them.

Beginner's Guide to Crystals
Beginner's Guide to Crystals

Not only will every exquisite image in this guide to gem therapy delight the eye, but the information it reveals may be life-changing. Beginners will become experts as they find out how to use crystals to relieve stress and tension; endow the environment with peace and tranquility; protect against negative energies; transform negative forces into positive ones; enhance meditation; increase vitality; and even attract love. There are so many ways, on every level, to rejuvenate one’s whole being. Enticing pictures show the different types of common and more unusual crystals... and captions explain their configuration. The author gives valuable advice on choosing the right stone for you; instructions on caring for the crystals; a range of methods to harness their strength, from gem massage to chakra work; and a wonderfully enlightening illustrated directory of crystals.

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Cleansing Crystals

Crystals work by absorbing the energy around them. Any stone that you buy will have absorbed the energy of its surroundings, and if it has already been used in healing, it will have absorbed the negative energy from people too.

Therefore it is essential to cleanse before use - not just when you first purchase it, but regularly between uses as well. There are many different ways to do this, which are outlined below. Always research your crystal before cleansing, as there are some methods which cannot be used with certain gemstones - for example, delicate ones will be damaged by salt cleansing, some will start to disintegrate in water, and the likes of amethyst and rose quartz will fade in sunlight.

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The methods generally used are:




Learn more about how to cleanse with these methods by following the link below:

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How to Program and Dedicate Crystals

While cleansing a gemstone rids it of any negative energy, programming or dedicating fine tunes it to the correct frequency of purpose. Most crystals have numerous properties, so it is also important to tune it to the specific property you wish to use it for.

Hold the stone in your hand and say aloud "This crystal is dedicated to resonate with the energies of healing, love and light, for the purpose of..." Visualise it being bathed in white light.

Keep this crystal separate from others, perhaps wrapping it in a silk cloth when not in use, and only use it for this purpose. If you wish to change what you use it for, you will need to cleanse and then re-program it.

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How to Attune to a Crystal

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Take some time to get to know your crystal. Sit quietly, holding it in your receptive hand, and feel the energy you receive from it.

This helps you to get in tune with your gemstone, allowing you to work more successfully with its energy. You might like to ask questions and see what images come into your head - for example, where did the stone originally come from?

Some people believe that crystals have spirits within them. If this is your belief, now is also the time to connect with the crystal spirit and learn what they have to teach you.

The article below outlines in more detail the ways in which to program, dedicate and attune to your gemstones.

Learning How to Use Different Crystals

In addition to some good books on how to use crystals, the one other essential title for your library is a dictionary of different stones. Look for one that lists the different properties for both physical and mental healing.

This book is one of my favourites, as it contains a wealth of information as well as beautiful, clear pictures of the crystals so you know what to look for when you go hunting in the shops!

The Crystal Bible
The Crystal Bible

Beautifully illustrated, The Crystal Bible offers a comprehensive guide to crystals, their shapes, colors and applications. With informative descriptions and an easy-to-use format, it is an indispensable practical handbook for crystal lovers and users everywhere - both beginner and expert alike.

The book's directory format and beautiful, full-color photos ensure that the crystals are easily identifiable. Descriptions, which accompany each of the crystals, provide all the information on their appearance, worldwide distribution, attributes, actions and healing properties. All the major and less known stones currently available are contained inside, including those only recently discovered. A comprehensive index cross-referencing crystals to applications, aliments and conditions make this book a vital reference for all crystal users.


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Experiment and Enjoy!

The most important thing to remember when learning how to use these beautiful stones from nature, is to have fun getting to know them and enjoy the process of working with them!

Gemstones have much to teach us if we listen, as well as offering their healing and energy. Spend time looking at, and holding, different stones in gem shops and listen to your instincts about what you like and don't like. Are you attracted to colours, shapes, certain vibrations of energy?

Once you have some at home, hold them, wear them, meditate with them, carry them in your pocket - and get to know how they make you feel.

Remember to show love and gratitude for your gemstones, and enjoy the positive energy they bring into your life!

Ideal Beginner Stones - Amethyst, Rose Quartz, Turquoise, Clear Quartz and Citrine

In crystal healing there are some stones which form the bedrock of most crystal collections. These have a multitude of healing properties and are ideal for those new to crystal healing to work with safely and effectively.

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      Pope BaccaBacca 

      4 years ago

      I'ma throw a crystal at my friend and he will turn into tinker bell! SCREW YOU SATANIST YOUR WRONG YOUR JACKASS'

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      4 years ago

      so if u kids say that all this crap is real then the devil would have killed us all so this [[[[[[[-.

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      4 years ago

      Crystals doing this stuff is MOJO. Ill go into my backyard and find a rock and start rubbing it in my hands and ill be healed, Yeah um no THEY ARE ROCKS

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      Pope BaccaBacca 

      4 years ago

      You stupid! rocks don't summon demons or heal people THEY'RE DAMN ROCKS!

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      4 years ago

      Crystals don't do any of this you guys are all crazy they are just a pile of shiny rocks and that's it.

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      5 years ago

      wonderful page~with great helpful information~ Thank you <3

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      6 years ago

      Excellent lens on crystals. I have read and purchased a few crystals but your lens has truly increased my knowledge base. Thanks for the book recommendations and suggested crystals to purchase.

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      6 years ago

      As a complete beginner with crystals, and very interested, I found this to be a very helpful lens. It was clear, concise and will be a huge help as I begin to learn about these wonderful parts of our world.

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      6 years ago

      Lots of really interesting stuff here. I actually should have answered "more than one of the above" but the chakra balancing with meditation and music is my main interest in crystals. Well done. I enjoyed this!

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      This is an excellent guide to Crystals. I have long wanted to learn more about them and how to use them, but never got around to it. Blessings left behind.

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      7 years ago

      Nicely done & great resource. ***Angel blessed*** during the Squid Angels (not so laborious) Labor Day Bus Trip 2011 quest :)

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      7 years ago

      hmm learn few new things from this lens

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      7 years ago

      I've always been fascinated by gems and minerals -- their properties and their lore. This is a beautifully presented and informative lens. Bravo! I've added it to my related lenses section for my Gem Talismans and Cures page.

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      7 years ago

      I use crystals to balance energy that is naturally occurring in the crystals.

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      Sara Valor 

      7 years ago from Breezy Hills

      Lots of great info on how to use crystals. I love them, and have several. I keep the one's that speak to me and share the others with family and friends.

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      7 years ago

      fantastic lens with lots of links to great resources for healing and meditation with crystals. 2 thumbs up and lensrolled :)

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      8 years ago

      What a beautiful introduction to crystals. The backgrounds are very soothing. I love crystals and stones, which is funny seeing as I grew up in a rock shop and detested them. Now when I go into a metaphysical store I search through the tumbled stones and can hear my dad chuckling at me. I'm glad you included the info on using your receptive hand to pick up the crystal. I find that when I pick up one, sometimes it will not let me put it back down. Then I know it wants to go home with me. My husband is very understanding when I walk up to him carrying a crystal saying I can't put it down. He knows what that means.

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      capriliz lm 

      8 years ago

      The use of crystals has always fascinated me.

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      Heather Burns 

      8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Love crystals, love the lens. Have been collecting crystals for a long time and have them everywhere.Beautiful backgrounds on your boxes! love it.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I love the way crystals look and keep thinking about using them in this way. Great layout.

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      8 years ago

      LOVE it! I just discovered healing via crystals about a month ago.


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