Beginner’s Guide to Healing Crystals: Healing Crystals 101


Healing crystals have become very popular in recent years as natural tools to promote spiritual, emotional, and physical wellbeing. Crystals have been used for thousands of years across many cultures for their mystical properties. This guide will provide an extensive overview of working with crystals for those who are new to crystal healing. It covers choosing crystals, cleansing and charging, crystal healing methods, and tips for getting started.

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What are Healing Crystals?

Crystals are mineral formations that originate in the earth and develop over millions of years. They are comprised of various minerals that give each crystal its unique characteristics. Crystals are believed to absorb, focus, direct, and retain energy from the environment. The structured arrangement of minerals and molecules in crystals make them excellent receptacles and conduits of energy. Different crystals have different metaphysical healing properties based on their mineral composition, crystalline structure, shape, color, and more. Some of the most common crystals used for healing purposes include:

  • Quartz – amplifies energies, programmable, excellent all-purpose crystal
  • Amethyst – calming, stress relieving, aids intuition and psychic abilities
  • Rose Quartz – self-love, emotional healing, opens heart chakra
  • Citrine – joy, optimism, prosperity, creativity, confidence
  • Selenite – cleansing, purification, removes negative energy
  • Carnelian – vitality, sexuality, energy, motivation
  • Jasper – grounding, stability, absorbs negative energy
  • Obsidian – protection, cleanses auric field, removes blockages
  • Fluorite – mental clarity, focus, decision-making
  • Hematite – grounding, calming, reduces anxiety
  • Agate – various types aid with balance, creativity, strength

There are countless crystal varieties, each with unique properties that can be harnessed.

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How Do Healing Crystals Work?

Crystals are believed to help direct, absorb, focus, and transmit subtle energies. When you hold or wear a crystal, it is thought that you exchange energies with it through vibrations – the crystal absorbs negative energies and transmits positive energies. Crystals can help balance, purify and realign energy flows within the body and auric field. Crystals may amplify intentions, thoughts or desires that are projected into them. The structured arrangement of the minerals in a crystal makes it an excellent tool for directing energy. Crystals can be used to open, activate, and balance the chakras or energy centers of the body. Specific crystals correspond to each chakra. Many believe that crystals have the capacity to store information, similar to a computer chip. Information can be programmed into them. Crystal healing works on a vibrational level, which interfaces with the body’s energy field and energetic systems to create change.

Choosing Your First Crystals

When starting out with crystals, choose 1-3 versatile beginner crystals that you are drawn to. Excellent starter crystals include:

  • Clear quartz – programmable, amplifies intentions
  • Amethyst – calming, aids intuition
  • Rose quartz – emotional healing
  • Black tourmaline – protection, removes negative energy

Choose crystals based on your specific intentions – love, prosperity, protection, calm, confidence, creativity, etc. Trust your intuition when selecting crystals – pick ones you feel mysteriously drawn to. Avoid buying crystals online if possible, choose them in person so you can handle them. Notice how you feel when you hold different crystals – tingling, warmth, peace, energy, etc. Let this guide your selections. Start with small or tumbled stones which are inexpensive and easy to work with. Learn the metaphysical properties of different crystals so you can make informed choices.

Cleansing and Charging Crystals

It’s important to regularly cleanse your crystals of any accumulated energies or vibrations they have picked up. Popular cleansing methods include:

  • Rinsing under cool running water
  • Soaking in salt water
  • Smudging with sage or palo santo
  • Exposing to sunlight or moonlight
  • Burying in the earth
  • Sound cleansing with bells, chimes or tuning forks

After cleansing, crystals can be charged or programmed with your intentions, desires, prayers, or affirmations. Ways to charge crystals:

  • Place them in sunlight or moonlight
  • Sleep with them under your pillow
  • Hold them during meditation while focusing your intent into them
  • Chant, pray or speak your affirmations over them
  • Place them on an altar or grid with other charged stones

Recommended cleansing frequency depends on use – at least monthly, or after heavy use.

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Working with Crystals

There are many ways to harness the energies of crystals in your healing practice:

  • Place crystals around your home or office to enhance the environment
  • Carry crystals in a pouch on your person for ongoing benefits
  • Wear as jewelry like crystal pendants or bracelets
  • Hold crystals in your hands during meditation, yoga, or quiet reflection
  • Lie down and place crystals on your chakras
  • Create crystal grids by arranging stones in sacred geometric patterns
  • Prepare crystal elixirs by soaking stones in water
  • Take a healing crystal bath by placing stones in bath water
  • Use crystals during energy healing sessions
  • Sleep with crystals under your pillow or on bedside table
  • Journal near crystals to amplify creativity and insight

Use your intuition to discover ways of working with crystals that resonate with you.

Crystals for Beginners FAQs

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How do I know if a crystal is working or is right for me? Pay attention to subtle sensations in your body and shifts in your emotional state when working with them. Notice synchronicities and confirmations from the natural world.

How long will my crystals last? If cared for properly, crystals can last indefinitely. Some fragile crystals like selenite may break over time.

How often do crystals need recharging? 1-2 times per month is sufficient depending on use. Recharge more often if used heavily.

Are crystals safe? Most are safe but some crystals may contain toxic minerals like lead or copper and should be used with caution. Avoid getting elixirs in eyes.

What does it mean if my crystal breaks? It likely absorbed a lot of negative energy. Bury any broken pieces in the earth. See it as a new cycle for the crystal.

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Crystal Healing Methods

There are many different techniques and practices for working with healing crystals. Here are some of the most common and effective crystal healing methods:

  • Crystal Grids – Arranging multiple crystals in geometric patterns to amplify and focus their energies for specific purposes. Grids can be simple or complex. They work on the principles of sacred geometry. Clear quartz is often used as an amplifier in grids.
  • Crystal Elixirs – Allowing crystals to infuse water with their vibrational energies by soaking stones in water. The water retains the crystal energies and can be drunk, used in baths, or sprayed in environments. Always use clean crystals and filtered water.
  • Crystal Massage Wands – Lightly massaging the body with smooth, rounded crystals. This allows the stones’ energies to interact with energy points and meridians. Rose quartz, amethyst, and clear quartz work well.
  • Chakra Healing – Placing specific crystals on each chakra center to open, balance, and align the chakras. For example, amethyst on the third eye, citrine on the solar plexus. Can be done during meditation or energy work sessions.
  • Aura and Energy Field Cleansing – Sweeping a crystal pendulum over the aura or moving selenite wands around the energy field to clear blockages and negativity.
  • Feng Shui – Strategically placing crystals in the home/office to promote harmony and flow of energy in a space. Good choices are quartz, tourmaline, citrine, and amethyst.
  • Crystal Jewelry – Wearing healing crystals close to the body in pendants, necklaces, bracelets, rings etc. Choose jewelry with crystals corresponding to your needs.
  • Crystal Spheres for Scrying – Gazing into the depths of a crystal sphere to promote intuitive visions, answers, and spiritual guidance. Clear quartz and obsidian spheres are ideal.

Caring for Your Crystals

Keep crystals away from direct sunlight which can fade some stones like amethyst. Use a soft, dry cloth to clean crystals of dirt or oils. Avoid harsh chemicals. Store crystals separately, not touching each other, to avoid energy transfer. Be mindful of which crystals should not go in water when cleansing. Treat crystals with care – some have toxic minerals or are fragile.

Ready to Begin Your Crystal Journey?

Start by acquiring a few crystals that call to you and learning their properties. Cleanse and charge them. Set intentions for use. Slowly begin working with them using the methods described above. Pay attention to messages, sensations, and synchronicities. Keep an open mind and enjoy the process. Crystals can be powerful allies! Make sure to order your Crystals Today to Heal sooner! (#CommissionsEarned)