We have decided to put together a list of the most popular choices of stones and crystals used in healing work for those of you who are curious about their properties and health benefits. There are many other stones who could be included here but we believe that any crystal can be beneficial if you feel a connection to it or your intuition calls for its use.
These have been used for a long time, by many cultures, are commonly used by practitioners and have a very strong energy.
1 – Turquoise
A long time favourite of the indigenous people of America although it was also precious to the Egyptians and Chinese. A very powerful healing stone with a soothing energy, highly protective, used to draw disease away from the body. Can be best recharged in the earth and with water. Due to its colour, it is believed to be the perfect union of water energy and the divine (the sky).
Turquoise helps with the immune and the nervous system. It also strengthens the stomach and helps with detoxification and processes of renewal and cleansing. For those with panic attacks and depression, carrying or wearing turquoise can help alleviate disturbances as it is a stone that promotes balance, calming the nerves and healing emotions.
Turquoise enhances communication between the physical and spiritual world. It is strongly connected to the meridians and the subtle energy fields, performing an overall healing action when it is put to work, which makes it a great stone for Reiki.
2 – Amethyst
One of the most popular in the world, a wonderful transformative and healing crystal, amethyst. It carries the energy of passion, fire, creativity and spirituality. Its name comes from the belief that carrying amethyst would make the wearer/carrier sober or immune to intoxication. This comes from a legend about the god Bacchus and a maiden named Amethyst.
Its beautiful purple colouring comes from the presence of manganese and iron in quartz.
Amethyst is a great all purpose healer, especially in geode form. It can be used on people, animals and plants. It calms temperaments and enhances creativity. It is great for metabolism and fighting bad habits. It is connected to the crown chakra but it can help align all the other chakras. It is definitely the crystal to use when one is unsure of where to start as it provides the guidance energy needed.
3 – Rose Quartz
Rose Quartz is a crystal of the heart, unconditional love and tenderness. It is the best tool for healing emotional pain and trauma. Has a calming energy and promotes self respect, love, acceptance, dissolving emotional wounds, fears and resentments.
Rose quartz also brings out the best in people and promotes inner and outer beauty, enhances imagination and compassion.
Physically it helps with the functioning of the heart and circulatory system.
4 – Citrine
Citrine is one of our favourite crystals. It is a quartz but a very particular one!
One of the best stones for manifestation, prosperity and protection, also one of the best for healing. So versatile and powerful, also hard to find natural specimens.
Citrine is also a stone for personal will and creativity. It is said to carry the power of the sun, bringing about personal growth, optimist, energy and achievement.
Most commercially available Citrine is heat treated Amethyst that turns into a yellow to honey colour when heated so make sure you do your research before making a purchase!
Natural Citrine is also one of the best purification stones as it does not require cleansing. It transmutes all negative energy into positive energy, making it an invaluable stone for a room or area. It attracts happiness, joy, good luck.
It resonates with the solar plexus chakra and physically it aids with the endocrine system and metabolism.
If you have trouble sleeping, do not leave Citrine too close to your bed or pillow as its energy might keep you awake at night.
5 – Fluorite
Fluorite is a highly sought after crystal. It can form almost perfect cubes and can come in many colours, beautiful purples, greens, pinks, yellow, blue and clear. It is a fascinating stone that promotes balance, heals, absorbs and neutralizes negative vibrations. Used and admired by both the the Egyptian and Chinese, fluorite can be used to enhance the power of other stones (calcite can do the same).
It neutralizes negative energies, purifying and promoting harmony in an area. It increases one’s intuitive capabilities and psychic powers. Fluorite promotes spiritual and psychic development and brings peace, helping one meditate and making decisions in life, moving forward and growing as a person. It can be used to ensure plans are successful and obstacles are overcome.
A good overall healing stone, its strengths lie in helping with bone structure, throat, intestine and weight problems.
6 – Clear Quartz
The most versatile crystal of all. Clear Quartz can be programmed to heal any ailment and align any chakra. It is said to be a present from mother nature and a tool for us to use. Its energy can resonate with whatever we program it with. Choose a crystal you feel comfortable with.
7 – Calcite
Calcite is a great healing stone. It amplifies energy and increases the energy of what is around, so when paired with another crystal, it can make a very powerful healing tool. It comes in many colours, making it very versatile.
Independent of colour, they are great cleansers of negative energy. It helps ground and center oneself, bringing inner peace, resolving emotional turmoil and conflict. It is a stone for intuition, wisdom, prosperity and spirituality. All calcites help with managing stress and dealing with feelings of fear and anger.
For aligning chakras, match colour to the chakra in need of healing.
Physically, clear calcite is good for all conditions, while the other colours are better for back pain, teeth and bone problems. Green calcite is more suited for mental and emotional issues.