How to Use Healing Crystals

Use Healing Crystals

Stones and crystals have been used since ancient times to heal both physical and mental wounds, as well as bring good luck and prosperity. You can take the first step to learning the art of healing with stones and crystals by reading about the effects and benefits of some of the most popular gemstones and crystals.

Experience the healing effects of agate. Agate has been traditionally used by pregnant women to alleviate discomfort during pregnancy. It is also said to help the wearer choose between true friends and false ones, avert storms and lightening, and even bring prosperity. To gain the benefits of agate it should be worn directly on the skin. To clean the stone and recharge its energy, run the agate under warm water and lay in the sun.

Relieve a headache and increase concentration with the healing power of amethyst. The ancient Greeks used amethyst for protection against drunkenness, evil thoughts, magic and homesickness. Today amethyst is said to bring justice, protect against thieves and ward off danger. They are said to be effective both when worn or simply placed in the room. To clean and recharge an amethyst, run it under warm water and leave overnight in a bowl of dry hematite stones. Keep in mind that amethysts should not be exposed to the sun.

Use hematite to promote the formation of blood cells. Hematite has been used throughout history to protect, promote restful sleep and encourage spontaneity. It is also often used to help recharge the energy of other healing stones and gems. To clean and recharge a hematite, simply place among tumbled rock crystals. The hematite will both release negative energy and recharge with positive energy.

Increase fertility and sexuality with beautiful rose quartz. Legend has it that Eros brought rose quartz to earth in the hope that it would inspire people to love. Since then the stone has been traditionally linked with sex and romance though it is said to also strengthen friendships and open the mind to beauty. Rose quartz is effective when worn as well as when simply placed in the room. Discharge negative energy from rose quartz by running under water of placing among tumbled hematite. To recharge a quartz with positive energy, leave overnight in an amethyst geode.

Alleviate a tummy ache with the healing powers of turquoise. Used anciently throughout the world, turquoise is said to be a stone of protection against harm. Effective against gout, rheumatism and infections, turquoise also promotes self-confidence and endurance. Turquoise can be worn or displayed to receive its benefits. Once a month, discharge turquoise in a bowl of dry tumbled hematite and then recharge overnight among rock crystals.

Megan Mattingly-Arthur has been writing professionally since 1998. She has contributed to various publications, including "Teen Voices" and "Positive Teens" magazines, as well as a book, "The Young Writer's Guide to Getting Published." Mattingly-Arthur is studying travel and tourism through Penn Foster Career School.