What is Crystal Healing?

Crystal healing is a form of alternative therapy that involves using various minerals & gemstones to bring balance to an individual. Working in a holistic manner on the mind, body & spirit.

Crystals are believed to “have a stable and unchanging energy pattern, each with a unique frequency and energy field, or resonance” which gives them healing properties, explains Judy Hall, in her books As a result, “they act like tuning forks,” helping bring “harmony” to the “very unstable energy field of the human body”

These healing rocks and crystals have certain vibrations and frequencies, which come from their molecular composition. From the way they move and interact, these vibrations and energies work by benefiting and uplifting our mood, mind, and health in powerful ways.

According to holistic experts, crystals act as tools for healing as they allow positive, fruitful energy to flow into the body and do away with the negative, toxic & stagnant energy. Like other forms of alternative therapy, crystals work by boosting your life energy levels, thereby, increasing the bodies own healing abilities.

History of Crystal Healing

It is fair to say that as long as we have existed as a species, we have had an affinity with stones and crystals. 

The first historical references to the use of crystals comes from ancient the Ancient Sumerians, who included crystals in their magic formulas. The Ancient Egyptians used lapis lazuliturquoise, emerald, carnelian and clear quartz in their crystal jewellery. They also carved amulets of the same gems. The Ancient Egyptians used stones for protection and health. 

So far, we have found records describing crystal therapy from ancient Egypt, in India’s Ayurvedic records and also in traditional Chinese medicine from at least five thousand years ago, all describing the healing properties of crystals and minerals. 

There are a number of examples of crystals and minerals being used in healing therapies by many different cultures around the world and even the Bible is full of crystal references.

The Hopi Native Americans of Arizona use quartz crystals to assist in diagnosing illnesses. Both Pliny the Elder and Galen claimed that certain crystals had medicinal properties. 


How To Choose The Best Crystals?

As well as researching crystals that are relevant to your individual concerns, It is recommended to “choose your healing stones from your gut instinct”. This is because “using your instinctual senses will drive you to what you need rather than your mind dragging to what it thinks you should.” By working in this way it is suggested, we “energetically reach out for what we need – be it the colour, feel or what we’ve learnt about the stone”.

In terms of colour, in general, dark brown or black coloured crystals tend to focus on protecting an individual, with black for protection and brown for cleansing, while white is the colour of purity and focus, green the shade to choose when seeking moments of abundance and gratitude. In a similar manner, pink-coloured stones are said to increase feelings of love, red on security, safety &energy and yellow on motivation & wealth.

Crystals that are tumbled are also said to help emit energy in a soft manner around them, while, those with a pointed end direct energy inward or out from the body (or in both directions if they are pointed at both ends).

How Do I Use Crystals for Healing?

The generally accepted view that most crystal healing practitioners agree upon, is the ancient indian tradition and belief system discovered through the practice of Yoga, and the sacred knowledge passed down by expert Yogis through the centuries.
This knowledge describes in great detail the energetic system of the body, and that in combination with our physical bodies, we also have a spirit body that has analogous “organs” and “vessels” for storing, processing and transporting life force energy, called in the hindu tradition: Prana.
Other cultures refer to this energy as other names, but it is in essence the life force that flows through every living being. The Chakras as the Yogis call them, are likened to our physical organs. These chakras can become out of balance or blocked, and the idea is to use the vibrational frequencies of the crystals to help rebalance and reharmonise these energetic organs so our energy can flow and we therefore feel healthier and happier in general.

  There are a number of ways in which crystals can be used for healing:

  • Healing Crystal Jewelry
  • Individual crystals carried on your person ” Pocket stones”
  • ‘Laying on of stones’ duringenergy treatment of the aura and chakras
  • Crystals placed in your living and working environment 
  • Transmission and amplification of long distance healing & channeling


After choosing your individual crystal you need to set your intention, which means, deciding upon what it is you want the crystal to aid or promote you in. In a meditative state, hold the crystal in your hand and then focus on your goal, silently repeating a mantra to program into the stone.

However you decide to utilise your crystals, it is important to remember that the stones are not going to magically fix you simply because you bought the most expensive, prettiest, clearest,  etc. one in the shop. No, the intention and skill with which it is used is vital and variations of intentions have differing effects on crystals and their ability to transmit their beneficial energy. 

Although some crystals do work automatically without maintenance, many need cleansing and healing from their handling and history before they can be used to their full potential, it’s also very important to maintain this regularly. There is also a huge difference between a mineral or crystal simply placed somewhere randomly to one that is is being directed consciously.