Healthy ways crystals can combat stress
Here’s how to use rocks to get out of your rut – and back into your rhythm
By Heather Askinosie
Using healing crystals can be a beneficial way to combat stress, especially when you choose the best crystals for stress reduction. In a society that focuses on wealth and success, health and wellness is often overlooked. That is one of the reasons why stress can build up over time and weigh down your spirit, giving you a case of the ‘blahs.’ Stress can also weaken your natural defences, leaving you both mentally and physically compromised.
In combination with healing crystals known for their stress-reduction properties, we’ve also outlined several ways to combat stress with different healing techniques, including meditation and bathing with crystals. These stress-relieving therapies are great on their own, but when you add the power of healing crystals, it ramps up their therapeutic benefits even more.
6 HEALING CRYSTALS FOR REDUCING STRESS
Whether you’re just getting started in crystal healing or already have an established collection, here are some essential crystals to keep close by – especially when you need a little stress relief in your life.
1. Rose quartz
By tapping into the energy of unconditional love, rose quartz is a gentle reminder of the healing power of self-love and how it can melt away those negative feelings caused by stressful situations.
The positive vibes of amethyst help to rid the mind of toxic thoughts, making it a great stress reliever, especially when it touches the skin.
This gentle, angelic stone helps relieve tension and stress while also promoting forgiveness and stimulating healing.
One of the most powerful crystals for its purifying and cleansing effects, direct contact with Selenite quickly unblocks stagnant energy and promotes a healing, energetic flow throughout the body.
5. Clear quartz
This cleansing stone has an illuminating effect that brings clarity to any area of your life.
6. Black tourmaline
This grounding and protective stone guards you against toxic energy – either coming from within or from outside sources.
Cleansing and activating your healing crystals
To get the most out of crystal healing, it’s important to cleanse and activate your crystals on a daily basis; that way, their energy will be cleared of former programming and also receptive to your specific needs and intentions.
An easy way to cleanse and activate your crystals is to place them on a Selenite charging plate. Unlike any other crystal in the mineral kingdom, Selenite doesn’t need to be cleansed or charged. Also called ‘liquid light’, it works to charge and activate any crystal it comes into contact with – making it a must-have for every crystal collection.
For more effective stress reduction, it’s also important to program your crystals with a specific intention – a powerful tool for harnessing the healing power of stones. With each gemstone in your stress-reduction collection, set an intention that encourages positivity and mindfulness, considering specifics related to areas of your life which are causing you any stress or tension.
A powerful yet gentle way to reduce stress with crystals is to combine the soothing effects of meditation with healing layouts. Crystals carry the energy of the Earth, so when you place them on specific parts of your body, it connects you to that powerful grounding and revitalising energy.
Here are the crystals needed for this stress-relieving layout, and where to place them on the body during your meditation session:
- 4 quartz crystals – 1 placed above the head, 1 on each side of your arms, and 1 on your abdomen
- 3 amethyst crystals – 1 in each hand and 1 placed on your forehead
- 2 black tourmaline crystals – 1 placed under the sole of each foot
- 1 rose quartz – 1 stone placed over the chest
As you lie down with the stones placed in this particular healing layout, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. With each inhale and exhale, feel the release of tension and stress from your body. Try to maintain this peaceful state of meditation for at least 10 minutes, or longer if needed.
Bathing with healing crystals
Bathing in crystal-infused water is the ultimate way to relax mind, body and spirit. Water itself is extremely healing, so when you combine it with the soothing energy of crystals, all your worries, frustrations and anxieties of the day will melt away as you soak in the tub.
The first step is to set the scene: turn off any overhead lights and light some candles, which will add a warm glow to the space. If you need more light, we recommend keeping a Himalayan salt lamp in your bathroom, which will add another layer of healing and cleansing frequencies.
You can also place crystals in the bath to set an intention for the water and its healing properties. Compared to the polished variety, the best crystals for bathing are raw stones, which are more receptive to releasing their properties in water.
Rose quartz is the go-to stone for healing and soothing the heart chakra, the energy centre in the body associated with love and compassion. You can place it in the water while you soak or set it over your chest, allowing its high frequencies to program the water with the healing power of love. As the water replenishes your skin, begin to feel yourself being reprogrammed on a cellular level with the healing energy of self-love.
To boost the healing frequencies of water, place a raw amethyst stone in the bath – a soothing crown chakra stone that works even better for stress relief when combined with rose quartz. One of the best crystals in the mineral kingdom for its stress-relieving properties, amethyst works in a healing synergy with rose quartz by opening the mind to higher wisdom and connecting it with the heart.
The bathtub is also a wonderful place to practice meditation. After letting the stones infuse their properties into the water, create a healing grid by placing rose quartz on your chest and amethyst on your forehead, or hold a piece in each hand. Let the peaceful vibes of amethyst clear away any negative thoughts, giving you clarity of mind. Rose quartz over the heart during meditation is also an excellent way to open yourself up to love, as well as forgiveness and compassion.
OTHER STRESS-BUSTING ENERGY TOOLS
Along with weekly therapeutic sessions with crystals, we also recommend incorporating their stress-relieving properties into your day-to-day life. Include these essential energy tools on your stress reduction checklist and have constant access to the soothing and calming frequencies of healing crystals.
Whether you’re driving or using public transport, traveling can be stressful – especially when it’s crowded. Not only are you bombarded by lots of stimuli, but you’re also surrounded by other people’s energy, which isn’t always positive.
With the amethyst keychain in your pocket or purse, you can always hold it in your hand for a quick boost of support. If you’re feeling anxious or stressed when you’re on the go, hold the raw amethyst stone in your hand and allow its gentle, soothing frequencies to reset your energetic flow to a more peaceful setting.
Rose quartz cell phone grip
It seems that everyone is glued to their smartphone these days, which can be both good and bad, depending on how it’s used. Considering the fast access to the Internet, the tree of knowledge, as well as tools of communication only a tap away, it’s easy to go down a rabbit hole of negativity and time-wasting. But when you upgrade your phone with a rose quartz grip, it not only functions as a secure holder and firm stand, but you’ll also have constant access to the loving frequencies of rose quartz – reminding you to communicate with love and compassion and seek out positivity.
If you have a tendency to ‘doom scroll,’ – whether it’s celebrity gossip, fear-inducing news headlines, or mind-numbing social media feeds – let the rose quartz phone grip be a reminder to use the Internet to enrich your mind with love and positivity, instead of wasting time and filling your head with input which doesn’t serve your higher consciousness.
Stress-relieving crystal jewellery
For a steady flow of positive and peaceful crystal energy, wear jewellery made with stress-reducing stones like amazonite, aquamarine, blue lace agate and clear quartz, which are all included in the Stress Free Bracelet set at Energy Muse.
When you wear this specially-designed bracelet, it infuses your mind, body, and spirit with soothing, calming vibrations: allowing you to get ahead of your stress and not let it control you.
The popular phrase, ‘treating yourself’ makes health and wellness practices seem like an indulgence. But instead of viewing these therapeutic sessions as a special treat, you’ll find it easier to stay on top of your stress management by making meditation, bathing and other therapies with healing crystals a part of your everyday routine. We wish you luck!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heather Askinosie is the co-founder of Energy Muse. Having travelled the world in the name of spiritual research, when she returned home Heather transformed her Manhattan Beach house into a makeshift energy lab where she could test the ancient holistic philosophies she had learned about on her adventures. It was there that she began tinkering with a formula to create the ‘energy of wealth’.
Through combining the crystal energy of jade, ancient Chinese symbolism and numerology, she created an ‘energetic equation’ that she would later name the Prosperity Necklace. Heather gave 10 samples of the necklace to 10 of her most sceptical friends, (including future Energy Muse co-founder, Timmi Jandro), who had been one of her best friends since childhood. She asked them to wear it for 10 days and report back on their experience.
Timmi – who had worked as a merchandiser in the garment industry for 12 years – received an expected (and rather lucrative) job offer in those 10 days, while wearing the necklace. Convicnced by the potential power of crystals, the pair went into business – and have never looked back.