If you are someone with a natural interest in alternative therapies and holistic living, you may have an interest in crystals too. These beautiful stones are found naturally in the Earth and contain many properties to help you enjoy life more. A crystal is in essence a raw form of gemstone – when you buy them, you can do so in their raw state or tumbled. Tumbled simply means it has been smoothed and polished to make it nicer to use.
One of the best uses for crystals is healing. Each type of crystal has its own magical powers and aura that can be used in certain ways. For those stones which have healing powers, they can be placed on the body or meditated with for a rejuvenating effect. Using healing crystals regularly will drain negative energy away from you and help to simulate the healing process where your body needs it.
If you want to get started with crystal healing but do not know how, the below are the ten most magical crystals to use.

10 – Citrine

Citrine

Citrine

This is a gorgeous looking stone and one that has been used in crystal healing for centuries. Although you can get different types, the bright orange natural Citrine is one that many like to use. As the colour suggests, this crystal is superb for brining light and joy into your life. It helps to attract pure, bright energy and dispel any dark energy around you. Be aware that this may simply be to make you think about something which is making you unhappy and prompting you into action as a result. Very often with crystal healing, the positive effect may be to spur you to action as much as any physical effect in your body or mind. This crystal is also good for drawing out your inner light and happiness if you are a pessimistic person.

09 – Obsidian

Obsidian

Obsidian

If you enjoy playing Minecraft, you will have heard of this stone! It is formed when volcanos explode and the lava they produce cools. Black in colour, it is often confused with Black Onyx but they have entirely different properties. Obsidian is a great all-round healing crystal for emotional and physical pain. Physically, this stone is superb for helping with joint pain, period pain or indigestion. Simply meditate with it on the source of your pain or in your hand to experience its benefits. Obsidian also helps to protect your energy from psychic attack and is very good for stress relief.

08 – Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz

Quartz in general is a great healing stone but there are many different varieties which are good for certain things. Rose Quartz is a powerful healer and often seen as the stone of love in crystal healing circles. It helps to promote a calm and relaxed atmosphere around you and helps to dissolve conflicts. Rose Quartz is also very good for getting rid of any negative energy that has attached itself to you. Many crystal healers will use this stone to mend troubled relationships or strengthen the bond between loved ones.

07 – Topaz

Topaz

Topaz – Rob Lavinsky, iRocks.com – CC-BY-SA-3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

As with Quartz, there are many colours and shades of Topaz. Although some can offer specific benefits, in general they all do the same thing. Topaz is great for helping get rid of negative energy and replace it with more positive feelings. If you feel demotivated or low in energy, this is the stone to go for. Many ailments in our bodies can come from blocked or weak energy. This amazing crystal helps to get yours flowing again and brings joy into your life. As well as making you feel better mentally, it has been found to soothe certain physical ailments too. As with Rose Quartz, this is a good crystal for helping to mend bridges after an argument by allowing you to simply forgive.

06 – Aquamarine

Aquamarine

Aquamarine – Jamain [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This is one striking crystal that many people will already know. Stunning in its colour and appearance, Aquamarine is the stone of relaxation and calmness. It is a brilliant stress reliever and can help clear your mind if you feel confused or anxious. When you think that this crystal looks like the sea, it is obvious the kind of calm feelings it gives. Interestingly, this is also used to help promote self-expression. So, if you feel like you need help expressing your emotions or feelings, this is the perfect choice.

05 – Blue Agate

Blue Agate

Blue Agate – Picture by Anil Öztas [CC BY-SA 3.0 de], via Wikimedia CommonsPicture by Anil Öztas [CC BY-SA 3.0 de], via Wikimedia Commons

This is one crystal that is a powerful healer and often used on the throat area in sessions. This is because it helps with finding your voice, expressing yourself and having the confidence to be yourself. Also known as Blue Lace Agate, it can also help with physical expression too. So, if you need to find the courage to show someone you love them in actions, it could help. A very good stone for helping to promote positive energy in the body, it is one that is widely used for crystal healing.

04 – Labradorite

Labradorite

Labradorite – Awiejekeal [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This crystal is a type of feldspar which comes in multi-colored form normally. It is not that well-known by the public but should be one you consider for healing use. This crystal is advised for use when you are going through hard times and need to find the strength to carry on. It is another one that will help attract positive energy to you but on a mental level this time. It will heal your mind to dispel any worries you have over what you are doing and to find the courage to continue. It is also a good stone for helping to deal with change in a way that will not negatively impact you.

03 – Amethyst

Amethyst

Amethyst

A great-looking gemstone, Amethyst works very well as a healing tool too. It is purple in colour but the exact shade will vary from stone to stone. The main benefit of this stone for healing use is alertness and mental freshness it promotes. It can also help give you physical energy when low and also ease headaches. Amethysts is also a spiritual stone which is good if you feel lost and need to connect better with the universe.

02 – Black Onyx

Black Onyx

Black Onyx – Deomar Pandan, KamayoJewelry.com [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

This is an interesting looking stone that many confuse with Obsidian. Opaque in appearance, Black Onyx is used a lot in jewelry for the dark black hues it delivers. This is a good stone to use for help with grief after the death of a loved one or pet. In a similar manner, it can help heal emotional wounds caused by life experiences and help reduce stress levels. If you feel emotional stress is making you ill, Black Onyx is the stone to help you get back on track. It can also help physically by improving your stamina.

01 – Quartz

Quartz

Quartz

Although we have looked at Rose Quartz already, it is worth talking about normal Quartz too. Standard Quartz is also a very powerful healing crystal which is nice to use. Normal Quartz is clear and almost see through in its look. Healing benefits of this stone include help to eliminate mental fatigue, help to reduce any feelings of physical sluggishness and help to focus more in your life. Easy to get hold of, Quartz will help fill you full of joy and energy for your daily life.

Any of the above crystals are a great choice for healing with. As they all have different properties, it is best to think about what you need help with and pick a stone that is most likely to help. Once you have it, run it under water and leave it in the sunlight for a few hours to cleanse it. Once ready, you should hold it in your hand for a few minutes to attune it to you. Once this is done, you can meditate with it in your hand or on the relevant Chakra or body part. Many people will also keep them on their pocket or wear as jewellery so the positive effects are always with them.