With the world’s daily stressors increasing by the day, many people are turning to complementary medicine such as acupuncture, yoga, tai chi and even healing crystals. However, this isn’t the first time people are counting on crystals and their said healing abilities. Historically speaking, precious stones such as these were once touted as ancient forms of medicine, with philosophies borrowed from Hinduism and Buddhism.
Crystals and gems come in all shapes and sizes, and each kind is believed to contain its own healing abilities for the mind, body, and soul. They are also thought to reduce the negative energy plaguing the mind and the body, thereby promoting the flow of good energy. If you are one of those people who are curious to give them a go, here are some of the ways you can incorporate crystals into your daily routine:
As mentioned, the world we live in today is filled with a lot of negative energy that could easily make one anxious and depressed. This is where a crystal could offer some help, particularly obsidian. According to an article by the Healthline, this intensely protective stone helps form a shield against physical and emotional negativity. It also promotes strength, clarity, and compassion, which are all crucial in finding one’s true self. Obsidian is also presumed to aid in digestion, detoxification, and pain reduction as well.
Despite the well-documented benefits of sleep to our overall health, it continues to be a challenge for many to get eight hours of quality sleep every single day. In fact, based on a 2019 study cited by Times of India, the country ranks as the second most sleep-deprived nation in the world. Fortunately, we can count on crystals that help put the mind into a state of relaxation, induce serenity, and promote calm. Some of the crystals that can help you achieve sound sleep are amethyst and lepidolite. Aside from placing such crystals under your pillow, Cosmopolitan explained that you can also stick them on your bedside table, tuck them in next to you or hold them in your hands as you try to drift to dreamland.
In our post on “How Crystals Are Changing the Skincare Market”, we talked about how people often invest in cheap ways to alter how they look in order to feel more confident about themselves. Thankfully, skincare manufacturers haven’t been blind to this need, and they’voe begun incorporating premium ingredients to their low-cost products, including crystals. A great example of such a product is Scentbird’s Healing Crystal/Gemstone Face Masks that utilize the healing powers of various crystals such as rose quartz, amethyst, citrine, moonstone, and black onyx. Just remember that you need to be careful when trying new products. In PrettyMe’s review of the AR Vitamin E Cream, Sheena Dizonemphasises the need to consult with a dermatologist to ensure the product is safe for you, on top of doing skin patch tests.
If you have long been a practitioner of yoga and other meditative exercises, crystals could very well be your new best friend. YEG Fitness detailed how some crystals present unique vibrations that not only activate but also align your chakra when combined with meditation and a number of yoga poses. Some of the crystals fit for yoga and meditation are fluorite and rose quartz. Fluorite can help clear the mind, aid in efficient relaxation, improve the user's ability to search and absorb positive energy in the surroundings, and erase negative energies. On the other hand, rose quartz encourages concentration, especially for people who might be going through some challenging times and are finding it hard to focus.
The current situation of the world makes it incredibly hard to stay focused and productive. On top of being forced to work from home and become primary educators to their kids, Washington Post mentioned how a lot of people are still trying to navigate huge emotional hurdles caused by the uncertainty of the times. All these and more make it difficult for many to stay productive. Luckily, there are crystals out there that can help one find purpose in life and induce the release of creativity and imagination -- like citrine, aka the ‘Stone of Success’. You can also count on black tourmaline, which is said to protect people against negative energy and shields against electromagnetic radiation fields (EMFs), based on Forbes' review of productivity gems. In addition to getting the right crystals, it would also be in your best interest to subscribe to practices that enhance productivity such as taking regular breaks, observing work-life balance, and promoting positive reinforcement.
Those new to crystals and gemology may not be clear on just how to start incorporating them into their lifestyles. Thankfully, crystals have many varieties and use, and using them for their intended effects doesn't require massive lifestyle changes.