In these challenging times, each and every one of us need to do everything we can to safeguard our health and wellbeing. Not just for ourselves but for others all around us. As such, even if you’ve never considered holistic or alternative medicines before, anything with the potential to improve your health and wellbeing is an avenue worth exploring. With that in mind, let’s have a  look at everything a beginner needs to know about using crystals. The theories behind how and why they work, and how to choose the right crystals for your needs.

What exactly are crystals?

They’re beautiful, each one is unique and we’ve been using them to heal all kinds of maladies for centuries. But what exactly are crystals? They are minerals formed deep underground over thousands of years. Their beautiful appearance comes from their unique atomic structure. Advocates of crystal healing state that a crystal’s repeating atomic and chemical structure imbue it with a sense of memory which allows it to hold specific energies.

How crystals work

Every living creature on this planet is made up of energy. Every cell in our bodies is made of atoms which are held together by electrons. Ancient cultures knew this and whether they called this universal life energy Qi or Chakras. They understood that the manipulation of energy was crucial to maintaining good health and wellbeing.

Crystal healing usually involves the placing of crystals at key points in the body to realign its natural energies. Different crystals have slightly different properties so it’s important to choose the right one for you. It’s recommended that you start off by assessing your needs and choosing an appropriate crystal. Rose Quartz, for instance, is known for its calming and soothing qualities- good for those experiencing stress or anxiety while Lapis Lazuli is good for raising awareness and improving concentration.

Practitioners of crystal healing argue that a crystal’s colour and shape influence its properties. For instance, red stones lend vitality while transparent stones lend us clarity and perspective. It’s also argued that cutting, shaping, polishing crystals can amplify or focus a crystal’s healing properties.

Are crystals safe to use?

So long as you don’t try to swallow them, crystals can be completely safe to use as part of a healthy lifestyle. Whether you wear them on your body, place them under your pillow or simply place them strategically around the home, there are no reasons whatsoever not to at least give them a try.

Why even naysayers admit that crystals can work

The mind has tremendous power over the body in ways that medical science still does not fully comprehend. While many sceptics will argue that there’s nothing inherent in crystals that facilitates healing or wellbeing, they will concede to the power of the mind over the body. Even if it serves no other purpose, a crystal can be a means of focusing the mind and better channelling the body’s miraculous self-healing properties. At a bare minimum, crystals can bring something beautiful and intriguing to look at to your home or your jewellery collection.

So, you really have nothing to lose by providing a good home for a beautiful crystal!