Crystals are sparkly, colorful, and alluring, without a doubt. They look gorgeous anywhere you set them. But besides the exterior beauty, what can crystals do for you internally? A lot. "Crystals have powerful mood-boosting properties," says herbalist Andrea S. Barone.
In fact, crystals have been used for mood-boosting purposes for centuries. "The ancient Egyptians used a variety of crystals for various purposes such as healing, protection, and guidance," explains Barone. "Ayurvedic medicine in India has information on crystals to help with emotional and physical imbalances in the body. Throughout history, the use of crystals can be found in various cultures. Furthermore, the importance of gemstones for our well-being is even referenced in the Bible, where they often symbolize health and godliness."
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Andrea S. Barone is a chartered herbalist, a reiki master healer, and the founder of Crystal Hills, a crystal-infused skincare line.
Barone notes that, more recently, crystals have been used in the practice of elevating people's moods and health, if there are areas that are out of alignment. "Crystals can align and heal the subtle energy channels of the body," says Barone. "It's also believed that crystals are able to offer vibrational healing, based on the idea that everything has its own unique vibrational frequency. When a crystal is placed near a person's energy field, the unique vibrational properties of the crystal transfer to the body, creating balance where needed."
We're all human, which means we have a lot of moods. Feeling some type of way at this very moment? Chances are there's a crystal that will elevate your frequencies. Barone's advice when searching for crystals is not to overthink it. "Initially, it is a good idea to look for crystals that you are intrinsically drawn to, as we inherently know what is good for us. For instance, a certain crystal may catch someone's eye, as their inner guidance knows that it can assist them with a particular situation in their life," she says.
Below, Barone shares 13 crystals for positive energy to keep close.
The powerful yet gentle vibrations of lithium quartz offer emotional peace and can give one the feeling of waves of calm flowing through the body.
According to Barone, lithium quartz is a rare crystal with unique lithium ions. "This is an excellent crystal for those who experience anxiety, worry, fear, self-doubt, and stress," states Barone. "Lithium quartz can relieve stress-related imbalances in the body, clearing disharmony and even soothing panic or anxiety attacks. This crystal is quite useful for both children and adults to relax and unwind at the end of their day, and helps to achieve restful sleep."
Amethyst is known to induce calmness and tranquility while improving concentration.
This crystal ranges from light violet to deep purple and comes with a variety of benefits. "In the evening, keeping an amethyst crystal near your bed or under your pillow can help you attain a restful night's sleep, as it quiets an overactive mind," mentions Barone. "These crystals are also known to be protective against negative energies and can help safeguard you from recurring nightmares."
Barone recommends holding an amethyst crystal in your hand the next time you develop a headache from stress or nerves, as it has the ability to relax your mind and reduce the pain.
Lepidolite has a reputation for reducing anxiety and worry, calming frayed nerves, and releasing tension.
Get ready to Zen out with lepidolite around. "This helps to instill calmness, relaxation, and serenity. It is a great crystal to carry with you when you are undergoing challenging moments in life, such as a change in relationship or job status, financial stresses, or when facing difficult situations," says Barone. "It aligns you with the frequency of balance and transformation when you are going through a transition."
You may also find you have better slumber. "The soothing properties of this stone can help with sleep disturbances and help prevent nightmares. For this purpose, it is an exceptional crystal for children and can especially help those with more sensitive, emotional natures," adds Barone.
Clear quartz heightens spiritual awareness and assists with the manifestation of your desires and wishes, which is why some people say the crystal can be "programmed with your intention."
Invest in this crystal to amp up the power of all your other crystals, according to Barone. She adds, "Clear quartz has been highly valued by spiritual leaders and healers through the ages as one of the world's most powerful healing crystals. This crystal harmonizes the body and removes any blockages, resulting in more balanced energy."
Selenite is a beautiful, luminous-looking crystal that is said to create a peaceful and enlightened state while relaxing the body and mind.
Simply hold this crystal in your hand to instantly feel it work. "[Selenite] has quite a high vibrational frequency, and a number of people can feel the energy when holding it. Some may feel a warm or tingly sensation, whereas others say that it feels like a wave of calming and tranquil energy washing over them," states Barone. "This crystal clears congested energies or negativity from one's energetic field. It can bring a rapid shift of energy and replace negative energy or emotional turmoil to lift one's spirit."
Working with citrine is known to increase one's self-esteem and self-confidence.
Here comes the sun! "This is a lovely crystal that is said to carry the power of the sun with it and imparts happiness into your life," says Barone. "It is an excellent crystal to inspire you while simultaneously increasing your energy and motivation."
She adds, "Citrine is known for being a stone of abundance, thus manifesting and attracting prosperity into your life. The energies of citrine crystals encourage a positive attitude and rejuvenate your spirit."
Rhodonite is an excellent crystal to meditate or work with when trying to determine one's inner gifts or life purpose. It helps us along the path of self-discovery, working toward the fulfillment of our aspirations.
If you struggle with self-expression and loving energy, this pink crystal should be added to your collection. "After we discover our gifts, skills, or special abilities, we can figure out how to use those talents for the highest good," says Barone. "The vibration of this crystal can realign us with a sense of self-worth and self-love, ultimately aiding us in attracting the right people or situations into our lives that will help us on our journey."
Rose quartz offers gentle healing to soothe emotional wounds and sadness.
If you're feeling emotionally down, rose quartz may help the healing process. "This is definitely a must-have crystal for those who are experiencing sadness in their life. When dealing with matters of the heart that involve loss or lovesickness, rose quartz is truly beneficial, as it aids the heart chakra," states Barone. "This beautiful rosy pink-colored crystal reminds us to love ourselves and fosters a state of mind that is conducive to inner peace, acceptance, self-worth, compassion, and sensitivity."
Barone also mentions that "rose quartz is known for lifting up our vibration to the pure energy of unconditional love and supports an individual's commitment to willingly release emotional pain, resentment, and feelings of guilt or loss."
When we hold moss agate, we can envision our aspirations and know that the energy of these intended desires will be magnified outward.
Are you working hard for that promotion at work? Or maybe you're preparing to purchase your dream car? "Certain crystals are known for helping people achieve their goals and aspirations," says Barone. Moss agate is one of those, as Barone explains that it may foster abundance and good luck. She recommends combining it with other crystals like green aventurine (aka the stone of opportunity) to really help achieve your goals.
Obsidian is a highly protective and grounding stone.
A natural rock formed from a volcano, obsidian is molten lava that cooled so quickly that it did not have enough time to form a crystalline structure, resulting in a glassy stone. "I particularly love black obsidian and have one in each of our bedrooms, plus a pretty big one in the living room," comments Barone. "Having a piece on your nightstand, under your pillow, or even at the foot of your bed can have a calming effect, as obsidian acts like a spiritual vacuum cleaner absorbing negative energy and helping to draw out tension."
Never fear when obsidian is near. "This glassy-looking crystal is a must-have for drawing out some of the fear, anger, and unease that people may be feeling with all that is going on in the world these days," says Barone.
All varieties of jasper are known for providing calm and harmonious energy for those who meditate or choose to work with them.
Jasper's name is derived from a Greek word meaning "spotted stone," and it can be found in a variety of earthly hues, reports Barone. "Jasper is also another great crystal to incorporate into your life, as it can absorb negative energies and cleanse the aura while also supporting us during times of stress," says Barone. "With its soft, grounding energy, jasper invites feelings of empathy and patience, encouraging people to help one another."
Moonstone is associated with love, romance, fertility, beauty, and abundance.
According to Barone, this stunning crystal has a rich and diverse history that has touched many cultures along the way. "This crystal invokes feelings of sensuality, love, confidence, and passion," she says. "As the name indicates, moonstone is tied to the energy and power of the moon. It supports us in gaining understanding and celebrating the cycles of our lives, from new beginnings to the big milestones."
"Known for its soothing and calming abilities, placing a moonstone crystal under your pillow helps to ensure a good night's sleep and is also thought to evoke beautiful, sweet dreams," Barone recommends. "As moonstone quiets the mind and allows a sense of tranquility to wash over us—just like the rays of the moon—it can increase our sensitivity to the divine."
The use of turquoise for healing and protection dates as far back as 5000 B.C.
If you're feeling "off" or unbalanced, having turquoise around may help to stabilize your mood and create a calm feeling. "It has often been referred to as a purification stone and is used to dispel negative energy," says Barone. "Meditating with turquoise is beneficial for self-forgiveness, self-acceptance, and allowing one to attain inner calm."
Barone also mentions that turquoise can benefit individuals who are shy, giving them a feeling of empowerment to fully express themselves. "Keeping a piece of turquoise nearby or wearing a piece of jewelry with this crystal in it is said to balance yin and yang energies while supporting one's overall well-being," she concludes.