An Introduction to Crystals and Their Healing Properties


Written and Contributed By Theresa Citarella.

For over 6,000 years, humans have used crystals to adorn their bodies, to decorate their homes, and to benefit physical and emotional conditions. These trends continue today.

As physics now understands, all physical matter, including crystals and the human body, is made up of vibrating particles naturally arranged into different, geometrical molecular structures. So, although you can’t see it with your eyes, at a microscopic level, your computer is vibrating as you read these words! Just as the molecular structure of your hand and your keyboard differ, so does the frequency at which their particles vibrate.

 Holding-Crystals-Healing

When we hold crystals, a transfer of energy occurs, and frequencies in our body change. This may contribute to the physical and emotional sensations one can experience when interacting with different crystals. As ancient healers intuitively knew thousands of years ago, these energetic exchanges can be used to shift unhelpful physical and emotional states. The frequencies associated with certain types of crystals may achieve different benefits.

 Clear Quartz

Clear quartz is one of the most popular stones. Quartz helps to magnify the energy of other stones. The prism of this crystal has the capacity to vibrate the entire color wavelength spectrum. The frequency of each color’s wavelength may have beneficial effects for the entire chakra system (energetic centers of the body) associated with it, charging each chakra and reducing feelings of fatigue. Clear quartz is commonly used as a stone for greater protection, strength and clarity.

 Black Stones

Black stones, including black tourmaline, obsidian, and hematite are known for their grounding properties. Stress can leave us feeling emotionally and physically drained. Black stones’ dark color can absorb the energetic frequencies associated with stress, allowing one to re-center their energy so that they are better able to cope with or improve the cause of their stress. These stones are also helpful for clearing negative energy from spaces such as offices and homes!

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Love Stones

Our daily stressors and fears are usually a direct result from our lack of self-compassion and self-love. The frequencies associated with pink and green crystals including rose quartz, pink tourmaline, and jade mirror the frequencies of the heart chakra, charging the heart center and strengthening one’s capacity for deeper love from self or others. As such, it may be beneficial to hold these stones while meditating on love. Additionally, any heart-shaped stone may benefit the heart chakra.

 Caring For Your Crystals

Think of crystals as living entities that need love, light, and fresh air! Like other living things, crystals may benefit from sunlight. Sunlight can charge your crystals, resetting energetic frequencies that may have changed through interactions with various spaces and individuals. However, some stones, including rose quartz and amethyst, may lose their pigment in the sun. So, it is best to cleanse those stones in the moonlight. Also, you can rinse non-porous crystals underwater or burn sage or Palo Santo above a crystal to achieve similar effects. With proper care, crystals will provide a lifetime of healing gifts for you and your loved ones.

If you are interested in learning more about Crystals join us on Saturday, October 12, for our Sacred Stones Workshop. We'd love to see you.

 Biography: Theresa Citarella

Theresa is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Registered Art Therapist, and Certified Focusing-Oriented Expressive Arts Facilitator (Level II), who is passionate about the art of healing and working with groups and individuals to create stronger mind, body, and spirit connections. As a Reiki practitioner and an Energy Medicine facilitator, Theresa uses various energetic healing techniques to help people attune to their personal truth and leverage their individual strengths. Schooled in numerous modalities including mindfulness, angel card reading, and crystal healing, Theresa works with her clients to find the interventions that best suit their needs for deeper healing. Knowing the innate capacity that all beings have for growth, Theresa’s mission is to help individuals tap into their inner power, spreading some magic along the way.


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