Guest Author - Terry Lynn Kosse
Crystal healing therapy is a simple yet affective tool that you can use to help overcome minor health and emotional problems. With a little knowledge crystals can be an extremely powerful ally. Crystals can be worn as jewelry, carried in a pocket or applied directly to any area of the body. Crystals can also be used to meditate upon when your emotions are in turmoil. Here are a few basic crystals and their uses.
One of my favorite stones is Hematite. I carry this stone in my pocket to help relieve the pain brought on by arthritis. Hematite is a stone that will absorb all negativity that resides in and around your body simply by being in direct contact with the affected area. Because this crystal does absorb all negativity it must be cleansed often. By placing this stone under cool running water you will help keep it free of negative toxins. This stone is also easily found in jewelry that you can wear over any part of the body. You can purchase rings, necklaces, bracelets, earrings and even ankle bracelets to help with the troubling areas. This stone is remarkably inexpensive and easy to obtain at most metaphysical stores. Hematite is also good for grounding and centering to help keep you calm and balanced throughout the day. This is a tremendously versatile stone and it is outstanding to keep on hand.
Another one of my favorites is Rose Quartz. This crystal is extremely versatile in that it can be used for emotional traumas. It is one of the rare stones that can actually die by giving you its essence. Rose Quartz can be many different shades of pink, just be cautious when purchasing this one for if several people have handled this stone it will turn white indicating that its essence is gone. Look for luster and clarity of the pink color, dark doesnít always mean a stronger stone - you just want the color to be present at the time of purchase. This is one of the best stones to help heal someone from sadness due to a broken heart. Keep in mind that this stone is so giving that over time if used often, will need replacing. If the stone does turn white, try burying it in the Earth for three to five days then check it to see if any color has returned. This will be your indication whether the stoneís life force is present or not. If it remains white thank the stone and then return it to Mother Earth.
Citrine is known as the money stone. This crystal can be carried either in your purse or wallet to help bring abundance to your life. Just hold it in your hand think of an area of your life that needs increasing and then carry it near you. We can all use a little extra in our life and this stone can help.
One stone that is quite common yet underrated is Tigerís Eye. Tigerís Eye is also a highly versatile stone in that it can be used in balancing the energy around you while promoting an overall feeling of harmony. It is actually known as the feel better stone. I carry this stone when I know that my day ahead is going to be stressful, and I need that little extra security. It can also be used if you have trouble with a worrisome situation and you need a little time to settle your thoughts. This is also a good stone to help balance both sides of the brain. If youíre lacking the ability to concentrate or you need to bring out your creative juices this is a good stone to carry.
Turquoise is a stone that is known for its beauty and ruggedness. It is very popular among the Native American tribes and I can certainly see why. It is considered a very spiritual stone and can be carried at all times. It helps to bring clarity to any spiritual path and is great while meditating. When a crystal is given as a gift to a friend, it can bring them peace and great happiness. What a wonderful gift to bestow on the parents of a newborn child.
There is an array of healing crystals that are available. Depending on your choice or reason, choosing crystals can be fun and very enjoyable. When you purchase your crystals one of the first things you will want to do is cleanse them of any and all negativity. You can do this in a number of ways, but the two simplest are holding your crystal under cool water for a few minutes or you can run it gently over burning sage through the smoke to rid the crystal of any negative energy. Some stones need to be cleansed weekly, like the Hematite, for they will pick up negativity quite easily. It you donít, your crystal can become dull, brittle or simply not give you the benefits that it is capable of. If you take care of your crystals they will last your entire life and can be passed on to future generations.