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Crystals Jump-Start 101: A beginners 's guide to using healing stones

What are crystals and gemstones?

Have you ever wondered how you can clear the unwanted energies from your aura, place, car on a daily basis? Well, you have just landed on the right page. Let’s start with clarifying the differences between the two healing stones that are used interchangeably. Crystals are a type of solid whose molecules are arranged in a geometric pattern. On the contrary, gemstones, such as diamonds and tanzanites are made up of only rare, precious or semi-precious minerals. The two types of stones are both sourced from nature (underground, caves, mountains, and oceans). As such, it is important to note that not all crystals are referred to as gemstones, but most gemstones can be referred to as crystals. As a disclaimer, we will use the term healing stones, to encompass both crystals and gemstones.

What are healing stones used for and how do we know that they are effective?

A snapshot of the history of healing stones

The use of healing stones dates many centuries ago globally, mainly in Brazil, Colombia and Asia. Contrary to popular belief, the African continent is also a major region in ancient discovery of healing stones, particularly in Ancient Egypt in 1500 BCE. The healing stones that were discovered include Emerald, Carnelian, Turquoise and Clear Quartz, and they were used for protection and health during wars. The discovery of healing stones continued to other African regions and the purpose of the stones was integrated with the rest of the world - for jewellery, health, physical and spiritual protection and eventually evolved into the current practical uses of healing stones.

The science of healing stones

Scientists claim that healing stones are used to bring balance to an individual’s life and mind.

The benefits of crystals that were documented included improvement on mental wellbeing; enhanced immunity including feelings of increased tranquillity, positivity and focus, as well as enhanced immunity and natural pain relief. As detailed in Judy Hall ‘s book, titled “The Little Book of Crystals”,

She shares that healing stones inhibit special properties and she describes it as “having a stable and unchanging energy pattern, each with a unique frequency and energy field, or resonance”. In simple terms, healing stones allow us balance and enhance our energies, based on the unique properties of each individual stone.

How does one choose their healing stones?

For a beginner, the following healing stones are a must have:

The African Amethyst

Used for purifying and healing for mind, body and soul.

Clear Quartz

Considered a master healer and believed to support the entire energetic system.

Rose Quartz

Sometimes referred to as the stone of love and believed to encourage love and trust.

Black Tourmaline

Has the ability to deflect negative energies and provides protection for ones’ energy.


Best stone for peaceful aura and is good in promoting a clear conscious.

Blue Apatite

Encourages light-heartedness, cheer and happy energy. It encourages good friendships and generosity.


Good for prosperity and good-luck energy.


For protection, friendship, love, balance, wisdom, purification, especially if you are based in the city.


Has the ability to spark enthusiasm, creativity, and concentration.

How to use your healing stones

If you are in your home or have your healing stones in their box, simply choose each stone based on your intentions or the type of stone that you feel drawn to. This is best described by Emma Lucy Knowles, an experienced Crystal energy healer “deciding upon what it is you want the healing stone to aid or promote you in. In a meditative-like state, hold the crystal in your hand and then focus on your goal, silently repeating a mantra”.

Where to keep your healing stones

You can keep your crystals wherever you wish in the house, but keep them where they can be accessible and visible.

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