I have studied crystal healing for many years and have studied and been attuned to reiki levels one, two, and masters.
When first starting on your crystal healing journey, the number of crystals available can seem overwhelming and leave you feeling confused and deflated. Common questions include ‘If several crystals have similar properties, how do I choose which is best?’ and ‘Will a more expensive stone be more effective or useful?’ Often there are no definitive answers to these questions as a lot depends on your personal needs and intuition, adding further uncertainty. Fortunately, there are several approaches to tackle this and help you get started. For example, consider whether you want to use crystal healing long-term or just for a short period, circumstance or illness. How much you can afford to spend and how you intend to work with the crystals may also influence the stones you choose. Raw crystals are often more delicate and so less suited to daily wear for example but a palm stone may be perfect, especially if physically holding or touching the crystal will help soothe you.
Starting Your Crystal Collection
One option for building a collection of crystals is to do so over time by buying crystals as you need their specific beneficial energies. This will take time but can be a very budget-friendly method and you will also be able to form a connection and work with each crystal as it comes home with you. This method creates a very personalised collection and may help avoid owning crystals that you never get around to using. However, it means that you will need to buy crystals as each need occurs which may not be practical unless you have an easily accessible shop to purchase from. Depending on whether you can buy in person or have to buy online, this could mean that you have to wait before you can begin working with your present issue. Another method of buying crystals is to purchase whichever varieties and individual stones that you feel naturally drawn to. This is most practical if you can visit a shop where you can look at and handle the stones but still possible if you need to buy online, although you will not be able to see the stones you will receive. When reading about or researching crystals you may also feel drawn toward certain types and opt to buy these.
Alternatively, you could buy a selection of crystals that are useful in assisting and healing common issues and ailments and then build on this by buying specific stones as you need them. Opinions vary greatly on which are the best crystals to have and even which are best in which circumstance. This is largely very personal and based on each person’s energy and needs. At times you may feel drawn to crystal without knowing why or feeling like it can help. Oftentimes it turns out the crystal's properties are needed at a later date.
Suggested Set of Starter Crystals
This selection features crystals that are generally easy to find, reasonably priced and have several uses. Choosing these will get you started with a balanced and versatile collection, however, if you feel that you are drawn to another particular type of crystal trust your intuition and chose that one instead. You may also want to consider choosing stones so that you have one in of the major chakra colours - red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. These can then also be used when rebalancing the chakras or working with them in healing and meditation.
Agates (Colours Vary)
Agate can be found in a wide variety of types, each with its properties. In general agates are useful crystals for good luck, protection, growth, stability and maturity. They are grounding stones that have the power to stabilise positive and negative forces. These crystals enhance mental function and improve concentration and analytical abilities. Agate helps to overcome negativity and feelings of bitterness or anger.
Botswana agate is a useful stone to support anyone who wishes to quit smoking. It helps you to look for solutions and explore your creativity.
Blue lace agate is a gentle and calming stone that is perfect for throat and communication-related issues. It can help with expressing thoughts and feelings and ease feelings of stress.
Fire agate has a deep connection with the earth and has a calming energy that can help bring you feelings of security and safety. This is a strongly protective stone and is connected to the base chakra and the element. It can help to treat addictions and destructive patterns and eliminate cravings. can help strengthen vision, reduce hot flashes and energise the aura.
Moss agate is strongly connected with nature. It is said to refresh the soul and help you to see the beauty in all things. This stone can help to enhance self-expression and communication, balance emotions and lessen stress levels and fear.
Amethyst is a purple stone that can range in colour from lavender to deep purple. It is a good choice for meditation, wisdom, tolerance and all spiritual matters. It is a highly protective stone and is strongly associated with all spiritual matters. This is a highly beneficial stone to use during meditation and helps to create an air of tranquillity. Mentally it can help collect your thoughts and improve focus. This crystal also has long been associated with addictions and addictive behaviour patterns.
This is an excellent choice for grounding you into the present time, restoring vitality and motivation and stimulating creativity. Carnelian can be used to help overcome issues relating to trust and negative conditioning. This orange crystal may help to improve analytical abilities and perception as well as concentration.
Citrine is a powerful cleansing and regenerating stone. It can be used to energize any area of life, cleanse the chakras and balance the aura. Citrine never needs to be cleansed and can absorb, transmute, dissipate and ground negative energy. This crystal is well-known for its ability to attract wealth and prosperity and can be placed in purses, money boxes, cash registers or in your office. In Feng Shui, it is placed in the wealth corner of the home or business premises to attract success, prosperity and wealth. (The wealth corner is the furthest back left point of the building from the front door). Citrine promotes inner calm and helps negative traits and feelings to be released.
Quartz is a powerful healing crystal and energy amplifier. Clear quartz is a master healer and can be used for any condition or situation. It stimulates the immune system and brings the body into balance. This crystal is an excellent choice for raising energy and for use in spiritual work.
Lapis lazuli is a protective stone that is useful in spiritual work with guides, dreams and psychic abilities. It can be used to bring balance to the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual states and encourages you to take charge of your life. This crystal can be used to aid the expression of feelings and emotions and give you the confidence to express your opinions.
This is a powerful stone best used only in its polished form as the dust is toxic. Malachite amplifies both positive and negative energies and helps to ground spiritual energy. It helps to soak up pollution of all kinds including electromagnetic pollution and is very useful for homes that are close to power stations. Malachite encourages risk-taking and adventure. It can help to draw out deep-rooted feelings and break unwanted ties and patterns that no longer benefit us. Mentally, it enhances intuition and insight and facilitates deep emotional healing when placed on the solar plexus.
Obsidian is formed when molten lava cools so quickly that it does not have time to crystallise. It is a protective stone that is believed to shield you from outside negativity. Large pieces of obsidian are very effective in blocking geopathic stress and soaking up environmental pollution. When placed under your pillow it may help to draw out mental stress and tension, helping you to feel calmer and more able to deal with the sources of stress.
In ancient times this stone was believed to keep away evil spirits due to its highly protective powers. It is a powerful cleanser and helps to release and neutralise toxins on all levels. Peridot can help us to release old burdens and baggage, guilt and obsessions by teaching us that holding on to people or events from the past is counter-productive. This crystal may help to alleviate jealousy, spite, anger and resentment. Mentally it banishes lethargy and sharpens the mind.
Red jasper is a gently stimulating stone that grounds and helps to rectify unjust situations. It helps us to see where problems exist and provides insight into even the most difficult situations. When placed under your pillow it can help with dream recall. Psychologically jasper imparts determination and gives you the courage to deal with negative situations.
Rose quartz is the stone of unconditional love and peace. It is an excellent choice for any matters relating to the heart and heart chakra. It purifies and opens the heart while bringing deep inner healing and self-love. It has a calming reassuring energy and can be used to attract love or to restore trust and harmony to existing relationships. Rose quartz is excellent for healing any matter relating to the emotions and heart. It encourages self-love, self-forgiveness and acceptance and increases the ability to believe and trust in yourself.
Smoky Quartz (Pale Grey to Dark Brown)
This is an excellent grounding and protective stone that has a strong link to the earth and base chakra. It can block geopathic stress, absorb electromagnetic smog and assist detoxification. Smoky quartz can be used to alleviate fear, depression and nightmares. It helps relieve cramps and aids the assimilation of minerals by the body. Smoky quartz is also a good choice of crystal to protect against bad luck.
Sodalite can be used to enhance meditation and instils a drive for truth while boosting our ability to stand up for ourselves. It can be placed near computers and other devices to help soak up electromagnetic smog. This crystal eliminates mental confusion and calms the mind. Sodalite balances the emotions and can help in releasing fears, phobias and guilt that are holding you back.
Tiger's eye helps to integrate the two hemispheres of the brain and aids in resolving internal conflict. This is a good choice of stone for resolving issues with self-worth, self-criticism and blocked creativity. It helps us to see our talents and abilities while still being able to see, accept and work towards resolving our faults.
Turquoise is an excellent healer for the body and mind. It is considered a protective stone that has long been used for amulets and talismans against harm and bad luck. When placed on the third eye, it enhances intuition and meditation. It strengthens the meridians and the subtle energy field. Turquoise heals the eyes, reduces acidity, alleviates cramps and pain and has anti-inflammatory properties.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2016 Claire