The idea of curing pain with a lump of rock may sound far-fetched, but
precious stones have been used for healing since ancient times and many
people believe they are just as effective today.
Why would someone take an amethyst to bed with them, unless they had
forgotten to take off their jewellery? The reason is simple, if unusual:
putting a lump of amethyst under your pillow is the prescription for
insomnia recommended by healers who work with crystals.
In the same way that alternative therapies such as acupuncture and
aromatherapy were once labelled cranky but are now widely practised, healing
with crystals looks set to gain the same level of acceptance. It should also
be regarded as complementary to orthodox medicine, rather than as a
replacement for it.
Crystal healers concentrate on the seven 'chakras', or energy points of the
body. Each chakra is thought to govern a separate area of bodily or mental
functions. Techniques vary, but typically, a healer will place one or a
group of crystals on a chakra, or perform a type of 'crystal massage',
rotating a crystal in small circles over a chakra. As with acupuncture, the
idea is to clear any blockages in the life force
flowing through the body and correct any imbalances.
The seven chakras are: the crown chakra on the top of head, which governs
the glandular system; the third eye chakra, between the eyes, which governs
fear and spiritual insight; the throat chakra at the centre of the throat,
which governs the metabolism; the heart chakra at the centre of the chest,
which controls the immune system; the solar plexus chakra at the navel,
which is for the pancreas; the spleen chakra below the navel, controlling
adrenalin production, and finally the base chakra above the groin, which
It is also thought that using a personal crystal can promote and maintain
good health because its force will help keep your own forces in balance,
providing you choose one which suits you.
CHOOSING YOUR CRYSTAL
You'll find crystals for sale at gift shops and fairs. You need one which is
large enough to provide a focus during the healing process. A crystal the
size of a small apple, which can be grasped firmly in the palm of one hand,
is ideal for most healing techniques. Crystal healers emphasize that you
should rely on your instincts and pick the crystal to which you feel
strongly attracted. This will be the one most closely in tune with your
body's unique aura. Crystals are thought to be affected by the emotional
discharges of everyone who handles them, so it's suggested that you purify
your crystal by soaking it in seawater or warm water with sea salt dissolved
in it. Leave the crystal for at least 36 hours, but for no longer than 70.
Specific healing powers for different conditions are attributed to different
types of crystal:
AGATE: Relieves tension and anxiety. Use a couple of small ones as worry
beads, jiggling them around in the palm of your hand.
AMETHYST: Place one under your pillow to help you sleep. The Romans believed
they prevented hangovers and used to drink out of goblets studded with them.
BLOODSTONE: Said to be a very calming stone when held in the hand and to
help regulate an erratic menstrual cycle.
JADE: The stone of friendship, this is claimed to help overcome shyness.
Drinking water in which jade has been soaked is believed to boost the immune
QUARTZ: Good for headaches. Lie down and place three of these crystals on
your forehead - one pointing up to the crown and two pointing towards it
from the left and right sides.
ROSE QUARTZ: Also for headaches and for relieving the symptoms of
depression. Hold it in your right hand and think about your problem. Then
press the crystal lightly against your forehead. Next, breathe into the
crystal, letting it absorb your negative thoughts.
TOURMALINE: Effective for emotional upset. If you've been rejected by
someone you love, keep this stone near you and clasp it as often as