Who at one time in their lives hasn't felt stressed?! It's something we all struggle with at some point, whether it's brief or prolonged and while it's tempting to ease the anxiety with an extra glass of wine (been there, done that!) there is something that's way less harmful to the body (but can be just as addictive!) - CRYSTALS!!
When you first enter the world of crystal magic it can be very confusing so this blog post is a simplified version of all the many different resources out there that give ideas on crystal use.
I'll tell you what crystals to use, where to get them, how to use them and an extra bonus at the end of the article if you are looking for crystals to help with something else.
My first 'go to' is Amethyst. Not a surprise and it's pretty easy to find, inexpensive and well known. Here are some general benefits:
Amethyst is a powerful and protective stone. Relieves stress and strain, soothes irritability, balances mood swings, dispels anger, rage, fear and anxiety. Alleviates sadness and grief, and dissolves negativity. Activates spiritual awareness, opens intuition and enhances psychic abilities. Strong healing and cleansing powers. Calms and stimulates the mind, helping you become more focused, enhancing memory and improving motivation. Amethyst assists in remembering and understanding dreams. It relieves insomnia. Strengthens the immune system. Relieves physical, emotional and psychological pain or stress. Amethyst eases headaches and releases tension.
However like most holistic remedies it's advisable to figure out where the stress and anxiety is coming from, that way the crystals you choose will be more effective. For instance, if you are stressed because your job is very demanding, that would have a bearing on what you choose. Take time to read though the properties and see what resonates. Or have a few in mind and go to your nearest supplier and see what you are drawn to. This may sound a bit 'woo woo' but know that your sub conscious knows far better than anything what you need.
To be honest there are SO many crystals that would be beneficial for stress and anxiety so I will list some of my favourites and the ones that I have found that work well for me and my clients. (You can click on the name of the stone to go to the page that gives more in-depth info about the stone.)
Where to Get Them
You may have heard that you shouldn't buy crystals online because there are fakes, poor quality etc. While that may be true not everyone lives close enough to a place that sell crystals that can be bought in person. With a little bit of research it's easy to know what to look for with fakes. YouTube is awesome for this, or a general book about stones such as Robert Simmons Book of Stones. If you buy on a site like Etsy or eBay you can see a persons feedback and how long they've been a business. Take a look at my Resources page for some general recommendations. But, finally, don't overthink it! Unless you are thinking of buying a very expensive piece most stones can be found relatively cheaply if you take the time to look.
How to Use Them
This does depend on your lifestyle. Say you resonate with Amethyst, Smokey Quartz and Pink Tourmaline for your anxiety, you could choose a few small tumble stones to keep in your pocket, get a bracelet or worry beads made from one or more of the stones or if you choose larger stones you could arrange them at home where you will see them often.
Another wonderful way to use crystals is to make a gem elixir, which I love to do. I'll be writing a blog post about this soon. Super easy to do and very effective.
One of the best ways to connect with and get the most from your crystal is to meditate with it. Nothing fancy just hold it while you meditate. You can ask the crystal to show you how it can help and ask it to work with you. Do this for a minimum of 3 days with the same crystal and only with one at a time.
Of course there are more in depth ways to use crystals too such as having a therapy session with a qualified crystal practitioner, either in person or using distance healing or using crystal grids like the one below.
What if I Need Help With Something Else
Here's the bonus bit ;) I offer an online crystal consultation that is custom made just for you and your needs. Normally I charge $15 for this but just for reading this blog post you can get it for just $5 (Discount is automatically applied at checkout). Click here for more information about this service. Oh the $5 is also redeemable against any purchase from my website or Etsy shop too!