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By Juliet Wheater 


People are falling in love with crystals, a trend accelerated by celebrity endorsements from the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham, Katy Perry, Khloe Kardashian, Bella Hadid, and Adele.

Adele uses citrine to help combat stage fright. Victoria Beckham is said to carry a black obsidian with her for protection and Miranda Kerr is understood to keep her rose quartz next to her skincare products, in order to infuse them with energy. 

Rose quartz and amethyst are usually displayed within homes and other working and living spaces to “balance negative energy.” More latterly, such stones are also sealed into water bottles to infuse the water with their declared healing, grounding, and restoring properties. We’re also seeing a rise in the popularity of crystal skin care and crystal light therapy. Crystals are being touted as cures for stress and pain, and as having the ability to “reduce radiation” from smartphones – among other things.

But whilst celebrities may swear by crystals, can they really have healing properties and if so, how does that work on a practical level? 

Stones are believed to work with chakras, the body’s invisible energy centres, to help clear blockages in the ‘flow’ of energy. Crystal healers believe that crystals emit an energy that can work on the nervous system. They have a vibrational frequency which is said to affect human tissue. This means that many advocates, believe that they can transform and shift the frequency in our bodies, influencing change. However, you feel about the concept of positive energy, there’s no doubt that the earth’s gemstones offer a kaleidoscope of natural colour and beauty which can undoubtedly lift our spirits, especially within a spa setting. 

Healers recommend carrying them on your person, either incorporated into jewellery or simply popped into a handbag. They also suggest using them as ornaments in a space where you need a little extra help – the bedroom to improve sleep for example, or the living room to boost your mood. 

Here are 10 crystals hailed for power to help heal specific problems. 

ROSE QUARTZ – best for headaches 

The romantic pink ‘love’ stone is a winner with celebs. It’s said to ease stress and improve circulation, great fixes for a tension headache. Cleopatra is said to have used rose quartz for its beauty benefits, including clearing the complexion and preventing wrinkles. 

CLEAR QUARTZ – best for all round healing 

One of the most popular and versatile stones, this ‘master healer’ is said to cleanse, stimulate and restore you from all sorts of ailments. So if you’re looking for a good all rounder as it were, this is your go-to. 

AMBER – best for digestive upsets 

Yellow helps the solar plexus, one of the most commonly blocked chakras. It can aid with digestive system disorders. Although often sold as a gemstone, amber is actually fossilised tree resin. 

AMETHYST – best for insomnia 

The calming properties of this purple favourite are said to help beat sleep problems. Give the stone a soothing rub before bed and then pop it under your pillow for swift, undisturbed slumber. 

LITHIUM QUARTZ – best for low mood 

Stones containing natural lithium can be helpful for symptoms of depression. The mineral is used in psychiatric drugs as a mood stabiliser for mental health conditions such as depression and bipolar disorder. 

BLACK TOURMALINE – best for anxiety 

Tourmaline comes in an array of different colours but it’s the iron-rich black one you need for stress relief, as its purported to soak up dark energies. Try holding it in your hand when meditating to super-charge the effects. 

At the end of the day, crystals are a tool that reminds you that you can find peace even in the midst of chaos. A touchstone to get grounded, balanced and cantered. And when we are in this state, we can make better decisions.

In a spa setting, having crystals under the massage or treatment tables is amazing! Place a smoky quartz underneath the table where the client’s feet would lay, Rose Quartz under where the heart would be and Amethyst under where the head would be. In a wellness setting, I love Black Tourmaline in the four corners to seal in the room with the energy of protection. Also, selenite to clear and cleanse as well as fill the room with light energy to raise the vibration.

It's interesting that more and more spas are integrating crystals into their beauty products, treatments and environments. Jade and rose quartz rollers are having a moment right now; with  many spas, using such tools within in their facials currently. Such spas, emphasise the fact, that clients can take such tools home with them and then they are able to use them to keep that spa treatment energy alive until their next session. 



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Saturday, 31 October 2020