A Beginner’s Guide to Crystal Healing

Here, we’ll learn what a crystal is, how they’re used, and how to select one. I’ve also included a list of basic stones. Enjoy!

First off, what is a crystal?

A crystal is a rock or mineral found to have healing, cleansing, or soothing abilities.

How do they work?

Crystals possess energy that can be harnessed when practiced with. Knowing your crystal and its properties is key to making it “work,” as well as remembering to occasionally cleanse, charge, and program it.

How are they used?

You can “use” a crystal simply by holding it in your hand, or carrying it in your pocket. Do what feels right for you.

How do I select one?

As a general rule of thumb, people are drawn to what they like. Select a crystal not only based on its physical attributes, but if you personally resonate with it.

Hold it in your hand. Does it have a certain weight to it, or is it easy for you to handle? Do you feel it holds good energy? Go with your instincts.

Now, for the crystals!

Clear Quartz

The properties of Clear Quartz are plentiful. It’s an extremely versatile stone, and works wonderfully with other crystals. It’s great to use when setting intentions, or practicing manifestation.

Rose Quartz

Rose Quartz aids in forgiving others, and widening your perspective. It’s a wonderful stone to use when practicing manifestations, or when working to harness some positive energy.


Amethyst soothes fear, anxiety, and restlessness. It calms the busy mind and body, and is commonly used in meditation practices because of this. It’s also a great stone to have around when you’re working. Whether it be on an artistic project, business, or school, Amethyst may help guide you in the right direction.

Lapis Lazuli

Lapis Lazuli can be used to manifest change, new opportunities, and growth. It’s a wonderful stone to use when initiating mind and bodily awareness. If you’re looking to begin mindfulness practices, Lapis is a great stone for you.


Obsidian has the ability to eradicate negative energies and thought patterns. And to go along with its eradication abilities, it can also balance and equalize energies. All that, and it has amazing grounding properties too.


Selenite represents light, purity, and honesty. It’s great for manifesting a calm mind and positive change. This stone has amazing activation abilities; practicing with Selenite may aid in the process of growth and letting go.

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