Crystal Healing: Our 9 Favorite Crystals and Their Properties

Posted on Mar 30, 2016 in Nursery | 34 Comments

Did you have a rock collection when you were a kid? We sure did. There’s something seemingly primal about finding new specimens, organizing them by size, shape or color, holding them in your hands and researching their properties. Maybe thats why as grown-ups, we’re so enamored of crystals and gemstones.

There’s a lot to be said about crystal healing, an alternative medicine practice that employs crystals and gemstones for a wide variety of healing and therapeutic properties. Though our personal beliefs in the healing properties of crystals vary, we think that whether or not you adhere to crystal healing, these beautiful stones provide ideal objects upon which to focus positive intentions. Much like filling a space with plants improves the feeling of the space, we find that crystals and gemstones infuse our homes and workspace with positive vibes.

Crystal Healing - Our 9 Favorite Crystals and Their Properties - Pistils Nursery

Crystal healing is a fascinating topic, and so much has been written and studied about these bright, lustrous and natural objects across a wide range of crystals and cultures. So allow us to get metaphysical for a moment – here are a few of our current favorite crystals and what they’re said to do!

Crystal Healing: Our 9 Favorite Crystals and What They Do

  1. Quartz Crystal
  2. Zodiac sign: All!
    Properties: Quartz is the universal stone, a pure and powerful energy source. It stimulates brain function, making you feel aware, active and alert in all levels of consciousness. A classic crystal for transmitting, storing and amplifying positive energy.
    Why we love it: Clear, bright and coming in so many forms (clusters, points, chunks…) quartz is just a classic. Plus, we like that we see it naturally occurring in rock formations in our hikes!

  3. Amethyst
  4. Zodiac sign: Pisces, Virgo, Aquarius and Capricorn
    Properties: Amethyst is actually a type of quartz, but with deep purple tips. Legend links this purple color to wine, and Amethyst has long been used to relieve hangovers and cure drunkenness. It also helps one connect to their own spirituality, cuts through illusion, and enhances psychic ability.
    Why we love it: That color - seriously! Much like the glass of red wine it supposedly helps you resist, the color of this crystal is simply intoxicating.

  5. Rose Quartz
  6. Zodiac sign: Libra and Taurus
    Properties: Rose Quartz has a very fitting name, as this opaque crystal is colored with a delicate pink hue, almost glowing from within. Known as the "love stone," this crystal excels at fortifying relationships, dispelling negativity and creating a calm atmosphere.
    Why we love it: This crystal, as the "love stone" makes a super thoughtful gift to a partner or friend. Whether as a wedding gift or even as an apology, this is a great one for all things relationship.

  7. Tiger Eye
  8. Zodiac sign: Capricorn
    Properties: This is a gemstone you probably had in your childhood rock collection. Deep amber, striated and naturally lustrous, Tiger Eye is a balancing, grounding stone that supposedly helps the barer maintain and grow their wealth, and helps create awareness and understanding.
    Why we love it: Even in its raw or rough, unpolished form, this gemstone shines. It's a nice one to just keep in your pocket to calm and ground you during stressful moments.

  9. Iron Pyrite
  10. Zodiac sign: Leo
    Properties: Bright, shiny and golden, it's no wonder Pyrite is nicknamed "fool's gold." But you're no fool for keeping a chunk of Pyrite around; it wards off negative energy and physical danger, while kicking your intellect and memory into high gear.
    Why we love it: This crystal just feels otherwordly. Is it metal? Is it stone? So heavy, so shiny, iron Pyrite just feels good in the hand.

  11. Citrine
  12. Zodiac sign: Gemini, Aries, Libra and Leo
    Properties: Citrine is our ultimate staff favorite crystal. Not only does this stone dispel negative energy, it never needs to be cleansed, or recharged. Just like its lovely honey or amber color, it's full of warm, optimistic energy. Interestingly the color actually comes from iron, and citrine is a form of quartz crystal.
    Why we love it: It's beautiful, it's positive, and it comes in so many different forms, from chunk to point to cluster. Citrine is the crystal we'd take to a desert island if we had to choose only one.

  13. Desert Rose
  14. Zodiac sign: Taurus
    Properties: Desert rose is a form of selenite. It brings mental clarity, insight and awareness to its owner, and in meditation, is sometimes used as a way to access past and future lives.
    Why we love it: We're fascinated by the round, multifaceted shape of this Selenite form. With its sandy colors marked with bright white crystal formations, it truly does look like a flower from the desert.

  15. Celestine (aka Celestite)
  16. Zodiac sign: Gemini
    Properties: Celestine is a calming, balancing crystal. It is a helpful communication aid, and people who use celestine say it helps them remember their dreams. It provides clarity to the mind and peace to the body.
    Why we love it: Celestine's sky blue color is cool and inviting. Each piece is totally unique, and its crystal clusters range in size from tiny points to larger outcroppings. It's a bright and exciting crystal.

  17. Raw Emerald
  18. Zodiac sign: Taurus, Gemini and Aries
    Properties: One for the lovers - emerald is the stone of "succussful love." It's not surprising, with a color so intoxicating. Promoting focus, eliminating negativity and promoting loyalty and sensativity, this is a stone to carry day in and out.
    Why we love it: We saved this one for last, but it's certainly not least. The soft, matte texture of this crystal is capitvating; its pale green and smokey grey color is opaque while somehow inviting you to fall deep inside. This is one to get lost in.

What are your favorite crystals? How do you use them - for crystal healing, meditation, or just for decoration? What would you recommend we add to our collections? Share with us in the comments!


  1. Simone
    March 30, 2016

    Lovely! Thanks for this beautiful rundown. Though, can I ask, what do the listed zodiac signs signify?

    • Jesse
      March 30, 2016

      Thanks for the kind words! The zodiac signs listed are the ones that each crystal is best suited for. Meaning, as far as I understand, that the energy of the particular crystal corresponds to the temperaments of the people with that specific zodiac sign, much like birthstones. It’s not to say that you shouldn’t pick up a particular crystal if it doesn’t correspond to your sign, but that there tends to be a positive association between the signs and particular crystals.


  2. Shere Kumar
    May 20, 2016

    I really appreciate the breakdown of all the crystals! I have never seen citrine in such a raw form, it really caught my attention and love what it stands for 🙂

    • Jesse
      May 23, 2016

      Thanks for the kind words, Shere! Citrine is a favorite of ours as well.


      • Marziah
        December 21, 2017

        Are there any gemstones for people with Cancer horoscope?

        • SmileyDee
          January 19, 2018

          Moonstone is a powerful example.

    • Raaj
      March 20, 2018

      If you citrin i can provide you raw staones. I can provide any stones. You can get in touch with me.

  3. Adrienne
    May 30, 2017

    Loved learning about the different stones thank you, the celestine is beautiful x

  4. alice blue
    May 31, 2017

    does anyone know the name of the psychic healer in Oregon who uses crystals and works with Angels and did a workshop in Astoria Oregon on July 27 2013? thanks

  5. Jessica
    June 14, 2017

    You forgot important crystals, like the one I worship, the Turquoise crystal, for astral travel, the rose quartz for love potion, aventurine for meditation, opal for aura cleansing, and lastly, crystal quartz for healing. Add them.

    • Tyla
      August 10, 2017

      Not to be rude, but you are being slightly rude to the author. i just typed this so that you are aware. Next time say please.

    • Anna
      November 24, 2017

      Yeah Tyla was real nice about that. You are not only being rude and obnoxious, the title of this article is called OUR 9 Favorite Crystals, not The Crystals That Jessica Demanded That We Add. You need to chill.

    • "☆Sililoquote"
      January 7, 2018

      …i too, Jessica, would like to gently add that crystal quartz (it’s the 1st listed!) and rose quartz are both already listed here… which makes it difficult to take you seriously. ♡

  6. Larrick
    June 30, 2017

    Where is the crystal for Sagittarius??
    Other than that good info thansk

  7. Sherry Lee
    July 4, 2017

    Which crystal is for the zodiac sign cancer?

  8. Fanny
    July 10, 2017

    I have a collection of healing rocks but im not really sure how to use them…do i carry them with me at all times together or individually?

    • Tyla
      August 10, 2017

      You can carry them around however you like. Maybe one day, something or someone made you angry, you can carry around your Citrine stone etc. Another day you are selling something, then carry around your tiger eye stone, as it attracts money/wealth.

  9. Maricel
    August 9, 2017

    But why theres NO SAGUITTARIUS?

  10. AJay
    September 2, 2017

    Beautiful article, Thank you so much x
    I have just cleansed a bag of 39 crystals and am looking to identify them please can you recommend a good book which contains pictures of each crystal?
    I am reading your article on my mobile phone but I don’t see any corresponding photos of each gem.
    Thanks in advance.
    AJay xXx

    • Anna
      November 24, 2017

      The pictures are out to the right of each description 🙂

  11. Sandy
    September 15, 2017

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful post related to healing crystals and their properties. It will be really helpful for the people who are looking to buy healing crystals based on their zodiac sign. You can also visit at Mineral Mindz, an online metaphysical store offers high-quality healing crystals and natural healing stones at genuine prices.

  12. Katherine
    October 11, 2017

    im really getting into healing crystals and would like to know more (even though this article was very helpful). do you have any books or websites that you would recomend? thanks in advance!

    • Armani T
      February 25, 2018

  13. Nadine Bailey
    November 11, 2017

    Where can I buy these crystals from

    • Armani T
      February 25, 2018

  14. Nebula
    November 22, 2017

    Thanks for the info, sad there’s no connection with Scorpio and Cancers though lol

    • Scorpio
      January 26, 2018

      Nebula, quartz is listed for all but I am going to look further, it’s all very interesting

  15. Hollee
    December 4, 2017

    Will you be restocking these? They are lovely!

  16. "☆Sililoquote"
    January 7, 2018

    My favorites have always been hematite and silver. ♡ c:

  17. Rachele
    January 18, 2018

    I know nothing about crystals. I do know that my daughter came home with three crystals this past weekend. I was being silly, playing around with her and the crystals. I took one of the crystals (she said it was for logic) and massaged it against a pain that I have had in the back of my head for about 5 years or longer! The pain is gone. I don’t know if it will come back, but it’s been five days. Although the pain is gone, it was there for so long so there is still a little soreness, however, I only know the soreness is there if I look for it by pressing against the spot where the pain was. I keep doing this because I still can’t believe that the actual pain is gone.I’m not going to jump to any conclusions, I don’t know if the pain will come back and or if the soreness will completely disappear, but just the fact that the pain is gone for five days now has made me have a new and open mind for learning more about these crystals and believing in the healing properties

  18. Amisha
    February 10, 2018


  19. Pam
    February 11, 2018

    thank you for sharing your knowledge. Very helpful.

  20. Armani T
    February 25, 2018

  21. Danny
    March 18, 2018

    I really like how you sorted the crystals by how they are suited for certain zodiac. Makes one wasier to decide which crystal i should get. I stumbled upon a blog which talks about how the colors and shape of the crystal determine their healing ability. What are you thoughts on that?


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