Crystal Healing: Our 9 Favorite Crystals and Their Properties

Posted on Mar 30, 2016

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.

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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!

48 Comments

  1. Simone
    March 30, 2016

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

    Reply
    • 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.

      Best,
      Jesse

      Reply
  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 🙂

    Reply
    • Jesse
      May 23, 2016

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

      -Jesse

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      • Marziah
        December 21, 2017

        Are there any gemstones for people with Cancer horoscope?

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        • SmileyDee
          January 19, 2018

          Moonstone is a powerful example.

          Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
      • Itumeleng
        August 23, 2018

        Hi my name is itumeleng from south Africa Johannesburg I’m in need of some stones especially with the zodiac sign of Gemini thanks.

        Reply
  3. Adrienne
    May 30, 2017

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

    Reply
  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

    Reply
  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.

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
    • "☆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. ♡

      Reply
  6. Larrick
    June 30, 2017

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

    Reply
  7. Sherry Lee
    July 4, 2017

    Which crystal is for the zodiac sign cancer?

    Reply
  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?

    Reply
    • 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.

      Reply
  9. Maricel
    August 9, 2017

    But why theres NO SAGUITTARIUS?

    Reply
  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

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    • Anna
      November 24, 2017

      The pictures are out to the right of each description 🙂

      Reply
  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.

    Reply
  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!

    Reply
    • Armani T
      February 25, 2018

      Powered.store

      Reply
  13. Nadine Bailey
    November 11, 2017

    Where can I buy these crystals from

    Reply
    • Armani T
      February 25, 2018

      Powered.store

      Reply
  14. Nebula
    November 22, 2017

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

    Reply
    • Scorpio
      January 26, 2018

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

      Reply
  15. Hollee
    December 4, 2017

    Will you be restocking these? They are lovely!

    Reply
  16. "☆Sililoquote"
    January 7, 2018

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

    Reply
  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

    Reply
  18. Amisha
    February 10, 2018

    Scorpio?

    Reply
  19. Pam
    February 11, 2018

    thank you for sharing your knowledge. Very helpful.

    Reply
  20. Armani T
    February 25, 2018

    Powered.store

    Reply
  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?
    http://heysoulcrystals.com/crystals-and-their-meanings/

    Reply
  22. Susan McIntyre
    April 22, 2018

    I’d like to share information I learned during my workplace’s outbreak of an airborne infectious disease that can cause malignancies, precancerous conditions, rheumatological diseases, connective tissue diseases, heart disease, autoimmune symptoms, inflammation in any organ/tissue, seizures, migraines, mood swings, hallucinations, etc. and is often undiagnosed/misdiagnosed in immunocompetent people. 80-90+% of people in some areas have been infected, and it can lay dormant for up to 40 years in the lungs and/or adrenals.

    My coworkers and I, all immunocompetent, got Disseminated Histoplasmosis in Dallas-Fort Worth from roosting bats, the most numerous non-human mammal in the U.S., that shed the fungus in their feces. The doctors said we couldn’t possibly have it, since we all had intact immune systems. The doctors were wrong. Healthy people can get it, too, with widely varying symptoms. And we did not develop immunity over time. We’d get better and then progressively worse, relapsing periodically and concurrently every year.

    More than 100 outbreaks have occurred in the U.S. since 1938, and those are just the ones that were figured out, since people go to different doctors. One outbreak was over 100,000 victims in Indianapolis.

    It’s known to cause hematological malignancies, and some doctors claim their leukemia patients go into remission when given antifungal. My friend in another state who died from lupus lived across the street from a bat colony. An acquaintance with alopecia universalis and whose mother had degenerative brain disorder has bat houses on their property.

    There’s too much smoke for there not to be at least a little fire.

    Researchers claim the subacute type is more common than believed. It’s known to at least “mimic” autoimmune diseases and cancer and known to give false-positives in PET scans. But no one diagnosed with an autoimmune disease or cancer is screened for it. In fact, at least one NIH paper states explicitly that all patients diagnosed with sarcoidosis be tested for it, but most, if not all, are not. Other doctors are claiming sarcoidosis IS disseminated histoplasmosis.

    What if this infection, that made me and my coworkers so ill, isn’t rare in immunocompetent people? What if just the diagnosis is rare, since most doctors apparently ignore it? Especially since online documents erroneously state it’s not zoonotic.

    Older documents state people who spend a lot of time in a building with roosting bats, in caves, working as landscapers, construction workers, pest control workers, etc. are known to get Disseminated Histoplasmosis, but the info appears to have been lost, for the most part. And now bat conservationists encourage people to leave bats in buildings/homes. What a terrible mistake they’ve made.

    This pathogen parasitizes the reticuloendothelial system/invades macrophages, can infect and affect the lymphatic system and all tissues/organs, causes inflammation, granulomas, and idiopathic (unknown cause) diseases and conditions, including hematological malignancies, autoimmune symptoms, myelitis, myositis, vasculitis, panniculitis, dysplasia, hyperplasia, etc. It causes hypervascularization, calcifications, sclerosis, fibrosis, necrosis, eosinophilia, leukopenia, anemia, neutrophilia, pancytopenia, thrombocytopenia, hypoglycemia, cysts, abscesses, polyps, stenosis, perforations, GI problems, hepatitis, focal neurologic deficits, etc.

    Many diseases it might cause are comorbid with other diseases it might cause, for example depression/anxiety/MS linked to Crohn’s.

    The fungus is an Oxygenale and therefore consumes collagen. It’s known to cause connective tissue diseases (Myxomatous degeneration?), rheumatological conditions, seizures, and mental illness. Fungal hyphae carry an electrical charge and align under a current. It causes RNA/DNA damage. It’s known to cause delusions, wild mood swings (pseudobulbar affect?), and hallucinations. It’s most potent in female lactating bats, because the fungus likes sugar (lactose) and nitrogen (amino acids, protein, neurotransmitters?). What about female lactating humans…postpartum psychosis (and don’t some of these poor women also have trouble swallowing)? The bats give birth late spring/summer, and I noticed suicide rates spike in late spring/early summer. It’s known to cause retinal detachment, and retinal detachments are known to peak around June-July/in hot weather. A map of mental distress and some diseases appear to almost perfectly overlay a map of Histoplasmosis. Johns Hopkins linked autism to an immune response in the womb. Alzheimer’s was linked to hypoglycemia, which can be caused by chronic CNS histoplasmosis. The bats eat moths, which are attracted to blue and white city lights that simulate the moon the moths use to navigate. Bats feed up to 500 feet in the air and six miles away in any direction from their roost, but not when it’s raining or when the temperature is less than approximately 56° F. The fungus can grow in bird feces, but birds don’t carry it because their body temperature is too high, killing the fungus.

    I believe the “side effects” of Haldol (leukopenia and MS symptoms) might not always be side effects but just more symptoms of Disseminated Histoplasmosis, since it causes leukopenia and MS symptoms. What about the unknown reason why beta receptor blockers cause tardive dyskinesia? The tinnitus, photophobia, psychosis “caused” by Cipro? Hypersexuality and leukemia “caused” by Abilify? Humira linked to lymphoma, leukemia and melanoma in children? Disseminated Histoplasmosis is known to cause enteropathy, so could some people thought to have nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug enteropathy have it and taking NSAIDs for the pain/inflammation it causes, and the NSAIDs aren’t the actual culprit?

    From my experience, I learned that NO doctor, at least in DFW, will suspect subacute and/or progressive disseminated histoplasmosis in immunocompetent people. Some doctors, at least the ones I went to, will actually REFUSE to test for it, even when told someone and their coworkers have all the symptoms and spend a lot of time in a building with bats in the ceiling. Victims will be accused of hypochondriasis. In fact, the first doctor to diagnose me was a pulmonologist, and the only reason he examined me was to try to prove that I didn’t have it, when I really did. No doctor I went to realized bats carry the fungus. And NO doctor I went to in DFW, even infectious disease “experts,” understand the DISSEMINATED form, just the pulmonary form, and the only test that will be done by many doctors before they diagnose people as NOT having it is an X-ray, even though at least 40-70% of victims will have NO sign of it on a lung X-ray. It OFTEN gives false-negatives in lab tests (some people are correctly diagnosed only during an autopsy after obtaining negative test results) and cultures may not show growth until after 6-12 weeks of incubation (but some labs report results after 2 weeks).

    One disease of unknown cause that could be caused by Disseminated Histoplasmosis: I suspect, based on my and my coworker’s symptoms (during our “rare” infectious disease outbreak) and my research, that interstitial cystitis and its comorbid conditions can be caused by disseminated histoplasmosis, which causes inflammation throughout the body, causes “autoimmune” symptoms, and is not as rare as believed. I read that “interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the submucosal and muscular layers of the bladder, and the cause is currently unknown. Some people with IC have been diagnosed with other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies, and Sjogren’s syndrome, which raises the possibility that interstitial cystitis may be caused by mechanisms that cause these other conditions. In addition, men with IC are frequently diagnosed as having chronic nonbacterial prostatitis, and there is an extensive overlap of symptoms and treatment between the two conditions, leading researchers to posit that the conditions may share the same etiology and pathology.” Sounds like Disseminated Histoplasmosis, doesn’t it?

    My coworkers and I were always most ill around April/May/June, presumably since the Mexican Free-tail bats gave birth in Texas during May (and the fungus was most potent), and fall/Thanksgiving to December, for some unknown reason (maybe migrating bats from the north?). We had GI problems, liver problems, weird rashes (erythema nodosum, erythema multiforme, erythema annulare, etc.), plantar fasciitis, etc., and I had swollen lymph nodes, hives, lesions, abdominal aura, and started getting migraines and plantar fasciitis in the building, and I haven’t had them since I left. It gave me temporary fecal incontinence, seizures, dark blood from my intestines, tinnitus, nystagmus, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, what felt like burning skin, various aches and pains (some felt like pin pricks and pinches), tingling, tremors, “explosions” like fireworks in my head while sleeping, temporary blindness, and chronic spontaneous “orgasms”/convulsions. Suddenly I was allergic to Comice pears (latex fruit allergy or oral allergy syndrome?). I had insomnia (presumably from the fungus acidifying the blood, releasing adrenaline) and parasomnias. I suddenly had symptoms of several inflammatory/autoimmune diseases, including Fibromyalgia, Sarcoidosis, ALS, MS, Sjogren’s syndrome, etc. that have disappeared since leaving the area and taking nothing but Itraconazole antifungal.

    No one, including doctors (we all went to different ones), could figure out what was wrong with us, and I was being killed by my doctor, who mistakenly refused to believe I had it and gave me progressively higher and higher doses of Prednisone (at least 2 years after I already had Disseminated Histoplasmosis) after a positive ANA titer, until I miraculously remembered that a visiting man once told my elementary school class that bats CARRY histoplasmosis….so much of it that they evolved to deal with the photophobia and tinnitus it causes by hunting at night by echolocation. There’s a lot more. I wrote a book about my experience with Disseminated Histoplasmosis called “Batsh#t Crazy,” because bats shed the fungus in their feces and it causes delusions and hallucinations, I suspect by the sclerotia fungal mycelia can form emitting hallucinogens (like psilocybin and dimethyltryptamine) along with inflammation in the CNS. (Schizophrenics have 2X of a chemical associated with yeast, part of the fungal life cycle.)

    Thank you for your time,

    Susan McIntyre

    P.S. Doesn’t this infection share all the same symptoms with Gulf War Syndrome?

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  23. Debi
    May 16, 2018

    Wow you are certainly informed on the subject. I am very sorry to hear
    of all that ou endure, as well as your co workers. i send well wishes to you all!.
    I have suffered with leg & feet ulsers for over 17 yrs, which have played havic
    with my sences from the cronic pain. in the past year Ihave started Reiki Healing, which has done wonders for me. in bothmind & body. i am left with only 1 ulser
    now,& healing more each day.
    i have seen Reiki energy heal many other illnesses. I am certaln with your
    belief it can help you too As we know our mind can cause us to become
    stressed, which can cause illness such as heart problems. This to is true for
    healing our own body. Even in an illness such as yours,& brought on from the
    world in which we live and breath. Sad.to see something so beautiful can cause so much harm
    So please look for a Reiki Healer in your part of world. Reiki does only good
    can only help.
    I send many blessings ~ All the best~ Stay strong
    Namaste …

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  24. Swati verma
    June 29, 2018

    Knowing about crystal healing gave me a great knowledge about the benefits of the gemstone.Gemstone in India. These works as the best medicine for healing purpose.
    Thanks and regards

    Reply
  25. gemstone in India
    June 29, 2018

    Crystal healing is the best way to use gemstone. These all different types of crystal healing help a lot.
    Thanks and Regards

    Reply
  26. Safak Saiyed
    July 5, 2018

    Such a great article that touches on some of the important questions that pop up when diving into the world of crystals! Lovely photos as well… Thanks for sharing…

    Reply
  27. Ellie Davis
    July 23, 2018

    Thank you for pointing out that Celestine is a calming crystal. This is something I really need in my life. I’ll have to look into the best places to find some jewelry with this crystal.

    Reply
  28. Natasha
    August 11, 2018

    Why have you not stated a cryatal for the zodiac sign cancer? Moon stone, ruby…

    Reply
  29. Natasha
    August 11, 2018

    I was just hoping maybe I might find a few other crystals that benefit me and my zodiac, could somebody tell me some other crystals that fit around the cancer sign please? 🙂

    Reply
  30. Quartzhouse
    August 13, 2018

    Gemstones are Mother Nature’s natural healers and are a delight to give and receive. By gifting someone with a crystal, you are also offering a healing. It’s great that there are hundreds of different types of stones to choose from, and exploring them and discovering the perfect gemstone can be fun. Thank you for sharing this!

    Reply
  31. Joshua
    August 23, 2018

    What crystal is best for the zodiac sign scorpio ?

    Reply
  32. nrampuria
    August 23, 2018

    Thank you for the information. Labradorite is reputed as the strongest safeguard for the mineral kingdom that creates a shielding force all through the aura and strengthens the natural powers within the self. Read more on my blog https://nrampuria.com/labradorite-a-powerful-protector/

    Reply
  33. Crystal
    November 2, 2018

    What is the best for the sign cancer and it’s not a coincidence my name really is crystal lol

    Reply
  34. Memi
    November 29, 2018

    Citrine is best used for Scorpio. I see you don’t have them listed nor pisces or cancer

    Reply

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