The wellness craze has proven itself to be way more than another passing trend—even the term craze evokes something too fleeting—it’s a movement and for more and more people, a way of life. With that, some surprising things have been thrust into the mainstream. We’re looking at you: crystals. While we can all understand the power of yoga, the healing energy of a stone, though pleasing to look at, may be harder for some of us to wrap our heads around.
But like matcha and mindfulness, crystals have proven their staying power, and we’re curious to learn more. So, we asked Heather Askinosie, the co-author of Crystal Muse, which she describes as a recipe book where crystals are the main ingredient, to help us dip our toes in these alluring waters. Askinosie has been studying with healers all over the world for over 25 years and is now a leading influencer of crystals and other holistic practices in her own right. She believes that crystals are tools from the earth that can help us grow and expand. “They are meant for anyone who is open, willing and curious to venture onto the path of bringing more balance, happiness, love and/or harmony into life,” she says.
When used in rituals or simply carried or held, crystals can supposedly help summon certain things in one’s life. Askinoise says the best way to use or “connect with a crystal” is to hold it in your hands and breath. “By holding and seeing it, you are working with your crystal,” she explains. There is no specific amount of time or way to do it, but some people like to hold one while they meditate, carry a crystal around with them in their purse, or place one under their pillow.
To get started, think about what you want to achieve, then head to the crystal shop. “Finding the right stone is like any practice of wellness,” says Askinosie. “It requires patience while you quiet the mind. She suggests holding the stone in your hand and quietly thinking of your intention. Notice if you feel sensations such as hot or cold, pulsations, or calmness and tranquility—these are signs this rock is perfect for your healing needs.
This of course doesn’t mean you’re limited to just one, and it’s quite likely that once you get bitten by the crystal bug, you’ll soon have a collection—and if you’re not healed in the process, at least they’ll look gorgeous on your mantel. Ahead, Askinosie lays out six crystals that we could all use in our lives and explains the power that lies within each.
If you’re feeling like you need a detox or a reset, selenite is said to have the power to cleanse and purify. “The pure, high vibrational energy of selenite is like liquid light,” says Askinoise. “As it flows through your space, it brightens the energy of everyone and everything within it.” This milky stone will help shift your own energy into a higher space. According to Askinoise, raising your vibration in such a way, will also help keep feelings of grief, fear, anger and anxiety at bay.
Amethyst is like a spa in a stone—it holds the kind of relaxing energy that we could all use after a long day. “It will not only help your body give into innate desires like sound sleep and relaxation, but it will also work with your third eye to balance the mind with insightful solutions to problems.” Anything that can help soothe stress and anxiety and ease us into sleep has our vote, plus it’s pretty gorgeous.
Clear quartz is one of the most popular crystals, and is said to intensely resonate with the body. “It’s a universal healer and has the ability to manifest intentions unlike any other crystal,” says Askinoise. Not surprisingly, the clear stone is all about clarity. If you’re looking for answers (aren’t we all?), this one may call to you. “For those whose spirit needs illumination, clear quartz will bring clarity to the shadows within the mind.”
Often referred to as “Fool’s Gold,” pyrite may not have the monetary value of its doppelgänger, but it’s still a treasure. In addition to attracting wealth, abundance and good luck, it’s believed to hold a strong protective energy and can help you check in with yourself. “It’s reflective nature is more than just physical,” says Askinoise. “It has the ability to show you which behaviors are holding you back and can elevate your consciousness to be more aware of what you need to change.”
This stone is all about love. It will open up your heart to whatever kind of love you’re in need of—whether it’s self-love, familial love, friendship or romantic love. It can also help tame the toxic emotions that can accompany some of these types of love. “Rose quartz will send a flush of compassion, happiness, forgiveness and peace through you,” says Askinoise. “With this sense of release, your spirit can be free of petty negativity.”
If you’re in one of those cycles where it feels like one thing bad keeps happening after another, this rainbow stone might be just what you need. Fluorite is an absorbent crystal that is said to neutralize all of the negativity around it. “Let fluorite guide you from a state of anxiety to one of tranquility by cleansing both your mind and environment,” says Askinoise. She suggests sleeping near it or meditating with it to ensure harmony between the mind, body and spirit.