Ancient healers used precious and semi-precious gemstones for healing. Today’s alternative and holistic healers continue to use gemstones to treat the mind, body, and spirit. Following are descriptions of the unique healing properties held by many of Mother Nature’s natural healers.
Amethyst – Healers value amethysts for their power to focus energy and treat blood and breathing disorders. Often, healers wear several pieces of amethyst jewelry while treating others. An amethyst has many other uses, including:
- Fighting off insomnia and bringing pleasant dreams if placed under a pillow.
- Headache relief if rubbed across one’s forehead.
- Protection against spiritual and emotional negativity if placed in clusters in a window that lets in lots of sunlight.
Emerald – As the sacred stone of Venus, the emerald preserves love and has become a symbol of hope. As a result, many healers use it to help heal the heart. Some healers believe it brings reason and wisdom to those who wear it and helps calm a troubled mind. A few ancient cultures placed an emerald in a vessel of water overnight and then poured the water over the eyes of those suffering from eye diseases.
Turquoise – Turquoise is a teaching stone that helps with meditation. Healers use it to treat spiritual negativity. Placing the stone at one’s feet or wearing it inside a sock draws the negative vibrations from the body back into the ground. Healers believe that this is the path to staying connected and emotionally attached to family and other loved ones.
Copper – Copper enhances the healing power of many other stones including:
It also enhances the healing energy of gold and silver. Copper heals many physical ailments including arthritis, rheumatism, and blood and metabolic disorders.
Lodestone – Crystal healers use lodestone, a form of magnetite, to realign the body’s energy flows. It balances:
- Intellect with inner emotions.
- Male-female polarity.
- Physical-spiritual polarity.
- Left brain-right brain polarity.
Healers use lodestone to treat asthma, muscle strains, cramps, and nose bleeds. They also believe it’s beneficial for one’s skin, hair, blood, and the circulatory system.
Moonstone – Although moonstone generally benefits women, healers encourage men to use it as a channel for opening up their inner selves. Healers use it to stimulate the pineal gland function and balance internal hormone cycles with nature. Folklore tells that giving a moonstone necklace to a lover brings lasting, passionate love. Many value this gemstone for this reason and because they believe it:
- Brings good fortune.
- Enhances intuition.
- Promotes inspiration.
- Protects those with a sensitive nature.
As its name suggests, moonstone’s power is at its greatest during the full moon.
Quartz crystal – Healers use the quartz crystal to amplify the energy of other healing gemstones. In addition to its benefit as an amplifier, crystal also has cooling and romantic powers. Quartz crystal’s vibration is very similar to human vibration. Therefore, crystal helps people know themselves. This special property makes quartz crystal an excellent stone with which to meditate.
People might want to consider working with a professional when using gemstones for physical healing. If people choose to use the healing stones without consulting an experienced healer, they should:
- Go slowly and use them with caution.
- Keep written treatment records.
- Record the exact placement of the stone on or near their body.
- Record how long the stone was on or near their body.
People should also keep written records when using gemstones for spiritual and emotional healing. Finally, people may need to do some research and experimentation to decide which of these natural healers works best for them.