Look­ing for a lit­tle tune-up for mind, body and spirit? The heal­ing power of crys­tals might just be the an­swer. WH digs deep

Women's Health (UK) - - CONTENTS - RE­BECCA GIL­LAM words SHARON FAR­ROW il­lus­tra­tions

What do crys­tals ac­tu­ally do?

There’s some­thing seem­ingly Stone Age go­ing on. It’s the lat­est de­vel­op­ment in a se­ries of spir­i­tual well­ness fads that is now land­s­lid­ing its way to rocks. Yes, rocks. But be­fore you start dig­ging up your gar­den or the lo­cal park, we’re not talk­ing about just any stone or peb­ble. We’re talk­ing ex­ot­i­cally named, brightly coloured and Kryp­tonite-es­que crys­tals (though th­ese will ac­tu­ally give you strength, not take it away). The A list are all over them, so you know it’s some­thing worth look­ing into. ‘The heal­ing pow­ers of crys­tals have been recog­nised for cen­turies,’ says Lau­rey Sim­mons, author of The In­ner Beauty Bi­ble. ‘Their heal­ing prop­er­ties may not be sci­en­tif­i­cally proven, but if they can en­hance some­one’s heal­ing jour­ney, that’s a good thing.’ Brands are get­ting in on the act, too. Nails Inc has a range of gem­stone­in­fused pol­ishes, while Pris­molo­gie uses crys­tal essences in its skin­care. But, with each crys­tal cel­e­brated for its own unique heal­ing prop­er­ties, how do you know your rock col­lec­tion is work­ing to its full po­ten­tial? WH sep­a­rates the airy-fairy from the nitty-gritty…

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