ITHOUGHT I’d kick off the new year with a column about my favourite things – crystals.
I think crystals and gemstones are nature’s most beautiful gifts but looking past their beauty, did you know they also contain healing, restorative properties?
Many people can be drawn to a particular crystal, some may even feel a tingling sensation when they hold it.
I often find that simply holding a certain crystal can make me feel better.
Yes, it may be placebo but perhaps it is the vibration the crystal gives out – after all, it is part of the Earth and has been formed by elemental powers over millions of years.
Let’s look at some of the healing properties of the more common crystals. Amethyst: Purple in colour, this crystal is called the “all healer”. It is believed to help migraines and headaches, reduce hyperactivity in children and animals and acts as nature’s tranquiliser. Place in the bedroom to protect against nightmares, fear of the dark and insomnia. A great aid in meditation. Rose quartz: Pink in colour, this is a loving and nurturing crystal. Fantastic for all things mothering, whether that be healing you after birth, forgiving hurts, promoting reconciliation, being kind to yourself and others or creating a bond with an unborn child.
This white gem is an antifrustration stone and helps calm adults and children, combining patience with persistence. Encourages a desire for learning. Attracts blessings into the home, creating stability and restoring energy. Lapis lazuli: Blue in colour, this crystal may alleviate headaches as well as reduce pain and inflammation. It is great for communication, encouraging truth in words and honesty of spirit.