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.

White howlite:.

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.

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