8 Ways To Add Crystals To Your Self Care Routine

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Ever since being gifted with a rather large clear quartz cluster for Christmas a couple of years ago by my granny, I've developed a passionate love for gemstones and crystals of all kind over time. Fun fact: The first "jewelry" I ever got was a turquoise that I wore as a necklace right after I was born. Turquoise is said to be a protection stone, encouraging serenity, creativity and clear communication.

Just like plants, crystals are my favourite kind of "decor" that is not only beautiful to look at and creates a cosy atmosphere, but that also comes with actual health benefits. (Unfortunately, most gems are mined and cut out of the Earth – as opposed to lab-grown – and therefore not sustainable!) 

So I don't just collect them and let them get dusty. I use them for healing purposes. Physical healing, emotional healing, and even spiritual growth. 

Here are some of my favourite crystal uses in day-to-day life!

1. Make Crystal Charged Water

As water is a great conductor, it will amplify the frequencies of crystals when infused with them. Simply place the gemstones at the bottom of a jar or pitcher with (filtered) water and let them "charge" your beverage. It's best to soak the stones in cold salt water for a couple of days before using them in your drinking water.
Clear quartz, rose quartz and amethyst are the best crystals to use for this, but citrine, carnelian or black obsidian are also great alternatives. NOTE: Some gems are not safe to place in water, for example Tiger's Eye because it may contain asbestos. Other crystals are water soluble, and some will rust. Do your research!

  • Clear quartz provides mental clarity, stimulates self-regulating forces, promotes consciousness, and aids with rheumatism and heart problems.
  • Rose quartz serves as heart-balm, it mobilizes, supports the body's natural defence system, and increases well-being.
  • Amethyst has a calming effect, brings inner peace, it promotes restful sleep, strengthens intuition, enhances creativity and imagination, reduces stress and anxiety; the Greek word "amethystos" means "not-intoxicated" or "sober".

2. Massage with Crystals

Known by the Chinese gua sha method or the jade roller, you can use gems to massage your face and neck area. In both cases you press and stroke a polished crystal tool along the contours of your face to increase circulation under the skin, boost collagen production, relax facial muscles, and increase lymphatic flow, detoxifying the skin tissue. I like to pop mine in the fridge for an extra cooling effect.

Popular gems for this technique are jade (vitality, youth, abundance, success, prosperity, health, luck, love) and rose quartz. Personally, I own a blue sodalite roller (inner peace, emotional balance, strengthening immune system, boosting metabolism, enhancing self-esteem, self-acceptance and self-trust).

3. Meditate and Manifest with Crystals 

Over the past couple of months I have been using a polished jasper, a green aventurine or sometimes a rose quartz for meditation. Amethyst and clear quartz are also excellent meditation gems. Hold the stone in your left hand, since this is closer to your heart, and if you like visualise a bright light radiating from the crystal. Set your intentions.

You can also carry tumbled stones with you as a "pocket stone". For example, I keep a small citrine in my wallet since it is regarded as a money-attracting stone, associated with wealth, prosperity and success. I also usually have a small lapis lazuli or a blue chalcedony in my trousers pocket when I'm lecturing at university as these are considered to be powerful gems for public speaking and communication.

4. Wear Gem Jewelry

A perhaps quite obvious, but often overlooked way to use crystals is by wearing them as jewelry! That way you always have them close to you. I love earrings and rings (for example my engagement ring which is adorned with a ruby, the stone of love and passion), as they are quite small and less "in the way" than a dangling necklace. However, I do wear a moonstone necklace when I'm on my period, and I also have several other crystal necklaces (clear quartz, amethyst, ruby, tiger's eye, amber, rough ruby) that I wear every now and again according to their properties.

5. Do a "Chakra Therapy"

The 7 energy centers within the human body, from the base of your spine to the crown of your head, are called chakras. Using the crystals that correspond with the chakras, you can unblock chakras and restore energy flow. You can either target only one specific chakra (e.g. your solar plexus if you experience low self-esteem, lack of will power, discipline or ambition, feeling of helplessness or irresponsibility) or do a full "chakra rinse" for all seven chakras.

Lie down and place one of the listed gems on the / each chakra.
  • Root chakra [basic needs, trust, stability]: red jasper, carnelian, bloodstone, ruby, tiger's eye, hematite, jet, garnet, fire agate, black tourmaline
  • Sacral chakra [creativity, sexuality]: citrine, carnelian, orange aventurine, orange and coral calcite, tiger's eye, moonstone, sunstone, goldstone, amber, coral
  • Solar Plexus chakra [wisdom, power]: chrysoberyl, citrine, amber, lemon quartz, yellow jasper, yellow tourmaline, tiger's eye, topaz
  • Heart chakra [love, healing]: pink: rose quartz, rhodochrosite, rhodonite;
    green: jade, green calcite, green tourmaline, aventurine, amazonite, malachite, emerald
  • Throat chakra [communication, self-expression]: lapis lazuli, turquoise, aquamarine, azurite, sodalite, blue lace agate, angelite, blue kyanite, blue calcite, blue chalcedony
  • Third eye chakra [awareness]: amethyst, purple fluorite, black obsidian, moonstone, ceylon turquoise, iolite, lapis lazuli, sodalite, azurite
  • Crown chakra [spirituality]: purple: amethyst;
    white: selenite, clear quartz, diamond, moonstone, opal

6. Infuse Your Face Mists and Body Oils

Similar to the "Gem Elixir" above, you can also charge your beauty products, such as tonics, facial mists and body oils with crystals. Heck, you can even place them in your bath salts container or in your yoga mat spray bottle. Just pop a small piece of your favourite (and infusion-safe) crystal into the product container. Personally I prefer rose quartz for this since this is the stone of self-love, and we all can use a little more self-love when it comes to our beauty routine! ๐Ÿ˜Š 

7. Take a Crystalized Bath

Yup, you can even bathe with crystals! I actually have a store-bought bath salt that contains ground up rose quartz, clear quartz and aqua marine, but you can simply put your preferred stones and crystals in your bath directly, or use  infused gem water. Maybe add some epsom salt or pink Himalayan salt, as well as a few drops of lavender or other essential oil, light a candle, and you're good to go! Imagine you are a divine goddess (or god) floating in a pool of beaming crystals, or in the cosmos... Can a bath get even more luxurious?! (Okay, maybe if you get a solid crystal bath tub! Like, whaaat ๐Ÿ˜ฑ)

As you drain the water away at the end of your bath, imagine all of the stuck energy, the energetic "dirt", going down the drain, leaving you cleansed and balanced.

8. Use Crystals as Yoni Eggs

If you've not heard of yoni eggs before, I've written an entire blog post on that topic, so go check that out if you want to know more about it. Basically it's an egg-shaped gemstone that is worn inside the vagina for many reasons – mainly for sexual health and healing as well as to re-awaken sensibility and re-connect with your own sexuality. In my case it is a rose quartz – again. I just love rose quartz! ๐Ÿ’•

Have you ever "worked" with crystals? 
What are your favourite crystals, and how do you use them?