Over the past few years, New Age wellness trends, like salt therapy and meditation have officially entered the mainstream. Using crystals as a form of self-care have particularly risen in popularity, appearing all over Instagram, on the shelves of yoga studios, and perhaps even on your coworker’s desk.
For starters, proponents believe that crystals are conduits of healing energies when used correctly. “Crystals emit positive, uplifting, energizing, and calming vibrations that help you achieve a more peaceful mind and a revitalized physical state of being,” explains Heather Askinosie, co-founder of Energy Muse, an online crystal shop.
Crystals’ vibrations are said to arise from the unique way their atoms and molecules move and interact, says Amy Mercree, holistic health expert and author of The Mood Book: Crystals, Oils, and Rituals to Elevate Your Spirit. These vibrations and energies can then supposedly affect our human bodies—and minds.
“Our bodies are dynamic, electromagnetic organisms—we have physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual energy flowing through us all the time,” Mercree says. “Crystals are a fun and unique way to help direct and influence that energy towards greater health when used with the right intention.”
Although it may sound a bit, err, bohemian, our ancestors have valued crystals for ages. “Humans have used stones for healing and energetic purposes for thousands of years,” explains Keveney Avila, an animal intuitive and certified practitioner in energy mastery.
According to Avila, ancient Egyptians used crystals for protection and healing; sacred Indian texts explain specific properties of various crystals and how to use them to treat illnesses; Chinese Medicine often includes the use of crystals; and ancient Greeks and Romans used crystals for protection in battle and in medical treatment— just to name a few.
So perhaps it’s not so far-fetched that in modern-day, we’re turning to crystals for their healing elements. Or is it?