I believe that gemstones hold certain energies that we can use to heal ourselves and enhance our lives. The thing to remember, if you do pursue healing gemstones, is that no matter where you get them from, they will most likely have been touched by many hands. The number one thing to do when you get home with your new gemstones is to cleanse and charge it. Cleanse it of whatever energy may have infused with it while waiting for you to pick it up and charge it so it will be ready for you to use and channel its energy.
Here are my personal favorite gemstones and their healing qualities. At the end, I will also include my favorite ways of cleansing and charging gemstones.
Amethyst – a natural stress reliever that encourages inner strength and brings wealth and a strong business sense to its wearer. It is a crystal of spiritual growth and protection. It brings clarity to the mind and helps you to become more in tune with your feelings so you can get to know yourself on a deeper level. Amethyst crystals repel negative energy and attract positive energy, making them a wonderful protection stone for your home.
Aquamarine – clears the mind, balances emotions and strengthens personal power. It can be used as protection when out at sea and provides the wearer with courage. Aquamarine connects with the Heart Chakra, helping you to realize your innermost truth and promote self-expression.
Citrine – a stone of light and happiness. It does not hold any negative energy and therefore never needs to be cleansed. It brings clarity to those who wear it and helps to manifest anything you want to bring into your life. It activates your imagination, bringing more creative visions to a clearer mind and a more positive outlook in life. Powered by the Sun, citrine wars, cleanses, and energizes the body. It also connects with the Solar Plexus Chakra and helps to energize and strengthen it.
Clear Quartz – known for its powerful manifestation properties that stimulate and revitalize the chakras within the body. Clear quartz jewelry allows the wearer to think more clearly, which helps them focus and identify their true dreams and desires. Clear quartz is also useful for spiritual development because it assists in clearing blockages in the body, which allows energy to flow freely.
Jasper – highly valued as a healing stone that is full of grounding energy. They can connect you deeply to the vibrations of the Earth, bringing a greater understanding of the power of nature. Jasper helps us to be less judgmental and know on a soul level that we are all connected. In some Native American culture, Jasper symbolizes the blood of the Earth, making it particularly sacred.
Rose Quartz – a stone of unconditional love and is one of the most important stones for activating the heart chakra. It opens the heart to love of the self, family, friends, and romantic love. Rose quartz carries a soothing energy, which transmutes into feelings of empathy, forgiveness, and reconciliation. These feelings lower stress and tension in the heart. This gentle and powerful gemstone works to help release toxic emotions such as anger, jealousy, and resentment towards others, allowing the heart to heal and move towards a higher consciousness.
Tiger’s Eye – helps to rebalance the body on all levels, encouraging optimism and trust in the future. It brings brightness and light into all situations and shines insight onto all problems. Tiger’s Eye brings good luck, abundance and prosperity to its wearer. In many ancient civilizations, it was used as a talisman against bad luck and curses. Tiger’s Eye is a must have in any home for healing.
Turquoise – known as the “Master Healer,” and is said to be the bridge between Heaven, Sky, and the Earth. Many Native American cultures believe that turquoise helps to connect the mind to the infinite possibilities of the universe and is considered very sacred in Chinese cultures. It is a throat chakra stone, it helps foster honest and open communication from the heart. It works to protect and align the chakras, strengthening the overall body in the process.
Cleansing and Charging
I like to cleanse gemstones and other objects in two separate ways.
Moonlight – I will wait until the full moon and leave a stone or whatever other object needs cleansing on my windowsill overnight and take it away before the sun rises. I feel the full moon has a lot more power to cleanse spiritual objects. I believe in the Goddess and I ask her to cleanse my objects before I use them. Of course you can also use the light of the waning moon to cleanse your gemstones.
Sage – using a sage smudge stick or incense, you use the power of air to cleanse your gemstones. This is a good cleansing option just be careful of smoke if you have a smoke alarm in the house.
Charging is another process you must subject your gemstones to. Personally, I like to use the midday Sun to charge my objects. It has to be a nice clear day and I take my object outside for an hour or so and make sure nothing touches it.
You can use whatever process you think feels right to cleanse and charge your gemstones. It all depends on what feels right to you.