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Crystal healing is a form of alternative medicine involving semiprecious stones such as quartz, agate, amethyst, or opal – all of which are thought to have significant healing powers. In this crystal healing guide, we look into the transformative powers of these mesmerising gemstones and explore their potential impact on an woman’s life and mind.

To unlock the secrets of crystal therapy, shed light on various crystals and their unique properties, and discover how crystal healing can help you achieve inner balance and tranquility, we spoke to renowned healer and crystal whisperer Emma Lucy Knowles.

Introduction to Crystal Therapy: A Holistic Approach to Mental Wellbeing

What is crystal healing?

Crystal therapy, also known as crystal healing, is a holistic practice that taps into the vibrational energy of crystals to promote mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Drawing inspiration from ancient civilisations and indigenous traditions, this therapeutic approach has gained popularity in recent years due to its potential benefits.

Crystal healing is an ancient practice that harnesses the energetic properties of crystals to promote physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. Each crystal possesses a unique vibrational frequency that interacts with the energy centres in our bodies, known as chakras. By using crystals strategically, we can restore balance, alleviate negative energy, and enhance our natural vitality.

“Everything and all things are energy,’ says Emma. “When energy is aligned harmoniously it moves with ease and without thought. You plug into the socket, switch on the power and voila you have light!

“If there’s a glitch in the circuit, we need to get into the connections to work out which is failing the circuit. The same can be said of the wonderful human condition. When we are in alignment energetically, emotionally, mentally – ‘things’ move easily, in a balanced flow.”

“When life interrupts that flow, when something pulls at our wires and throws the circuit connection we can feel like our lights have gone out and we start hearing ‘I’m blocked’ when really you’re not – we just need to return to the connection by clearing the energetic traffic in the way of your flow and strengthening that connection for you to shine and be at your ultimate!”

How does crystal healing work?

Emma says: “Most of us do not have hours on end to sit and mediate to align our being and our connections – so we need a little helping-hand from some mega-vibing earth formations – and thats where crystals come in!

“Crystals are naturally occurring minerals formed under years of pressure just like us – they are powerful because they work to direct and align the flow of energy to and in our being – they act as conductors of universal energy in and through the body, drawing that flow to us – that flow of what we need or are ready for, and in the same breath they release anything that limits your connection.

“You can work with a practitioner, laying the crystals on your body and being, as part of an energy healing session, or you can take them to hand. Either way the crystals will serve you well.”

What are the benefits of crystals?

“The benefits of working with crystals are endless”, says Emma. “They affect the flow of energy which in turn helps with mood or state of mind.

“Crystals can alleviate stress energy and strain so we can hold space energetically. Even if just for five minutes, we can look at what needs releasing or changing in our lives to make longevity in that state of peace an everyday being.

“Connection is everything – our energy is the wifi signal we send out into the world and if that’s not in alignment with who we are or where we want to be – crystals will assist us to align that vibration and enhance the signal of what you’re seeking to manifest or attract.

“Crystals work with each of us uniquely. Our practice with them is unique because of our energy and our personal experiences, so there’s no wrong way of working with crystals, carrying them or being with them. Crystals will align you with your intuition and heighten your connection to spirit, the world and those who live here. In addition, they will heighten your connection to yourself.”

Emma adds: “There is an energy and a vibe for everything – more sleep, more fun, more joy – the most enjoyable part of working with crystals is to define how that feels to you.”

Spiritual Black Woman Closing Eyes Holding Crystals to Chest

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What are the crystals and what are they supposed to help you with?

Emma’s recommendation for crystals for beginners is rose quartz and clear quartz. “My go-to set, if you’re just getting started with crystal therapy, would be all things quartz – rose and clear quartz.

“I believe the key to everything lies in the heart and love. Energy is love and a powerful healer and creator. Rose quartz is so popular because it’s the master key to that frequency.

“If you are looking to cultivate a fresh start, to harness more of a sense of self – the best place to come from is your heart, so allow rose quartz to become your mirror and reflector. Use clear quartz to tap into a mega high vibe – no need to ask how, let it cut through and show you the way.”

What are the most popular crystals?

“I would say historically it has been rose quartz, amethyst, tiger’s eye and citrine. The world has really opened up to crystals and there are a lot of them in every shade, and so much more readily available than before.”

Rose Quartz: The Crystal of Love and Compassion

Rose Quartz, with its gentle pink hue, emanates a warm and nurturing energy that is closely associated with love, compassion, and emotional healing. It is believed to open the heart chakra, fostering self-love, forgiveness, and harmonious relationships.

Emma says: “I will hear people say they’ve been gifted with a rose quartz crystal to attract love and then get frustrated when love doesn’t strut up to their door in human form – however it’s a hugely popular piece as it’s the crystal of unconditional love.

“All energy is love, which is why I believe mother earth has made so much of it. When we tend to the feminine, the divine mother within in its purest essence, things can and will start to happen.”

Clear Quartz: The Master Healer and Amplifier

Clear Quartz, renowned as the master healer, is a versatile crystal that can be used for various purposes. It is believed to enhance clarity, focus, and spiritual awareness while amplifying the energies of other crystals. Clear Quartz is often used to cleanse and energise both the mind and body.

Woman Closing Eyes With Intentions Holding Clear Quartz Crystal

Tiger’s Eye: The Gemstone of Protection and Confidence

There are several types of tiger’s eye gemstones, but most of them are metamorphic rocks with a golden to reddish brown colour and a silky lustre.

As well as being a stone of protection, Tiger Eye also brings confidence and good luck to the wearer. It facilitates mental clarity, helping us to solve problems objectively and without emotion.

Emma says: “Tiger’s eye teaches you confidence in yourself, your abilities and becoming your own boss of your own energy.”

Citrine: The Crystal of Abundance and Joy

Citrine, with its vibrant golden hue, is associated with abundance, success, and joy. This radiant crystal is believed to enhance self-confidence, creativity, and motivation. It is often used to manifest prosperity and attract positive energy into one’s life.

Emma says: “Citrine is the stone of flow – lots of people use it for abundance and they feel that perhaps it is bringing you cash! Now it can assist in the flow of money for sure but the intention when working or buying it is assisting in abundance of joy, love, finance etc – when you’re in an abundant flow the waves keep coming in positively.”

Amethyst: The Calming Crystal and Soothing Guardian of Inner Peace

“Another popular crystal is amethyst,” says Emma. “Amethyst is an excellent ‘do all’ piece for the mind – it assists the opening of the mind to creative ideas, new flows, but also allows the mind to sooth down into a deep healing sleep.”

Amethyst, with its enchanting purple hue, is revered as a calming crystal that promotes relaxation, tranquility, and spiritual growth. It is often used to alleviate stress, anxiety, and insomnia, providing a sense of deep serenity and inner peace.

Amethyst Crystals with Lavender for Crystal Therapy and Relaxation

Selenite: The Cleansing and Protective Crystal

Selenite, known for its ethereal glow, is a powerful crystal that cleanses and purifies the aura and surrounding environment. It is often used to release negative energy, promote mental clarity, and create a serene atmosphere. Selenite is also believed to facilitate spiritual connection and intuition.

How do you activate healing crystals?

Crystal cleaning and charging your crystals is imperative, says Emma. “It’s really important to connect with your crystals – they will work for you passively, but they need a job – they like to be busy. When you buy your pieces, please consider how many hands have touched them energetically and literally before they reach your hands – so we must always cleanse them.

“Much like a sponge, your crystals soak up the remanence of your emotion or day and you can’t beat the moon when she is full for cleansing and charging your crystals. For those stones that are not soluble I would run them through or bathe them in cold water before laying them out in the moon light or on your window sill during a full moon. When a full moon feels too far away, you can wash your crystals or nest them in sand or natural salts.”

Crystals and Intentions

“Once cleansed, we connect to the power of our own intention – decide what you would like the crystal to aid or promote.

“For example, if I wanted to see my true worth, I would use a piece of Labradorite – holding it in hand, during meditation or in a quiet space, and setting my attention with its assistance ‘please help me see my soul purpose, my pure real beauty, my worth – allow it to shine through all the obstacles that currently seek to seemingly block it’.

“You can of course use a crystal therapist or an energy healer to do this for you – but I feel it’s super important to play with moving into flow and trust yourself – that’s what crystal healing is all about – empowering the self, connecting back to the self and living that.”

Which crystal is for beauty and healing?

As the stone associated with self-love and traditionally connected with beauty, rose quartz is noted for its beauty and confidence qualities. In healing arts, rose quartz is believed to boost circulation, which can lead to more oxygen reaching your skin.

Crystal Therapy - Woman's Hand Holding Rose Quartz Crystal for Love and Self-Love

What crystal is feminine energy?

“We are all made up of masculine and feminine energy – the yin and the yang – so it’s vital that we tend to the whole piece of the energetic pie. It would be amazing to step away from being too prescriptive and remember how unique our energies and relationships with our crystals are. Instead of writing a list of what you think you need, tune in and ask ‘what do I want and what do I need?’ and let the crystal decide, let it show you what you ‘lack’ and what you are ‘ready’ for.

“In addition to reconnecting us back to our true essence, all of this work also requires a childlike and fun attitude in order to dial into who we are before we were told who we were.”

What crystals should you put in your bra?

A popular selection of bra crystals include rose quartz, clear quartz, tourmaline, shungite, citrine, calcite and smokey quartz. Keeping these crystals near the heart chakra throughout the day provides a quick boost of positive energy.

“Putting crystals in your bra has become a big thing for women,” says Emma. “Crystals work superbly in your pocket, on your desk – but skin to crystal contact is powerful.

“You will carry your piece with you for a few days and then feel the effects sink in, your energy becomes it – so you will no longer feel the need to keep it so close!”

What are the best healing crystals?

“Honestly, I would say there is no definitive list – you are a powerful and unique sovereign being, not the same person from day to day, emotion to emotion.

“What works for others may not work for you, and that’s an excellent thing. Instead honour your being, your emotions, your unique state of being and choose what you feel is right to honour you now.

“Working with crystals allows us to dial back into intuition with trust, without feeling irresponsible. Build on that practice by picking, just as you would your clothes for the day to suit your vibe, your crystals.

“Pick what you are intuitively drawn to that day. Set an intention, ‘what do I need for today?’ and then reset your eyes by closing them, take a breath, which then resets the mind, and let yourself be led to what’s needed – that can be the biggest piece in the room, or it can be a piece hidden away into obscurity.

“Whatever you’re drawn to is calling you – pick up the phone to that energy and it won’t let you down!”

Spiritual Woman's Hands Holding Different Crystals

Harnessing the Power of Healing Crystals: Practical Tips and Techniques

Choosing Your Healing Crystals: Intuition and Resonance

When selecting your crystals, trust your intuition and let your energy guide you. Take a moment to observe different crystals and notice which ones resonate with you on a deep level. You can also explore crystal books or consult with experienced crystal practitioners to gain insights into the properties of specific crystals.

Cleansing and Charging Your Crystals: Maintaining Optimal Energies

To ensure your crystals are energetically clear and vibrant, it’s essential to cleanse and charge them regularly. Methods such as moonlight bathing, smudging with sacred herbs like sage or palo santo, and using crystal singing bowls can help restore their optimal energies.

Crystal Placement and Meditation: Creating Sacred Spaces

Integrate crystals into your daily life by placing them in areas where you spend time, such as your home, office, or meditation space. You can also incorporate crystal meditation practices to deepen your connection with the stones and enhance their healing effects.

Embracing Crystal Healing for Mental Wellbeing: A Journey of Self-Discovery

Crystal healing is a deeply personal journey, allowing individuals to explore their inner selves, find balance, and cultivate a sense of well-being. While crystals can complement traditional therapeutic approaches, they should not replace professional medical advice or treatment. It’s important to approach crystal healing with an open mind, curiosity, and respect for the inherent energies of these natural gems.

Unlock the transformative powers of healing crystals and embark on a journey toward mental well-being. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of crystal therapy and experience the profound impact these natural treasures can have on your holistic health.

Emma Lucy Knowles Female Crystal Healing Expert & Spiritual Healer

The author of three international best-selling books, Emma is the most sought-after healer in the UK, as well as the go-to expert on crystals. Emma’s first book ‘The Power of Crystal Healing‘, now an international best-seller and translated into ten languages, led her to multiple broadcast appearances in the UK and regular residencies at the Bamford Wellness Spa in the Cotswolds. 

Dive deep into the ultimate women’s wellness retreat and the world of crystals at Emma’s House of Crystals hosted at The Ritz-Carlton Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands. Discover the myriad of crystals and how to harness the power of energies within your being to align with the right crystals for healing. Be guided by Emma and curate your own collection of crystals to heal your body, mind and spirit.

The Ritz Carlton Maldives Spa Retreat Crystal Healing

Connect with Emma Lucy Knowles this summer at The Ritz-Carlton Maldives, Fari Islands to truly discover your authentic self, how crystals can empower us on our healing journey of self-discovery, develop a heightened sense of intuition, and learn that the secret of changing your life is already within you.


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