A guide to healing stones

A guide to healing stones

Deepen your meditative practice by learning to listen to your intuition and unlock the healing properties of stones. Used in Reiki, sound therapy, and many energetic disciplines, the mineral kingdom is full of helpful tools to let go of old patterns and find your spiritual path.

Rocks and minerals are integral in consumer electronics like LCD screens, semiconductors, radios, and clocks. And though engineers and metaphysicians don’t always align on every front, the innate power of crystals is undeniable. Crystal healers are applying their energetic properties - along with practices that long predate their use in technology - to work through energetic blockages and reconnect with the natural world.

“When I received my Reiki level one attunement, crystals started talking to me,” says Tanya Corona, a San Francisco based crystal therapist. “They are sentient beings assisting us in the planetary evolution Mother Earth and humanity is going through at this time.” Her practice, which taps into healing crystals and stones, is designed to clear and align energy. When she’s doing a session in person or performing a distance activation, Tanya taps into the power of high vibrational Arkansas quartz for her crystal grids.

“A crystal grid can contain any group of crystals or gemstones,” she says. “You could create a grid for abundance, love, or grounding. You could create a chakra grid,” she continues, “each would contain different stones. You could create the crystal mandala and set the intention for its use,” says Tanya of the many configurations of healing stones and crystals.

“These have the ability to create a standing Hertzian wave that vibrates the discordant energy to the surface to be read and cleared,” she says. Similar to electromagnetic waves from a radio antenna, the energy generated from a crystal grid can be scientifically measured. Though crystals and healing stones represent some of the world’s oldest tech, Tanya believes that the human element is equally as important.

“The practice of Reiki is the art and science of activating, directing and applying this natural Universal Life Energy,” says Tanya. Known under many names like Ki, Qi, Prana, and Manu, energetic healing is all about consciously focusing and balancing these vibrations.

Mixed Messages: What Stones are Good for Healing

If you’ve ever searched what are healing stones or looked for the meaning of your favorite gems online, you’ve probably encountered some mixed messages. So how do you know which healing crystals and stones are right for you?

“There are many books and websites which will tell you the attributes of gemstones,” says Tanya. “In my experience it is great to discover these for oneself. Any specific gemstone combines with the individual’s energetic signature to work in a specific way or be applied to a purpose.”

She considers healing stones and crystals “keys to unlock blocks,” and lets the individual’s energy guide her when selecting which stones to use in a session. “Everyone is different and resonates with different gemstones,” she says.

When purchasing stones for healing, Tanya recommends trusting your instincts. “Run your hands over the stones one to two inches above,” she suggests. “The one that feels like it wants to jump into your hand is the stone for you.”

“Rose quartz for example,” one of Tanya’s favorites, “can be used for love, forgiveness, grief and anxiety depending on the individual using it.” She also uses sand selenite (desert rose) as energy scrubbers, calcite to remove fear, amethyst for crown chakra connection, and a trinity of hematite, selenite, and obsidian for grounding.

A Quick Guide to Healing Crystals & Stones

Quartz Color


Protection, Problem Solving, Aural Cleansing, Charging Other Crystals, Supports Immune System & Pineal Gland, All Chakras

Rose Quartz color

Rose Quartz

Love, Forgiveness, Heart Opening & Releasing, Supports Circulation, Heart Chakra

Smoky Quartz color

Smoky Quartz

Aural Cleansing, Grounding, Detoxifying, Absorbs Negativity, Encourages Humor, Base & Earth Star Chakra

Cathedral Quartz color

Cathedral Quartz

Pain Relief, Meditation, High Frequency Vibration, Consciousness

Citrine color


Attracts Wealth & Prosperity, Calms Stomach & Digestion, Crown & Solar Plexus Chakras

Amethyst color


Energy Protection, Stress Reduction, Mood Regulation, Crown Chakra

Garnet color


Balances Love & Passion, Good Luck, Business Success, Base Chakra

Ruby color


Goal Setting, Love, Passion, Stimulates Circulation, Heart & Base Chakra

Diamond color


Strength, Fortitude, Good Luck, Protection, Fidelity, All Chakras

Herkimer Diamond color

Herkimer Diamond

Creativity, Intuition, Aural Cleansing, Protection, Dreams, Attunement

Opal color


Love, Inner Peace, Communication, Loyalty, Faithfulness, Throat Chakra

Moonstone color


Calms Stomach, Protected Travel, Karmic Healing, Communication, Joy

Labradorite color


Energy Protection, Spiritual Alignment, Rational & Intuitive Wisdom

Golden Topaz color

Golden Topaz

Reveals Life Purpose, Recharging, Overcoming Nervous Exhaustion

White Topaz color

White Topaz

Open Mindedness, Clarity, Reveals Life Purpose, Organization

Blue Topaz color

Blue Topaz

Finding True Life Path, Clear Communication, Humility, Throat Chakra

Turquoise color


Stress & Pain Reduction, Letting Go, Freedom, Strength, Safe Travels

Aquamarine color


Good Luck, Ocean Travel, Cooling, Calming, Introspection, Throat Chakra

Alexandrite color


Longevity, Understanding, Purification & Renewal, Joyful Transformation

Peridot color


Calms Jealousy & Anger, Reduces Stress, Releases Negative Patterns, Heart Chakra

Emerald color


Youth, Hope, Renewal, Growth,Heals Emotional Distress, Heart Chakra

Pink Tourmaline color

Pink Tourmaline

Heart Activation, Feminine Energy, Base & Heart Chakras

Black Tourmaline color

Black Tourmaline

Energetic Protection, Absorbs Negativity, Shields from Electronic Emanations

Green Tourmaline color

Green Tourmaline

Improves Mental Abilities, Masculine Energy, Divine Love, Wholesome Energy

Calcite color


Fear Mitigation, Soothes Nausea & Stomach Pain, Reduces Anxiety

Desert Rose (Sand Selenite) color

Desert Rose (Sand Selenite)

Energy Scrubbing, Protection, Overcoming Fears & Phobias, Self Confidence

Selenite color


High Frequency Connection, Grounding, Attracts Divine Energy, Defines Purpose

Andara color


High Frequency Connection, Manifesting True Self, Authenticity, Finding Spiritual Path

Hematite color


Calming, Grounding, Confidence Boosting, Soothes Insomnia & Blood Disorders

Obsidian color


Grounding, Confronting Inner Demons & Dark Truths, Earth Star Chakra

Kunzite color


Heart & Mind Activation, Breaks Down Walls, Mood Regulation, Throat Chakra

Rhodochrosite color


Heart Activation, Unconditional Love, Peace, Tenderness, Compassion, Healing Joy

Rhodonite color


Self-Love, Heart Activation, Healing Emotional Wounds, Stress Relief, Heart & Earth Star Chakra

Morganite color


Heart Activation, Innocence, Compassion, Divine Love, Lightness of Spirit

Malachite color


Energetic Clearing, Reduces Swelling & Inflammation, Detoxification, Breaks Past Cycles

Larimar color


High Vibration, Raised Consciousness, Reflexology, Upper Chakra Opening

Petalite color


High Vibration, Raised Consciousness, Upper Chakra Opening

Phenacite color


High Vibration, Raised Consciousness, Grounding, Upper Chakra Opening

Amber color


Space Clearing, Energy Protection, Stress Reduction, Physical Alignment

Orange Carnelian color

Orange Carnelian

Energy Boosting, Stimulating, Charging Other Crystals, Supports Reproductive Organs

Apophyllite color


Enhances Intuition, Stimulates Pineal Gland, High Vibration, Spiritual Awakening

Tiger's Eye color

Tiger's Eye

Abundance, Knowledge, Vision, Courage, Integrity, Power

Smithsonite color


Emotional Healing, Calming, Compassion, Conflict Resolution

Jet color


Energy Protection, Calms Fears, Balances Mood, Fights Negativity

Fluorite color


Shields from Electronic Emanations, Psychological Protection, Clarity, Creativity, Communication

Lepidolite color


Shields from Electronic Emanations, Breaks Old Patterns, Decompression

Magnetite color


Balancing Organ Function, Strength, Commitment, Loyalty, Reduces Inflammation

Lapis Lazuli color

Lapis Lazuli

Soothes Migraines, Calming, Sedate Energy, Metaphysical Attunement

Angelite color


Gentle Attunement, Universal Support, Eases Grief and Emotional Pain

Celestite color


Gentle Attunement, Universal Support, Spiritual Guidance, Throat, Third Eye & Crown Chakras

Boji Stone color

Boji Stone

Earthing, Grounding, Enables Being Present, Earth Star Chakra

Bloodstone color


Patience, Protection, Restful Sleep, Immune & Lymphatic Stimulation, Aural Cleansing, Base & Heart Chakra

Auralite color


Stillness, Serenity, Simplicity, Stress Relief, Quiets Mind

Agate color


Centering, Calming, Self Acceptance & Harmony, Crown Chakra

Blue Lace Agate color

Blue Lace Agate

Cooling & Calming Energy, Self Confidence, Communication, Supports Nervous System

Dendritic Agate color

Dendritic Agate

Abundance, Growth, Supports Nervous System, Releases Pain

Flint color


Aural Cleansing, Understanding, Integrity, Communication, Earth Star Chakra

Jasper color


Aural Cleansing, Problem Solving, Organization, Imagination

How to Use Healing Stones?

While many stones for healing have multiple purposes, Tanya believes that they are inherently programmable. “The chemical composition of quartz contains a blank space,” she says. “Energy can be inserted here.” She emphasizes the individual aspect of energetic work, and encourages people interested in healing stones to open a line of communication with the crystal itself. “Meditate with it and ask how it can help you or how it would like you to work with it,” she recommends, “Then set intentions for its use.”

meditate with your crystal and ask how it would like you to work with it. then set intentions for its use.
- tanya c, reiki master and crystal healer -

Can’t get enough of the healing properties of stones? Check out the Moon Magic Mag for an intriguing look into The Meaning and Uses of Aquamarine, a spotlight on Rose Quartz (our favorite self-love inspiring gem), or some easy Moonstone Rituals you can do at home.

Fine Print:

We share information about crystals and stones for healing as anecdotal information only. If you are experiencing an illness or medical condition, please consult with your doctor. We’d like to thank Tanya Corona and books by Melody and Judy Hall for the information used in the Guide to Healing Crystals & Stones section.