Written By Liz Oakes
There are so many ways to use crystals but its really not complicated as most of the methods to use your minerals and stones fit into one of a few simple categories.
Where possible I try to mention methods you may choose to use in the individual articles that give specific information about particular crystals.
Over and above techniques and ideas mentioned on individual pages, there are some ways to use them that can be utilized for most stones.
To a large degree the approach you take to using an individual stone might depend on what you had in mind when you bought it, or whether its color or look simply attracted you.
In that case read through the different ideas and tips below and see what jumps out at you. I will endeavor to give you a few different approaches as we are all different and what suits one person may not suit another.
Lets begin by looking at the most common ways to use crystals, as by looking at various methods for using stones, this may help you to work out why you might choose a specific practice over another.
It is of value to choose the method to use by using your intuition to decide where to start. Of course if you wish you can use them all, testing what seems to work best for you, until you settle on what you find most appealing.
If you are a beginner, start with the easiest method or the one that seems most appropriate to the type of person you are. Methods on the list below may be used for most crystals except for using stones with toxic inclusions. Read in-depth information about toxic crystals on that page.
For natural unsealed stones that have toxic inclusions, please remember that you do need to treat them differently. For these stones it is advantageous to only use them by sitting them in place and not touching them.
There are a number of methods that you can use if you have sealed
crystals, included safe tumbled stones and this also applies to most quartz
crystals. So here are some ways to use these crystals:
The most common way to get started is to simply hold your stone in your hand. If you often sit somewhere in your home to relax, watch TV or a video or to read, you might keep a stone there so you can pick it up and hold it for a few minutes every day.
Even holding it while you are reading etc will be beneficial. This also applies if you work at the same spot every day, such as at a desk job. Having one or more crystals on your desk can be helpful.
You can also place stones for specific purposes in any area of your home where you spend a lot of time and they will be nearby to use when you need them.
Just having a stone in the area where you spend time can change your mood as well as change the emotional state of other people who are nearby.
If you work in a frenetic hectic environment it can be helpful to place calming stones on your desk including those that help to relieve stress or anxiety.
You can choose stones that you feel will support you during the day, and assist you to focus on the job your are doing.
If you need help to think more clearly you could also choose stones to help you to achieve that aim. And there are quite a few stones that stimulate clear thinking.
For example: I have a large piece of Blue Muscovite on my desk as it is helpful to connect you with Divine guidance in the moment, to immediately receive guidance and help with decision making.
If you have a comfortable chair in which you like to sit to do meditation, leaving specific stones for meditation close by is helpful.
Stones like Stilbite that stop a chattering mind, and those that have a calming or soothing vibration can be helpful to aid you to get started.
You may also find that the presence of a specific stone may aid you to make a stronger spiritual connection and may help you to receive ongoing spiritual guidance.
If you wish to develop various gifts, including boosting psychic gifts, stimulating creativity or imaginative thinking there are a number of stones that can be used in daily meditation to help you.
At the bottom of the page there is a link to my site map, so if you are looking for help for a specific reason it may benefit you to peruse this page and see what you feel you may need at this time.
If you are new to meditation and need information on how its done, check out my article which gives you simple, easy instructions on how to get started with meditation.
Many people have an interest in using crystals for healing, and as this is so popular there are a number of courses available to teach you how to use them.
Quartz crystal healing is popular, primarily because all types of quartz resonate well, and regardless of whether its clear quartz or quartz with other minerals included, they are powerful to aid healing.
If you have an interest in using crystals for healing, you may benefit by learning about how to use crystal wands, and discover how to choose the right wand for you to use to heal yourself or others.
It is advantageous to have crystals in the places where they will be the most beneficial. To some degree this does depend on the metaphysical or healing properties of a specific stone.
If you buy a stone for a particular purpose, you might like to consider the best place for it to be placed to enable its energy to create the best effect.
Crystals for relationships are advantageous stones to have in the bedroom, especially if you need help to boost your love life, or just to calm any sort of discontent between you and your partner.
If you buy a stone to help you to sleep better, you might like to place it under their pillow or on the bedside. This also applies to stones that are beneficial to assist relationships, such as the lovely pink Rose Quartz.
Your crystals can be used for personal healing and it may also be helpful to lie down and place a stone for each chakra on your body to assist you to align and clear the chakras.
Check out my page about chakra meanings to work out stones that you could use for this purpose.
If you would like to keep your stones on your body there are a number of ways that you can do this. Wearing crystals either as jewelry or just keeping them in your pocket can be helpful.
If you feeling depressed, wearing one of the stones for happiness can be beneficial to boost your mood and getting you happier more quickly.
Check out the list of happiness stones to see which stones can be effective for this purpose including Citrine and the lovely green Peridot stone.
You can simply put them in your pocket or use a cloth bag to ensure you do not lose them. A few years back I started using a macrame pouch, with a movable bead that secured it closed.
These pouches come in various sizes and colors and there are also patterns online that will show you how to make your own. They are useful as they allow you to change the stones that you wear.
By simply sliding the bead and taking the stone out , you can place another stone or stones into it. This helps you to easily create an ongoing supportive energy.
Check out the macrame pouches for sale at ebay, which are sold in various colors and sizes, so can easily allow various stones to be used.
There are a number of ways that you can use crystals in your everyday life, including using crystal tools for self healing, making crystal elixirs and using your stones in a crystal grid.
It may be beneficial to use stones in a crystal grid to assist you to achieve a specific outcome. If you are wondering what outcomes you might achieve by doing this, take a look at the section on my page about crystals skulls
Making an elixir using crystals is easy. So what is an elixir? An elixir is water that has been infused with the energy of specific crystals, and commonly for a particular purpose.
How is an elixir made? An elixir is made by placing stones in close proximity to water, and for this purpose one of the best ways to do this is to buy a specific bottle that is made for this purpose.
The ways to use crystals that are talked about include my top tips as the ideas shown above are some of the easiest ways to use your crystals.
Its important to be aware of the actual minerals that make up the stones you are using. If a stone does contain toxic inclusions you do need to take more care to ensure the safety of yourself and anyone else who may pick them up.
Most stones are quite safe to use and most quartz crystals have any inclusions sealed inside them. But do check if the stone is not familiar to you, to see what it contains.
If you use tumblestones, most are also quite safe, but if they do contain any inclusions check that they do not have cracks that might cause them to be unsafe. Most jewelry is sealed so you should also find that they are safe to use.