In recent years, natural and holistic healing methods, spirituality, wellness, and mindfulness have increasingly been making their way into our daily lives and homes. As the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have been felt all over the world, society has begun to harness many of these self-care techniques to really slow down and start to take care of our all-important mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.
One of the most popular among these practices is the use of healing crystals. Although often considered a “New Age” wellness trend, you may be surprised to know that this is not a new practice at all – in fact, far from it.
The use of special stones to help treat the body for various physical and mental ailments dates back thousands of years, all the way to Ancient Egyptian times when crystals were said to be used for protection and the purging of “evil spirits” (you know, like your horrible boss, overly critical mother-in-law, pain in the you-know-what little brother… that kind of thing). Sacred Indian texts speak of crystal healing properties, Ancient Greeks and Romans went so far as to use them in battle, and Chinese medicine has included crystals in its approach for years and years.
While the healing effects of crystals can be difficult to measure tangibly and explain scientifically, there is no denying the fact they continue to bring comfort, peace of mind and positive energy to a growing number of people.
By now, you’ve probably heard some of your friends, family members, co-workers, or favorite celebrities talking about the numerous benefits of crystals, but perhaps you’re unsure of what they can really do for you. Let us guide you through some of the ways crystals might be able to positively impact your life.
1.- Good Vibrations
The theory behind the power of crystals is that each of these special gems contains an electromagnetic charge and gives out certain “vibrations”, due to the unique way their atoms move and interact.
Because our bodies are also electromagnetic organisms, with “physical, emotional, mental and spiritual energy flowing through us all the time” , the energy released from crystals can react with and influence our own body’s energy, when used correctly.
Crystals are said to be able to remove energy blockages around the body and help us to realign our energy channels if needed. This is all part of the commonly referenced healing effect.
2. Beautiful Inside and Out
Let’s not forget that, as well as their powerful inner benefits, crystals aren’t exactly bad to look at either!
Coming in many different shapes, sizes and colors based on the stone’s material, crystals are one of the most beautiful wellness accessories you can own, which is why they often take pride of place on coffee tables, living room shelves or in the bedroom.
Go on and display your self-care with pride! And don’t forget to stop and enjoy how your crystals catch the light, reflecting a beautiful shimmer around whichever room they are placed in.
3. The Power of the Mind
While some people remain unconvinced by the healing power of crystals themselves, one thing is irrefutable – the benefits crystals can have when coupled with the power of the mind.
The well-known “placebo effect” is not to be underestimated or overlooked when it comes to crystals; whether you believe or not, experts show that the positive thinking, positive energy and confidence that comes from owning and using crystals can have a significant impact on your life, bringing about mental and even physical benefits.
Similar to the way many people use the power of prayer, religious or spiritual beliefs to overcome hardship, placing hope in ancient gems can give the mind a much-needed boost and provide a point of focus for you to clear your head when needed; it’s a win-win.
Now that we have established the main benefits of crystals, the next question is, how can we harness them in the best way possible, to get the best effects?
Recharging is Key
You may have heard about “recharging crystals” before. Experts agree that the best way to get the most out of your crystals is to charge them periodically. The reason for this is that crystals tend to hold on to the energy they’re exposed to, which isn’t always a good thing if, for example, you have been using them for protection or to ward off negativity.
Some common ways to “charge”, “refuel”, or “clear” your crystal are as follows:
1. Recharge under a full moon – lunar energy is extremely powerful, and of course, a full moon is the perfect time to harness as much of this energy as possible. Place the crystal outside on the night of a full moon and leave it there until morning. If you don’t have a safe place to leave your crystal outdoors, a windowsill indoors that is exposed to plenty of moonlight will work too!
2. Burn incense or herbs – the burning of traditional incense or herbs such as palo santo, sage, jasmine, lavender, or sandalwood can be a great way to cleanse your crystals. Simply pass the crystal back and forth through the smoke for approximately two to three minutes until you feel the energy has shifted.
3. Cleansing visualization – concentrate on your gem and picture bright, healing light slowly filling up your crystal, moving from the center outwards, dissolving all of the old, negative energy that may have been there before until it has completely disappeared. You should use your intuition to know when this process is complete.
4. Tap into your spiritual side – if you have regular interaction with a spiritual guide (such as a shaman) or practice meditation, you can use these opportunities to connect to your crystals, cleanse them of any prior negative energy and set new, clear intentions for them.
Sunday Citizen is no stranger to the therapeutic, healing power of crystals. That’s why we chose to feature hundreds of tiny pieces of Amethyst, Clear Quartz and Rose Quartz in our weighted blankets, sleep masks, meditation and bolster pillows - call it our secret ingredient!
Instead of the usual weighted discs, plastic poly pellets, sand or steel or glass beads that are most commonly used as weighted blanket fillers, the Sunday Citizen Snug Crystal Weighted Blanket and Sunday Citizen Bamboo Crystal Weighted Blankets are super-charged with natural, holistic energy, making them unlike any other.
Why did we choose to feature these three crystal varieties in particular, you may ask? Read on below to find out.
At Sunday Citizen, we like to refer to Amethyst as the purple powerhouse. Known for aiding insomnia relief and promoting deep, restful sleep, this stone is the perfect choice to help you settle down for the night and easily drift off into dream land. No more counting sheep needed!
Amethyst is also said to protect, purify, and heal; by helping rid the mind of negative thoughts and relieving stress, this gem allows you to reach an unmatched state of mental relaxation.
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This white crystal, often paired with Rose Quartz, is considered a “master healer”, said to enhance the abilities of other crystals by regulating and amplifying the surrounding energy.
Clear Quartz has also been attributed qualities such as helping to stimulate the immune system and aiding memory. So, next time you’re studying for an important test or preparing for a big presentation, make sure to get the most out of your Sunday Citizen weighted blanket in the nights leading up to it!
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As its romantic, pink hue may suggest, rose quartz is a crystal that’s really all about the love. This stone helps to boost feelings of comfort, and can be used to maintain and restore harmony and trust within our close relationships.
Not only does rose quartz aid our relationships with others, but it can also help us to improve our most important relationship of all – the one we have with ourselves. Trust, self-respect, and self-worth are key components to loving and appreciating ourselves, allowing us to live fulfilled and happy lives, as well as give to others. Sounds pretty good, right?
If you’re experiencing anxiety, stress, or insomnia, or simply feel like you’re going through a rough patch, you are definitely not alone; the past couple of years have put a strain on many. Nevertheless, the increased awareness around self-care and wellness that has followed is incredibly positive, and here at Sunday Citizen, we are thrilled to see people taking such an interest in all aspects of their health.
Our wellness collection focuses on the ancient, natural power of crystals to take your yoga, meditation and sleep tools to the next level. If you or someone you know is in need of some holistic healing, feel free to give one a try. Don’t forget to let us know what you think!
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