In Sanskrit, the word chakra means “wheel” or “circle”, referring to the seven individual spinning wheels of energy located at specific points of the body. The chakra system is a complex energetic network responsible for the spiritual aspect of ourselves. Just as there are healing crystals for the physical body, there are crystals for each of the seven chakras, their metaphysical properties affecting different areas of our spiritual being, in turn affecting the overall health of the physical and mental body.
The Root Chakra, located at the base of the spine, is responsible for our physical identity and stability as well as keeping us grounded. When this chakra is misaligned or blocked, it can manifest as insecurity or instability, as well as issues such as arthritis and malfunction of the lower organs. Its association with the color red implies that most crystals of the same hues work best for this chakra.
Bloodstone fights fear and insecurities to restore personal willpower, spiritual strength, and courage. It activates the root chakra to encourage seeking new avenues with confidence and determination, while allowing us to find our truest and most authentic identity.
Tourmaline is among the most powerful grounding and protective stones available in modern day. It cleanses and protects the auric field, releasing fear, anxiety, insecurities, and unwanted emotions to instill confidence in oneself.
Red Jasper eliminates procrastination while channeling the earth’s powerful energies through the root chakra. It nurtures and transforms the auric field, allowing us to relinquish hold of that which no longer serves us.
The Sacral Chakra is the second energy center, located just below the navel. Its energies are responsible for creativity, sexuality, and the pleasure in many aspects of life. When this chakra is blocked or misaligned, one may experience low self-esteem or a lack of self-worth, while physical complications include impotency, lower back pain, and urinary tract infections. Its association with the color orange suggests that these problems are best rectified with crystals that nurture the life force energy.
Carnelian activates the sacral chakra to invoke passion, sexual stamina, and intimacy in relationships. It strengthens the process of energetic transmutation to manifest our dreams more quickly. Inspiring creativity and good luck, carnelian is truly the key to success.
Tiger’s Eye activates, opens, and engages the sacral chakra (or second brain) and teaches us to trust our gut, quite literally. It is the stone of opportunity and new beginnings, lending its energy to our most passionate endeavors.
Stilbite carries compassionate and soothing energies that promote a healthy balance between the heart and the brain. It uplifts vibrations to bring joy, love, and empathy. Opening the sacral chakra, stilbite connects us to our truest desires and lends the courage to pursue them.
The Solar Plexus Chakra, located between the heart and sacral chakras is responsible for feelings of vitality, self-esteem, and confidence. It’s located in the stomach area and is associated with the color yellow. When this chakra is imbalanced or closed, one may experience digestive issues or feel a lack of personal power.
Citrine masters our creativity center and is responsible for our most powerful manifestation energies. It brings good luck and vital energies as bright as the sun itself. Citrine opens the solar plexus chakra to promote feelings of being energized and ready for anything life puts in our path.
Golden Topaz is directly related to the solar plexus chakra and thus activates our personal willpower, inner strength, and assists in the spiritual awakening process. It instills focus, determination, and confidence, illuminating the very center of our spiritual being.
Amber (fossilized tree resin) holds as much natural energy as any other healing crystal. The ancient Greek word for Amber being elektron, meaning “sun” explains its attributes of vitality and the life force. It absorbs and transmutes negative energy into positive, instilling calm yet revitalizing vibrations.
The Heart Chakra, located next to the physical heart, is responsible for all things concerning love, emotions, and the relationship we have with others as well as with ourselves. Its associated color is green and relates to crystals of the similar color. Blockages of this chakra can manifest as complications with the physical heart and selflessness to a fault.
Rose Quartz is the stone of universal love, instilling compassion, harmony, and comfort on all levels and in all types of relationships. It establishes and nurtures friendships, relationships, and self love to keep the heart chakra open and balanced.
Amazonite is a stone of peace, truth, and harmony, lending these attributes to the purpose of healing the heart chakra. It encourages adventure, inspiration, and self-expression so you can remember to give some of that love to yourself.
Rhodonite is the crystal of love and balance as it purifies, stimulates, and revitalizes the heart on both physical and emotional levels. It teaches us to value and love ourselves so that we may, in turn, value and love others.
The Throat Chakra is the energy center responsible for communication, self-expression, and the way we relate to others. When this chakra is blocked, we tend to experience complications in the mouth and esophagus, as well as an inability to communicate or express our true feelings. Its associated color is blue and is affected most by crystals of the same color and attributes.
Turquoise is most commonly known for its protection properties, but it also activates the throat chakra to assist in voicing our truth more effectively. It reduces stress and anxiety that can come from confrontation, replacing them with a confident and assertive attitude to help us express ourselves in healthy ways.
Blue Lace Agate is the gentle communicator, opening the throat chakra and soothing the mind to properly discern between which thoughts belong to us and which don’t. It sidesteps misunderstandings by lending the mental clarity necessary to formulate a proper response before we actually give it.
Kyanite enhances intuition and helps us tap into the powers of mind so that we may find wisdom within ourselves. It aids in communication, not only with others, but also with ourselves to promote understanding of the self as well as understanding the collective.
The Third Eye Chakra, located in the middle of the forehead and between the eyebrows, is the energy center responsible for intuition, psychic wisdom, and the imagination. When this chakra is blocked, it manifests as headaches, eyesight problems, and an inability to expand the mind. Its associated color is indigo and relates best to crystals of the same color and properties.
Sodalite is the stone of insight and intuition. It enhances the mental state to help us overcome blockages and hindrances, promoting a better understanding of the self. Encouraging exploration of the subconscious, sodalite transforms weaknesses into strengths.
Lapis Lazuli strengthens and enhances communication between the mind, body, and spirit, instilling harmony throughout the being as a whole. It heightens intellect, psychic abilities, and mental capacity. As it shows us our most authentic truths, lapis lazuli balances and stabilizes the emotional body.
Azurite allows us to tap into our psychic abilities while enhancing intuition and insight. It promotes intellect and wisdom while releasing negativity from the body as a whole. Clarity, strength, and spiritual awareness are all activated with azurite.
The Crown Chakra, located at the top of the head, is our energetic crown and is responsible for our mental capacity and spiritual awareness. When this chakra is closed or impeded, its effects extend to the brain, nervous system, and all the other organs in the body. Its associated color is violet and corresponds to crystals of similar attributes.
Moonstone is the crystal of new beginnings, supporting us as we embark on our quest for self-realization and transformation. It relates to the divine feminine aspects of ourselves, promoting growth and spiritual ascension. Moonstone opens the crown chakra to align the spiritual, mental, and physical bodies as a whole.
Amethyst is the stone of intuition and intellect. It instills mental clarity and helps us to tap into our natural psychic powers, promoting wisdom and spirituality. As it inspires and nurtures the higher mind, amethyst reminds us of our cosmic roots.
Labradorite is another stone of transformation that provides auric and psychic protection. Harnessing the full extent of our own manifestation powers, it reminds us that our reality is nowhere else but in our own hands. Tap into your full potential with labradorite.
Meditating with any or all of these crystals will bring balance, stability, and alignment to the chakra system, as well as the physical body. Cleansing and charging is especially important after a meditative and healing session, but remember to reference what methods are best for which stones. Check out our other articles Which Crystals Cannot be Cleansed in Water and Which Crystals are Sensitive to Sunlight.