I first became interested in crystals and their healing properties when my mother gave me a Tiger's Eye ring as a Christmas present many moons ago. Not only do crystals make amazing accessories to set that outfit off but also, what I find most interesting, is that they have been used for centuries to heal body and mind. Stones have always been popular as protective talismans and charms and in crystal healing they can be laid out on and around the body in certain formations, depending on what areas need ‘balancing.’ It is believed that crystals can cleanse the aura, which is the energy field surrounding our body and they can also be used in meditation.
Fictional gems and stones have long been used in literature and film, for example in Tolkien's The Hobbit, the crystal of choice used to propel the narrative forward was called the Arkenstone. El Corazon was the mystical stone in one of my all time favorite films, Romancing the Stone and let’s not forget Superman’s Achilles’ Heel, kryptonite. It therefore stems from a long-held belief that they have magical and mystical powers and this is what I find most intriguing. So here are seven of my favorite crystals and their purported healing properties.
1. Tiger's Eye
My interests in crystals actually started with a Tiger's Eye ring, which I have never taken off since my mother gave it to me. As well as being beautiful and looking exactly like - yes, you guessed it - a tiger’s eye, they are thought to be protective, grounding and uplifting and can help encourage positive emotions. Learning about this stone made me want to discover more about crystals and their healing properties.