Healing stones possess many benefits with their ancient history

Natural remedies are no stranger to those who want to live a healthy life. From herbal teas to salt therapy, wellness trends continue to vary and involve all manner of organic resources. But what happens when you are told that a few colored rocks can transform and uplift your energy in a holistic way that ultimately changes the way you think and the way you emotionally receive/react to situations?

What is a Healing Stone?

You would have thought these quirky stones came out of nowhere with the way celebrities and social media influencers are prophesying about their power. Or maybe they’re just a fad, a trend, the way clothes, shoes, and hairstyles go in and out of style. But just as the old adage “history repeats itself” speaks of recurring revolutions that originated in the past, the purpose of these healing stones goes far beyond the present.

“The earliest historical references to the use of crystals come from the ancient Sumerians, who included crystals in magic spells,” explained Janelle Scialla, writer for Crystal Age. The Sumerians were the inhabitants of Mesopotamia, a region of western Asia and present-day Iraq. The region was well known for its wide range of remedies for ailments, including incantations and rituals, but magical and medical practices were considered witchcraft among the Mesopotamians.

And they weren’t the only region to use metaphysical methods to purge evil spirits and create a protective shield over themselves: “The ancient Egyptians mined crystals and used them to make jewelry… amulets were used to ensure the welfare of the individual.” The Egyptians used emerald, carnelian, turquoise, lapis lazuli, and clear quartz healing stones to engrave sacred amulets and use them as piercings, rings, and necklaces.

According to Isabel Stunkel, writer for the Department of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Egyptians determined the magical power associated with a certain stone “…from a combination of several aspects, such as shape, decoration , the inscription, the color of the amulet. , the material and the words spoken on the coin or the acts performed with it.

The ancient Greeks originated the various meanings of these crystals, with the word itself deriving from the Greek term “krystallos”, which means “ice”. In his article, “A Brief History of Crystals and Healing,” Scialla went on to state, “…Clear Quartz was believed to be water that had frozen so deeply that it would always remain solid. »

Amethyst derives from the Greek term meaning “not to get drunk”, so I bet you can guess what this healing stone was used for. “Amethyst was worn as an amulet which they believed would help hangovers or prevent intoxication.”

Even in Chinese cultures, jade was a highly valued stone that was depicted in the form of musical instruments, “…and about 1000 years ago Chinese emperors were sometimes buried in jade armor”, said Scialla.

As you can see, different healing stones were symbols of specific healing methods in many ancient cultures. Today, we continue to see these same healing stones – plus new ones – used in modern times, bringing ancient traditions back into contemporary ones.

Popular Healing Stones and Practices

pink quartz

According to Bob Kammerling’s article “Rose Quartz History and Lore”, the Egyptians believed that rose quartz could prevent aging, the Romans used rose quartz as a seal to signify ownership, and in the Middle Ages it was used in healing potions. Today rose quartz is known as the “stone of love” and is used to “balance emotions as well as heal anger and disappointment”.

Every wellness-obsessed guy or girl more than likely keeps this common healing stone close by. Some of the popular practices include:

Physical: Rose quartz has been claimed to prevent heart attacks, ensure strong and smooth heart muscles and provide protection for mothers during pregnancy to protect unborn children from any problems.

Mental/Emotional: This crystal could create an abundant flow of love energy and stimulate unbreakable bonds. Rose quartz could also heal the heart from past traumas and broken relationships, as well as inspire people to become more in tune with themselves in order to understand and produce self-love.

Malachite

According to Jewels for Me: “Malachite is believed to help its wearer in a number of ways. The ancient Egyptians used malachite amulets to ward off evil. In the Middle Ages, the stone was used as a remedy for vomiting. Many different cultures also believed that the stone protected children from evil spirits… Overall, Malachite has been said to have the power to detoxify the emotional body, release negative and painful emotions and remove old traumas, as well as past lives.

Many of these uses are still believed to this day, as malachite has been used in procedures such as:

Physical: Tangible benefits include balanced blood pressure levels, rapid healing of broken bones or torn joints/muscles, better body flow when it comes to menstrual cramps and labor pains, and decreased fears anxiety.

Mental/Emotional: Immense protective power, a mind clear of toxic thoughts and feelings, and an alarm bell that goes off when things seem “off” are all possible results of wearing malachite. These healing stones are also said to promote a daily dose of courage and change while serving as a symbolic reminder to take risks and persevere.

citrine

“Ancient Greek and Roman jewelers used citrine to adorn slip rings on important fingers… [Citrine] comes from the word lemon, and it’s that sweet, zesty lemon energy that we love so much. You can’t help but fall for what this summer stone brings to the table:

Physical: People who use healing stones say it stimulates better blood circulation and minimizes allergies and skin irritants.

Mental/Emotional: Citrine can help individuals overcome confused feelings of confusion by keeping their mood uplifted and maintaining a sunny vibe.

The best way to activate your healing stones to reap their physical, mental and emotional benefits is to simply set your intentions on them and keep/wear them close to you at all times.

Wendy R. Taylor